Crystal Mountain Cottages at Water's Edge

Located in the heart of Crystal Mountain Resort, the Cottages at Water’s Edge is a well-loved 22-unit residential development comprised of unique cottages, masses of perennial plantings, and inviting water features.

The Cottages is one of many projects that The Johnson Hill Land Ethics Studio has been involved with at Crystal Mountain Resort since preparing an initial master plan in 1989.  The Cottages is a popular residential development at the core of the resort, close to the ski slopes, restaurants, and meeting areas. The Cottages also surround the resort’s popular new outdoor pool and climbing wall. 

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The cottages are informally clustered around special water features and buffered by extensive plantings of perennials and ornamental grasses.  The informal arrangement and the careful placement of both the units and landscaping allows a sense of privacy, despite the close proximity of the units to each other.

Sweeps of massed perennials and ornamental grasses compliment flowering shrubs and ornamental trees, continuing the landscaping strategy JHLE has utilized throughout the resort.  This approach has proved popular with the visitors, bringing four season interest and a continuously changing palette of color and texture to the resort.  In 2008, the Perennial Plant Association awarded the Cottages at Water’s Edge an Honor Award for Landscape Design.