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Village of Wildflowers
24 Empire Lane, Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731
Unique Tiny House Community in Flat Rock, 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.
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 feature 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.
Prices start in the $70s. 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 on a permanent basis.
Visit www.thevillageofwildflowers.com for more information.
The Tar Heel State was one of the first to instruct its Continental Congress delegates to vote for independence from British rule. After the Revolutionary War, it entered the Union on November 21, 1789 and started developing an extensive slave plantation system. It became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco. North Carolina was one of 11 states to secede from the Union and to spark the American Civil War.
Bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Atlantic ocean, North Carolina's geographic regions range from the barrier islands and low plains of the eastern Atlantic coast to the mountainous regions of the west. The rolling hills and waterfalls of the Piedmont lie in between. Because of a wide variance in altitudes, North Carolina's climate can be hard to predict. Winters, especially on the coast, can be warm and mild.
The state has 17 major river basins and is rich in hydroelectric power. Tobacco, sweet potatoes, hogs, trout, and turkeys are a few of its agricultural products. The arts and culture industry has become an economic driver. It supports more than 43,000 jobs and generates almost $120 million in state and local revenue.
North Carolina is the home of several firsts. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville. The Wright brothers launched the first manned, self-propelled airplane from a cliff near Kitty Hawk. Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern. Vernon Rudolph first sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winston-Salem.
Population - 10,147,788
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 86%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 25%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 10%
White persons, not Hispanic - 63%
Median household income - $46,868
Median home value - $162,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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