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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!

thanksgiving table setting

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.

 

Staycation

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.

Staycation

  • 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!

Use Your Loft Space as a Home Office

Use Your Loft Space as a Home Office

At Homes By Dickerson, we believe the spaces in your home should be able to adapt to your changing wants and needs — today, tomorrow, and down the line. This means that if you need a home office at this point in time, you deserve a flexible space that can double as the exact room you’re looking for. 

That’s where a spacious loft comes in! Our second-floor lofts offer the private, extra space you need in your daily routine, so you don’t have to use one of the other rooms in your home as a “makeshift” office. After all, your kitchen table shouldn’t have to double as a desk… Study Loft

Are you ready to set up shop? “Home office” will become “home getaway” in a loft designed just the way you like it. Below are a few of our favorite tips to turn this space into a private, productive work area:

Home Office Tips

Calming Scents: Pleasant scents have the incredible power to positively impact your mood. Whether you opt for candles, a diffuser, a fragrancer, fresh flowers, etc., incorporating an aroma that you love into your space will have you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the work day. 

Standing Desk: You don’t need an official standing desk to reap the benefits of standing more while you work. Place your computer on an elevated surface that you can access from where you stand, and try some “standing exercises,” including hamstring curls and desk pushups, or simply move your body however you like.

Soothing Colors: Just like scents, certain colors affect how you feel. Orange and yellow hues typically stimulate energy or excitement, whereas greens and blues might evoke calmness. If there’s a color that makes you feel your best, integrate it into your space through accessories and flowers (or even by painting the walls)!

Stylish Storage: It’s easy to let your workspace pile up, but utilizing functional storage options that you actually enjoy looking at will help you keep everything in order. From your desk to shelves to filing cabinets and everything in between, there are so many trendy and useful options for your personal work needs. 

Warm Lighting: Gone are the days of harsh office lighting… Whether you prefer a soothing, subtle glow of a desk lamp, a bright, energizing floor lamp, or simply natural sunlight, the aesthetic of your home office is entirely up to you.Flex Space

Personal Decor: What would any office be without a little personalization? From bookshelves and plants to wall art and everything in between, don’t be afraid to insert a little personality in your home office. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time here, and you should feel as cozy (and inspired) as can be. 

Part of what makes one of our living spaces the Home of Your Life is its ability to function exactly the way you need to. If you want a roomy home office, we have a spacious loft that can be turned into the ideal work area. Because at Homes By Dickerson, nothing matters more than creating a home that fits your lifestyle.

For more information about our new homes throughout North Carolina, please contact us at 919-205-4304.

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… 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).

 

Kitchen.

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.

 

Blueberry drink.

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: 

 

Open Layout.

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. 

 

Fearington Silo.

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. 

 

Living room.

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

Living room.

 

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

 

Living room.

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.