Cemeteries and Parking Lots ~ One REALTOR'S Perspective

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

Don’t you think your perspective changes warps about the location of certain things when you are in real estate, for example - the locations of cemeteries and parking lots? The oddest things occur to me now and maybe it’s because I’m in the mountains and build-able property is at a premium.

Sometimes I walk down my driveway or look out my window and think, thank goodness back when Congress was working more for the people that the Blue Ridge Parkway Service property was preserved. That would be my logical brain talking, the REALTOR brain says…the grade on that property is perfect for subdividing.

Cemeteries are always in prime real estate locations, the nicest laying property commanding the best views. The Tuckasegee River runs along side of US74 here and occasionally there are mini-storage buildings, lumber yards or singlewide parks…and my REALTOR brain calculates whether or not those uses are the highest and best use for the property. Not that it matters, it’s really just a brain game since those people were there first.

From Ingles Parking lot copyright 2012 Mona Gersky

When I drove into Waynesville yesterday to preview a listing for a buyer, I also stopped at Ingle’s Grocery Store in Waynesville. A massive thunderstorm was coming in through the Pisgah Mountains and I shot this photo from the grocery store parking lot! For those of you who are curious…the buildings in the foreground would be our version of “Fast Food Row” or Russ Avenue. In the distance, the large square building and the two church spires are markers for the historic Downtown Waynesville.

Leslie and I try to tell new clients who are determined to buy a house with a great view but are sometimes dismayed by either the price or the access, don't worry!  Find the house you love and realize that you can't drive to the grocery store without being surrounded by astounding views.

I have to admit, I’m glad the Ingle's parking lot has this view. This way, regular citizens doing regular things have a consistent reminder about the incredible area we live in. My REALTOR brain doesn’t dominate all the time and when it does…when I start thinking some properties would be better off developed and sold? Then, it’s time to get out of real estate before I become too mercenary. I hope forever I thoroughly appreciate the views from the cemeteries and parking lots, they’re there for us to share with each other.


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Comments (33)

Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Roger, I bow to your lyrical prowess !

Michael, all year round, an incredible view.

Gay, that's better...I really wouldn't want to consider myself mercenary.

Valerie, I hope your test farm stays just as it is...in the long run it will benefit the community far more than more houses and condos!

Jul 22, 2012 12:40 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I agree with you....beautiful. And it's funny how I notice these cemetaries now, there are many people who won't live by one.

Jul 22, 2012 01:04 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Nothing wrong with a parking lot with a view.  Cemeteries could be great neighbors.  They never throw loud parties.

Jul 22, 2012 02:52 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You know me Mona, my head is filled with "useless drivel" that's just dying to get out.

Jul 22, 2012 03:06 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Sort of on the same subject, but when you drive down a highway you haven't been on for awhile, and you see all that new construction--whole subdivisions, shopping malls, etc.--it's a little frightening to me. In California, so much good agricultural land was lost during the housing boom.

Jul 22, 2012 03:21 AM
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

That parking lot has been there a long, long time.  When I used to come up here to vacation I would often go up there and get supplies.  Always enjoyed the view and the almost constant breeze.  I thought if this is what the grocery parking lot is like,  I know I want to live here.

Jul 22, 2012 03:21 AM
Iris Stuart
none - Santa Rosa, CA

I used to work at a cemetery so living next to one wouldn't bother me.  The cemetery I worked at was like an 80 acre park, a peaceful place for walking, bicycle riding, and watching the birds and squirrels.  Usually cemeteries have been there for generations and were originally built just outside of town.  After years of growth the town often surrounds the cemetery.  

Jul 22, 2012 04:14 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

There are many grocery stores at which I can shop, but I choose to go to a particular one that has prime views of Lake Michigan.  Grocery shopping is such a chore, but when I come out of the store and see the lovely lake views, I am glad it was built there! 

Jul 22, 2012 05:55 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Mona, this sounds terrible but I never noticed that you work in Waynesville. My was actually in the historic downtown several years ago. Even contemplated a move there but found Franklin TN to be a better fit for us. It is a beautiful area. Small world.

Jul 22, 2012 06:05 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Karen, I'm sure they are especially poignant for you.  I appreciate your comment.

Chris and Dick, they are wonderful neighbors and you can be sure they'll never turn into condos.

Roger, you and me both.

Hella, people with horses talk about pasture land disappearing.

Leslie, I didn't know that!

Iris, that makes sense.

Margaret, that's a great choice to have.

Tammie, that is interesting. You should stop in next time you visit.

Jul 22, 2012 09:46 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Mona I had to laugh...I've thought the same thing many a time. We installed a bench over looking a valley for my parents.....and it's the best real estate in St Cloud Mn.  I'm sure my folks like the view!

Jul 22, 2012 11:02 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

It seems it is important for there to be a balance.... and there are certain value that come into play as well.. A very thought provoking post.

Jul 22, 2012 12:23 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Anna, I'm glad you had a laugh over this, and I'll bet your folks enjoy the best view in St Cloud.

Joan, thanks for reading and yes...a balance is important.

Jul 22, 2012 01:06 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I recently had a buyer say "it was such a lovely drive" and that always makes me happy to know it's a nice drive on the way to those great lake views we have to offer.

Jul 22, 2012 01:21 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Mona - "Realtor Brain".  It's not my Realtor Brain that's so bad, it's the lawyer brain I gained my first year of law school that really changed the way I looked at everything.

Jul 22, 2012 04:16 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

There are many beautiful place in this country.  None as beautiful as the place we call home.

Jul 22, 2012 08:27 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Tammy, it is a lovely drive in your area.

Christine, I don't think I could live with a lawyer brain...it would definitely color everything different.  At least Realtor brain can be tuned out.

Gary, I think everyone should be able to find something beautiful about the place they call home.

Jul 22, 2012 11:41 PM
Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware

Highest and best use does indeed sometimes mean... leave it undeveloped. We need the visual relief, let alone the ability of the land to soak up water and give back clean air. Parks, agricultural areas... we need them all. Thanks for the beautiful photo and glimpse into your corner of the world.

Jul 23, 2012 01:04 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Mona, if I ever go that way again, I'll give you a buzz.

Jul 23, 2012 04:01 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Monica, absolutely!!!

Tammie, that would be great.

Bob, I miss you already.  I've been thinking about you and Kathy lately, it always makes me smile. xoxo

Jul 24, 2012 09:52 PM