Connestee Falls was first envisioned as a master planned community in 1971 by Realtec, Inc. The company assembled almost 4,000 acres near the growing Western North Carolina mountain town of Brevard, North Carolina. From the outset, the team was intent on developing a first-class gated community with four lakes, an exceptional package of amenities and a deep respect for the land and its beautiful natural resources.
The master plan included the championship golf course designed by golf course architect George Cobb, some 3,000 homesites, the clubhouse, pool and other amenities. Due to its large scale, land was also set aside for future public services including a fire station. Over 50 miles of private roads were designed as part of the intensive engineering plan for the community.
The plan intentionally did not include land for retail or commercial uses. The developers felt it was important to keep Connestee Falls as a pure residential and recreational community. Brevard already had many modern conveniences, and with the popularity of the town growing, they were confident residents would appreciate having the best of both worlds – a wonderful mountain town just six miles down the hill and a home surrounded by a real nature sanctuary.
After several years of initial sales success, and the formation of the Connestee Falls Property Owners Association (CFPOA,) the developer turned over the community and all its assets to the Association. The community continued to thrive and grow over the years as more property owners built and occupied homes.
The CFPOA also evolved into a well-managed board structure with residents taking an active role in the governance of their community and operations of the many amenities and assets.
Today, Connestee Falls is a mature master planned community with over 1400 homes occupied, on either a seasonal or year-round basis. There are also a wide variety of home sites available for sale to construct new homes. The community continues to embrace that early vision and has expanded on it with a set of Core Values that guide the residents in their stewardship of the land.
Brevard West Main St, circa 1970
Early site marketing sign