Less than 90 miles from Charlotte lies Lake James, a local retreat nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. If you have traveled from Charlotte to Asheville via I-40, you may have passed this hidden gem without even realizing it.
During peak leaf season, the lake is a popular destination for leaf spotters, many of whom flock to the Lake James State Park. And, throughout the year, communities on Lake James are popular second-home or retirement destinations for out-of-state residents and Charlotteans alike.
“We have residents coming to live at Lake James from Chicago, New York and Florida,” explains Crawford Craige, manager of development for Lake James-Crescent Communities. “But many of our residents are actually from the south Charlotte area.”
Crescent Communities, a leading real estate investment and operating firm based in Charlotte, developed Lake James-Crescent Communities for residents seeking the rustic elegance of an upscale lakefront community. In this Lake James community, you get the privacy, quality architecture and upscale amenities that you would expect, with the added benefit of acres of natural surroundings, walking trails and a peaceful sense of seclusion.
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“One of the reasons so many people flock to Lake James is our environmental stewardship,” explains Craige. “We’re different from other communities. We truly want the natural beauty of Lake James to endure for generations, so we’ve taken steps to ensure that many parts of the community’s shoreline are protected. The nature trails, protected views and privacy that our residents enjoy today will always be a part of our community.”
The Lake James community is well established and, because of increased demand, Crescent Communities is opening up new offerings to prospective buyers. Recently-opened, a new exclusive area of Lake James offers estate-sized lots with protected shorelines, unobstructed views and private access. Other areas of the community offer waterfront and interior lots that start in the $70s. Plus, new this year are completed homes for sale starting in the $400s. All homes and homesites offer easy access to the wealth of amenities at Lake James as well as miles of nature trails.
Residents of the Crescent community on Lake James can enjoy a multitude of amenities including a waterfront club with resort-style swimming pools, a fitness club, kayaks, fishing and a full-time activities director who organizes events throughout the year including wine tastings, camping and ski trips, as well as holiday parties. Whether you prefer an active or more relaxed lifestyle, Lake James has something for everyone.
“We realize that although all of our residents enjoy the location and amenities of our Lake James community, everyone is looking for something that suits their own unique needs,” Craige explains. “Home buyers can choose to buy one of our homes currently under construction. Or, they can select a homesite that suits them best and partner with a custom homebuilder to build the home of their dreams. They can live an active lifestyle or sit back and relax. That’s what great about our community and why many of our residents from far and near choose to have a home here. It’s the perfect blend of all the elements you are looking for.”