Normally, privacy and convenience are mutually exclusive, however, the residents of Southcliff truly enjoy the “Best of Both Worlds.” Tucked away in the mountains of Fairview, North Carolina, this 400-acre gated community will charm you the second you drive in.

Features of Southcliff

Homes here are built on the sloping face of Cedar Cliff Mountain, so most roads and homes in this neighborhood enjoy a long range view of the Bearwallow and Pisgah mountain chains. Peppered throughout the three individual communities is 175 acres of sprawling and healthy forest, which features 6 miles of exclusive hiking and biking trails for the residents. Residents also enjoy a charming community center, where they can host social get-togethers and grill out with their neighbors and friends. While this community boasts the best of rural living. It lies only a short ten minute drive to Downtown Asheville, and a seven minute drive from  the Asheville Mall and Tunnel Road’s shopping malls and complexes. You would be hard pressed to find a gated community like this anywhere!

The Neighborhoods of Southcliff

The homes for sale in Southcliff are even more beautiful than the view, but there are very distinct neighborhoods within this community. Hawk’s Branch is a collection of handsome upscale townhomes with open floor plans and 2 car garages. These homes are 3,375 sq. ft, containing 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a large balcony facing the ranges. As one of the lower price points for homes in Southcliff, this community is highly desirable and often will not last long on the market.

Also on the smaller end of Southcliff homes is the development Cottages at Still Creek. Depending on your choices of an optional basement or upper level, these cottages can range from 1,800 to 3,000 sq. ft. Perfectly sized for a small family, each cottage contains 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The details that Amarx Construction put into these homes are what makes them over the top stunning: granite countertops, maple cabinetry, hardwood floors, stacked stone fireplaces, and more. 

The next neighborhood up the mountain is East Owl Creek, with homes boasting larger lots, house styles near 3000 sq. ft. This community was the first to be completed in Southcliff, and homes rarely turn over due to the durable construction and great vantage points. East Owl Creek is great for families, as it has hiking access to a small lake, and is a short walk from the community playground and pavilion. A comparable neighborhood, Laurel Park, lies on the other side of the cliff face from East Owl Creek. Laurel Park has slightly smaller lots, but has access to its own private park where families can play sports or have a picnic.

Phase 2 of Southcliff contains 6 neighborhoods: Elkmont, Peregrine’s Ridge, Poplar Grove, Red Tail Court, Twin Creeks, and Wonderlynd. All of the properties are located higher on the mountain and have larger acreage per lot. Some lots may be available in these developments, allowing you to customize your home design with the help of the builders.

At the very top of Cedar Cliff mountain, you will see the community called Cliff Tops. In total, Cliff Tops has just 25 homes, so it is expected that securing a home in this subdivision would be competitive. Cliff Tops will have access to a challenging array of hiking trails, a small stream, and the most remote privacy of the entire development. The views from Cliff Tops are the most expansive, and can see a good portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.

Fairview Community

Southcliff is located in the town of Fairview, NC, where a large majority of the town is centered around farming and local ranching. In the Fairview 2016 Citizen Survey, 96.7% of those who answered believe that Fairview should encourage continued agricultural activities, while only 19% supported an increase in industry. Many locals would like for Fairview to keep its quaint country charm, as this was the number one reasons residents decided to call Fairview home. Other reasons that attract families to Fairview are low taxes, being close to family, and low crime (98.2% of residents claimed to feel either ‘somewhat safe’ or ‘very safe’).

While the town strives to stay smaller, there are a few bars and restaurants that the locals frequent. The Local Joint is a quirky New American diner that is the hot spot during lunch, and of course the Fairview Tavern is always great for a philly cheesesteak and a drink from the full service bar. The convenience of this gated community to Asheville’s shopping and professional services allows Southcliff residents to live comfortably while not sacrificing the secluded charm of this quaint mountain village. Southcliff is truly a special mountain retreat.

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