Discover the Nation’s Best Mountain Communities
Picturesque views and peaks are calling, and someone’s got to answer! Thankfully, there are mountain communities scattered across the U.S. just waiting to be explored. If you love crisp autumn air or a hike through the trees, the mountain lifestyle might be for you. Read on to see if the mountains are luring you into their active and peace-filled lifestyle.
Why choose a mountain community?
It’s not just about snow or skiing or hiking. It’s about the leaves. The walks through the trees. The unforgettable landscapes around every corner. When you’re living in a mountain community, this is what you can expect on a daily basis. From the Appalachians to the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are ample mountain ranges just waiting for visitors to call them home.
What are the benefits of living in a mountain community?
There are so many reasons people choose to call the mountains home. Views are top of the list, but that’s not all. You might opt for fresh air, nature exploration, leaf peeping, and much more. Read on for all the benefits of living in a mountain community.
- Healthy lifestyle: When you’re hiking through the trees, you’re getting a workout you didn’t even expect. Those who live in the mountains find themselves being more active than ever before.
- Nature around every corner: Outside your front door you might find red-orange leaves falling or flowers blooming—it all depends on the season. When you’re in the mountains, you get to experience the best of it all.
- Views: If you’re looking for incredible views off your front porch, mountains are a great move.
- Water features: With every great mountain comes an even more beautiful water feature—so keep an eye out for waterfalls, lakes, and rivers that wind through your beautiful landscape, bringing you even more options for outdoor activity.
Are the mountains calling you?
Ready to live the mountain lifestyle? From Virginia to Georgia and everywhere in between, there are plenty of mountain communities to explore across the U.S. Take your time perusing the options below. When you see a few options that look appealing, use the information request form to contact a local representative in each community.
You can ask questions, find information on the destination, and get a feel for the lifestyle in each place. You can even inquire about specifics like HOA fees, the neighborhood social scene, or the home prices in the area.
If you’re seeking a certain mountainous location, try using the filtering options on the left to narrow down your options and find the perfect place for you.
Research and Explore the Best Mountain Communities
Click to explore the following mountain retirement communities. Request information from multiple communities by selecting the checkboxes to the right and completing the form below.
Welcome to Chattanooga! If you are looking for big city attractions and small town views, you have come to the right place. Chattanooga is tucked between mountains and the beautiful Tennessee river, which makes for breathtaking scenery to enjoy as you stroll down the Riverwalk. Or, if you are more interested in some indoor entertainment, visit the Tennessee Aquarium or one of our many history museums. Either way, you will see why we chose Chattanooga as the newest destination for Goodall Homes.
Chattanooga Area Communities:
- • The Cottages at Brow Wood – Lookout Mountain, GA
- • Westview Crossing – Chattanooga, TN
- • The Highlands at Belleau Ridge – Ooltewah, TN
K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Victory at Verrado, AZ offers single-family new homes in a beautiful desert setting with a wide variety of community amenities. Choose from six designs of spacious and open, quality-built single-story homes.
Looking for the perfect lifestyle community for retirement or to raise your family? Keowee Key has more of what you love. Golf, tennis, fitness center, swimming, boating and pickleball are just a few of the amenities this active, gated, lakeside community offers.
Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Salem, SC, and surrounded by the pristine waters of Lake Keowee, Keowee Key is a 1,600-acre community carved out of a forest of hardwood and pines. You’ll find a wide variety of home styles and price points available in a natural setting with mild seasons and an abundance of local adventure.
All homes in Keowee Key are custom-built, including lakefront, mountain or golf-course views. For a maintenance-free lifestyle, you’ll find ample condominiums, town homes and cottages. Choose a lakefront home with private dock or use one of 5 community docks with 324 boat slips, pontoon and kayak rentals, and a supply store.
The challenging 18-hole, par 72 George Cobb Golf Course, features four tee boxes to match all skill levels. A clubhouse with award-winning chef, lakeside leisure trail, three swimming pools, and a dog park, contribute to Keowee Key’s country club lifestyle.
Located on the TN/GA Line in Lookout Mountain, GA. Retreat to Home at The Cottages at Brow Wood while immersing in breathtaking mountain views, indulging in the local southern hospitality, and embracing the city’s historic culture. Offering the comfort and convenience of a low maintenance lifestyle, The Cottages of Brow Wood allow you to explore and enjoy the whimsical sights of Lookout Mountain. Just a short 20-minute drive from Chattanooga, every courtyard cottage includes low maintenance living equipped with energy efficient features to help lower your energy bills. Each one level living home features a minimum of 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with the flexibility to expand to the second level: adding a bonus room or third bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in storage. These open concept plans are perfect for entertaining guests and creating an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy your morning coffee from your gated-private courtyard and watch the sunset from your sunroom or backyard patio. Each floorplan has the creative flexibility to use the sunroom space as an office, sitting room, library – whatever you choose!
Just a few miles away, enjoy golf and swimming at the Lookout Mountain Club; walk or hike Lula Lake’s 8,000-acre Land Trust & Trails; and relish in the local shopping & dining along Scenic Highway. Nearby Rock City offers spectacular sights with unique rock formations and gardens that are open to the public year-round. Additionally, Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga’s top-rated attractions include Ruby Falls, Cloudland Canyon State Park, the Downtown Riverwalk, The Tennessee Aquarium, and the Incline Railroad; all of which help to encapsulate the natural beauty of the area. To learn more about this community or to set up your personalized appointment, please contact our Online Consultants at 423-226-3223 or goodallhomes.com/brow-wood.
Arenal Hills nestles in a fertile valley surrounded by rainforest and rivers. Homes are designed to showcase the panoramic views and forested setting surrounding the Arenal volcano. Two clubhouses will host multiple dining options. And the Springs Resort nearby offers more.
Only the finest materials are used in Arenal Hills homes, whether it’s the marble flooring imported from the mountains of Peru or the cascading two-story waterfall pools sculped by hand, Arenal Hills homes are designed to be instruments of timeless beauty for you and your family.
Owners of Arenal Hills homes are granted VIP access to the renowned Springs Resort and Spa, a world-class luxury resort located just a short drive away.
Arenal Hills stretches over 123 acres of magnificent volcano views that will leave you breathless. Stroll along the beautifully landscaped walking paths and you’ll encounter world-class home designs, luxurious amenities, and a breathtaking landscape surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature. Arenal Hills is specifically designed to make owning a vacation home, second home, or retiring to the paradise of Costa Rica affordable yet luxurious.
Arkansas is home to diverse cities and communities, each with something unique to discover – from metropolitan areas to rural settings, and adventure sports to relaxing retreats. No matter where you choose to visit or relocate, you’ll find friendly and helpful people everywhere you go.
It’s not always easy figuring out how to move to another state, but we can help. Request your free Arkansas Relocation Guide! This handy guide contains a wealth of information for people considering relocating to or retiring in Arkansas, including facts about the state’s cost-of-living, quality of life, real estate, communities, military and medical facilities, and more.
Grand Highlands, a North Carolina Gated Mountain Community
Grand Highlands is one of the dreamiest mountain communities in North Carolina. The most recent of a long list of awards was Community of the Year by the Asheville Builders Association (ABA). Grand Highlands encompasses 300 acres of woodlands and meadows. It offers panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as proximity to downtown Asheville, Hendersonville, and Lake Lure. Sprawling wooded home sites are among its most coveted features. A spacious, lodge-style clubhouse, private parks, and adjacent nature preserves are also bonuses. All home sites are just below 4,000 feet elevation. And, each has underground utilities.
Life as a Resident
A communal spirit is embraced by residents. Finally able to live on their own terms in such an idyllic place, they come together both in celebration and in peace and solitude. Whether on trails, on Grand Lodge verandas, or at the Community Barn for events, coming together is a way of life at Grand Highlands.
Nearby Hendersonville is a charming mountain town. It provides access to all necessities, along with a vibrant restaurant and shopping scene. Theatre and music venues are also plentiful in Hendersonville. And whatever Hendersonville doesn’t offer, Asheville, just 25 miles away, does.
Grand Highlands home sites are priced from $70,000 to $650,000. Homes range from $475,000 to $3.5 million.
Discover this breathtaking North Carolina mountains community. Grand Highlands is an ideal place to call home.
Plan your visit
You can research and learn about all sorts of mountain communities below—but don’t let the choices overwhelm you. After you’ve selected some areas you’re interested in, plan your visit as the next step! It’ll help you narrow down your search to breathe the mountain air, see the views, and get a feel for the peaceful mountain lifestyle.