Ideal Living’s Top Mountain Destinations: The Appalachian Trail
Escape humidity and lower the temperature, enough to need a night-time cover. Enjoy cool mountain springs and hike amidst breathtaking peaks and vistas. Where can you find this relief?…The Appalachian Range! Discover the Best Mountain Retirement Communities. That perfect mountain retreat from the summer’s sweltering heat awaits. Find your second home or permanent vacation. Explore the great values in GA, NC, SC, TN & WV.
#1 Achasta, (Dahlonega, GA), is home of the 2010 Ideal Home featured in Ideal Living Magazine. Achasta in the north Georgias’ mountains is less than an hour from Atlanta. You can walk more than 3 miles of winding, scenic trials that meander around Achasta’s 1058 acres. The majestic Chestatee River invites you to its picturesque banks for a leisurely afternoon of trout fishing, tubing or a kayak ride in the cool mountain water. Their 6,995-yard, par-72, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, challenges you to play a round.
#2 Reynolds Blue Ridge (Blowing Rock, NC) is on 6,200 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The community is ten miles west of the toney downtown with its shops, galleries and gourmet eateries and 12 miles east of Boone, home to Appalachian State University. In addition to being nearby these two charming towns, Reynolds Blue Ridge has an extensive list of amenities, including golf, nature trails, wellness facilities and more.
#3 The Greenbrier Sporting Club (White Sulphur Springs, WV) is a private equity sporting club and residential community nestled into the lush landscape of The Greenbrier resort’s 6,500-acre estate. Designed for active individuals and their families, The Greenbrier Sporting Club offers members an array of private amenities as well as The new Tavern Casino at The Greenbrier, Prime 44 West-a steakhouse honoring Jerry West-and hosts The Greenbrier Classic, a new PGA golf tournament.
#4 The Reserve at lake Keowee (Sunset, SC) also known as the village by the water, hosts 3,900 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with over 30 miles of pristine shoreline on Lake Keowee-one of North America’s purest lakes. Convenient to Asheville, NC, Greenville and Clemson University, the Reserve offers a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and over $100 million in completed amenities to enjoy.
#5 Long Branch Lakes (Spencer, TN) rests atop the green pastoral hills and woodlands of the Cumberland Plateau in central Tennessee near Fall Creek Falls State Park in the foothills of the Smokey Mountians. This new, 4,500 acre community offers 362 wooded and lakefront home-sites complemented by amenities that include a general store, fully furnished condos, lakes with boat docks, recreational pavilions, pool, tennis and one of the south’s premier Equestrian Centers.
#6 Soleil Laurel Canyon (Canton, GA) is the only 55+ Active Adult Community on our list. Nestled within the beauty of the North Georgia foothills, Soleil is minutes from dining, shopping, entertainment, recreation and medical facilities. Expansive amenities both inside and outside the community coupled with more than 50 social clubs, makes life here as active or as laid back as you desire.
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Norton Creek Mountain Preserve, is a collection of gorgeous, private estate homes that feel as if they are part of the mountains themselves. Crafted with the finest materials to reflect the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, the homes instill a sense of belonging to the rich history of Eastern Tennessee. Just minutes from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, featuring private, acre-plus lots, exclusive vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains, one of the finest trout streams in America, and a serenity that can only be found in mountain living.
The Lodges at Eagles Nest
Banner Elk, North Carolina
There is no better place to experience all the natural beauty and variety of the Western North Carolina High Country than right here. With one of the highest elevations in the area-and just three miles from the charming downtown of Banner Elk-Eagles Nest is a haven for year-round outdoor activity, catering to every age and interest.
Trilogy at Lake Frederick - Virginia Gated Communities
Lake Frederick, Virginia
Shea Homes and Trilogy are excited to announce our first community in the D.C. Area. Trilogy at Lake Frederick sits on over 900 acres of woodland beauty nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the heart of Northern Virginia's famed and majestic Shenandoah Valley. Rich in American history, verdant hills and pastures, and overflowing with the bounty of...
Soleil Laurel Canyon - Georgia 55 Plus Communities
Soleil Laurel Canyon is a master-planned, Active Adult/55+ community situated in Canton, GA, just 45 minutes north of Atlanta. This gated, low maintenance community offers an array of homes priced from the $200s to the $400s and expansive amenities including a 28,000+ sq. ft. clubhouse, two pools, tennis courts, walking trails, teaching kitchen, fitness center and much more.
RedTail Mountain Resort Community
RedTail Mountain, Tennessee
Celebrate the unspoiled beauty of the legendary Appalachian mountains at RedTail Mountain Resort Community. RedTail Mountain embodies the spirit of exploration and adventure within these mountains that captivated American pioneer Daniel Boone.
River Pointe - Virginia Retirement Communities
There is perhaps no more prestigious address or better value than River Pointe in the Town of Leesburg by K. Hovnanian ® Homes ®. Now you can live in pampered luxury minutes from Village at Leesburg shopping, the boutiques, eateries & shops of Historic Leesburg, and the entertainment and fun in the actual Town of Leesburg.
Achasta - Georgia Gated Communities
Your customized mountain retreat will sit amidst the natural beauty surrounding Achasta. Their homes are designed to experience outbound living through outdoor kitchens, expansive porches and rooms that open to breathtaking views. Golf-view, wooded or mountain-view homesites, and their approved builder team ensures that your home will complement the natural setting and withstands the test of time.
On South Peak, comfort, convenience and refinement come together to compliment any lifestyle. From elegant condominium living at The Peaks, to our prime single-family home sites at The Estates, life on South Peak offers its residents high-quality living, a convenient and accessible location close to Downtown Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway, shopping, recreation, and amazing views of the surrounding mountains.
The Reserve at Lake Keowee - South Carolina Mountain Communities
Sunset, South Carolina
The Reserve was created in 2000 by Greenwood Communities and Resorts, a family-owned southeast developer with nearly 35 years of proven experience and financial stability. The property enjoys grand views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as 30 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee-one of the purest lakes in North America.
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