House Envy: This cozy mountain retreat comes with fishing, hiking, and lots of social activities

The Chickamauga home is part of Cloudland Station, a planned community two hours north of Atlanta

If you’ve been dreaming of a mountain retreat, then the house at 94 Old Mill Creek Circle in Chickamauga might be exactly what you’re looking for. Located in Cloudland Station, a 450-acre gated community located 20 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, the 2,700-square-foot home is only two hours north of Atlanta, yet feels like worlds away.

The carefully planned neighborhood is committed to architectural authenticity, with homes that reflect the evolving style of the region beginning in the late colonial period and going through the mid-20th century. Cloudland Station’s theme is a celebration of “the simple things”—fishing in the community’s stocked lake, hiking its elaborate trail system, or attending social events on the village green.

In 2014, Judith Martin decided to purchase a lot after seeing the community online. She had lived in Peachtree City for years but wanted to relocate to be closer to family in Chattanooga. Cloudland Station “was love at first sight,” she said. “There’s something very special about this community. It’s magical.”

She selected a Southern Living house plan but made some modifications, including installing extra-large windows and opening the interior spaces. The two-story cottage-style home features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a family room, a spacious living room with a stacked stone fireplace, a dining room, and a gourmet kitchen with a large island, Shaker cabinets, and marble countertops. The main level master suite features a spa-like bath with a standalone tub, a walk-in tiled shower, and a large walk-in closet.

There’s also a slate roof, front and rear covered porches, and lots of architectural features, such as timbered ceilings, shiplap siding, rough-hewn beams, and pine floors. Much of the work was done by local craftsmen, including the home’s post and beam construction.

Judith especially loves the expansive windows that offer views of the changing seasons and the area’s abundant wildlife. She also enjoys the large stone fireplace, which, she cheerfully points out, is not pre-fabricated. “This is a genuine old-fashioned fireplace. It actually puts out lots of heat.”

The community’s social activities are also a huge appeal for Judith. “There’s always something going on here,” she said. The annual Fourth of July fireworks display is one of her favorite events.

Although she dearly loves her Chickamauga home, Judith recently made the decision to relocate to a metropolitan area for health reasons. “When I moved here, I felt I was finally home,” she said. “I’m going to miss this place so much.”

This Chickamauga home is listed for $649,700. For more information, contact Ryan Piersant of Keller Williams Realty at 423-645-4650 or