The Tyron Area’s Golden Rectangle

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Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 8.05.39 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-27 at 8.07.10 PMThe Tryon area has been a well established destination in the equestrian world for almost a century; the social elite have come for generations to spend cool summers in the Southern Appalachians, away from the coast (i.e. Charleston via the railroad, or on the main road up what is now the I-26 corridor) or to escape to warm winters from places like Michigan, Ohio, and New York.

The southern foothills area of the Appalachians starts about an hour due west of Charlotte, NC and an hour north of Greenville, SC.  Slowly the hills roll gradually higher until Tryon Peak. The foothills begin around 700-800 feet above sea level then progressively rise to approximately 1,000–1,500 feet before becoming the southern and eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 3,500-4,000 feet.  One of the main reasons the Western Carolina Foothills region is so gorgeous is that one can see and feel the dramatic transition of the terrain between the Piedmont Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains. It’s intoxicating. 

All of this makes this particular area is perfect pasture land – level and rolling, with long range mountain views in the background.  It’s dotted with horse farms, from modest cabins to expansive multi million dollar operations.  The most sought after area makes up a sort of Golden Rectangle zone which starts on the eastern edge of Tryon’s town limits, east toward the Broad River, and south of the state line down to Landrum and Campobello.  To complete the picture, the area has hundreds of miles of riding trails, protected and maintained by special groups of area Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 7.17.41 PMceta_trails_riderresidents and land owners dedicated to the equestrian lifestyle.  Many of these trails date back to Cherokee hunting lands and are not published on maps.  The most well known and notable are the FETA Trails, the CETA Trails, and the GENTS Trails.

This Golden Rectangle area is considered downtown horse land.  You’re not just near it, but in it.  Ride your horse to your neighbor’s, meet friends on horseback for a trail ride, or ride over to the trainer’s for practice. A priceless lifestyle for a horse person.

Since the 1970’s, small towns in these foothills region towns have progressively developed a new economy based on catering to equestrians alongside the affluent retirees who have settled in the area.  These days, Tryon and Landrum make up a well established community with an active population of locals and visitors focused solely on equine services – trainers, practice facilities, breeders, competitive athletes, groomers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, homeopathic veterinarians…. plus lots of non-practicing horse lovers who feel good just driving through the endlessly beautiful scenes of grazing horses and rolling fence lines.  Add all the international visitors – estimated at 20,000 per year – now coming to watch, compete, and care for horses at Tryon International Equestrian Center, opened un 2014 by famed equestrian mogul Mark Bellissimo from Wellington, and you can see, the big time horse world has officially arrived in Tryon. 

Fortunately for newcomers, real estate prices have not yet risen much from the post bubble freeze.  However, most of the properties that have been sitting on the market forever are now selling, so inventory is tight and price increases are inevitable. 

The equestrian lifestyle, aging baby boomers, and mild weather have created a perfect storm to boost population growth in this area.  This combined with the beautiful and comparatively affordable setting makes these small towns of Tryon, Columbus, Landrum, has officially put the region on the map, and is no longer just a well kept secret.

About Lynne Perlmutter

Lynne practically grew up in Pisgah Forest, even though she was born and raised in Miami. She finally moved to NC full time with her young family so they could know that indescribable feeling you get sitting on a big rock in the middle of a gently rushing river in the deep woods. Little by little she worked her way back to the woods via Charlotte and towards Tryon thru Bright’s Creek in nearby Mill Spring. With Tryon Equestrian Center coming to town, she knew now was the time to start an office. She is Managing Broker of Cielo Real Estate in LOVELY downtown Tryon. Together with the rest of Cielo's founding brokers and agents, she is introducing a fresh, technologically savvy and world class marketing experience to this very beautiful, quiet corner of the world. Lynne was educated at the prestigious Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida. She attended Vanderbilt University, University of Paris, Sorbonne, and graduated with a BA from The University of Florida. She began her career assistant producing TV commercials, then started the Financial Public Relations division of a boutique investment banking firm in Miami. In 1990, she co-founded Miami O Guia, the first glossy full sized up market guide to Miami, written in Portuguese, specifically targeted to the then surging influx of wealthy Brazilian visitors. In 2000, she started her career in real estate as a residential appraiser then as an agent at EWM Realty in Miami. Her family re-located to Charlotte in 2007, and during the market downturn she worked in residential sales, helping investors build rental portfolios. As the market started to recover, she became more interested in second home and vacation home properties in the western NC mountains. This niche market has proven to be a treasure trove of undervalued properties which have yet to recover to pre-bubble prices. Below market values, a temperate climate, dream location, a surge in the number of empty nesters and retires looking to make their next move, and the sudden global recognition from Tryon Equestrian Center, makes Tyron the place to be. Charities: Yeti Robotics, Jazz Arts Initiative, Bruce Irons Camp Fund, Habitat for Humanity - Charlotte, Eagles Nest Foundation, Shake-A-Leg Miami. Experience: Filmworks Miami, WLRN-TV - Miami Miami O-Guia, South Florid Appraisal Services, EWM Realtors - Miami, Helen Adams Realty-Charlotte, NC

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