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Franklin, NC 28734
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Kathy is a very knowledgeable and personable realtor.  She helped us through the process of selling our home and we are so thankful we chose her to represent us.  We highly recommend Kathy to anyone searching for a great realtor in the Franklin North Carolina area. Thank you Kathy and all the staff at Bald Head Realty for your expertise and patience, we are truly grateful!!
Jerry & Susan Wadel
My husband and I we’re so grateful in the sale of our Cowee Valley property. We thank Kathy Clifton for her time and hard work. Her professional input and honesty was very much appreciated. She is a delight to work with. Without hesitation she will always be our go to agent.

Juanita and Lance Helewski
I can not say enough about Kathy's positive attitude towards listing my home for sale. She made the whole process quick and easy and kept me updated on a weekly basis. My home sold within a couple of months after listing. It's Kathy's skills that make the difference. She will not disappoint! Joseph Metzler
I can not say enough how fantastic my house selling experience was with Kathy. From start to finish of the process Kathy made me feel like selling my house was her number one priority. I was continuously kept informed and expertly guided through the process. My house was under contract after only two months on the market and I received the profit that I needed from the sale. I highly recommended that you use Kathy’s skills to help you sell your home because you will never find a better real estate broker. Dale Carmichael
It was a pleasure working with Kathy as my realtor. It was a painless transaction that made a good impression of your realty group. Kathy found a buyer in no time at all and then took care of all the small details to make the sale a success. She got the price I was asking for and the paperwork was easy. I would recommend Bald Head Realty and you, Kathy, to any and all people wanting to buy or sell property in the Franklin area. Phil Hembree
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Summer 2015 Preview Blog


OH YES!  We can really see it now and WE LOVE IT! Spring has arrived, trees are leafed out and daylilies, irises and hundreds of native North Carolina wildflower species are in bloom, bringing a beautiful punch of color to our roadways and homes.  Boots are being exchanged for sandals and we are using our decks and porches for morning coffee (O.K, maybe we still need a light sweater!)  Spring and summer bring wonderful activities and events to Franklin.  Let's take a look at what's going on!

Franklin is known as the "Gem Capital of the World" and gem mining has been a favorite activity for visitors for years.  May is especially popular as Gem Shows take center stage. This weekend, Franklin plays host to two of the longest running and most popular gem shows in the region. Vendors come from across the United States and the shows attract hundreds of gem enthusiasts.  It's a great way to spend a day.  The shows are in close proximity to one another for driving convenience.  Both shows feature rocks, minerals, rough and cut gems, jewelry, beads, supplies and more.  Here's the scoop!

Highlands Road Gem Show
Corner of Highlands Road and 441 Bypass
May 7 - 10

Mother's Day Gemboree
Macon County Community Building
1288 Georgia Rd.
May 8 - 10
Sponsored by the Macon County Gem and Mineral Society

Want to "mine" your own gems?  It's great fun for everyone.  Kids especially love the "thrill of the hunt".  Here are a few favorites and a map to locate many more.



Rose Creek Mine
115 Terrace Ridge Rd.

Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mine
5315 Bryson City Rd.

Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine
6771 Sylva Rd.

Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine
41 Cherokee Mine Rd.

Another "real gem" not to be missed is Ruby City Gems and Minerals - the largest gem store in North Carolina, continuously operating for over 50 years.  Stop in for gem mining supplies before your trip to the mine - Bring your mined gems back for custom gem setting.  Over 5,000 square feet of retail and museum space.  Great educational stop!

Ruby City Gems and Minerals
130 E. Main St.

Ready for more fun?  Franklin loves its seasonal art and craft shows.  Don't miss this one.  

Spring into Summer Craft and Art Show

May 22 - 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Macon County Fairgrounds
Free Admission and Parking
Great Food by Roadside Eats

The spring and summer months always usher in a busy real estate season.  This year it hardly seemed to slow down during the fall and winter months!  It just never fails - You come for a vacation and end up staying for a lifetime.  The mountains can be...well.. simply irresistible!  Here are two of my newest listings - both beautiful examples of mountain living at its finest.

184 Lickskillet Rd.
MLS 55516



** Property includes 3 ponds, stream and gorgeous landscaping **


249 Bates Branch Rd.
MLS 55613







As always, thank you for your friendship and support.  Hope to see you in the mountains during these glorious spring and summer months.
Until next time....



Spring 2015 Blog

Spring has arrived in the Mountains!

Spring is highly anticipated for so many reasons.

Here are a few of the many "spring things" we look forward to.......



One of the most evident signs of spring is the appearance of the Appalachian Trail thru hikers.  In 2014, between March 1st and April 15th,, approximately 2,500 hikers set off on the northbound route,  from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine.  Many will begin that trek again this year.  And yes, as the sign says, the total AT distance is 2,108.5 miles.  Visit www.appalachiantrail.org for great educational info on the AT.

With its proximity to the Appalachian Trail, Franklin has been designated an official AT community and plays host to large numbers of thru hikers looking for a little rehab before getting back on the trail.  Franklin takes its host status seriously and offers a full menu of hiker events with FRANKLIN TRAIL DAYS, which runs March 20th through April 25th.  They are open to everyone - Come and mingle with the hikers.  Here's a sampling of hiker offerings:

March 27, 28
11th Annual Hiker Bash
Sapphire Inn, Franklin
One of the most popular events, featuring food, music, acts, backpacking education and more

March 28
Anniversary Celebration/AT Appreciation Day
Three Eagles Outfitters, Siler Rd.
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

March 28
Warrior Hike Celebration
American Legion - 11:30 a.m.
Come support the Class of 2015 Warrior Hikers
Lunch will be served.

March 28
Thru Hiker Chow Down
Sponsored by Nantahala Hiking Club & Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.

April 4
Thru Hiker Appreciation
Outdoor 76 - Main Street, Franklin
Come rub shoulders with hikers as they prepare to hit the trail.
828-349-7676 for more information

April 11
Free Hiker Breakfast
Sponsored by First Baptist Church
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
828-369-9559 for more information

April 25
Gear Swap and Community Cookout
Outdoor 76 - Main Street, Franklin
Bring new, used or forgotten gear and swap it out for your next adventure.
Starts at 10:00 a.m.
Live music from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with breweries on hand for beer tastings
828-349-7676 for more information


It's the 25th anniversary of the Macon County Senior Games, this year held from April 27th through May 16th.  The Senior Games Spring Flea Market benefits the Games and is one of the most eagerly awaited spring events.  With a huge number of vendors, you will see folks lined up at the door waiting to get in.  The flea market takes place this year on April 18th and is held at the Community Center across from the Whistle Stop Mall.  Rent your own tables - or make a donation.  Call Charlie or Millie Honeycutt:  828-524-2227.  They will pick up any and all items, including furniture.  Visit the Senior Games Website for information on all of the Senior Games activities.


We can't wait for our two markets to re-open.  Both feature fabulous assortments of fresh veggies, fruit and homemade goodies.
Native plants and flowers are also available as well as goods from local crafters and artisans.  Both will re-open mid-May.

Franklin Farmers Market
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Every Saturday during the season
Franklin Parking Lot on E. Palmer St.

Cowee Farmers Market
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Every Tuesday during the season
Historic Cowee School
51 Cowee School Drive


Check out these 2 Gorgeous homes!
66 Belleview Circle   Franklin, NC      

Unbelievable home with long range views.   
Full 1- bedroom apartment with private entrance and its own 2 Car Garage,
Full Kitchen, Living and Dining area with W/D hookups and Porch.   
Main level with Vaulted Tongue and Groove Ceiling in Living and Dining area
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Counters
Second 2 car attached garage plus a 27.5' X 25.8'
HUGE Game Room with Full Bath,  3580 SF of total living space.   
99 Little Brook Lane     

Quality built Mike Welch home with over 2,400 SF in a gorgeous private setting on 2.56 Acres.  Kitchen, Living and Eating area all open.
 Breakfast Nook with Bay Window for bird and nature watching.  
BIG room sizes - Master bedroom with whirlpool tub.
  3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, plus Bonus Room, and oversized 2 Car Garage.   


Hope you've enjoyed reading about this great area we call home.  As always, your support is truly appreciated.    See you soon!




Holiday Greetings from Kathy Clifton, 2014

Wow!  Seems like summer just gave way to fall and its riches
and we're already feeling a hint of winter in the air.   
Lows of 15 degrees brought out the down jackets and boots!   
In keeping with mountain weather behavior, a few days later we had highs in the 50's.   
No matter!  Each season is a winner in the mountains.



Thanksgiving is such a wonderful way to kick off the Holiday Season.  Words cannot express how thankful I am for your support and friendship.  Seems like yesterday that Danny and I moved to this beautiful area....the other day I realized it's been 15 years!  Holy Cow!  How did we get so lucky???  Have a fun-loving, belly-filling, wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Now, finish that piece of pumpkin pie and get ready for the Christmas festivities beginning the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Franklin LOVES this time of year and goes all out for this magical season.  There's no holiday quite like a mountain holiday - so bring family and friends and enjoy the music, lights and fun of Winter Wonderland in historic downtown Franklin. Here's the scoop on the festivities.


Winter Wonderland Schedule

Saturday, November 29th:  5:00 - 8:00 p.m.     
Free Wagon Rides and Pony Rides from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Special luminary display by Angel Medical Center
 Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Service:  7:00 p.m.
Merchants will be open late with free refreshments and great gift ideas

Sunday, November 30th: 3:00 p.m.
Franklin's Annual Christmas Parade


This year's theme is "A Winter Wonderland Christmas".  
Many floats and entries will travel the parade route through downtown Franklin.  
Like to participate in the parade?  Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information (828-524-3161).
Saturday, December 6th:  5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Santa and the Frozen Holiday Characters will continue to be on hand as well as free wagon and pony rides.

Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Franklin bakers will bring their finest confections to this hotly contested annual competition.

Visit the lower level of Town Hall and be part of the judging process for this year's Gingerbread House Contest.  
Or ... preheat your oven and enter your own creation.  Call the Chamber at 828-524-3161 for an entry form.  
Prizes will be awarded in three categories.



Road Trip?  
One of the most anticipated holiday events in the area is the Great Polar Express in Bryson City.  
Travel the scenic mountains by rail and enjoy the beauty and splendor this area has to offer.   
Departing from the Bryson City Depot, the Express is a 1 ¼ hour round trip excursion through the quiet wilderness.
Guests enjoy hot cocoa and a treat while reading along with the magical story of the Polar Express.  
Boarding the Express when it arrives at the North Pole , Santa presents each child with their own silver sleigh bell, as in the story read earlier.  
A Christmas Carol sing-along is held on the way back to the Bryson City depot.

The Polar Express begins November 7th  and  runs through January 4,  2015.  
For reservations, call 800-872-4681.

At the end of the day, there's no place like home - Especially a home in the mountains.   
Why Wait?   I'm here to help you find your own little "Slice of Heaven" in this peaceful, gorgeous area.   

Watch the videos and see all the great deals on homes and property still available.

Danny and I have never looked back.  15 years and loving it!
Warmest wishes for your best holiday season so far.


** Kathy **  

Franklin and Otto, NC Fall, 2014 Update

It's a Toss-Up!  It's a Quandry!

What's your Favorite Season in the Mountains?


Fall is Magical!  The colors change everyday.   This past Saturday, when Danny said "Wow, you have to see this tree I pass everyday!", that's all I needed to hear.  Away I went with camera in hand to get this shot at the corner of Coweeta Lab and Coweeta Church Road in Otto.   Timing is everything - Two days later, this tree lost all its leaves when the heavy rains came in.   I vote for Fall being my favorite season.  But wait....when the first fluffy snowflakes blanket these mountains, then Winter becomes my favorite season.  And so it goes......

Pumpkin Fest ranks right at the top of Franklin's list of most popular events.  SO much to do and see.
The Pumpkin Roll is a hoot!

Dates: Oct 24th and 25th, 2014     
When: Friday 3pm - 6pm; Saturday 9am - 4pm    
Where: Downtown Franklin and East Franklin Shopping Center
October 24 - Hayrides and After school treats for the kids at East Franklin Shopping Center from 3-6 pm.  
October 25 - Street Festival along Main Street with crafters, Famous Pumpkin Roll, Live Music, Great Food, Pie Eating Contest, Games, Costume Contest and Parade
For more information go to



Great Local Produce - Another Reason I Love the Mountains!

Cowee Farmers Market
Every Tuesday in season from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. (October 24th is the last one for the season!
51 Cowee School Rd, Franklin, (At the Historic Cowee School)
For more info
Click here to find out  What's In Season in NC  


Mountain Chalet on 4.75 Acres only $189,900

491 Coweeta Ridge in Otto

3 Levels of Living Space - Room for Everyone
3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, Huge Screen Porch and Game Room
Privacy and Easy Access


WOW - An inspiring view from the deck!
You can watch the 4th of July fireworks without leaving home!



Snapshot of the Summer Real Estate Market for Franklin and Otto
2014 Home Sales:  
June 1st - October 15th, 182 Homes Sold - 96 were cash buyers.  Average Selling Price - $141,213
2013 Home Sales:
June 1st - October 15th, 214 Homes Sold  - 105 were cash buyers.  Average Selling Price - $138,385

Current home inventory is 736.  Of those, 68 (9.2%) are Under Contract.  

Thank you so very much for your friendship.  25 years in the Real Estate business and I still hit the ground running everyday. For me, it's the perfect job in the perfect place.  I appreciate your comments and hope you enjoy reading about our fun area as much as I enjoy sharing Franklin and Otto with you.

It's fall clean up time!  Let me email you a 10% off coupon from Lowes to help with your projects.  Shoot me a quick email and consider it "done".

More to come, my friends.




Franklin and Otto, NC 4th of July Update

Summertime....And the Livin' is Easy!

Glen Falls is a triple waterfall near Highlands with four great scenery stops along the two-mile roundtrip hike in the Nantahala National Forest.
The upper and middle sections are the most beautiful.  This is just one of many Waterfalls within a one hour drive of Franklin and Otto.

Directions: From Franklin, take Highlands Road, US Highway 64 East 20 miles into Downtown Highlands.  
Go south on NC Highway 106 about 1.7 miles and look for the sign to Glen Falls Scenic area on the left. After you turn, the gravel road to the falls (SR 1618) veers off immediately to the right.
The road dead ends into the parking area in about a mile.

4th of July Fun-Fest
A Great Franklin Family Affair

Parade begins at 10 a.m. in Downtown Franklin
Food and Games at the Macon County Recreation Park at 3:00 p.m.
Sign up for Horseshoe and Corn Hole Tournaments at the Recreation Park

For more information, contact 828-524-2516 ext 304.



Fireworks start when the "Lights are Out."



Your Mountain Dreams Come True
702 Still House Road - Otto, NC
Cool Stream, Long Range Mountain Views, Tongue and Groove Vaulted Ceilings, Wood Walls and Floors,  Adjoins Forest Service Property.  
I'm thinkin' this has your name written "all over it"!


Three Bedroom, 2 Bath, Two Sunrooms, 1.43+/- Acres, Central Heat and Air on Main Level


Franklin and Otto Market Update - June 2014

The market recovery in our area reminds me of a turtle....slow and steady.  Average home prices for 2014 are just about where they were in 2013 at roughly $127,400.  This year, realtors have sold 182 homes with 95 of those being purchased for cash.  We see folks using their 401k funds and other savings to purchase real estate because as we all know....they just aren't "makin any more of it" and buyers are confident that it's a good investment.

John (aka Bald Head) and I did a quick video in May about the state of the Franklin and Otto market:  Watch the Video

Your support and friendship is truly appreciated.   See you next month!



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