Black Mountain Homes in Gated Communities
Black Mountain is home to several gated communities. Only The Settings of Black Mountain is located within the town limits, but more are located outside of town. These subdivisions offer beautiful views and various amenities. Outside the town limits are the gated mountain communities of Catawba Falls Preserve, Creston, High Cliffs, and Laurel Ridge. All of these communities have Black Mountain addresses but are not subject to Black Mountain taxes.
These neighborhoods all have architectural review processes, ensuring that homes built in the communities conform to certain standards. Laurel Ridge is the oldest gated community in the Black Mountain area, as it was developed in the early 1990’s. Laurel Ridge also has the most variety of construction styles, with everything from log cabins and timber frames to contemporary and modern homes.
Creston and The Settings are quite different in some respects and quite similar in others. For example, the architectural style and quality of construction are very similar. Both neighborhoods encourage homes to be built in the craftsman style with mountain or lodge-style elements mixed in. This includes stone and timber accents in the exteriors. Both communities have a beautiful clubhouse with long-range mountain views. Where they differ is The Settings is closer to town and offers public water and sewer. Lots in The Settings are typically about a quarter-acre to a half-acre, although there are a few that are significantly larger. In Creston, the lots are larger, typically a couple of acres or more, and private wells and septic systems are needed. Both communities feature hiking trails, but Creston has a lot of land in conservation. Creston is also bordered by the Foothills Land Conservancy and Pisgah National Forest.
Catawba Falls is adjacent to Creston. While these two neighborhoods have similar locations, they also have some significant differences. Catawba Falls allows log cabins to be built, while Creston requires craftsman and lodge style homes. Another key difference is Creston has cable internet, a rarity for a subdivision with a more rural location. Further out from Black Mountain is High Cliffs, where the lots are roughly 10 acres each and the views are some of the best in Western North Carolina. In fact, the views in High Cliffs are about as good as you can get even if you went for a hike in one of our national forests.