High Cove was started by a group of friends who were attracted to life in the North Carolina mountains but wanted to blend the richness of cosmopolitan life with the beauty and peace of this rural place.
Our goal is to create a sustainable community that fosters rich and lasting human relationships, provides a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to live, learn, and share experiences, while preserving the land, water, and native plants and animals.
This vision resulted in a plan that features smaller homesites, surrounded by land that is preserved for nature, as well as land that supports the best of human activities: gathering, gardening, making art and music, sharing what we know and care about. There’s a place for artists’ studios. A lively village center is planned for the future.READ MORE
HOW IT WORKS
The vision is implemented through design standards that call for houses to be well designed, built green, and not so big. Governance documents support a civic culture that balances private needs with public goods. Curiosity is fueled by the High Cove Institute, an adjacent art-science center (AS IF), and other, less formal activities.READ MORE
Our vision for High Cove
High Cove Master Plan
The master plan includes 34 homesites, 29 of which have been platted and made available for sale. The lots are organized into two residential neighborhoods (Castanea and Appalachian Way, after their main roads), connected to a future mixed-use village center. The “Studio Court” has been set aside to accommodate artist studios in an activity center near Rebels Creek Road. The land that is between the compact neighborhoods and the top of the ridge, as well as the northermost part of the site, have been included in the “open space” as forest preserve.
First Neighborhood: Castanea
The first neighborhood to be developed is located above the area that will become the village center, with home sites along Castanea, Stonewall Lane, and Cicada Lane. The home sites in the Castanea neighborhood tend to have a bit more slope than the second neighborhood, but flexibility in siting houses for access. For example, access to lots 4-7 can be either from Stonewall (above) or Cicada (below).
Second Neighborhood: Appalachian Way
Although there are a few home sites along Appalachian Way as it winds its way up the slope, the second neighborhood offers sites along Talking Leaves and Rosebay that have relatively less slope than other areas.
Land has been reserved for a mixed-use village center that is planned to include live/work units, galleries, studios, a small cafe or community gathering space, and an open plaza for community gathering. There also plans for a cottage court of small rental units for those not yet ready or able to build a house.
Artists Studio Court
The studio court offers an opportunity for artists to have studio space that is located away from the residential areas and close to Rebels Creek Road– easier for visitors to find and less intrusive for the neighbors. The studios are planned around a central courtyard that is designed to become a significant public space and activity center for the community. The first studio (with its kiln shed) was completed in 2018 and currently houses several working artists, as well as its owner, Burnt Mountain Pottery.
The purpose of the relatively compact character of the neighborhoods and the village center is to enable us to preserve as much land as possible. The open space includes both the forested areas up to the ridgeline and open areas of the pasture along Rebels Creek where we’ve located a community garden. The land came with a network of existing trails, some of which were originally carved out by lumbering operations early in the 20th century. Along with their home site and the common areas of village and pasture, High Cove residents share the use of the forested land for hiking, nature studies and general enjoyment.Top of page