Bring the Train Home to Murphy NC! A record is made in the Guinness Book of World Records!

On October 5, 2018, Downtown Murphy NC had thousands of residents on the square whistling and singing a custom version of “She will be coming round the mountain when she comes!” and signing a petition with the goal of bringing the train back to Cherokee County. It would stimulate tourism, commerce, and more. Watch to see what it was like to be in the crowd!

It was a great event led by many of our area’s leaders including: Mayor of Murphy NC Rick Ramsey, Mayor of Andrews NC James Reid, Representative Kevin Corbin,  Jim Davis, and more. It shows our community spirit here in Murphy NC. We are proud to be here!

Best Performing Real Estate Team In The Area

I found The Poltrock Team doing an internet search when I decided to sell my home in Andrews, NC. I found John and his team to be very friendly, positive and cooperative. My home sold in 2 days with closing on time and without issues! I would definitely do business with them again.

~~Paul Hofmeister, Madison, AL.

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Cherokee County Microbreweries Serve Up Tasty Craft Beer in Murphy and Andrews NC

Sometimes, you just want a nice cold beer. Maybe you survived a killer day at work or helped a friend move an impossibly heavy pile of furniture. Or, maybe you’ve got something to celebrate, and a six-pack from the local grocery store just isn’t that special. You’d much rather guzzle some smooth-tasting suds from a local microbrewery. Fortunately, you don’t have to drive to far to satisfy that small-batch beer craving. You can visit three microbreweries here in Cherokee County – one right in Murphy, NC. You’ll find a third establishment not far away, in northern Georgia.

Let’s begin with Valley River Brewery and Eatery, at 71 Tennessee Street in historic downtown Murphy. Open seven days a week, this relatively new brew pub serves up wood-fired pizza plus other hearty fare and homemade desserts. Of course, the food is best enjoyed with an icy brew from the tempting craft beer menu. Currently, the restaurant’s tap beers are made offsite using the Brewery’s proprietary recipes, until the blends in the fermenters have just the right aroma and taste. Eventually, Valley River Brewery will have 15 types of beers, ales, and stouts – enough to satisfy even the most avid beer aficionado. In addition to their pizza, they have great gyros, philly cheesesteak,  a beer cheese pretzel, and more on the menu.

Next, hop on the four-lane and travel down to the Andrews Brewing Company, located at 565 Aquone Road near downtown Andrews NC. If that address sounds familiar, it’s the same piece of real estate occupied by Calaboose Cellars, the quirky winery housed in an historic jail. In fact, the two businesses share an inviting tasting room that overlooks the pleasant little vineyard. Open five days a week (closed Wednesday and Sunday), the Andrews Brewing Company boasts a nice lineup of 11 beers, ales, and stouts. As you might expect, each variety is named for a local landmark or piece of history, giving you some entertainment value along with those satisfying suds.

The Hoppy Trout is also located in Andrews. It is in downtown and very similar to the Valley River Brewery. They, too, have pizza, apps, and much more. Enjoy their proprietary brews in the restaurant or on their nifty patio overlooking downtown.

Finally, you’ll find another intriguing microbrewery in nearby Blue Ridge, Georgia, just a half-hour drive from downtown Murphy, NC. The Fannin Brewing Company has set up shop at 3758 East First Street, just off Highway 515 in northern Georgia. Using a variety of locally sourced ingredients, this enterprising operation has conjured up 13 diverse beers and ales, each with a distinctive name that reflects its origin. To sample them, visit the Brewery’s Tasting Room on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

While you’re enjoying these tasty brewed concoctions, remember to drink responsibly. If necessary, recruit a designated driver so you can indulge without worrying about the drive home.

Need help with real estate here in Murphy? Let us help you! Please contact us and let us know what we can do for you. We’re here when you need us!

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Enjoy a Tasting Tour of Cherokee County Wineries

our-locationLooking for a great bottle of wine? Rather than browsing through your Murphy, NC supermarket or convenience store, hoping that something catches your eye, we’d rather you engage in a treasure hunt. In other words, go straight to the source. Plan an expedition to our Cherokee County wineries, where you can taste and purchase the libation of your dreams.

What makes our wines so desirable? Well, Cherokee County sits smack in the middle of some ideal grape-growing country. We’ve got super-rich soil, generally mild winters, and months of sunshine and warmth that really nurture the grapes along. After they’re harvested, the real work begins, with each local winery devoting considerable attention to the fermentation and bottling process. Best of all, you get to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Let’s begin our winery tour at Calaboose Cellars in Andrews, North Carolina. We wrote a post about them back and 2011, and they’re thankfully still here! Just off U.S. Highway 19/74/129 about 15 minutes from Murphy, Calaboose Cellars is located at 565 Aquone Road off Main Street in Andrews. Look for the copper-colored tin roof on the small stone building overlooking the vineyard. The little stone “calaboose” gives this quirky winery its distinctive name. According to local legend, town law enforcers stashed lawbreakers in this sturdy jail until their appearance before the magistrate. Wait till you see it and it’s size first hand – you’ll understand why it wouldn’t be the comfiest arrangements. It makes for great history though.

Today, Calaboose Cellars’ website calls this little country lockup the “smallest free-standing complete winery in America.” Along with quality fermentation equipment, this multiple-award-winning winery boasts a covered, nicely furnished tasting room that overlooks the lush vineyard. “The Warden” happily offers winery tours (and he probably won’t lock you up if you misbehave). Check the winery’s website for business hours, and consider booking the tasting room for special events.

Next, head over to Cherokee Cellars Winery in the heart of Murphy, just across the street from The Daily Grind. This downtown winery occupies a different wine-making niche, as the winemakers source their grapes and juice from nearby commercial vineyards in North Carolina and north Georgia. Every vineyard has its own microclimate and soil composition, so each one specializes in certain varieties of grapes that thrive in those growing conditions. Of course, yearly weather pattern changes can make the difference between a high-quality crop…or sour-tasting grapes fit only for the birds.

Next, Cherokee Cellars hauls those top-of-the-line grapes to its downtown Murphy, NC winery. Skilled vintners make, blend, and bottle the wine right on the premises. When each vintage is ready, Cherokee Cellars makes it available for tasting and purchase. From April through December, the winery operates a warmly decorated tasting room and wine-themed gift shop. Visitors can sample several award-winning wines, and take their favorite varieties home.

Finally, visit scenic Nottely River Valley Vineyards, located just west of Murphy at 1150 Old Culberson Road, off Spur 60. The 10-acre vineyard/winery operation is ideally situated on a generations-old family farm, with gently rolling hills as the backdrop. Even better, the vineyard’s location, natural soil drainage, mineral availability, cool moist mornings, and full sun exposure comprise literally perfect growing conditions.

Nottely River Valley Vineyards uses a “minimal-intervention” wine-making process, beginning with high-density plantings of excellent-quality grape varieties. Through leaf pruning, cluster thinning, and limited fruit production, the winery consistently achieves superb results.

Although Nottely River Valley Vineyards is a relatively new winery, their dedicated winemakers have successfully produced four noteworthy vintages. To taste and purchase them, visit the winery’s tasting room on Friday and Saturday afternoons, from May through November.

Mountains and wine… what more could be more appealing? The only way to make it better is to own a home in the mountains. Looking to be here? Search the real estate for sale or contact us to let us know how we can help. These mountains are home and if you’re lucky enough to be here, then you’re lucky enough 🙂

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The Poltrock Team Experts In The Real Estate Market

My husband and I had prior experience working with agent Donna Srabian of The Poltrock Team. This team is caring, hard working, and will help you accomplish your real estate needs. We have experience working with them on both the selling our house we owned in Hayesville NC and buying our new one in Andrews NC.  If you want an agent in real estate that is sincere, honest, friendly and will meet your goals,  you’ll want to give them a call. They are truly experts in the field of real estate in North Carolina.

~Art & Julie Rodriguez, Andrews, NC

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Nice Home for Sale in Downtown Andrews NC

Nice home for sale in downtown Andrews NC! This older home may needs Pickett (4) MAINsome updating, but the bones are great and the exterior is in great shape! You can’t beat the location or the price! Close access to everything. Also has a double sized lot you could use to have a garden, put another home, keep a nice yard, whatever you want! Inside you have a kitchen, living room with monitor heater, large dining room, full bathroom, and the upstairs has two bedrooms. Nice metal roof and vinyl siding makes for low exterior maintenance. There is also a single carport. Great buy so act fast because homes like this don’t become available often or last long!

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Creekfront Home In Andrews NC For Sale

This is a spectacular RUSHING CREEKFRONT 3 bedroom, 2 bath homeReed2 (10) for sale in Andrews NC! This home has a gorgeous setting with lovely laying land! Not only that, you’re only minutes from the conveniences of town. This home has a lot to brag about – paved driveway, large kitchen, spacious living room, hardwood floors, central heat & air conditioning, natural spring water, a pond you could even stock with trout, and much more!

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Great Home for Sale in Andrews NC with 4 Bedrooms 3 Baths and a Mountain View

Here’s one stunning home unlike any other you’ve ever seen! This home is a triple-wide manufactured home on a permanent foundation with just over 3,000 square feet! Not only that, it’s extremely high quality with lots of room inside! It has a gorgeous mountain view from your 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. It’s one of the nicest homes I’ve seen! Located on Fairview Road in Andrews NC, you’ve got a very convenient location. In just mere minutes, you can be to downtown Andrews NC or Murphy NC.

Inside you’ll find lots of great features like a wood burning fireplace that you can even put gas logs if you prefer, a supersized kitchen with lots of space, a dining area, a breakfast area, a den and living room, and a master suite that won’t want to leave! It has lots of space, a bathroom with double vanity, garden tub, and shower, and walk-in closet that’s sure to store everything for even the biggest clothes-lover.

Outside, you’ll find a double carport with concrete pad for parking. Its right beside your home so on a rainy day, you won’t even get wet! There’s even a storage building on the other side to keep your tools and toys. Plus the paved road is a great bonus.

If you’re looking for a home that’s incredibly affordable and has high end features, you won’t find another home that even comes close to comparing! This is one great home!

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The Poltrock Team Sells My Home in Andrews NC in Only NINE Days!

Nancy after her Real Estate Closing

I found The Poltrock Team well informed and knowledgeable on market conditions and the Western North Carolina Area. Best of all, they got my house in Andrews NC under contract in only nine days and closed in 39! I couldn’t believe how good it went. It’s SOLD!

When I first met with John, he was very prepared. He had done his homework. He had documented information to support his answer to my questions. Also, he had done research on similar properties and presented it to me. John didn’t give me a “pie in the sky” answer, but rather documented information. Also, when he felt I was wrong in my assumptions, he not afraid to tell me I was wrong and guide me so I could make good decisions.

John and his team made the experience of selling my house and the closing stress free. This was greatly appreciated after dealing with other real estate companies in the Murphy NC area that were not enthusiastic or customer driven. John always returned my calls and followed up on all my questions. Not only that, he was always professional and enthusiastic!

Should I ever have the opportunity to use The Poltrock Team again or recommend them, I certainly will!

Nancy Copeland
Lewisburg, TN

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The Disconnect of Tax Value and Real Estate Prices in Murphy NC and Cherokee County

When folks look at their tax value of their real estate in Cherokee County (which encompasses Murphy NC, Andrews NC, and many others), it looks awfully good – if you sell it for that price, that is! However, there’s a substantial disconnect of what the tax assessed value vs. the price real estate is actually selling for.

When we do a market analysis for a prospective seller on a piece or real estate, we use many different approaches to come to a final valuation to determine what we can expect the home or land to sell for in today’s real estate market. One of many things is the tax assessment value.

We’ve been tracking what homes actually sell for vs. their assessment value. We’ve found that, on average, homes are selling for 70% of their tax value. For example, that means a home with an assessment of $100,000 sells for $70,000, on average. Although it amazes me how accurate this can be in a substantial amount of homes, we still find “outliers” where this doesn’t apply. For example, land can fall way outside these parameters in either direction. One large factor is how long the owner has owned their real estate. I’ve noticed the longer a property is owned, say 30+ years, the values tend to be closer to the market value. There are also other factors as well.

As we speak, Cherokee County is working on the new re-evaluation of all the real estate in the county. This is a massive undertaking! To ensure they are as accurate as possible, they have hired an outside and unbiased appraisal company to help hone the values. The new evaluation is scheduled to become “active” on January 1st, 2012. It’s very likely residents and property owners will be notified of their new evaluation a few months before it becomes active.

Are you thinking, “Sell my house!” or “sell my land!”? Let Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team help you! We’re always here to help guide you through the entire process. If you’d like to know how we’ve worked for clients like you? Be sure to check out our testimonials. Contact us today! 😀

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