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.
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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