In North Carolina
The North Carolina equestrian lifestyle is captivating. At Sheelah Clarkson Asheville Real Estate Agency, our agents are equestrians themselves, so we have an understanding of what horsemen require when purchasing horse properties.
We've helped buyers from all over the nation find equestrian real estate for sale in western North Carolina. Discerning equestrian clients have their own preferences. With years of experience in assisting horse owners, we offer our buyers a number of different options for living with their horses:
- Traditional Horse Farm
- Private Equestrian Community
- Horse-Friendly Neighborhood
- Buy-and-Board Option
Our Featured Equestrian Community Properties
The Farms at Mill Spring | NEW! Create your own horse farm or country estate amid the quiet elegance of this 1,000-acre equestrian community. The Farms at Mill Spring features an idyllic setting with 20 miles of dedicated equestrian trails, stunning mountain views, board-fenced pastures and countryside ambiance with proximity to shopping, dining, schools and I-26. Choose among farm sites ranging from 3 acres to 26+ acres. This stunning private farms development is located in the heart of Carolina horse country near Tryon NC. View details of this gracious equestrian community.
Chesterfield Farm | Chesterfield Farm is a 23-acre estate with French Country home and rolling meadows. Located in a private equestrian community near Tryon NC, this masterful estate home offers a full range of luxury appointments. Features include gourmet kitchen, indoor and outdoor stone fireplaces, walnut floors, granite countertops, travertine tile, and 23-foot ceilings. The residence is based upon a design by Charlotte architect Frank Snodgrass’ Living Concepts “Le Doux” French Provincial Style Home. Located in The Farms at Mill Spring amid other equestrian properties, this estate offers an idyllic countryside setting in the heart of Carolina horse country. The farm is ideally suited as an equestrian estate and is ready for the addition of your barn and ring. View details of this French Country masterpiece.
Distinguished Equestrian Estate |Experience the pinnacle of sophisticated design, fine craftsmanship and a gracious 31-acre luxury equestrian estate setting with end-of-road privacy. This world class residence features cherry paneling, Travertine tile, heart pine floors, Timber Frame vaulted ceilings, geothermal heat and gourmet kitchen with granite countertops plus Sub-Zero and Dacor appliances. Enjoy 1-acre pond and 3-bay garage with well-appointed guest quarters above. Outdoor venues include stone fireplace and patio, screened porch, IPE decks, private views. Discerning equestrians will appreciate the 6-stall barn, outdoor ring, board fenced pastures and rare direct access to both CETA and NPA private equestrian trail systems. View details of this incomparable estate.
Caroland Farms | Experience huge views and gracious countryside living at this custom equestrian community home designed by Hollis/Crocker architects. With 12+ acres, gated entrance, 5 porches, magnificent salt water pool and outdoor stone fireplace, this upscale home is designed for indoor comfort, outdoor entertaining and total privacy. This fine residence offers the ambiance of a premier equestrian community with the convenience of private equestrian trails and easy access to local shopping and dining. On this 12.5-acre property, there’s plenty of room to build your barn and paddocks. View more details of this idyllic estate home.
Robison Farm | REDUCED! Experience the magic of Robison Farm, a mountain community offering acreage at DuPont State Forest. The community features only 5 private homesites ranging in size from approximately 4.6 acres to approximately 19.6 acres. Robison Farm offers an unsurpassed setting in a secluded valley amid pristine open meadows and private mountain views. Parcels with established grass fields and barn sites are available for equestrians. With a convenient location between Brevard and Hendersonville, this tranquil family conservation retreat is the ideal setting for your mountain getaway, year round residence or equestrian property. View more details on this beautiful equestrian community.
Some of Our Sold Equestrian Community Properties
Thanksgiving Hill | Legendary site of the Tryon Hounds annual opening hunt, this 38-acre property showcases panoramic mountain views from a pristine hilltop venue. For decades, the historic hunt has gathered at this beloved site every Thanksgiving Day to initiate the hunting season and to celebrate the Blessing of the Hounds. Reminiscent of the English countryside, this remarkable property with gently rolling meadows and mature hardwoods has never before been offered for sale on the open market. Thanksgiving Hill, a distinguished landmark in our region’s equestrian heritage, is a true Carolina legacy property. SOLD
Private Equestrian Community | This outstanding 21-acre farm tract in one of North Carolina’s most desirable private equestrian communities is the ideal location for your new horse farm. Enjoy all the amenities of a gated community, including the 33-acre lake, hiking trails and the planned community center. Amenities for horsemen include direct access to miles of private riding trails, equestrian neighbors and proximity to the area’s equestrian centers, including the Foothills Nature Equestrian Center (FENCE). SOLD
Luxury Equestrian Estate | Wind your way your way along a private country lane to Grandview Farms, an exclusive enclave of private estates enjoying the equestrian lifestyle. Located near Asheville, this exceptional property offers a wealth of amenities for the discerning buyer. The masterful Timberpeg residence is situated on 10.45 pastoral acres with incredible, panoramic views. The property includes a four-stall Morton barn and access to community bridle paths and walking trails. View more details about this luxury equestrian community home. SOLD
Bank Owned Horse Farm | This upscale foreclosed horse property in a quiet equestrian community features a custom European-style residence on 7.64 acres. The property offers mountain views and a pastoral cul-de-sac setting close to Tryon and I-26. Recently foreclosed, this property is being sold as-is. The home features red oak flooring, Jeld-Wen windows, two fireplaces and gourmet kitchen with granite countertops. The masterfully-crafted 4-stall center aisle barn includes wash rack, cupola and tack room. Enjoy desirable access to the private FETA equestrian trail system. View more details on this rare opportunity. SOLD
Our Private Equestrian Communities
Private equestrian communities are master planned developments designed with the horseman in mind. The popularity of our private equestrian communities in North Carolina is remarkable. Horse owners from around the nation have bought property in our private developments. In the more popular private communities, homes and farms are in the re-sale stage. The newest equestrian communities are currently selling lots only, giving you the opportunity to build a home that meets your discerning taste.
Some of our private equestrian communities include a central barn or equestrian center plus home sites with mountain vistas. Other planned developments feature small farms of 5-acre to 50-acre parcels where equestrians build their own barns and maintain private pastures or paddocks. Some include conservation easements and private trail systems for use by property owners.
Many of our equestrian buyers enjoy their equestrian community properties as second homes or vacation homes where they can ride the trails and enjoy our area’s horse shows and equestrian events on a seasonal basis. Our clients from the northern states travel south in the winter months to enjoy fox hunting while those from Florida and Charleston bring their horses up to the mountains for the cool summer months. Professionals on the show and eventing circuit use their equestrian community farm as a lay up facility during the off-season. However, most horse enthusiasts, once they have experienced the gracious lifestyle of our mountains, make western North Carolina their year-round equestrian home.
Our Horse-Friendly Neighborhoods
Across the greater Asheville area, several towns and rural neighborhoods offer a horse-friendly environment. In these traditional communities, outside the city limits, you can build your home and equestrian facilities without many of the restrictions involved in private communities. The parcels vary in size and amenities. Some are surrounded by larger estate homes. Some are populated with equestrian neighbors. Only a few of these communities offer adjacent equestrian trail systems, but all of them allow horses.
Throughout our region, public and semi-private horse trails are available. For horsemen living in the Asheville, Hendersonville or Tryon area, its only minutes to the popular Dupont State Forest horse trails. Also, a number of public horse trails are located in Pisgah National Forest, including those at Coleman Boundary located just north of Asheville and at Mills River located just south of Asheville. With the purchase of a Biltmore Estate Equestrian Pass, horsemen can ride the elegant trail system on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville throughout the year.
If you’re interested in buying property in a horse-friendly neighborhood please contact us . Be sure to provide your price range and requirements.
The Buy-and-Board Option
Some of our clients have opted to purchase a home or condominium in the city and stable their horses at a near-by boarding barn. For these riders, their ‘equestrian community’ is comprised of like-minded horsemen at the equestrian center or training facility where their horses are boarded.
The buy-and-board option is an ideal choice for the professional who travels frequently and for the non-equestrian family with a horse-loving teen. It may also be a good option for those who own a horse, but prefer living in a gated golf community or a traditional residential community in town.
If the buy-and-board option seems like a reasonable alternative for your family, please contact us. We can help you find a home to buy within reasonable distance of a horse boarding barn.
Our Equestrian Community Services
Our equestrian specialists can show you all available horse properties in our region and discuss the amenities of each one from a horseman’s perspective. If you’d like to preview the full selection of equestrian communities in the greater Asheville NC area, please contact us. We’ll be pleased to show you equestrian real estate currently on the market.