The Craftsman Wonders of Cheshire Village
A recent post highlighted the Village of Cheshire in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and now my first visit there has yielded a treasure of incredible homes that captures the history and architectural beauty of these breathtaking Mountains. As you move through this neighborhood of quiet streets, walkways, and meticulously landscaped gardens, you’ll be transported to a time long ago when community meant everything, and sitting on a large front porch brought neighbors together to visit and chat about family and their daily experiences. Keep in mind that everything you see is less than fifteen years old, which makes Cheshire even more remarkable.
From the moment you enter this sanctuary of urban design, you’ll be aware that you are surrounded by high mountains and lush vegetation and large open public spaces, all carefully orchestrated to bring a sense of peace and order to daily life.
Large homes with verandas, numerous windows, and the creative use of wood and stone hark back to an America long ago. Every one is a work of building art, and cars are mostly invisible here, hidden in rear alleys and garages. The homes are close together by design, and walking trails link all parts of Cheshire to a Town Center with restaurants and specialty shops.
Streets are named for legendary authors and poets like Poe, Keats, and Wordsworth. This Tudor home lives up to the name out front.
Around every corner, evergreens and flowers excite the senses and complement the homes that they frame.
Throughout Cheshire, low fences and stone dividers invite visitation and contact.
Stone stairs connect the street with the porches, and have the appearance of being carved from the rocky hillside.
An “Eyebrow” over this porch is a common Craftsman detail, and this Grand Staircase draws neighbors to pay a visit.
This Cape Cod style house is almost lost in the woods…
Shingles were always a Craftsman trademark…
These tall and narrow houses are part of the “Treehouse” section of Cheshire Village, where the hillside is steep, and the trees large.
This tall home in the regular neighborhood is influenced by the Treehouse area…
Smaller cottages can be reserved by the night if you’re looking for a special mountain retreat… There are seven cottages in Cheshire Village.
New Townhomes are nearing completion adjacent to the Town Center. as are villa type cottages in the same area…
Strict design guidelines are followed to maintain the classic atmosphere of Cheshire Village. The entire village was a masterplan community, similar to Seaside and Watercolor on the Florida Gulf Coast, Habersham in Beaufort, South Carolina, and Windsor in Boca Raton, Florida.
I’m looking forward to visit in the fall when the colors will be incredible.