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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
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

“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.

Homes by Dickerson makes the BUILDER Magazine Next 100 List

Homes by Dickerson makes the BUILDER Magazine Next 100 List

 

BUILDER Magazine just announced it’s list of Top 100 Builder’s based upon 2012 closings and volume.   Along with this list they have

also listed the Top Next 100 Builder’s and Homes by Dickerson has made the Next 100 list coming in at #191!

 

To read the full article, check out the online edition of Builder Magazine Online by clicking here.

Below is the full press release: 

For Immediate Release

BUILDER Unveils Annual Builder 100 Rankings

Listing shows increase in closings for top U.S. builders

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 13, 2013) — BUILDER, the leading media brand in residential construction, this week unveiled the BUILDER 100, its annual ranking of the 100 largest home building companies. D.R. Horton topped the list for the 11th consecutive year.

Horton closed 19,954 homes in 2012, up 16 percent from 2011 and nearly 3,500 more than second-ranked PulteGroup, which had 16,505 closings, and 6,152 more than third-ranked Lennar Corp., which posted 13,802 closings. Rounding out the top 10 builders based on closings are NVR (9,843), KB Home (6,282), Hovnanian Enterprises (5,356), The Ryland Group (4,809), Beazer Homes USA (4,428), Meritage Homes Corp. (4,238), and Habitat for Humanity International (3,766). The top 10 builders all are publicly traded companies, except for Habitat, which is a nonprofit organization.

The BUILDER 100 continued to outperform the overall market last year. Closings for the BUILDER 100 companies totaled 167,658 in 2012, up from 141,618 in 2011, the lowest total on record. The top 10 builders retained their dominance, closing one-quarter of all new homes for sale in 2012. Overall, BUILDER 100 companies closed 44.2 percent of all new homes for sale, a slight increase from 2011.

“2012 was a shot in the arm for the nation’s largest builders,” said Jean Dimeo, editor-in-chief of BUILDER. “Clearly, builders benefited from improved economic conditions, low mortgage interest rates, and lower land costs. These factors not only allowed companies to organically grow sales, but also expand into new markets that had pent-up demand for new homes.”

The BUILDER 100 is compiled from data collected by BUILDER magazine via direct survey of the nation’s top builders. The BUILDER 100 and the Next 100 lists are made up of private and public builders and identify the top home builders in the U.S. by annual closings and gross revenue, as well as information about where and what they build.

BUILDER magazine has conducted the survey and compiled the BUILDER 100 list since 1984. The BUILDER 100 and the Next 100 lists of builders are featured in the May 2013 issue of BUILDER magazine and on builderonline.com. This year’s honorees also will be recognized at an awards dinner at the 2013 Housing Leadership Summit in Scottsdale on May 14.

For more information about the 2012 BUILDER 100 and Next 100 rankings, visit www.builderonline.com/builder100/2012.aspx.

About BUILDER

Published by Hanley Wood, BUILDER is the leading brand in the residential construction industry and serves as the magazine of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). For more than three decades, BUILDER has provided essential news, information and resources about products, technologies, trends, regulatory requirements and best practices to help home building professionals innovate for success. With an integrated platform encompassing print, online and in-person, BUILDER is a trusted source for top builders, architects, and other industry professionals across the country.

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries. Through its operating platforms, the company produces award-winning digital and print publications, Newsletters, websites, marquee trade shows and events, market intelligence data, and strategic marketing solutions. The company also is North America’s leading publisher of home plans.

 Media Contact:

Amy Fisher
BUILDER
afisher@hanleywood.com
202.736.3439

 

 

Carrie’s Reach Grand Opening Event

Carrie’s Reach Grand Opening Event

Thank you to everyone who attended the Carrie’ s Reach Grand Opening.  What a fun afternoon!  Guests were escorted to the check-in table on golf carts up arrival and picked up Carrie’s Reach mason jars that they could fill with their favorite beverage, use it while they were there and then take it home with them as a souvenir from the day.  Thank you to our preferred lenders- Robby Oakes, Kerri Doyle and Patrick O’Connor, who sponsored the transportation for our guests.  The sounds of Chris Hendricks filled the air as guests toured the Chamborde, St. James and Beaufort plans and learned about the homes that can be built in Carrie’s Reach starting from the $490’s.

Chef Jessie Scott of Annie Bells Catering cooked up an unbelievable lunch – spring salad, sweet potato ham biscuits, southern shrimp and grits and bbq sliders.  Appetizers included red velvet waffle and chicken skewers and stuffed mushroom caps.  Wanda Long served up her award winning apple and peach cobbler – yum-o!  What a fun way to tour a brand new community and take a break from the office. And congratulations to Kay LaVelle with Allen Tate Realtors for winning the $100 Visa Gift Card Drawing!

Carrie’s Reach will feature 17 large one acre+ wooded hom esites in North Raleigh right off of Creedmoor Road and Mount Vernon Church Road.  Two cul-de-sacs will make up this beautiful community and it is sure to sell quickly.  Customers can choose from our existing portfolio of plans, customize those plans or we can design a plan to fit their needs.  The Homes by Dickerson iPad/iPhone App make it easy to design your home and look through many of our home plans.  You can download the app by clicking here.

Check out some pictures from this farm house theme’d event:

For more information about Carrie’s Reach or to schedule a private tour- contact info@homesbydickerson.com or call 919.413.7104

Future is Looking Bright, Homes Sales are up 35% in the Triangle

Future is Looking Bright, Homes Sales are up 35% in the Triangle

Sales are up in the Triangle and people are buying and selling! New home permits are up in Wake County and the area continues to be one of the top places to live in the country! We are thankful that we live and work in such an incredible place that has so much to offer from jobs, schools, recreation, shopping, arts and more!

The News & Observer printed an article this morning showing that the Triangle had its strongest sales jump in four years in February and home sales are up 35% over February 2011! That is a huge increase.  At Homes by Dickerson we have certainly felt the surge of activity and are loving it!  We had a record breaking sales month in February since our company began in 1975.  We sold 14 new homes across our communities with an average sales price of $488,000.  (The average sales price of homes sold in February in the Triangle is $216,600).  Our sales were a mix of our available inventory and some brand new custom crafted homes for our clients.  It is an exciting time and we love what we do.  Homes by Dickerson has also moved into our brand new design center and office and are ready to handle the activity.  We look forward to working with you on designing your new home!

To view the full N&O Article, click here.

Homes by Dickerson is currently building in several communities across the Triangle:: Stonehenge Park and George’s Grant in Raleigh; Heritage Wake Forest; Copperleaf in Cary; Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill and we also have a Build on Your Lot Program as well.  To view our currently available homes, click here.

 

To learn more about our homes and communities contact Jenn@HomesByDickerson.com 919.454.8173.