Local Realtor – Libbie Johnson
Libbie Johnson Local realtor

Tryon realtor, Libbie Johnson describes herself as a “lifelong horse lover.” Her love and passion for horses began at the early age of eight when she organized a fan club for ‘61 Derby winner Carry Back. Her first horse arrived by way of a lost truck on its way to a slaughterhouse.

Libbie has always been active in her local horse community from equine rescue organizations to orgznizing the very first National Equine Economic Summit. She serves on several equine-related boards, including USPC (United States Pony Club), ELCR (Equine Land Conservation Resource), NC Farm Bureau and the NC Equine Study advisory board. In the private sector, Libbie has been the owner of Johnson-Powell Public Relations for almost 20 years. Libbie understands the need for expert handling of client needs including branding, market analyisis and sales.

Having been a leader in local, state and national horse organizations, Libbie has contacts throughout the equestrian world. As former Polk County Economic Development Director, she has a unique understanding of our area’s government, schools, businesses, healthcare and other important resources affecting Tryon Horse Country.

Whether you’re thinking of selling or looking for the perfect home, farm or land, put Libbie’s Tryon Horse Country real estate knowledge, and passion to work for you.

Call or email Libbie Johnson today: 828-817-3753 | libbiejohnson@gmail.com

Tryon Style

Active with equine land conservation, she is a proponent of wise land use, especially in historic horse communities like Tryon Horse Country. Co-Author of “Tryon Style” a stunning coffee table book capturing the history, heritage and unique ambience of the area called “Tryon Horse Country” All proceeds of each book sold go to benefit TROT, a therapeutic horseback riding program for special needs adults and children. Founder & Publisher of tryonhorsecountry.org, the preeminent online source for all things equestrian in Tryon Horse Country. Founder & Publisher of “This Week in Tryon Horse Country” – a weekly e-newsletter source for local equestrian news and events embracing all disciplines. Founder of “Horse Country Tours”, Libbie knows the who, where, when, and why of Tryon Horse Country in history and community.


Libbie founded “Boots & Breeches” – In a horse town, there are plenty of merchants, large and small, that appreciate the business of horse people. Boots and Breeches are Always Welcome, is an identifying logo that lets equestrians know what local businesses appreciate their patronage. FYI: The name, “Tryon Horse Country”, refers to an area in the Carolina foothills of the southern Appalachians. This area is also known affectionately for more than a century as “horse heaven.”

Boots and Breeches Always Welcome
Tryon Equestrian Center Steeple Chase

As a realtor local to Tryon, Libbie has mountains of experience

As a long time resident of Tryon Horse Country, I am familiar with the opportunities that await.  As a horse owner, I know the technicalities of buying an equestrian property:

  • What size are the property’s horse stalls? 
  • How well have the pastures on the property been maintained? 
  • Where is the nearest access to the trail system?

As your realtor, we are a little bit different.  You get our undivided attention and we listen to you and your needs.

Our services to you, the seller, include preparing a finely crafted marketing package — not a template.  We use professional real estate photographers to capture the beauty and uniqueness of your property.  We market not only on two MLS systems and local advertising, but also through a social meeting and an extensive network of contacts. 

And finally, as a new resident to Horse Country, we are here for you after the sale to introduce you to the community and be a resource in those months as you are getting settled.

Realtor FAQs

(About Libbie Johnson)
Q: How long have you been a real estate agent?
Since 2014. Previously, I owned a public relations firm, served as a social worker, and managed an art gallery. 

Q: Has your entire real estate career been focused on Tryon Horse Country?
A: Yes. Prior to becoming an agent I was very involved in Tryon Horse Country serving as the county’s economic development director and directing resources to our primary economic driver – horses.  I have also written a book about our horse country as well as coordinating several campaigns to promote the area.

Q: What do you love about being a Seller’s Agent?

A: I know most of my Sellers personally and so selling their property is a joy.  I am appreciative that they’ve chosen me to handle one of their family’s largest transactions.

Q: What do you love about being a Buyer’s Agent?

A: First off, I genuinely enjoy meeting new people and most of our buyers are newcomers. Secondly, I love the hunt for the perfect fit.


Q: Are you ever a Dual Agent?

A: I try not to do that.  I would prefer to represent one side’s interest.
Q: What real estate organizations are you a member of?
A: I belong the National Association of Realtors, the NC and SC boards, the Hendersonville regional boards and the Spartanburg regional board.

A realtor with great reviews!

15 reviews on
Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor
April 28, 2023.
As a Marylander shopping for a house in Tryon I knew I needed a local realtor that understood the housing market/options, could explain NC real estate practices, as well as taking the time to get to know me and understand what I was looking for in a house. Libbie did all of that and more. My partner and I did not always agree on house priorities, and fortunately Libbie is as great a mediator as she is a great realtor. She took my/our wishes to heart, and managed to pull off a coup of securing for us an adorable, funky, eclectic Tryon charmer before it even hit the market. She walked with us every step of the way. She showed us houses in every inch of the Tryon countryside, helped us arrange the inspection (and every found a last minute inspector when our original inspector was injured) and introduced us to all the local service providers to make the move a painless as possible. Libbie is as warm, welcoming and supportive as the Tryon community itself. I highly recommend her whether you're coming from out of town, are already a resident or selling your home.
Nichols Hill
Nichols Hill
April 14, 2023.
I had to sell my fathers home through some trying times with him and in a housing market that was on the downturn. Libbie was the first realtor that returned my call on a Sunday within minutes and came to see us that very day. She stuck by us with an unwavering determination to sell his house and went the extra mile to make it convenient for my father to sign paperwork and for me to get the information I needed to make informed decisions. All and all she made the house selling experience much easier.
dot moyer
dot moyer
January 8, 2023.
I cannot speak highly enough of Libbie's professionalism and personal attention to detail. She was patient with our year long property search, and always concerned about what was best for us. She was highly organized during the entire process and process and made sure that everything went smoothly. I will certainly use her again, and highly recommend her services.
Jurgen Kogler
Jurgen Kogler
November 18, 2022.
had the good luck to randomly pick Libbie as my realtor, months before I was able to move. She stayed in touch and when I was able to get serious she stepped up and went far above and beyond to help me find my perfect property. She’s kind and patient and helpful no matter what you ask of her. Added plus, shes a horse girl and knows every trail and club and foxhunt and how things work in Polk and neighboring counties. Shes the only resource you will need to smoothly settle in to a new life here. What a lucky random pick! Now you won’t need to rely on luck, cause now you know. Contact Libbie, it will be the best move you’ll make. Abby Kogler
Amy Balchum
Amy Balchum
July 28, 2022.
Libbie Johnson was an amazing realtor. She was attentive to detail, always answered my questions quickly and was very knowledgeable. She was also warm, friendly and really knows the area. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a house!
Amy Brucksch
Amy Brucksch
December 17, 2021.
I can’t speak highly enough of my experiences with Libbie Johnson. As my realtor in several transactions as both a buyer and seller, she has been professional, courteous, organized and guided me through the entire process with skill and integrity. She has many connections within the community and her knowledge of the Tryon area is unsurpassed. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Susan Xanthopoulos
Susan Xanthopoulos
November 2, 2021.
This is the best realtor I have ever had in my life! No kidding! She diligently tried to find me a home, which she did and drove me everywhere. She took me to restaurants and educated me about the community. She’s extremely informed and educated about the history of the area and I learned so much about the history and all the horse happenings, history and information. She filled all my stalls with Shavings before I got there, offered to stock my refrigerator and left me a vacuum with a bow in my house. I’ve never met anyone that does this in my life. She’s truly a gem and the feeling of being truly cared for is so rare these days. I would never recommend anyone else Tryon/Landrum/Columbus area! She fabulous! Thank you Libbie Johnson!
Ann Loving
Ann Loving
September 16, 2021.
Libbie is first out of the starting gate in getting your property sold! Within a week of her getting my listing the property was posted with photos and a full description. Shortly thereafter a contract was signed and ultimately closed. Libbie is in the winner’s circle!
Bretton Griffin
Bretton Griffin
July 25, 2021.
Libbie is an excellent Tryon resource and her years of serving the greater Tryon area have made her an superior realtor choice. She is knowledgeable, honest, communicative and professional. My purchase of a Tryon property was absolutely seamless. Libbie has a unwavering affection for Tryon and she truly shines in her profession.
Laurie Sullivan
Laurie Sullivan
June 19, 2021.
Great experience working with Libbie! Excellent concierge service.