A North Carolina mountainside retreat overlooks a breathtaking waterfall


This spectacular mountainside retreat was built by OakBridge Timber Framing, nestled on an 8-acre property near Sapphire, North Carolina. This unique dwelling graces a hillside, designed so that every room overlooks a majestic naturally occurring waterfall. 

The property features incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, acres of forestland, and twin 70-foot waterfalls that descend over a rock wall. For the design, the owner requested modern, clean lines with timber framing. From the exterior, three gabled forms help to break down the scale of the structure while defining distinct living spaces.


This dwelling encompasses 5,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The timber frame was pre-cut at the builder’s workshop and then shipped to the home site for hand assembly.

“The structural Douglas fir timber frame features coastal, slow-growth, kiln-dried wood with traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery. The timbers range in sizes from 8-by-8 posts and 8-by–10 bent girts and rafters, to 4-by-10 diagonal braces and 5-by-7 purlins.” — OakBridge Timber Framing


One of the challenges presented in this design was that there was no flat land on the property. The floor plan was devised for the steep, sloped site. The main level decks are roughly 40 feet off the ground, which necessitated some extra safety measures in the engineering.


 A very modern interior and decor are perfectly paired with the rustic nature of the timber frame.


 A truly unique contemporary style interior compliments the timber beams and natural stone fireplace.


What We Love: This secluded getaway provides a relaxing respite with views of twin waterfalls from pretty much every room in the home. It gives an incredible sense of peace and a connection with nature. The minimal decor helps to not detract from the waterfall views while keeping this retreat clutter-free and low-maintenance. We are loving the overall design concept and the tranquility of a natural waterfall right next to the home.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on this mountainside retreat overlooking a waterfall? Would you feel at peace living here? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of North Carolina: Mountain craftsman home with rustic elegance in Blue Ridge Mountains and Mountain modern craftsman has serene forest backdrop in North Carolina.


The homeowner selected all of the furnishings for the home, selecting high-end tile from Italy, wood floors from Sweden, and custom cabinetry from Germany.


Each room is designed to have a majestic view of the waterfall, and mountainside landscape. The timber-frame porch beautifully captures the falls.



The modern staircase leads downstairs to a home theater and lounge area.






The owner’s favorite feature in this home is this custom-designed home theater. One of the first 3-D theaters to be integrated into a residence, this secluded space is also used for listening to classical music.



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2 years ago

Really, the theater is the homeowner’s favorite feature? That could have been built anywhere. If you’re building a home in such a beautiful natural area, I would have thought you’d pick a feature that let’s you can enjoy the view, like the soaking tub.

2 years ago

Can it be rented?

Nikebra Teasley
2 years ago

Can you rent it???

Kevin Dollinger
2 years ago

Beautiful home. I’d like to rent. Can you provide contact info?

Ronald Gerrard Linds
2 years ago

Would like to know if for rent and how much

Edwin coronado
2 years ago

Is it for weekend rent?

2 years ago

Absolutely amazing home thanks for showing is it rented or for sale !

Gwendolyn King
2 years ago

An Absolute Dream!!! I am from a small town in N.C. and my Heart has always preferred Mountains over Beaches(which we have some beautiful beaches as well). But Nothing so serene,tranquil, and undoubtedly breathtaking as this beautiful home overlooking twin waterfalls and gorgeous Mountain side scenery!!!! Just losing 40 yrs of my life and my significant other of 26 yrs in a devastating house fire, this is what are all about!. Hope you appreciate your Fortunate & Blessings, never to take for granted. Dream a Dream for me when your looking over in just absolute Heaven!!!!

2 years ago
Reply to  Gwendolyn King

May the God of all things give you peace and keep you safely in His arms forever and ever…Amen

Last edited 2 years ago by Pj
2 years ago
Reply to  Gwendolyn King

Can it be rented?

2 years ago

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing such amazing homes week after week.