Not long ago I was contacted via Active Rainabout a post I had done -part of an on-going series called
" Asheville- Picnics and Day Trips" - about Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community. I responded with delight for it is apple blossom time at Hickory Nut Forest, and we had taken some amazing photos to share.
"We share an interest in self-sustaining communities," I enthused... ."
and was happy to provide information. Possibly you. have seen posts (see a few of those links below) about Hickory Nut Forest.
I am passionate about the concept of eco-friendly developmentand how this has played out in excellent attention to detail for this eco-community."
... what stage Hickory Nut Forest is in development...
In terms of land planning and execution...the community is a good way along in terms of planning and creation of the "foundation" for the community....
1) The conservation easement and deed restrictions that protect the integrity of the land are in place-the 25 AC that is adjacent to the 250 AC that is also adjacent to hundreds and hundreds of acres of conservation partners' lands-
2) the site evaluationand planning has been done by Equinox Environmental eco-sensitive landscape architects, the biological survey is complete and has been respected
3) the road in is in (top quality-see photo) and carefully constructed
4) the sites are designed for beauty and solar gain
5) the trails leading from the sites to the larger acreage are in process and well under way...
6) about half the building sites are sold and
7)the first home to be built is due this year
.....about a land map....
A survey of Hickory Nut Forest is conservation neighborhood as well as a map of the entire 275 AC, a topographical map, and a general map of the area to see where Hickory Nut Forest is located and how far it is from Asheville is available. (see links below)
.... about lots---the siting, the sizes and costs...
Each lot at Hickory Nut Forest seems to have its own personality. Some of the lots overlook the Hickory Nut Creek, some are adjacent to trails leading to vast conservation acreage....wells and septic systems are needed, but there has not been a problem with perc tests...
The size of the lots seems( to me) not to be too much of a factor when taking into consideration the larger picture...the heirloom apple orchard, the sustainably managed vegetable gardens on their way...and the other amenities of this life-affirming community. Lots range in price from $150,000 (but two people could share a lot and build a home and "guest home" and thus defray the cost) to about $250,000.
Details on Lot
Shows Map and Context
Features and Benefits
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