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Community Overview

Discover Wonder.
Right Outside Your Door.

There are still places in this world that inspire wonder. Places that remind you that everything doesn’t happen on a screen. Places that make you want to get outside. To experience nature.

Places that inspire your children to grow up the way you grew up. Running outside. Getting dirty. Making new friends just by opening the front door.

Bear Lake Reserve is one of these places. Tucked in the mountains of North Carolina with miles of spectacular lake frontage, Bear Lake isn’t just an escape from the city; it’s a portal to another place and time.

Rediscover what a second home is supposed to be. 2,100 acres. 1,200 vertical feet from lakefront to summit. Fewer than 1,000 homesites. Come build your family traditions today.

Mountainside and Lakefront Homes & Homesites

Whether you desire to craft the home of your dreams or prefer the convenience of a turn-key purchase, our 2,100 acre vacation community in the heart of Western North Carolina’s scenic Cashiers Region offers a variety of options for you and your family.

Each of our collections is crafted for a distinct ownership experience.

  • For truly unmatched legacy views and the freedom that comes along with a fully-custom homebuilding experience, we offer the Overlook, a small enclave of custom homesites set at the summit of the community.
  • To be in the heart of the action with a completely turnkey experience, we offer Water’s Edge, a multi-level “loft-style” offering which is directly on the lake and a short walk to the Lake Club and all its amenities.
  • For larger floorplans but the convenience of lock-and-leave, there are the new Saddlenotch Villas, which sit above the Lake Club site and are fully outfitted with the latest in smart-home technology.
  • To escape and be at the doorstep of undisturbed nature, we offer Bear Creek Cottages, expertly-designed single-family homes situated in select enclaves throughout the community where the forest is so close you can feel the morning dew.

We also offer the opportunity to build with our on-site construction company, Bear Lake Builders, led by the award-winning general contractor Ken Berry. Ken and his team are able to create the home of your custom dreams, or you can select from some of our semi-custom options, including the recently introduced Cedar.

To learn more about which option might be best for you – and to discuss how our Endorsed Accommodations vacation rental program can help offset the costs of ownership – connect with our Community Sales team today.


Comfortably distanced from the harried world, Bear Lake Reserve is located near Cashiers, Sylva, Highlands, and Brevard – neighborly little Carolina towns that invite you over to explore quaint shops, dine, tour galleries, and take in a change of scenery. A little farther down the road are Asheville’s renowned Biltmore Estate, fine restaurants, entertainment venues, and year-round festivals.

Cashiers – the town nearest to Bear Lake Reserve – is one of the most desirable vacations retreats in all the country. Set along the Tuckasegee River and surrounded by scenic views, waterfalls, and Nantahala National Forest lands, Cashiers and its neighboring areas have served as the home-away-from-home for many of the most prestigious families in the US history, including the Vanderbilt’s, Getty’s, Mellon’s, and others.

Visitors and vacation home owners from all over the southeast enjoy hiking, mountain biking, boating, golf, fly fishing, and more here during the warm months of the year, and in the winter snow skiing is available at nearby summits.