Homeowners near Tryon hope to make big money during World Equestrian Games

Just like in Augusta, Georgia, for the Masters golf tournament, homeowners within a 30-mile radius of the Tryon Equestrian Center are hoping to cash in and rent out their homes for September's World Equestrian Games. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Just like in Augusta, Georgia, for the Masters golf tournament, homeowners within a 30-mile radius of the Tryon Equestrian Center are hoping to cash in and rent out their homes for September's World Equestrian Games.

"We just listed it," Dan McFerrin said of the five-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home in Landrum he shares with his wife Brenda.

The couple is willing to vacate their farm for the entire month of September -- for a price. That price is $20,000.

"No, we haven't had any bites yet," McFerrin said.

But McFerrin is optimistic. He and his wife have rented upscale homes while traveling abroad and think people coming for WEG are looking to experience the area in addition to attending the games.

"And, if it doesn't lease, it's OK."

Kathleen Hoek, a Tryon area property manager with Cielo Real Estate, said there's more listings than renters at this point.

"Since January, there's been a surge of properties put on (listings) for the World Equestrian Games," Hoek said.

However, she said she rented three homes, Friday, to people who are making plans to come to the games.

"It's a lovely apartment. It can sleep six," April Johnson said of one of three suites she and her partner Jeff Miller hope to rent.

Their property is in Hendersonville, about 45 minutes from the equestrian center. Johnson said she thinks a team of about 13 people from Spain may book her three properties, listed on Airbnb for $250 a night each.

"They're actually looking for the whole property," said Johnson, who added the group has been in touch six times inquiring about making the reservation.

The games are still more than two months out. News 13 counted more than 20 listings for homes and spaces for rent on Airbnb with headings that included keywords World Equestrian Games, WEG and TIEC (Tryon International Equestrian Center).

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