Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Smoky Mountain Birthday

ALL Pictures are Courtesy of The Internet or Realtor Websites ~~~~~

We drove up to the Smokies last Sunday to celebrate my 58th birthday which was on Wednesday, September 22nd.




We rented this cabin on top of Bradley Mountain in Townsend, my favorite place in this world!


We knew that we would spend our time up there looking @ property for sale as I was to get my OWN place in the Smokies as my Birthday Gift! :)

On Monday morning we drove to Del Rio, Tn on the border of North Carolina to look at this place which sits on the banks of the French Broad River.




It was a beautiful setting but the cabin was a glorified camp, meaning it had NO electricity or
running water except for a cistern. It had a fancy out house as the only bathroom. The whole downstairs was screened in and the steps to the enclosed bedroom upstairs was also outside. It would have taken a good deal of money to make it comfortable............ Nix this one!


On Tuesday we went to Seymour which is between Sevierville and Maryville to look at this one. We did not like the location. Nix this one!



On to Gatlinburg! This one was in the Arts Community of Gatlinburg which is an area I love but it needed LOTS of work meaning LOTS of additional money put into it. Nix this one!




On Wednesday it was looking in Townsend. Liked it ,but the 1/4 mile gravel road that was in need of some serious work turned me off and there were NO mountain views at all! NIX!


This little house sits in Townsends Historic Kinzel Springs area on the Little Pigeon River. It was WAY overpriced and needed serious updating! However it was on the short list with one more.


It had a wonderful balcony right over the river..............
The winner however was the one least expected! I knew from years of visiting Townsend, about the Big Valley Resort but had never driven up in it. We were just in awe and loved it!
It is a gated community right off of the main drag, Hwy 321 in the heart of Townsend. Just a beautiful drive in..........

It has 2 swimming pools, a 9 hole Golf Course..............

A stocked fishing pond............


That is just gorgeous.............
With a cute picnic area...........

A real nice Club House.........

A playground for the GRANDS............

Tennis Court......

We found a place we love in there! This is one of the views from the screen porch across the back!

Do I see myself sitting out here reading? YES ! I DO!

See the barn down there? Eric and I got married right down the road from that barn!

We put in a offer on this place and are waiting to hear from the seller! I hope to hear tomorrow!

If and when we get it, I'll show you the inside~~~~~~~~`wish us luck ???????????
3 hours and 30 minutes till my Titans play !!! Have a great weekend and I hope your team wins unless you are a Giants fan !! HA! XOXO

25 comments:

kimmirich said...

Ohh! WANT! Happy birthday, lady and what a great gift! I hope you get it!

Kat said...

Is that going to be a second home, or are you going to move up there permanently? Oh, how I would love to live in the Smokies. Cooler weather and all the beauty you could ever want.

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Hey Kimmi, you, me, Ang and MVKat will have to meet up there and have a girls weekend huh?

Hey Kat, Nope, not moving just getting a SM getaway for our, family and friends use!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Carol, I hope and pray that you get it.. What a beautiful area of the Smokies. I've told you that the Townsend area is my favorite part of the Smokies also... AND what you have chosen sounds incredible. AND--being in a community of sorts, your mountain home will be watched 24/7 by the security I'm sure... That is important in the Smokies..

Please keep us posted. I'd love to know if you get it --and hope you will show us pictures of the outside and inside.

Happy Birthday --belated!!!!! BUT--what a fabulous birthday you had.

Hugs,
Betsy

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I have my fingers crossed Carol, and hoping like heck that you're able to get your little piece of those heavenly mountains !
When I was looking at the pictures, I was thinking it looked a lot like your home in Mississippi, the lake and all...so precious.
Keep us posted, and best of luck to your Titans !!!!

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Congrats....can't wait to see the inside....!!
And Hey....Shatley Springs is just 3 miles NW of the park i work at and 15 miles N of where i live....!!! You were in my neck of the high country!!!

Happy belated Birthday....LindaMay

NCmountainwoman said...

Happy Birthday! We have never regretted moving into a gated community. Otherwise you simply cannot buy enough land to protect yourself anymore. Good luck, good luck, good luck. I hope you get your home.

creativewritingintheblackberrypatch said...

Oh my, what a birthday present! You are so lucky, I hope you get it. I've always wanted to visit the Smokey's, but haven't. Maybe someday.

Deb Shucka said...

Happy, happy birthday! I hope you get the place. What an amazing gift.

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Hey Bets,you had to know I'd end up picking Townsend huh?

Hey Jo thanks and yes the drive in is kind of similar.MY TITANS WON!

Hey Linda May, had I known you were so close, you could have eaten with us! :)

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Hey Carolyn, this is an older park and I'm happy about it being gated.

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Janet, I do hope you get to see the Smoky Mountains someday, they just take your breath away with their beauty!

Deb, Thanks sweetie! Come visit? :)

Vicki Lane said...

How exciting! I hope they accept your offer!

Nezzy said...

Crossin' my fingers, toes and eyes for ya girl. I'm talented that way. It looks like a perfect family getaway for ya'll. I'm so excited for you!!!

As soon as ya get it, I want an inside tour!!! PLease???

God bless ya and have an amazing day sweetie!!!

steviewren said...

Happy Belated Birthday! What a wonderful birthday present!!! I hope you get it too! I love Townsend. Like the baby bear in the story says, "It's jusssssst right."

I'm invited to spend Thanksgiving week with one of my sons and his family in the Smokies this year. I hope nothing interferes with the trip. I haven't been to the mountains in about 6 years.

merrilymarylee said...

How exciting! As much as you love the mountains, you definitely need a getaway place up there. Of course, you'll probably start tilling a garden before the For Sale sign is down.

You have enough canned goods to stock it for years.

I hope you get it--it will be such fun to watch your progress!

Sandi McBride said...

Wishing you luck on your purchase but somehow I think I'd have gone for the gravel road, after all love travels on a gravel road! Keep us posted!
hugs
Sandi

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy belated birthday Carol! I hope your dream comes true!

Pat in east TN said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you Carol, and I sure hope your offer is accepted. We once considered moving to that part of east TN, with Townsend being at the top of the list. Beautiful area and nice little town.

Tipper said...

Whooee what a view-I hope you get it!!

Becca's Dirt said...

Lucky you to get a cabin for your birthday. Today is my birthday and I want a cabin too. Beautiful place. Hope it all works out for you. Happy belated birthday.

Merisi said...

I am all excited about you moving to such a beautiful part of the country! Makes me want to travel there right now. Hope all goes well,
best wishes,
Merisi

Merisi said...

I am all excited about you moving to such a beautiful part of the country! Makes me want to travel there right now. Hope all goes well,
best wishes,
Merisi

Merisi said...

I am all excited about you moving to such a beautiful part of the country! Makes me want to travel there right now. Hope all goes well,
best wishes,
Merisi

Marguerite said...

Don't know HOW I missed this post, but, a belated Happy Birthday, Carol! Your choice of locations looks gorgeous and I hope that you get it! What a great birthday gift and getaway! Cheers, cher!