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Briar Chapel hosts Holiday Sip and Shop!

Briar Chapel hosts Holiday Sip and Shop!

Join us for some Holiday Cheer while checking off a few of your Christmas gift items as Briar Chapel hosts Holiday Sip and Shop! On December 8th, Newland Communities will host a Holiday Sip and Shop in Briar Chapel where you can tour beautiful model homes, enjoy delicious holiday treats, and browse through the wares of local vendors.  Homes By Dickerson is excited to participate in this progressive event and cannot wait for you to visit our new Sales and Design Center on the tour!

First, stop by our brand new Sales and Design Center (1342 Briar Chapel Parkway, Chapel Hill) to sample charcuterie, cheese and wine!  You will also get the chance to see beautiful masterpieces from local artists, all provided from Color By Creation.  We are still putting the finishing touches on this renovated space but know you will love the changes we have made thus far.

Once you have had your fill of tasty delicacies, we encourage you to tour the rest of this award-winning community including The Briar Club, any of the 20 parks and playgrounds, 900-acres of open space, fantastic walking trails, and of course, our move-in ready homesHomes By Dickerson has several custom options for you whether you are looking to move in right away or experience the building journey with our team.

Did we mention the sports courts, the wooded views, and the convenience to local dining and shopping?  Just minutes from fabulous Chapel Hill, Briar Chapel offers the best of all worlds and just think, you could enjoy these worlds in your very own custom, high-performance design from Homes By Dickerson!

For more information on attending the Sip and Shop or on any of our Homes By Dickerson homes in Briar Chapel, please contact Whitney at 919-646-8771 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com.  We would love to help you find The Home of Your Life while you Sip and Shop!

Wendell Falls hosts annual Sip and Shop!

Wendell Falls hosts annual Sip and Shop!

Join us for some Holiday Cheer and check off a few of your Christmas gift items at the same time as Wendell Falls hosts annual Sip and Shop! On December 7th, Newland Communities will host its annual Sip and Shop in Wendell Falls where you can tour beautiful model homes, enjoy delicious holiday treats, and browse through the wares of local vendors.  Homes By Dickerson is excited to participate in this progressive event and cannot wait for you to visit our two decorated model homes on the tour!

First, stop by our Concord model (416 Vintage Point Lane) to sample holiday punch and peppermint bark as well as check out delicacies from Bailey Lane Baking Company and The Flourish Market.   Take in the custom details, gorgeous trim, barn doors, and vaulted ceilings in this almost 3000 square foot Parade of Homes Gold Winner!

Next, you will want not want to miss our Grayson model home (736 Daniel Ridge Road) featuring Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and beautiful products from Sawyer Creek Candle.   This incredible home boasts an open floor plan, pet-friendly mudroom, rear load garage, breezeway, separate casita, and so much more!

Of course, a true Wendell Falls experience is not complete without walking up to The Farmhouse and Farmhouse Cafe.  Delicious coffee, a blazing fire, comfy couches and a gorgeous view await you to round off your holiday evening!

For more information on the Wendell Falls Sip and Shop, our Concord or Grayson model homes or any of our move-in ready homes in this award-winning community, please contact Whitney at Whitney@HomesByDickerson or 919-495-4977

South Carolina Division recognized at 2019 PRISM Awards!

South Carolina Division recognized at 2019 PRISM Awards!

Congratulations to our South Carolina Division for receiving a ”Best Single-Family Home” award at the 2019 PRISM Awards on November 1st!  The PRISM awards, hosted by The Charleston Home Builder’s Association recognizes “excellence in the field of sales, marketing, construction, and the promotion of new homes.”

We are excited for our Magnolia design to be named as one of the best built homes in the Charleston area.

This stunning floor plan boasts almost 2400 square feet of beautiful trim details including elongated wainscoting in the dining room, custom-built lockers, and wood shelving in the spacious master closet.  The master up configuration features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a formal dining room, screened porch, flex/rec space and a 2-car garage!  However, its special features are what makes it truly stand out from the pond and “natural space” views, eco-select green features (The Magnolia has a 55 HERS Score offering your family the opportunity for lower utility bills and better indoor air quality), open stairway detail with large windows allowing for natural light, and an over-sized slider leading to the screened porch.   All entries were judged on curb appeal, functionality of floor plan, exterior and interior design, use of interior space, special design features, and construction technique/materials.

Click here to view this award-winning home!

Almost two years ago, Homes By Dickerson decided to venture into the Charleston area, a completely new market for this high-performance, custom home builder.  Partnering with the developer Newland Communities, Homes By Dickerson introduced its custom-designed plans to the thriving Nexton neighborhood and has been diligently working on promoting its quality of materials chosen, craftsmanship, exceptional customer service and attention to detail.  We are honored by this award and look forward to many more years of building and growing in the Charleston market.

For more information on how you can find The Home of Your Life by Homes By Dickerson in Nexton, please contact Whitney White at 843-466-4875 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

Greet The Season at our next Realtor Social!

Greet The Season at our next Realtor Social!

Realtors, let us help you get ready for the holidays when you Greet The Season at our next Realtor Social in Wendell Falls!  First, visit our Grayson model home where you can enjoy Thanksgiving-inspired delicacies and drinks.  Then stop by our Concord model for holiday desserts and decorating tips for the upcoming season.  We will have live demonstrations with our award-winning designers and events to stir your holiday imagination.  Do not forget to hop into one of our available golf carts and tour our move-in ready homes-grab a punch card, get it punched at each stop along the way and enter to win an exciting gift card!  You can expect a few more surprises in our model homes as well!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19th from 11:30am-1:30pm in the beautiful Wendell Falls:

The Grayson at Griffin Square
736 Daniel Ridge Road, Wendell

Most importantly we want your clients to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season in The Home of Their Life by Homes By Dickerson!  Whether they want to bake in their gourmet kitchen, relax in their luxurious master bath, or entertain friends and family in their living spaces, we have a custom home to meet their needs.

We hope that you will be able to Greet The Season with The Homes By Dickerson Team in Wendell Falls!  Come learn more about this new home community with its fantastic amenities, our beautiful custom homes and how you can your find your clients The Home of Their Life!

For more information, please contact Whitney at Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com or 919-495-4977.

Please RSVP to Anna at Anna@HomesByDickerson.com or 984-239-4159

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

Three Opportunities remain in Madison at Evan’s Creek!

Three Opportunities remain in Madison at Evan’s Creek!

Only three opportunities remain in Madison at Evan’s Creek!  We have loved building in this beautiful neighborhood the last four years but it is now time to help you find The Home of Your Life in this Apex jewel and bid our fond farewells.

Since its inception in 2015, Madison at Evans Creek has embodied the elements and values of “Small-town America”, focusing on traditional architectural designs.   This neighborhood of custom-built, single-family homes, convenient to the Historic District of downtown Apex, offers wooded views and accessibility to local parks, dining, shopping and entertainment.  Madison combines the beauty of historic design elements with current high-performance, green building standards.  Lose yourself in charming streetscapes which encourage outdoor living and drawing neighbors together.  Discover our three move-in ready homes available in this sweet enclave of custom designs.

Three opportunities remain in Madison at Evan’s Creek!

The Jacob, Home Site 11       $465,000
2629 Flora View Court, Apex, NC
3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2655 square feet
This “Jacob” green-certified, high-performance home is move-in ready and features a study, formal dining room, and open family/breakfast/kitchen area with a screened porch, all on the main floor. The second floor has a large master suite with a walk-in closet, dual vanities and soaking tub. Two other bedrooms, a spacious rec room and a guest bath finish out the second floor. Unfinished storage is also found on the 3rd floor.

The Fairfield C.3, Home Site 14       $519,900

2212 Madison Creek Drive, Apex NC
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3094 square feet
This “Fairfield” green-certified home features all hardwoods on the main floor. The first floor holds a guest room, formal dining room, and an open kitchen with large island.  The second floor features a spacious owner’s suite with a huge walk-in closet, additional bedrooms, and a great rec room. Engineered hardwoods, tankless water, sealed crawl, & custom-quality finishes are found throughout this incredible home.


The Bristol A, Home Site 28      $565,000

2117 Tordelo Place, Apex NC
5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3220 square feet
This “Bristol” green-certified home boasts a finished third floor with a full bath! The impressive kitchen is chock full of wonderful features including quartz counter tops, tile back splash, custom cabinets, a trash pull-out, a spacious center island with a breakfast bar, and stainless steel Frigidaire appliances.  Also found on the first floor is the charming family room with a tile surround fireplace and custom mantle.  Great details can be found in the master suite from the trey ceiling with crown molding to the built-in vanity, custom cabinetry and granite counter tops in the master bath.  Plenty of high-performance features to go around in this beauty such as the sealed crawlspace and the tankless water heater! Do not forget to enjoy a lifetime of stunning sunrises and sunsets on your screened porch and patio area.

For more information on how you can make one of these move-in ready custom designs The Home of Your Life, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 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

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The Triangle featured in Southern Living Magazine!

The Triangle featured in Southern Living Magazine!

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

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

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

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

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

Durham

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

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

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

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

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

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Ponysaurus Brewing Co                                       Photo: Robbie Caponetto

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

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

Raleigh

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

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

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

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North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh                                              Photo: Robbie Caponetto

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

Chapel Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with a Homes By Dickerson Homeowner!

Interview with a Homes By Dickerson Homeowner!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris: Nope. Not a thing.

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

Griffin Square Grand Opening!

Griffin Square Grand Opening!

Grand Openings are always very exciting as we have the opportunity to reveal what we have been working on for months or even years!  The Griffin Square Grand Opening will be no exception as we roll out a brand new product design and an enclave featuring a pocket park that is exclusively custom homes from Homes By Dickerson.

This new section of Wendell Falls will boast 42 home sites, all of which will accommodate our newly-designed Grayson model home with its array of optional additions including a casita or guest suite, a home office, or a shed/storage space.  Choose from one of our home sites which border the beautiful common area to get a park view or from one of our home sites which back up against the trees for a great view of the woods!

Ready for a private tour?  Plan to attend our Griffin Square Grand Opening where you will be one of the first to walk the home and take in the lovely views!

Griffin Square Grand Opening
Saturday, June 8th
4pm-6pm
736 Daniel Ridge Road, Wendell
Please RSVP to Julia: Julia@HomesByDickerson.com or 919-260-7225 or you can click here to RSVP on our Facebook Page

Also, enjoy live music at The Farmhouse after our Griffin Square Grand Opening during the 1st Farmhouse Jams of the Season!  For more information, please go to: https://www.wendellfalls.com/whats-happening/events/events-by-date/2019/june/farmhouse-jams/

Brick exteriors, beautifully practical layouts, and stunning fits and finishes all await you in the Homes By Dickerson exclusive section of Griffin Square. Prices start from the mid $400s.  Not only will you be able to discover the Grayson model, enjoy light refreshments, and meet the Homes By Dickerson team but you will also be able to experience the incredible atmosphere of Wendell Falls!  Walking and nature trails, The Farmhouse, Grounds Cafe, and a family-friendly swimming complex are just a few of the amenities you will encounter in this award-winning new home community!

For more information on Griffin Square or any of our homes in Wendell Falls, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com