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Creston Real Estate
Our gated mountain community is a place for people who like their privacy but want the opportunity to get to know their neighbors, perhaps while walking the trails...

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The Creston POA publishes a quarterly newsletter made available to owners only. Find sample newsletters below.


Time-Sensitive Message from the Developer

Mountain Homesites Offered at Substantial Discounts

Now is a good time to benefit from great prices in an established, active North Carolina mountaintop community with architecturally designed homes and many full-time residents. Creston is located about 9 miles from the charming town of Black Mountain, NC, and I-40. For the excitement of Western NC's avant-garde city of Asheville, NC drive time is 15 minutes from Black Mountain.

  • Our private community is close enough to town to be convenient but far enough out of the mainstream.
  • Neighboring towns of Black Mountain and Old Fort are small enough to be welcoming mountain hometowns with most of the services one needs.
  • Our unique planned community is spacious enough to always feel uncrowded with large private homesites and substantial acreage common areas where nature puts on its 4-season show.
  • On-site access to high-speed fiber optic internet service from Charter Communications accommodates all teleworking from home.
  • The 1100 acre community has 500 acres of conservation and community land including waterfalls, extensive hiking trails, pocket parks and spectacular mountain views. Paved roads and gated.

Low Density Community

Creston is a low-density community with homesites nestled among native flora. With only 135 homesites spread out thoughtfully across the 1100 acre mountaintop property, we aimed for quality not quantity. Do the math – many comparable subdivisions attempt to maximize profits with 1/4 to 1 acre sites. This can result in anywhere from 500-2000 homes on the same total acreage. We took a different approach. The results are magnificent and compliment the views and nature that were already there.

Discounts by Developers

With the retirement of the husband and wife developers, 17 developer-owned homesites are remaining and currently offered at discounts from original pricing. For more information or a personal perspective on the general area please text/call the developer, John Nelson at 828.243.4404 or text/call Scott Russell 828.419.0444 at Freestone Properties in Black Mountain, NC.

We will try to help familiarize you with our area to begin your search for a place to call home in our mountain area of Western NC. The Creston community and surrounding area may just be what you are looking for.

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A vibrant community of neighbors welcomes you.

Creston residents pride themselves on their diverse creative interests, active lifestyles and lasting friendships. Whatever your interests or hobbies you will find others at Creston to share with. Social groups have formed around a variety of activities such as hiking, wine tastings, yoga classes, trail maintenance and community-wide volunteering. A range of groups meet to discuss books, explore culinary arts, play golf and meet up at local restaurants and breweries. No matter your interests you are sure to find your place within Creston.

We had a vision for a an active mountain community.

As a husband and wife team, John & Marilyn Nelson envisioned an upscale mountain community surrounded by natural beauty and easy access to the quintessential mountain town of Black Mountain. We wanted to design a place where residents enjoy a nature-based setting while living in their beautiful homes and benefit from peaceful seclusion. Homesites were planned offering exceptional vistas in a low-density gated community while preserving the mountain’s forests, streams, wildlife & plant habitats and waterfalls.

Our vision has become reality.

As an established community since 2004, Creston’s 130 property owners with about 40 year-round families now enjoy the best of all worlds: living on a freestanding mountain with fine neighbors, beautiful long range views, a woodland trails system, lofty views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a Community Center at the top of the mountain. Owners have full leadership within Creston through the Property Owner’s Association. One-half of the 1100 acres are preserved in perpetuity with the Foothills Land Conservancy; forever protected from future development for the enjoyment of residents, their families and guests.

Explore Creston.

We welcome you to explore our community for insights into neighbors and their community activities through the Photo Gallery which offers glimpses of Creston's beauty and homes within.

We invite you to speak with Creston homeowners about how Creston has enriched and elevated their lives.

We hope to share the enjoyment of living at Creston with you. Find out when a day hike is scheduled or a weekly (x3) yoga (co-ed) class at the Community Center. Join in to meet those you may wish to be your neighbors. They will welcome you.

Contact John Nelson, Developer,
your local RE Broker,
or Scott Russell at Freestone Properties in Black Mountain, NC

Text/call Scott Russell:


Text/email John Nelson:


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