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Columbus, N.C., Offers a Compact Community Big on Blue Ridge Beauty

Columbus NCIf you’re looking for a tiny, tight-knit community tucked away in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, yet just a quick 30-minute drive northwest to Asheville, Columbus, N.C., is the perfect spot to call home. With a picturesque downtown, proximity to the area’s horse and wine country, and easy access to many outdoor adventures, Columbus offers the best in Western N.C. living.

Columbus, the county seat for Polk County, has a population of around 1,000. Its historic downtown is home to one of the state’s oldest courthouses still in use. Columbus boasts two intriguing museums: The House of Flags, home to more than 300 different flags, and the Polk County Historical Museum, which displays fascinating photos and artifacts reflecting the local history. 

Quaint meets scenic in Columbus, NC

Columbus’s compact downtown is home to locally owned restaurants, tap rooms, and shops, as well as a visitor’s center. Two parks in the middle of town – Stearns Park and Veterans Park – offer picturesque spots to picnic or just sit and soak in the mountain views.

Real estate in Columbus offers an array of options. Explore everything from sprawling estates to quaint cottages. Plenty of available acreage and lots means you can create the mountain home of your dreams, with room to spread out.

Nearby Western N.C. destinations

Columbus sits within a short drive of numerous mountain-town destinations: Lake Lure, which encompasses the famed lake of the same name, sits at an elevation of 1,000 feet and is surrounded by peaks topping out over 3,000, including Rumbling Bald Mountain, Chimney Rock Mountain and Sugar Loaf Mountain; Tryon is famed for everything from lush vineyards to delightful antique and vintage shops to farm-to-table restaurants to equestrian activities; and Hendersonville, filled with historic buildings and vibrant streetscapes, offers many outdoor dining options, as well as unique shops and galleries, along its Main Street.  

For more information about real estate in Columbus, or anywhere in Asheville or Western N.C., contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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