An outdoor adventurer's paradise.

About The Ives

About The Ives

find your escape

residential and adventure community

Located within minutes of Fayetteville, The Ives will provide a playground for locals and tourist alike offering access to world class whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, ziplining, and more. The Ives is a 164-acre residential and adventure community located on the edge of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve, a hub for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts in the heart of West Virginia.

A hidden oasis

Live Your Best Life

With its recent designation as America’s newest National Park, the New River Gorge region has long been a hidden oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. Now, the gorge is getting the attention of remote workers, post-pandemic adventurers, and locals who seek to live their best lives.

the choice for adventure

The Ives Advantage

The world is reopening after a year-long pandemic and certain trends in migration, tourism, and real estate are proving persistent and are working to The Ives’ advantage. The Ives is positioning itself to offer what these adventure loving professionals, residents and visitors seek: a like-minded community, and easy access to fun.

October 
2020

The concept for The Ives was created and work began to identify a location to bring this project to life.

December 
2020

Negotiations began with Wild Rock to purchase 164 acres of undeveloped real estate along the rim of the New River Gorge.

January 
2021

The Founder, Ashton Critchley, began forming partnerships with individuals and business entities whose support and guidance will help bring the project from concept to reality.

May 
2021

Purchase of property was completed.

JUNE 
2021

Planning sessions began with major utility providers for Phase 1 of the project. These discussions covered connecting the development, as well as, the surrounding community and businesses into existing water and sewer access points.

AUGUST
2021

Collaborative work began between regional/state economic development authorities, the local community, regional utility suppliers and The Ives to obtain  funding to expand infrastructure access from the town of Ansted to US 19.

September
2021

Testing began to verify septic suitability for the commercial portion of the development. Request for letters of approval from the county building authority, health department, and water company were submitted. 

December
2021

Letters of approval were obtained and proposal to request that The Ives be rezoned from rural residential (RR) to RR with Planned Unit Development was submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals for Fayette County. Following approval, this will allow the property to be rezoned as a mix use development allowing both residential and commercial opportunities to be created on the property.

October 2020

Concept Created

The concept for The Ives was created and work began to identify a location to bring this project to life.

October 2020
December 2020

Negotiations Began

Negotiations began with Wild Rock to purchase 164 acres of undeveloped real estate along the rim of the New River Gorge.

December 2020
January 2021

Forming Partnerships

The Founder, Ashton Critchley, began forming partnerships with individuals and business entities whose support and guidance will help bring the project from concept to reality.

January 2021
May 2021

Property Purchased

Purchase of property was completed.

May 2021
June 2021

Phase 1 Development

Planning sessions began with major utility providers for Phase 1 of the project. These discussions covered connecting the development, as well as, the surrounding community and businesses into existing water and sewer access points.

June 2021
August 2021

Collaborative Work Begins

Collaborative work began between regional/state economic development authorities, the local community, regional utility suppliers and The Ives to obtain  funding to expand infrastructure access from the town of Ansted to US 19. 

August 2021
September 2021

Testing Begins

Testing began to verify septic suitability for the commercial portion of the development. Request for letters of approval from the county building authority, health department, and water company were submitted. 

September 2021
December 2021

Letters of Approval Obtained

Letters of approval were obtained and proposal to request that The Ives be rezoned from rural residential (RR) to RR with Planned Unit Development was submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals for Fayette County. Following approval, this will allow the property to be rezoned as a mix use development allowing both residential and commercial opportunities to be created on the property.

December 2021