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Top 10 Things To Do in Wake Forest, NC

Top 10 Things To Do in Wake Forest, NC

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



Best Things to Do in Wake Forest, NC


1) Wake Forest Historical Museum


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


2) Wake Forest Renaissance Center for the Arts


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


3) Friday Night on White


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


4) Falls Lake State Recreation Area


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


5) Downtown Shopping


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


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6) E. Carroll Joyner Park


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


7) White Street Brewing Company


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


8) Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs


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


9) Wake Forest Farmers Market


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


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10) Heritage Golf Course


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


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


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

Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

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

How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

Featured Community: Introducing Blanton’s Creek

Featured Community: Introducing Blanton’s Creek

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Now selling in Wake Forest… an extraordinary new community called Blanton’s Creek. With just 25 customized homes, peace, quiet and privacy will be all yours. 

Blanton’s Creek is a small community, with a choice of six distinctive, high-style home designs. Each scenic 2 to 4-acre homesite has a unique topography, featuring rolling hills, woods, and ponds. No two homes – or homesites – will be alike. 

Located just a few minutes from Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Blanton’s Creek is close to North Raleigh and historic downtown Wake Forest, as well. 

The Town of Wake Forest is a reminder of days past as well as an example of civic growth. Stroll down the streets of its beautiful downtown district, enjoying art, delicious cuisine, and locally-owned shops, while soaking up history, too. From the genuine southern hospitality you will feel around each corner to the lovely water and wooded views, one visit will make you want to spend a lifetime.

This exclusive community of stunning homesites and customized estate-style homes is priced from the $700s. Inside — and out — you and your family will have all the room you need to escape, unwind, and enjoy at Blanton’s Creek.

For more information about Blanton’s Creek, please contact Whitney at 919-205-3404 or whitney@homesbydickerson.com.

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.

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!

Tour our Custom, Move-In Ready Homes!

Tour our Custom, Move-In Ready Homes!

-Simplify your choices by discovering custom, move-in ready homes from Homes By Dickerson

Life seems to get busier every day.  Between work obligations, raising a family, social engagements, hobbies, and more-we fill our calendars to the breaking point and often still do not feel we are doing enough.  While we cannot remove these stresses from your life, we can help you find The Home of Your Life!  A home with the rooms you need to hold the people and things that are most important to you.

When you decide to purchase a Homes By Dickerson home, you can go through the building process with our team, considering each detail and planning out your spaces and features.  We love this time with our homeowners because it allows us to develop a relationship that goes beyond just company and client.  However, if this option does not work with your timeline or your busy life, our talented team of builders and designers have already created beautiful homes across The Triangle, each custom drawn with hand-picked interior and exterior features.  Our custom, move-in ready homes are waiting for you to complete them!

With a variety of floor plans in 14 North Carolina communities and one community in South Carolina, you are sure to find the right fit for your family’s needs!  Click here to view all of our custom, move-in ready homes or see below for our August highlights.

For more information on any of our custom, move-in ready homes, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill
The Mill Park B, Home Site 1892
47 Logbridge Road, Chapel Hill
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2347
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751 South, Durham
The Gregson, Home Site 289
917 Cella Saxon Drive, Durham
3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2000 sf
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Ethan’s Meadow, North Raleigh
The Madison G, Home Site 31
12404 Marsh Field Drive, Raleigh
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MacTavish, North Raleigh
The Chamborde A, Home Site 19
6924 Ray Family Farm Court, Raleigh
4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3726 sf
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Wendell Falls, Wendell
The Emerson A, Home Site 390
1017 Groveview Wynd, Wendell
3 bedrooms, 2.0 baths, 2405 sf
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Traditions at Wake Forest
The Concord, Home Site 66
1421 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest
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Nexton, South Carolina
The Mendenhall A, Home Site 307
311 Bright Leaf Loop, Summerville, SC
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2390 sf

Parade to “The Home of Your Life!”

Parade to “The Home of Your Life!”

It always takes me a while to mentally transition from summer to fall-more so than with other changes of season-but then I see the slight tinges of orange and red slowly painting the leaves or get a whiff of autumn spices and realize that fall is in fact here!   For The Homes By Dickerson team, the beginning of fall is a flurry of activity as we prepare for the largest showcase of homes throughout the year-The Triangle Parade of Homes.  We have poured through design ideas, sketched, and dreamed.  We have swept, scrubbed, painted, and planted.  We have walked each community, searching for ways to improve all of the little details to ensure a stellar experience for you.  Now we take a breath, step back and present you with 9 amazing homes that embody everything we are and believe in as a custom, high-performance builder.

We invite you to join us over the next three weekends (October 6-7th, 12-14th, and 19th-21st: 12pm-5pm each day) for the 2018 Parade of Homes where you will see your dreams and visions come to life! Intricate trim detail, gorgeous woodwork, decadent tile patterns, custom layouts, beautiful elevations, curb appeal, and so much more await you at every turn.  The only thing that is missing is you!  Tour Homes By Dickerson’s 2018 Parade of Homes and find “The Home of Your Life” today!


Homes By Dickerson’s 2018 Parade Homes
Briar Chapel-“The Chippy Chic”-635 Boulder Point Drive, Chapel Hill-$659,900
Briar Chapel-“In the City”-146 Logbridge Road, Chapel Hill-$577,000
751 South-“A Touch of Brass”-1324 Bradburn Drive, Durham-$612,000
Sunset Bluffs-“Quiet Moments”-2501 Plowridge Road, Fuquay Varina-$475,000
MacTavish-“Tangled Up in Blue”-6901 Ray Family Farm Court-$800,000
Henderson Place-“Moody Modern”-4215 Henderson Place Drive, Pittsboro-$760,000
Traditions-“Easy Living”-1209 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest-$650,000
Wendell Falls-“By the Bluff”-1657 Tunnel Street, Wendell-$350,000
Wendell Falls-“Southern Comfort”-416 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell-$500,000

For more information on any of our homes, communities or The Triangle Parade of Homes, please contact Whitney White at 919-296-3820 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com 

Also, stay tuned as we will reveal the design inspirations for each of our homes and some wonderful detail photos of the finished product!  Even if you have walked through the home, it is easy to miss something with so much to see!

Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest Preview Night!

Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest Preview Night!

There is nothing more exciting for a builder than going to the next phase of a community!  Homes By Dickerson recently announced our newest section of Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest with our fantastic Grand Opening in our new model home The Whitaker.  Last night we followed up this activity with our Preview Night for our Traditions VIP List.  Individuals who had shown an interest in building a custom design in this award-winning neighborhood met with our team, reviewed home sites and inquired on home designs.  These prospective homeowners were introduced to the entire Traditions team from the VP of Construction to Sales and Design.  They were also able to spend some one-on-one time with our licensed architect while he sketched new ideas!
Homes by Dickerson is proud to be the custom builder in the new phase of Bridgewater which focuses on Estate-Style custom designs. Our high-performance homes, priced from the $570’s, are on ¼ to ½-acre wooded home sites and adjacent to the Wake Forest Reservoir with its 100+ acres of natural preservation.

Amenities abound with miles of trails, pocket parks and open spaces. The Traditions Amenity Center and Club features a zero-entry resort-style pool with cabanas, a wet deck, and kid’s splash zone. In addition, the community proudly displays a pavilion amphitheater with fire pit, playground, and sand volleyball court. The community is surrounded by great shops, dining, grocery stores, and so much more!

For more information on how you can join our VIP list and get updated information on this exciting community, please contact us at  919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com.  You can also visit our fully-decorated model home, The Whitaker, at 1105 Grande Water Way, Wake Forest!

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Join the VIP list for Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest!

Join the VIP list for Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest!

Homes By Dickerson is excited to bring you the next phase in the exclusive Bridgewater section of Traditions at Wake Forest!  Not only will this be the last phase built exclusively by Homes By Dickerson but these custom homes will offer wooded home sites and views of the Wake Forest Reservoir!  Choose from a range of designs 3000 square feet+ with master down opportunities and an array of design options.  You will also be able to take advantage of the resort-style amenities of this master-planned community including a Zero-entry salt water pool, amphitheater, clubhouse, volleyball courts, pocket parks, and so much more!

To join our VIP List and receive the latest updates, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com
You are also invited to attend our Preview Event on Thursday, December 7th from 4pm-7pm where you can tour The Whitaker, our stunning new model home at 1105 Grande Water Way in Wake Forest!

Preview Event Invitation

Whether you need more space, upgraded amenities, or just want to build a custom home with an award-winning builder, ask us how you can make Bridgewater at Traditions “The Home of YOUR Life!”

New Move-In Ready Home of the Week:: The Shelby in Traditions at Wake Forest

New Move-In Ready Home of the Week:: The Shelby in Traditions at Wake Forest

You will fall in love with Homes By Dickerson’s The Shelby from the moment that you ascend the lengthy driveway and feast your eyes on the sheer size of the home and front yard! Imagine being greeted by the beautiful stone work, inviting front porch, clapboard shutters, three-car garage, and arched windows on a daily basis!  And those calming neutral tones used for the exterior are also found throughout the home on the other side of the handsome solid wood front door.

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Once inside you are hit with an amazing amount of natural light, compliments of the grandeur of the 2-story foyer, and…oh, the details! Elevated trim in the foyer, elegant staircase banister, coffered ceilings in the family room, incredible archway between the breakfast nook and living room, vaulted ceilings and palladian-like windows in the study, to name a few!

A formal dining room and butler’s pantry leads to a true gourmet’s kitchen with its impressively elegant cabinetry and granite, the lightness of both are a stunning contrast against the dark hardwood finish.  Additional details include unique pendant lights and tilework above the range that only a personal tour could do justice.  The living room features a fireplace and a great backyard view with 2 sets of double doors leading out to the spacious screen porch. The rest of the main floor boasts a master suite complete with an oversized, glass-enclosed shower and tile-surround soaking tub.  Upstairs you will find three more bedrooms, a loft and a generous recreation room.

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The Shelby has everything you could possibly want in a home and more, not to mention the abundant amenities and perfect location of Traditions at Wake Forest! Contact us today while there is still time to make this “The Home of Your Life!”

For more information on The Shelby in Traditions at Wake Forest or to schedule a private tour, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Traditions at Wake Forest:: The Shelby
1312 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest, NC.
To view our virtual tour, please click here.
5 bedrooms, 4.0 baths
3751 square feet
Homesite 13-MLS # 2004426