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Biltmore Farms Celebrates 120-Year Anniversary

Biltmore Farms, LLC, Western North Carolina’s premier community development firm, celebrates its 120-year anniversary in 2017 and is proud to be one of Asheville’s most established, locally-owned companies, devoted to enhancing quality of life across the region.

Biltmore Farms Dairy Plant circa 1950s

Biltmore Farms Dairy Plant circa 1950s

The company’s founder, George w. Vanderbilt, originally created Biltmore Farms in 1897 to manage a herd of Jersey cattle. Since the 1800s, when Vanderbilt acquired 125,000 acres in Western North Carolina, the Vanderbilt Family has been a driving force in community development in this region and the company has continuously expanded in ways his vision foresaw.  George H.V. Cecil, grandson of Vanderbilt and current chairman of Biltmore Farms, was the former president of Biltmore Dairy Farms, and led the company to grow into one of the most successful dairy operations in the southeast, with distribution centers in Charlotte, N.C., Greenville, S.C. and Johnson City, Tenn.  Serving along with his father, John F.A.V. “Jack” Cecil, the company’s President and CEO, shifted the focus of Biltmore Farms to community development, establishing a multi-faceted organization with four divisions: Commercial, Communities, Homes and Hotels continuing a legacy of stewardship and sustainability.

“It is an honor to have Biltmore Farms as part of the greater Asheville community for over 120 years,” stated Mr. George Cecil, Chairman of Biltmore Farms.  “Being able to adapt and evolve our company with the growth of the region is a testament to my grandfather’s long-term vision and we are grateful to our employees, patrons, guests and residents who have been a part of our journey.”

Today, Biltmore Farms has established the region’s most successful mixed-use commercial property in Biltmore Park Town Square, planned communities in The Ramble Biltmore Forest, Biltmore Lake and Fox Run Preserve, as well as award-winning hotels in the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park and DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.  Throughout its history, Biltmore Farms has also been honored with industry awards for sustainability, customer service, design and construction, and community involvement.

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Biltmore Park Town Square

Biltmore Farms continues its commitment to the Asheville community through its charitable works with United Way, the Biltmore Lake and Ramble charitable funds, as well as other non-profits, placing significant emphasis on impacting local education, healthcare, economic development, cultural venues and the environment.  Additionally, last year, the company’s employees collectively contributed over 2,000 hours of community service for local organizations including, MANNA FoodBank, Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM), United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Asheville GreenWorks.

“Celebrating our 120th year is an amazing achievement for our company and family,” stated Jack Cecil.  “Being able to work alongside my father for over 35 years and implement his and my great-grandfather’s vision, has been a privilege and we are proud to continue their legacy of building sustainable communities in Western North Carolina, as we move forward with the future of Biltmore Farms.”

About Biltmore Farms

A diverse company devoted to thoughtful growth and the economic well-being of our mountain home, Biltmore Farms, LLC has been a community leader in Western North Carolina for over a century. George Vanderbilt’s descendants, George H.V. Cecil and son John F.A.V. Cecil, continue this legacy of quality across all of the company’s divisions: Biltmore Farms Commercial, Biltmore Farms Communities, Biltmore Farms Homes and Biltmore Farms Hotels.  For additional information, please visit

2016 Lifestyle Community of the Year Award

The Biltmore Lake community has been awarded the 2016 Lifestyle Community of the Year Award by the East Region of FirstService Residential.  The award was announced at the East Region Lifestyle Community Annual meeting in New Jersey in January. FirstService Residential is North America’s largest manager of residential communities and has provided management services for the Biltmore Lake community since 2014. The FirstService Residential team at Biltmore Lake includes Community Manager Bill McMannis, Assistant Manager Kim Maynard, and Lifestyle Director Karen Foley.

“‘Community’ means so much more than the lots, homes, and streets,” said Brad Galbraith, Vice President of Community development at Biltmore Farms, LLC. “Biltmore Lake embodies the community spirit in so many ways: the plethora of clubs and gatherings; trails and hiking clubs; the volunteers who give their time caring for and enhancing the community assets, environment, and Enka Lake; and the well-attended community events and activities.  All of this is curated by the incredible staff that has adopted as their mission to ensure the sustaining of the vision of Biltmore Lake as a unique place to live, share, and thrive together with neighbors and friends.  Biltmore Farms would like to congratulate the staff and residents for being honored in this way for living ‘community’ together.”

Photo by Bob Ware

There are now over one hundred Lifestyle Communities spanning from the New Jersey Area to Charleston, South Carolina. This award is a tremendous honor for the Property Management team and residents at Biltmore Lake.

The communities are judged using many factors, including the management team’s focus on the First Service Residential’s Mission, Core Values and Global Service Standards, by delivering exceptional service and solutions that enhance the value of every property and the lifestyle of every resident in the communities that are managed.  Biltmore Lake was also chosen because of the wide range of activities and participation by all of our residents in the many activities provided by the community’s amenities, groups, clubs, and residents.

Biltmore Lake previously was the recipient of the Outstanding Community Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute for three consecutive years.

Biltmore Lake Top Selling Planned Community in WNC for 2016

The Asheville area continues to be a popular place to both visit and live. Asheville was named Lonely Planet’s #1 “Best in the U.S. Destination for 2017“. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler picked Asheville as #10 among “The Best Small Cities in the U.S.” and #7 among “The 2016 Friendliest Cities in the U.S.” Livability has named Asheville “One of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.”

With 66 home closings in 2016, the most of any planned community in Western North Carolina, Biltmore Lake was the top selling planned community in the Asheville area for the sixth consecutive year.* Residents cite the beautiful setting, the expansive trail system, the shimmering 62-acre lake, the wide range of social gatherings and clubs, and the strong sense of community as some of their favorite reasons for calling Biltmore Lake home.

Other notable community features residents enjoy include a lakeside clubhouse, multiple campsites, children’s playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball court, and a boathouse with canoes and kayaks available. Biltmore Lake offers the ideal balance of peaceful setting and convenience. Here, you’re within 15 minutes of downtown Asheville’s restaurants and cultural offerings, medical services and the Asheville Regional Airport. Biltmore Lake Clubhouse ©Biltmore Farms, LLCWe invite you to explore Biltmore Lake and discover for yourself by this master-planned community is such a popular choice for those fortunate enough to enjoy living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Contact us to learn more.

*Number of home closings based on data from NCMMLS Multiple Listing Service™.