Gerton Eco-Village
One of the best-kept secrets in Western North Carolina is the quaint mountain village of Gerton, tucked high in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. The setting takes one back in time, having managed to stay relatively untouched in the midst of Western North Carolina’s rapid growth. Above this hamlet soars Bearwallow Mountain with breath-taking rocky cliffs. Through the main valley cascades the boulder-strewn Hickory Nut Creek with its many tumbling waterfalls.

What is Gerton like today? - the local social “Ecosystem”
Little Bear Wallow Baptist ChurchLiving in Hickory Nut Forest and in Gerton offers many diverse opportunities for recreation, entertainment and enjoyment of the outdoors. There are tennis courts, many miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, picnicking, boating, over a dozen golf courses in the area, biking, gardening, and community social events. Amenities are within walking distance: Nita’s Grocery/General Store, the Post Office, Gerton Fire Department, the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Center.
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Hickory Nut Forest is just the beginning of what is possible for Gerton.
Village RenderingWhat would be worse than simply watching sprawling growth absorb this special place?

Let’s envision a different future for Gerton. You can be part of creating the hub of an eco-village that retains the authentic, rustic feeling of the community and serves the needs of all its residents. Your ideas might include a village center with an old-time general store stocked with basic supplies for the village, small shops, a natural foods café and juice bar, fresh local produce stand, coffee shop, pub with local musicians, and a bed and breakfast. It could include work spaces for entrepreneurs, artists, and professionals. It could be an entirely “net zero renewable energy eco village” where people could live as well as work. It could include cohousing, seniors housing and neighborhoods for families and children.

How does this sound to you? If you are interested, please contact Us.
 
Affordable work spaces for small business entrepreneurs and professionals
As living in Asheville gets more expensive, nearby outlying areas become more attractive! For small businesses and professionals, for artists, entrepreneurs, and people who work at home via the computer and internet, this location is ideal. You could make occasional easy trips to Asheville, but spend most of the time enjoying life in Hickory Nut Gorge. Perhaps someday there will even be a village electric car that you could reserve for local shopping trips!
 
A place where people live and walk to work
Picture yourself in an “old-time” village where people can live, work and socialize without having to get in their cars. Can you see a small village center where you know your neighbors and say “hi” to them on the street— a safe place, where children can play outdoors surrounded by nature?

Gerton offers an ideal opportunity for various models of intentional communities. You can be part of designing, from the ground up, a village that could include a co-housing community, possibly seniors cohousing, a neighborhood for families and children with play areas.

All of this can be designed in a way that is livable, friendly, convenient and sensitive to the environment…all that’s missing now is YOU !
 
Cohousing, seniors housing and intentional living
Gerton is an ideal opportunity for various models of intentional communities. These could be designed from the ground up as part of an eco-village with a co-housing component, some housing for seniors, a neighborhood for families and children with play areas. All of this could be designed in a way that is livable, friendly, convenient and sensitive to the environment.
 



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