Beverly-Hanks agent Billy Case is the listing agent for the former Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park.

Ever Wanted to Own Your Own Theme Park? Ghost Town is back on the Market!

$5,950,000 | CPE#: 486889

The scuttlebutt is true, cowpokes. Maggie Valley’s iconic Ghost Town in the Sky Wild West-themed amusement park is back on the real estate market—and can now be yours!

Ghost Town in the Sky (recently known as Ghost Town Village) opened in 1961 as an amusement park with a nostalgic Western theme. As a mountain-top park, it was known for its iconic chairlift access, which would lift park attendees 1,250 feet in elevation from the parking area to the entrance.

The property for sale includes 250 acres of prime mountaintop development property and 40 buildings on four levels of the mountain. Many of the buildings and rides have been recently gussied up, including the main entrance office. Paved parking for 700 vehicles is available down the mountain. The access chairlift transports 1,200 passengers per hour from the parking lot to the park entrance.

Located at 16 Fie Top Road in Maggie Valley, the former Ghost Town property offers unlimited potential for dinero, as well as tremendous personal property inventory. The property will not be subdivided, and personal property will not be sold separately.

If your life dream has been to own your own amusement park, we can help you Live the Life You Choose. Contact Beverly-Hanks associate Billy Case for more information.

About Maggie Valley:

Just 10 miles outside of Waynesville is Maggie Valley, a quaint mountain delight that sprang up to cater to visitors and still rolls out the welcome mat to traveling tourists. The town is an epicenter of old-time mountain fun—with family restaurants and fine dining, foot-stomping Appalachian song and dance, putt-putt, elk-spotting, and some of the best snow skiing in the South.

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She works hard every day to make sure you have everything you need to be successful. Lunches are packed, homework is complete, soccer gear is in the car and ready for this afternoon. Hot breakfasts every morning and hearty meals every night. Teeth brushed, hair brushed, check, check, check.

And what does mom get in return? One day a year without rushing around and digging tiny shoes out from behind the couch. This day is all about her.

We know mom loves your homemade crafts, but you can do better than a macaroni necklace and bedazzled photo frame for the fourth year in a row. A homemade breakfast in bed is a nice idea. But what mom really wants is a mimosa and a big, steaming biscuit. Give mom what she wants.

Here are 9 great brunch locations across WNC that are open for Mother’s Day.

Blue Ridge Buffet at the Omni Grove Park Inn

This farm-to-table artisanal buffet includes two massive rooms filled with amazing breakfast and great gluten-free options. A special Mother’s Day menu includes a biscuit bar, mac and cheese station, and no fewer than a dozen decadent dessert options.

Sunday Champagne Brunch: Noon–2:30pm

290 Macon Avenue, Asheville | (800) 438-5800


Owned and managed by the same team behind the Corner Kitchen, Chestnut is a unique venture built upon locally sourced ingredients from around the region. Their brunch menu features classics, as well as original dishes like the Moules Frites.

Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 9:00am–3:00pm

48 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 575-2667

The Dixie Diner

Voted by locals as one of the top breakfast joints in Hendersonville, the Dixie Diner has all your standards—omelettes, biscuits, pancakes, and more. Specialties include the Louisiana Hash, Dixie Benedict, and Huevos Verduras.

Sundays: 7:00am–2:00pm

1724 Brevard Road, Hendersonville | (828) 697-5025

Early Girl Eatery

Breakfast is served all day at this downtown Asheville staple! Since 2001, Early Girl has been serving the meals locals love, from the local sausage and sweet potato scramble for breakfast to the almond and ginger salad, perfect almost anytime.

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am–9:00pm

8 Wall Street, Asheville | (828) 259-9292

Fireside Restaurant and Pancake Inn

Pancakes steal the show at Fireside, but there are many other great options, too. Don’t miss their variety of breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, and “mountain style” breakfast plates.

Sundays: 7:00am–2:00pm

295 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville | (828) 697-1004

HenDough Chicken & Donuts

Still want to do breakfast in bed? Surprise mom with a breakfast from HenDough. They’re known for their doughnuts, but there is a good selection of biscuit sandwiches, too. Allow 15–20 minutes for menu items.

Sundays: 7:30am–5:00pm

532 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville | (828) 595-2885


Raised in Mexico City and trained in San Francisco, Head Chef Hugo Ramirez has put together a wholly original menu of Mexican food combined with French-influenced California cuisine. Brunch staples include Huevos Revueltos and Smoked Chipotle Chilaquiles.

Sunday Brunch: 10:30am–2:30pm

13 Eagle Street, Asheville | (828) 252-2327

Panacea Coffee Company

Located in Frog Level in historic downtown Waynesville, Panacea offers a full menu on Sundays, plus a special brunch menu and mimosas. Breakfast specialties include a lox and bagel plate and homemade quiche—of course served with quality coffee roasted in house.

Sundays: 10:00am–3:00pm

66 Commerce Street, Waynesville | (828) 452-6200

Sunny Point Cafe

Known for having one of the best breakfasts in the country, Sunny Point is a small West Asheville restaurant with a big menu. Come for the Huevos Rancheros or Stuffed French Toast, stay for the 16-ounce Mega-Mosa.

Sundays: 8:00am–2:30pm

626 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 252-0055

Want a Free Meal from a Local Restaurant?

Beverly-Hanks partners each month with LoLo, a free local loyalty movement. Our Thank Local program introduces you to the many independently owned businesses, restaurants, and nonprofits across the region by sending free monthly gifts directly to your inbox. Past gifts have included meals at Chestnut, Early Girl Eatery, and HenDough, mentioned above.

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Ghost Town is on the Market for $5.95M!

Beverly-Hanks agent Billy Case is the listing agent for the former Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park.


May 5, 2017, Asheville, NC—Maggie Valley, NC’s iconic Ghost Town in the Sky Wild West-themed amusement park is back on the real estate market through NAI Beverly-Hanks. NAI Beverly-Hanks agent Billy Case recently listed the property for $5,950,000.

Located at 16 Fie Top Road in Maggie Valley, the former Ghost Town property includes 250 acres of prime mountaintop development property and 40 buildings on four levels of the mountain with an authentic Western town and train ride. Many of the buildings and rides have been recently renovated, including the main entrance office, which has soaring ceilings and a stone fireplace. Paved parking for 700 vehicles is available down the mountain. The access chairlift transports 1,200 passengers per hour from the parking lot to the park entrance.

Billy Case says, “This property is located in the heart of Maggie Valley and served as a major destination for many years. We are looking for a buyer who recognizes the value—both of the property and to the community.”

According to the commercial listing, 16 Fie Top Road offers unlimited income potential and tremendous personal property inventory. The property will not be subdivided, and personal property will not be sold separately.

Ghost Town in the Sky (recently known as Ghost Town Village) opened in 1961 as an amusement park with a nostalgic Western theme. For generations, it was a major destination for family fun for attendees from Haywood County, across Western North Carolina, and beyond. As a mountain-top park, it was known for its iconic chairlift access, which would lift park attendees 1,250 feet in elevation from the parking area to the entrance.

Since 2002, Ghost Town has seen several changes in ownership. The most recent owner made many repairs and upgrades and rebranded the park as Ghost Town Village, which was to feature live acts, shopping and a museum, a zipline, and many interactive programs.

If your life dream has been to own your own amusement park, Billy Case and the experts at NAI Beverly-Hanks are available to help you Live the Life You Choose. See the listing and inquire for more information at Or speak with an NAI Beverly-Hanks commercial real estate agent today at (866) 858-2257.


About NAI Beverly-Hanks

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The market leader since 1976, Beverly-Hanks & Associates is a full-service real estate firm offering residential and commercial sales, marketing, and consulting services in Western North Carolina. In addition to these core business platforms, Beverly-Hanks has strategic partnerships in several related industry ventures including mortgage, title insurance, and consumer facing lead procurement ventures. For more information, visit



Beverly-Hanks agent Billy Case is the listing agent for the former Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park.



Meet Richard Kennedy, and agent with NAI Beverly-Hanks

Richard Kennedy has been a commercial real estate broker with Beverly-Hanks & Associates since 2008. In that time, he has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. Combined with his Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Richard’s training and experience have led to many successful CRE transactions for his clients.

Richard focuses primarily on office and industrial properties in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell Counties in Western North Carolina. If you’re starting a dental practice in these areas, he’s the man who can help you find the best space for your new team. If you’re an investor trying to find the best tenants for your space, he can help with that, too. Richard lists and sells properties, but he also represents landlords in leasing spaces. He does both buyer representation and tenant representation.

Before becoming a commercial real estate broker, Richard was a mid-level executive in an information technology company. While there, he worked in several states and in four countries. Prior to that, Richard  was a manager for a large-scale automobile manufacturer. Richard graduated from Michigan State University.

Read more about Richard Kennedy and how he can put his area knowledge and industry experience to work for you.



Commercial Property Showcase: 409 N Main Street in Hendersonville, NC 28792

An Amazing Opportunity for a Work/Live Lifestyle in the Heart of Downtown Hendersonville!

$895,000 | CPE#: 485742

Can you imagine a more prime location than at 409 N Main Street in downtown Hendersonville? Whether you want to live downtown or work downtown—or both!—this property offers what you need.

The storefront retail/office space features a covered entry over two prominent display windows. Additional features include a separate office, half bath, and separate rear entrance. A full basement is available for storage or additional product display. The main level previously rented for $1,850/month.

Built in 1921, the building has retained its original staircase entry to an elegant residential landing. The beautiful upper-level two-bedroom loft features numerous skylights over an ample kitchen and dining area for abundant natural lighting, as well as a laundry and full and half baths.

409 N Main Street is conveniently located directly next to Postero, one of downtown Hendersonville’s top fine dining restaurants, as voted by locals. It is across the street from the Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County. A gated two-car garage plus four additional parking spaces are included in the listing. The units are separately metered.

Contact Beverly-Hanks associate Laura Flores for more information on how to begin your work/live lifestyle in downtown Hendersonville today.

About Hendersonville:

Hendersonville, long known for its historic charms, is blooming into the future. The town (population 12,000) is the largest in Henderson County and is the county seat. In recent years, it has revitalized its local business scene and advanced its reputation as a place that offers something for just about everyone. Distinguished by an almost perfect climate, beautiful surroundings, and recreational variety, Hendersonville has attracted hundreds of families.

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Within an earshot of Patton Avenue—a main artery of hustle and bustle into downtown Asheville—stands an old church. On the outside, one might mistake it to be abandoned or forgotten. But, upon entering the nondescript side door, the sounds of string instruments and poignant vocals ricochet around Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

“I love the sound of this room. From the studio and through the speakers, it’s an organic kind of trail,” said bluegrass legend Jerry Douglas from behind the helm of the recording console. “The space is so big that it lets things dissipate and decay naturally, and not just cut things off—it’s a pretty alive room.”

A Nashville icon, Douglas was there that day producing the latest Steep Canyon Rangers album. Calling Western North Carolina home, the Grammy award-winning Rangers have come into prominence in recent years with genre-bending records, sold out tours, and also backing the one-and-only Steve Martin.

Capturing the Magic: Echo Mountain Recording Studio


Sitting in the state-of-the-art facility, Douglas reminisces about arriving in Asheville decades ago. It’s a city he looks forward to visiting and immersing himself in, time and time again.

“I’ve always loved Asheville, ever since I first came here in the 1970s,” Douglas said. “I love the surroundings and all the nice folks that live here. Here, I feel like I can be in the country, but also have that city feeling, too—all the great restaurants, the incredible music, everything is wonderful.”

In addition to being the launching pad for the “Godfather of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe, Asheville and greater Western North Carolina have always had a reputation as one of the music capitals of America and beyond. From mountain music to southern rock, country to blues, every night in this region is another chance for a melodic adventure.

“The music scene in Asheville is constantly growing and evolving. With a multitude of venues, concert halls and festivals, I’m amazed at how many musical options we have for a small city,” said Autumn Greenfield, assistant studio manager at Echo Mountain. “I feel Asheville is becoming well known as a ‘music destination,’ with people traveling from all over the world to visit our mountain town.”

And at the center of this whirlwind of strings and songs is Echo Mountain. When one peruses their list of past clients, it’s like reading through a music industry “who’s who”: Widespread Panic, The Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band, T. Bone Burnett, and The Smashing Pumpkins, just to name a few.

“Every musician grows up dreaming of recording in the studio one day. With the advent of technology and the Internet, it has become much more affordable to set up home studios,” Greenfield said. “Even so, I believe most musicians would prefer to record at a professional studio if their budget allows for it, not just for the amazing gear, but also for the opportunity to work with professional engineers and producers. The sound of the room and the console are also huge deciding factors for most artists.”

Hailing from just down the road in Hendersonville, Greenfield grew up in the music business, involved in instrument sales and the service sector. A musician herself, she still is in awe of Echo Mountain each time she enters the building for work or showing around a potential client.


“I love the sound of this room. From the studio and through the speakers, it’s an organic kind of trail.” —Jerry Douglas

“I love giving tours to new clients and hearing the chorus of ‘this place is amazing’ and ‘when can we record here?’” she said. “We feel the recording experience should be as comfortable as possible for clients. Upon the completion of the session, most artists leave telling us what a wonderful experience they had, and how they can’t wait to come back for the next album.”

But, beyond the inspiring atmosphere at your fingertips, there’s one thing musicians and engineers alike find to be the difference maker at Echo Mountain. Here, the age-old saying holds true: “Location, location, location.” Or better put, the aesthetic and social beauty of the Asheville and the surrounding region.

“As an outdoor enthusiast, I love the natural beauty of this area,” Greenfield said. “The scenery is accentuated by the mild climate and the diverse culture that comes not only from the rich history of Western North Carolina, but also the eclectic mix of people who have been drawn to this area and made it their home.”


This post is adapted from our annual Welcome to Western North Carolina magazine. Click here to read more online, or click here to order your own free copy.


Beverly-Hanks President Neal Hanks, Jr. recently delivered the Q1 2017 Real Estate Market Report. Watch the video below for his short report, or continue reading for a summation.

Q1 2017 Commercial Activity:

Sales for the first quarter of 2017 were down considerably compared to Q1 2016. Retail sales remained competitive, with $10.3 million in closings compared to $13.3 million year over year. Other sectors trailed significantly. Most notably, office sales were down 70%. This is something we will continue to monitor as we move into Q2 2017. While these numbers may initially lead some to believe the market is cooling, there are a number of big deals looming that should put us back on track by mid-summer.

Total lease transactions were slightly down, but our vacancy continues to drop in all categories. We continue to have healthy net positive absorption month after month, and we expect that to continue until a significant amount of new space comes on the market.

Q1 2017 Residential Activity:

Overall, WNC housing markets are moving at a brisk pace. In the first three months of the year, we’ve seen an average YOY sales increase for the seven-county region of 15%, with several counties seeing increases of more than 20%.

Home shortages are beginning to creep from the affordable price ranges (under $300,00) into the $400,000 range. These shortages are pushing sellers’ asking prices up considerably—upwards of 20% in some counties—even as sales paces continue to increase in these same communities. The Federal Finance Housing Agency reported that Asheville MSA’s home prices appreciated 7.32% YOY for Quarter One.

WNC Sales Pace Q1 2017

Read more about Q1 2017 residential activity.


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Meet Don Bell, an agent with NAI Beverly-HanksDon Bell’s name stands For Uncompromised Excellence.

Asheville real estate is a passion for Don, as well as a profession—particularly land. He’s the one to call if you want to learn about the general market conditions or a particular property. Want a general valuation or comparative market analysis? Call Don. Need help with conservation easements? Call Don. Considering a development? Don’s your man.

Don Bell is familiar with all aspects of real estate, from residential development and investment to commercial land development and construction. He practically grew up in construction because his father owned a successful residential/commercial construction company in Ohio. But when he wasn’t on a construction site, young Don was working the land. He grew up working the family’s 1,000-acre farm in Southern Ohio, as well as the family produce farm in central Ohio. The experience taught Don to love the land and all that it offers.

Today, Don has built a successful career around all aspects of land acquisition and proper utilization of a tract of land for it highest and best use. Among his many notable transactions, Don has brokered:

  • A 125-acre tract on Owenby Cove Road in Asheville for private use.
  • The 80-lot, 140-acre Moody Mountain development in Burnsville, NC.
  • A 249-acre Robinson Cove Road Farm to a conservation easement group.

Don has also facilitated a 1,000 acre bankruptcy transaction in Yancey County and listed distressed development tracts in the greater Asheville markets, as well as farm and investment properties throughout Western North Carolina.

When Don isn’t busy assisting his real estate clients, he enjoys photography, hiking, fly fishing, shooting skeet, bird hunting, and kayaking.

Read more about Don and how he can put his area knowledge and industry experience to work for you.


Unemployment rates were recently released for North Carolina, and the Asheville metro fared better than any other area of the state.

It is common for unemployment to trend up during the post-holiday months before construction and tourism see a seasonal rebound. This year is proving no different than normal. January unemployment rates increased for every county across the state from the month before. However, the rate in each county was still lower year over year than the rate for January 2016.

In Buncombe County, the unemployment rate was 4.3% in January, up from 3.7% in December, but down from 4.4% in January 2016. This is the lowest rate among all counties in the state. The average rate across North Carolina was 5.5% in January.

The jobless rate in the Asheville metropolitan area (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Madison counties) was also the lowest metro rate in NC at 4.6%.

These low numbers come at a time when the workforce in the area continues to grow. The Asheville metro workforce rate, which includes people working and those looking for work, was up 1.8% over January 2016.

The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board laid out the numbers:

Mountain-Area Unemployment Rises, but the Asheville Metro Remains Lowest in the State


As can be inferred from the mountain county unemployment rates below, job creation is largely tied to urban growth. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Western North Carolina’s two most populous counties have seen the most rapid growth in the region so far this decade, while six of the region’s smaller counties actually lost population, according to a recent article in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Measurements taken from July 2010–July 2016 show that Buncombe County’s 7.2% growth led the region, followed by Henderson County at 6.8%. WNC’s overall population growth of 3.6% from 2010–2016 was less than the state (6.2%) and the U.S. (4.4%). This is largely due to surrounding counties with declining populations and depressed economic growth.

Actually reducing in population during this timeframe were Avery, Graham, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, and Yancey counties. Several of these declining counties, including Graham with the fourth highest unemployment in the state (9.7%), reinforce national trends in which urban and suburban counties are gaining residents while rural ones see stagnant or declining populations.

No immediate solutions are available for these trends. However, mountain counties are being proactive in building job opportunities for young workers in the face of declining opportunities in traditional industries like furniture and textiles. According to the AC-T, counties are making efforts to help students learn how to start their own businesses to boost the local economy and give young people another way to stay in their communities.

Unemployment by the Numbers

Here are unemployment rates for January 2017 in Western North Carolina counties:

Avery, 5.9%

Buncombe, 4.3%

Cherokee, 6.3%

Clay, 6.1%

Graham, 10.6%

Haywood, 5.3%

Henderson, 4.7%

Jackson, 6.4%

Macon, 5.2%

Madison, 5.6%

McDowell, 5.2%

Mitchell, 7.2%

Polk, 5.0%

Rutherford, 7.4%

Swain, 7.7%

Transylvania, 5.7%

Yancey, 6.0%


March Client Connect Offer: 10% off Merchandise at Blue Ghost BrewingNo longer simply a sleepy stopping point between Asheville and Hendersonville, Fletcher, NC is now a destination in its own right. The town has been growing at a steady and smooth pace in recent years thanks to lower housing costs and its convenient location. Business owners, including those at Blue Ghost Brewing, are taking note of this growth for their own gain.

“I think if I had to describe Fletcher in three words, they would be CONVENIENT, GROWING, and NICE,” said Zach Horn, a Fletcher resident and co-owner/brewer at Blue Ghost Brewing Company.

Fletcher’s adjacent location to Interstate 26 is among the many reasons the community has more than doubled in size over the last 20 years. The current population of 7,600 enjoy their proximity to some of Western North Carolina’s biggest attractions, businesses, and natural wonders. Fletcher is conveniently located near the Pisgah National Forest and Blue Ridge Parkway, havens for sightseers, cyclists, and outdoor adventurists of all types.

“We fell in love with this area, with everything there is to do outside, the convenience, again, a lot of free things to do, and it’s a great climate—just a lot of great things that we enjoyed, and we moved here because we wanted to be here,” said Horn.

In fact, Blue Ghost Brewing draws its inspiration and its mission from local ecology. “One of the names that stood out to us was Blue Ghost because of the fireflies that are native to this region,” said Horn. ”It really tied into what we’re trying to create here, as far as family. Kids love catching fireflies in Mason jars in the summertime. We were able to pull all those elements into the brewery.”

Fletcher is also uniquely positioned for national and international beer tourists. Blue Ghost is just minutes away from Asheville Regional Airport, currently home to six airlines offering over a dozen regional and national destinations. Across the street, the WNC Agricultural Center’s 87-acre facility hosts events year round that attract vendors and visitors to its grounds.

“Our customers come a lot from Hendersonville, Mills River, Fletcher, Asheville—because we’re in the middle, like Fletcher. We have a lot of nice customers, and it just translates into the local community,” said Horn.

And, of course, beer tourists can enjoy the many nearby breweries in Asheville, Hendersonville, and surrounding areas.

“We’re I-don’t-know-what-number brewery—once we started here, 50-plus—so the culture had already been established,” said Horn. However, Horn sees his fellow brewers as more of a community than competition. “The climate, the water is soft—it’s perfect for brewing because you can add to it and don’t have to worry about taking out things. It just sets up the perfect scenario for brewing beer.”

Horn continued: “We try to bring in all of our passions from outside of brewing into the business. For example, I used to be a biology teacher, so we have a natural history educational series that we’ve been doing the last five months. We’re about to have a talk about Blue Ghost Fireflies to end it for the season. Bringing all those other passions in is a big driver behind our brewery, for sure.”

Fletcher’s business community is growing with new, locally-owned businesses opening every year. See more about growing Fletcher for yourself! Read more about Fletcher, NC, see more photos, or search for homes in the area, from our Beverly-Hanks Marshall community page.