There’s something appealing about gated communities. The idea of a private, secure, gated neighborhood is comforting. Especially to someone who has seen too many horror movies! But at some point in the 2000s, gated communities became cookie-cutter. Every house looks exactly the same and all grass is cut to ¾ inches at all times. These neighborhoods have started to feel a bit sterile. No one knows their neighbors anymore! It’s time to mix it up a little. Chattanooga’s real estate is hot right now. People are flocking to the Scenic City. Developments are responding to demand for beautiful living. Here are a few all-star gated communities in the area that do things differently.
Waterhaven is a waterfront community located 10 minutes from the Chattanooga Pedestrian Bridge.
The community donated 20 acres to the Trust for Public Land to build a greenway connecting the neighborhood to the Chattanooga Riverwalk. Waterhaven sits mid-way down the Riverwalk. Bikers and runners can opt to take the nature path all the way to Camp Jordan or to Downtown/ St. Elmo. Waterhaven is home to many who work downtown and enjoy a cycling commute. Living here, there is no fear of facing the dangers of road biking.
As the name suggests, the community is also ideal for the water-lover. The neighborhood borders South Chickamauga Creek. Residents have access to waterfront property and a community boat ramp. South Chickamauga Creek connects to the Tennessee River in a few short miles. Kayakers and speed-boaters alike enjoy sunny days on the water.
Other amenities include a pool, a playground, and 4 lakes stocked with fish.
Waterhaven is a great option for the young couple looking to build their family. The most recent listings show 4 bedroom houses in Waterhaven selling for as low as $249K.
2. Black Creek Mountain Community
We have to mention at least one golf community, right? Residential golfing communities are responsible for popularizing gated communities, after all.
Black Creek is unique though. It’s listed as one of the country’s top Top 100 Residential Golf Communities by Golfweek. Black Creek’s spectacular valley views are undeniable. Homes here start at $550K. The community receives access to everything the resort offers. This includes: nature trails, tennis courts, a pool, wellness center, soccer field, playground, sauna, and fine dining. You can find Black Creek 8 miles from Downtown Chattanooga.
3. Jasper Highlands
Do you find yourself on Zillow searching “land for sale” or “houses with land for sale”? You love the idea of living somewhere scenic but aren’t sure if total isolation is right for you. Jasper Highlands offers homesites that have 3-7 acres with vast topographical variety. Buyers can choose between wooded and bluff-top lots. Living at Jasper Highlands grants you access to private hiking trails, bike paths, walking paths, waterfalls, and sandstone rock formations (rock climbers will swoon!). A few other amenities include a lap pool, wading pool, bocce court, pickleball court, and dog park.
The Highlands have created their own little town. Residents can grab coffee and essentials at Fiery Gizzard Cafe and Market. In the evening you can find them dining at Top of the Rock Restaurant and Brewery. Owners of downtown Chattanooga hotspots State of Confusion, Stir, and Big River are responsible for both eateries.
Residents have access to a wellness center with yoga classes, spin classes, and massage. They even have their own fire department. But this proves to be more out of necessity than luxury. Jasper Highlands is the farthest on our list from Downtown Chattanooga. You’re looking at a 35-45 minute drive on the busy i24 interstate to reach Downtown. But if you don’t need to travel downtown often, Jasper Highlands could be the place for you!
Most opportunities in Jasper Highlands include building your own customized dream home. However, they do offer pre-built homes starting at $369K.
If you’re interested in learning more, the community has two upcoming sales weekends. Tour the property, enjoy dinner, entertainment, a meet- and- greet, and receive 2 nights lodging for $99 total.
4. Lookout Crest
We’ve all heard about Rock City’s famous “See 7 States” Claim. What if your home brought you that same view? Perched on top of the mountain, Lookout Crest offers 1-3 acre homesites.
Their property is home to a waterfall, a lake, creeks, and nature trails. Lookout Crest is only 15 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga. One quirky fact about this neighborhood: this is not a residential golfing community. But you’ll still see neighbors waving hello as they zip around in golf carts.
This woodsy neighborhood sits on the Cumberland Plateau, halfway between Chattanooga and Nashville. Clifftops is vast. It’s home to 2000 acres. Throughout this expanse you can find hardwood forests, bluff views, waterfalls, and creeks. Wildflowers are abundant at Clifftops in the springtime.
6. Cloudland Station
Cloudland Station lives in a private mountain valley. Go 15 minutes in one direction and you’ll be in downtown Chattanooga. Drive 15 minutes in the other direction and you’ll be in Cloudland Canyon State Park.
Here you’ll see stunning vantages of Highpoint, the tallest peak of Lookout Mountain. Cloudland Station borders Lula Lake Land Trust on 2 sides. 70% of this community’s near 500 acres are set in conservation easement and will never be developed.
Cloudland Station is unique in many ways. It’s designed to enhance the natural beauty of the area. There is a different architectural theme for each neighborhood.
- Maple Hill houses turn-of-the-century “porches and fireplaces” style homes. Picture Historic neighborhoods when envisioning Maple Hill.
- Mill Creek Village sits alongside a rushing stream. Its architecture mimics stone cottages seen in the English Countryside.
- Valley Rim Drive contains classic lodge or cabin style homes.
Trails, creeks, and meadows are abundant in Cloudland Station. A few other features include a Bridalveil waterfall, a lake primed for Trout fishing, Georgia’s 6th longest cave, a swimmin’ hole, and an original Cherokee Chief’s Cabin.
Early Moon Farms provides the community with fresh vegetables in the summer and fall. Any leftovers go to the resident pygmy goats. Residents buy cold drinks, farm-fresh veggies, and daily essentials at The Plucky Peacock Farmstand.
Other amenities include an infinity pool, honor system coffee shop, honor system sweet shop, a treehouse built by Animal Planet’s resident Treehouse Master Pete Nelson, and a recreation barn complete with pinball, ping pong, a human foosball court, a basketball court, and sand volleyball, bocce ball, tetherball, horseshoes, and cornhole.
Homesites are a little different at Cloudland Station. Most lots are only about .25- .5 acres. The developer aims to maximize protected land. In turn, this gives residents less to take care of themselves. All residents have access to almost 500 acres of preserved wilderness. Homesites start at $90K.
Community is an important part of the Cloudland Station culture. It’s a great place to meet new people and A few complimentary annual events include:
- Memorial Day and Labor Day grill-outs
- Fourth of July Picnic and Fireworks Show
- The Firefly Ball. Residents dress up in their finest attire and enjoy a 5- course buffet, open bar, live music, DJ and dancing.
- Queens of Cloudland. The ladies of Cloudland Station get together for a weekend of pampering. In 2019 the ladies enjoyed a yoga class, craft hour, live music, and margaritas and manicures by the pool. In the evening they indulged in a private dinner prepared by a local chef.
- Mountain Stomp. The men’s weekend. In 2019 the guys enjoyed BBQ, laser skeet shooting, and off-roading. That evening they enjoyed beers and the UGA game by the firepit.
Here’s how interested buyers can get to know Cloudland Station:
Spend two nights in one of their charming Watercolor Cabins for a “Discovery Getaway”. Enjoy the amenities and get a feel for what it would be like to live at Cloudland Station. Next, attend their community events free of charge for up to a year. Make friends and get to know your future neighbors. Even pamper yourself for a bit while you’re at it. Then… attend more Discovery Getaways! Enjoy discounted rates on Watercolor Cabins for a year. Spend as much time at Cloudland Station as possible until you’re sure it’s the right place for you.