Boone, Banner Elk or Blowing Rock, NC: Take Your Pick
That’s your new address. When you have a mountain home at Echota, it’s not one High Country town—but all three.
Echota. In the Cherokee language, it means, “a peaceful haven.” Perhaps no other real estate community is more aptly named. But unlike many communities that are incomplete or that only exist on the drawing board—Echota is very real. Echota is a community of elegantly crafted, mountain-style condominiums, townhomes and real estate. Today 500 families are already enjoying the maintenance-free luxury of Echota with ridgeline views of Grandfather Mountain or the Watauga River Valley. You’ll find Echota in the heart of North Carolina’s celebrated High Country, centrally located between Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock.
With so much to do and so much to see in the High Country, you’re always close to the fun, and the fun is close to you. The amenities at Echota rival those of some of the world’s finest mountain resorts. Every day, homeowners and their guests enjoy the use of two private clubhouses. Swimming every season at Echota’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Fishing in stocked ponds. And spending time together enjoying nature at the Riverpark. Best of all, Echota’s amenities are all complete—and debt-free.
Chalakee, Echota’s newest neighborhood, embodies all the things that make Echota great—breathtaking views and outstanding value—plus innovative features including rugged timber frame construction, nine-foot ceilings and spacious decks with outdoor kitchens.
Maybe you’ve been waiting for just the right time to buy mountain real estate. Or, maybe you’ve been looking for just the right place. A real estate community that offers the finest views, a variety of debt-free, resort-style amenities and of course, the right High Country location. The opportunity you’ve been waiting for is available today. The opportunity is Echota.
Pete and Pat Floyd of Rock Hill, S.C., have been spending downtime in the High Country for years, purchasing a two-bedroom unit at Echota four years ago. When Chalakee opened, they purchased a one-bedroom unit with views of Grandfather Mountain and have been leasing both properties to vacationers through Foscoe Rentals.
“The rental program has been so successful that occasionally when we just want to pop up there for the weekend, both our units are booked,” says Pat. She and Pete try to visit the High Country at least once a month.
Pete says eventually he and his wife will have the Chalakee unit exclusively for their own use, but for now, “renting it out is a way to recoup some of the expense of ownership.”
Pete adds that rental traffic has been escalating year after year, and he attributes a lot of that increased business to Foscoe Rentals. “They’re on the property, and they do a great job.”
Foscoe Rentals’ manager Heather Lyons confirms the Floyds’ view, noting that vacation rental traffic has been building year after year. Currently, she has 140 short-term rentals and 20 long-term rentals in the program.
“The one bedrooms are doing great,” Lyons says, “and we don’t have a whole lot of them, only at Chalakee.” She says couples visiting the High Country for romantic getaways don’t need all the extra space and appreciate the one-bedroom units with their gorgeous Grandfather Mountain and Valle Crucis views and built-in grills on the decks.
Lyons says a lot of Echota owners opt to rent through Foscoe because the company is right there on site and offers vacationers 24/7 online booking as well as 24/7 maintenance.
To search for available rentals at Echota, check out www.FoscoeRentals.com.
According to a recent article on RISMedia, the top 3 reasons that now is the right time to buy a home are:
1. Rising Home Prices: Home prices are inching upward at an accelerated rate. Since price is likely the most significant consideration most people have when buying, this is important. If prices continue to rise, and you buy now, your equity will begin to build as soon as you close. And home prices ARE projected to increase.
2. Low Mortgage Rates: Yes, interest rates did go up a little in the last month, but they are still super low! And the gurus are projecting that they will go up even more over the next year. NOW is the time to get locked in.
3. The Re-emergence of New Construction: Builders are building again, but not at the rate they built in the mid 2000s. Land costs more, materials cost more, labor costs more. New home prices are going up, too. Buying today may be your best option because the cost of new constructions isn’t likely to decrease.
Regardless of what is happening in the market today, tomorrow, or a year from now, real estate is almost always a good investment for the long term.
Bring your friends and family (and a lawnchair!), and enjoy Echota’s new Summer Concert Series!
Just in case you needed another reason to run away to the mountains this summer, Echota is now offering a Summer Concert Series for owners, renters and their guests. On the second Saturday of every month, June through October, we’ll feature a different local band in an outdoor concert at the top of the mountain in Chalakee.
Our featured band on July 13th will be Soul Benefactor, the High Country’s premier funky Soul and Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll band. Since forming in 2007, Soul Benefactor has been cranking out some of the best grooves from the ‘60s and ‘70s to crowds of all ages.
Our series will give you a chance to sample great local bluegrass, soul, jazz and acoustic music while connecting with friends and neighbors.
Concerts will run from 5 to 7 p.m., and a cash bar will be provided by Appalachian Mountain Brewery featuring local craft beers, wine and water. Admission is free – just bring yourself, your friends and a lawnchair to enjoy the music with a view!
If you want to stay tuned to what bands are playing when, connect with Echota on Facebook at or email Leah Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the event mailing list.