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Village of Wildflowers

24 Empire Lane, Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731

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Unique Tiny House Community in Lush Western North Carolina Boasts Affordable Homes, Simpler Living, Friendly Neighbors and a Sense of Community

Village of Wildflowers, a tiny house community, sits on 26 acres of prime Flat Rock land and is about 40 minutes south of Asheville in rolling western North Carolina. It is a development open to all ages and welcomes people who want to downsize and live a simpler, but not spartan, life. Many of these folks are retirees.

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The community is part of the growing small house movement and works with prospective residents to find the right tiny house manufacturer for them. Most properties are about 400 square feet and are built to appeal to a broad range of architectural tastes. All Village houses must also meet construction codes.

Most homes have a front porch and full-sized appliances. Many boast granite countertops, a stone tile bath, hardwood floors and even a brick fireplace. Some have oversized windows. Residents can also add a carport, a garden and a pet yard. The idea is to downsize but keep some modern conveniences.

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Prices start at around $80,000. Tiny houses are considered RVs so homeowners do not pay real estate taxes.

The concept behind Village of Wildflowers is to create a "compact, connected and walkable community" where friendly residents look out for each others' well being. The Village Hall is the place where neighbors gather for potlucks, book club, game nights, and classes. The roomy living room has a fireplace, and there are computer work stations and printers on site.

The Village maintains a neighborhood garden, two dog parks, a lake and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Residents plan excursions to local breweries and the Asheville arts districts on a regular basis.

It is worth noting that some homes are for lease, so not all homeowners live here year-round.

Flat Rock began in the early-1800s as a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians and today is known as "Little Charleston of the Mountains." Its Rock Playhouse, North Carolina's state theater since 1961, has an eight-month season which includes musicals, comedy, and drama. The nearby Brevard Music Center hosts a summer festival at its wooded 180-acre campus. The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site includes the poet's residence, his goat farm, an apple orchard, and pastures. Five miles of hiking trails traverse moderate to steep terrain and run beside small lakes and gardens.

Margaret R. Pardee Hospital, four miles away in Hendersonville, is the nearest hospital and is accredited.

Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain and 9 inches of snow per year.

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Visit www.thevillageofwildflowers.com for more information.

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