If it’s Friday, then it is time for Lucas Anthony to feed the chickens. The Riverstead community in Pickens County has 30 chickens producing all-around two dozen eggs a day, and citizens involved in the neighborhood’s agricultural efforts consider turns feeding the flock and gathering the eggs for sale. Individuals volunteers incorporate Anthony, developer of this natural enclave on the South Saluda River 15 miles from downtown Greenville.
“It’s nice. I get to go in there and discuss to the ladies, and convey to them I value it,” Anthony reported. “The group sells its eggs to the inhabitants, so it is not like we’re truly preserving any cash. But you are receiving a far better merchandise.”
A superior item, from a way of life standpoint, was what Anthony was searching for when he started the Riverstead job in 2017, carving out 53 homesites on generous a lot ranging from 2.8 to 5 acres, with sights ranging from the Saluda River to the Blue Ridge Mountains. His vision, which as an alternative of a golfing course and tennis courts would have orchards and vineyards, commenced to arrive jointly suitable as the pandemic hit—leaving several persons to eschew big metropolitan areas for destinations wherever they could have more land, additional house, and a far better high quality of lifestyle.
“I had a 3-calendar year sellout prepare for Riverstead,” Anthony claimed, “and we offered it out in like 13 months. The pandemic rattled most people, and it designed folks rethink their lives and what’s crucial. Currently being outside, currently being in character, acquiring your arms dirty and owning your own foodstuff supply was some thing men and women were being on the lookout for.”
37 residences, 75 blueberry bushes
Right now, properties have been built on 37 sites in Riverstead, the place some of the remaining tons have resold for 30 p.c much more than the initial purchasers ordered them for. The neighborhood is using 7 of its 15 acres of selected farmland, which is generating “more than we can try to eat,” Anthony mentioned. Riverstead farm manager Phill Mathis, of the Greenville nonprofit Mill Village Farm, sells the relaxation to local dining establishments.
Somewhere else, “we almost certainly have 75 blueberry bushes planted in 3 unique patches that we’re having prepared to harvest,” Anthony stated. “We also have likely 60 Muscadine vines that develop every September, so we we’ll choose those. But what I have actually liked is seeing the group sort of choose what we commenced to the following amount. There are wildflowers almost everywhere. 1 of the citizens just acquired milkweed seeds, and they’re planting them for butterflies. I suggest, you name it. People today are just growing what we’re accomplishing.”
In the Greenville region, Anthony’s previous title is synonymous with true estate development—his father Jim designed The Cliffs, a string of mountain and lake golf communities dotting the Upstate, and these days owned by South Road Partners. Lucas, even though, didn’t want to produce another golfing course community. He needed to develop something similar to a local community he discovered although touring in South America, where by inhabitants bartered products and lived off the land. That vacation offered the inspiration for Riverstead, which became a person of a handful of related agricultural communities discovered in the Southeast.
“I remember coming again on an plane, and opening up just one of those people in-flight journals and looking at an advert for another golfing program advancement,” Anthony mentioned. “I explained to my wife, you know what someone needs to do? Somebody requires to commence a farm-based mostly neighborhood. And I bought back again and began undertaking some study.”
Now, not only is Riverstead a fact, it’s also marketed out. And with two-thirds of the house shielded below a conservation easement, there’s minor chance of growth. So Anthony is by now at do the job on his upcoming exterior-the-box job, a little farther south on the Saluda River.
Welcome to Heritage Bend
The assets that will develop into Heritage Bend has a good deal in typical with Riverstead. Made to sit on a sleek curve of the Saluda around Powdersville, the web site will contains green spaces, picnic locations, trails and gardens, alongside with a handful of homesites—which Anthony mentioned will be huge more than enough so numerous generations of families can establish homes in close proximity to 1 a further.
Anthony is also concerned in Transcend Tailor made Houses, a enterprise that builds modern, a few-bedroom houses involving 1,200 and 1,900 sq. ft that have “everything a relatives needs, but no wasted house,” he explained. “The bedrooms for little ones are not big, but we don’t seriously want the little ones spending time in their bedrooms, anyway.” Similarly, he’s included in a challenge identified as McKinney Creek that aims to establish cottages inland of Lake Keowee—with a shared pavilion on the lake, offering people waterfront accessibility with no the exorbitant value.
“I assume if we want far more people to entry Lake Keowee,” Anthony explained, “then we’re heading to have to glimpse far more at this principle of residing off the lake but producing a common house down by the water exactly where men and women can make use of it.”
From Riverstead and Heritage Bend to Transcend Custom made Properties and McKinney Creek, Anthony’s job all have a comparable theme—one that encourages people to get exterior and just take gain of the normal environment, no matter if that be Lake Keowee, the Saluda River, a Muscadine winery, or the foothills north of Easley, where by he’s supporting his father Jim with a new progress identified as Longview Carolina.
“We like to help each other on jobs. But he and I, we really do not require to get in touch with pictures about the very same factor,” Lucas stated. “So he handles selected elements, and I do sure facets. We each have unique skills and talents. So I’m serving to him on that, and he has a few of factors he’s doing the job on. He’s busier than I am.”