With multi-generation family roots, Yellow Rose founders Johnny and Dena Ensley and their staff know the Smoky Mountains region of Western North Carolina inside and out. Year after year, their top priority is exceptional service and investment results for their customers. Their intimate knowledge of this area’s vacation market and it’s specific real estate opportunities and challenges, makes all the difference for their customers.
Johnny and Dena Ensley
Broker/Owner and Broker/Property Manager
Johnny and Dena Ensley founded Yellow Rose Realty in 1995. Their story is the stuff of the American dream. While they are both from Western North Carolina, Johnny grew up in Swain County, Dena grew up in Florida, They had to travel to Alaska to actually meet! It was love at first sight, in the Yellow Rose Restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska. Dena’s mother was working at that restaurant and Johnny was in the area working in the oil industry that summer. When Dena came out to visit her mother, she met Johnny (thanks to her mother, who set up the introduction, it’s true!) The rest is history.
The Ensleys began with a residential and commercial cleaning business, and as they took on more and more vacation rentals to clean, they realized they could manage rentals more successfully than what they were seeing and it was a good synergy with their cleaning business. Adding real estate services was the next natural extension for their company. They and all their brokers are fully licensed by the state of North Carolina.
Dena, who has a degree in Accounting from nearby Southwestern Community College, manages the financials of the business. Johnny manages the real estate and investment property side of the business. Dena is on the board of directors of the Swain County Tourism and Development Authority (TDA). Johnny is an active coach for various elementary school-age sports teams, including football, Little League baseball, and basketball. Yellow Rose is a consistent sponsor of many kids sports teams here in Swain County, including girls’ and boys’ basketball, football, Little League baseball, karate, and kids soccer. Johnny is also a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and the Safety Officer for Swain County Little League. Both Johnny and Dena are former Sunday School teachers and Youth Leaders.
Where are we located?
Located in the heart of Bryson City, NC adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yellow Rose Realty is about 1¼ hours west of Asheville, NC and 3½ hours north of Atlanta. Yellow Rose is within a half day drive of every major southeastern and mid-Atlantic metropolitan area.