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Pinchot Forest – The Best of Both Worlds

For a lucky few, Pinchot Forest offers something extraordinary.

Estate-size, mountain-view home sites, minutes from Asheville.

Pinchot Forest isn’t for everyone. In fact, there are only 22 home sites in the entire 60-acre community. Pass through the gate and enter your sanctuary — one of exceptional natural beauty with old growth, virgin forest and spectacular ridge top views. Ranging from 1.6 to 3.4 acres, these home sites are simply unmatched in this area. And when we say Pinchot Forest is minutes from Asheville, we mean it — only 15 to 20 minutes south of downtown. This opportunity is, in fact, simply extraordinary.

The long-range views, the close-in convenience and, most importantly, the expansive home sites that allow you to create your own mountain estate, make life here a rare and beautiful treasure. But, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful aspects of this community is its accessibility to every convenience. Peaceful, mountain seclusion can be frustrating when you need something quickly from the store.

Pinchot Forest offers the best of two worlds. With three homes now under construction, this is the time to explore this rare opportunity before it gets away.

This is where dreams begin.

Pinchot Forest features home designs by respected builders including American Eagle Homes, a franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, one of the nation’s revered home designers and builders, and Livingstone Design + Build, accredited master builder and nationally recognized NAHB Green Builder of the Year.

Betsy Klein, sales consultant with American Eagle, considers Pinchot Forest a gem for anyone building. “It’s proximity to everything for their subcontractors, easy access to all the lots and the wonderful views that the homeowner can have on a fairly easy, buildable home site, make this a rare community.”

Sean Sullivan of Livingstone agrees, “I love creating homes at Pinchot Forest because it truly offers the best of both worlds; beautiful mountain views with a close proximity to everything you love about Asheville. We currently have two homes under construction here. The owners have been a joy to work with and the architectural guidelines at Pinchot Forest are protective but not restrictive, allowing for creativity to make the most of the homesite setting.” Livingstone features homes that allow for “aging-in-place,” including subtle, but important, design elements that can make a huge difference as owners’ needs change.

The wide selection of home designs at Pinchot Forest features open floor plans, window expanses to make the most of the views and outdoor living areas to enjoy a peaceful sunset or entertain friends and family.

Expansive walk-out porches and covered outdoor living spaces make the most of these serenely private settings. Prepare a meal at the outdoor kitchen and gather around the fireplace, while you admire Mt. Pisgah in the distance. Long-range views continue across layer upon layer of Blue Ridge majesty.

If you already have a home plan in mind, Pinchot Forest gives you the ability to work with any qualified builder to build your dream home. (Subject to architectural review board approval.)

Come home to the greatest luxuries of all: tranquility and peace of mind.

It’s easy to shake off the cares of the day when you enter Pinchot Forest. Wind your way up the road, and the Blue Ridge vista unfolds before you. Named in honor of Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the United States Forest Service and the private forester for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate, this community takes inspiration from its namesake’s passion for conservation. Careful planning assures that much of the land remains untouched, allowing nature to take the lead.

Those who share Pinchot Forest, also share a love for this land and place its importance above unwanted amenities that would cut into the landscape. Evening walks along the wide, winding roads, or gatherings at Owen’s Walk, the community playground and picnic area, provide opportunities to get to know each other. There is a special pleasure in knowing you have found something unique—like sharing a very happy secret.

Of course, the Asheville location is quite likely one of the best in the nation in terms of desirability. The city has garnered many high rankings for culture, business, climate, natural beauty and quality of life. Pinchot Forest is just off the main thoroughfare of Hendersonville Road, close to great schools, grocery shopping and convenient to interstates 26 and 40 and Asheville Regional Airport.

Meet Ann and Charles Manning from Austin, Texas. The Asheville climate and culture brought them back to visit again and again. Pinchot Forest brought them home.

Ann and Charles Manning both had careers in the banking industry. Now retired, they collect hobbies, including wine, cooking/baking, gardening, travel, photography and hiking. They love their home in Austin, Texas, but the intense summer heat led them to begin their search for something more comfortable. “Although we considered every corner of the country,” says Ann, “we kept coming back to Asheville, an area we have visited and enjoyed. We wanted to be convenient to downtown Asheville, but also have views of mountains and nature.  We looked all over the area, but never quite found the balance of home and lot that fit us, until we found Pinchot Forest.”

The Mannings took one look at the Pinchot Forest model home and found their perfect summer retreat. As Ann recalls, “When we walked into the house, we found an open floor plan which we could envision our friends and family enjoying with us.  We also liked the larger lots and the feeling of space they afford. We found great outdoor living areas with stunning views.  Although our home feels very secluded, we can easily get to multiple grocery stores within a few minutes when the recipe calls for something not in the pantry.”

Looking forward, the Mannings anticipate a full and rewarding future at Pinchot Forest. “The community is very private, and is small enough to make us believe that we can really get to know all of our neighbors,” says Ann.  “We look forward to spending a lot more time in Asheville, especially enjoying all of the local hiking trails, which should give us quite an appetite for visiting our favorite restaurants in the area.”

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