asheville, nc

The Cove at Celo Mountain

The natural treasures of The Cove at Celo Mountain are a rare and beautiful find.  So are the opportunities to live here.

You come to the Western Carolinas for the natural beauty. The quiet. The views that stir your soul. Just outside of Burnsville, NC, about midway between Asheville and Johnson City, TN, is a place that speaks to you in a language of mountain breezes, wildlife calls, rushing streams and waterfalls.

The Cove at Celo Mountain is not for those looking for traditional amenities like stuffy clubhouses and golf courses. This is a place for families who appreciate the amenities Mother Nature has prepared with all the trappings — like the outdoor living pavilion, community parks and hiking trails, and the tree house hideaway with childrens outdoor playground. Says Bill Ennen, developer, “The best way to describe The Cove is it’s like living in a national park. The elevations, the land, the water, the feeling is of something truly special to be protected and treasured.”

Remarkable — right out of the gate.

You know you’re in for something special when you approach the main gate. Crafted of iron and copper by local artists and blacksmiths, the gate reflects the expansive mountain view of Celo Mountain. Behind this, is a community of rustic grace. The paved roadways hug the hillsides and meander deftly through the woodlands.  There are many special places to stop and savor the scenery, to gaze out upon layer upon layer of Blue Ridge Mountain splendor.

Peace and serenity rule the day, but not seclusion.  Gathering spots, such as the outdoor library, living areas with stone fireplaces and seating, pocket parks, nature trails and family campsites invite camaraderie among neighbors and friends.

Outside the gates, the Burnsville area offers a life of beauty and artistry. This area boasts the highest per capita population of artists and craftsmen. The nearby Penland School is a renowned national center for arts and crafts education offering workshops for beginners to professionals in drawing, painting, clay, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, textiles and more. Each year, approximately 1,200 people come to Penland for instruction and another 14,000 pass through as visitors.

The final release of homesites is here.

Eighteen home sites were purchased here in 2014 leaving just 15 in the final release of home sites for 2015. These home sites range from wooded water fall settings to long range mountain views, feature underground utilities, high-speed Internet and are priced to sell. Care has been taken to underbrush each homesite, so that you can view the building envelope and orientation of your future home. The layout of each home site has been thoughtfully planned to work with the natural lay of the land, and includes suggestions for house placement to maximize views and privacy.

Meet the neighbors

Meet Susan and Paul Crutchfield. They visited the Black Mountain range on a visit from Sacrameto, CA and decided to make this their home for life. 

The Crutchfields knew they wanted to make a move to the east coast, but had no idea where, so they explored the entire area. When they came upon the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge outside Burnsville, they knew they had found home.  There was something about the unusual combination of sweeping vistas combined with the soothing sounds of babbling creeks that drew them in. Says Paul, “It isn’t often that you can enjoy waterside living at this elevation. We just found the combination of being able to gaze out on mile upon mile of beauty while listening to the sound of the water adjacent to their home site so appealing.”

The Crutchfields also found the plans for The Cove at Celo Mountain to fit the style of life they were looking for. “There is nothing cookie-cutter here. The homesites are truly crafted to make the most of the land, right down to determining the best placement of homes so each resident can enjoy the setting and a private feeling of peaceful solitude.” They liked the idea of a small, boutique community that values the benefits of natural beauty over ostentatious amenities. The three miles of walking trails, the discovery places with outdoor firepits and fireplaces are much more to their liking.

The Crutchfields have made Celo Mountain their home since 1996. They enjoy a full life of outdoor recreation, both within and outside the community. They are very involved in philanthropic organizations including the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Paul’s 90-year-old mother has also moved here from California and is enjoying her cottage home at The Cove. They all enjoy the convenient access to Asheville’s dining, shopping and cultural opportunities, then coming home to their peaceful mountain retreat.   After spending many years in both Texas and California, the Crutchfields have happily put down roots at Celo Mountain and declare that this is their home for life.

Community Facts:

Estate Homesites:  $24,900-$94,900

Home/lot packages from $219,900 and $469,900

Elevations to 3000-3700

35 minutes to Asheville, NC

6 miles to town of Burnsville and major conveniences

Want to learn more about The Cove at Celo Mountain:

If the mountain retreat setting of Celo Mountain sounds intriguing call the staff at Private Mountain Communities at 888-517-3322. One of our community advisors will be happy to arrange a special “Experience Package” and private tour of the community.


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