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What’s Included in Our Energy-Efficient Homes?

What’s Included in Our Energy-Efficient Homes?

Throughout your new home journey, you’re bound to come across several builders claiming to build energy-efficient homes. With Homes By Dickerson, you’ll never have to second guess if that’s true because we won’t just tell you about how green our homes are, we’ll show you! This means showing you the features, materials, and techniques that make sure your home is operating at peak efficiency, lasts for generations, saves you money, and keeps you living healthy and comfortably. You can trust that all Homes By Dickerson homes are built to the highest standard when it comes to green homes in North and South Carolina.

All of HBD’s Green Homes for Sale Are RESNET HERS® Rated

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For over 45 years, Homes By Dickerson has been committed to building homes with unmatched craftsmanship and design while displaying a strong set of core principles. You can trust us when we say we build energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly homes. However, the proof is in the results of our home’s third-party RESNET HERS® Rating. 

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a scoring system set by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to measure a home’s energy efficiency. The lower the HERS number, the more energy efficient the home is. The HERS Reference Home has a rating of 100 on the HERS Index. A typical existing home earns a rating of 130. A standard, code-built home has a rating of 100. Compared to a typical home, a Homes by Dickerson home has an average HERS rating of 56. This means it’s 44% more energy efficient than a standard code-built home. 

The RESNET is a nationally recognized and trusted non-profit organization that set the standard for energy efficiency ratings and building certifications in the US. They developed the RESNET HERS® to inspect and calculate a home’s energy performance. Because of the strict testing protocols and its accreditation with the American National Energy Standards Institute as a Standard Development Organization, many states and local governments are opting to include a target HERS Index Score. All inspections are conducted by professional raters who undergo stringent training to be certified, and the HERS Index is a trusted measurement of energy by the federal government and mortgage industry.

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You’ll be happy to know that every one of our homes is also Energy Star Certified, crafted to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), and voluntarily built to the NC HERO Code. These programs provide the framework for building a better home for you. So if you’re looking for green homes for sale, Homes By Dickerson has you covered.

Our Custom Green Homes Are Certified & Feature:

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Tankless Water Heaters

Tired of the water turning from hot to cold mid-shower? Well, with a tankless water heater, you won’t have to worry about that happening. Tankless water heaters are an essential part of energy-efficient homes. They provide hot water on demand by having cold water travel through the tankless unit and getting heated by gas or electricity. They also provide a constant supply of hot water versus waiting for the tank to fill like with traditional storage tanks. Tankless water heaters are not only energy efficient and give you hot water on demand, but they save you money and space in your home.

Grade 1 Insulation Install

We use 6” fiberglass insulation in our green homes and ensure it will be installed correctly to maximize its potential benefits. The RESNET has a standard outline for grading insulation installation that’s used by HERS raters. There are 3 different grades given to determine installation quality based on missing insulation or voids, gaps, and compression. Our homes have grade 1 insulation installation (the highest grade) meaning there are minor to no defects in the installation.

Low-E Windows

Low-E stands for low emissivity. Our homes use windows made of high-performance glass with a low-E coating which reflects the radiant heat of the sun back outside. It acts as an insulator by keeping the heat inside in the winter and keeps your home cool by reflecting heat in the summer. There are many benefits to having low-E glass such as saving you on energy bills, keeping your home comfortable, they don’t impact the look of your windows, they’re durable, and they protect you, your furniture/curtains, and hardwood floors from UV rays.

Exterior Air Barrier

Homes By Dickerson uses the ZIP System® to help reduce the risk of water vapor moving into the wall system. The air barrier also assists with maintaining conditioned air. Maintaining conditioned air means less energy is needed to recondition the air. Less energy means lower utility bills. And since all building systems must perform well together to optimize the energy efficiency of a home, the savings can add up. This barrier system provides a tighter air barrier assembly than the traditional house wrap you may find with other builders.

Radiant Barrier

It’s no secret that attics can get extremely hot…unless you have a radiant barrier installed. Just like with the windows your home’s roof can absorb the energy and heat radiating from the sun. To avoid that from happening, we install TechShield® in the attic. It’s a radiant energy barrier that can block up to 97% of radiant heat transfer through the roof sheathing, reducing the attic temperature by up to 30° F. TechShield® is an aluminum sheathing material made by Louisiana Pacific (LP), a nationally-recognized building materials manufacturer.

Additional Features:

  • Quality Subflooring
  • Engineered Wood Products
  • Encapsulated Crawl Spaces
  • Custom Elevations & Materials

Contact Us Today for More Info!

If you’re looking for energy-efficient homes for sale in the Carolinas, Homes By Dickerson is your go-to builder! We offer custom, high-performance homes using the greatest attention to detail and the highest standards of design from the most talented individuals in the industry.  You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is healthy, comfortable, energy and cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly. Learn more about the amazing features of our homes by contacting us by phone or online.

How Much Does It Cost To Live in Raleigh, NC?

How Much Does It Cost To Live in Raleigh, NC?

If you’re considering a move to Raleigh, NC, especially from major coastal cities like Los Angeles or New York, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the cost of living compared to the awesome quality of life here in the City of Oaks. From a cup of gourmet coffee to a beautiful new home, you’ll love the variety, quality, and most of all, price!


Cost of Living in Raleigh, NC


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How much you pay for a home will vary according to size, age and location. The median cost of a home in Raleigh is $360,891 (Zillow),Typically, homes in the suburban areas will be less expensive than those intown, but this depends on whether or not it is new construction, the amenities in the community, and finish level of the home. Any way you look at it, the cost of housing in Raleigh is considerably less than on either coast. The Raleigh housing market is nearly 152% less expensive than the Los Angeles market, and about 148% less expensive than in New York City.




Utilities in Raleigh cost about 50% less than they do in New York City. Though that’s due in some part to the newer construction and more energy efficient systems and appliances in many homes, weather is also a factor. It costs less to warm a home in the winter in North Carolina. Winter lows in New York are consistently below freezing, while in Raleigh, even if the temperatures dip at night, the days warm up considerably with plenty of sunshine.




Raleigh is primarily a driving city, though it does offer public bus and light rail service. Whether you travel by car or bus, the cost of transportation is significantly less than in New York or Los Angeles. A one-way trip on public transit in Raleigh costs just $1.25 compared to a $2.75 ticket in New York. And if you’ve got a car, you’ll do a lot less driving in Raleigh than in Los Angeles. Raleigh is a mere 147 square miles compared to L.A.’s 503! 




Healthcare in Raleigh is quite reasonable, in part because of the university medical centers that provide access to quality, low-cost care. Healthcare costs about 35% less than it does in NYC, though it is more comparable to costs in L.A. A self-pay doctor’s visit in Raleigh costs about $100 and a regular trip to the dentist costs about the same amount.


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A Cup of Coffee


Here’s the information that you really came to this blog post for! A tall Caff Americano at Starbucks in Raleigh costs about $3.55, while the same cup of Joe in New York costs about $3.68.


Overall, it makes great financial sense to live in Raleigh, especially if you are moving from either coast. While these cost of living indexes alone might help you in your decision, remember that you’ll also save a ton of money on recreation and activities. There are countless ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in North Carolina, many of which don’t cost a dime. 

If you’re interested in relocating and need information on new homes in the Raleigh area, contact us at 919-205-3404. We’d love to help you discover The Home of Your Life in Raleigh!

7 Best Things to Do in Wendell, NC

7 Best Things to Do in Wendell, NC

Welcome to Wendell, NC! This satellite town just 12 miles east of Raleigh has seen a population boom, nearly doubling its number of residents in the last 10 years. It’s easy to see why. With the nearby economic opportunities of Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, the excellent North Carolina location with access to everything, and the many dining, shopping, and entertainment options in the town itself, Wendell is the perfect home base if you want to live and work in the Raleigh metro area. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in town!


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Best Things to Do in Wendell, NC


1) Shop, Dine & Run Errands in Treelight Square


Treelight Square is part of the Town Center at Wendell Falls, a new master-planned community in Wendell based on new thinking about ways to live and work. At Treelight Square, you can dine, shop, run to the grocery store, meet with friends for after-dinner drinks, or just take a stroll through the landscaped green space. Touted as a major hub in the city of Wendell, Treelight Square will welcome Publix in the fall of 2021, and there’s already a daycare, school, and medical and fire services onsite. Restaurants and shops are coming soon, and there is plenty of modern, convenient commercial and business space, too. 


Residents of Wendell Falls will love the accessibility of so many retail and dining opportunities, along with day-to-day conveniences, within a few steps of their front doors. Homes By Dickerson has built new homes in this innovative, environmentally-conscious community over the last few years, and we are so excited to announce our latest endeavor… luxury townhomes coming soon to Wendell Falls! Soon you will be able to purchase a sleek, modern, 3-level townhome in one of the most widely praised master-planned developments near Raleigh!


2) Explore Downtown Wendell


Just three miles from Wendell Falls, downtown Wendell is buzzing with activity and offers yet another destination for dining, shopping, and hanging out — all in one unique place. Come sample from the many food trucks that set up shop daily or opt for local brick-and-mortar eateries and cafés. A few of our favorites are Farmers and Merchants for Southern, Mexican, and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, Aubreys and Peedies Grill for traditional American diner food, and 41 North Coffee for waffles with toppings and savory quiche. 


3) Sample Local Beer and Spirits 


North Carolina is fast becoming a craft beer destination, and breweries like the Bearded Bee Brewing Company in the Town of Wendell are keeping pace with the best of them. For locally milled, distilled, and bottle-filled spirits, enjoy the complete Distillery Experience at Oaklee Distilling Company. You never have to travel far to enjoy best-in-class beers, bourbons, vodkas, and more. 


4) Buy Fresh at Wendell Farmers Market


North Carolina has some of the most fertile agricultural land in the country, and the proof is in the (delicious and homemade) pudding at the Wendell Farmers Market. Buy locally grown and produced products such as fruits, vegetables, seasoning, meats, prepared foods, soap, candles, and crafts from dozens of vendors each Saturday morning from May 1 through October 2 in downtown Wendell. The WFM serves as a community gathering place and successfully provides access to fresh, locally produced, and safe food for all people. 


5) Golf at Wendell Country Club


Known for being “Fun, Fast & Friendly,” Wendell Country Club is an 18-hole course that will challenge you to use every club in your bag. The course adapts to players of different ages and abilities, so everyone can enjoy a round of old-school golf in a gorgeous setting. Follow up with a meal at Divots Grill and you’ll be set for the day! 


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6) Spend Time Outdoors


If you love canoeing, kayaking, or just spending time out in nature, head for Robertson Millpond Preserve in Wendell. This hidden, 85-acre refuge offers a tranquil, forest-like setting to explore the 1.15-mile looped paddling trail. With tight gaps and larger open areas, it offers a bit of a challenge in some places but overall is a peaceful, relaxing water trek. Teaming with birds, beavers, frogs, turtles, and fish, there are plenty of native animals to observe, and you can also view the 200-year-old mill that created the millpond.


7) Get Festive


There are plenty of festivals and holiday activities that the whole town gathers for. From the International Food & Music Festival to the Spring Fling, there’s an event for every season. And during the holidays people of all ages love the drive-through Wendell Wonderland light show, the Fourth of July parade, and the ever-popular Halloween Treat Trail, complete with hay rides. This town knows how to put on a party, and everyone’s invited!  

For more information on living in Wendell, NC, call us at (919) 495-4977 to learn about Homes By Dickerson’s new townhomes coming to Wendell Falls and making one of them The Home of Your Life.

Top 5 Weekend Getaways from Raleigh, NC

Top 5 Weekend Getaways from Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC is such a special place to live. In addition to the city’s amazing economic, social, and recreational opportunities, its central location makes it the perfect base to travel to some of North Carolina’s most amazing locations. Whether you want to get away for a few days or a couple of weeks, there are incredible mountain and beach destinations just a few hours away. There’s no other state with such a perfect mix of city life and natural wonder, and you can experience it all from Raleigh!


Best Weekend Getaways From Raleigh, NC


Explore the Mountains Near Raleigh, NC


1) Asheville: 3 hours and 45 minutes away


Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains with spectacular views from the region’s winding highways, this vibrant city and the surrounding areas are the perfect weekend getaway whether you want to relax or recharge. Start with Downtown Asheville by strolling through this colorful neighborhood and taking in the arts, music, independent stores, farm-to-table eateries, and laid-back vibe. There’s no shortage of places to explore. 


Next, stop at the Biltmore for an afternoon of dazzling architecture, artistically landscaped gardens, memorable wine tours, and casual entertainment in the Village. Stay overnight at one of the estate’s many properties and experience the opulence that the Vanderbilt family intended when they built this family home a century ago.


If you’re in the mood for pampering (and who isn’t?), pay a visit to the subterranean spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn, and you won’t be disappointed. There are twenty water features, including mineral pools, therapeutic waterfall pools, and a lap pool complete with underwater music. You will emerge (literally) feeling completely rejuvenated. 


After you’ve rested, time to head to Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest for some outdoor action! This small waterfall is a natural slide where visitors can slide from the top and plunge into the shallow pool at the bottom. Thousands visit this unique mountain waterfall every summer and it’s perfect for kids and adults alike.


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2) Banner Elk: 3 hours and 30 minutes away


With one traffic light but a million ways to have fun, Banner Elk is an exciting weekend getaway from Raleigh. For a thrill unlike any other, try the Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster, a 2,390-foot track where you can safely speed down the mountain and through the forest in a 2-person cart at 27 miles per hour. Just prepare yourself for the three 360-degree loops! 


For a slightly slower activity — but one that can be just as thrilling — try mining for authentic North Carolina gemstones at Sugar Creek Gem Mine. Sort, sift, wash, and repeat and you’re guaranteed to find real precious and semi-precious gemstones. Kids and adults of all ages will have a blast looking for rubies, sapphires, garnets, emeralds, and citrines, and many other gems that North Carolina is known for. 


3) Boone: 3 hours away


Take a trip back in time and enjoy a simpler outdoor life in Boone, NC. Named for the explorer Daniel Boone, this small town still relishes his pioneering spirit and has a distinct high country culture that’s hard to match. On your weekend trip here from Raleigh, visit Grandfather Mountain — a 300 million-year-old mountain with some rock formations dating back 1.2 billion years. It is a place to come and be one with the area’s incredible biodiversity and natural beauty.


If scenic drives are your thing, then pack the car for a multi-day adventure and head out to explore the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. This 469-mile stretch of road is operated by the U.S. National Park Service and runs from North Carolina to Virginia. Opt for one of the Pisgah Region itineraries, and plan to drive at a leisurely pace to enjoy the stunning views and many attractions along the way. 


If your kids are itching for adventure, round them up and take them to a Wild West extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad. Here they can let their imaginations run free while they take a 3-mile train adventure, pan for gold, enjoy amusement rides, watch live entertainment, and interact with deer, goats, emus, llamas, and all sorts of other animals in Deer Park Zoo.  


Visit the Best Beaches Near Raleigh, NC


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4) Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach: 2 hours away 


North Carolina really does have it all. When the weather warms up and the kids have a break from school, head in the other direction and enjoy some of the best coastal towns in the U.S.! Wilmington and the island beaches are some of our favorites, where you can splash, surf, stroll, dine, play, and so much more. 


Eagle Point Golf Club is an 18-hole PGA championship course, with 7,259 yards of play through a beautiful and natural coastal North Carolina landscape. Designed by local Tom Fazio, it has ranked in America’s Greatest 100 golf courses consistently since 2009. Members and guests alike enjoy an impressive clubhouse with floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the views, high vaulted ceilings, and a large stone fireplace for optimum comfort.


Don your sailor’s cap and step aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, an authentically restored World World II battleship, museum, and memorial. Visitors can experience first-hand what it was like to live and be at war on board what was once the finest sea weapon in the world.


For the quintessential waterfront experience, take a stroll along the 2-mile, scenic Wilmington Riverwalk. Browse the many markets, eclectic boutiques, and art galleries, then take your pick from a plethora of outdoor cafes. Enjoy the views, sunshine, and fresh breeze on the Riverwalk any time of year.


5) Outer Banks: 3 hours and 30 minutes away


The Outer Banks of North Carolina consist of 100+ miles of barrier island shoreline, seaside villages, and eclectic towns that never feel too crowded or touristy. They are easily accessible by car and offer a host of outdoor activities on the water, on land, or by air. Whether you want to take it easy or keep busy, there’s something here for everyone. 


Come see where the Wright Brothers flew the very first airplane in 1903 on the island of Kitty Hawk, NC! At the Wright Brothers National Memorial, visitors can learn about all things aviation, from the first flights to the latest NASA breakthroughs. There’s a replica of the first flying machine, a series of museums, markers that indicate the launch and landing spots of the brothers’ test flights, and of course, the enormous granite monument to their achievements.


The Outer Banks has seven fishing piers that offer terrific Atlantic Ocean fishing year round, and all are welcome to cast their lines! Bring your tackle box (or rent one at some piers), a little bit of patience, and be rewarded with pompano, seal mullet, croaker, flounder, trout striped bass, red drum, or mackerel. When you’ve got your catch of the day, ice it down, then stop in for a cold drink and a snack at any one of the bars and restaurants near the piers.


A climb to the top of the tallest brick lighthouse in North America is quite the experience! See incredible views of the Atlantic from the Lighthouse on Cape Hatteras, the original of which was constructed in 1799 to protect ships from one of the most hazardous selections of the Atlantic Coast.


There’s no shortage of ways to experience the fantastic Outer Banks! A few additional experiences we recommend include deep sea fishing at Capt. Stacy Fishing Center on Atlantic Beach, seeing wild horses on Shackleford Banks Island, or catching a ferry to Sand Dollar Island to hunt for some of the most beautiful sand dollars around.

Living in Raleigh is pretty incredible, and when you have options for quick and convenient getaways to some of the country’s (and world’s) most amazing mountain and beach destinations, that makes living here almost as sweet as the tea we serve.

Top 10 Things To Do in Wake Forest, NC

Top 10 Things To Do in Wake Forest, NC

With a small-town feel, but close to all the big-city conveniences, Wake Forest is a popular and fast-growing suburb in the metro Raleigh area. It’s a town rich in history and culture, and there’s always something new to explore and learn.



Best Things to Do in Wake Forest, NC


1) Wake Forest Historical Museum


Focused on local history, the Wake Forest Historical Museum is housed in a 19th century mansion, and includes the preserved home of the town’s founder and beautifully-landscaped gardens. Visitors can learn about the founding of Wake Forest College and the town’s rich history through rare photos, exhibits, and artifacts.


2) Wake Forest Renaissance Center for the Arts


The Wake Forest Renaissance Center is a cultural arts and event venue that hosts a variety of exhibits, concerts, plays, recitals, and conferences. From renowned jazz singers and local artists to junior robotics camps and painting classes, the lineup is full, exciting, and ever expanding. 


3) Friday Night on White


This free, outdoor music series is held every second Friday of the month from April through September in downtown Wake Forest. In addition to live music of multiple genres, there’s food and beer trucks and fun activities for everyone in the family at Friday Night on White.


4) Falls Lake State Recreation Area


Falls Lake is a serene, undeveloped, 12,000-acre reservoir where visitors can camp, swim, fish, boat, and paddleboard. A series of trails surrounding the lake offer great hiking and biking opportunities to take in the gorgeous North Carolina landscape.


5) Downtown Shopping


Also known as the Renaissance Area, downtown Wake Forest is quaint, walkable, and has a wide variety of specialty shops to explore. From home furnishings and collectibles at The Cotton Company, to locally produced art and jewelry (and a spot of tea!) at the Sugar Magnolia Cafe and Emporium, downtown is an ideal destination to enjoy a beautiful afternoon.


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6) E. Carroll Joyner Park


Spend a relaxing day at 117-acre Joyner Park touring restored buildings from the original working farm, walking or cycling the 3 miles of paved trails, strolling through formal gardens, fishing in the pond, or enjoying live, outdoor concerts and events. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in this recently redeveloped green space. 


7) White Street Brewing Company


North Carolina has become a destination for beer aficionados from around the world, and Wake Forest holds its own. White Street Brewing Company offers three collections of craft beer, all brewed onsite and ready to be sampled in their spacious taproom.


8) Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs


This 100-year-old family business has made just about every “best of Wake Forest” list, and locals and visitors alike can’t get enough. The iconic Shorty’s offers perfectly-grilled, traditional Jesse Jones Hot Dogs with fresh toppings, along with sandwiches, burgers, and a secret recipe homemade chili that goes great on everything. 


9) Wake Forest Farmers Market


The 20-year-running Wake Forest Farmers Market sells fresh, locally grown and made food and products like vegetables, microgreens, meats, mushrooms, honey, cut flowers, plants, and more. It operates every Saturday in downtown Wake Forest from 8 a.m. to noon.


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10) Heritage Golf Course


This classically-designed Heritage Golf Course offers natural elevations, creeks, and lakes and is challenging but fun for players of all ages and skill levels. There’s a clubhouse with a full-service bar and restaurant, along with a driving range and putting green to warm-up before tee time.


If you love the charm, beauty, and endless entertainment and recreation options of Wake Forest, there’s no reason to leave. Blanton’s Creek, an exclusive new community just minutes from Falls Lake, offers 25 estate-style homes, and all the peace, quiet, and privacy you could ask for. Homesites are 1 to 4 acres of unique topography including rolling hills, woods and ponds. No two homes – or homesites – are alike. 


For more information on The Home of Your Life at Blanton’s Creek in Wake Forest, please contact us at 919-500-7766.

10 Best Outdoor Activities Near Raleigh, NC

10 Best Outdoor Activities Near Raleigh, NC

There’s no denying the unparalleled beauty of North Carolina’s great outdoors. With its majestic mountainscapes, shimmering waterways, dazzling fall colors, and comfortable year-round temperatures, this state is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Whether you prefer leisurely family activities or challenging adventures that require skill, outdoor enjoyment abounds. And it’s all accessible from the lively city of Raleigh.


Centrally located, Raleigh is a short drive away from just about any outdoor activity  you can imagine. But the magic of the “City of the Oaks” is that there are so many fun ways to spend time outdoors within the metro area. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best things to do outdoors in Raleigh, NC.


On Land

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1) Outdoor Trails


There are 180 miles of greenway trails that are perfect for walking, hiking, and biking in the metro area. In fact, this is one of the most popular outdoor attractions in Raleigh. Twenty-eight individual trails make up the Capital Area Greenway Trail System, ranging anywhere from 0.3 to 25 miles long. They are all distinct in their landscape and features, but all offer quality time outdoors either solo or with family and friends.


2) Birding


Yes, birding! This relaxing pastime offers a glimpse at the more than 400 species of birds native to North Carolina. From the red-tailed hawk to the downy woodpecker, it’s exhilarating to see these creatures soar unbothered through the air or flit about the woods.  Popular birding destinations near Raleigh include Jordan Lake and Falls Lake.


3) Mountain Climbing


Fun fact: there are 2,670 mountain peaks in North Carolina. And you can climb a few dozen of them near Raleigh! If you live in the city, Umstead State Park offers trails with up to 600 feet of elevation. For serious climbers, peaks such as Mount Mitchell, Mount Craig, and Clingman’s Dome are just a few hours away.


4)  Waterfall Rappelling 


Rappelling is the sport of lowering oneself, in a harness, down a waterfall. If that appeals to you (or if a simple hike would suffice), there are several jaw-dropping waterfalls near Raleigh to satisfy your urge. Hanging Rock State Park, for example, is a short two-hour drive away and features a handful of mesmerizing falls. Be sure to check with park rangers before your adventure – some seasons are off-limits for rappelling and a permit is required.


5) Mountain Biking


If you like to check adventures off the thrill list, then give mountain biking in Raleigh a go. There are several recommended routes in the area ranging from intermediate to difficult. No matter which you choose, mountain biking is an excellent way to see the landscape and get a full-body workout.


6) Horseback Riding


Sure to please little ones and kids at heart alike, riding a horse through the great outdoors is an unmatched way to see and experience nature. There are several farms in the Raleigh area that offer rides through a diverse range of scenic trails on well-trained horses.


Through the Air

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7) Paragliding


While you must be a qualified pilot to paraglide solo, you can experience the breathtaking freedom of flight by flying tandem! You know those amazing views you see from a plane when it’s taking off or landing? With tandem paragliding, that moment lasts for an entire 10-15 minutes, rather than just a few seconds. Several companies in the area offer tandem flying and, if you have the time, courses to become a certified pilot.

8) Ziplining


Another outdoor activity that will get your heart pumping, ziplining is one way to get a breath (or gulp) of fresh mountain air. Depending on the rider’s weight and slope of the line, some can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour! 


9) Ballooning


Hot air ballooning, that is. Raleigh gets, on average, 213 days of sunshine per year, so it’s no surprise that this extraordinary outdoor activity is so popular. From the weightless feeling of being suspended in air to watching the pilot masterfully control the balloon, it’s an experience unlike any other.


On the Water

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10) Boating


While Raleigh is not a city on the sea, you can indulge your inner captain on one of several tranquil lakes in the region. Rent a vessel by the hour or day and you can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, and even jet skiing on calm, glassy waters. The fishing is pretty spectacular, too. Of course, North Carolina’s renowned coastline – and all the seaworthy activities that come with it – are just 130 miles due east of Raleigh.

Without a doubt, the Raleigh area is home to some of the country’s best outdoor activities. It could be your home, too. Want to learn more about the high-performance, custom new homes we’re building in Raleigh, NC? We’d love to welcome you – and all your outdoor gear – to The Home of Your Life in Raleigh.

Celebrate Spring in Durham with These Outdoor Activities

Celebrate Spring in Durham with These Outdoor Activities

The lush green landscape, the burst of bright flowers, the return of a balmy breeze – spring in Durham is surely something to celebrate. It’s the perfect time of year to get outdoors and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Let’s take a look at just a few of the reasons residents love to call Durham home in the springtime.


Spring Activities in Durham


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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at the American Tobacco Campus


When you feel like hanging out friends and family on a beautiful spring day, the American Tobacco Campus is the place to be. This sprawling event, retail, and restaurant space offers hours of open-air socializing and relaxing in a cool industrial space. You can visit every weekend for months and enjoy a different restaurant and scene every time. 


Catch a Baseball Game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park


Baseball season is here! There’s nothing like hearing the first crack of the bat, grabbing a hot dog, and spending a day at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park rooting for your favorite team. Home games for the Bulls kick off in May, and Minor League Baseball games are played here starting in April. Grab some sunscreen and enjoy the beautiful weather at the ballpark!


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Soak up the Culture at Local Festivals


BBQ, food, wine, music, art, and… pickles? Yes, there is a festival for everything in Durham and residents love it all! Spring festivals get under way in March and normally attract tens of thousands of people from all over the region. There’s nothing better than spending the day outside enjoying food and fun with your favorite folks. 


Relax in Durham Central Park


If you crave a quieter scene, head for idyllic Durham Central Park. These five acres of green space in downtown Durham offer peaceful nooks and crannies to stroll, read, or picnic. The Great Lawn is perfect for catching some sun, or you can contemplate nature’s beauty in one of several landscaped gardens. Of course, a central park wouldn’t be complete without a playground for the little kids and a skate park for the bigger ones. 


Expand Your Mind at the Museum of Life and Science


Experience a world of natural wonder at the incredible, 84-acre Museum of Life and Science. From one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast to its accredited zoo, the opportunities to see and experience nature first-hand are limitless. Whether you are spending the day here with the family, sending your little ones to an adventure-filled camp, or attending a unique interactive exhibit, you’ll be amazed at the variety and quality of experiences this learning center offers.


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Relax on the River at Eno River State Park


The outdoors are so inspiring in North Carolina that sometimes it’s enough to just be in them. Eno River State Park, just a short drive from downtown Durham, is a special place to appreciate the beauty and majesty of the natural world. Defined by the peaceful Eno River and filled with hiking trails, swimming holes, picnic areas, and fields of wildflowers, this is the place to get away from the hustle and get back to yourself. 


The weather in Durham is glorious year round, but there’s something undeniably sublime about the return of spring. There’s no better way to experience it than by living just a hop and skip from all the outdoor magic of this lively city. Come experience the brand new, luxury, single-family and townhome communities of Crystal Lake at Croasdaile Farm and 751 South in Durham – we’d love to show you around! 

Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

With the cooler temperatures of February, it’s so much fun to cozy up inside and celebrate love all month long. Because of course, there’s no place that defines love better than home. This year, shake up your usual date night routine and spend Valentine’s Day right where you feel most comfortable! Take a look at a few fun ideas to celebrate the sweetest holiday of all from The Home of Your Life.

How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

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Dinner For Two: With brand new appliances to cook with, treating your sweetheart to a special, homemade meal is so much fun. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres at your large island, then take the main course to your dining area. And if you like to feel fancy, dress up in something you’d wear out and create a five-star dining atmosphere right at home!


Light the Fire: When the sun goes down and the air gets chilly, there’s no better time to get cozy by the fireplace in your family room. Pair a nice bottle of wine with your favorite chocolates, and curl up under a fuzzy blanket together. There’s nothing more romantic than the embrace of a crackling fire at night.


Breakfast in Bed: Wake up to a little extra love! Enjoy eggs, bagels, and coffee from the comfort of your bed sheets before you start your day. Look into purchasing a bed tray table to keep your plates, silverware, and cups in place while you lounge and enjoy each other’s company.

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Spa Day: Who says you have to leave home to enjoy the royal treatment of a spa? Step right into your retreat-like bathroom and let the pampering begin! Set the mood with scented candles, and enjoy a hot shower or relaxing bath along with a new face mask or body scrub for a little bit of added luxury.


Movie Date: In your family room or media room, relive teenhood memories of dates at the movies with classic movie theater popcorn, candy, and soda. This is also the perfect Valentine’s Day activity to share with your kids! Try a romantic comedy marathon with all of your favorites, from You’ve Got Mail to The Princess Bride.


Happy Hour: Head out to your screen porch with homemade cocktails to sip and savor as the sun goes down. (Use cranberry juice for a pink-colored drink, along with garnishes like grapefruit, raspberries, and strawberries.) Make sure to grab a blanket for extra warmth while you take in the beauty of the outdoors.


From all of us at Homes By Dickerson, we hope you enjoy a Valentine’s Day full of love!

Tips For a Safe Thanksgiving

Tips For a Safe Thanksgiving

This year may look different than others, but you can still experience the fun and festive Thanksgiving you look forward to! With a few adjustments and safety precautions, this year’s holiday will feel just as warm and joyful as it always has. At Homes By Dickerson, we believe that connection is the key to a happier life — and we want you to share a happy (and safe) Thanksgiving with your loved ones from the comfort of your new home in North Carolina. Take a look at our helpful tips for making this year’s holiday just as special as the last.

Tips for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving


Change Your Perspective: Change doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, if you look at the situation from a new perspective, you’ll be able to spot the silver linings, and most importantly, find time to relax and have a laugh. It may be hard to accept that a large gathering with family from out of town isn’t practical this year — but there are still so many fun and easy ways to safely connect with everyone while enjoying your normal traditions.

FamilyHost Dinner Outside: If you have family around your home in North Carolina, you may feel confident about the decision to have a small gathering. Get creative and have some fun serving dinner outside on your porch, patio, or deck. Space out chairs for added safety, and incorporate fun, mini hand sanitizers into your placemat displays. If you love a good DIY project, make family face masks!

Cook (Virtually) Together: Even if you can’t physically be together, you can still connect and cook with your loved ones. Set up a video call with your phone, computer, or iPad on your kitchen island, and prepare your meal as you normally would while enjoying the virtual company of family with your favorite music in the background. Once the meal’s ready, keep the video call going while you enjoy it!

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Dive Into Decor: If you’re preparing to enjoy a quiet dinner at home, make plans to decorate your table as you typically would. This will make the holiday feel as “normal” as possible, while keeping you busy with something you enjoy doing. Plus, with fewer places at the table to set up, you can focus on a beautiful, intricate centerpiece that lets you get creative and do something different. 

Treat Yourself: Yes, this is just as important as anything else! Dealing with change is not always easy, even if it’s temporary. And we want you to know that you’ve done an incredible job adjusting to a new situation. This holiday, take the time to treat yourself, whether that means indulging in an extra slice of pumpkin pie or saving the dishes for later so you can cozy up on the couch to enjoy a Thanksgiving movie marathon. 

From all of us at Homes By Dickerson, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

Find the Home Style That Fits Your Taste

Find the Home Style That Fits Your Taste

Join us as we toast to the 10 beautiful homes in our upcoming Parade of Style! As you discover your very own design style during the Triangle Parade of Homes this fall, we’ve paired each home with the perfect beverage. Something light and refreshing? Bold and strong? There’s something for everyone. Take a look at what we have to fit your taste!

Parade of Style Cocktail Pairings

Life of Hygge

Community: Wendell Falls

Floorplan: The Copper

Cocktail: Pear and Elderflower Spritz

Life of Hygee

Just like a light and refreshing cocktail, this farmhouse-style home provides the airy, light-filled space you love, with an open-concept living area with a vaulted ceiling, green features, a peaceful study, and more.

  • 2 oz. pear vodka 
  • 2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz. club soda
  • Garnish: pear, thyme, or lemon

Fill a glass with ice and pour in pear vodka and elderflower liqueur. Top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of thyme, pear, or lemon.



Community: Wendell Falls

Floorplan: Somerset

Cocktail: Citrus Paloma

With unique features like an upstairs loft and rec room, a Zoom call room, a screened porch with a double-sided fireplace, and 10-foot ceilings, this beautiful home puts a calming, coastal twist on classic design.


  • 3 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. of sparkling water
  • 1 oz. tequila
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • Sugar or salt
  • Lime and grapefruit slices

Place a small amount of sugar or salt on a plate. Moisten the rim of glass with a lime wedge. Rim your glass with sugar or salt. Add a small amount of ice to a cocktail shaker and to your drinking glass. To the shaker, add grapefruit juice, tequila, and Grand Marnier. Shake to combine and pour over ice. Add sparkling water. Stir gently, just until combined. Garnish and serve.


Belle Vue

Community: Traditions

Floorplan: Brighton

Cocktail: Blueberry Mint Julep

Inspired by modern French design and filled with unique details like vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, this home is bold and vibrant, just like a classic cocktail with a modern twist. Blueberry Mint Julep

  • 6-8 blueberries
  • 10-12 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 2 oz. soda water

Gently muddle the blueberries, mint leaves, and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass. Add bourbon and stir. Add enough crushed ice to fill the glass to the rim, and then pour the soda water over the ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.


First Fiddle

Community: Papillon Park

Floorplan: Brinkley

Cocktail: Bourbon Old Fashioned

Suave and full of bold personality, this distinctive home is filled with features like double staircases, an oversized master wardrobe with seating, an owner’s entry with storage lockers, and elements of sophisticated comfort and warmth like this classic drink.Bourbon Old Fashioned

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • Garnish: orange peel

Add the sugar, bitters, and water into a rocks glass, and stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. Pour the water and bitters into glass, stir to combine, then place the ice cubes in the glass. Pour bourbon over the ice and garnish with the orange slice.


Eden Retreat

Community: Sunset Bluffs

Floorplan: Covington

Cocktail: Lemon Ginger Tea (Non-Alcoholic)

With a beautiful open-concept living area, sunroom, and large screened porch, this home feels like a calming retreat in the English hillside — just like a simple, staple tea that satisfies at all times.Lemon Ginger Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 piece ginger, 2-3 inch (5-7 cm)
  • 2 teaspoons honey or preferred sweetener

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Cut lemon and ginger into thin slices. Add to the hot water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and pour tea into a mug. Add in honey and stir.


The Void

Community: Briar Chapel

Floorplan: Chatham Forest

Cocktail: Matcha Latte (Non-Alcoholic)

Innovative and comforting, this home features modern details like a waterfall kitchen island, a floating staircase, an artist loft showcasing local art, a zero-entry shower in the master bathroom, and so much more between its modern clean lines and sharp angles.Matcha Latte

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3/4 cup hot milk (regular, almond, or oat)

Sift the matcha powder into a cup. Add the water and stir until no lumps remain. Stir in the honey. Add the milk and serve.


64 East

Community: Briar Chapel

Floorplan: Windham

Cocktail: The Charleston Gimlet

A modern take on an Eastern Carolina cottage, this unique living space is both classy and bold, with features like a dedicated study, see-through fireplace, natural wooden beam waterfall in the master shower, and more in this intercoastal home.Charleston Gimlet

  • 2 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • Garnish: lime wheel

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.


Moss Hill Towne

Community: Crystal Lake

Floorplan: Moss Hill

Cocktail: Pinot Grigio Spritzer

With a luxurious first-floor owner’s suite, and other convenient details like a grilling deck that overlooks the natural green space, the rustic yet classic comfort of this home reflects the simple satisfaction of a timeless, fan-favorite drink. Pinot Grigio Spritzer

  • 3/4 glass chilled white wine
  • 1/4 glass chilled club soda
  • Slice of lime or your favorite berries

Fill your glass with both the wine and club, add your favorite berries or a lime wedge. Add a splash of ginger ale or lemon lime soda for something sweeter.


True Arch

Community: Crystal Lake

Floorplan: Eno

Cocktail: Blackberry Thyme Gin & Tonic

Inspired by early 1930s downtown Durham, this timeless, ranch-style home reflects an English garden vibe with arch details, oversized triple-slider glass doors that lead to a screened back porch, and more.

  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  •  8 blackberries
  •  4 oz. gin
  •  2 oz. thyme simple syrup (3 sprigs thyme, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar simmered and cooled)
  •  Tonic
  •  Ice
  •  Garnish: blackberries, thyme sprigs

Muddle together blackberries and lime juice in the bottom of a mixing glass. Fill mixing glass with ice and stir in the gin and simple syrup. Stir and strain it into ice-filled glasses. Top it off with tonic.


Dukes Revival

Community: 751 South

Floorplan: Washington

Cocktail: Classic Dirty Martini

Just like your favorite go-to drink, this classic new urban Durham stye home is satisfactory from top to bottom, with an oversized kitchen island, Zoom call room, large covered porch leading to the patio, and a grand foyer with a wrought iron staircase.Classic Dirty Martini

  • 2 1/2 oz. gin or vodka
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth 
  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz. olive juice (or olive brine to taste)
  • Garnish: 1 or 3 olives

In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the gin, dry vermouth, and olive juice. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 1 or 3 olives.

From all of us at Homes By Dickerson, we hope you enjoy our homes at the parade!