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Shop Talk: Olivette

OlivetteBeing around water naturally makes us healthier and happier. In his book Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols reveals the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. This book was just one of the many inspirations for local developers Scott Austin and Tama Dickerson in planning Olivette, a community and historic farm along the French Broad River, just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville.

“We saw the need nationally, and there was a trend—rightly so—for agriculture to be part of the neighborhood,” says Scott. The vision is for Olivette to become a multigenerational neighborhood where development lives in harmony with land.

There’s a 46-acre farm, miles of trails, an ampitheatre, a bike sharing program, a community-wide geothermal system, and many other amenities. Currently, 50 single family home lots are available for purchase. Designs are also underway for eight townhouses. Rosebay Park and neighboring Azalea Island make Olivette a full-service venue. As Olivette continues to evolve, a K-8 private holistic and experiential school is in the works. Schedule a tour and see the wonder for yourself.

For more, including event space reservations or to schedule a tour, visit, or call 828.407.0040. The property entrance is located at 31 White Rose Lane in Asheville. The sales office is at 46 Haywood Street, Suite 350, in downtown Asheville.

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