The Settings is a private gated community nestled in a mature forested mountainside preserve in western North Carolina  convenient to the nearby town of Black Mountain as well as the city of Asheville.

Overlooking the town of Black Mountain and the Seven Sisters mountain range, The Settings offers the best of mountain living, seclusion and privacy, natural splendor and refined elegance, with convenient access to cultural life, restaurants, boutiques, stores, fitness and medical facilities. Homes are custom built in the mountain architectural style. Enjoy the nearby Town of Black Mountain just five minutes away, and the vibrancy of Asheville just twenty minutes away.

Our amenities include a clubhouse for our social gatherings and meetings, an outdoor playground, 2 miles of hiking trails alongside meandering creeks, and sidewalks with many beautiful views.

The Settings includes 278 privately owned  lots of various sizes on 370 acres at an elevation between 2,500 and 3,750 feet. Over 80 homes have now been built or are under construction. The community has town waste disposal, sewer, and water services, including fire hydrants, which is rare for a private community in Western North Carolina, as well as a high-speed fiber optic network.

A founding principle of The Settings is a community living in harmony with nature and carefully preserving its mountain landscape.

We continue to fulfill that vision through our architectural and landscaping guidelines as well as our dedicated 115-acre conservation preserve extending to the summit of the Swannanoa Mountains ridgeline. The Settings’ homes are also dark sky compliant and we have been certified by the NC Forest Service as a Firewise community.

Enjoy the tranquility of mountain life in our community.

  • Gatehouse: Gated entry with stone greeter’s cottage
  • Clubhouse: The elegantly appointed clubhouse includes a stone fireplace, kitchen facilities, social areas, and conference room to work privately or to hold meetings. The clubhouse also has expansive patios and decks for enjoying mountain views.
  • Trail System: Created by the nationally recognized trail design firm Trail Dynamics, the community features 2 miles of trails that range from built out to very primitive – from moderate to challenging.  The trails go by meandering creeks and one trail ends at a mountain top offering expansive layered views of the mountains and the town of Black Mountain.
  • Gourmet Market, Grocery, Coffee Shop: Find easy access to a gourmet market, coffee shop and fitness center conveniently located nearby in the Cheshire Village. An Ingles Supermarket is two miles from The Settings’ entrance.
  • Playground: The playground features a climbing tower, swings, and a slide.
  • Natural Beauty Conservation: 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 trails, 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 venues, the arts, and colorful festivals that are held throughout the year.

From Our Residents

“It’s true. The mountains really do call you! Their spirit dictates not just a way of life but fosters a sense of happiness we see everywhere. Not only have we enjoyed the many things to do here, but more so the people – our friends and neighbors in The Settings who love Life, as well as those we meet around town. It’s just a very friendly and fun place to live.”

“We love living in The Settings!  We have the best of both worlds… beautiful mountain views, nature trails and streams while just minutes from restaurants, shops, sports and medical facilities.  Our neighbors have become our friends and our family members love visiting us in our little piece of paradise.”

“Hi. I am James. I am 10, almost 11. I like riding my bike around the neighborhood. I also like soccer and fishing. I have a brother named William. He is 6, almost 7. He likes to ride his bike and his electric scooter around the neighborhood. We moved here over a year ago, from just 4 miles away in Black Mountain. My mom and dad have lived in Black Mountain for a long time. We like living here… the playground is a lot of fun and we play there a lot. We love the hiking trails and playing in the creek.”

“Hi! We are Moca and Sawyer, two golden retrievers who live here in The Settings!  For any dogs who are looking at mountain property, The Settings is just the best place to be!  We have lots of friends here and great places to walk whether your humans like the ease of sidewalks or the challenge of trails.  There are cool mountain streams to cool your paws and lots of areas for supervised play if you so desire! We already have a great group of dogs here representing all breeds and sizes… new puppies too! Get your humans to check us out!”

78° F

Average Summer Temperature

46° F

Average Winter Temperature

115 acres

designated as a Nature Preserve

2,500 to 3,750 feet