What sets Crescent Communities on Lake James apart from other mountain lake living communities is its commitment to lake and land stewardship. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, here Crescent's communities, 1780 and Old Wildlife Club, offer striking views of the protected lands of the sprawling Lake James State Park and Blue Ridge Mountains paired with the daily excitement of a lake adventure center, Camp Lake James, where all residents of 1780, Old Wildlife Club and any future community are members. The Camp's full time activities staff make it the place where the lake and its adventures come alive for members.
Crescent's guiding architectural vision is founded on a commitment to respecting the area's tradition of conservation and provides stewardship on preserving the land with its native flora and fauna for future generations. Crescent worked with local, state and national partners to develop its guidelines, which are meant to ensure the lake remains as unspoiled as it is today for generations to come.
Both communities are surrounded by an amazing collection of state and national parks, and a linear National Park and 3.5 miles of new pathways on the Overmountain Victory Trail run through 1780. Lake James is a 90-minute drive from Charlotte, North Carolina and 45 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina. Send me information now!
Acreage: 2,275 acres (940 hectares)
Club Structure: All owners in 1780 and Old Wildlife Club and any future Crescent community on Lake James are members of Camp Lake James. A limited number of recreational licenses are available.
Recreation: Extensive walking trails, state and national parks, waterfront activities, boat slips, canoe and kayak expeditions, outdoor pavilions, numerous opportunities for bird and deer watching and snow skiing, as well as fishing nearby. Local North Carolina towns offer Appalachian arts communities, historic sites, dining, motor sports and fall foliage. And, all lake-access lots have a dedicated boat slip in community docks.
Walking Trails: An extensive network of trails runs through both, 1780 and Old Wildlife Club. Trails in 1780 connect residents to Camp Lake James and the Lake James State Park. A 3.5 mile portion of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail also runs through 1780, and will eventually connect to the Mountains to the Sea Trail, allowing hikers to travel the entire width of North Carolina.
Skiing: The high country of western North Carolina is a popular skiing and snowboarding destination. Residents have easy access to nearby ski resorts including Appalachian Ski Mountain, Sugar Mountain Resort, and Ski Beech, each located within an hour to an hour and a half away.
Lake: Set against the Linville Gorge Wilderness and the Pisgah National Forest, Lake James is the first in North Carolina’s Catawba chain of lakes, offering 150 miles of shoreline and more than 6,800 surface acres, ideal for water skiing, boating and fishing. Additionally, the Lake James State Park features several hiking trails, a swimming area, campsites and picnicking.
Fishing: With cool, deep waters and warm surface waters, Lake James provides a variety of sport fishing including largemouth bass, walleye, and white bass.
Rentals: Managed by the staff of Camp Lake James, rental cabins can easily accommodate a couple’s getaway or a family reunion. Nightly rates start at $300 and include full member privileges at The Camp.
Location: Lake James is conveniently located in the heart of western North Carolina. Less than 90 minutes from Charlotte, 45 minutes from Asheville and minutes away from state and national parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Camp Lake James: Crescent's lake adventure center offers members a home base for daily recreation and social gathering, with a full-time management and activities staff to organize community events, nature tours and other activities. Facilities include a social hall with a fitness center and snack bar, two swimming pools, tennis courts, activity fields, an amphitheater and a fishing hole.
1780: Defined by its inspiring mountain views, lake-access, and ties to the area's rich American history, 1780 is just a short hike or paddle from Camp Lake James and the 3,000-acre expansion of Lake James State Park. Lots range in size from 2 to more than 6 acres; priced from $88,750 to $875,000.
Old Wildlife Club: Looking across the lake at Camp Lake James and 1780, Old Wildlife Club offers spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna - deer, red foxes, wild turkey, loons, wood ducks, ospreys, herons and kingfishers. Featuring some of the best lakefront property for sale on Lake James, lots range from one to eight acres and are priced from $88,750 to $735,000.
North Peak: Only two homesites remain in North Peak, an intimate enclave of just four sprawling homesites on the quiet western end of Lake James. These homesites can be purchased individually or as one tract. Ranging from 7 to 22 acres in size, lots are priced from $50,000 to $150,000.