Vacation Home Community Snapshot: Cloudland Station

This quaint community is all about history and relaxing, family-friendly fun
Cloudland Station

Photograph courtesy of Cloudland Station

Location

This 450-acre gated community in Chickamauga, Georgia, is nestled in a lush valley at the base of scenic Lookout Mountain, approximately 20 minutes from downtown Chattanooga and two hours from Atlanta.

History

Part of what makes this family-friendly north Georgia community special is its commitment to conservation and history; its theme is a celebration of “the simple things” (think potbellied stoves and a general store). There’s a circa 1799 Cherokee chief’s cabin on the premises, as well as the remains of several old homesteads, whiskey stills, and orchard farms. Approximately 200 acres are in a conservation easement.

Price range

Home sites start at $90,000, with cottages and homes ranging from $150 to $200 per square foot. The community will soon break ground on a collection of “not-so-tiny homes”—small houses ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet with cozy bedrooms and a hearth room—that will range from $215,000 to $260,000, including the lot and home. They’re intended to be economical and low-maintenance.

Activities

Residents can start the day with a cup of coffee at the former one-room schoolhouse, which has been converted into a coffeehouse and lending library, and later enjoy an afternoon treat at the Sweet Shoppe. Outdoor enthusiasts can fish and canoe on Lake Angela, take a swim in the infinity-edge saline pool, or hike a trail system that includes leisurely strolls along the creek and heart-pumping treks up Lookout Mountain. There’s also bocce ball and croquet. The community sponsors regular social events, many of which are held in its 165-year-old renovated recreation barn or on the village green.

What’s unique

Cloudland Station is committed to traditional architecture. Within its four distinct home themes—Cottage Charm, Homestead Nostalgic, Cabin Rustique, and Mountain Traditional—are a variety of approved styles that reflect the evolving architecture of the region from the late colonial period through the mid-20th century.

Nearby

Cloudland Station sits within easy driving distance of the Civil War site Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, world-class climbing and hiking sites like the breathtaking Cloudland Canyon State Park, kitschy Rock City, and Ruby Falls. In Chattanooga, stroll the riverfront and pedestrian bridge, visit the Tennessee Aquarium and the Hunter Museum of American Art, and dine at award-winning restaurants. cloudlandstation.com