Tryon NC Area Becoming a Magnet: Tryon International Equestrian Center

Changing Real Estate Market & Demographics Conspire to Attract Newcomers

Beautiful, affordable and peaceful small towns are the new destinations. As prices climb, buyers are turning their attention to alternative destinations they wouldn’t have considered a few years ago. Population, traffic and prices have risen significantly in big cities and the leafy suburbs. Lots of areas that were never even considered are now getting more attention.

Western Carolina Small Towns

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Popular Western North Carolina vacation and retirement towns such as Asheville and Hendersonville are now crowded, and pricing out the $200,000 – $300,000 buyers.  As a result, markets in smaller nearby towns such as Tryon, Saluda, Columbus, Landrum and Lake Lure are coming out of an 8 year hibernation.  These quiet little towns are now heating up for the first time since prices bottomed out in 2008. Currently, there are more buyers than sellers, so you might be able to list your home today and finally make a healthy profit.

Cielo or Heaven

Polk County has turned into destination neighborhoods. People come to our area looking for a stimulating and active community.  The old Hunting Country area allures buyers with green rolling hills, horse pastures with mountain views, and hundreds of miles of groomed riding trails. We are really in heaven here. (Cielo actually means heaven in Spanish.)

Rich History and Culture Nearby

Community is big here. Tryon and Landrum are hundred-year-old towns with a rich history in the arts and equestrian activities. When people look closely at what’s going on here, they’re shocked at the world class level of our cultural arts scene – It’s a lot like Santa Fe on a smaller scale and with more trees. We have sidewalks, kids walk to the really good elementary school, restaurants, coffee shops and a very strong sense of community.

The town’s first new condo building is opening soon on North Trade. It will be located right in the middle of town next to a bakery, a wine bar, a movie theater, post office, grocery store, library, and cultural center.  What else do we need?  Walkable areas are getting much more traction than they have in the past. Nowadays, buyers out here in the country want to live closer to shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Summer Camp Nostalgia

Saturday Night Lights at TIEC by photographer Erik Olsen

Saturday Night Lights at TIEC by photographer extraordinaire Erik Olsen. See more at

Adding to this trend is the infinite list of outdoor activities and country festivals people can enjoy in under an hour from home.  Restaurants, shopping, waterfalls, hiking, gardens, music, antiques, bicycling, ziplines, rafting, horses everywhere … It’s like living at summer camp.

Not to mention all the action at Tryon International Equestrian Center. It really is like horse Disney World.  The competitions are serious – it looks like the Olympics is happening every day during show season.  There’s always something going on over there.  Saturday Night Lights has become a big event.  Even on quiet days it’s nice to just go over for french fries and an ice cream soda at Roger’s Diner.  It’s great people watching.

You’ll Love it Here

These are the main reasons I moved here myself, and made a long term commitment to establishing our new business. I can be here and get to Charlotte in an hour and a half.  It’s pretty perfect.

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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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