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1997 Plum Branch Rd., Burnsville, North Carolina

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UNDER CONTRACT - Off Grid Home on 10 acres in NC mountains with hydro and solar energy RE system, solar hot water and passive solar design. Unique design, open floor plan, 4 bedroom & 3.5 baths. High speed fiber internet available. Very private.
Green HomeSustainable HomeEnergy Efficient HomePhotovoltaic (PV)
$1,000Annual Property Tax
2,000Square Feet
4 / Beds / Baths
10.0 acresLot Size
1992Year Built

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

•Completely off the grid home with self sufficient renewable energy power system using hydro and solar input. •Large areas of south facing glass for passive solar heat gain. Central stone fireplace for thermal mass heat absorption. •Full 6" insulation on all exterior walls •Garden areas, fruit trees and berries are established •Tested and approved spring water with gravity feed and good pressure (60 psi)

Property Description

HOUSE WAS FEATURED ON TV IN "UNPLUGGED NATION" ON FYI CHANNEL. Season 1 Episode 8. Watch a family live in this off grid home for 4 days (remember it is TV = injected drama and some misinformation). Watch it here: or search "Unplugged Nation" on Amazon. Live Off The Grid! Hydro Generator and Solar PV panels will supply your power in this self sufficient, three level home. Secluded on 10 forested acres, 1/2 mile from your nearest neighbor. High speed fiber optic internet with speeds up to 100 mbps available. Contemporary design and unique well thought out floor plan emphasizes the beautiful mountain views. There is abundant south facing glass for passive solar heat, plenty of light and to bring the forested surroundings in. Natural oak and pine used throughout this well crafted home. Secluded, yet close to town. Open floor plan with exposed oak beam cathedral ceilings in main living/dining area. Hiking is just out your back door. This home would be the perfect place to raise a family, or for a couple desiring beautiful surroundings. Abundant firewood is available on the property for the large wood stove or rock corner fireplace. Stay in tune with nature as you see the power you use being generated by the sun and the stream. The off grid power system is complete, up and running. Owner will teach buyers how to operate and maintain the systems, as he will continue living in the area. Will consider partial owner financing up to $100,000. OWNER FINANCING We are offering Owner Financing for a qualified buyer. A credit check and income verification will be done. Terms are 20% down and the balance will be amortized over 15 years at 4% or 30 years at 4.25%. A balloon payment will be due in 5 years. Home Description: •Newly refinished oak wood floors on main level; lower level is tile with installed in floor radiant heating •Kitchen has oak cabinets; pass through counter top to dining area; included are gas stove and energy efficient Danish refrigerator •Rock chimney with 3 flues as central element in living room; corner fireplace with glass doors; one flue for main floor wood stove/cookstove (gas heater with glass doors presently); one flue for downstairs large main wood stove heater with plenum to direct heat upstairs. •Covered deck with bench connecting living room and master bedroom •Downstairs has two bedrooms and sunlit greenhouse sitting area •Full bath downstairs with built in recycled cast iron bathtub •Office loft overlooks living room •Master bedroom has walk in closet; full bath and arched window. •All windows are double pane glass, majority are Pella casement windows •Clearstory windows on third floor for views and heat escape •Home theater on third floor with 8’ professional screen mounted. All wiring for projector and speakers. Also, half bath on this floor. Perfect as a guest room or fourth bedroom. •Compact fluorescent lighting throughout •3 levels of exterior decks; lower deck has built in garden area; upper deck is covered with lighting •Drive in storage and tractor parking under lower deck Heating System •Main wood heater (accepts 30” logs) is on lower floor in utility area. Sheet metal plenum surrounds heater is open at the bottom and directs all heat upstairs through grate. •Lower floor has radiant floor heat. Separate 40 gal. propane water heater heats water for the floor. This tank is attached to a heat exchanger in the wood stove, so that when a fire is burning, water is heated for the floor also. Also, when the solar hot water tank reaches temperature, excess heat is transferred to the floor via a heat exchanger and the radiant floor heat pipes. Also, solar hot water can be thermosiphoned up to baseboard fin heater to give up excess heat at night or when on vacation. •Two wall mounted propane heaters – one in greenhouse sitting area, one in master bedroom •Main floor has propane wood heater with glass doors (could be exchanged for wood cookstove, flue is available) Domestic Water and Waste Systems •Spring with ample flow and has never dried up in 25 years of use. Reservoir is 300 gallon and is dug into ground. Pressure on system is 60 psi at house. •Yard hydrant at shed outbuilding. •House plumbing is manifold system where each faucet or water supply has a separate pipe running to it to minimize pressure drops and energy loss •Solar hot water with 3 8’x10’ collectors, 120 gallon solar tank. Closed loop antifreeze system where propylene glycol is circulated by two DC pumps powered by a 25 watt solar panel. Solar hot water is routed through house propane instantaneous water heater to bring it up to set temperature if needed. A clear, sunny day will usually bring the tank temperature up to around 150 degrees. •Waste system has separate graywater and blackwater plumbing systems (but were joined together, no graywater system in place) into septic system Power System •Home is off the grid. Power generation is by: 1) Hydro- Water is collected under bridge to property and flows over a Hydro Screen before entering 3” PVC pipe. Pipe length is about 300’ to turbine house. Total head is 75’; Flow varies from 10 to 60+ gallons a minute. Power is delivered to house by heavy aluminum wire that is buried in conduit in yard area. 2) Solar- 650 watts of installed photovoltaic panels (additional 960 watts uninstalled available for purchase with house) •Balance of Systems components: 4000 watt Trace inverter/battery charger 4 850 amp hour Rolls solar lead acid batteries Voltage controller Power panel with main 250 amp DC breaker and 50 amp solar/hydro input breakers 10 KW propane powered generator. BRAND NEW! Transfer switch for using both AC legs of generator output; one for battery charging and the other for house loads when generator is running. Property •10 acres, House sits on south facing slope with two terraces below. •Two outbuildings: 8’x15’ storage wood framed storage shed 24’x20’ two story shed with storage on bottom and finished workspace above Also, large leveled out area next to shed for larger workshop •Massive exposed rock (called the “House Rock”) which overhangs camping spot is located on one corner of property. •Plum Branch Creek forms lower boundary. Upper boundary is ridgeline (except above house). Adjoining property to the south has been put into conservation status and will not be developed. •Southern views of Mt. Celo; Elevation is 3450 ft. •Terrain is sloping to steep •Adjoining to the south is a 20 acre parcel of land with good home sites, views and is available for purchase, with owner financing. It is listed at $99,000.

Neighborhood Description

The home is located at the end of a road, about 1/2 mile from the end of the pavement. Elevation is 3400 ft. with south facing views. Property is heavily wooded with yellow poplar, red maple, black locust and scarlet oak. A road leads up past the property to an old quarry pond, perfect for swimming. There is also a very large rock at the border of the property, which overhangs a campsite next to a creek. Plum Branch is a small creek, where the hydro system intake is located under the entran

Market Area

Yancey County is the gateway to Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Burnsville, the nearest town of about 1500, is located about 10 minutes away. Spruce Pine is about 20 minutes driving. The Blue Ridge Parkway is about 15 minutes to the south. Other communities of interest is the Celo land trust community and Penland School of Crafts, both less than 1/2 hour away. A new four lane divided highway has just been completed connecting Burnsville with I-26. Asheville is now

School District

Yancey County schools are some of the best in NC. There is a wonderful preschool, many local elementary schools, 2 middle and 1 high school. Easy access to Asheville, home of UNC Asheville and AB Technical College. Mars Hill College is even closer (20 minutes away).


There is a mix of local folks and those who have come for the beauty of the mountains. From hiking to kayaking to skiing, outdoor activities abound. A town center built recently regularly has concerts, farmers market, plays and private events. An annual craft show in August brings in lots of people. Burnsville is a small town, but is growing and planning for the future.

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Agriculture in Areayes
Industry in Areano
Air Pollution in Areano
Pesticide Freeyes
Fragrance Freeyes
Cleaned with Green Productsyes

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Whole House Vacuumno

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Construction Information

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Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
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Wood - Solid
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Wood Dual Glazed
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Garage / Carportno
Garage Typeattached
Number of Cars1

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Listing ID : 19406