Lake James is a rustic yet upscale lakefront community that welcomes people from all walks of life to its shores. Its private community boasts 150 miles of immaculate shoreline, amenities, and endless outdoor activities. At the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake James is conveniently located between Asheville and Charlotte. As a homeowner, you have access to nearby charming mountain towns such as Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Boone, and Blowing Rock. 

No matter what Lake James community you’re in, you can experience the wonders of lakeside living. Below are a few communities located on Lake James:

Black Forest

Black Forest is one of the most exclusive communities on the northwest end of Lake James. With the Linville Gorge Wilderness and Pisgah National Forest nearby, you are surrounded with dense woods and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some waterfront properties have long shorelines, covered docks, and views of the water and mountains. The community offers both lake and river access.

Laurel Ridge

Laurel Ridge is an intimate gated community with hundreds of inlets along 150 miles of shoreline. Within minutes you can access the Linville Gorge, Pisgah National Forest, Mt.Mitchell, Lake James State Park and enjoy snow skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding, and biking trails. 

Holiday Shores

This Lake James neighborhood is conveniently located near an abundance of lake recreation such as boating, fishing, camping, bird watching, hiking and biking. Shopping, restaurants, and community events are just minutes away in the nearby towns Marion and Morganton. 

Old Wildlife Club

Homesites in the Old Wildlife Club include both waterfront and lake access and range from one acre to seven acres. As a property owner you have access to Camp Lake James which includes many adventurous amenities such as tennis courts, swimming pools, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Bear Cliff

This beautiful gated community consists of single-family waterfront and interior residential lots and townhomes. There are a variety of amenities to enjoy such as camping, a marina with a general store, restaurants, fishing ponds, hiking trails, and tennis facilities. Conveniently located only ten minutes away from the historic community Marion, you are only minutes away from enjoying excellent shops, restaurants, arts and crafts, and a community theater. 


Hawksbill spans 200 wooded acres with wooded homesites ranging from 1.5 to five acres. This community is located just two miles from the Linville Boat Access and about 10 miles from Morganton. Each unique lot offers privacy and the beauty of the mountains and water. Residents and guests make use of 60 miles of open space and trails, community gathering area, and a large pond.

Laurel Pointe

Laurel Pointe is a Lake James residential community with over 30 homesites. This scenic community is located between Asheville and Charlotte and is within 20 minutes of the charming towns of Morganton and Marion. 

Mallard Cove

Mallard Cove is a quaint, smaller gated community with about 20 homesites. Across from Lake James State Park, this neighborhood offers colorful vegetation, and views of the water and Shortoff Mountain.

Pisgah Preserve

Pisgah Preserve is a 500+ acre gated community at Lake James boasting many long range mountain views and gorgeous waters. This area offers many family friendly activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, and camping. You have access to Bear Creek Marina, Lake James State Park, Linville Gorge, Mount Mitchell State Park, Grandfather Mountain, and Blue Ridge Parkway with just a short drive.

Are you ready to build a home on Lake James?

The Alair Homes Hickory team would love to be part of building your perfect mountain getaway or lakeside retreat. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation to discuss the opportunity of building in any of the beautiful communities on Lake James. No matter what community you choose, Alair Homes Hickory is here to help you build a custom home that is perfect for your family’s needs.