Black Mountain homes and mountain properties in a private NC gated community near Asheville.

Black Mountain

Creston is located about 9 miles to the charming town of Black Mountain via NC Scenic Highway 9N. Black Mountain was first settled in the 1780s and known as Grey Eagle. The name was changed in the 1800s in tribute to the lofty mountain range five miles to the north.

Black Mountain's historic downtown has a variety of shops, galleries and antique stores. There are many cafes and restaurants as well as a superb local museum. Several breweries are in the area along with music venues. The Black Mountain Hardware Store is a favorite stop.

Numerous conference centers are located within a few miles of town including Ridgecrest, Blue Ridge Assembly, The Cove and Christmount. Adjoining Black Mountain is the village of Montreat which offers public hiking trails, a college campus and a family-friendly park along a beautiful creek.


While living in Creston you may feel blissfully adrift from civilization but the mountain property is 20 miles from the urban haven of Asheville. Asheville offers a creative and cultural life to rival any city. The New York Times, Southern Living, Money, Mountain Bike, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Rolling Stone, Modern Maturity and dozens of other publications have all sung the praises of the cosmopolitan vibe of this unique city.

Art, food, theater, music and antiques lovers will find everything to suit their tastes in Asheville's historic downtown. An array of galleries, theaters, restaurants and entertainment of every kind—from Shakespeare, fine arts films and live music to baseball, the symphony and ballet—all come alive in the city's energetic streets.

Asheville is also home to a variety of nationally-known attractions. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial has become one of literature's most famous landmarks. The Biltmore Estate, built in 1895, is the largest private home in America and open to the public.

The Villages of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock

The town of Lake Lure sits in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge, 18 miles southeast of Creston. The Rocky Broad River winds its way down through the Hickory Nut Gorge and the water flows through the valley that feeds Lake Lure. The lake is surrounded by high mountain peaks. The climate is temperate as Lake Lure lies in the 'thermal belt' of the NC foothills. National Geographic named Lake Lure one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world.

The village of Chimney Rock is the gateway to Chimney Rock State Park. This is North Carolina’s premier state park known for stunning vistas and high elevations within several thousand acres.

Old Fort

The mountain village of Old Fort is located 10 miles from Creston. This town is rich in the history of the Revolutionary War. Old Fort was the gateway to the West when the western North Carolina mountains was the frontier. Visit the Gateway Museum for this historical perspective.