When one thinks of Lake Norman housing developments, Butterfly Meadows, Crab Apple Orchards and a suggested plant list derived from the “North Carolina Wildlife Federation Recommended Native Plants for Wildlife” don’t normally come to mind. I think that is what I love most about Lake Norman because not only do we have lifestyles and homes designed for lake living, we also have innovative housing developments like The Woodlands in Davidson that is the first in North Carolina to be designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
The result of a collaboration between Greathorn Properties, Inc, Ridgeline Development and the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, the 70-acre site of The Woodlands housing development is a 57-home community located about 3 miles from downtown Davidson on a 70-acre site where 24 acres are preserved for open space including natural hardwood forest, orchards and walking trails.
The three custom home builders at The Woodlands: Dienst Custom Homes, Marquee Builders LLC, and Walker Madison are committed to designing ecologically conscious homes that incorporate energy-efficiency and blend into the natural environment. Homes range in size from 2,500 to more than 5,000 square feet and are priced from $400,000s up to $1.5 million. Architectural styles include Arts & Crafts, French Country, American Farmhouse and English Tudor.
The Woodlands was created to serve as a model of ecological sustainability by preserving the hardwood trees, creeks, wetlands and the paths for woodland creatures.
There are certain responsibilities the homeowner assumes as well. Owners are “required to landscape their lots with plant material which is indigenous to the area and leave untouched as much as possible the existing vegetation and natural amenities. The use of vegetation native to the North Carolina Piedmont Region is required.” Plantings for all common areas and public open spaces are designated habitat friendly by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.
What is really exciting is that it will take very little additional effort for homeowners in The Woodlands to have their yards become a “certified wildlife habitat”. Just about all new homeowners of The Woodlands will have to do is add water! (Birdbath, pond etc.)
The Certified Habitat Program for the National Wildlife Federation is growing in popularity around the entire Lake Norman area. “The four essential elements of a wildlife-friendly habitat are food, water, cover and places to raise their young” according to Julie Higgie, a certified habitat steward with the National Wildlife Federation.
So, if you want to live close enough to the services and amenities of the nearby towns of Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville yet enjoy the natural environment and wildlife of the country, The Woodlands in Davidson just may be your ideal community!