7 Eco-Friendly Factors and Asheville's Landmark Intentional Community

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I was asked not long ago  how the Villages at Crest Mountain-- Asheville NC's answer to      the demand for eco-friendly and close-in properties, defined our Vision. Here is the answer- we are all about



Being eco-friendly:

-               Utilizing permaculture design principles

-               Enhancing wildlife conservation & restoring habitat diversity

-               Establishing rainwater harvesting

-               Requiring Healthy Built or LEED certified homes

-               Providing an edible landscape design

-               Promoting energy efficiency, conservation & generation

-               Encouraging passive & active solar

-               Planning abundant common green space

Creating an intentional community:

-               Developing shared values & vision

-               Creating responsible self-governance

-               Building healthy sustainable relationships

-               Growing a socially vibrant community

-               Promoting cooperation

-               Encouraging resource sharing

-               Supporting lifelong learning

Living sustainably:

-               Meeting the needs of the present without impacting the ability of future generations

-               to meet their own needs

-               Employing whole-systems design that seeks balance among social, economic and environmental imperatives

-               Creating a social governance polices

-               based on “best practices”

-               Utilizing social and physical permaculture principles

-               Providing for onsite year-round food production

Supporting interdependence:

-               Positioning houses and common structures to optimize positive social interactions

-               Creating community gardens, orchards & vineyards where residents can work together cooperatively

-               Encouraging the sharing of tools and resources

-               Training residents in community-based decision-making

-               Providing training in sustainable, interdependent relationship skills

-               Creating educational programs where residents can learn together

-               Offering fun social events that bring residents together

  Promoting diversity:

 -           Adopting a pod concept for clustering h

omes (Phase I & II) 

-           Encouraging a multigenerational & family-friendly environment

-           Promoting inclusivity (non-discrimination

 by age, gender, race or sexual orientation)

-           Providing handicap access to common areas

-          Supporting cultural diversity

-         Creating a culture of celebration

Balancing community & individual self-reliance:  

      - Rotating community leadership roles

      -  Teaching leadership skills

      -  Honoring autonomy

      -  Valuing self-determination

      -  Striving for personal best

       -  Respecting self-leadership

Offering affordability :

   -  Establishing sales prices that are within the budget range of prospective residents

  -  Offering developer financing for lots

  -  Saving money on food, energy & 

transportation costs


-     Offering lowest municipal taxes in

 Asheville ( Buncombe County) North Carolina!



Eco- friendly Villages at Crest Mountain, Asheville NC


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Comments (7)

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I can see that your 7 "eco-friendly" factors can be applied not matter where you live. I am going to reBlog your post about the Villages at Crest Mountain as an example of an easy-to-understand vision of what it means to live in a healthy and sustainable environment. ..in Asheville NC....or Anytown USA!

THANK YOU so much for setting out this vision for readers to consider.

Aug 23, 2010 05:59 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Clint, this is good information on the eco-friendy factors  .. would like to see photos or a video of this community.

Aug 23, 2010 07:50 AM
Gretchen Karr
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Lancaster, PA

The Villages at Crest Mountain sound fantastic.  So much so that I took a peak at your website.  Very impressive.  Best of Luck to you and much success! I look forward to reading additional posts and seeing the progress of the neighborhood.  

Aug 23, 2010 12:16 PM
Villages at Crest Mountain
Asheville, NC

Hi Rebecca,


I just posted a very short video and will be doing more as the Villages at Crest Mountain become a dream come true.

Aug 26, 2010 08:51 AM
Villages at Crest Mountain
Asheville, NC



I hope you will come to meet us.

Aug 26, 2010 08:53 AM
Carolina Mornings Realty
Asheville, NC



We are impressed with the features of your eco-village. Thanks for setting out this list.

Aug 27, 2010 01:54 AM
Villages at Crest Mountain
Asheville, NC

You are most welcome. We hope it is useful.

Sep 23, 2010 03:40 PM