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Life in Wendell Falls

Life in Wendell Falls

Life in Wendell Falls. If you’re looking for more than just a home, you’ve found it. If you’re looking for a community in the truest sense of the word, look no further. If you’re looking for a place to call home that has everything you could possible wish for within an arm’s reach, welcome to Wendell Falls.

Now my perspective is unique. Yes, I am a new home consultant with Homes By Dickerson but I was a Wendell Falls resident first. Two years ago, my wife and I were looking for a new home community. We had a 2-year-old daughter, we were expecting our son any day and we had a really big dog.  We were busting out of our townhome. Like busting. #NeedSpaceNow
Oh yeah, and there was some serious 9 months pregnancy nesting happening.

We did what I imagine many new home customers would do that consider themselves “city people”.  We looked for a new home in our price range everywhere in Raleigh but found almost nothing that would work for us. Yet it was important that we stay close to downtown Raleigh. So, we started to look South. Nothing. And West. Nope. And North. Definitely nope. Zilch. And it wasn’t until a friend suggested we look East that we stumbled, almost literally, upon Wendell Falls.

I had really never been East of Raleigh but we were blown away to discover that it had almost everything we were looking for in a new home community and what it lacked is now under development and on the way. Even though it had all of the things that were important to us (close distance to downtown Raleigh but with a quaint small town feel; outdoor amenities like hiking/biking trails, a pool, amphitheater for outdoor music, etc.; a brand new home that we could afford), it wasn’t until we actually spent some time in Wendell Falls that we decided to call it home. #LifeinWendellFalls

Here is what we did. Every Sunday we would hang out at The Farmhouse, more specifically Grounds Café, like we lived here. We would come out, let our daughter play on the playground while we sipped on some of the best coffee we’ve ever tasted. We did the “Resident for a Day” program, swam in the pool and enjoyed a delicious lunch. We would get to know the people that already lived in the neighborhood and tell them we were thinking of moving here. Funny thing, we met SO MANY people that were doing just what we were doing. Some of our closest friends in the neighborhood came from those initial visits. We drove and timed the drive to downtown Raleigh. 18 minutes BTW if you drive like me. And what was probably most fun was coming out to enjoy ourselves at the Farmhouse Jams Summer Concert Series. They say “The music is free but it’s B.Y.O.C (bring your own chair).” So that’s what we did. And. It. Was. Awesome. Food, fun, music, beverages, kids’ games, adult games, sunshine. It is what sealed the deal for us.

As a side note, the next Farmhouse Jams is coming up at 5:30 pm on September 8th, (which happens to be my birthday FYI) and features JOHNNY FOLSOM 4, a Johnny Cash cover band. You’re welcome.

If you’re thinking about life in Wendell Falls, come test it out and have some fun with us. If Wendell Falls hadn’t yet made your radar, I hope it is on there now and that you’ll join us for some fun and community.

Ok, now I will use my sales person voice.
For more information on the lifestyle, amenities or our custom, high-performance homes in Wendell Falls, please email me at or call me at 919-986-2692.  Of course, you can always come and visit our beautiful model home at 1816 Iron Mill Drive, here in Wendell.  Would love to help you find “The Home of Your Life!”

Wendell Falls featured in Green Builder Magazine!

Wendell Falls featured in Green Builder Magazine!

As a nationally recognized builder of high-performance homes, Homes By Dickerson is excited to share the most recent accolade of  Wendell Falls featured in Green Builder Magazine!

We could not be more proud to be a partner of the developer, Newland Communities, or of the community itself.  Check out this link which will take you to the publication:

Not only will you notice on page 33 that Newland Communities won an Honorable Mention as a 2018 Eco-Minded Leader but there is also a 6-page spread (pages 46-51) delving into the green practices and mindset of the builders and community as a whole.  You will not want to miss page 51’s in-depth coverage on the Tesla powerwall and how that is just one of the many resources (not to overshadow solar panels of course!) that can lead you to net zero living!

For more than 10 years, Homes By Dickerson has been a leader in building each and every custom design to the highest green building standards available.  Not only are they Energy Star certified but they are also crafted to the National Green Building Standard and voluntarily built to the NC HERO Code.  It is just one more reason why Homes By Dickerson is the premiere custom builder of The Triangle and Pinehurst areas of North Carolina.

For more information on how you can build “The Home of Your Life” with all of the included high-performance features we offer, please contact Whitney White at 919-917-3132 or




Wendell Paws Summer Fun Event!

Wendell Paws Summer Fun Event!

Between the beautiful sunshine, the fantastic amenities and the active social calendar, Wendell Falls is a fantastic place to enjoy these long summer days.  In order to celebrate our wonderful community and meet more neighbors, we are inviting all Homes By Dickerson homeowners to join us at the new Wendell Falls dog park “Wendell Paws” for some summer fun! #WendellPaws
Stop by any time between 9am and noon on Saturday, July 21st for delicious food, cold drinks and great prizes!  There will also be lots of treats and surprises for any canine friends who decide to join us for the festivities.   A Homes By Dickerson homeowner will have a table from The Vets Pets where you can enter to win exciting prizes such as gift certificates to Wake Veterinary Hospital and Urgent Care, Knightdale Animal Hospital, Knightdale Pet Resort and Spa, and more!  You will also have the opportunity to get your furry friend’s picture taken by professional photographer Heather Johnson! 

We hope that you will be able to join us for a fun morning! Kindly RSVP to one of the guys on our amazing Wendell Falls Sales Team!

James Hill: 919-324-2919 or
Jason Hakooz: 919-218-8974 or
Chuck Belden: 919-986-2692 or

For more information on Wendell Falls or any of our other new home communities, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

Things are heating up in Wendell Falls!

Things are heating up in Wendell Falls!

Located just east of Raleigh (and only a short drive to Downtown!), Wendell Falls is one of the area’s fastest growing neighborhoods.  Developed by the award-winning Newland Communities, this master-planned community is the largest in the Triangle and will embrace 4,000 new homes and over 2 million square feet of retail space over the next several years. 

Now that summer is here, the residents of Wendell Falls are taking advantage of the wonderful amenities woven throughout the community.  Feel like getting some exercise outdoors?  Try exploring more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails (beautiful winding pathways which are expected to connect to the Mountain-to-Sea trail) or taking your four-legged friend for a walk to the newly finished Wendell Paws Dog Park.

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Need to soak up some sun?  Look no further than the zero-entry saltwater pool with lap lanes, kids’ splash zones, and a waterslide.  Want to unwind during the evening?  Pull up an Adirondack chair next to the fire pit in Shindig Park, have a picnic, challenge your neighbors to a game of cornhole, or enjoy the live music on Festival Lawn throughout the summer.

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You too can be part of this amazing community when you choose to partner with Homes By Dickerson.  We can customize any of our versatile, stunning floor plans to meet the needs of your family and you can relax knowing that we build every home to the highest energy-performance standards available.  Whether you need plenty of storage and living space for your growing family or you prefer to right-size into a luxurious Ranch-style plan, Homes By Dickerson would love to build “The Home of YOUR Life!”

For more information on the homes or amenities in this thriving neighborhood, please contact our Wendell Falls sales team-

Jason Hakooz:, 919-218-8974
James Hill:, 919-324-2919
Chuck Belden:, 919-986-2692





The Countdown to Farmhouse Jams in Wendell Falls begins!

The Countdown to Farmhouse Jams in Wendell Falls begins!

Wendell Falls has created quite the reputation for putting on excellent events over the past few years.  I am not sure if it is the calming view of woods and water, the lush green grass and Carolina blue skies, or the fantastic amenities offered by this award-winning community but summer in Wendell Falls has become one of my favorites!  In just a few short weeks, we get to celebrate the beginning of the coming season with the 3rd annual kickoff to Farmhouse Jams!  I do not know about you but I cannot think of anything better than an evening which includes live music, delicious food, cold drinks and the chance to catch up with friends and neighbors.  Let’s go over that one more time: Farmhouse Jams equals music, food, drinks, and great conversation.  Check off all when you join us on Saturday, June 9th to hear The Boomers Band, live at the Wendell Falls outdoor pavilion.  We invite you to sit in our Homes By Dickerson VIP area where we will have blankets and chairs for your convenience as well as drinks and food tickets for your family!  Music begins at 5:30pm but plan to enjoy watching the sun set amidst the trees and look for flickers of light as the lightning bugs dance dance across the lawn.  Ahhh… life in Wendell Falls!

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For more information on how you experience life in Wendell Falls, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or  We look forward to helping you find “The Home of YOUR Life!”

Homes By Dickerson’s high performance efforts recognized in Builder Magazine

Homes By Dickerson’s high performance efforts recognized in Builder Magazine


Homeowners at this Newland community can opt to go net zero with Tesla’s solar energy storage technology.

At Wendell Falls, a new-home community in Wendell, N.C., a one-of-a-kind energy storage system has been added to the list of green energy upgrades available to homeowners.
Courtesy Southern Energy ManagementThe Tesla Powerwall stores excess energy produced by solar panels which homeowners can tap into on demand or during grid outages.

At Wendell Falls, a new-home community in Wendell, N.C., a one-of-a-kind energy storage system has been added to the list of green energy upgrades available to homeowners.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Homes by Dickerson, a Wendell Falls builder, partnered with Morrisville, N.C.-based Southern Energy Management (SEM) to install the first Powerwall at the community, one of the first uses of the Tesla product in the state. Developed by San Diego, Calif.-based Newland Communities, Wendell Falls encompasses more than 1,100 acres near Raleigh, N.C.

The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium ion battery that works in conjunction with solar panels to store excess energy. By making this energy available on demand, day or night, the Powerwall roughly doubles the amount of solar energy that directly powers the home, according to Tesla. When used by homeowners on a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan, the wall can help save money by charging and discharging according to peak times and prices. The Powerwall also provides backup power during outages by automatically disconnecting from the grid and restoring power to a home for seven days or longer, Tesla says.

Homes in Wendell Falls have an average score of 62 on the HERS Index, according to the developers. Dickerson’s homes there are Energy Star certified and are certified Bronze by the National Green Building Standard, with features like low-flow fixtures and faucets, tankless gas heaters, and radiant barrier roof sheathing. Homeowners who want to ratchet up their home’s performance even more can opt for solar panels and a 13.5 kw/hour Powerwall, which can bring the home to net-zero energy.

SEM says the average cost for a solar array on these homes, which range from 2,000 to 3,674 square feet, is $20,000 to $25,000, and federal tax credits allow homeowners to deduct 30 percent of that cost. A fully installed Powerwall costs $10,000 in addition to that and is also eligible for the 30 percent tax credit.

The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium ion battery that works in conjunction with solar panels to store excess energy.
Courtesy Southern Energy ManagementThe Powerwall can help homeowners save money by smartly charging or discharging based on the price of energy at a given time.

Since tax deductions only offset part of the steep costs for these technologies, Graham Alexander, senior residential energy specialist for SEM, says the decision to upgrade comes down to a combination of factors. Although the price tag is a deterrent for some buyers, according to Alexander, others treat the purchase like an investment in a generator, which might not offer a financial return but does provide a homeowner peace of mind in an outage.

“It’s not as much wanting to save more money with the Powerwall as the security of knowing you have power in the event of a grid failure and a little more energy autonomy,” he says.

Not only are Powerwall users less susceptible to hourly fluctuations in the cost of energy, they’re able to monitor and manage their home energy usage through the Tesla app.

According to Homes by Dickerson superintendent Jonathan Bailey, buyers and homeowners with the budget to upgrade generally choose the upscale kitchen or other additions they will see and touch every day. However, the availability of these solar options and Tesla technologies is shedding light on the benefits of independent residential energy systems.

“We get asked about solar a lot more often today than we did four or five years ago, but the challenge is getting people to understand that it’s a long-term investment,” he says.

Even if the kitchen upgrades are winning for now, Alexander says interest in smart, renewable energy systems is rising across North Carolina. “There’s a strong trend toward clean energy and higher-end smart home technology. Producing your own energy and being able to store it and control when you use it – that’s the pinnacle,” he says.


Join us at the Wendell Falls Spring Open House Tour-You will be “Berry” happy you did so!

Join us at the Wendell Falls Spring Open House Tour-You will be “Berry” happy you did so!

Sometimes North Carolina weather makes it hard to remember what season we are in or what is coming up but our exciting reminder for the day is that Spring will be here next month!  Carolina blue skies, cool breezes, and budding blooms will all be the norm very soon and I cannot think of a better place to kick off the celebration than Wendell Falls.  There is something truly special about this community.  Whether it is the gathering mentality at The Farmhouse, the opportunity to grab a quick bite at Grounds Cafe, the wooded views, or the calming sound of the Falls, I am not entirely sure.  I like to think that it is a pleasant combination of all of the above.  Whatever the attraction, we encourage you to spend the day with us at The Wendell Falls Spring Open House Tour coming up on Saturday, March 10th from 12pm-5pm.   Not only will you have the opportunity to tour our model homes and our move-in ready homes but you can experience life in this fantastic community!

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Homes By Dickerson will be hosting a “Pick Your Own” Strawberry Patch at our model home: 1816 Iron Mill Drive, Wendell, NC.  Grab one of our tin pails and fill it with NC grown strawberries!  Just like you want to choose your own fresh produce, you want to choose your own home design and custom features!  After visiting our strawberry patch, tour our homes and see what a true custom builder can do for you.  For more information on how you can choose “The Home of YOUR Life!” with Homes By Dickerson, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

You will be “berry” happy you came to Wendell Falls!

$5000 to use towards Design Center Options in Wendell Falls!

$5000 to use towards Design Center Options in Wendell Falls!

Build “The Home of YOUR Life” today in Wendell Falls!  Take advantage of our $5000 credit towards design options on all presales in this gorgeous neighborhood from now through March 31, 2018.  Whether you choose to customize one of our award-winning floor plans or have our licensed architect create the perfect design for your life, the benefits are all for you!  Use these savings on any design center option when you meet the design team in our showroom to choose the right fits and finishes to match your personal style.
You cannot imagine a better time to purchase a custom marvel in this beautiful new home community!  As warmer temperatures start to come our way, the beauty of this location will overwhelm you.  Wendell Falls offers attractive amenities such as The Farmhouse, a gathering place with beautiful views, a fitness room, and Grounds Cafe; a pool and splash zone; an amphitheater; wide open spaces; trails for hiking, biking, walking; and of course The Falls’ themselves!

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For more information on how you can build “The Home of Your Life” in Wendell Falls, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or


Commercial Space coming to Wendell Falls!

Commercial Space coming to Wendell Falls!

Wendell Falls clears way for 2M square feet of commercial

Ben Graham, The Triangle Business Journal
January 23, 2018

The Wendell Falls master-planned community, just outside of its namesake town in eastern Wake County, is still just a shadow of what it could be in the future.

Open fields and mounds of dirt still make up much of the 1,100-acre property. Neat rows of single-family homes have cropped up, but only a little more than 400 of the potential 4,000 have been built thus far.

All that could change soon.

Construction is underway on the commercial phase of the Wendell Falls community, and plans are in the works for even larger development in the near future. Crews have begun work on a Cruizers convenience store at the development, being built by real estate developer Newland Communities. In March, a new childcare center will go vertical. But the bigger news is what lies just beyond the horizon. The Newland team behind the master-planned community is laying the groundwork for a grocery store, a medical facility and restaurant and retail space. All told, the commercial component of the project will total 2 million square feet.

There is even space for a corporate headquarters office complex, something that could help draw companies to the other side of Wake County. “This east side has been overlooked,” says Dan Klausner, Newland’s director of commercial real estate.

An 11-acre parcel has been prepped for a 100,000-square-foot medical facility, and one of the pads is in the final stages of negotiations with a tenant. Another 50-acre parcel is being graded to make way for retail space, restaurants and a new, higher-end grocery store. Work on the commercial side of the development comes at the same time that the developers are making headway on the residential component. More than 380 homes have been sold to-date, while another 680 lots are ready for construction. The work represents a significant about-face for the project, which was in limbo for years until Newland scooped it up in 2013 for $34 million. Development of the community had been suspended in 2008, after the original developer, Burroughs & Chapin, defaulted on a Wells Fargo loan. The bank foreclosed on the land two years later. When its complete, Wendell Falls could double or even triple the population of the town of Wendell, which had 6,745 residents in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

And it could get even bigger. Those behind the development have talked about luring a larger company to relocate to Wendell Falls. The corporate headquarters site is 50 acres and could accommodate up to 6 million square feet. That would require getting additional approval from the town, but the potential is there, Klausner says.
Newland has offices in cities across the U.S. and also is responsible for building Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill.


Wendell Falls “Talks Design” with Homes By Dickerson’s Turner Underhill!

Wendell Falls “Talks Design” with Homes By Dickerson’s Turner Underhill!

By now we hope you are familiar with the award-winning community of Wendell Falls in Wendell, North Carolina.  This beautiful community offers incredible views, open space, and amenities galore all in a quiet, peaceful environment.  Did we mention that it is only 15 miles from Downtown Raleigh?  Or that you can build “The Home of Your Life!” with Homes By Dickerson in this dream neighborhood?  If you have not heard of Wendell Falls, I encourage you to see what the difference is!  While researching, check out the latest Wendell Falls blog entry which highlights the amazing talents of Homes By Dickerson superstar designer Turner Underhill!  Click here to view the blog or keep scrollling!
For more information on Wendell Falls or any of our other Triangle-area communities or custom, high-performance designs, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

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18 January . 2018

Let’s Talk Design: An Interview with Turner Underhill
by Cali Buhrman, Marketing Coordinator

Have you ever walked into a model or staged home and thought to yourself, “Oh my, these designs are amazing!”

Everything flows together perfectly, the décor complements the home features, and you are instantly in love.

Working around gorgeous homes at Wendell Falls, I know the feeling well—which is why I was so excited to
down with Turner Underhill, the designer behind Homes By Dickerson’s custom plans in our community.
Read our interview below to hear what Turner had to say about inspiration, her favorite home so far,
and what sets Homes By Dickerson apart from any other homebuilder.

CB: There are so many great homebuilders in the Triangle. What sets Homes By Dickerson apart?

TU: Homes by Dickerson is not only a custom green home builder, but we also pride ourselves on the fact that
clients can walk through our spec houses and know that what they see is a “standard” option and would be
included in the base price of the home.  We have wonderful options in our standard levels and as a designer,
we work hard keep our programs up to date and current (like tile, flooring, and backsplash programs).
Since we are a custom builder, we can do just about anything for our clients but we have many
homebuyers who are pleased and happy with the standard options.

CB: What’s the first thing you think about when designing a home? Do you usually know
immediately the character of the home and what you want it to be, or does it come together
later in the project? 

TU: With each home I work on I come up with a theme.  I am given an elevation and a floor plan and from
there I create the bigger picture.  Whether it is a coastal farmhouse or masculine craftsman house, each home
has a main idea and I build on it from there.  I keep the theme in mind when picking exterior colors, interior
floor stains, backsplash tile, cabinet colors, etc.  A coastal farmhouse would be light and airy while a more
masculine house might have some stained elements and a darker overall color scheme.

CB: Okay I have to ask, do you have a favorite home you have designed at Wendell Falls so far?

TU: My favorite home in Wendell Falls so far is the Concord plan we built for Parade of Homes. It ended up
winning Gold in 2017 and our team loved the finished product! The theme for this house was actually a coastal
farmhouse and when you walk through the front door, you can see that come through and carry throughout the home.

Thanks Turner! For more information on Homes By Dickerson and their plan offerings, click here.