Dream home tours support college scholarships

Home of Barry and Sandra Bearden. Photo courtesy of Yancey County Tourism

Press release from Yancey County Tourism:

Step inside some of the finest homes in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the Yancey County Dream Home Tour, Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Mayland Community College Foundation hosts the tour, which includes five houses. Three homes are located in the gated Mountain Air community, perched atop Slickrock Mountain at 4,600 feet in elevation. Another home is at Mount Mitchell Golf Club, which sits at the base of Mount Mitchell, the highest point on the East Coast. The fifth home is near downtown Burnsville.

The tour route offers scenic fall views along the way, including picturesque N.C. Highway 80, which winds through the Toe River Valley between Burnsville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“The home tour is a unique event that connects our community to Mayland Community College,” says Margaret Earley-Thiele, executive director of the Mayland Community College Foundation. “There are so many beautiful and unique homes in Yancey County, and we are excited to showcase a few of them.”

One of the Mountain Air properties is the upscale home of Barry and Sandra Bearden. Built in 2012, the house’s design mixes industrial features, such as steel beams, with native wood, including cedar, cypress, Douglas fir, walnut and recycled heart of pine. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping mountain views. The home also has a living roof covered with vegetation.

Another tour stop is the log cabin of Allen Benowitz near downtown Burnsville. The house sits on approximately 2.5 acres with a waterfall, pond and walking trails. The home has an open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen, a wood-burning stone fireplace and large covered porches.

The tour is self-guided, and the homes are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All of the homes will have shuttles running to and from nearby parking spaces.

Tour proceeds support scholarships for Mayland Community College students from Yancey County and the college’s Yancey Learning Center.

Tickets are $45 and are available at the Yancey Learning Center and the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are also available online at www.Mayland.edu/Foundation  or by phone at (828) 766-1233. Attendees will receive an informational booklet and a map.

For more information about the tour, visit the MCC Foundation website. For information about Burnsville, including dining and lodging options, go to www.ExploreBurnsville.com.

About Able Allen
Able studied political science and history at Warren Wilson College. He enjoys travel, dance, games, theater, blacksmithing and the great outdoors. Follow me @AbleLAllen

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