Asheville Areas' Eco-Jewel -Land in Conservation Neighborhood

Real Estate Broker/Owner with REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK 209970

Dateline Asheville, North Carolina, June, 2009
News and Views from Asheville's Greenolina, Real Estate Eco-Steward Waterfall in Asheville Area's THREE CREEKS Eco Community


Take a deep breath and imagine yourself inspired by this waterfall. 

That's what happened for us on our recent picnic and photo shoot at Three Creeks Preserve. Here we discovered a conservation neighborhood beyond compare.

Less than an hour from Asheville, NC., and just 4 miles from Lake Lure, NC,  we also discovered the secret to eco-friendly living at Three Creeks Preserve. 

We had checked our map (see graphic)  and headed out in high anticipation. 

We had heard amazing reports on the Three Creeks conservation neighborhood, one of John and Marilyn Nelson's nature-oriented developments.  We had earlier visited (and loved) Creston Eco-community, so were expecting amazing things.

"Our philosophy at Creston and at Three Creeks is quite simple,"  John Nelson, had told me. "We believe in setting aside equal shares of land for people and for nature in a community that offers the benefits of carefully planned land use. We believe this development philosophy is a sound business model that fairly balances competing interests while insuring that present and future generations can continue to enjoy the natural beauty that attracts people to our mountain region.

In terms of Creston, it's wonderful to be able to permanently protect these lands in conjunction with the Foothills Conservancy and to help protect these mountains' waters, forests and beauty forever." 

As real estate professionals, always with an eye out for a special find in the Asheville area, we especially like to visit eco communities so that we can tell our clients about building sites along a creek, beside a meadow, in the forest ,or on a hilltop. Three Creeks turned out to be unique among such communities. Established in 1994, it exudes an aura of subtle elegance inspired by nature.


Before we headed out, we also checked out the Three Creeks Community  web site. We learned that this eco development  "offers a retreat-like setting for families. Abundant water sources, prominent waterfalls, meadows, forest, swimming pond, trout fishing, trails and a community cabin." 

"It's conceptual uniqueness derives from deeding 70% of the land to the owners as common land which cannot be developed. The protected land encompasses waterfalls, trails and other outstanding or environmentally sensitive areas." 



 Arriving for our picnic and photo we meandered up the paved drive (see photo ) and into the woods drawn by the alluring sound of a distant waterfall. I said to my companion, " To live here must certainly be what aiming high is all about!" Envisioning Green Home- Paved Entrance Asheville Area's Eco-Friendly THREE CREEKS

We took a foot bridge and connected to a trail system that winds from the eco community to about 278 acres of diverse terrain and up to the scenic mountain overlook. AWESOME! No wonder there are only a very few building sites remaining here. 

This is  a place where people can choose to live among caring neighbors, sharing their inspiration and enthusiasm,.Here is  a sustainable community that could power the homes by unleashing the renewable energy inherent in the land, the water, the wind and the sun, and a thoughtfully-planned neighborhood.

Here I can see green-built homes  designed with natural, non-toxic materials to be safe, healthy, and energy efficient, built to the highest green building standards. 

I can see myself  building my very own green-built dream home at Three Creeks Eco-community whose very foundation rests on maintaining a healthy, diverse ecosystem. How about you?


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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Ooh, ooh I want to live there!

Jun 16, 2009 04:37 AM #1
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

What a stunning local post janeAnne !

Gorgeous pics and beautifully presented. Well done !

Cheers !


Jun 16, 2009 05:53 AM #2
Arlene Brown
Eco Steward Realty - Asheville, NC

Well JaneAnne, you done it again with your wonderful article.  Makes one feel there are places left on this earth where peace and tranquility can be found.


Jun 16, 2009 06:15 AM #3
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

janeAnne--I love the waterfall shot.  Makes me want to come for visit.  It reminds me of waterfall I saw at the botom of the Grand Canyon a few years ago.  Thanks for the memory jog and sharing your beautiful area.

Jun 16, 2009 07:05 AM #4
DriveBuy Technologies
DriveBuy Technologies - Austin, TX


It sounds like Asheville is a lot like Austin. I've always heard that it is another laid-back, artsy city in the South. Great post.


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Jun 16, 2009 10:03 AM #5
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I have my bags packed!  What a beautiful place.  I can see why people would want to live in this eco-friendly community.

Jun 16, 2009 03:55 PM #6
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Just to be able to visit Three Creeks one day would be something, to learn how the eco development is doing. That waterfall is nice.

Jun 16, 2009 05:04 PM #7
Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

I have been to your area many times but I have never heard of this area. I am going to have to take a look the next time I visit my relatives in the Smokey Mountains.

Jun 17, 2009 12:38 PM #8
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

janeAnne, I closed my eyes and imagined standing next to this waterfall feeling the cool mist settling on my skin.... I'm dreaming because it's way too hot here already! :-)  Sounds like a wonderful community.

Jun 19, 2009 12:18 AM #9
corey atherton

This is absolutely beautiful. As you describe both Creston Preserve and Three Creeks Preserve near Asheville, I find myself wanting to invest in land in the North Carolina Mountains!

Aug 21, 2010 04:53 AM #10
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THANKS for the comment. Both Creston and Three Creeks continue to be a splendid conservation communities.

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