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The Villages at Crest Mountain sits on the former campus of Ben Lippen School. History dates back to 1918, when Elizabeth Dick from Columbia, South Carolina, declared the mountain, then known as Dryman Mountain, as the location for a new bible school and summer retreat. The school opened in 1940 under the name Ben Lippen, a Scottish phrase meaning "mountain of trust."  In the late 1980s, after nearly 50 inspired pedagogical years, the school moved back to Columbia, SC. In 2002, Reese Lasher, an Asheville C.P.A., purchased the property under a new vision: a place for mountain homes, special events, vacation opportunities, and small businesses offices.

The First phase of the Villages is located on the site of Ben Lippen's former baseball and soccer fields. The old athletic fields are 12 completely flat acres that have been preserved for the last 60 years. Homes in this phase are positioned around the perimeter of the fields with over two acres conserved in the center for use by the residents. This center space includes gardens, walking trails, open park areas, edible landscaping, and future community structures. The lot sizes in this phase are small by design, emphasizing efficient floor plans and neighborhood interaction, while preventing the need for individual yard maintenance.

The Second phase is an additional 22 acres of ridgeline property located above the first phase. This area is elevated with views into the city of Asheville and contains mature natural hardwoods. In this phase, lot sizes are bigger, averaging around 1/4 acre and ranging up to 1/3 acre parcels. This phase allows for larger homes, expansive mountain views, increased privacy, and larger yard and personal garden opportunities. Phase 2 has a variety of topography ranging from very steep to very flat.

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The Villages is located 4.5 miles northwest of downtown Asheville and about a seven minute drive to downtown with stoplights and traffic. Our community is 3 miles from I-40/I-26/I-240 interchanges. Within the town of Woodfin, the entrance is located at the corner of Destination Drive and Dryman Mountain/Ben Lippen School Rd. The property is within .8 mile to the French Broad River. There are several options for driving directions, depending on your starting location. The GPS address for our sales office is 6 Celebration Place, Asheville NC 28806 Click here for a Google map link