These Western North Carolina Communities Are Really Hot Right Now

by Robert Borges on November 30, 2020

From the foothills to the Tennessee Valley to the High Country, Western North Carolina features some of the Tar Heel State’s most diverse landscapes and desirable real estate. 

A mountainous region affectionately known as “Land of the Sky,” the housing market in Western North Carolina is booming right now--and lifestyle communities in the area are a popular landing spot for many homebuyers.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and home to thriving Asheville (and dozens of charming mountain towns), it’s easy to see why Western North Carolina is surging in popularity.

If you’re interested in exploring a potential move to the region, here are a few of the best communities in Western North Carolina. 

Bear Lake Reserve- Tuckasegee, NC

With miles of frontage on Bear Creek Lake, this 2,100-acre golf and lake community in North Carolina sits comfortably nestled in the state’s western Blue Ridge Mountains. The Lake Club includes restaurants, swimming pools, and a fitness center—along with a 9-hole Nicklaus design golf course, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, parks, and more. With some of the most stunning lakefront homes in North Carolina, this is an escape from city life, where families make new memories and build lasting relationships in an inspiring natural setting.

Connestee Falls- Brevard, NC

A glistening lakefront community in North Carolina, Connestee Falls is home to an 18-hole golf course and other established lifestyle amenities that are fully owned and operated by the residents. The 3,800-acre development has nearly half the land set aside in conservation areas including lakes, waterfalls, woodlands and hiking trails. Midway between Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC, this community is perfect for peace-seeking nature lovers with additional amenities that include a full-service community clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming and fitness facilities, on-site dining, and more. 

Grandview Peaks- Nebo, NC 

This Western North Carolina community features a range of competitively priced mountain lots and customizable log cabin shells for sale near Lake James and the charming high country town of Morganton, N.C. The expertly plotted and gently sloping lots, which range from about one to 10 acres, are spread out over the 1,600-acre property, assuring utmost privacy and spectacular mountain views. The community borders a 12,000+ acre nature preserve known as Box Creek Wilderness Area.

Rumbling Bald- Lake Lure, NC

Homes in this western-most North Carolina community are set against the backdrop of not only pristine Lake Lure, but resort-style amenities and award-winning golf. Along with two championship mountain golf courses rated four stars by Golf Digest, Rumbling Bald makes it easy to stay connected with nature. With 21 miles of lake shoreline, members enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing, and a white sand beach. There are also numerous hiking and biking trails to explore and experience the beauty of the lake and mountains.

The Settlement at Thomas Divide- Bryson City, NC

Situated in Western North Carolina, this mountain community borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and offers quick access to outdoor recreation. A restored 1920s farmhouse serves as the community center where residents gather and guests stay overnight. Horse owners have access to a 16-stall barn, a dressage arena, and 28 rolling acres of horse pasture. Community walking, biking, and horseback riding are in abundance with more than 500 miles of trails in addition to trout fishing streams, whitewater rafting, boating, off road biking, and more.