In November 1971, the dreams of local civic and church leaders, along with developer Chet Prentice, became a reality when Highland Farms Health Care Center, a 60-bed nursing facility, opened its doors in Black Mountain, North Carolina.


Today, the evolution of this concept is a licensed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 75 stunning acres which provides independent living accommodations and services in addition to a complete continuum of healthcare for nearly 400 residents.

Originally a for-profit community, Highland Farms grew in its first decade and then grew further in the 1990's with the addition of a licensed Home Care program, an aggressive renovation program, and the addition of four freestanding homes. In 2004, Highland Farms became fully licensed by the state of North Carolina as a CCRC, which thrived and expanded with the times.

In 2011, Highland Farms approached the non-profit and locally owned Givens Estates, a retirement community established in Asheville in 1979, about an acquisition. This positive opportunity became a reality on December 1, 2012, and now the community is a part of the Givens organization which greatly enhances the community with the sharing of resources, traditions, and values of both communities.

As we continue to improve and grow, we will be planning for a new dining venue and kitchen as well as a new health care center and assisted living residences. These projects will allow us to continue to provide quality services to all residents of Givens Highland Farms.