ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY
The developer for Gemstone Village has been involved in several ’55 and Over Active Adult Communities’ in Florida for over 45 years. All have been successful and active communities with great care taken with each location chosen.
Our goal – as always – is to achieve a healthy and happy environment for our community.
HOMES WE PROVIDE
The homes in Gemstone Village and Gemstone Village South will be located on former pasture land, just south of the Town of Franklin, surrounded by wooded areas to the north and south of the property, and bordered to the east by the Little Tennessee River and to the south by a small creek, the Dowdle Branch. Mountains vistas abound.
We provide a number of options for your retirement or get-away home. Choose from a variety of plans for manufactured homes and the lot on which it will be placed in Gemstone Village or from one of two options for a 2 Bedroom / 2 Bath single story townhome in Gemstone Village South. There will something to suit everyone’s taste.
The Town of Franklin will provide water and sewer to Gemstone Village. We will have one convenient monthly package for the cost of water, sewer, household trash, internet and lawn maintenance. We will provide the lawn maintenance of the development, including straight line mowing of the home lots, and will maintain the common areas.
All of our homes will be owner-occupied only; no long-term or short term rentals are allowed. All of Gemstone Village is an Active Adult Community; all homes in Gemstone Village shall be occupied only by persons 55 years of age or older, unless otherwise allowed by law or by the community’s Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions.
Surrounded by beautiful streams, waterfalls, mountains, hills and valleys in the Nantahala National Forest in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, the quaint town of Franklin offers residents a wealth of activities from hiking, fishing, slow floats down the Little Tennessee River, beautiful scenic drives, Little Tennessee River Greenway, gem and rock hounding and simply relaxing. Franklin is known as the “Gem Capital of The World” due to the rich abundance of gems and jewels in the area.
Franklin has just over 4,000 full-time residents but its various services, shops, Medical Center, many denominations of churches, grocery stores, restaurants, fast foods, Lowe’s, WalMart, Harbor Freight Tool Outlet, and more make Franklin a perfect retirement location.
Franklin serves as the southern gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains. The visitor center for the Great Smoky Mountains is just a mile and a half from Gemstone Village. Asheville is just 75 miles away. Other nearby towns include Highlands, Cashiers, Dillsboro, and Sylva, all of which are about 30 minutes from Franklin. Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park can be accessed in 45 minutes to one hour. Franklin is just over two hours north of Atlanta, Georgia, Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and 2.5 hours southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee. The Cherokee Casino is about 45 minutes away.
Historic Downtown Franklin hosts two major street festivals each year, the Franklin Folk Festival and a Taste of Scotland, which showcase the heritage of the area through music, demonstrations of traditional mountain living and regional food. Free concerts are held every Saturday night in town during Summer and Fall months. Many cultural and musical events are held in Franklin at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, a 1,500 seat state-of- the-art facility presenting live events and entertainment, including award-winning touring concerts, musicals, bluegrass, gospel, pop, rock-n- roll, classical, oldies, contemporary Christian and more.
Franklin is large enough to offer most everything you need, but small enough to provide an enjoyable and relaxing North Carolina mountain lifestyle. To learn more, visit the Town of Franklin website at franklinnc.com … and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website at franklin-chamber.com.