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Small-town living in proximity to natural beauty and larger urban areas is the secret of Burke County’s appeal to folks who wish to settle here. With its clean, modern parks and safe neighborhoods, it is a great place to raise a family. The quality of life is excellent with outstanding healthcare facilities, a full commitment to education, and a variety of shopping and entertainment resources. Retirees choose Burke County for its modestly priced housing and quality senior programs. Through a demographic “boomerang” effect, more and more former natives of the county are deciding to return to Burke and the way of life they remember here. Presently, the Lake James area is the exciting new building location in the Burke area though many other areas here vie with it in appeal.

Lake James

Available housing in Burke County is more than adequate. The average cost of a three-bedroom house is $146,000. Homes ranging in price up to $1 million are available around Lake James and in other exclusive neighborhoods. Duplexes, condominiums, patio houses, single- and two-story homes are available at reasonable prices. There are numerous apartment complexes located throughout the county; rent averages $460 on up.

For up-scale housing options there are many new gated communities being developed, which offer luxury golf villas, apartments, town homes, and lakeside and mountain view homes.


Townhouses and condominiums are currently being built close to the Morganton Central Business District. Some townhouses are situated above quaint retail stores in town. In an old refurbished textile mill, luxury apartments are currently available for occupancy. A large assisted living complex located across the street from the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium will be completed in the fall of 2008.

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