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Your Chef’s Station and Eatery

Your Chef’s Station and Eatery

The smell of morning coffee, the scent of a summer meal, a new bottle of wine being uncorked… there’s no place as warm and welcoming as the heart of your home. With a large center island, pristine appliances, gorgeous cabinetry, and open, inviting space for all your dinner parties and cozy brunches alike, your chef’s station and eatery is the happiest place to be.

 

At Homes By Dickerson, we know beautiful kitchens like the backs of our hands. From top to bottom, the high-end features you have in your kitchen change the way you enjoy the experience of cooking and eating. (And relaxing, of course!) When it comes to The Home of Your Life, you deserve the kitchen of your life. Here’s how one of our kitchens gives you more of everything you love: 

 

Kitchen.

More Space: A wide open kitchen means even more comfort, and there’s truly nothing better than that. Whether you’re enjoying an early homemade breakfast, celebrating a holiday, or throwing a buffet-style luncheon with your friends, you have all the space you need to spread out and do what you do best.

 

Large Island: Do you love to share hors d’oeuvres? How about taste-test wine while preparing a gourmet meal? An extra large island adds extra large character to your kitchen, and provides something that’s just as chic and stylish as it is functional. With ample room for seating, cue the comfort (and glass-clinking).

 

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Beautiful Lighting: Whether you’re checking out a new recipe in a cookbook or plating your family’s favorite dinner, you need optimal lighting to guide the way. Our beautiful lighting adds that warm glow you’re looking for in the most special room of your home. Your kitchen is just as luminous as you’ve always dreamed…

 

New Appliances and Flooring: The aesthetic of your kitchen can make or break how you feel about it, which is why we include only the very best features. With sleek flooring and the brand new, contemporary appliances you deserve, you’re constantly surrounded by magazine-worthy beauty.

 

One of our kitchens is exactly where you want to be for all of those memorable moments at home, big and small. No matter how you love to use your space, your chef’s station and eatery combines everything you love about comfort, luxury, and flexibility. Browse our photo gallery for a closer look at our kitchens! 

 

P.S. Here are a few of our favorite summertime recipes to make right now!

 

Brunch

Easy Caprese Quiche: Turn your favorite light and tasty summer salad into an irresistible morning treat!

Bananas Foster French Toast Kebabs: This “portable” delicacy is perfect for any brunch party.

Melon and prosciutto.

 

Apps and Sides

Melon Prosciutto Skewers: Sophisticated and fun, these skewers are packed with the most incredible flavors.

Corn Salad: Nothing says summer quite like a classic corn salad mixed with your favorite add-ins.

 

Main Dish

Grilled Moroccan Steak and Carrots: Get your grilling skills ready to cook this delectable steak to perfection! 

Summer Squash, Mint, and Pecorino Pasta: Light and flavorful pasta is perfect for an at-home date night.

 

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Cocktails and Drinks

Blueberry Ginger Cooler Fresh, fruity, and sparkling, this mocktail tastes like beach days and sunshine!

Strawberry Jalapeno Mint Julep: Add a little heat to your favorite classic cocktail and enjoy the mix of flavors.

 

Dessert 

Cucumber Key Lime Pie: One forkful of this tangy and sweet pie and you’ll be in seventh heaven…

Gourmet S’mores: Bananas, peanut butter, strawberries, cinnamon marshmallows… need we say s’more?

Featured Community: Henderson Place

Featured Community: Henderson Place

At Henderson Place, you finally get to enjoy life a little bit differently. When you settle into a new home here, you wake up to the tranquil sounds of the countryside, cook your meals in a gorgeous, gourmet kitchen with wide open space, and relax on a picturesque screened porch, where the beauty of nature meets the comfort of home.

Surrounded by lush trees and the enchanting charm of Fearrington Village, Henderson Place is an oasis unlike any other. If you’re ready for more space, more luxury, more everything, then you’ve come to the right place. Take a sneak peek into what’s waiting for you in this spectacular new home community: 

 

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New Home and Community Features

We know that you have high standards for your new home, which is why we ensure our living spaces provide you with everything you need. From high-end, stylish design to today’s best energy-efficient home features, you can expect nothing less than the absolute best. 

Gone are the days of feeling cramped, dealing with old appliances, and wishing for something far better. A new Henderson Place home is truly The Home of Your Life… which means you can finally sit back, relax, and experience your happiest days in a community that loves you right back. 

 

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The Beauty of Fearrington Village

Peaceful, private, and characterized by timeless southern charm, there’s no better place to live than scenic Fearrington Village. A great town has the amenities you love, but a hometown also has the heart and soul that you’ve dreamed about. Just take a stroll through this ethereal village… from the charming, locally owned boutiques and restaurants to rolling pastures that seem to never end, it feels too good to be true. But the good news is that this magical place is real — and you can call it home. 

 

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The Home of Your Life

Our contemporary homes offer 3 to 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and range from 2,902 to 3,606 square feet. Priced from the $740s to the $830s, you can choose the home that fits you perfectly. 

Don’t want to wait any longer to start your new lifestyle? We currently have 3 stunning homes that are ready to be moved into now! Located at 4227 Henderson Place, 4231 Henderson Place, and 4249 Henderson Place, these homes are situated on wooded acreage, and come complete with remarkable details like full basements, large lofts, coffered ceilings, screened porches and decks, and so much more.

You deserve to have it all — don’t miss out on your best memories in The Home of Your Life. To schedule a virtual appointment and tour our beautiful homes, please contact Whitney at 919-205-3404. All of us at Homes By Dickerson can’t wait to get started!

The Advantages of Buying a New Home

The Advantages of Buying a New Home

At Homes By Dickerson, we believe your home should reflect you inside and out — your style, your personality, your needs… that’s why we call it The Home of Your Life. With a custom, high-performance home as your canvas, you can make your space entirely yours without sacrificing the choices that are most important to you.

 

A beautiful new home in The Triangle offers unbeatable benefits that make everyday life sweeter than ever. Best of all, during the building process, we ensure to educate you, support you, and make this process as easy as we can. Take a look at the advantages of a new Homes By Dickerson home:

 

Easier To Maintain: 

 

  • Used: Old, antiquated systems that require repairs, causing code concerns and maintenance issues
  • New: New plumbing, electric, heating, and cooling systems that run efficiently and prevent maintenance and replacements that can cost thousands

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The Home of Your Life: 

 

  • Used: Design choices that reflect another family from another time
  • New: Personalized materials and special features that reflect your personal style, so you’ll move in knowing that you already love the features in your home (and won’t have to spend thousands making design changes and additions down the road)

 

Energy Efficiency: 

 

  • Used: Missing many of the green and smart home features that you’re looking for today
  • New: Energy Star Certified, crafted to the National Green Building Standard, and voluntarily built to the NC HERO Code, which decreases your utility bills and keeps your family comfortable year-round

 

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Floor Plan: 

 

  • Used: A layout that’s completely out of your hands (and not in sync with your lifestyle)
  • New: A contemporary, award-winning floor plan chosen and customized by you, with the help of our in-house architect, to fit your specific style and preferences

 

Amenities.

Amenities: 

 

  • Used: An unfamiliar location, lot, or community that you didn’t necessarily want or choose
  • New: A beautiful planned community with the contemporary amenities you love, like parks and community spaces, that’s close to the conveniences you need, like schools and transit

 

Warranty: 

 

  • Used: Depending on its age, the home and everything in it are likely past warranty coverage, so no warranties mean large repair bills
  • New: Invaluable peace of mind with our customer care program for the next year and beyond

 

At Homes By Dickerson, we strive to be good stewards of your money, building custom designs which are not only aesthetically beautiful but built to the highest energy-efficiency standards. Our award-winning plans will save you money on your monthly utility bills, increase your comfort, and give you peace of mind that your home is built with the highest quality materials in some of the best locations in The Triangle.

 

For more information about how you can own The Home of Your Life, contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com.

Greet The Season in The Home of Your Life!

Greet The Season in The Home of Your Life!

As colorful leaves swirl the trees and kiss the ground, we are reminded that the Autumn Season is upon us! Why not experience the sights and sounds of fall in The Home of Your Life by Homes By Dickerson?  Whether you want to bake in your gourmet kitchen, relax in your luxurious master bath, carve pumpkins on your spacious front porch, or entertain friends and family in your living spaces, Homes By Dickerson has a custom home to meet your needs.  Explore each of our move-in ready homes across The Triangle to discover how you can Greet the Season in The Home of Your Life!

For the next nine weeks we will be featuring our custom, move-in ready homes and highlighting how you can utilize specific rooms to greet the upcoming holidays from Halloween to New Years!  Look for our first set of social media posts on The Chamborde in MacTavish where we will transform the master bathroom into a calming oasis, encouraging you to relax and take a deep breath before the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season arrives.

Yes, there will be decorating, baking, and entertaining but for now you can dream about the home in which you would like to celebrate the holidays and then make that dream a reality by scheduling your private tour of our move-in ready homes.

Currently we have move-in ready homes in the following communities: Madison at Evan’s Creek, Apex; Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill; Crystal Lake, Durham; 751 South, Durham; Sunset Bluffs, Fuquay Varina; MacTavish, North Raleigh; Ethan’s Meadow, North Raleigh; Moorlands Manor, North Raleigh; Traditions at Wake Forest, Wake Forest; and Wendell Falls in Wendell. 

For more information on how you can “Greet the Season” in The Home of Your Life, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

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Homes By Dickerson Creates Company Newsletter!

Homes By Dickerson Creates Company Newsletter!

Homes By Dickerson is excited to announce the launch of its first ever newsletter sharing “Inspiration for The Home of Your Life!”

Months ago we tasked ourselves with creating a newsletter which would convey The Homes By Dickerson brand through lifestyle articles, photos, updates, and helpful tips.  Our goal being to connect with those who are still dreaming of a custom home, encourage those who are starting the process, and remain in touch with those who are already part of The Homes By Dickerson family.  Now it is time to launch our newest endeavor and we could not be more excited!

Click here to view the Autumn 2019 edition of our newsletter!

While contemplating when to debut our company newsletter, we immediately thought of Autumn.  There is something incredibly inspiring about the sights, sounds, and fragrances of this season that highlights the spaces in a home.  Outside, leaves are turning deep reds and burnished golds.  Front porches and outdoor living spaces are being graced with flickering lanterns and fall decor.  Kitchens are filled with rich and aromatic spices while family room fireplaces start to blaze and crackle.  Autumn also happens to be when we reveal our custom-built Parade Homes, a line up of nine unique designs which has challenged and pushed our team all year long.  It just made sense that our newsletter would come to life at the same time.

In this issue, our Design Team shares how we are inspired to create the homes we display on Parade.  The reality is that, as a custom builder, our goal is to treat every home as a Parade Home because we are committed to building you The Home of Your Life.  The rooms and spaces that we design are to hold your life in all seasons

Whether you are still in the dreaming phase, looking for a new home, or already a Homes By Dickerson homeowner, we hope that these pages will provide Inspiration for The Home of Your Life!

The Homes By Dickerson Team

Summer Nights with Homes By Dickerson!

Summer Nights with Homes By Dickerson!

This summer we invited you to experience each of our move-in ready homes across The Triangle.  It is hard to believe that there are just a few weeks left of longer summer days to discover gracious front porches, quaint outdoor living spaces, custom designs, high-performance energy-saving features, ample storage spaces, community amenities and so much more! Of course we will always have move-in ready homes available for you but there is nothing better than finding The Home of Your Life alongside warm weather, some cool breezes, front porch views of firefly-lit lawns, and incredible sunsets leading into dark, star-filled skies. Why not enjoy the rest of your nostalgic summer nights in a move-in ready, custom design from Homes By Dickerson?

To discover which of these beautiful, high-performance homes is The Home of Your Life, contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com
We will be happy to schedule a private tour of any of our move-in ready homes or award-winning communities in the Triangle area so that your family can start enjoying summer nights in your Homes By Dickerson home!

REALTORS-Join us for the last Summer Nights Event of the Season on August 20th from 4:30-6:30pm in Wendell Falls where you will dine on delicious food and drinks, be entertained by Slight-of-Hand Master Joel Givens, and enjoy live music!   Our event will take place in our beautiful Franklin Craftsman located at 1025 Groveview Wynd, Wendell.

For more information on this exciting Realtor Social or to RSVP, please contact Anna at 984-239-4159 or Anna@HomesByDickerson.com

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The Triangle featured in Southern Living Magazine!

The Triangle featured in Southern Living Magazine!

Whether it is the shimmering lakes, acres of forested parks and innovative companies or the world-renown universities, family-friendly activities, and wide variety of culinary surprises–we all know how wonderful it is to live in The Triangle!  We are beyond thrilled that our sweet corner of North Carolina was recognized by Southern Living Magazine as a destination spot.  Of course, we know that once people come to visit they are tempted to stay and call The Triangle home!  And per our featured photo above, if you have not been to the Dorothea Dix Sunflower Field, you may want to put this on your summer calendar!  Incredible sunsets stretching over golden rows of blooms provide the best picnic and photo ops of the season.
Check out SLM’s article below and contact us for more information on how you can call The Triangle home by finding The Home of Your Life with Homes By Dickerson!  For more information contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com
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North Carolina’s urban oasis has transformed into one of the most dynamic corners of the South.
By Hannah Hayes

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The Durham Hotel in Durham, North Carolina                           Photo: Robbie Caponetto

You’ve heard of the humblebrag, a vehicle of self-deprecation or woe that actually delivers a boast. Picture a New Orleanian constantly complaining of choice paralysis from the dizzying array of acclaimed restaurants or a Nashville dweller infuriated by traffic on yet another vibrant, event-packed weekend.

For locals in North Carolina’s Triangle—Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—the humblebrag becomes a more literal expression. They’re keenly aware that their cities don’t have the same flash or festivals as, say, Austin or Atlanta. And they’re quick to say that’s exactly what they like about them. Free of the fuss, these towns, known more for their major universities and the international companies headquartered at The Research Triangle Park, have discreetly transformed into a bucolic-urban oasis where the arts and tech synergize and anything homegrown (from businesses to vegetables) is enthusiastically exalted. This place isn’t a playground for tourists; it’s a living room for locals.

Should you try to visit all three cities in a single day? With around a half-hour drive separating Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill from each other, hopping from one place to the next is easy. But with so much to do, just don’t be surprised if you can’t get to everything on your list.

Durham

Of the three, Durham perhaps best embodies the less-is-more ethos. Once a boomtown built by tobacco, it was home to wealthy families like the Dukes of their namesake university and to Parrish Street, a bustling boulevard of African-American owned companies known as Black Wall Street. Cast aside in recent decades, Durham became a group project as chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs set about rebuilding a city they would want to live in. Now everyone else in the Triangle wants to live there too. “Durham isn’t a place that has it all, but I don’t want to live or work in a city that does,” says Sean Lilly Wilson, founder of Fullsteam Brewery, which became a town hall-style gathering spot soon after it was founded in 2010. “That mind-set attracts people who want to create a strong sense of community.”

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Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University                          Photo: Robbie Caponetto

It was community spirit that convinced Merge Records, one of the country’s most successful independent labels, to move there from Chapel Hill. Started by Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, members of the band Superchunk, Merge broke major acts like Spoon and Arcade Fire. This year, they’re celebrating the label’s 30th anniversary. “It feels like the creative community is rooting for each other here,” says cult-followed musician M.C. Taylor, who plays under the name Hiss Golden Messenger and signed with Merge. “We also egg each other on to do something bigger or take more risks.”

The development of the vacant Home Savings Bank building into The Durham Hotel is one risk that clearly paid off. The first boutique hotel downtown, the mid-century modern marvel’s Piet Mondrian-meets-Mad Men lobby doubles as chef Andrea Reusing’s newest restaurant. The Durham hosts as many locals downstairs as guests upstairs, with tables full of diners lingering over house-made charcuterie and trays of fresh Atlantic oysters.

Betting the long game on Durham has worked in favor of chefs like Ricky Moore and his nationally renowned walk-up window Saltbox Seafood Joint, where he serves North Carolina-caught fish with citrus-dressed slaw and Hush Honeys (fennel-spiced cornmeal dumplings glazed in honey).

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Ponysaurus Brewing Co                                       Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Other spots to see the revitalized dining scene include Pizzeria Toro for wood-fired pies; new-wave Jewish deli Lucky’s Delicatessen and the trattoria next door, Mothers & Sons; wine alcove Bar Brunello; coffee shop Cocoa Cinnamon; and a new brewery and taproom on the block, Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Venture toward Vert & Vogue, where owners Nadira and Ryan Hurley sell responsibly made clothes by independent designers and hold happy hours with talks by culture creators.

Locals also suggest taking advantage of the major events at the glass-ensconced Durham Performing Arts Center, enjoying an exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, or seeing a show at the Motorco Music Hall. But their best piece of advice? Take a walk around the city’s neighborhoods. “People say that Durham feels like Brooklyn meets Mayberry,” says Alicia Hylton-Daniel, a general contractor and interior designer who creates new modernist homes. “You can see four different building styles on a single block here.” She recommends going to Open Durham’s website to put together your own architecture tour.

Raleigh

When Vansana Nolintha wanted to open a design-minded combination brewery, flower shop, bookstore, and dim sum restaurant that paid homage to his Laotian roots, he knew it was ambitious. But he and two cofounders— his sister Vanvisa Nolintha and friend Patrick Woodson—had a hunch that Brewery Bhavana would work. After all, he had seen someone else try something kind of crazy before him—his mentor, chef Ashley Christensen. She laid the foundation for Raleigh’s restaurant scene with Poole’s Diner in 2007, gambling that the city would respond to her regionally influenced cooking. Christensen has started four more places under her hospitality group since and, earlier this year, won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. “There was a temptation five years ago to think that Raleigh needed to look like Charlotte or Atlanta to be relevant,” Vansana says. “But because of leaders like Ashley, Raleigh searched inward for inspiration.”

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Brewery Bhavana                                                                                       Photo: Robbie Caponetto
At Garland, Cheetie Kumar plays both executive chef, rock guitarist, and director for the venue next door, Kings. Her Indian dishes made with Southern ingredients pay homage to her family’s double identity. Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria is North Carolina’s first mezcal bar. Colombian transplant and owner Angela Salamanca refers to it as a community-driven bar where the menu is comprehensive but the service is far from pretentious. Other must-sees: Boulted Bread, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Short Walk Wines, and Transfer Co. Food Hall.
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The Umstead Hotel and Spa                                                               Photo: Robbie Caponetto

To see the city’s forward-looking, egalitarian attitude manifested, look no further than North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Library, a futuristic monolith and home to the bookBot, a robotic delivery system that can retrieve any item from more than 18,000 bins within five minutes. There’s also the free-admission North Carolina Museum of Art, set within a band of trails on 164 acres dotted with over a dozen contemporary sculptures. The Umstead Hotel and Spa, a serene mini resort just outside the city, also features a world-class art collection, which serves as the inspiration for executive chef Steven Devereaux Greene’s tasting menu at its on-property restaurant Herons.

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North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh                                              Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Vansana believes these spaces (in addition to Brewery Bhavana) are just the beginning of Raleigh’s revival. “I think that this community is really ready for more creativity,” he says. “I hope all of this inspires even more courageous projects.”

Chapel Hill

The edgier college town that Raleigh and Durham dwellers often drove to for restaurants and concerts at Cat’s Cradle (and still do), Chapel Hill seems a bit calmer now as the momentum has shifted. But it’s a welcome respite where much of what residents have always loved about the town endures.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill                                      Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Marcie Cohen Ferris, author and professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, attributes that appeal to the farmers’ markets, an idyllic campus, walkable neighborhoods, and independent bookstore Flyleaf Books. Well past the decade mark now are renowned cocktail bar The Crunkleton; Andrea Reusing’s first restaurant, Lantern; from-scratch daytime staple Neal’s Deli; and destination country-cooking spot Mama Dip’s Kitchen. They’ve all become area standards. “There’s a strong new generation in the food scene,” says Ferris. “They’re aware of the shoulders they stand on.”

In a more publicized changing of the guard, Justin Burdett recently took the helm of Crook’s Corner, the Southern institution started in 1982 when chef-owner Bill Neal decided shrimp and grits and collard greens were worthy of steak house-style presentation. Its beloved second chef, Bill Smith—who put his own mark on the menu with items like honeysuckle sorbet—retired in January.

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Crook’s Corner chefs Bill Smith and Justin Burdett; The Original Shrimp & Grits at Crook’s Corner
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“When I was a younger cook, this place had all these dishes that made me think, “That’s so brilliant!”” says Burdett. “But because it’s so iconic, I want a younger generation to see that it can be their weekday spot too.”

Burdett will eventually make the restaurant his own just like Smith did—he’s already pickled the bamboo shoots growing on the patio. Still, he’s mindful of its sentimental legacy. “My neighbors introduced themselves to me and wanted to know when the chicken livers would be back on the menu,” he says with a laugh.

Interview with a Homes By Dickerson Homeowner!

Interview with a Homes By Dickerson Homeowner!

Homes By Dickerson is blessed to have amazing homeowners-individuals and families who appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail we put into every home.  They understand that our goal is to build them The Home of Their Life!  When our buyers sign a contract with us, they are securing our partnership and placing their trust into our hands.  Nothing could mean more to us as a company or as a family!  We would like to give you a little more insight into what it is like to buy or build a Homes By Dickerson custom design with the below interview!  The following is a conversation between our Sales Associate Chuck Belden and Chris Ciccone, one of our valued homeowners in Wendell Falls:

[ Chuck: “One of my favorite parts of being a new home sales consultant in Wendell Falls is learning the stories of our homeowners. I love building relationships in the community and connecting the dots to see how each person’s journey has taken them to Wendell Falls. It so much fun for me and definitely one of the perks of the job. Every person, family, home, and experience is different. It’s custom. Never the same home and never the same family. A few days ago I got to sit down for a coffee at Grounds Café with one of our newest residents Chris Ciccone and talk to him about his family, his move to Wendell Falls and how they chose the perfect home for the needs of their family.”]

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Chuck: Hey Chris. Thanks for grabbing a coffee with me and for the chat. So, ya’ll have lived in the neighborhood for about 3 months now. Is that right?

Chris: Yes that’s correct but it feels much longer. One of the benefits of moving to this community and working with Homes By Dickerson is that we integrated ourselves before we moved in. I was working from The Farmhouse during the build process and Aimee and the kids had already made many friends, so it feels longer from a community stand point.

Chuck: Have you lived in a planned community like Wendell Falls before? How is this similar or different from your last community?

Chris: Our previous neighborhood in Virginia was similar in how it was laid out but it didn’t have that social aspect that we have here in Wendell Falls. People actually talk and interact with each other here. We genuinely wanted to be part of something like this.

Chuck: Sounds like it’s been a good fit for your family. With so many great neighborhoods in the Triangle how did you end up choosing Wendell Falls over all others?

Chris: I had lived in Virginia my whole life and my wife Aimee moved there from California when we were married. Virginia was a big change for Aimee from California but her parents lived in Raleigh. We would visit often and I had an opportunity to work remotely, so over the course of a year or two I did a lot of research on Wendell Falls. During Thanksgiving of 2016 we came down and toured some other areas. That night I searched online for new communities and Wendell Falls popped up. I saw some of the homes on the website, bookmarked the site and life went on. I forgot about it for over a year and in December 2017 we ended up moving here and started the new home search again. We thought we wanted a bigger piece of land but couldn’t find the community feel that we were searching for with the bigger home sites. I started looking online again and there it was, the Wendell Falls bookmark popped up so we came and took another look.  I fell in love with all of things that initially caught my eye online over a year before: The Farmhouse, the fishing pond, the look and feel of the community. There was something unique that fit the needs of our family and was unlike anything else we saw all over The Triangle. There is a bit of soul here that no other area had. Something is done right here. While touring the neighborhood and letting our kids play on the playground we met somebody, started to get to know each other and she actually became our neighbor later down the road. While the kids played, my wife, who really wasn’t totally on board yet, and her talked for an hour and it was the tipping point that proved we had a great opportunity here.

Chuck: So the neighborhood clearly felt right. Did you have the same feeling when you chose your builder? There are 6 different builders to choose from in Wendell Falls.  How did you decide on the perfect home for you and your family and ultimately on Homes By Dickerson?

Chris: We had a semi-custom home in our previous neighborhood, so we came in a little bit picky.  I wanted to feel like we could work with a builder that would actually build “our home” and not just a home. I researched all of the builders and I felt good about Homes By Dickerson. We toured some of the other neighborhoods that Homes By Dickerson builds in to see finished products and we spent a lot of time on your website learning floor plans. We liked that you were a local builder that wasn’t super small or too big and the fact that you’re custom is what we wanted. While touring all the other builder models, the Homes By Dickerson homes just felt different. And we really liked the interactions we had with the Homes By Dickerson team as a whole. Jenn, your VP of Sales, took copious amounts of notes and remembered things that I didn’t even remember saying. She asked so many questions about our family, how we wanted to live and grow in the home and what came out of it was “here is what we can do for you in a Homes By Dickerson home.” At first we toured the model and Aimee wasn’t feeling it but she kept warming up. We knew we could make changes, but we didn’t realize the level of attention and customization that we would have with Homes By Dickerson in a planned community. And once we realized it, it’s what solidified that Homes By Dickerson was the right choice for our family.

Chuck: Have you felt good enough about your decision to move here and build with Homes By Dickerson to refer any other people to do the same?

Chris: Yes, actually!  While we were building I had a question about our HVAC system that I had forgotten to ask in an earlier meeting with Lea, the project manager. I wanted an independent third-party opinion so my wife asked on the local online mom’s group if anybody knew an HVAC expert. Somebody responded that her husband could help and he took my call right away late at night. He said the exact same thing that Lea, the project manager, was saying which gave me even more confidence in Homes By Dickerson. I then suggested that he and his wife give Homes By Dickerson a look and they are now building with you too! This community attracts special people and it makes it easy to be an active member of the community.

Chuck: In your approach, how do you let others know that there is something for everybody here?

Chris: It’s new and it’s exciting and there’s a level of energy that is out here. It’s close to downtown Raleigh which is important. Some people can get lost in the fact that we are in Eastern Wake county and not “Cary” or “Apex” but I went to downtown Raleigh last night to have dinner with a colleague and I was in the middle of the city in 15 minutes. We take the kids to Marbles Kids Museum all the time and it’s super easy and convenient. It’s also convenient to North Hills. We were just there last week. That place is impressive, it’s like a little town center there now. We are also really close to Cameron Village where we like to go often. Then we have what we have right here. I love The Farmhouse!  It’s not very often you have a planned community where you can walk to a coffee shop, have a beer or something to eat. The diversity of the different homes out here is also very appealing.

Chuck: Let’s talk numbers for a second. This neighborhood is still young at just 15 to 20% complete and I see a major investment opportunity here for future homeowners with so much appreciation in front of us. You’re a sharp guy.  Did you guys consider that before committing?

Chris: We did for sure. You can find a lot of info online regarding property values and growth, so I spent a lot of time researching. I felt getting into here early was going to be better than waiting. Plus, there weren’t a lot of home sites available so that created some urgency. If you look at Cary and Apex and surrounding areas, we weren’t going to get what we wanted out of our home in our budget in those areas. You get way more for the money here. We didn’t feel buying here was taking a chance, we felt it was a wise decision.

Chuck: My kids absolutely love it here! Every day can be a new adventure. What do you think your kids love most about Wendell Falls?

Chris:Well, they are 5 and 3 so they love everything but generally speaking they love the nature trail around the actual falls. They love playing on the rocks. It’s like a fantasy land. They love the parks! You’ve got parks everywhere. And you’ve got the amphitheater being built. Now that they are riding bikes they love riding bikes around here. That makes me so happy because I remember doing that as a kid and now I get to do it with them.  It’s safe and it’s fun and then I get all the time “Dad, are we going to go to The Farmhouse?”. They love coming up here and running around.  I remember one Friday night before we decided to move here.   We had decided to have dinner at The Farmhouse.  It was a nice night and it was busy. The kids just met a whole crew of kids their same age and took off playing while the parents sat and got to know each other. It’s a social environment for them too which is great. We can’t wait for the pool to open. That’s going to be high on their list. High on the parents’ list too!

Chuck: I totally agree. It’s pretty easy to pick out things we like about living here but I think we are just getting started. Newland as a developer has an incredible vision for what Wendell Falls will be and we are so lucky to already have all of these amenities. Now, of course, nothing is certain until it’s certain but based on what Newland is hoping to bring to the neighborhood, what are you most excited to see coming here?

Chris: Definitely whatever is going to happen with the mixed-use retail and shopping in Treelight Square. That will have such an impact on the rest of the community, not too mention the entire area. It’s a game changer as it’ll be walkable from all of our homes. Hopefully, it will add some things like new restaurants or local shops with additional flavor.  I’m excited to see what’s happening across the parkway as we grow. I’m excited for The Grove Park. I want to be an early adopter of the hammocks. We moved from a 100-year-old town in Virginia and I’m excited to see how our 100-year-old Town of Wendell grows with us. I’m also excited about the potential that a company could call Wendell Falls home for it’s corporate headquarters in our mixed-use space. I’ve seen it happen in an area just like this back in Virginia and everything around it benefits.

Chuck: That’s a great point! I was told in a meeting recently with the developer’s team that Wendell Falls made the short list for Amazon’s future headquarters but it didn’t work out. However, they were very excited to be considered and confident that another company of that caliber will give us a look sometime in the future.

Ok, final question. Many Homes By Dickerson home buyers have purchased homes previously, like yourself, and know what they are looking for and what truly matters in a new home.  However, many first-timers might not have that guidance or expertise as somebody that’s been through it before. In your opinion, why would a first-time home buyer choose to build with Homes by Dickerson in Wendell Falls?

Chris: Number one, you’re going to get a house that you want because Homes By Dickerson is going to talk with you about it and through it, which is important. Especially for a first-timer that may not know what they don’t yet know. It’s likely the most expensive purchase you’ve ever made and there is something to be said about working with a custom builder that gives confidence and value. The list price may appear to be higher but there is inherit value in all of the included features you offer, the superior quality you build to, and the high-performance features you include as standard. First-timers may not realize that and only consider square footage and price per square foot. I looked at it less as total square footage and more as livable area and not wasting space. Maintenance costs too. Some homes I toured from other builders I just knew would cost more in upkeep and maintenance over the years than the higher quality Homes By Dickerson product. Homes By Dickerson recognized the emotional experience that building and buying a home is and helped us navigate through that. We enjoyed everybody we worked with along the way. We felt every person with Homes By Dickerson cared about us and our needs. Starting from Jenn in sales to Lea as the project manager and Susan the designer to Marc the VP of Construction. We all worked together to communicate and resolve issues.  Actually, here is a great example: When we met with Marc, the VP of Construction, we told him how we wanted the upstairs space to layout based on our needs for an office and the bedrooms for the kids. Any typical builder would have just went with what we said and had the drawings done, sent to engineering and that would have been that. But one of the things Marc did was when the drawings were done he explained to us that because of the custom front elevation we created we ended up with some extra storage space on the front of the house that would be off of my office. It would have been just a small knee wall with some tough to access little storage that we would have been happy with and any other builder would have allowed us to be happy with that but Marc didn’t do that. He said, “I think we have a better idea for you and here is what I would like to do.” So, he adjusted the entire top level differently which allowed for us an entire attic in the back of the house which ultimately turned into a home school area for our kids. This worked because they understood how our family wanted to use the home and I would have never thought of that. First time or not, any home buyer should have that level of care.

Chuck: That’s awesome! I can feel the emotion in that. And I lied. Last question now. Anything you would do differently?

Chris: Nope. Not a thing.

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For more information on how you can find “The Home of Your Life” in Wendell Falls or any of our other communities, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.  We would love to make you a Homes By Dickerson Homeowner as well!

Reuniting Families, (Part 2:) Moving Your Parents to the Area

Reuniting Families, (Part 2:) Moving Your Parents to the Area

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    Reuniting Families, (Part 2:) Moving Your Parents to the Area

Last week Homes by Dickerson REALTOR/Broker extraordinaire, Peter Winkler, gave us the inside scoop on helping your kids (and grandkids!) relocate to your area. He returns this week with four key tips on another demographic he works with all the time: your parents.

While Peter jokes that your newborn baby and their cute grandkids are enough to make your parents move to the area , he shares extra wisdom to assist your parents through the transition.

Highlight the Great Retirement Lifestyle.

Showcasing the variety of community resources is one way to assure your parents that moving is a good choice. The Triangle area has a colorful culture, top-notch medical care and a lengthy list of organizations and recreational activities.

“I really don’t believe there is anywhere better than the Triangle,” Peter says. “It’s a great climate and a great location. Tons of people are coming from all parts of the country to live here.”

The prime location and all it has to offer can be a selling point. Your parents don’t just want a house; they want a community to put down roots.

Share Newsletters and Community Events.

Why tell your parents about the array of community events when you can just show them? Email them the HOA’s monthly newsletters to emphasize events geared towards adults in a similar life. Share information about the clubs and amenities, whether it’s pictures of the pickleball court or details about the bourbon-tasting club. Your parents will be able to lead their own life with the benefit of endless face time with their kids and grandkids.

Introduce Them to Customized Housing Options.

At Briar Chapel, the Encore by David Weekley Homes section sells a classic section of houses for ages 55+. Your parents can enjoy beautifully designed single-story homes with open, accessible floor plans. Many of the floor plans feature master bedrooms on the first floor (or “master downs”) for convenience. Residents within this community enjoy perks like yard maintenance, a full calendar of activities from the Encore neighborhood lifestyle director and a state-of-the-art private fitness center and pool.

For those exploring options outside of Encore, builders like Homes By Dickerson also offer single-story and 1.5-story master downs custom homes. Your parents can buy a house that is tailored specifically for them while still being just a short walk from your home.

Let Them Know They Aren’t Alone in the Process.

Reassure your parents there are plenty of other people who have also relocated. As Peter says, he sees parents moving regularly to be closer to their families and grandchildren.

Many parents want a community that provides the interaction and proximity to their kids and grandchildren, while continuing to enjoy a rich, independent life. A community like Briar Chapel offers the best of both worlds. The bonds formed and memories made will be irreplaceable when you have your family there with you.

Looking for more? You can read Peter Winkler’s pro tips to moving your kids to the area!

Reuniting Families (Part 1): Moving Your Children to the Area

Reuniting Families (Part 1): Moving Your Children to the Area

Check out this great blog below by the Newland team in Briar Chapel! What a great reminder that the homes we build and the neighborhoods we build them in are all about families-whatever family may mean or look like to you! Homes By Dickerson is proud to be a part of this fantastic community focused on offering homes and spaces where those families can reunite! Thanks Peter Winkler for your thoughtful insight and participation in this project!

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    Reuniting Families (Part 1): Moving Your Children to the Area

Children inevitably spread their wings and leave the nest as they get older. Whether they move for school, jobs or new opportunities, sometimes families end up spread out across the country.

At Briar Chapel, we’ve seen several families reunite within our community: grandparents on one block with the children and grandkids nestled in a spacious home just a few streets around the corner.

Relocating your kids and their families to the area can be exciting, but it isn’t always an easy decision. Peter Winkler, a broker/REALTOR for one of our builders, Homes by Dickerson, gave us a few tips to successfully help your kids (and grandkids!) relocate to a new area near you!

Experience the Community.

Next time your family and the grandbabies come to visit, take them to one of the events that the community you’re considering offers. This is one of the best ways for your kids and grandkids to get a feel firsthand if the community is a fit. At Briar Chapel, it can be as simple as a walk to one of our many parks to see a concert, a holiday-themed pool party at the Briar Clubhouse or lunch at the Veranda. Every grassy picnic and barbecue they attend at Briar Chapel will soon have them envisioning their own lives in the community.

Make Introduction, Make Friends.

Many young families are hesitant to move into their parents’ neighborhood, because they view these areas as retirement communities. Briar Chapel, in contrast, caters to a diverse range of families of all ages. Introduce them to the broad variety of their interest groups, whether it’s a golfing club or Fit4Mom, a Chapel Hill prenatal and postnatal fitness group that provides a network of moms to support every stage of motherhood. While your kids want to be close to you, they will also want support from friends their own age. Everyone yearns to know they aren’t alone in making the decision to move miles from their stomping ground, and Briar Chapel is home to families who have gone through the exact same process.

Share Research: Local Schools, Home Plans and Job Opportunities.

Before your kids come visit for the next holiday, do some of the legwork for them. What are the best elementary schools and daycares in the area? What about the type of homes available in Briar Chapel? If you prepare some of the initial research on local jobs and schools, the decision becomes even easier for your kids! For example, Briar Chapel hosts two schools on-site. Chatham County is home to Schools of Distinction, top SAT scores, “Teacher of the Year” awards and leading rankings from the US News & World Reportand The Washington Post.

Support Their Decision.

As Peter says, one of the most important tips is making sure that your kids feel like it is ultimately their decision to move here. Be strategic in introducing them to the community, but allow them to explore and weigh the options on their own. The good news is that once you’ve shown them the rich plethora of opportunities Briar Chapel has to offer, the community speaks for itself.!

Stay tuned for the second part of our blog post next week, as Peter Winkler gives us more advice on how to help your parents move closer to you.