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With elevations that range from 900 feet in the valleys to just above 5,000 feet on mountaintops, McDowell’s mixture of housing opportunities is as broad as the topography. Mountain and stream settings, lake views, farmland, the greens of golf courses or forests — choices abound in our county.
If you prefer a more urban environment, the four-mile radius of Marion includes over 16,000 residents and offers neighborhoods of moderate, contemporary and luxury homes. Old Fort, a town of 950 residents in western McDowell, has options for mountain scenery and seclusion and a variety of lot sizes and prices.
Lake James, a scenic paradise in eastern McDowell County, has low-density developments with water views and waterfront homes with boat slips.
In the hilly countryside about 30 minutes south of Marion, one development boasts a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Residential areas at Lake James and north of Marion feature golf fairways, too. The northern communities of Little Switzerland, North Cove, Turkey Cove and Linville Falls offer home sites on mountainsides and beside streams.
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