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” A contributing  portion of each book sold 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!

10 reviews on
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 17, 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.
Ashley D
Ashley D
May 20, 2021.
I had a wonderful experience with Libbie Johnson when we sold our family home. She provided exemplary service from listing to closing with clear communication and expert negotiation. Libbie was there every step of the way and each aspect of the sale was handled promptly and professionally. Even after the sale, she was available for a smooth transition to our new home. I would highly recommend Libbie if you are buying or selling a home.
Terri McKenny
Terri McKenny
March 25, 2021.
Libbie was recommended to me by a family member, and it was a perfect match.She immediately started looking for properties that fit my needs (wasn't easy). Her long time knowledge of the area and her negotiating skills helped me purchase the perfect home and acreage that I needed. I would highly recommend Libbie to anyone looking to purchase their perfect place in this area. Thanks Libbie!
Joe Harber
Joe Harber
January 5, 2021.
Libbie helped us to find the perfect property in the Tryon area and was able to listen carefully and match our needs to the right place. She is very responsive and helpful, especially as we don't live in NC. From her impressive knowledge of the local area and history as well as the connections she has for inspectors, builders, cleaners, etc., Libbie is the right professional to help find your dream home. Highly recommended!
Connie Lomax
Connie Lomax
March 17, 2020.
I had a fabulous experience selling my farm with Libbie. She is an experienced horsewomen, a well known Tryon hunt historian, serves as a board member on several equine non-profits and familiar with every backroad and farm in the area. She found a buyer even before I cleared out the overwhelming clutter from a home and barn which had raised kids and horses for 20 years. She was accommodating, professional, and sympathetic to my personal issues saying goodbye to my home. She has been a blessing and has become a good friend. I can't say enough to recommend her!