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Kick Off Summer With $10k at Crystal Lake!

Kick Off Summer With $10k at Crystal Lake!

When you live by the water, life finally flows in the right direction. That’s why we’re offering $10,000 (yes, you read that right) to use toward appliances, blinds, design upgrades, and/or closing costs when you purchase a gorgeous townhome at Crystal Lake at Croasdaile Farm between now and June 30.

Crystal Lake Townhome.

 

Don’t miss this once-in-a-life opportunity — all you have to do is find the home you love, and you’ll have an extra $10k in your pocket to use as you choose. Your luxurious new lifestyle awaits… magnificent views, first-rate amenities, an unbelievably convenient location, and of course, The Home of Your Life.

 

New Home Community in Durham

 

Located in Durham, right off Hillandale Road and close to major highways and interstates, local shopping and dining, Duke University, and the area’s best outdoor recreation, Crystal Lake at Croasdaile Farm is a special place that pulses with the energy you love, and provides the peace and privacy you deserve. 

Crystal Lake at Croasdaile Farm

From sipping coffee on your screened porch to relaxing by the lake, your life here is all about more space, more comfort, more everything. This offer ends this month, so make sure to explore our gorgeous townhomes from the $500s, and schedule an exclusive video tour! For more information, please call us at 919-205-2368. We can’t wait to get started!

We’ve Got News For You!

We’ve Got News For You!

Happy spring from all of us at Homes By Dickerson! No matter where you are in your home search process (and even if you’re already enjoying your new lifestyle in one of our homes!) our spring 2020 newsletter will give you the inspiration you need to create The Home of Your Life! Take a sneak peek at what’s inside:

Spring Newsletter.

Fresh Design Year-Round: 

Thinking ahead to the selections and color palette you want in your custom home? One of our experienced designers gives you her fresh take on how to ensure the best aesthetic.  A favorite idea that she mentions is to  incorporate one of the colors from your old home that makes you happiest.

 

Get to Know Our Architect:

“In whatever situation, listening to the client is always the number one thing I can do. It is my job as an architect and a member of the Homes By Dickerson team to create a design that meets and often exceeds the goals of the future homeowner.” The man behind the home plans, Jeff Williams, does phenomenal work every single day! Take a behind-the-scenes look at his role in the Homes By Dickerson homebuilding experience.

 

In The Garden:

Did you know that planting marigolds with your tomatoes attracts bees for pollination? Lea Ricks, one of our incredible project managers, is a gardening pro — and she’s excited to share her knowledge with you! A big fan of spring and summer produce, Lea has a couple tips for you to make the most of your own garden. (“Pick the foods you like to eat and do a little research on what grows well next to each other!”)

 

Spring Cleaning Tricks:

We believe it’s important to enjoy the little moments at home without the stress of unnecessary clutter. When The Home of Your Life is nice and organized, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy springtime the right way. From utilizing your doors to optimizing trendy storage options, here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for a successful spring cleaning! 

 

Diamond Club Gala

The Diamond Club Gala is one of our favorite events to throw, especially because we love thanking the wonderful Realtors who have partnered with us in the last year! This year’s event couldn’t have gone better, and we want to thank our sponsors for helping to make it happen. To our Realtors, we look forward to working with you in 2020 and beyond! Thank you again for an incredible year.

For more information about our Homes By Dickerson homes, please contact us at 919-205-3404.

Exciting News: Lowest Interest Rates!

Exciting News: Lowest Interest Rates!

Modern, stylish design. High-end features and finishes. Luxurious community amenities. There are so many reasons to choose a beautiful new home in Raleigh, and now you can add historically low interest rates to the list. You’ve got the buying power… and there’s no better time to use it.

 

Are you eager to lounge on a peaceful and covered porch? How about cook in a gorgeous, open kitchen? We have several move-in-ready homes available that are going to make your spring and summer seasons extraordinary! These homes value exactly what you do: luxury, relaxation, and total comfort.

 

Living room.

Today’s Home Mortgage Interest Rates

 

At this exact moment, you’re at an advantage in terms of what you can afford. With extremely low interest rates, you’d be able to purchase a higher-priced home (and by that, we mean the home that you really want). 

 

You already know that the interest rate on your mortgage plays a role in your experience as a homeowner. A lower interest rate offers peace of mind, and who can say no to that? Finally, you can pay off your mortgage without any of the added stress. Because The Home of Your Life should be nothing but extraordinary.

This spring season is looking beautiful in our new home communities, and we can’t wait for you to join in on all the fun. Your getaway home is waiting for you here all you have to do is choose the one you love the most, lock in a low interest rate, and whip out the champagne glasses…

Take a Virtual or In-Person Tour!

Take a Virtual or In-Person Tour!

Virtual home shopping with Whitney.

Good news ahead! Homes By Dickerson is still open for business and, with your safety in mind, our virtual tours are now easier and more enjoyable than ever! If you’re looking ahead to a gorgeous, custom home in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Raleigh and around The Triangle, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and click on what you love.

 

While you can still take a private and safe in-person tour, we wanted to let you know that virtual tours are now an option for you. In 2020, nothing says “innovative” quite like the ability to buy your dream home from the comfort of your couch. (Plus, now’s a great time to take advantage of historically low rates! The stars are aligned…)

 

Our Virtual Home Tour Process

 

The path to your perfect home is simple: 1. Virtually meet with Whitney, our new home specialist. 2. Take a video tour of a home. 3. Make it yours! Yes, it’s as easy as that. Because at Homes By Dickerson, we believe that nothing about home should be difficult. All you need is a comfortable place to sit and you’re on your way to your personal haven.

It’s time to get #digital! Check out our available homes for all the information you need about The Home of Your Life, and then contact Whitney at 919-646-8771 or whitney@homesbydickerson.com to schedule a tour. All of us at Homes By Dickerson can’t wait to “see” you!

Declutter The Home of Your Life in the New Year

Declutter The Home of Your Life in the New Year

You may have heard about the recent “home decluttering” trend, but have you put a plan of your own into motion? If 2019 brought an abundance of extra items into your living space, then 2020 is all about getting rid of what you don’t need — and keeping the things that serve a purpose in your life.

 

At Homes By Dickerson, we believe that 2020 is your year to enjoy the little moments without the stress of unnecessary clutter. With a new home in Raleigh, NC and Charleston, SC that’s as organized as you need it to be, you can sit back, relax, and take in the best things that life has to offer. Take a look at our favorite tips and tricks to declutter your stuff.

 

How To Declutter Your Home

 

Decide What To Store: Before you start, it’s a good idea to “assess your mess” and make a smart decision about how much storage you may want to buy. Go through each room and envision the bins you’ll need to keep everything clean and tidy, whether it’s fabric bins for your rec room or plastic bins for food storage.

 

Hanging organizer.

Use Your Doors: Don’t underestimate the versatility of doors! The back of a door can be a life-saver. For instance, a great idea in one of your guest suites or bonus rooms is to use an over-the-door organizer, shoe rack, or hook rack will free up space while storing everything from shoes and jackets to hats, belts, scarves, and anything else you need.

 

Master closet.

Clean Your Closet: First things first, ask yourself: “Do I really need it?” Donate items you don’t wear or don’t make you feel great, and keep the ones you love. You’ll be amazed at how much easier (and more enjoyable) it is to step into a clean and organized walk-in closet that only holds the things you truly enjoy.  

 

Tupperware.

Free Up Your Fridge: It’s so easy for a refrigerator to become cluttered with food, no matter the size of your family. Because boxes, containers, and bags that hold leftovers take up so much space, make it a habit to put your food in your own Tupperware once you get home and label them with the date. Pro tip: do the same with bulk foods, snacks, etc. in your kitchen’s custom-built pantry to free up even more space.

 

Ladder shelf.

Stay Trendy: A beautiful storage ottoman is not only a comfortable seat in your master bedroom, it’s a great way to keep items off the floor. Similarly, functional and stylish ladder shelves are perfect for picture frames, candles, succulents, watches and jewelry, books, and so much more.

 

Recipe Box.

Organize Recipes: We all grow attached to our favorite recipes, but that doesn’t mean we need the whole cookbook. One way to free up extra space in your open, gourmet kitchen is to scan the recipes you use and love from cookbooks, cut out your favorites from magazines, and organize them into clear pages in a binder.

 

Living room.

Start Small: If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, a great way to destress is to do simple tasks like making your bed. A few quick ways to clear your home (and your head) are to fluff up and organize the pillows on your couch, straighten up your rugs, dust off counters and windows, and wipe down tables.

At Homes By Dickerson, we have a good feeling that 2020 is going to be your best year yet. With a little decluttering in your spacious and comfortable home, you have the chance to start off every day with a breath of fresh air. For more information about our custom, high-performance homes in The Triangle or Charleston, please call 919-205-3404.

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

Another great year for Parade of Homes!

Another great year for Parade of Homes!

That’s a wrap!  The 2019 Parade of Homes Season has officially ended and Homes By Dickerson is very proud of the hard work and dedication put in by our team as well as our accomplishments!  First and foremost, we built 9 spectacular Parade Homes this year and showcased 8 of those on the tour.  All of which were original designs (both in layout and aesthetic details), high-performance, and beautifully crafted.  Then we increased our marketing efforts to ensure that our visitors had the best experience possible.  Next, we were recognized at both the Durham/Orange/Chatham and Raleigh-Wake Parade Galas with the following wins:

Durham/Orange/Chatham Counties HBA Parade Gala
Briar Chapel (Chapel Hill) “Mint Condition” Home Site 1826 GOLD WINNER
Crystal Lake (Durham) “Roycroft Revival” Home Site 352  GOLD WINNER
751 South (Durham) “The Bennett” Home Site 348 SILVER WINNER

Raleigh-Wake County HBA Parade Gala
Traditions at Wake Forest “Corner Cottage” Home Site 65 SILVER WINNER
Sunset Bluffs (Fuquay Varina) “Modern Grace” Home Site 272 BRONZE WINNER
Moorlands Manor (North Raleigh) “Cedar Hue” Home Site 4 BRONZE WINNER

We would also love for you to tour our Grayson Parade Home in Wendell Falls-an incredible home with an open floor plan, pet-friendly mudroom, rear load garage, breezeway, separate casita, and more!

Last but not least you can now view our Moss Hill Townhome in Crystal Lake which features beautiful views, low-maintenance living and all of the custom trim details of a Homes By Dickerson single-family home.

Finally, we have already sold 4 of those 9 homes and looking forward to helping others find The Home of Their Life in one of our move-in ready 2019 Parade Homes!  Of course, we also have other move-in ready homes across The Triangle that you can call The Home of Your Life today!

For more information on any of our custom homes or to schedule a private tour, please contact Whitney at 919-296-3820 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

2019 Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

2019 Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

With September comes a slight change in the air, subtle yet promising of all the wonders of fall.  Scenic hay rides, spiced beverages, throw blankets, and of course… The Parade of Homes!  The Homes By Dickerson team has been working around the clock to make this year’s #HBDonParade the most memorable one yet and we are excited to bring you our 2019 Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

Bold interiors, incredible craftsmanship, classic designs, and so much more await you throughout our 9 Parade Homes on this year’s tour.  Click here to see our 2019 Parade of Homes Sneak Peek video!

Want to see more?  Mark your calendar to visit our nine designs on the 2019 Parade of Homes Tour during the following three weekends: September 28-29, October 4-6, and October 11-13.  Who knows, you may even find The Home of Your Life!

2019 Homes By Dickerson Parade Homes
“Mint Condition”-The Harper Farmhouse
Briar Chapel, Home Site 1826
164 Logbridge Road, Chapel Hill
$560,000

“Moss Hill Towne” (Townhome)
Crystal Lake at Croasdaile Farm, Home Site 9001
1003 Laurelwood Drive, Durham
$625,000

“Roycroft Revival”-The Addison Craftsman
Crystal Lake at Croasdaile Farm, Home Site 352
2117 Meadowcreek Drive, Durham
$580,000

“A Touch of Brass”-The Bennett Traditional
751 South, Home Site 348
1324 Bradburn Drive, Durham
$612,000

“Modern Grace”-The Graham Cottage
Sunset Bluffs, Home Site 272
2248 Plowridge Road, Fuquay Varina
$659,000

“Corner Cottage”-The Covington Cottage
Traditions at Wake Forest, Home Site 65
1417 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest
$640,000

“Southern Charm”-The Kingspark Traditional
Wendell Falls, Home Site 1032
1928 Woodbluff Drive, Wendell
$410,420

The Grayson Farmhouse
Wendell Falls, Home Site 966
736 Daniel Ridge Road, Wendell
$590,000

“Cedar Hue”-The Oakmont
Moorlands Manor, Home Site 4
1516 Kirkby Lane, Raleigh
$1,165,000

For more information on our Parade Homes or custom, move-in ready designs, please contact Whitney at 919-296-3820 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

 

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

#HBDLife
#HomesByDickerson
#SummerNights
#SummerNights2019
#MoveinReadyHomes
#HOYL

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.