Vass NC is another town that the railroad built in the
northern section of Moore County, North Carolina. Vass was primarily a rural, pastoral town
until the Seaboard Airline Railroad came to town in the late 1800's.
Originally settled by F D Byrd and known as Bynum, the town was soon named
Winder, after an official for the Raleigh and Augusta Railroad.
The name was officially adopted in 1892, named after Major William Worrell Vass,
the paymaster for the Raleigh and Gaston railroad and an official in the
Seaboard Airline, Chatham, and Raleigh and Augusta Railroads(which would all
later be merged into the CSX corporation). The town incorporated in 1907.
Once the railroad came to Vass, the production of
farmed goods and exports made the town grow. Agriculture has long been a
primary industry here, and once tobacco
crops were planted, it really took off.
Vass is another sandhills community that will make you feel as if you've
stepped back in time. All the old shop and store buildings along Seaboard
Street (by the railroad tracks) are still there, although not a lot of commerce is done there
Vass is kind of like the rural "gateway town" that channels
residents and visitors to other areas. Vass is the gateway to all points north (Raleigh
and Cary), east (Fort Bragg and Fayetteville), south (Pinehurst and Southern
Pines), and west (Carthage).
It has long been the gateway for soldiers who live here,
to get to Ft Bragg through Spring Lake. Highway 690 crosses business Hwy 1
at the Main St crossroads in Vass by Miller's Family restaurant.
Today Vass is home to around 850 residents, and is
still mainly a ruralagricultural, residential
and pastoral community. The town and outlying areas have started to gain
attention, over the last few years, as a nice bedroom community for
commuters that work in Raleigh and Research Triangle Park.
People who want
that small country town feel, but still convenient to Hwy 1 going north have
started to settle in the area. It is also home to
Woodlake Resort and Golf
Club, a great community built around 2 beautiful Ellis Maples and Arnold
Palmer golf courses and an 1130 acre lake.
Homes and real estate here are quite affordable, and
larger tracts of acreage, ecause of it's agricultural heritage, are often
available. Homes around the lake at Woodlake, that haven't been updated or
are great renovation candidates can often be found in the $200K-$300K range. Of course you can always
find move in ready, completely updated properties in the $500K-$900K range
on the water as well.
Average home prices for the town overall have long
hovered in the $160K-$180K range, but thanks to some new developments, such
as Cordelia Hills, and a rise
in new construction properties in the last couple of years, the average home
price has gradually increased.
Homes Under $250K
Vass area homes
Vass NC Map
Homes Over $500K