Dreaming in Green: Journey to Valle Cay

    Michael Parkinson grew up in Michigan. After a few trips to Florida for vacation as a kid, he landed in Miami semi-permanently and got a job with Dade Paper company. It wasn’t too long before he met his wife, Dona, and a year after that, they married in her hometown of Mooresville, NC. After a short stint from Mooresville to Michigan and back to Florida, the young family grew for 20 years. With two young daughters and newly acquired vacation time, the Parkinsons were ready to escape the Florida humidity. When Michael’s wife suggested taking their girls camping in Boone, Michael initially replied: “What’s that?”, but quickly conceded to pack their van and venture north for the green scenery and the drop in temperature.

    It didn’t take much convincing once their van made it up to the mountains – the air was cooler, crisper, cleaner and Michael says he appreciated the woodsy feel of the area – a welcome change from Miami. Michael and Dona are dreamers – but they are also just crazy enough to pursue some of those dreams. After vacationing in the NC mountains for years in the early 80’s, they fell in love with a 10-acre plot of land outside of Boone, dreaming of building a home eventually. As they religiously visited little Boone to explore and camp from their van, they decided their 10-acre dream was a little too far out of town for their liking.

    By 1988, Michael and Dona were still dreaming, and still in love with the peaceful nature of the High Country. On one of their many trips to the High Country, the pair were relentlessly looking to make their dreams a reality. Their realtor introduced them to a huge swath of undeveloped, pristine, natural mountain land, except for two speck houses at the front of the hopeful development situated in calming Valle Crucis. They looked at a couple of lots on the property but weren’t sold on the prospect of building. One afternoon, they found themselves sitting together in the yard of the speck house, talking about how crazy it would be to live here, unable to go inside due to the potential safety hazard of the unfinished home.

    Ironically, the day the couple returned to their home in Florida they received the call that the speck home was complete and ready to be seen. His wife flew back to Boone, bringing her dad with her to walk the newly built home. With an excited call home to her husband, they decided to buy their dream. Little did they know how the Valle Cay community would spring up around them, steadily building to be one of the most financially secure and sought after communities of the High Country.

    Their Valle Cay home became their second home – Michael laughs “this is a nicer house than our home!”, and finally, they moved permanently in 1994, when their eldest daughter graduated college. The couple was, quite obviously, some of the first residents of this newly minted Valle Crucis community. The community has grown immensely in the years since, yet still maintains that ‘Blue Ridge Parkway’ feel that initially drew them to Valle Cay.

    It still feels safe and cozy. Its quaintness is full of nature, and Michael remarks, it simply feels like “a better place to grow up”.

    Valle Crucis is one our absolute favorite areas in the High Country, though we may be a little bit biased. We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful listings available in this desirable community – from a new, incredible custom built home with views of Grandfather Mountain, to green, flat lots ready for you to build your dream home.

    From ValleyCay.com:”Valle Cay offers a beautiful and unique community—the gateway to Valle Crucis. Valle Cay was established in 1988 as a private, gated, residential community designed to protect and enhance its natural mountain beauty. Interestingly, the natural elements of the Blue Ridge Parkway inspired the design of Valle Cay and those elements can be seen throughout our community in the use of the land; the preserved trees, foliage, rocks and other natural elements; in our signage; and building designs and materials to name a few. In addition to its beauty and tranquility, Valle Cay offers hiking trails, lakes for fishing and canoeing, wildlife, and a gathering place at Lake Victoria for socializing.”

    The community is very financially strong, fully established and because many property owners have purchased neighboring tracts, absorbing those tracts into their home site tract – the community has a noticeable “low density feel”. Valle Cay is located in the immediate Valle Crucis Community and within the Valle Crucis Elementary school district.

    Build Your Dream Home in Valle Cay…

    TBD Valle Cay Dr. – Save, Save, Save a good $20,000 in site preparation work, grading, house foundation work and a much easier driveway install than many other building tracts because this Building Tract is @ 1.37 Acre Tract is SO LEVEL, SO GENTLE and the house site is open with few trees. The building Tract fronts Valle Cay Drive and Little Harbour Drive. There is a Previous Septic Permit for a 3 Bedroom Home and the permit shows a desirable house site that views to and over Lake Dexter.

    TBD Valle View Dr. – Build with a backdrop of Grandfather Mountain AND Surrounding Mountains. This Very Desirable 2.9 Acre View Tract has a Shared Driveway already to the HOUSE SITE. There was a Previously Approved 5 (Five) Bedroom Septic Permit and is located in the Upscale and Fully Established Valle Cay Gated Community. This VIEW TRACT ALSO OFFERS a Level Building Site and Very Nice Privacy.

    TBD Hope Town – Enjoy any time of the year easy access to this private estate tract in Most Desirable Valle Cay at 2750 ft. Elevation. Combined Lots 9 and 12 total @ 2.53 Acres. You don’t have to drive a narrow, steep, winding road to reach this Luxury Building Tract! This fine Building Tract is privately located OFF the main road, on a short Cul-de-sac so there is very little noise. Underground Power, Charter / Spectrum cable and Fiber Optic Cable is also underground with SkyLine/SkyBest for High-Speed Internet, TV, a hard line phone line AND a Home Security System.

    Tract 67 Green Turtle Dr. – Large Building Tract in beautiful and fully established Valle Cay. No steep grades to climb, easy year round access and this Tract Borders a portion of Valle Cay’s Hiking Trails System. Tract 67 was purchased for $113,000. Underground Power is provided to the Tract that includes Charter Cable and Fiber Optic, for High-Speed Internet, TV and hard line phone line from Skyline / Skybest too!

    Maybe your dream home already exists in Valle Cay…

    168 Little Harbour – HARD TO FIND – True One Level Living Luxury Home on @ 2.25 Pet-Friendly rolling meadows with Invisible Fence. Totally Updated with new, slick interior finishes. Wood, Tile, Travertine. Beamed Vaulted Ceiling throughout Great Room Living with Beautiful Stone Fireplace. Large Dining off Kitchen + Great Room. Totally Renovated Luxurious Full Baths feature Huge Tile Showers, Back-Splashes + Spa Tub feel in Master Bath. CUSTOM BUILT CABINETRY made from RARE and Difficult to acquire “Sapele, African Mahogany Kitchen Cabinetry” we understand was reclaimed from a Historic Home (ask where), Granite Counters, Gas Range with efficient yet whisper quiet Hood, Island, Built-Ins and Pantry Space. Kohler, Moen Fixtures. New Trex Decking. Newer Fire Resistant Roof. Newer Paved Driveway, parking and turn-around. Super Efficient 72,000 BTU “Quadra-Fire” Wood Stove in Stone Fireplace for auxiliary heat with @ 10 Hour burn time capable. 48,000 BTU Woodstock “Soapstone” Wood Stove with Tripple-Wall-Flue in Family Room. Family Room (wood, carpet, tile) has Office Space Area with Built-In-Bookcases and out of view storage areas. Hiking Trails, Common Area Lakes, Low-Density Community.

    151 Man-O-War -Excellently Maintained Log Home with Long Range Mountain Views with a Private Setting on over 2 Acres in beautiful Valle Cay – located in the immediate and Desirable Valle Crucis area. Wide-Open Great Room with Wood Burning Stone Fireplace, Loft Sitting Area or other use, Huge Master Suite, Huge Family Room, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Wrap-Around Covered Porches, Open Decking, Fully Landscaped Yard areas, Water Features within usable backyard and Patio Areas, Circular Front Driveway, Lower Driveway to access the Oversized 2 Car Garage. Newer Roof, Recently Stained exterior and more… Underground Utilities included, Charter Cable, Fiber Optic Cable, Phone, TV and Power. – – – Additional Acreage potentially available- – – Valle Cay features at 4 Miles of Private Hiking Trails, Common Area Lakes for fishing, canoeing, picnicking, exploring and relaxing. This home is Centrally Located in the midst of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk North Carolina – in The High Country.

    439 Valle Cay Dr – a SMART BUY! True One Level Living Home with attached 2 Car Garage in desirable Valle Cay. Easy Year Round Access ” CUSTOM BUILT HOME ” with Excellent Privacy… Lots of Wood Floors, Stone Fireplace, Great Room, TALL WOOD CEILINGS, accent lighting, Den, Living Room, Dining, Large Open Kitchen, Huge Pantry, and separate Laundry Room. Stone Walkway leads to a Gorgeous Stone Entry Porch. ” Beautiful ” Small Landscaped, LEVEL Front Yard (very little grass cutting) with mature plantings and dramatic Stone Landscape Areas. The Rear Decking offers EXCELLENT PRIVACY and small landscaped area also features a little creek. There is a 3 plus Acre Common Area directly across from this home. There is a small workshop area and utility sink within the 2 Car Garage. Freshly Stained, Painted Exterior and Clean Space type Crawl Space. The home was a full-time, year-round residence till 2018. The seller, sellers are the Heirs (local), the heirs never lived in the home and therefore the Residential Property Disclosure shows ‘no representation’ on most items. This is an excellent value and one of the least expensive homes in Valle Cay, Buy Now, the TAX VALUE IS $343,600 –

    Or Perhaps You Dream of A Brand New Custom Built Home with Long Range Mountain Views?

    That’s What You’ll Find in The Homestead Community of Valle Crucis…

    817 New Homestead Dr. – BRAND NEW HIGH-QUALITY DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION!!! ONE LEVEL LIVING in The Homestead, Centrally Located in Valle Crucis. INSANELY AMAZING LONG RANGE VIEWS OF GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN! Exterior: Board & Batten Siding, Nice Stone Entry, Outdoor Patio Area, Large (480 sq ft) COVERED Back Deck. Interior: Open Floor Plan Great Room w/Vaulted T&G Ceilings, Stacked Stone Fireplace, Large Kitchen (eat-in dining) w/Bar – Black Stainless Smudge-free Kitchen Appliances, Granite Countertops, Live-edge wood Bar Top & touches of reclaimed Barn Wood. Master Suite (bed & bath) also has vaulted ceiling, large walk-in tile shower & master closet. Wood floors throughout the home (tile in both full baths). Two guest bedrooms with “Jack & Jill” style bath. Very nice large windows to bring in natural sunlight & long range views. Dual Fuel Heat Pump w/Propane Furnace & Central A/C. Easy Access through Community & Private Driveway. There is room to add a 2 Car Garage should the potential buyer want one – can discuss more with the builder. The floor plan is included in photos. Absolutely Beautiful & High-Quality Construction! Must see!


    Care to invest in a dynamic, multi-use property in one of the most desirable communities of the High Country?

    The Historic Greenhill Farm – PRIME 35 ACRE VALLE CRUCIS COMPOUND FOR SALE!! AMAZING MOUNTAIN PROPERTY W/PASTURE & WATAUGA RIVER FRONTAGE with a WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY! The compound is comprised of the late 1880’s historical 6 bedroom farmhouse (Main), Charming 1200+ sq ft guest cottage, SWIMMING POOL, multiple outbuildings, 7 stall barn, 7200 sq ft indoor

    tennis court, pond w/dock & sandy beach, horseback riding trails, gardens, pasture & two riverfront tracts in Shulls Farm. The Main house is over 6000 sq ft with 6 beds/4.5 baths, multiple living rooms, gorgeous chef’s kitchen w/wormy chestnut cabinetry, granite counters & overlooking the gardens & mountain views, large mudroom/butler’s pantry, attached 2 car garage w/guest suite.. GORGEOUS OLD FARMHOUSE CHARM W/THE MODERN AMENITIES! This property is well suited as a Bed & Breakfast, with ability to house onsite innkeeper in the 2/2 guest cottage.. Would make a more than excellent Wedding Venue considering the vast outdoor settings & indoor arena .. Could also become an romantic, rustic & one-of-a-kind SPA-RESORT-RETREAT CENTER. Sellers have used the property for several years as their primary family home, housed several horses & hosted their sons’ wedding!


    The Taylor House Inn – 9 SUITE BED & BREAKFAST FOR SALE W/INNKEEPERS QUARTERS ON SITE! Taylor House Inn is an HISTORIC Bed and Breakfast. Well known for providing Romantic Getaways, hosting fabulous Family Reunions, Corporate Retreats, and the sweetest Wedding Venue in the Idyllic Valle Crucis community. Taylor House Inn is a sophisticated European-Style Inn with a special Farmhouse flair. IN THE MAIN INN there are 7 Guest Rooms and 6-1/2 Full Baths.. Large Entry Hall & Sitting Lounge, Charming Dining Room off the Commercial Grade Kitchen. The “Red Cottage” has a Suite with Kitchenette and another separate Suite… Their are 3 Outbuildings, MilkHouse (detached) suitable for gift shoppe or coffee shop etc.. Flower Cottage (detached) suitable for Private Massage or Meditation Room.. Their is also a Workshop with garage.. protection for the Porsche 😉 Main Level Sq. Ft. includes the main level of the INN and the Red Cottage. Valle Crucis has been attracting travelers for nearly 200 years and yet retains an air of simplicity, lost by most places generations ago. The VIEW DIRECTION across from the INN – overlooks approximately 60 plus Acres of Conservancy Lands!

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