The Villages at Crest Mountain sits on the former campus of Ben Lippen School. The school opened in 1940 under the name Ben Lippen, a Scottish phrase meaning “mountain of trust.” In the late 1980s, the school moved back to Columbia, SC. In 2004, Reese Lasher, an Asheville C.P.A., purchased the property under a new vision: a place for mountain homes, special events, vacation opportunities, and small businesses offices.

The first phase of the Villages is located on the site of the former baseball and soccer fields. The fields are 12 completely flat acres that have been preserved for the last 60 years. Homes in this phase are positioned around the perimeter of the fields with over two acres conserved in the center for use by the residents. This center space includes gardens, walking trails, open park areas, edible landscaping and more. The homesites in this phase emphasize efficient floor plans and neighborhood interaction, while preventing the need for individual yard maintenance. Homes built in this phase start at 1,000 square feet.

The second phase, The Orchards, is an additional 22 acres of ridgeline property located above the first phase. This area is elevated with views into the city of Asheville and contains mature natural hardwoods. In this phase, homesites are bigger, averaging around 1/4 acre. This phase allows for larger homes, expansive mountain views, increased privacy, a larger yard, and personal garden opportunities. Homesites near the new cascading waterfall are available. All roads are paved and great views of the mountains and the city of Asheville are prominent. Homes in this section must be 1,700 square feet or more.