Quick Links to Learn about The Latest Information from The Coves
The Coves: A Community Inspired by Nature
The Coves is a private, exclusive community that expresses its environmental friendliness in significant yet practical ways. This is a place for people who are excited about--and committed to--living in harmony with the area’s natural beauty. That’s how the development was conceived, how we treat community resources, and how our owner’s association and residents' club encourage homeowners to treat the design, construction, and maintenance of all of our homes and shared community assets.
The Coves Community is Thriving
Every day, The Coves puts into practice our distinctive design principles, commitment to innovative technology, and passion for creating attractive amenities all in support of our core values. The result is that homeowners in The Coves currently enjoy:
Sweeping vistas, gently curving paved streets, meticulous landscaping & signage create the feeling you’re on an extension of the Blue Ridge Parkway. And the color, texture, and shape of all homes and buildings all come together in a way that preserves nature, honors history, and delivers a sense that everything “fits” together in a cohesive way.
Elevated views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lake, and surrounding forests are the exact opposite of crowded city life, congested highways, and stressful retail malls. Conversely, with over half of our 80 acre project committed to open space and low home density planned for the residential portions, both the perception and the reality every Coves homeowner enjoys is that of living in an expansive private park with the ability to experience it all first hand.
Any community that hosts a dozen concerts for the public to enjoy each year certainly can be seen as social. And, dispersed as our homes might be on our 80+ acres, our Club members enjoy warm relationships among the families who live here. However, The Coves community places a premium on limiting vehicular and pedestrian traffic from the outside. As such, the electronic main entrance gate to The Coves remains closed 24/7, our terrestrial perimeter is fenced, and 1 mile of shoreline creates a natural buffer at the lakefront. All of these promote a sense of privacy and serve to limit random or unauthorized intrusion. Recognizing the significant investments we have made in infrastructure and our homes, high resolution cameras also monitor access points mainly on the perimeter of the community.
World class infrastructure
Under development for 2023
About the Developer
Optima Properties LLC, original developer of The Coves, brought its passion for preserving the natural qualities of the land to the task of designing and building out The Coves community and its infrastructure. Subsequently, marketing responsibilities for the community has been assumed by The Coves Club, Inc. who in collaboration with The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake Owners Association (our POA) is committed to providing access to and enjoyment of nature while helping to ensure its protection in our unique community. Through careful master planning, land use covenants, and land preservation techniques, we strive to create communities that minimize the impact on the land and preserve significant natural and open space.
A Passion for Natural Design
The Coves Community has a passion for design emphasizing the natural qualities of the land and extending the concept of one’s home to include far more than the confines of a lot boundary. Our homes, shared spaces and trail amenities are also configured to consciously blur the distinction between “indoor” and “outdoor” living and to constantly encourage residents and guests to enjoy all that nature surrounding them has to offer. With Smith Mountain Lake being one of the finest freshwater lakes in the eastern United States, we also provide creative ways to view, access, and enjoy the water in inviting ways.
Since its inception, The Coves singular purpose was to create a community that brought the best of home design and construction, technology and innovative preservation techniques that would minimize the impact of construction on the land, preserve significant natural and open spaces, and foster a sense of privacy.
We also endeavor to design and construct buildings that are both environmentally responsible and economically sensible, and to promote adoption of current technology to facilitate comfortable, efficient, and secure enjoyment of one’s home and the shared spaces around it.
The Coves Featured in The Laker Magazine
The Coves concert series was recently featured in The Laker magazine.
Click below to read about the exciting musical events featured at The Coves Amphitheater in our 2022 season.
Home page image represents home designs available at The Coves. All renderings are copyrighted by Mountain Retreat Living and cannot be copied or used without permission.
The Latest from The Coves
The Coves is an ever evolving community that offers everything from world-class entertainment to a living community designed and developed around proven sustainable living guidelines.
The Coves Amphitheater
The Coves Amphitheater hosted its first concert of the season on Saturday April 17th. Headlining was Crawford and Power with net proceeds going to benefit SML Good Neighbors, Inc. and 5 Points Music Foundation. This year, we continue to bring world class events to The Coves Amphitheater.
New Events Announced
Some recently announced events at The Coves Amphitheater include Paul Thorn with Corey Hunley, The Kruger Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, The SML Live Music Festival!
Learn more about upcoming events by visiting our online ticketing and information page.
Learn More about Our Featured Model Home for Sale
Explore the design and features of our model home at 480 Coves Road and decide if it is the home that will allow you to Come Live Here With Us!
Large Estate Tracts For Sale
Own your own private estate nestled within a gated community.
Pre-approvedCoves Designer Home Packages are exclusively offered by Mountain Retreat Living, our Southern Living Custom Builder™partner. Click below for more information on our Estate Lots.
Come Live at The Coves!
View the Currently Occupied Homes in The Coves Community. The Coves is akin to having your own private preserve, where nature is conserved, honored and meant to be actively experienced. Only a limited number of homesites are planned in this 90-acre community. Click below to learn more about current home offerings The Coves.
World Class Amenities
The Coves provides distinctive assets and services to create a unique and enjoyable community. Click below to learn more.
Access 5 Miles of Walking Trails
Explore the wilderness with 5 miles of trials and associated shelters and pavillions of the Coves’ expansive hiking system.Check out the legend to explore the various amenities around the area. Click below to learn more.