Tucked among the beauty of North Carolina’s beloved High Country, a sprawling estate has entered the market for $4.25 million. Originally built by Burell Johnson, cousin of the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, and sited on 279 acres, the luxurious lodge is perched at a 1,800-foot elevation overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. The majestic property at 9259 Statesville Road is marketed exclusively by Marzia Mazzotti and Rob Drag of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Lake Norman office.
From the striking floor-to-ceiling windows to multiple decks, this elegant three-bedroom, the two-and-a-half-bath residence was designed to take full advantage of the spectacular mountain views. Vaulted ceilings and stunning wood floors frame the open floor plan, which includes an array of custom built-ins and exquisite finishes. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream, with ample space to host family gatherings, while the peaceful master suite offers a relaxing retreat. The five-car garage offers plenty of storage for the auto aficionado.
The abundance of surrounding acreage boasts recreational trails and expansive green space ideal for an equestrian estate or winery. This private oasis is close to state parks and also conveniently located near metropolitan Charlotte and Winston-Salem offering the best of both worlds.
As a young man, Junior Johnson built a reputation as a moonshiner, following in the footsteps of his father, Robert Glenn Johnson, who was involved in the whiskey trade. The Johnson family all lived on and around the land and both Junior and Burell produced and ran moonshine in the surrounding streams. The cousins cut roads and altered vehicles to make them lighter for travel in their attempts to outrun the law. As a result of this business endeavor, Junior learned how to race which led to a winning stock car career and multiple championships as a successful team owner and ultimately solidifying his status as one of NASCAR’s most influential figures. Remnants of Junior Johnson’s moonshine operation can still be found on the property, including old stills and car parts.
“This unique property is a glorious getaway with limitless potential to create the ultimate mountain lifestyle,” said Marzia Mazzotti and Rob Drag. “The discerning buyer will appreciate the home’s quality craftsmanship as well as the beauty and serenity of its expansive grounds.”