If you hear “retirement community” and think “Ugh,” you’re probably visualizing some stark, flat desert landscape with pebbles for a lawn and a golf cart in every cookie-cutter driveway. You’re probably thinking bingo, shuffleboard and the occasional ice-cream social. You’re probably imagining a population dependent on walkers and oxygen tanks, and a place where your children and grandchildren are never welcome.
Instead, why not retire to an actual community: a real place with privacy and room to roam, with mature trees and forever views, blessed with a mild four-season climate that features fall color and lush green summers? Now picture this safe, gated locale only an hour away from world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and learning opportunities and set amongst forested mountains with clean air and unlimited hiking, fishing and birding potential. Are you dreaming? No, you’re just thinking about Grand View Peaks, in western North Carolina. Grand View Parks has no age restrictions, which means you get to be among like-minded people ranging from families with teenagers to young couples just starting out to other healthy, involved and curious adults who’ve seen life and now are reaping its rewards. Grand View Peaks is about people, not corporate interests, so instead of lots sold to investors you’ll have actual neighbors. But not too close: home sites here begin at one full acre and can range as high as ten acres for those so inclined.
Let’s look a little closer at Grand View Peaks’ location. Its postmark is Nebo, North Carolina, an antebellum hamlet located on fish-rich Lake James, but you’ll probably spend more time in Burke County’s Morganton, a full-service community with supermarkets, drugstores, movie theaters, and other life necessities, acclaimed as one of America’s best small towns by Reader’s Digest in 2010. An hour to the west is thriving Asheville, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Famous for its intriguing mix of high and pop culture, Asheville’s attractions range from the historic elegance of the Biltmore mansion and gardens to its skilled street musicians and vibrant art scene. Drive an equal distance south and come to Charlotte, where an international airport is ready to whisk you anywhere in the world.
While Grand View Parks is a mountain location, there are no white-knuckle switchbacks here. Gentle curving roads with generous shoulders make getting around a joy, and of course all roads are paved. Underground utilities are in place, providing the pleasures of rural living without having to install a well or give up your high-speed internet. More than thirty acres of green space have been permanently set aside and fitted with bike paths and hiking trails, but the community’s true center is its sparkling new lake. Here canoeing, swimming and fishing draw many residents, while others enjoy picnicking or attending community functions at the pavilion. There are no time limits on building your dream home at Grand View Parks, but if you want to move in right away resale homes are available as well.
One of Grand View Parks’ unique features is its supply of affordable log home shells. For what you might pay for a flimsy manufactured home elsewhere, at Grand View Parks you receive a beautifully crafted solid wood log home in a variety of plans, ready to customize to your specifications. Alternatively, you might choose to take advantage of the community’s turn-key program: dedicated professionals finish your home, installing appliances, fixtures, cabinetry and and more, according to a design you choose. Looking for decks, lofts, or a three-car garage? Grand View Parks will listen to your needs and build your mountain paradise just the way you want it. Their project managers and architectural specialists are always available to answer your questions and tailor your experience.
Right now there are magnificent view lots for sale at Grand View Parks for less than what you’d pay for a luxury car. These lots average 2 to 4 acres and may be located on cul-de-sacs or close to the main entrance with its imposing waterfall. Like to see your neighbors? Grand View Peaks has a place for you, so you’ll never feel isolated or alone. Prefer solitude? Choose a site where sensible restrictions prevent others from building and blocking your vistas. The terms and conditions at Grand View Parks guarantee that the land will remain free of the tacky and tawdry, preserving your investment for generations to come.
Wherever you are, it’s easy to visit Grand View Peaks and arrange a private showing of available properties that meet your needs. In this friendly, down-to-earth environment that has already attracted folks from around the country, you can see and understand the many charms of this exceptional living opportunity, set in the heart of the mountain South. Contact Grand View Parks today for more information, and prepare to be welcomed and charmed.