A private community located in the mountains of Western North Carolina


The Settings of Black Mountain sits on approximately 370 acres of pristine mountain land in the Swannanoa Valley, of which 115 acres are a North American Land Trust conservation easement.  Minutes from downtown Black Mountain, North Carolina, The Settings provides one with the best of all worlds, seclusion and privacy, natural splendor and refined elegance, with convenient access to cultural life, restaurants, boutiques, stores, medical facilities, and the vibrancy of Asheville which is fifteen minutes away.



About the settings

The architectural style of the community is Mountain Arts and Crafts.  Each home is distinct, yet blends in with the overall design of the community.  The Settings Design Review Board (DRB) works collegially with owners and their builders to ensure that new construction meets the guidelines of the community, while enabling owners to build the home of their dreams.

The Settings Development Company broke ground in 2003.  The first lots were marketed in 2005.  From 2006 through 2011, some 240 lots were sold.  In October 2011, The Settings of Black Mountain Homeowners Association (HOA) was established with the Declarant Rights, once held by the Developer, being transferred to the newly elect HOA along with all of the common properties, including the Club House and the Greeters Cottage.  

Since 2011, the elected HOA Board of Directors has skillfully managed the community, resolving a host of outstanding issues left after the governance of the community was transferred from the developer to the HOA.  The community has completed its infrastructure.  There are thirty-two completed homes, with another four in the building stage.  Several others are in the review stage.

The Settings of Black Mountain is flourishing!

The property upon which The Settings of Black Mountain sits is rich in local history.  The land was part of the estate of Rafael Guastavino, the architectural engineer famous for domed brick ceilings.  He created the Guastavino tile, a "Tile Arch System" used for constructing robust, self-supporting arches and architectural vaults. His work can be found at the Biltmore Estate and in some of New York City's most prominent Beaux-Arts landmarks and in major buildings, including, Grand Central TerminalCarnegie HallCongregation Emanu-El of New York, and St. Bartolomew's Episcopal Church; and in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Supreme Court building.  A major road in The Settings is named in honor of Rafael Guastavino.

The Settings is comprised of part of the Guastavino estates or property acquired from undeveloped farmland owned by the Honeycutt family of Black Mountain.

The Settings of Black Mountain is a private gated community nestled in the mountains overlooking the picturesque town of Black Mountain.  The community has city water and sewer services which is rare for a private community in Western North Carolina.



  • Playground: The playground features a climbing tower, swings, and a slide.
  • 40% of The Settings is designated as permanent greenspace.  115 acres are a North American Land Trust conservation easement along the Swannanoa Rim bordering the southern edge of the community.
  • Recreation: The area offers rock climbing, fishing, hiking trials, bicycling and horseback riding, snow and water skiing, golf and white­water rafting.
  • Black Mountain: The town of Black Mountain is home for several conference and retreat centers and is known for music, the arts, and colorful festivals that are held throughout the year.
  • Gatehouse: Gated entry with stone greeter’s cottage
  • Clubhouse: The elegantly appointed clubhouse includes full kitchen facilities for social functions; meeting, social, and office areas to retreat and work privately or to hold meetings; expansive patios and decks. 
  • Trail System: Created by the nationally recognized trail design firm Trail Dynamics, the community features several trails that range from built out to very primitive – from moderate to challenging.  The Trails Committee is actively working to develop trails.
  • Ingles Supermarket has its corporate headquarters in Black Mountain.  A “super” Ingles Supermarket is two miles from The Settings entrance.

At a glance

Community Size

370 acres


Black Mountain, NC

Lot Size

.25 acres up to 16 acres


2,500 – 3,750 feet


Annual Assessment

The annual assessment is approximately $100 a month.  


Average Temperatures   

78° (F)     June – August

 46° (F)    December – February

Total Planned Residences

There are 271 individual owners for annual assessment purposes.