Welcome to Lake James

Scenic mountainside oasis with secluded and luxurious properties.
Serenity and peace of mind are waiting for you on the inviting shores of Lake James. Merging the best aspects of lake life and mountain living, Lake James is a stunning luxury destination for those who love spending time in the great outdoors. This unparalleled natural beauty of the area serves as a playground for recreationists of all kinds. Whether you’re hoping to spend a few days as a rugged outdoorsman on an adventurous mountain camping adventure, or you’re more inclined to take your boat out for casual swimming and lounging in the sun, Lake James is well-suited for your desires.
Wonderfully located between Asheville and Charlotte, Lake James is a perfect escape from the urban hustle and bustle while still providing the benefits of a kind community with lively events. Lake James exudes luxury, and the area’s resort-style amenities and elegant upscale properties are worth more than just a daydream — let us show you why Lake James is an exceptional place to call home.

What to Love

  • Stunning, luxurious lakeside properties
  • A lively calendar of local lakefront events
  • Exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities. 
  • Charming locally-owned businesses with personable vendors

Local Lifestyle

Some people dream of having the perfect mountainside retreat, while others spend their days wondering what their ideal lakehouse might look like; Lake James allows you to indulge in the best of both. With so many opportunities to engage with the uniquely stunning natural surroundings, Lake James offers its residents the opportunity to make fantastic memories of exploring the beautiful countryside all year round. Fans of golf will love visiting the beautiful Marion Lake Club, This course is challenging, but the club’s friendly staff will help beginners improve their game quickly. When not marveling at the abundant beauty of the region, folks in Lake James have ample opportunity to engage in fun community activities. The area’s delicious dining and quaint small businesses make it easy to find new friends among your neighbors.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Lake James is home to various charming, locally-owned small businesses that provide unique and interesting consumer experiences.
For an artfully curated brewery experience with the scenic backdrop of Lake James State Park, visit Fonta Flora Brewery at Whippormill Farm. Their rustic offerings are innovative and unique, so be sure to take a six-pack to go, but also make sure to check in with their excellent food truck schedule for a fun rotational menu.
Located right on the stunning shores of Lake James, Bear Creek Marina features delicious American fare with a view unlike any other. Tie your boat up on the docks after a day on the water and stroll inside to enjoy their delicious blackened wild salmon.
In the mood for one of the region’s best burgers? Look no further than Bones Jones Burgers & Butchery. You can’t go wrong with any of their sandwiches, but if you order their famous Bones Burger, you won’t regret it.
Carefully curated ciders and beautifully brewed beers are on the menu at Mica Town Brewing. Grab one of their delicious small plates with a signature craft drink at their inviting taproom.

Things to Do

Lake James offers ways to experience the great outdoors that few upscale lakeside retreats can match. Many residents in the Lake James area love to engage with the incredible amenities of Lake James State Park. Boating, swimming, and fishing are favorite activities among locals, but the park also includes twenty-five different trails for hiking and biking. They also offer many stimulating educational sessions with park rangers on various conservation topics, so check out their event schedule.
Another waterside activity that kids are sure to love is the fantastic tubing at Catawba River Outdoors. It’s a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine with friends. For a hiking experience with stunning views, visit Table Rock Mountain. It’s so idyllic and picturesque that you shouldn’t be surprised if you see an engagement proposal at the top. Those hoping to find a space for a leisurely bike ride will love visiting the Fonta Flora State Trail. With twenty miles of trails for hiking and biking, there’s so much natural beauty to explore.


The Henderson County Public School District serves Lake James.

Lake James

Elevation: 1200 Ft.
County: Mcdowell & Burke County
Land Area: 10.2 sq. mi.

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Sapphire Realty embraces every aspect of the real estate industry. Our integrity and work ethic promise to deliver the highest level of service to our clients during their entire journey. So, whether you are looking to relocate to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina or you are a lifelong resident looking to make a move, we would love to assist you in loving where you live.