Lake James Communities


Nestled against the expansive Lake James State Park and situated across the lake from its sister community, Old Wildlife Club, 1780 offers homesites ranging from just under 1 acre to nearly 8 acres. Interior homesites come with private boat slips in the community docks. All owners are members of Camp Lake James.

Property Owners Dues Per Year (2017):
$3800 for a waterfront property.
$4200 for an interior property.

The Arbor

The Arbor is an Oscar Vasquez community that is located on the southwest side of the lake, near the city of Marion. This gated community currently has over 300 homesites. Homesites are approximately an acre. Some interior lots come with boat slips. The views from many of the homesites of Mt. Mitchell, Shortoff, and Dobson's Knob are amazing.. Most of the lots available are resales, but some developer owned lots remain.

Property Owners Association Dues: (2016)

Bear Cliff

Bear Cliff is a beautiful gated community located on the northwest side of the lake, near the city of Marion. It currently has 75 homesites, 3 fishing ponds and some fantastic views. The homesites are approximately 1 acre in size. This community is convenient to Bear Creek Marina. Most of the lots available are resales, although there are some developer owned interior lots.

Property Owners Association Dues 2017:
Lot - $400
Road - $100

Black Forest

Black Forest offers 54 lots on 600 acres. Multiple dwellings are permitted on each lot. Residents benefit from a variety of recreational amenities, including miles of walking trails, a River Camp, and a Lake Camp. A full-time caretaker helps maintain the rustic beauty of the common areas. Black Forest is an Audubon International Gold Signature Program community.

Dues Per Year (2016):
$3830.05 for a waterfront lot.
$4269.39 for an interior lot. (additional fee is to cover boat slip)

Cottage Park at Lake James

Cottage Park at Lake James, North Carolina is a beautiful community with 30 homesites. This luxurious, gated community will include large estate style lots and houses built by some of the area's leading custom home builders. Home architectural guidelines are in place to ensure that houses will reflect the overall theme of the neighborhood. A pool and clubhouse are planned for the near future. Owner financing is available.

Dues are $975 a year as of 2016.

Dry Creek

Dry Creek offers 64 lots on over 400 acres of land. Here, residents, can enjoy a matchless setting with amazing long range waterviews of Lake James State Park Expansion. Lots range in size from 1 to 10 acres. The homes built in Dry Creek are built to blend in with the environment and are not to exceed 6000 square feet. Protective covenants are in place to ensure that Dry Creek maintains its rustic theme.

Dues Per Year (2012):
$749 for a waterfront lot.
$1249 for an interior lot (additional fee is to cover boat slip)

East Shores

The East Shores community began in 1990 with a total of 167 homesites. East Shores is the closest lake front neighborhood to the city of Morganton. A pool and tennis court are available to residents for a yearly membership fee if desired. There is no architectural review board in East Shores.

Dues Per Year:(2016)

Grandview Peaks

This community is located only about 15 minutes south of Marion. If you are looking for large acreage lots in a thriving subdivision with 90 mile views, this is it! Many of the residents are full time. Some lots offer views that are so expansive, they cover mountains as far south as Asheville to Baker's Mountain just outside of Hickory.

Property Owners Association Dues: (2016)

Lakeview Hills

Property Owners Assocation Dues: $450 (2016)

Lakeview Shores

Quaint small community created in the early 1990's. Excellent views from most sites, located just across the entrance from the Marion Lake Golf Club. It is only a short drive to the town of Nebo and Marion and easily accessable to I-40.

Property Owners Association Dues:  $360 (2016)

Laurel Pointe


Marion Lake Club


North Shores


Old Wildlife Club


The Peninsula at Lake James

Newly developed community located on the north side of Lake James inbetween Sunset Pointe and 1780. This tract of land was formerly known as Grey Ridge. It was sold by Crescent Communities as part of a 10,000 acre land and timber deal to a group in Charlotte who flipped it several months later to another developer, location unknown. Interior lots do not come with a deeded boat slip. Developer has alluded that there will be a community day dock to use, however the Duke Energy lake manager has informed us that it is not the case, only private docks allowed. Dues in this community are $650 year as of 2017.

Pisgah Preserve

A 500+ acre gated community. This master planned community was designed with preservation in mind. Once completed, it will have over 140 home sites ranging from one to five acres. Over 125 acres of carefully planned green and open space are designed to protect all streams and waterways.

Property Owners Dues Per Year 2012:  $330 per lot.

Plantation Point

This quaint 60 lot subdivision is located on the southwest side of Lake James in McDowell County. Just minutes from the town of Marion.

The Pointe on Lake James

This is a very small gated subdivision with only 5 lots. These 5 lots may have the best views an owner can have on Lake James. Each lot can have its own private boat dock.


SouthPointe offers over 250 home sites which range in size from .5 to 2.8 acres. It is home to many full and part-time residents. The community is covenant restricted, with a minimum square footage. Most interior lots come with boat slips. Residents enjoy a community pool and clubhouse. SouthPointe is located on the northeast side of Lake James in Burke County, approximately 8 miles from Morganton.

Dues Per Year: (2016)
$749 for a waterfront lot.
$1249 for an interior lot (additional fee is to cover boat slip)

Sunset Point