John Barrow is a Broker and Rental Coordinator with McKee Properties.

At a Glance

  • Holds Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University
  • Active Cashiers community leader
  • Macon, Georgia native

He is also an active community leader. Currently, John is a board member and officer of the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, Cashiers Valley Community Council and the Cashiers Historical Society. He brings a high degree of enthusiasm and commitment to the community as well as his real estate profession.

A Macon, Georgia native, John permanently relocated to Cashiers and joined McKee Properties after spending more than 20 summers in the area. He and his mother, Sandy Barrow, partner to bring “two for the price of one” to the clients they serve, assuring dedication to the business of selling or buying properties.

Prior to joining McKee Properties, John spent more than 20 years teaching young adults at both the university level (Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University) and high school level (Montgomery Bell Academy and Pope John Paul II High School). He earned his bachelor’s degree at Davidson College and his masters and doctoral degrees in American history at Vanderbilt University.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ROLES: 

  • Board member and President of the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley
  • Board member and Treasurer of the Cashier Valley Community Council
  • Board member and Secretary of the Cashiers Historical Society
  • Chairman of the Village Heritage Award selection committee for the Cashiers Historical Society

Get to Know John

What is your favorite thing about the Cashiers area?

My favorite thing about Cashiers is the serenity that exists here. For me, the combination of the mountains, the forests and streams, the cool temperatures, and the distinctive changes of the seasons creates a place of peace and tranquility that exists nowhere else.


Of what moment in your real restate career are you most proud?

The proudest moment of my real estate career involved one of the earliest listings I sold. My client began experiencing a number of health difficulties and closing the sale became much more urgent than originally anticipated. Complicating matters, we encountered a number of “surprises” as the closing date approached. Nevertheless, with a lot of patience, elbow grease (and help from colleagues), we were able to close on time. The look of relief and happiness on my client’s face when I told him that closing had occurred is something I will never forget.


What is one of your favorite Cashiers-area memories or traditions?

My favorite Cashiers tradition is the annual Christmas parade. Seeing the excited faces of the children lining the My favorite Cashiers tradition is the annual Christmas parade. Seeing the excited faces of the children lining the parade route, the gathering of families and the sense of community reminds me of something out of a Frank Capra movie. Nothing better embodies involves the spirit of the season!


What is something folks might not know about you?

I learned how to run a chainsaw out of necessity while “pioneering” on the farm in the 1980s, and am very proficient Before changing careers and moving full-time to Cashiers, I earned a PhD in U.S. history from Vanderbilt University and had a career in academia.