The Masterplan as a Living Canvas
Cloudland Station represents a new way of thinking when it comes to Masterplanning. One of the more unique communities in the country, Cloudland Station is comprised of many handcrafted amenities, a story-based approach to its layout and architecture, and an abundance of natural beauty, preserved for permanent enjoyment.
These elements together create a living canvas for its Members to enjoy a lifetime of recreation, fellowship, and most of all, continuous renewal. For it is these Members' legacies that are the true brushstrokes upon this canvas, as their lives paint a wonderful world we call Cloudland Station.
The Masterplan as a Mission
Cloudland Station was created for a specific Mission ...
to create a place so exceptional, that it serves as a source of continuous renewal in the lives of Members.
To accomplish this Mission, we believe that Cloudland Station must succeed in sustaining 5 specific objectives as follows:
- Connecting our members and their guests with nature and the beautiful outdoors;
- Connecting families with each other and their community, while preserving their desired privacy;
- Creating a place of nostalgia and enduring traditions;
- Creating a lifestyle that fosters good health, romance, adventure, and recreation; and
- Creating a place where individual talents, hobbies, experience and wisdom are celebrated and shared.
The Masterplan as a Theme
Early on, the ideal of "Taking Time for the Simple Things" emerged as a simple all-inclusive theme. We believed that a place that uniquely fostered this ideal would be a place of deep and unparalleled renewal. Hence the celebration and the enjoyment of simple things became the inspiration, the compass, the litmus test for every amenity built, every community space created, and every activity sponsored.
At Cloudland Station, we believe that a morning walk with friends down a creekside trail, teaching a child how to bait a fish hook, or an afternoon game of checkers with neighbors at the general store, are the kinds of things that truly enrich us, renew us and connect us.
The Masterplan as a Natural Canvas
This ideal of Taking Time for the Simple Things, needed a very particular topography, a place of uncommon natural beauty, and place of endless recreational possibilities. It needed to be both mountain and valley.
Nestled in a beautiful, historic valley and alongside famous Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Station is a dreamscape of 450 acres in a world of natural beauty. It is a tapestry of old canopied forests, sun splintered meadows, and richly shaded coves, all laced together with meandering brooks, hiking trails, and walking paths.
The expansive acreage of Cloudland Station is 450 plus acres and was chosen because we desired a unique combination of mountain, ridge and valley topography. Many developments offer wonderful mountain views and scenery, but do not provide for enough rolling land to create community amenities, which are central to Cloudland Station's purpose and Mission. The valley enables this. It is also where natural life teems, the creeks merge, and the lakes form. This is the place where the villages were built throughout history, where the crossroads country store would have been built. It is the place where nature and people intersect. Furthermore, the valley is pourous with hollows, coves and meadows serving as perfect settings for smaller hamlets of homes where one can find just the right balance of neighbors and privacy.
The Masterplan as a Nature Preserve
Cloudland Station has a passionate commitment to treading ever-so-lightly on this natural canvas with which we have been entrusted. Our goal is to evoke a sense of nostalgia in all we create and build here, but not without maintaining the natural beauty that abounds. In this vein, approximately 300 acres have been placed in trust to ensure these acres will never be developed. This acreage plus the common acreage approaches 75% of the total development.
The Masterplan as a Story
Finally, in keeping with its theme of Taking Time for the Simple Things, we believed authenticity, history and nostalgia were important informants of this theme. As such we created a unique approach to planning and designing our masterplan layout. We used a history of what we knew happened, what we believed might have happened and, finally, what could have happened to create a story. For example, when we sited the community pool, we asked the question: where would a late 1800's resort been created for vacationers from Chattanooga, Atlanta, Birmingham and beyond. Where would the old roads been laid to get to this resort? How would the signage look and which direction would they face?
The methods and answers to some of these might fall contrary to modern development practices and even may seem done without deference to the modern guest. However the rewards are great and the modern guest is not left offended in the least, but rather enjoys an acutely more authentic and nostalgic experience upon arrival.
Essentially, Cloudland Station reads like a history book of a southern province that evolved and ripened over 250 years. The execution of this was done in phases, slowly learning the lay of the land, creating the story in chapters, a painstakingly slow process that has taken far longer than most developments. However, in the end, Cloudland Station has enhanced its natural beauty and its real history without violating either, and delivers a truly unique aesthetic.
The Masterplan as Distinct Architectural Regions
The architecture that spans the 250 years of history includes such well-known styles as Victorian, Craftsman and American Gothic, Appalachian, English Revival and American Traditional, to name but a few. More importantly, these styles have different feels and adaptations depending on whether they were built in a small village neighborhood, the countryside, or under the canopy of a mountain. So it is with Cloudland Station. We have carried the story-based planning concept throughout each neighborhood, creating an authenticity that to our knowledge has not every been created in a new community.
Specifically, the overall province of Cloudland Station reflect three primary architectural regions: the downtown crossroads community, the transitional farming countryside, and the mountain wilderness. The structures of each setting showcases the architectural realities of days-gone-by for each. The downtown is represented by southern town cottages, often nuanced with architectural embellishments; the farm houses in the countryside reflect the utilitarian beauty of farm-life; and the mountain wilderness showcase the rustic cabin life of the Appalachian wilderness. Furthermore, the architecture within each of these distinct settings varies to reflect the realities of architectural evolution through different socio-economic eras up to early-mid 1900.
Cloudland Station looks as though it actually evolved over 150 years and then was preserved for yet another 100 years. The architecture is excellent and exacting. It is a blend of the rustic and the not-so-rustic; a blend of the not-so-old and the old. Varying the architecture in this way ensures a look that is authentic rather than a look that is overdone. Firefly Communities has named this innovative development concept, Crossroads Urbanism™.
Masterplan as Community Spaces
Cloudland Station is ultimately designed with three larger primary community spaces surrounded by many other smaller ones. The three primary community spaces are the Cloudland Station Village, Mill Creek Orchards and Lantern Cove.
The Cloudland Station is the centerpiece. The village is placed on crossroads in the head of our own Peacock Valley, which ultimately leads to the the foot of Lookout mountain. The village will comprise a one-room schoolhouse, general store, town hall, Appalachian Opera House, an cafe. In addition, there will be other human touches to slightly urbanize this country setting. Examples include street lamps, a park with an old bandstand, and well-worn foot paths leading over foot bridges.
Mill Creek Orchards is about a 1/4 mile further down the main road and up the valley at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Here, at a historical crossroads, we created Mill Creek Orchards to include a Water Mill, a Sweet Shoppe, and a recreation park area.
Lantern Cove is just a little north of Mill Creek Orchards through a narrow pass. Lantern Cove emulates an old resort cove, and includes an infinity pool, recreation barn, swimming hole, sand volleyball and basketball court.
Throughout and beyond these three primary areas of recreation and gathering are a number of permanent and second home neighborhoods with connecting trails and additional amenities.
The Masterplan as a Growing Agrihood
Cloudland Station is a growing Agrihood anchored by its very own Early Moon Farms. With freshly planted orchards and expanding gardens, Cloudland Station is committed to organics and farm-to-table fresh produce. With bee-hives flourishing, chickens arriving soon, and other expansions planned, the goals of Cloudland Station as an Agrihood has no bounds. Our recent farmstand, The Plucky Peacock, is the perfect place for Members to find their weekly supply of fresh and healthy produce.
A Morning Stroll
To put the MasterPlan into a more personal perspective, join us for a pretend morning walk through just a small portion of our vast masterplan and enjoy a glimpse into the world of Cloudland Station where we truly take time to celebrate the simple things.
First, begin in the village square with a cup of coffee at the coffee shop (a one room schoolhouse turned into a coffee house and lending library).
After relaxing on the coffee house deck and taking in the long vista view of Lake Angela, head down to Mill Creek only a few steps away.
Cross the rustic cedar bridge by the old spring house and climb up in the grand american gothic style tree house, built by famous Animal Planet celebrity, Pete Nelson.
Enjoy the sound of the rustling waters for a bit, then head up the creek path a few steps for a short rope ferry ride across Wishing Bridge pond.
Continue along the creek path towards the mountain, crossing the swinging rope bridge, and passing the community garden.
Proceed until you reach a meadow called Orchard Park. Here you can try your hand at bocci or croquet, or sit just on the swinging bench next to the large brick patio and fire pit.
From there, take the path toward the foot of the mountain. Visit the 215 year old Cherokee Chief’s cabin, and contemplate the ancient history and story telling that took place there for many years.
Walk down behind the cabin to see the abundance of water flowing out of a small cave spring and peruse all the wild flowers along the stream bed.
Now cross the creek and follow the path to the beautiful, bridal veil water falls known as Peacock Falls.
Take the path across Firefly Cove to the country crossroads to enjoy a treat at the water mill and sweet shoppe.
After enjoying an ice cream sandwich or your favorite cold beverage, head north through Firefly Cove to our 165 yr old, renovated recreation barn for some ping pong, human foos ball, or basketball.
A little further up the hill and you will arrive at Lantern Cove where you will enjoy the old fashion swimming’ hole and rope swing.
Finally, just above the swimmin’hole, take the rest of the morning to relax, poolside, at our ridge-side, saline infinity edge pool. The view here is nothing short of spectacular.
And that is a morning stroll at Cloudland Station.
Cloudland Station Amenities
PERIOD IMPROVEMENTS AND HISTORICAL STRUCTURES
- Cider Mill Sweet Shoppe
- Cahutta Pioneer Corn Crib (Circa mid 1800’s)
- Wagon Shed/Kid’s Fort
- Apple Barn
- Historic Cherokee Chief’s Cabin (Circa 1790)
- Ice House (commercial bathrooms)
- Recreation Barn and Sports Complex
- Ridge Side Saline Pool with Infinity Edge
- Mill Creek Rope Swing
- Village Green
- The Village
- Lending Library and Coffee Shop (near completion)
- General Store (coming soon)
- Cafe (coming soon)
- Town Hall (coming soon)
- Appalachian Opera House (in process)
- Kids Grand Treehouse - designed and built by celebrity treehouse builder - Pete Nelson
- Covered Bridge
- Parks and Camp Areas
- Locust Tree Appalachian style split-rail fencing
- Treehouse Park
- Parish Park
- Stone Bridges and Walls
- Pavilions, Firepits and Chimneys
- Village Patio and Chimney
- Bocce Court
- ¼ acre Swim’n Hole with Rope Swing
- Swim’n Hole Beach
- Horse Shoes
- Croquet Court
- Kick-the-Can Field
- Basketball Court
- Cove Ball Field
- Sand Volley Ball Court
- Tether Ball
- Blueberry Ridge Pavilion
- The Meadows Pavilion
- The Orchards Patio
- Peacock Falls Pavilion
- Firefly Cove Pavilion
- Firefly Cove Chimney
- Community Gardens
- Miles of Hiking Trails
WATER FEATURES, NATURAL AMENITIES and PARKS
- Mill Creek
- Lake Angela
- Candlelight Lake
- Wishing Bridge Pond
- The Swimming Hole
- Parish Springs
- Cherokee Springs
- 6th longest cave in Ga
- Peacock Falls
- Hidden Hollow
- Moonshine Hollow
- Lookout Mountain Forest
- Highlands Lookout
- Candlelight Forest
- Porchlight Hollow
- Firefly Cove
- Wireless Access at Various Venues
- State-of-the-Art Fiber to the Homes
- Hydrant Access and Rating
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