THE VILLAGE OF CHESHIRE
Discover your sense of place in the Mountains of Western North Carolina
The Village of Cheshire is a Traditional Neighborhood Development located just outside the city of Black Mountain, NC and minutes away from Asheville, NC. Cheshire is a vibrant, classically-inspired and health-oriented mountain community integrating homes within walking distance of a traditional Town Center and Fitness Complex. The Village of Cheshire is dedicated to creating a place that encourages the growth of strong community relationships.
A Traditional Neighborhood Development is defined as a compact, mixed-use neighborhood where residential, commercial and civic spaces are in close proximity—ideally within walking distance. This architectural planning trend came about in the 1990s and is based on traditional small towns and city neighborhoods. This variety of use allows educational facilities, civic buildings, commercial establishments and private residences to be served by a network of paths, streets and lanes where residents may choose the option of walking, biking or driving within the neighborhood. Public and private spaces share equal importance, creating a balanced community that serves a wide range of home and business owners. The inclusion of civic buildings and civic spaces such as plazas, greens, parks and squares enhances both the community’s identity and value.
The 64-acre master plan of The Village of Cheshire was designed by the world-renowned Traditional Neighborhood Development architecture firm Andres Duany and Elizabeth Platter Zyberk Company (DPZ). DPZ creates urban places which encourage diversity and complexity. Safe, pedestrian-friendly streets encourage people to walk and to interact with their surroundings. Well-designed public realms, encourage people to hang out beyond home and work, facilitating new social networks and affiliations—at Cheshire, we have placed a heavy emphasis on our “front porches”—creating larger transitional spaces from indoor to outdoor to encourage community interaction.
People across the world have come to seek out DPZ neighborhoods instead of suburban sprawl enclaves because they are more environmentally responsible, and because they promote a more fulfilling life and a greater sense of well-being.
Sikes Ragan is the founder and developer of The Village of Cheshire. Sikes spent his youth living on this land which was then the site of the Western North Carolina Tennis Camp. The camp was operated by Sikes’ father during the 1960’s and 70’s and played a large role in Sikes’ childhood. So with strong ties to his family and this land’s legacy, Sikes began to think about a larger vision of how best to use the property. Today, The Village of Cheshire is the realization of his ideas—A walkable health-oriented community which just happens to be located in one of the most desirable areas in the country.
Sikes named the development in honor of his grandmother, Jocelyn Cheshire Sikes Ragan, who had a special love for the boxwood gardens in the Village, which has been protected as part of Cheshire’s green space.
NEWS : 2017 and 2018 are bringing many changes to The Village of Cheshire
Construction is going on throughout our community—Some highlights include our new luxury townhomes called the Village Flats, our new pocket neighborhood called The Jacobs Cottages, The Tudor and Craftsman styled Fitzgerald Townhomes and the East-End of the Town Center which will have retail below, loft spaces above. So plan a visit and let us show you what we are building and our vision for the future. Below are our most recent news and updates.
BLACK MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
The old timers always refer to Black Mountain as the "Front Porch of Western North Carolina"
The Village of Cheshire is located in Black Mountain, NC. a quaint mountain town just 15 minutes east of Asheville, NC. with a total population of around 8,000 residents—and the Village of Cheshire has become an integral part of the lifestyle here. Old timers refer to Black Mountain as the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina” and the Village of Cheshire has taken that idea and woven it into our mission.
Old timers refer to Black Mountain as the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina” and the Village of Cheshire has taken that idea and woven it into our mission. Large porches are a staple of our design—we believe that our porches provide a transitional space that is neither private nor public, a space that is indoor and outdoor, a place of invitation, a place of conversation, a place of meeting, a place to engage… a platform that encourages a connected community. And we see it working each and every day as we watch our residents spend time with each other.
Western North Carolina enjoys four distinct seasons and mild weather throughout the year, so, you’ll have more days to explore Black Mountain’s miles of hiking trails, 40+ shops, the 60+ restaurants, and 3 breweries. And after you have explored all that…hop over to Asheville and you may never run out of things to do!
On average, there are 213 sunny days per year in Black Mountain, NC. Our July high is around 82 degrees and our January low is 25. Sperling’s comfort index rates Black Mountain as 68 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate (US average is 54.) So you’ll have your 4 distinct seasons but none of them are too extreme.
The Village of Cheshire is highly sought after for its prime location. A short walk and you might enjoy the Village Center. A quick bike ride and you are exploring Black Mountain, NC. 15 minutes in the car and you have all that Asheville, NC has to offer. And, while you may never feel the need to go further than Asheville… Our regional airport is a short 20-minute drive and international hubs are within approximately 2 hours.
Over the last few years Asheville, NC has made numerous “Top 10” lists on being a very desirable place to live in the U.S. and we wholeheartedly agree with those lists. However, Asheville has grown into a busy tourist destination, while the Village of Cheshire remains a quiet enclave and respite from the crowds—a simple and short 15-minute drive east of Asheville and everything slows down and once again you are in your quiet connected community—which is what we all long for in a quaint mountain village.
Homes that are currently available in The Village of Cheshire
We have many projects that are currently under construction, and we try to keep these postings updated with the latest photos.
THE AMMENETIES OF THE VILLAGE OF CHESHIRE
This region is about the outdoors and The Village of Cheshire embraces its place here on this land
And when your time is tight our Fitness Complex and Racquet Club are just a few steps away. Members enjoy the Fitness Center's state-of-the-art equipment, fitness classes, and indoor swimming pool, while The Racquet Club boasts 6 outdoor clay tennis courts and 2 indoor tennis courts, a full-time tennis pro, and tennis pro shop.
Grab dinner in the Village from the gourmet market, meet a neighbor for coffee, or ride into Black Mountain or Asheville for shopping and gallery crawls. And watch from your bedroom window as the seasons change and bring a fulfilling life right to your front door.