Connie & Paul Hartke
Paul and his brother Keith own a real estate company in Northern Virginia, National Realty, so they have an eye for property investment values. Keith and wife Kimberly purchased the original cabin, Breathless.
4th of July weekend 2005, Paul and Connie visited Keith and Kimberly at Breathless while searching for an investment cabin of their own. An entire day was spent looking at properties around Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. They were excited about several options, but when they got back to Breathless that evening with its awesome panoramic view, they said “we saw nothing even close to this.”
The next day a “for sale” sign went up in the yard next door, and the purchase of Eagles View and its renovation quickly followed.
In the summer of 2006 Connie and Paul purchased the 3 bedroom cabin, Above the Clouds which has a small yard and playground.
Then on March 1 2007, all 6 of the 8 cabins on the ridge burned to the ground due to high winds and a brush fire. The Wears Valley and other firefighters tried their best, but the winds were too much. The awesome views were still there, so we built new cabins that fully take advantage of the views and Connie and Paul made their two cabins wheelchair accessible, which has been a blessing to many families. Read Connie’s blog about it here.
Update – 2019 – we now have a first floor accessible vacation rental home at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, FL. Learn More about Coconut Cabana here.
Despite our busy lives running a large real estate company, a real estate school, and personally managing these cabins, we find time to visit our favorite view in the Smokies several times a year.