If it’s Friday, then it is time for Lucas Anthony to feed the chickens. The Riverstead local community in Pickens County has 30 chickens generating all-around two dozen eggs a day, and inhabitants concerned in the neighborhood’s agricultural attempts acquire turns feeding the flock and accumulating the eggs for sale. Those volunteers consist of Anthony, developer of this pure enclave on the South Saluda River 15 miles from downtown Greenville.
“It’s great. I get to go in there and chat to the ladies, and explain to them I recognize it,” Anthony explained. “The group sells its eggs to the citizens, so it is not like we’re genuinely saving any revenue. But you are obtaining a better item.”
A better merchandise, from a life-style standpoint, was what Anthony was looking for when he began the Riverstead job in 2017, carving out 53 homesites on generous tons ranging from 2.8 to 5 acres, with views ranging from the Saluda River to the Blue Ridge Mountains. His vision, which as a substitute of a golf program and tennis courts would have orchards and vineyards, began to occur together ideal as the pandemic hit—leaving numerous folks to eschew large cities for places exactly where they could have more land, a lot more house, and a greater excellent of everyday living.
“I experienced a a few-calendar year sellout system for Riverstead,” Anthony said, “and we offered it out in like 13 months. The pandemic rattled every person, and it made individuals rethink their lives and what’s important. Staying outside, getting in mother nature, receiving your fingers soiled and possessing your very own food stuff source was a thing persons were wanting for.”
37 properties, 75 blueberry bushes
Currently, households have been constructed on 37 web pages in Riverstead, in which some of the remaining plenty have resold for 30 p.c a lot more than the unique potential buyers bought them for. The neighborhood is using 7 of its 15 acres of specified farmland, which is generating “more than we can eat,” Anthony stated. Riverstead farm supervisor Phill Mathis, of the Greenville nonprofit Mill Village Farm, sells the rest to local eating places.
Elsewhere, “we probably have 75 blueberry bushes planted in a few distinctive patches that we’re having ready to harvest,” Anthony said. “We also have most likely 60 Muscadine vines that deliver each and every September, so we we’ll decide on all those. But what I have seriously savored is viewing the group variety of choose what we started to the next degree. There are wildflowers all over the place. 1 of the people just acquired milkweed seeds, and they’re planting them for butterflies. I necessarily mean, you identify it. People are just increasing what we’re accomplishing.”
In the Greenville area, Anthony’s previous identify is synonymous with true estate development—his father Jim crafted The Cliffs, a string of mountain and lake golf communities dotting the Upstate, and currently owned by South Street Associates. Lucas, even though, didn’t want to produce an additional golf program neighborhood. He needed to build some thing identical to a local community he uncovered although touring in South The united states, exactly where citizens bartered merchandise and lived off the land. That vacation supplied the inspiration for Riverstead, which grew to become one of a handful of very similar agricultural communities identified in the Southeast.
“I try to remember coming back again on an airplane, and opening up one particular of those people in-flight magazines and seeing an advert for an additional golfing study course improvement,” Anthony said. “I advised my spouse, you know what somebody wants to do? Any person wants to start off a farm-based neighborhood. And I got back and started carrying out some analysis.”
Now, not only is Riverstead a fact, it is also offered out. And with two-thirds of the home shielded less than a conservation easement, there’s minimal probability of expansion. So Anthony is presently at operate on his up coming outside the house-the-box job, a very little farther south on the Saluda River.
Welcome to Heritage Bend
The home that will come to be Heritage Bend has a large amount in frequent with Riverstead. Created to sit on a sleek curve of the Saluda close to Powdersville, the web site will consists of environmentally friendly areas, picnic regions, trails and gardens, alongside with a handful of homesites—which Anthony reported will be large adequate so a number of generations of households can construct homes in the vicinity of one yet another.
Anthony is also concerned in Transcend Tailor made Houses, a firm that builds present day, three-bed room homes amongst 1,200 and 1,900 sq. ft that have “everything a loved ones requirements, but no wasted house,” he reported. “The bedrooms for children aren’t substantial, but we never seriously want the youngsters expending time in their bedrooms, in any case.” Equally, he’s associated in a job identified as McKinney Creek that aims to build cottages inland of Lake Keowee—with a shared pavilion on the lake, offering people waterfront entry devoid of the exorbitant price.
“I believe if we want additional people to accessibility Lake Keowee,” Anthony reported, “then we’re heading to have to search extra at this principle of residing off the lake but generating a widespread space down by the h2o where by people today can utilize it.”
From Riverstead and Heritage Bend to Transcend Customized Houses and McKinney Creek, Anthony’s project all have a equivalent theme—one that encourages residents to get outside the house and acquire edge of the purely natural surroundings, no matter whether that be Lake Keowee, the Saluda River, a Muscadine winery, or the foothills north of Easley, where he’s encouraging his father Jim with a new growth identified as Longview Carolina.
“We like to enable each individual other on initiatives. But he and I, we really do not want to connect with shots above the identical factor,” Lucas said. “So he handles certain features, and I do certain factors. We equally have diverse talents and capabilities. So I’m aiding him on that, and he has a couple of factors he’s doing work on. He’s busier than I am.”