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A $29.75 Million Home With Mountain Views Looks to Break North Carolina’s Residential Record

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At $29.75 million, the North Carolina home will be the most expensive listing in the state, according to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Marilyn Wright.

Located in a gated community in Avery County, approximately 70 miles northeast of Asheville, the five-bedroom home spans approximately 8,750 square feet. According to Premier Sotheby’s, North Carolina’s most expensive home sale so far has reached about $10 million.

Wright said the home’s price was justified because of the quality of construction and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as the artwork and custom furnishings included in the sale price.

The approximately 5.9-acre site was the vacation home of late apartment builder Charles Weber, who lived about four hours east in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Weber passed away in his 2021, and his partner of nearly a decade, Carol Strickland, inherited the home.

Weber spent about $4.5 million to assemble the land between 2007 and 2019, according to Rick Gentry, one of the builders involved in the land. Weber spent about $6 million building the main building in 2008, said another builder, Baxter Norris. The site includes a separate fitness center and party house, which together cost about $4 million to build, Gentry said.

In addition to the main building, the grounds include a party house and a separate fitness center with a golf simulator. Ryan Seede (4)

The main house has a custom kitchen, wine cellar, and a great room with 25-foot-high ceilings and views of the mountains, Wright said. The fitness center includes a golf simulator and a circular ‘Hobbit Door’. It was inspired by the movie The Lord of the Rings, which Strickland said was added by Weber for fun. Gentry said his party house is about 2,500 square feet and includes his full kitchen for entertaining.

Strickland said the main building was custom built to showcase Weber’s collection of American westerns and Adirondack Mountains-inspired art, furniture and lighting. The art collection includes antique rugs, over 30 bronze statues, and numerous paintings and prints.

Strickland, who travels between Florida and North Carolina, said he was selling because he plans to buy a smaller property in the same area.

Homes in four surrounding counties sold for a median of $400,000 in August, up 6.7% from the same period last year, according to the High Country Association of Realtors.

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