A high, mountain meadow awaits you at Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain

grh_blog_2.jpgIt’s so quiet up here. That’s the second thing you notice about Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain.

The first thing you notice is the view – it goes on forever and starts from the rarest of attributes to be found among luxury communities in the Southern mountains – a high, mountain meadow. Where other communities would have built a golf course, Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain saw something that should be protected forever for the enjoyment of its residents and their guests.

Dean Anderson has seen many fine developments in the mountains, but none with the sweeping fields at Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain, a debt-free community.

“Developments on top of mountains are usually billy goat steep and covered with trees,” said Anderson, a Grand Highlands resident and its project manager too. “We have rolling meadows with spectacular 50-mile views. We’ve had people visit us and say that photos in our brochures don’t do the meadows and that view justice.”

Those visitors are swept away by the quiet that the homeowners enjoy year ‘round. What little sound there is dissipates in the high- elevation air, evaporating into the expansive blue sky. The splash of wine poured into a glass, the tinkling of silverware being laid out for a meadow picnic, the laughter of new neighbors settling in to conversation – those are the sounds of Grand Highlands.

Here is a place for kite flying with the kids, for strolling hand in hand with your loved one, for losing yourself in reflections of a life well-lived and the excitement yet to come. Unspoiled natural areas foster such uncluttered thinking in ways that golf courses don’t. The 65-acre meadow, deeded to the debt-free homeowners association, will never be developed.

Perfect views are complemented by the perfect location – in the middle of the triangle formed by the towns of Asheville, Hendersonville and Lake Lure. “We’re far enough out that you don’t hear traffic,” Anderson said, “but we’re close enough to Asheville and Hendersonville, to shopping and grocery stores and to the Flat Rock Playhouse.”

Add to that perfection the perfect altitude – 3,600 feet above sea level. Above 4,000 feet, and winter can be too much. Below 3,000 feet, summer can be too hot. “We’re at that perfect ‘in between,’” Anderson said. “We’re 8 to 10 degrees cooler than Asheville in summer, and we don’t get any more winter than Hendersonville gets.”

With its cooling breezes and mild winters, Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain invites the homeowner to relax in his or her living room to start that new book, to start mixing a batch of molasses crinkles with the grandchildren. To sleep deeply and restfully, lulled by the clean, fresh air outside their home’s highly energy-efficient windows.

“Here, you’re going to sit on your back deck and soak in the tranquility of the place,” Anderson said. “There are no four-wheel action adventures here. It’s a very unpretentious place,” one that regularly gathers its residents at the Grand Lodge, built in homage of the great national park lodges out west. Residents celebrate family here – anniversaries, reunions and lots of wedding parties. The 12,000-square-foot lodge has a catering kitchen and a full fitness and wellness center with locker rooms, as well as a library and billiard room.

It is accessible to all residents, as is the community barn where residents turn out for scheduled (and impromptu) barbecues. Facilities are available for owners who want to pasture horses or book time on a ride supplied by a third-party equestrian outfit. An extensive system of trails takes riders and hikers through forest and field and connects with an adjoining system maintained by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

Grand Highlands is proud to offer two lines of impeccably designed and constructed homes. The post-and-beam Cabin series (starting in the $300s) was designed by award-winning architect Wayland Shamburger and is being built by Living Stone Construction, winner of the North Carolina Home Builders Association Outstanding Achievement Award. The timber-frame Cottage homes (starting in the high $400s) were designed by renowned architect Brad Wright and are being constructed by The Berry Group, a multi-year recipient of the Home Builders Association of South Carolina’s Pinnacle Award.

Anderson and Grand Highlands owners searched the Southern mountains for two years before concluding that here they had the finest of features – a meadow that elevates all those who venture into it for unparalleled views.

“That’s really unique in today’s marketplace,” Anderson said. “This is a place that needs to be experienced.”