Earth Day: Nine Ways to Celebrate a Conscious Lifestyle

When it comes to nature, those who live in Western North Carolina are fortunate. We have a special connection with our environment -- the Blue Ridge Mountains and the pristine rivers and streams that wind their way...

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Hygge: Savor the Cozy Lifestyle in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Have you heard of hygge? Pronounced “hoo-guh,” it is a Danish wellness tradition that’s gaining popularity throughout the U.S., and especially our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. While there’s no direct English...

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Staying Connected Among the Stunning Western North Carolina Mountains

French Broad Crossing is unlike your typical Western North Carolina mountain community. In addition to the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the majestic French Broad River, residents also have access to...

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French Broad Crossing honored as ‘Best Mountain Community’ by ideal-LIVING Magazine

“The ‘Best of the Best‘ feature honors those areas and communities which deserve special recognition for their outstanding qualities, facilities, and programs,” said ideal-LIVING’s Editor and Associate Publisher, Kelly...

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Bake an Appalachian Classic

Sweet Potato Praline Spoonbread. Ingredients2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream1/4 teaspoon ground ginger2 teaspoons sea salt1 cup brown sugar1 cup yellow cornmeal6 tablespoons butter3 medium-sized sweet potatoes, baked,...

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French Broad Crossing: A Place to Create Life’s Best Memories

Adventure for the Whole Family. Creating Magical Moments at French Broad Crossing Imagine nights by a campfire with your children or grandchildren, sharing your best ghost stories that capture their full attention....

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A Family Legacy, Preserved for Generations

Why Families Choose French Broad CrossingIt’s more than a home. It’s a legacy. Sprawling mountain views. An abundance of amenities. A tranquil location that provides refuge from the stressors of everyday life. There’s...

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Preserving land. Preserving life.

This land is magical. These ancient Blue Ridge Mountains have been around for more than a billion years, making them amongst the oldest ranges in the world. They sustain life for countless flora and fauna indigenous to...

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Mountain Serenade: The Sounds of French Broad Crossing

Need a moment of Zen? Some sound effects to go with your dream of living at French Broad Crossing? Come listen to the ballads of the mountains, calling you home. The crackling of a campfire as the sun sets across the...

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Extended Honeymoon at FBC

FBC is the perfect marriage of nature and community. It all began on their honeymoon. When Jean and Fred White got married in 1983, they spent their honeymoon in Western North Carolina near Lake Lure. They were so taken...

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Wild Spaces & Dark Skies in an Urban World

For Bernie and Holly Arghiere, the land was everything. Not just any mountain land, mind you, but land that was carefully preserved, had significant elevation, was far removed from urban intrusion, yet within a short...

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Where Conservation Is a Way of Life

Dozens of communities in Western North Carolina serve themselves up as Nature Preserves. They may put a small parcel of land—10% or less, typically—in conservation and then tout their commitment to responsible...

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A Natural Paradise Meets Cultural Sophistication

At Preserve Communities, we don’t believe in compromise. We think you should have it all: nature in all its unspoiled glory, yet just 30 minutes from the dining, shopping, and entertainment of Asheville, North Carolina....

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Khan Family Moves into their New Home on the River

Q&A with French Broad Crossing homeowners Jamie & Beth Khan. Not too long ago we wrote a blog about the Khan family buying a homesite at French Broad Crossing . It was a beautiful lot in a great location, with clear...

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From Flat Lands to French Broad Crossing

Patrick Stoyer and Donna Huston knew one thing for sure: they wanted rolling hills and mountains for their retirement home. The couple had spent the last three decades in Miami, which, in addition to the bustling city...

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A Mountain Home at One with Its Setting

A timeless setting. The first thing you notice about French Broad Crossing (FBC) is the exquisite Western North Carolina setting: pure, pristine, secluded, and in perfect harmony with the lush, densely forested hills...

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Community Garden Promotes Sustainable Lifestyle

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility.”. — Wendell Berry The first thing you notice here is the river. The mighty French Broad, one of the oldest...

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A Mountain Home for the Ages

When Dana and Albert Greshko purchased a homesite at French Broad Crossing in 2007, they didn’t realize how fortunate they were. As fate would have it, the real estate market was about to crash in 2008, followed by the...

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From New York to Old Hills

The Engels Make French Broad Crossing Home. A journey that would take them some 440 miles south, across a half dozen states, began with a simple Google search. That’s the short version of how George Engel ended up in...

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A Western North Carolina Retreat on the French Broad River

Do you hear that?” asks Jamie Khan. “That’s the sound of the French Broad River. There’s no other place like this—offering both mountain views and direct access to the river.”. Jamie and his wife, Beth, just bought a...

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Inspired Living Along the French Broad River

“When we saw it we both knew: this is where we want to live.”. “Our main criteria was that we wanted to live somewhere in the mountains,” says Tim Hale. “And we narrowed our search down to the East and West coast: either...

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Homeowners Value Preserved Natural Settings Over Golf Courses

There's more to life than golf. At least that’s the ever-increasing opinion amongst homeowners. There has been a distinct shift among affluent buyers seeking real estate in high-end communities: golf is out, nature is in...

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The Call of the River

"Once I saw the view and heard the sound of the river I knew this was the place.". That was Susan Hawthorne’s reaction to seeing the property at French Broad Crossing (FBC) for the first time. Overlooking the world’s...

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A Bellwether Community

When I talk with friends in the area and read the local media, I realize that change is in the air. Perhaps it’s the winding down of the long recession or just pent-up demand, but whatever it is, the tide has definitely...

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What Southern Living’s Recognition Means to Me

I couldn’t be more proud of French Broad Crossing’s recent designation as a Southern Living Inspired Community. Of course, I’ve found inspiration in these mountains for many years, but it’s great to have an unqualified...

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Follow Your Heart to French Broad Crossing, a Wild River Preserve

Consciousness and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive at French Broad Crossing, a riverside luxury community dedicated to preserving the land it is privileged to inhabit. A wild river preserve, French Broad Crossing near...

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A Commitment to Land Preservation

Jack Fisher knew he wanted to create a riverside retreat mountain community where people would enjoy living and nature could flourish. In making this vision a reality, he sought out 756 acres in Madison County, and spent...

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Historic Waters

Respect for the river flows naturally at French Broad Crossing. Looking for luxury that contributes to the common good? French Broad Crossing, a wild river preserve, should be your next address. Our private riverfront...

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Mountain Retreat at French Broad Crossing

When I asked Karen Heis to describe her home in Madison County, she replied, “Just imagine being in a national park.”. The house she owns with husband Jim is nestled on three acres of land in the riverside retreat...

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