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The Coves Named 2017 Best of the Best Mountain Views

Best of Best Communities

A second prestigious award for The Coves! Ideal-LIVING magazine just announced the 2nd Annual “The Best of the Best” in towns and residential communities in its Summer 2017 edition. The Coves Mountain River Club is honored with “Best of the Best Mountain Views” award because of the “serenity along with picture-perfect hillside and mountain-ridge settings.”

On a clear day, our residents have front row seats from our 3,600 acre mountain community to view the Blue Ridge Mountain peaks that includes Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Adams Knob and Brown Mountain. If families long to live in an authentic mountain community with hundred mile views, we have it and much more!

Amenities include over 39 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of frontage on the Johns River, a full service equestrian center, two community gardens and our stunning Pisgah Mountain Lodge with an infinity-view swimming pool, fitness center and entertainment rooms.

Nominations for gated communities near Asheville NC and others were submitted, the editorial committee then researched and chose those communities/developments they felt best represented the spirit of the category.

“Given the very positive response last year to our first ‘Best of the Best‘ feature,” said ideal-LIVING Editor and Associate Publisher Kelly Godbey, “we refined our selection  process and created some new categories that we think better reflect the interests of our readers. The goal will always be to help retirees and families choose the place that’s ‘The Best‘ for them.” Godbey added that “The Best of the Best” honorees for 2017 are organized into three broad groups—Destination, Life, and Home— with winners named in a total of 24 categories.

This year has been a very busy year for The Coves with more than 50 families choosing to purchase at our North Carolina real estate development. We’re grateful to be recognized by ideal-LIVING and hope you’ll come take a look for yourself.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.

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Savory Restaurants in Hickory NC

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Why go to your average, run-of-the-mill eatery when you can enjoy a high-quality meal made from fresh, organic ingredients at a local farm-to-table restaurant? At farm-to-table restaurants, chefs pride themselves locally sourced ingredients from farmer’s markets or even farms just down the road.

This dining experience cuts out the middleman and makes for an healthy, organic meal that doesn’t harm the environment. Hickory, part of the Lenoir-Hickory-Morganton metropolitan area, is rich with delicious, all-natural dining options that taste great and leave you feeling good about helping the environment. If you’re looking for things to do in Hickory North Carolina, below is a list of the top organic and farm-to-table restaurants in Hickory NC.

Highland Avenue has gained regional and national praise for its farm-to-table, locally sourced foods, with MSN naming them one of the Fifty-One Best Farm-To-Table Restaurants in America. Located on the second floor of the renovated Holler Hosiery Mill, the restaurant pays tribute to the city’s rich manufacturing history while focusing on Appalachian cuisine including trout, oysters and shrimp, homemade pastas and breads, chicken pot pie, and filet mignon. Address: 883 Highland Avenue SE Phone: 828-267-9800

Café Rule & Wine Bar is an upscale restaurant that offers the best in fine dining. Patrons can expect fresh flavors, locally sourced cuisine, and exquisite wine pairings in a relaxed and refreshingly casual setting. Address: 242 11th Ave NE Phone: 828-324-2005

The Fresh Depot specializes in great sandwiches on fresh made breads – including sourdough, wheat, rye, cinnamon bread and rolls – along with farm-to-table dishes. They source their veggies and beef from local farmers using organic practices. Beef is from grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle. Baked goods are fresh and made daily. Address: 220 Union Square NW Phone: 828-322-5111

Burger Fi launched in 2011 from dissatisfaction with what was happening in the burger market at the time. Thus, the all natural Black Angus CEO Burger was born. Certified American Angus burgers are free of antibiotics, hormones, and steroids. Patrons can eat happily knowing that the restaurant’s motto is: “Better people. Better to animals. Better to the environment.” The restaurant also offers hand-cut French fries, frozen custard, and natural sugar cane sodas. Address: 1854 Catawba Valley Blvd SE Phone: 828-324-9583

Bistro127 is proud to use local grown, raised, and caught ingredients by local NC farmers that share their commitment to serving high quality food. Menu items include omelets, crepes, salads, gourmet brick oven pizzas, organic salads, tapas, seafood, steak, and more – all made with natural and organic ingredients. Patrons can sit at the Al Forno Bar and watch their pizza being made in a wood fired brick oven during lunch and dinner. Address: 2039 N Center ST Phone: 828-328-3432

Crescent Moon Café offers deli fresh vegan and gluten-free options, with over 25 rotating draft microbrews. Patrons can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a dimly lit, modern pub conveniently open until 2 AM on weekends. Address: 256 1st Ave NW Phone: 828-322-1456

Hickory is conveniently located near one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC, our Coves Mountain River Club. At The Coves, residents enjoy their own farm-to-table experience and plant their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Isabel’s Garden.

Set along the Johns River, the manicured dividers between the garden plots make for an English-style atmosphere. Peppers, tomatoes, peppers, radishes, watermelon and greens are among the popular fruits and vegetables grown in Isabel’s nutrient rich soil. Flowers commonly grown in the garden include sunflowers, daffodils, tulips, lilies, and various mountain wildflowers. Herbs such as rosemary, sage, mint, and oregano are also easy to grow in Isabel’s Garden.

Residents can test their talents at winemaking in Evelyn’s Vineyard, a riverside vineyard with craftsman-style trellises that divide the opened grassed lanes. Grapes are successfully grown in the North Carolina foothills because they need fewer chilly nights and thrive on the summer heat. People love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, first classes amenities – and healthy foodies can rest easy knowing a wide selection of delicious, homegrown fare is just a short drive away.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Tax Comparison – Lenoir North Carolina Versus Northeastern States

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Finding the perfect place to retire may seem daunting—there’s so much to consider from your family’s needs, to the ideal climate, to the location–whether you desire a rural or city environment, and of course the least fun thing to have to think about— your taxes.  You may be part of the vast part of the US population researching states with lower cost of living, along with all the other essential financial components like a state by state tax comparison.  If this is the case, you can find a cost savings when you take a good look at North Carolina taxes.

Did you know that ten thousand baby boomers each and every day find themselves approaching this exciting next chapter in their lives?  Some decide to stay put in the familiar home or town they raised their families and built their careers, but others choose to pull up stakes and relocate, either to try some place new, settle near their precious grandchildren and family, or create a more healthy lifestyle.   

In a listing of 25 Best Affordable Places to Live in 2017, three North Carolina locations made the grade by U.S. News & World Report. That’s pretty amazing—three out of 25!  What are some of the factors you should keep in mind besides considering states with lower cost of living?  We all understand the importance of easy access to affordable and top-notch health care–no matter our age.  Of course there’s also the climate, air quality, and craving easy access to a broad variety of recreation to keep ourselves fit and healthy.

Our life expectancy is longer these days, so as a result we need to plan even smarter than the generations who came before us.  So take the time, either on your own or with the help of a financial planner, and make sure you include a tax comparison of the northeastern states to educate yourself about the best possible locations–not just for the ideal environment that suits your fancy, but also to ensure your nest egg is properly protected and even given the opportunity to grow.

It’s essential to take into account each state’s income tax, real estate tax, and sales tax for starters.  Here’s a little break down of some basics of five other states in the northeast as compared to North Carolina.  How do North Carolina taxes rank?  Not too shabby.


REAL ESTATE PROPERTY TAXES

In terms of property tax, North Carolina tax rates well for those who want to make sure their retirement dollars stretch far. The property tax in North Carolina is a locally-assessed county tax, based upon real property, personal property and motor vehicles. 

Annual property taxes in Caldwell County are approximately $782 per $100,000 of property value verses $2,160 in Alpine New Jersey. On a $400,000 home, that’s an annual savings of $5,512 per year!

For more information, the North Carolina Department of Revenue’s website has made listings of all the state’s property tax rates going back nearly two decades.  The beauty of North Carolina is its property tax exclusions, which provide breaks for the disabled, war vets, and also the elderly.

In New Jersey all real property and tangible personal property is subject to property tax unless exempted.  The assessed valuation of real property is based on 100% of the fair market value.  An individual’s property taxes are calculated by multiplying the general tax rate by the assessed value of the property.  Real property taxes are assessed and collected by cities and townships. Personal property tax is administered by the state.  There are several homeowner property tax relief programs available.

In Illinois, only real property or real estate is taxed by local districts, including counties, townships, municipalities, school districts and special taxing districts in two-year cycles.  The first year is the assessment, the second year payments are collected.  Most property in Illinois is assessed at 33.33% of its market value, except for farmland—which is assessed on the income it produces. Homestead exemptions are available for seniors, disabled veterans, as well as improvement and general exemptions.

In Connecticut all real and personal property is taxable unless specifically exempted.  Each city and town administers its own property tax.

Real property in New York is taxed based on its value. Counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and special districts each raise money through the real property tax to pay for local services. The amount of a property’s tax is determined by the property’s assessment and the tax rates of the jurisdiction.  Each property in most municipalities must be assessed at a uniform percentage of value– 5%, 10%, 50% or any other percentage not exceeding 100%. In addition, the School Tax Relief, or STAR, program is a partial exemption from school property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences. The Enhanced STAR exemption is available for the primary residences of senior citizens with a household income not greater than not the state standard.  Residents may be able to claim the real property tax credit for homeowners and renters.

Virginia has no state property tax. The taxes are set and collected at the local government.  Real estate is taxed at the local level based on 100% of fair market value. Effective true tax rates on real estate vary and are set by locality. For example, property taxes in Alexandria Virginia are approximately $1,150 a year per $100,000 of a home’s value. On a $400,000 home, taxes would likely be $4,600 verses $1,955 for the same valued homes in Lenoir.

Tangible personal property, such as such as machinery and equipment, furniture, fixtures, and automobiles, is taxed at the local level and is based on a percentage of original cost.

STATE INCOME TAX

The North Carolina state income tax is currently 5.75%. As of 2014, the state eliminated progressive income tax rates. Since 2015 every state taxpayer pays a consistent rate of 5.75%. North Carolina verses New Jersey state income taxes on income is basically the same. The benefit of tax savings takes place beyond $75,000 in income where New Jersey rates climb to over 8%.

Illinois state income tax is imposed on every individual, corporation, trust and estate who earn or receive income. The tax is a flat percentage of a taxpayer’s federal adjusted gross income, so it takes a bit of math to calculate living there.

Connecticut assesses an income tax of 6 brackets, from 3% to 6.99%.

The New York state income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82% over 8 income brackets.

New Jersey levies state taxes from 1.4% to 8.97%,  and these rates are assessed by progressive income brackets.

Virginia’s tax rates range from 2% to 5.75%– assessed over 4 income tax brackets.

SALES TAX

The sales tax in North Carolina dropped a percentage point in July of 2011 to 4.75%.  Most sales and purchases are subject to state and local taxes too; the rate is typically 2% but in some counties is 2.75%.  The North Carolina Department of Revenue has a complete list of tax rates county by county. Sales tax in Caldwell County is 6.75% verses 6.87% in New Jersey. Sales tax is pretty much the same if you’re moving from New Jersey.

Illinois has a sales tax of 6.25% for general merchandise; this rate may be adjusted in January or July of each year.  Food, drug and medical appliances have a 1% rate.  In addition to liquor, gas and cigarettes, aircraft and watercraft use, as well as food and beverages, are taxed.

Connecticut’s sale tax is 6.35% on sale, lease and rental of most goods.  The luxury sales tax is 7.75%–motor vehicles valued over $50,000; jewelry valued over $5,000; apparel, footwear, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets and watches valued over $1,000.   Airport valet parking, yoga instruction, motor vehicle storage and towing, spa treatments, pet grooming, boarding and obedience services are all taxable.  Home weatherization products are taxable as well.   Local jurisdictions do no impose additional sales tax.

New York’s tax rate is 4%.  Taxable property and services within the state vary.  Local sales taxes may also exist.  Clothing and footwear with value less than $110 is exempt.

New Jersey’s sales tax is 7%.  All retail sales are taxable unless specified.  A compensating use tax is imposed when the sales tax is not collected or is at a rate lower than the state’s sales tax.

Virginia’s sales and use tax is 4.3% with an additional 1% local tax; the combined sales tax is typically 5.3% on most purchases.  Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads has an additional 0.7% tax, bringing the rate to 6%.  In addition there is a consumer use tax on purchases more than $100 annually of untaxed goods from online, mail order, or television purchases, in addition to tax-free items from out of state.

Being informed is the best way to prepare for your retirement.   Understanding taxes and how they impact your finances is an essential part of retirement planning and maintaining control over your budget.

North Carolina is one of the states with lower cost of living. Boomers save money on taxes, housing, medical care, fuel and food. Perhaps you’ve already done your homework, performed a tax comparison and seen how well North Carolina’s taxes rank.  Perhaps you’ve sold your home and are ready to create a new life in the perfect setting–like the gorgeous landscape of The Coves where you can develop your hobbies as well as dive into  the variety of outdoor recreation—golf, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, biking and hiking—whatever your heart desires.   

North Carolina has exceeded Florida as a leading place to retire, largely due to affordability and because of mild four season weather. Retirees also like that fact that family left behind are likely less than a days drive to visit or Charlotte and Asheville airport are easily accessible.

Lenoir, with its strong sense of community and charm, is a sweet choice for settling into your new mountain home where you can be surrounded by caring neighbors and still enjoy the serenity and peace of your idyllic mountainside property all year long.

Tax rates are complex and change all the time. Be sure to check with your tax professional to review the total cost savings of moving to the beautiful state of North Carolina.

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Sails Summer Concert Series – Toe Tapping Fun in Hickory NC

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Ah, summer! It’s the season we dream about all year long. Full of endless sun and limitless fun. In the mountains of Western North Carolina, this is the time of year when warm lazy days stretch on into cool starlit nights, painting the perfect setting for outdoor festivities with friends. This is the season for open-air gatherings. And nothing brings people together like live music!

If you’re one of the lucky ones visiting – or living — in the charming mountain towns of North Carolina this summer, you’ll no doubt want to visit Hickory, one of North Carolina’s most enticing summer destination spots. And you’ll definitely want to add the 5th Annual Sails Summer Concert Series to your list of not-to-be missed things to do in Hickory North Carolina on a Friday night.

What started out as “an idea for a modest little music series,” according to Sails Summer Concert Series founder Bob Sinclair, “has become a highly regarded musical event that attracts people from across the state.”

Each Friday in May, June, and September, friends old and new set up blankets and lawn chairs at the Sails on the Square – an outdoor venue the locals affectionately refer to as “Hickory’s downtown living room” – to sample live music from a variety of bands, singer/songwriters, and musical artists. This lineup of hand-picked talent ranges from Grammy winners to up-and-comers, from Hickory’s own to artists from cities and towns from across the United States. Performances start at 6:30 p.m., and the musical numbers keep playing on well past sunset.

Concert-goers are praising the 2017 lineup as “awesome,” “fantastic,” “an eclectic mix” of “top-shelf bands.” They love that the unique variety of music featured in the Sails Summer Concert Series has definite adult appeal but is also family friendly. This is just one reason the concert series keeps growing in popularity year after year, building on its own success with Hickory locals and mountain music-lovers across Western North Carolina.

Take a look at the lineup that’s yet to come in the 2017 series:

·       June 16: THE FRETLESS – musically eclectic maestros

·       June 23: CARAVAN OF THIEVES – rollicking mayhem

·       June 30: DANIELLE HOWLE – Miss amazing

·       Sept 1:   FREE PLANET RADIO – world music manifested

·       Sept 8:   BIG SANDY & HIS FLYRITE BOYS – Los Angeles rockabillyists

·       Sept 15:  WESTERN CENTURIES – newly imagined country, rhythm and Blues

·       Sept 22:  MILE TWELVE – new chambergrass darlings

·       Sept 29:  ADAM LEVY – guitar hero, song maker

This year, Olde Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will be selling beer and wine to concert goers in designated areas. And if you work up an appetite from all that dancing under the Sails, you’ll want to dip in to one of the nearby foodie-friendly restaurants, cafés, or gastropubs in beautiful Downtown Hickory.

If your idea of the perfect ending to a long, lazy summer week includes good food, good beer and wine (locally crafted!), and an evening of toe-tapping fun with your posse of mountain-loving friends, it’s time to head to Hickory and treat yourself to this series of vibrant, energetic, fresh, and inspiring music from distinctive bands throughout the region. Who knows… you may discover the next great act to sweep the nation, grab a Grammy, or appear on late-night TV. It’s been known to happen!

That’s because music in the mountains is a cherished part of the regional lifestyle. And while we love our traditional Blue Ridge style (bluegrass, jazz, country, rockabilly), we’re always on the lookout for new, homegrown talent. Over the years, this area has inspired some of the most prolific bluegrass artists and musicians in the United States. And it continues to influence a whole new generation of passionate musicians who find their muse in the majestic mountains of the Blue Ridge.

It’s the call of the mountains that attracts so many artists, musicians, and those of us who love all-things-beautiful-and-outdoorsy to explore North Carolina mountain real estate. Year after year, lured by the relaxing but vibrant mountain lifestyle, visitors and tourists turn into neighbors and friends. The custom-built luxury log homes of Hickory, the charming mountain homes near Asheville, and the gorgeous mountain-river properties in Lenoir all play a part in attracting people to the mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina. These gems of North Carolina mountain real estate have to be seen to be believed. They offer mountain living at its most glorious, and make the lure of the foothills almost impossible to resist.

Nestled along the Johns River adjacent to Wilson Creek – just an hour’s drive from Downtown Hickory – sits our gorgeous gated community called The Coves Mountain River Club. Talk about the best of both worlds! This is both mountain and river living, a rarity that’s truly coveted by nature lovers. Situated along 3,600 acres of flora-rich riverfront property, The Coves comes fully loaded with above-and-beyond amenities, including 39 miles of hiking and biking trails, a beautifully tended community garden and vineyard, an elegant equestrian center with handsomely groomed pastures, and a spectacular two-story mountaintop neighborhood lodge that offers jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, river, creeks, and waterfalls.

The Coves’ Pisgah Mountain Lodge has a wrap-around porch that welcomes neighbors to its wooden rocking chairs with the promise of a front-row seat to long-range views of Grandfather Mountain. This is the spot where folks will gather to talk about the live band they just heard in Downtown Hickory under The Sails, or share a story about that fabulous find from the antique store in Asheville. This is the place where memories are made. And it’s the place you’ll want to call home.

The Coves is ideally located in Lenoir, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge foothills, with easy access to surrounding mountain towns, including Hickory, Asheville, Blowing Rock, and Morganton.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit to The Coves. We can help you arrange an itinerary so your tour of The Coves coincides with your favorite band’s performance at the Sails Summer Concert Series!

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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The Morganton Restaurant Foodie Scene

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Morganton, part of the Lenoir-Hickory-Morganton metropolitan area, is one of the most beautiful and bustling mountain towns in North Carolina. What many folks might not know is the city is rich with small businesses and family-owned restaurants – including breweries, wineries, coffee shops, cafes, and more – perfect for foodies who want to escape the dullness and predictability of restaurant chains.

Below is a list of Morganton NC restaurants who provide some of the best and most unique dining experiences for gated communities near Asheville NC:

Fonta Flora offers locally sourced and award-winning craft beer with an emphasis on seasonal flora, bringing English tradition and Belgian inspiration to Appalachia. Patrons can enjoy a warm, relaxed atmosphere with music from local musicians on select nights. Address: 317 N Green St. Phone: 828-413-1183

Wisteria Gastropub is a true farm-to-table experience where classic Southern cuisine meets fabulous new twists. Patrons can enjoy seasonally inspired menus with fresh meats and produce from locally owned farms and sustainable sources. A full bar, live music, and a light night bar is also offered. Address: 108 E Meeting St. Phone: 828-475-6200

Root & Vine combines scratch preparations with traditional French technique and southern practicalities to create delicious fare. They work with the local farmer’s market, local growers, and fish purveyors to ensure the highest quality cuisine possible. They offer a full bar including 42 craft beers, 20+ bottled beers, 100+ wine offerings, and a unique list of cocktails. Address: 139 West Union ST. Phone: 828-433-1540

King Street Café offers fine dining, including Asian, French, and southern cusisine, at an affordable price. Set in an elegant Victorian home, patrons enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere including low lights, fresh flowers, and imaginative local art. Address: 207 South King St. Phone: 828-475-6188

The Grind Café offers a wide variety of specialty coffee in a hip atmosphere with gourmet quality breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. On the weekends, patrons can enjoy Tapas, live music, and a fine assortment of craft brews and wine. Address: 136 W Union St. Phone: 828-430-4343

Abele’s Family Restaurant is a family-friendly restaurant and candy store serving hearty American comfort food and nostalgic décor. Patrons can enjoy a salad and hot buffet bar, homemade desserts, and a friendly atmosphere all at an affordable price. Address: 2115 S Sterling St. Phone: 828-433-5400

Treat Restaurant and Bar is known for its wide variety of menu offerings, served with a “layered eating” Tapas style flare. The restaurant and bar boasts a menu that features hand-crafted specials created and rotated seasonally, along with a hand-picked signature beer and wine selection. Inspired by creativity, innovation and a deep desire to “treat” people with food and fun, Treat’s style emphasizes fresh, new and artistic plates with distinctive Spanish, Asian and Italian influences. Address: 100 W Sterling St. Phone: 828-475-1082

Morganton is conveniently located near one of the best gated mountain communities in the Western NC area, our Coves Mountain River Club. Only a twenty-minute drive away, Morganton’s close proximity to The Coves adds another dining venue to a fun and relaxing life in the foothills.

Residents enjoy a variety of cuisines, craft beer and wine, and unique dining experiences after hiking along the Johns River, taking a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole, or riding horses along the many scenic trails. People love the spectacular mountain views, friendly community atmosphere, first classes amenities – and foodies can rest easy knowing a wide array of delicious fare is right around the corner.

Morganton just scratches the surface of outstanding restaurants near The Coves! Stop by, tour our mountain community and we’ll share more of our delicious foodie secrets with you.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

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Delightful Year Round Four Season Weather in Lenoir NC

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Whether you’ve been able to enjoy a relaxing experience in the foothills, or have been able to at last, settle into your charming mountain home, Lenoir North Carolina weather provides the ideal backdrop to accent all four seasons of the year. 

After exploring NC mountain real estate all around Western North Carolina, many have chosen to relocate or retire in Lenoir to escape the harsher winters in the northeast, or leave the heat and humidity of the deep south behind. There are not too many places where you can actually have the best of all worlds, leading a healthy and active life with an assortment of outdoor opportunities that are seemingly endless which includes fantastic hikes near Asheville NC. At an elevation ranging from 1,100 to almost 2,000 feet, Lenoir is truly the sweet spot when it comes to great four season weather.

These days it’s easy enough to search the places we may want to consider spending our retirement years, or, if possible, our pre-retirement years, with just a click of our internet browser.   The Lenoir North Carolina weather shines online with all the details of its four mild seasons, which provide a year-round temperate landscape to draw you and your family outside into the healthy fresh air. 

What would you discover with a little online research?  Winter days in Lenoir are mild, with 52 degrees as the high and 28 degrees as the low, and less than five inches of snowfall.  Spring eases into Lenoir with 69 degrees as the high and 44 as the low, perfect weather for the wildflowers to bloom. 

When summer arrives, you will find a moderate 86 degree high and 64 degree low.  Fall boasts 68 degree highs and 46 degree lows, encouraging vibrant fall colors from the end of September until early November. But there’s nothing better than leaving that computer screen behind and experiencing the magic for yourself!   

Whether you adore the hikes near Asheville NC, or you prefer spending peaceful hours in your vegetable garden, the mild climate will make all of your hobbies and recreation more than just a dream or hopeful scribbles filling up your bucket list.  It’s no wonder so many have found Lenoir to be one of the most charming mountain towns in the state, and it’s no surprise that NC mountain real estate is quietly flourishing in the foothills.

There’s so much to be grateful for in Lenoir.  Keep this in mind when you’re searching for NC mountain real estate–sunny days abound—totaling about 210 a year, with blue skies accentuated by the lush green mountains.  Perhaps one of the best features is the region’s diversity, and the proximity of so many enticing environments with a mere click of your car’s ignition. 

Lenoir is situated in a setting you need to witness in person, tucked beneath the Blue Ridge Mountain range, and located at an elevation of 1,168 feet above sea level.  If a winter day arrives where you want to hit the slopes, the High Country is awaiting you with ski resorts, like Beech Mountain, that can accommodate the entire family, and at the end of the day you can return to the comfort of your mountain home. 

On a balmy summer day when you’re craving some cooler, higher elevation air, Blowing Rock awaits you with an admirable elevation of 3,566 feet for views that will  take your breath away while you inhale some refreshing mountain air, sometimes ten or twenty degrees cooler.  Take some photos of nature, the abundant wildlife and lush flowers and vegetation, hike to your heart’s content in the shade of the woods, dip your feet in the stream, take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and then return to your sweet Lenoir home.

Life at The Coves is where you can enjoy all that the Lenoir NC weather has to offer, accompanied by the diverse and invigorating landscape.  Keep in mind–this is how you create a day to day existence that will make you feel you’re on a perpetual vacation.  Explore Lenoir, take in Wilson Creek, T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, or Lenoir Greenway–if you’re up for some hikes near Asheville NC, and see how the charm of this town is undeniable.

The Coves is a friendly social community where neighbors and friends take part in all the perks of the mountain community.  On any given day, folks can be found outdoors peddling their bikes through The Coves’ scenic trails, lacing up their hiking boots for invigorating hikes near Asheville NC, paddling, fishing, or floating leisurely down the Johns River, horseback riding with some friends, or simply lazing beneath the canopy of the trees, the sound of a cascading waterfall in the background, while they get lost in their books.  Those who settle in at The Coves, understand how important creature comforts are, and how your life can be transformed by nature, the ideal home, and a caring and close-knit community.

The Coves is a gem in every sense of the word.  Are you tired of ice and five-foot snow falls that obscure your driveway?  Come and see for yourself, no matter the season, you will be happy you choose to visit this charming historic mountain town and build at The Coves.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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