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Banner Elk North Carolina may be your ticket to a whole new way of life. Whether you’re looking for a place to retire, raise a family, or perhaps looking for a vacation home, Banner Elk has it. Tourism is the largest industry in the town, with golf country clubs, art galleries, restaurants and ski resorts attracting thousands of tourists each year. If you’re searching for gorgeous mountain scenery, access to some of the best fishing or golfing in the country, and a friendly, small town atmosphere, Banner Elk may be for you. Choose from a mountain chalet, condominium, new home in an exclusive gated community, or farmland and acreage. One-acre single family homes are available on some of the most picturesque land in the high country surrounding Banner Elk, many overlooking one of three mountain streams. Banner Elk has a very relaxed lifestyle, low crime rate, low cost of living, and low taxes. It is just far enough off the beaten path to have loads of unique charm, yet conveniently located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the city of Asheville. Banner Elk serves as the center for Avery County’s ski industry, due to its location directly between Sugar and Beech Mountains. Banner Elk has a motto, “Life’s Just Better Here,” and it definitely lives up to it.

If you are thinking of a permanent relocation to Avery County, remember it is a collection of communities – each with it’s own history, traditions and quirks that make it unique. Some of these communities has an “off center” personality that locals cherish. People have been coming to these villages for decades for vacations and many fall in love with the area and decide to stay. Avery County has an outstanding school system and is home to two well-respected institutions of higher education. The 100-plus-year-old Lees-McRae College is in Banner Elk and Mayland Community College is just north of Spruce Pine. Appalachian State University is located less than 15 miles away in the town of Boone. Avery County also has a comprehensive range of healthcare services available. Located in the town of Linville is the 70-bed Charles A. Cannon Jr. Memorial Hospital, which includes more than 150 physicians and offers a range of healthcare. Cannon’s sister hospital, the Watauga Medical Center in the town of Boone houses additional services including a wellness center, cancer center, kidney dialysis and the Sanger Cardiology Clinic.

The county encompasses 247 square miles with a population density of only 69 people per mile. Tourism is the main industry in Avery County and the town of Banner Elk, with Christmas tree farming being the second largest. There is no industrial manufacturing in Banner Elk. Ski resorts, lodges, golf country clubs, restaurants, art galleries, hospitality and retail accounts for most of the town’s incoming money. For anyone looking for a second home or a place to raise a family, Banner Elk is great – they have an eager work force, good schools, top-notch health care, and plenty of fresh air and gorgeous scenery.


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