Lake Lure, NC

Lake Lure NC

A month ago I had never heard of Lake Lure NC.  Then researching Western NC retirement towns, I stumbled upon it, at least on the web.  It sounded like a great place to check out with it’s mountains and a beautiful lake.  We decided to check it out.

One of our friends recommended The Lodge on Lake Lure, a bed and breakfast right on the lake, as a place to stay during our scout trip.  We booked a 3 night stay, actually getting a special of 3 nights for the price of 2 nights.   Breakfast included and wine each day at 5pm. Not too bad.  We went Monday – Wednesday, returning Thursday.

The town of Lake Lure is a quite charming small town right on  Lake Lure, a clear 700+ acres lake right in the mountains of Western NC.  Next door is the Chimney Rock park, which is now at NC state park and at the park entrance is the village of Chimney Rock.  You can get anywhere in Lake Lure or Chimney Rock in 10 minutes.  The lake and beach are actually owned by the town of Lake Lure.  Parts of the movie Dirty Dancing were filmed in Lake Lure.  The 2006 HGTV Dream House is in Lake Lure.

We toured two communities and spoke with more folks.  It seems everyone wanted to move to Lake Lure in 2007, a lot on new developments were started, and then the financial crises hit.  There are plenty of lots in failed subdivisions around the area.  Also plenty of seconds homes, some may be in trouble.  Some of the communities say there are about 50% permanent residents and 50% seasonal residents.  People have come from all over, many from Florida to escape the hurricanes, and high costs.  You can see the communities and other info about Lake Lure on the page we did at Lake Lure NC

The area was certainly appealing and gorgeous.  From the Lake Lure marina we took an hour boat ride tour and enjoyed it very much.  Some really large homes and some regular older homes lived in by the locals, make a good mix.   Living in a town this small may get take some getting used to by city folks used to Whole Foods, Publics, Targets, and such. I spotted on Ingles grocery store.  When my air pressure light came on in my wife’s care, the only place I found was a general store with a gas pump (and a air pressure pump).  I ask the guy at the counter if there was a full service gas station or repair shop around and he replied “nope, this is it”.  Luckily for us adding some air did the trick and made the warning light go off.  But it did bring home the point that living here would be very different from living in a metro area.

Those who have a seasonal home in Lake Lure may have the answer and the best of both worlds.  At least they would transition to full time if they wanted or just enjoy the season. I have the feeling it is a buyers market, like it is throughout the country. Maybe more so because of all of the second homes and failed subdivisions.

Lake Lure is worth a trip to check out.  A 3 or 4 day trip would make a nice vacation. Vactions sometimes turn in to a “nice to live here” decision.

Author: Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler is President of Retirement Media Inc