David Weekley building mountain homes

David Weekley Homes is expanding beyond its two longtime N.C. markets of Charlotte and Raleigh to build cottage and estate homes in SweetGrass, a 272-acre gated development in Blowing Rock.

The upscale community, about two hours northwest of Charlotte, is being developed by CNL Real Estate & Development of the Orlando, Fla.

“This is a great opportunity to leverage our brand and expand our operations into western North Carolina,” said David Weekley Homes-Charlotte's Tom Ingram, who is directing SweetGrass operations with onsite project manager Doug Mann.

“The fact that SweetGrass is located in Blowing Rock, a town with high name recognition in both Charlotte and Raleigh, carried considerable weight in our decision to build here,” Ingram said.

SweetGrass, which features a 22-acre lake, is on the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway just west of downtown Blowing Rock.

David Weekley Homes has four houses in various stages of construction, including a

three-bedroom, three-bath cottage on the banks of Boone Fork Creek and a

three-bedroom, three-bath cottage. Both are expected to be priced in the low to mid-$700,000s, including the lot.