After our apple picking outing, we kept heading North, interested in checking out Barnardsville, where a friend of ours is buying a property. We have heard that there is a nice community up there, and we wanted to get a look.
We drove through town, enjoying the rural setting with many beautiful homes and farms. We attempted to visit a waterfall nearby, but the road leading to it was closed. Instead we found the Mountain Light Sanctuary, which was a hidden treasure that I am glad we happened upon. On our drive back towards town we stopped in park with an historic cabin and a nice playground.
Barnardsville is a nice little community, and though we saw lots of amazing properties that would suit our needs well, we left with the sense that it wasn’t the right place for us to invest, being a little bit too far from the hub of Asheville, where we’ve found lots of great programs for the kids.
The biggest challenge we’ve faced in our search for land is that Laura and I would like to be somewhat remote, in a rural area surrounded by nature, but the girls have a strong social need that is much easier to fill when we live in or very close to a city. Our hopes of finding a remote community with enough kids to provide our girls with the social culture they need have all but been dashed. The model we yearn for, that so many people yearn for, has not yet been implemented, at least not anywhere we’ve seen. I still believe that it could be implemented, but certain barriers to this dream have not yet been fully identified and circumnavigated.
So for now, Barnardsville is probably not the place for us. Still, it’s a beautiful community!
More pictures from Mountain Light Sanctuary