Blue Ridge Georgia Real Estate
Blue Ridge GA,
in Fannin County, is the choice of many investors and log home buyers
seeking the best in the North Georgia Mountains. Property values have
gone up tremendously in the past five years, and the current market slowdown
has resulted in the best buys in years. Blue Ridge appeals to both active
lifestyle seekers and people who just want to “sit on the porch and enjoy
the view from the cabin.” The demographic is somewhat younger than other
mountain areas, but Blue Ridge also attracts a significant number of retirees,
as well as hardy folks who commute to Atlanta (90 minutes, down the four-lane
Blue Ridge is proud
of its charming, restored downtown, with the old depot now serving as
the point of departure for the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. The downtown
has wine shops, antique shops, cabin furnishing establishments, and restaurants.
The park near the depot is a favorite gathering place, and the Blue Ridge
Arts Association, housed in the historic courthouse, is the largest volunteer
organization in the county.
Fannin County remains 42% national forest. Lake Blue Ridge is the finest
big lake in Georgia, with crystal clear water and uncrowded boating. The
lake is over 100 feet deep in the river channel, and hosts a substantial
population of walleye. About 80 miles of the 100 miles of shoreline is
national forest. The lake has a marina, four public boat ramps, a national
forest campground, and a public swimming area at Morganton Point. The
Blue Ridge area has some of the darkest night skies in the southeast,
making it a favorite of astronomers and stargazers.
The Toccoa River has two distinct sections. As the river flows north,
it runs through the Chattahoochee National Forest and is ideal for canoeing,
kayaking, and tubing. Big boulders, huge hemlocks, and dramatic mountain
vistas characterize this portion of the river. The trout fishing is good,
and the tributaries, including Wilscot Creek and Noontootla Creek, are
home to native species. The river below the dam – the tailrace – is considered
the best trout stream in Georgia. As the river enters Tennessee, it is
called the Ocoee. Several miles downstream of the Georgia-Tennessee line,
the Olympic Whitewater venue is nestled in a beautiful setting in the
Ocoee Gorge, the epicenter of a robust whitewater rafting industry. Fightingtown
Creek, Blue Ridge’s most famous trout stream, comes off Flathead Mountain
in the Cohuttas and winds through most of the county, flowing into the
river just north of the Georgia-Tennessee line.
Fannin County has two mountain chains, the Cohuttas and the Blue Ridge
Mountains. The Cohuttas are higher and wilder, and the Cohutta Wilderness
Area is the jewel of Georgia’s wilderness areas, with a peak elevation
over 4,000 feet at Cowpen Mountain. There are miles of lightly traveled
hiking trails in the Cohuttas, including the long-range Benton McKaye
Trail. The Jacks River traverses the wilderness area, feeding the pristine
Conasauga River, which has more native species than the Colorado or Columbia
river systems. The beginning point of the Appalachian Trail, Springer
Mountain, is located in southern Fannin County in the heart of Georgia’s
Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Aska Road area, which sits between the Rich Mountain Wilderness and
Lake Blue Ridge, is famous for the Aska Adventure Race – think extreme
triathlon – which brings 90 four person teams to Blue Ridge for an annual
competition. Next year, Blue Ridge will host the national competition.
The Aska Road area is also home to several excellent hiking trails, and
is the easiest access to the upper Toccoa River.
In this part of the mountains, real estate listings identify location
by the post office serving the property. For this reason, listings that
say “Blue Ridge” are often some miles out from the city of Blue Ridge,
and the same is true of listings in Morganton and Mineral Bluff. Some
of the smaller communities that you are apt to encounter in local listings
are Epworth, McCaysville, and Dial. Cashes Valley, on the edge of the
Cohutta mountains, is a beautiful area located not too far from the headwaters
of Fightingtown Creek.
Analysis of MLS data for December 2008 reveals that there were 30 residential
transactions in the Blue Ridge Georgia real estate market last month.
The median home sale was $212,500, with the highest sale being $2,000,000
and the lowest $30,000. These listings spent an average of 135 days on
market before selling. The sold to list price ratio was 89.19%, and the
sold to original price ratio was 85.4%. The total volume was $10,362,800.
the whole of 2008, there were 343 residential transactions in the Blue
Ridge area. The median home sale was $221,800, with the highest sale being
$2,000,000 and the lowest $21,900. These listings spent an average of
124 days on market before selling. The sold to list price ratio was 91.78%,
and the sold to original price ratio was 87.52%. The total volume was
Because our MLS allows relisting property with a different MLS number,
actual time on market is probably considerably longer than is represented
in these statistics.
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