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Autumn Fun in Murphy and Carolina Mountain Homes

Carolina Mountain Homes is looking forward to the beautiful cool weather.  With so many activities going on around this time of the year Murphy, NC and north Georgia are the places you want to visit or make that big move.


Our team of professionals are ready to help you and get you excited about a new home or rental.

Please visit or call us at 828.837.7322 to talk with someone on our team.

In With the New!

Change is inevitable.  The world around us is always changing and now change has come to Carolina Mountain Homes.  We would like to announce that ERA Carolina Mountain Homes is now CAROLINA MOUNTAIN HOMES!  The look, the colors, and definitely, the people are still the same.  But now, we are CAROLINA MOUNTAIN HOMES – a reflection of our heritage and pride in where we are located – these beautiful North Carolina and North Georgia mountains.  With this change comes a renewed dedication to all the things we hold dear: integrity, quality, great customer service, and comprehensive marketing and effective negotiating abilities for all of our clients.  When you walk in or call us at Carolina Mountain Homes, you’ll be sure to get a healthy dose of good ol’ Southern Hospitality, lots of laughs and plenty of smiles!  We are a family of Realtor’s, Realtor Assistant’s and staff here in the office as well as when we are away from the office.  We care about each other and we care about our clients.  Whether you are buying or selling, we will treat you with respect and as our TOP PRIORITY!  We are experienced North Carolina & Georgia Real Estate Professionals.  We have been helping clients to buy and sell their real estate since 1978… and we will continue to do so – that will NEVER CHANGE!  Carolina Mountain Homes is the best full service real estate company you’ll find, for both purchasing land and homes, and for rentals and property management.  So when you are in the market to buy or sell or if you need a rental, please stop in or give us a call and one of our associate brokers, realty assistants or our rental manager will be glad to assist you with whatever your current needs may be.  So stop on in and speak with Joan, Michelle, Mick, Jane, Paula, Suzi, Leslie, Cindi, Tina, or Bonnie and know that first and foremost, you will get a big smile and a friendly “HELLO!”  So from all of us here at CAROLINA MOUNTAIN HOMES, WELCOME TO THE MOUNTAINS! ChangeSign Change 2 Sign Change

Local Resources

For most of us who are involved in the middle of a move, “Local Resources” aren’t at the forefront of our minds.  But eventually, we must ask ourselves, as well as others, about local resources.  Things such as where to vote, where to take our trash, where to get or renew our driver’s license and which electricity, phone, water, and internet should we choose, are all very important things to know.  These days, you can find most anything you need on the internet and this is true of local resources also.  Here at ERA Carolina Mountain Homes, we have thought of everything the new (or not so new) homeowner might need- including a list of resources right at your fingertips!  So this week, our blog will address an issue every home buyer will eventually face.  Here is a partial list of important resources you, as a home buyer, will need once you get settled, or even before.  You can find the complete list of links to all this and more on our website and be sure to stop by the office at 5530 Hwy 64 West in Murphy, NC to pick up an Area Resource Guide!   While you’re in our office, our friendly staff will be glad to assist you with all your realty and relocating needs.

  • Local Colleges and Schools
    • Tri-County Community College
    • Western Carolina University
    • Young Harris College
    • Cherokee County Schools
  • Local Organizations
    • Andrews Chamber of Commerce
    • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
    • Visit Cherokee County
    • Heritage Partners of Cherokee County
    • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office
  • State Government
    • State of North Carolina
    • Department of Revenue
    • Department of Transportation
    • Division of Motor Vehicles
    • State Library
  • Utilities
    • Power
      • Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation
      • Tri-State
      • Murphy Power Board
      • Duke Energy
    • TV/Cable/Internet
      • Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
      • The Cable Company
      • Sky Tech
    • Phone
      • Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
      • Frontier
    • Water
      • Murphy
      • Andrews

Local Resources

Murphy, NC local resources

Resources in Murphy, NC

Sensory Experience

Have you ever had a sensory experience?  Since moving back to Cherokee County, NC, and particularly to the Murphy area, my new pastime has become a sensory experience of “Porch Sitting” and “Star Gazing!” I didn’t realize how I had missed the cool night air, gentle breezes and all those incredible stars. While taking our regular early evening walk, my husband and I discussed all the wonderful things about mountain living and how we feel so blessed to be able to live in a place that offers so much. Oh yes, there are the usual things, such as, hiking, biking, camping, and water sports, etc. But have you ever noticed all the sensory experiences here in the mountains of Western North Carolina? Things that you hear, see or experience that you don’t normally see, hear or experience in your day to day living. So my question to you today is this: Have you ever… gazed up into the sky and been overwhelmed with the thousands of stars twinkling above your head? Or just sat in the still quietness of the night with your spouse and listened to the rushing creek as it makes its way to the river? Have you ever heard the lonely sound of a whippoorwill calling out into the dark or watched as the lightning bugs rise from the dewy grass and begin their nightly ritual of flickering to each other as they fill up the trees so much that they look like Christmas trees twinkling? Or watched as a thunderstorm makes its way across the mountain, drenching everything in sight? These things can only be experienced firsthand. I can describe them to you but only you can experience them. There’s so much more to tell and describe, such as the playful hummingbird as it streaks across the lawn in search of nectar, bull frogs as they croak and splash in the creek, crickets chirping happily, hawks soaring high above the field searching for their next meal, and so much more. As my husband and I relax on our porch, we watch as the evening shadow creeps across the field, soon to be climbing the mountain as night falls – and we are thankful and we are grateful for the full sensory experience that comes with living in these wonderful Western North Carolina Mountains. So my next question is to you: What are you waiting for?!?! Make your plans and make your way to the mountains of Cherokee County, North Carolina and meet with a realtor TODAY! There’s one waiting at ERA Carolina Mountain Homes in Murphy, NC!! They’ll be glad to help you find your vacation home, summer home or full time home. Your very own Sensory Experience is waiting…. sensory experience 1 sensory experience 2 sensory experience 3

Old Friends and Animal Lovers

One of the things I love most about moving home is reconnecting with old friends.  This week I had just such an opportunity as I talked with my good friend Jimmy Nix.  My husband and I went to school and graduated with Jimmy.  He and my husband both went into the Air Force right out of high school and of course, we lost touch.  Jimmy moved back to this area long before we did and now owns and runs a local business in downtown Murphy.  This week I want to highlight his business, Mountain Pets and Water Gardens.  Jimmy has been in business here in Murphy for 30 years and believes they might be one of the longest running businesses in downtown Murphy.  He has chosen this line of work because he loves the pets and their owners.  He also wanted to own and operate his own business and contribute to the local economy.  While serving in the United States Air Force in Japan, he learned about pond fish from the breeders there.  He had always been an animal lover and has had many different pets so it was a natural choice for him when he moved back to Murphy.   While he enjoys many of the aspects of owning and operating a business, his favorite part is the pond fish.  He also enjoys having his business in the downtown area and says that the town square is his favorite part of Murphy.  Mountain Pets and Water Gardens post promotions on their Facebook page from time to time and would like you to check it here for the next one.  I am so glad to have reconnected with my friend and now I know more about his business.  I too, am an animal lover and now I know there’s a great place in Murphy, NC to get all my pet supplies.  I highly recommend Mountain Pets and Water Gardens for all your pet supplies too!

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Spring time in the Mountains

Spring is here!  The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and folks around Murphy, NC are buzzing about all the wonderful things this area has to offer.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve been telling you about different business owners and their shops.  This week I’d like to tell you about all the great businesses and attractions in Cherokee County, NC.  We have so much to be thankful for here in our beautiful mountain towns and communities.  And spring is such a wonderful time of the year to get out and explore.  So let’s just jump right in and start learning about our area.  If you’re like me, you’ll probably learn something new, even if you’ve lived here your whole life!  First, our location is very central.  Murphy, North Carolina sits just 2 hours from Asheville, NC, Knoxville, TN, Atlanta, GA and Chattanooga, TN.  We are a premium get-a-way spot for people, both far and near.  We have whitewater rafting located approximately thirty minutes from downtown; the Ocoee River to the west and the Nantahala River to the east.  There’s zip lining, kayaking, canoeing, & hiking (and we’re not far from the Appalachian Trail either.)   Or maybe you’re more into horseback riding, hiking to a waterfall, playing a round of golf or maybe just playing putt-putt.  There’s birdwatching on the Murphy River Walk, relaxing at one of the local eateries while listening to some live music, touring a vineyard or sampling some local wine.  Still not convinced?  Ok, well let’s see…there’s museums and cinemas, speedways and spas, restaurants, a casino, tours of all kinds, and adventures near and far!  Spring is a great time to rent a cabin and just relax by a creek or river.  Or you could go shopping, fishing, camping or mountain biking.  You can see this beautiful area by foot, car, bike, boat or even take a plane ride and see it by air. (If you are wondering how to find out more about all these great activities and shops, visit this website for more information) And once you’ve visited, you might even want to call this place home.  Don’t let this spring season get away without visiting Cherokee County, North Carolina.  Your adventure awaits – right here in the mountains!

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Getting Raised and The Artists’ Common

When I was growing up here in Cherokee County, NC, there was a saying that went something like this: You don’t just grow up around here, you get raised!  Now, I don’t exactly know the difference myself but I’m sure some of the ol’ timers around here would. What I do know is that either way, growing up or getting raised, you didn’t do it alone- you did it with all the neighbors. Neighbors were important to us and in this week’s blog, I’m going to introduce you to a childhood neighbor of mine. His name is (or was) Nicky Guthrie but he goes by Nick now. Nick and I, along with our sisters and all the other children in this community, had known each other since we were at least 4 or 5 years old. We became like siblings because we spent nearly every day with each other. As is common, we grew up and drifted apart. As I have recently moved back to the Murphy area, I am thrilled to be able to reconnect with long-lost friends. Nick is one such neighbor and I’m honored to call him FRIEND!  Nick is one of the business owners in downtown Murphy and this week, I’m going to let him tell his story about his business, The Artists’ Common.
“The Artists’ Common was established in 1996 and has been in business 20 years this coming August.
Originally there were 4 of us that started the Artists’ Common. Myself, along with Betsy Henn Bailey, Tim Schewe and Christy Dockery. Me, Tim and Christy had all been former art students of Betsy’s and still would work at her studio from time to time, and had thrown around the idea of having a gallery. When this building became available, we thought we would give it a try. We were not thinking of it as a business, but as more of a place for local artists to exhibit and sell their works. That’s where the name came from. The Artists’ Common, meant a meeting place for artists. At that time, we were the only gallery in Murphy. Over the years we have also become a frame shop and Betsy has moved her workshop and classes into the gallery as well.
Since opening in 1996 Tim and Christy have relocated and are no longer active with the gallery. The daily operations are handled by my mom, Barbara Guthrie and Betsy Henn Bailey still has classes there and does on site art work. I do the matting and framing.
The best thing about having The Artists’ Common is meeting and working with the artist’s. We have had many different artists show and sell their works at the gallery. They have ranged from well known individuals that have had works in large galleries, and one that even had work in The White House to first timers that have never shown their work anywhere else. It’s always a great feeling to see when someone sells their first piece of work. We have also allowed school students to present there and have had demonstrations from representatives at Enesco.
We think we offer something that gives back to the community and have been recognized for this by being the Favorite Gallery in the Cherokee Scout on several occasions and have also been recognized for window displays during the Christmas season and participate in the yearly Art Walk.
We have a broad range of art work and a full line of frames and mats. We try to keep our prices very reasonable to accommodate the local economy as well as tourists. We would like everyone to stop by anytime for a visit.”

The Artists' Common Store front The Artists' Common outside Inside The Artists' Common


Community….it’s what we’re here for. Are you looking for a community to belong to? Here in the mountains, we know what it means to be a community. We are a close knit family here in the Murphy and Cherokee County area. We work together, worship together, play sports, hang out, and eat together. Family functions are a regular thing and family doesn’t just mean your relatives. Here, neighbors become like family, co-workers become like family, the people in our churches become like family. We know how to care for each other and we know how to give people their space. A trip to the grocery store or to Walmart becomes a meet & greet and a time to catch up with those you’ve not seen in a while. If you need a helping hand, someone in your circle has got your back. The shop keepers, business owners and store clerks smile when you enter their store. They ask about your family and say a friendly, “Come again!” and “Have a nice day!” as you leave. Are you looking for something different? Maybe a slower pace of life? Then maybe Murphy, North Carolina is the place for you! We are proud of what we have to offer and we’re not ashamed to tell you so. To us, it’s important to slow down and take time for our neighbors, friends and family. And it’s important to us to take time to get to know those that are new in our area. I know from experience, you just can’t put a price tag on some things; having good neighbors is one of them! Our neighbors took the time to get to know us when we moved in to the area and for that, I am grateful –I love my neighbors! They are friendly and kind and are glad to have us in their community. I wouldn’t trade it for the world –community is important and our neighbors are special here in the mountains of this wonderful little Western North Carolina town!

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Getting to know Downtown Murphy

In our current series, we want to introduce our downtown and around neighbors. A few weeks ago we introduced you to one of our agents and last week you met Darcy Bristol from Infinity Salon and Spa. This week we’d like to introduce you to another friend of ours- Nancy Lane. Nancy has been in business for 26 years in various roles here in Murphy. She’s been in banking, real estate and with the Chamber of Commerce. For the last two years, she’s been the manager of the Murphy and Andrews Visitor’s Center. Her background in real estate gave her the perfect opportunity to promote Cherokee County when she was fortunate enough to be chosen as manager of the Murphy Visitor’s Center. Her realtor experience helped her greatly in welcoming visitors and providing area information. And now at the Murphy Visitor’s Center, not only does she meet and greet visitors, but she also promotes the area with a terrific website, Facebook page, Trip Advisor and other social media. Nancy says the favorite part of her job is watching people fall in love with both of our unique towns and hearing them talk about all of the fun things to do here and especially, seeing how friendly the people are. Nancy and her husband Dannie, came to Murphy from Florida and as they drove through and stopped to check their motor home, they had three people stop to see if they needed help. In Nancy’s own words, “Everyone was so friendly, the area is breathtakingly beautiful and we ended up buying the 3rd piece of property we looked at. Took a few years to move permanently but we absolutely love this area and can’t imagine living anywhere else.” Her favorite part of Murphy is her farm, the friends they’ve made over the years and the absolute beauty of the area.” She says that “…while we don’t have shopping malls, we do have everything you could possibly need so come check out Cherokee County, North Carolina and while you’re at it, check out our website and Like us on Facebook!”

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Getting to know you…

Do you ever have trouble finding a hair stylist when you’ve just moved into a new area? I always struggle with that. After moving back to Murphy and, after a few bad haircuts, my husband suggested I try Infinity the Salon and Spa at 308 Hill St. in Murphy because he thought it looked like a place I would like. And boy was he right! Let me introduce you to her… or better yet, I’ll let her introduce herself. So here, in her own words, I give you Darcy Bristol!
How long have you been in business in Murphy?
We have been in business for nine years. I was involved in another salon here in Murphy, when I stumbled on the beautiful gem that is now known as Infinity. It was a lonely brick home in need of some serious love and TLC. After a few months and an extensive renovation, we opened for business in April of 2007.

Why did you choose this line of work and what background/education do you have?
After I was graduated from high school I moved to Gainesville, Florida and completed a cosmetology program at Santa Fe Community College in 1996. I worked at an amazing salon in Gainesville for a year under the tutelage of an educator for Rusk, Toni and Guy, and Paul Mitchell. My mentor, Carl Galombos, gave me the confidence and skills to succeed. He helped me to be able to create any vision my clients desired. There is no feeling better than the happiness that can be brought to someone by making them look AND feel good. I did try various jobs and career paths for a few years; construction, the food industry, car sales, none of which filled in me the desire to help people. In 2006 I decided to expand my breadth of knowledge and went to massage therapy school in Cleveland, Tennessee. I completed the program with high honors and a love for bodywork. Again, making people feel good has become my passion. It has been said if you truly love what you do, you never work a day in your life!

What brought you to Murphy?
I came to Murphy to visit in 1996. My parents had purchased a home here after leaving the Florida Keys. My original impression was the beauty. I’ll never forget the time I stepped out onto their deck and took in the view. The lake nestled into the backdrop of the mountains with the mist lifting into the air after a rainstorm took my breath away. This place is absolutely gorgeous. It is small and quaint and peaceful. It is this that I took back to Gainesville after my first visit. I couldn’t escape the fact that these mountains were “calling” to me. I moved here permanently a year later.

Do you have any other information you wish to share with the public?
At Infinity we strive to provide you with a service you will truly remember. We offer spa services including; Eminence Organic Skin Care facials, massages, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, airbrush tanning, eyelash and eyebrow extensions, and body and facial hair removal. We also offer a full salon menu including; expert haircuts, hair color, permanent waves and straighteners. Our staff is truly passionate about the work they do, which comes through in how you look and feel leaving our facility.

We would like to offer to anyone viewing this post 20% off any service with us. We guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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