Stewards of the Land
Few places on earth compare to a Preserve Community. Indeed, the land has been carefully selected because of its mountain splendor and sheer natural beauty. Our communities—French Broad Crossing and The Preserve at Little Pine—are home to old-growth forests, ancient river systems, freshwater ponds, fertile pastures, and an irreplaceable collection of native flora and fauna.
Our chief responsibility is to preserve the integrity of the land by keeping it in its pristine state. Both of these debt-free communities are conservation-based—we have thoughtfully placed large tracts of land in conservation easements, held in trust by Southeast Regional Conservancy. Land in conservation can never be developed, but can be used for hiking, exploration, and enjoyment. This allows us to develop our communities responsibly and sustainably, protecting vital ecosystems and watersheds. We have also developed specific Architectural Review Board (ARB) guidelines to protect all facets of our communities—even the clarity and quality of the star-filled night sky.
The goal from day one has been to safeguard these incredible mountain properties by keeping them in their natural state. We feel like we have been entrusted with this land and have a responsibility to ensure their preservation."
— David Brannon, Master Planner, RLA, ASLA
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What is a Conservation Easement?
Put simply, it is a restriction placed on a piece of property to protect its ecological or open-space value. It’s a legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents irresponsible development from taking place. To preserve the integrity of this land, we have placed large tracts, more than 1,200 acres—nearly 2/3 of the land at both properties—in conservation easements, held in trust by the Southeast Regional Land Conservancy, a non-profit whose sole objective is to protect our natural resources. What that means to you, simply, is that our communities guarantee a conservation legacy for homeowners: you can enjoy acres and acres of pristine natural beauty today, and for decades and generations to come.
As a homeowner, we love how French Broad Crossing fits our outdoor lifestyle. It's a wonderful example of how we can coexist with nature. The protective covenants assure minimal tree removal and minimal impact on the land as homes are built."
— Tim Hale, Preserve Communities Homeowner