2016 Year End Sold Real Estate Update in Murphy NC

Watch the video above to find out what real estate sold for in all of 2016. It covers Cherokee County NC, Murphy, NC, Andrews, and more. Questions? Ready to sell? Email a reply or Call us now at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496

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County Courthouse Lantern Repairs Grab Residents’ and Visitors’ Attention

Historic buildings are always good candidates for repairs and restorations. In cities and towns across the country, you’ll find workers shoring up sagging floors, replacing peeling paint, and even beefing up the building’s structure. However, here in Murphy, NC, the Cherokee County Courthouse recently received a rather unusual type of facelift.

Courthouse Lantern Removal & Repair

On the morning of Thursday, January 12, two huge hydraulic cranes lumbered into action on Murphy’s Peachtree Street, just outside the courthouse. Managed by Cannon Roofing Company, the cranes had a highly challenging task: remove the super-heavy copper lantern from atop the courthouse’s large dome. The word “lantern” is an architectural term, in this case referring to the ornamental structure that has topped the Cherokee County Courthouse since its 1926 construction.

First, a crane operator gently lowered the lantern’s dome to the street. Once workers examined the dome, they found that it was only secured by one solder joint, where up to eight joints had originally held it in place. In other words, the dome could have given way at any time, crashing onto the pedestrians and court patrons below. What had caused the joints to work themselves loose? Most likely, the dome’s waving American flag, followed by a copper American eagle, had created sufficient windage to negatively affect the dome’s structural integrity.

Next, an even larger crane plucked the much taller lantern from atop the building’s dome, and brought it safely to the ground. Constructed of eight 10-foot-high hollow copper Greek columns, the metal lantern is certainly a grand-looking structure. However, it’s also the subject of a mystery: the lantern is chock full of rifle bullet holes.

Cherokee County Courthouse’s Colorful History
The lantern repair’s unusual nature is the latest chapter in the courthouse’s unconventional history. In fact, the current building is the latest in a series of structures, the first of which was supposedly burned by Federal troops during the Civil War. Two more courthouses suffered the same fate, with the last one falling victim to fire in 1924.

In 1926, Cherokee County commissioners approved construction of the current courthouse. Designed by James J. Baldwin, and built with a veneer of imposing Blue Marble from nearby Marble (of course), the two-story Neo-Classical Revival-style courthouse easily commands your attention. Inside, the ground floor is home to numerous offices, while the expansive second-floor courtroom features finely crafted woodwork and plaster furnishings.

However, the Cherokee County Courthouse’s most dramatic feature is the two-story cupola that soars high above the entrance pavilion. Above the cupola’s lower stage, you’d normally see a striking large domed roof, topped by the lantern and smaller dome. With the lantern and small dome missing, though, the building looks strangely out of proportion.

What’s Next for the Lantern Repair Project
Of course, getting the lantern on the ground was only half the battle. To safely contain the cumbersome structure, Cannon Roofing workers had constructed a massive wooden box, which arrived atop a flatbed truck. After workers buttoned up the lantern for transport, the truck headed for Andrews-Murphy Airport, where skilled craftsmen would perform repairs inside an aircraft hangar.

Not surprisingly, fixing the 91-year-old copper lantern will be quite expensive. The Cherokee County government will soon issue a request for repair estimates, which should be the subject of much discussion around town. After the lantern repairs have been completed, workers will carefully reattach the copper eagle to the dome. Fittingly, this symbol of American liberty and freedom will soon resume its watch over downtown Murphy, NC.

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October 2016 Sold Show for Real Estate in Murphy NC and Cherokee County

Watch the video above to find out what real estate sold in October in Murphy NC and Cherokee County. Questions? Ready to sell? Call us now at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496

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Pray Forest Fires End in Western North Carolina

It’s hard to believe Western North Carolina is experiencing so many wild fires. As you drive through Murphy, the smoke is so thick, its hard to see in some places. Although there are no fires in Cherokee County NC (and I hope we have none), the area is experiencing a 100+ year drought. I spoke with my mother-in-law and she does not recall it ever being so dry in our beautiful mountains.

I went to Hayesville NC on Veterans Day and had the privilege of watching so many incredible folks try to put out the fires that our plaguing our area. I literally saw a dozen helicopters fly to refill and drop water on raging fires over and over and over again. There are so many heroes who have fought these fires and saved so many homes. I saw smoke that was 100 yards from a home and I can’t imagine the fear and concern some people have for their dreams.

Please keep your prayers up: both for rain and for the brave men and women working so hard to eliminate the fires.

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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.

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Cherokee County Medical Facilities: Podiatrists, Urologists, and Mental Health Services

Doctor talking with patientIf you’re looking for medical facilities in the Cherokee County area, podiatrists, urologists, and mental health can be overlooked as they often aren’t “mainstream.” When you need one, you definitely need one! Rest assured, we’ve got that in Murphy NC.

PODIATRISTS – Medical Care for your Feet
Sometimes we just take our feet for granted. They take us through our daily routine, power our soccer games and daily jogs, and enable us to enjoy hiking trips and Zumba classes. With this highly demanding workload, it’s not surprising that they suffer a malfunction here and there. When that happens, a trained podiatrist can quickly become our best friend.

Also known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), podiatrists diagnose and treat problems with our feet, ankles, and related leg structures. Examples include fallen arches, ingrown toenails, and some common foot and ankle injuries. Podiatrists also treat foot problems related to systemic illnesses such as diabetes. Although these practitioners aren’t trained medical doctors (MDs), they complete podiatry school and a related residency before setting up a private practice.

Local Podiatrist:
Smoky Mountain Foot & Ankle Clinic: Dr. Banks, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Delbene
9 Drew Taylor Road, Murphy, NC. Hours: Tuesday through Friday. Call for an appointment: (828) 835-8389.

UROLOGISTS – Medical care for your urinary tract system
Our urinary system generally runs in the background, producing and eliminating fluid waste from the body, in the form of urine. Sometimes, the system’s kidneys, bladder, and/or urinary tract oon’t function properly, which can cause some uncomfortable symptoms. That’s when a urologist steps in, diagnosing the condition and providing appropriate treatment. This specially trained physician works with patients of all ages, and also addresses issues with the male reproductive system.

Local Urologists:
Dr. Jeffrey Martin
75 Medical Park Lane, Suite A, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 835-3900.

Dr. Ziyad Mugharbil
4048 U.S. Highway 64 Alternate, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-7513

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDERS – Helping issues of the mind
When some aspect of life gets out of balance, and maybe even unmanageable, a mental health professional can often help to steer us back to the right path. Mental health services providers include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors. They can even offer substance abuse assistance.

Appalachian Community Services – Visit them On their Webpage
750 US Highway 64 West, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-0071.

Meridian Behavioral Health – Visit them on their Webpage
27 Bona Vista Lane, Marble, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-7466.

We hope this helps and please call, email, or otherwise contact us  to let us know what we can do to help.

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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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Our Mountain Region in and Around Murphy NC Overflows With Fantastic Fishing

flyfishingWhether you’re a seasoned bass or trout fisherman, or a first-time angler looking for a taste of mountain lakes fishing, you’ll find numerous good fishing holes within an hour’s drive of Murphy, NC. In fact, our mountain region offers eight major lakes, four delayed-harvest trout streams, and countless numbers of rivers and creeks. You could literally fish for weeks in a different place.

To better plan your fishing expedition, decide which species you’ll be stalking. If you’re a confirmed bass fisherman, check out Apalachia, Chatuge, Hiwassee, or Nottely Lakes. Chances are, other nearby lakes and rivers also have their share of bass just waiting to take your bait. While many locations offer banks fishing, some spots also feature public boat ramps so you can better stalk those crafty fish.

If you prefer fly fishing, you’re probably in the best spot on earth for catching trout. Cherokee County boasts several wild trout streams, along with hatchery-supported streams with date-specific releases. For starters, you’ll find wild trout waters in Cherokee, Clay, and Graham counties; along with world-famous Nantahala National Forest game land.

During trout fishing season, lasting from April through February, you’re likely to find anglers’ trucks parked in varied out-of-the-way spots. If you look closely, you’ll see fishermen standing motionless in their waders, trying to coax a wily trout out of its underwater hollow. For these guys (and ladies), catching the fish is satisfying, but the experience itself provides its own rewards.

Now, let’s say you’ve fallen hook-line-and-sinker for a mountain lakes fishing trip, and you can’t wait to get up here. First, book yourself a cozy mountain cabin from the friendly folks at Mountain Country Cabin Rentals. Next, get onto the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website, and purchase a fishing license. In fact, the Sportsman’s License allows you to fish – and hunt – most game in our region. While you’re browsing the site, take advantage of the NCWRC’s great fishing-related resources.

When you arrive in Murphy, NC, round out your fishing gear at Appalachian Outfitters on Tennessee Street. If you enjoy collecting hand-tied flies, you’ll find a great selection here. Best of all, you can talk with an experienced fishing guide, just brimming with local knowledge about current fishing conditions. Chances are, you can hire him for the day, giving you the inside track on those secret fishing spots. And because we like fishing, too, we might see you out there. And if you love being here like we do, make it home! Whether Murphy NC becomes your primary home or second home, that’s ok! We’d love to have you as neighbors 🙂 Check out all our listings and contact us to let us know what we can do to help you find a home right here in Murphy NC.

Murphy, NC Historical Sites Beckon Modern Visitors

587If you’re a confirmed North Carolina history buff, downtown Murphy, NC features several noteworthy historical sites, most of them just a stone’s throw from the town’s center square.

Cherokee County Courthouse

Let’s say you came downtown for some coffee and pastries from The Daily Grind; or maybe you just finished a tasty lunch at Shoebootie’s. To walk off those calories, and satisfy your appetite for history, stroll up Peachtree Street to the Cherokee County Courthouse. You can’t miss it – just look for the huge marble building on the corner, next to Smoky Mountain Shooters Supply.

This Courthouse was built entirely of blue marble from – you guessed it – the nearby Marble community. The current Courthouse opened for business in 1927, after a fire destroyed the supposedly fireproof brick courthouse the year before. If you enjoy tracking down National Register of Historic Places landmarks, the Cherokee County Courthouse has a spot on that coveted list.

Cherokee County Historical Museum

Just steps from the Courthouse, step into the Cherokee County Historical Museum. Inside this brick building, kids will enjoy shiny minerals and quartz crystals, plus colorful rubies and amethysts. They might also imagine using the early settlers’ tools to accomplish everyday household and farm chores.

Of course, the Cherokee Indians have been longtime residents here, on a huge expanse of farmland and forests called the Cherokee Nation. To honor their culture, the Museum showcases over 2,000 Cherokee Indian artifacts. Besides typical household items, you’ll see plenty of pottery, axes, pipes, game stones, and arrowheads.

As a side note, nearby Fort Butler served as a collection point for Cherokee Indians made to march on the “Trail of Tears” to Oklahoma. During 1837, over 3,000 Cherokees from North Carolina and Georgia passed through the fort before their long journey west. Look for the memorial monument on nearby Fort Butler Street.

Harshaw Chapel and Cemetery

Next, take a jaunt to Central and Church Streets, an easy hike in good walking shoes. Here, you’ll find historic Harshaw Chapel and Cemetery, both occupying spots on the National Register of Historic Places. Well-known Murphy resident Joshua Harshaw dedicated this brick chapel to the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1869, although its adjacent cemetery was in operation before that.

The Harshaw Chapel was actively used for about 60 years, but deteriorated after the First United Methodist Church was built to accommodate the area’s growing Methodist congregation. In 1965, the Daughters of the American Revolution (Archibald D. Murphey chapter) acquired the chapel, and they’ve maintained it since then. On certain occasions, you’ll find a special Methodist service or community event there. Now, this modest little chapel holds the title of the oldest church building in Cherokee County.

Murphy Public Library (Nantahala Public Library)

If you’re a genealogy fan, check out the Murphy, NC Public Library on Blumenthal Street (near the Courthouse on a side street). Many genealogists sing the praises of our Genealogy Room, containing some of the best resources in western North Carolina (and maybe even the state). While digging through the files, you just might discover a long-lost relative or colorful ancestor.

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Murphy Art Walks Bring Arts, Music, and Tasty Food to Downtown Murphy NC

ar133833225383549If you’re always looking for things to do in downtown Murphy, NC, put the Murphy Art Walk at the top of your list. In fact, put these free “fun for the whole family” evenings on your calendar right now. From May through October, folks from Cherokee County – and visitors from everywhere – gather in Murphy on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. During the season, some of the Art Walks have special themes, such as a spring Student Art Show and a July Patriotic Celebration. You might even find a Scavenger Hunt, where visitors scour local shops for clues that help them win a prize. In October, Fall decorations set the tone for the evening.Downtown Murphy NC Aerial Photo

The Art Walk is sponsored by the Valley River Arts Guild, so art is definitely the focus. For starters, Murphy’s downtown galleries will give visitors a warm welcome. The Valley River Arts Gallery, Gallery 26, Celebrate Life Gallery, and Highlander Gallery may even showcase a special collection or two. Some of the participating artists will also be on hand.

Naturally, local merchants also want to be part of the action. When you stroll into a business displaying a yellow Art Walk flag, you might see an artist demonstrating his or her craft for everyone to see. Jewelry artisans, painters, calligraphers, weavers – you never know who you’ll meet at an Art Walk. Chances are, they’ll even have some artwork for sale. If you see something you like, consider treating yourself to a gift. Or, pick up a special birthday or Christmas present.

While you stroll the downtown streets of Murphy NC, keep an eye (and ear) out for the live performances. First, check out the four downtown squares, as they’re popular spots for musicians and bands. You might also find entertainment inside a merchant’s shop or restaurant. Check out Shoebootie’s, The Daily Grind, The Chophouse, and PNC Bank for starters.

If your family includes some members of the younger set, Art Walks often feature fun children’s activities. Look for face painting, balloon artists, and magicians. Kids might even get up-close-and-personal with an artist while she’s creating a colorful piece of work.

Of course, every special event needs some delicious food – and Murphy, NC Art Walk merchants certainly pull out all the stops. As you browse the downtown streets, poke your head into each yellow-flagged shop or restaurant and snag a tasty snack or two. While each establishment will offer something different, you won’t be disappointed! According to the inside scoop, Shoebootie’s and The Cherokee County Visitors’ Center always offer a scrumptious spread!

Finally, let’s remember the idea behind the Art Walk. We all want to support our local merchants, so they can continue to provide great hometown shopping and dining. That’s what helps to make Cherokee County a wonderful place to live.

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