Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kids Movie Night at Briar Chapel

Since she was 4 years old, one of our daughter's favorite monthly events in Briar Chapel is Kids Movie Night.

Last night was no different. She got to throw on her PJs, grab a sleeping bag, and head up to the Briar Club to watch Mr. Peabody and Sherman with 30 of her friends from the neighborhood.

The cost is only $12/child (plus $8/sibling), which includes pizza for dinner and an intermission halfway through the movie to play some fun games and have dessert.

Best of all, Kids Movie Night gives parents a chance to reconnect and be adults. We like to use the time to go out on a fun date together, host a dinner party at the house, or get together with a group of our friends at a nearby restaurant or beer garden.

Just another example of the great lifestyle residents enjoy!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chapel Hill Ranks Among "Best Places to Live in America" from Money Magazine

Chapel Hill earned accolades in Money magazine's recent annual rankings of the “Best Places to Live in America” in the following categories:
  • No. 36 for "Best Places to Live"
  • No. 8 for "Youngest Places to Live"
This year, Money Magazine set out to find the nation's top small cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.

Starting with a pool of 781 cities, they used data from
Onboard Informatics and other sources to comb through everything from the local economy and housing market to schools and healthcare—more than 50 factors in all. Then, they sent reporters to visit the top scoring places, looking for a sense of community and other intangibles.

If you are considering Chapel Hill for your next home, please reach out to Jen Winkler at 919-593-3662 to setup a private tour of the community and homes for sale.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Briar Chapel's 4-Legged Residents Enjoy Annual "Pups at the Pool" Event

As the pool season comes to a close each year, it's a tradition for Briar Chapel residents to bring their 4-legged family members for a swim in the saltwater pools. This year's event was the best one yet with perfect weather and happy pups.

Brittany (our activities coordinator) arranged some new features for this year's event, including paw-painting and a microchip scanning station to make sure everyone's information was up-to-date. She also hosted some fun "best trick" and "longest jump" contests with prizes awarded. Here are a few highlights from the festivities...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Briar Chapel Builders Leading the Way

Briar Chapel's builder team is leading the way for certifying homes to the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), the only ANSI-approved consensus standard on green building. Check out the NC rankings and latest numbers below from Home Innovation Research Labs:

  • #1 Homes By Dickerson: 301 Certified Homes w/ 39 in Process
  • #3 M/I Homes of Raleigh: 223 Certified Homes w/ 26 in Process 
  • #4 Saussy Burbank: 169 Certified Homes w/ 25 in Process 
  • #6 David Weekley Homes: 85 Certified Homes w/ 14 in Process 
  • #10 ForeverHome: 16 Certified Homes w/ 22 in Process 
  • #11 Garman Homes: 13 Certified Homes w/ 7 Home in Process 
  • #17 Morningstar Homes: 8 Certified Homes 
  • #28 Drees: 4 Certified Homes w/ 5 in Process
Congratulations everyone!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Just Listed: 343 Dark Forest Drive

UPDATE: Jen put this home under contract in 21 days!

Jen just listed one of Homes By Dickerson's "Jacob" models for sale in Briar Chapel.

Located on a wooded homesite near the heart of the development, and just a short distance from the clubhouse and saltwater pools, this home features a number of upgraded features, including:

  • stone fireplace
  • beautiful 3.25" hardwood floors
  • screened porch  & stone patio
  • private study with French pocket doors
  • Pro appliances, including 40" gas double-oven range, fridge, washer & dryer
  • custom cabinetry throughout
  • built-in desk & lockers in the owner's entry
  • granite counters
  • large master suite with two walk-in closets and rainshower
  • and more! 

This home is priced to sell at only $419,900 - well below what it costs to build this plan today. The seller has also graciously included a $5000 allowance for the buyer to use towards lender-allowed HOA dues, closing costs, fencing and/or window treatments.

See more photos here, but you really have to see this home in person to appreciate the wooded views and quality of construction. To schedule a showing, please contact Jen Winkler at 919-593-3662.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Experience the Briar Chapel Lifestyle as a Resident for the Day

As we tell all of our clients, Briar Chapel isn't just a neighborhood... it's a lifestyle!

So, we don't just show homes to prospective buyers when visiting this unique community.We also spend time exploring all of the opportunities the community offers its residents to be active, explore nature, engage with family & friends, and participate in enriching activities.

If you are looking for a new home, and would like to experience the Briar Chapel lifestyle firsthand, please consider registering to become a "Resident for a Day."

In addition to receiving a full-day pass to explore the saltwater pools, fitness center, community gardens, 24 miles of hiking and biking trails, and 20 parks, you will also receive a scavenger hunt map and keepsakes, including a chair or tumbler cup for poolside relaxation. Registration also provides invitations to private events and notifications about new offerings as the community develops.

The pool will be closing soon, so please be sure to register by contacting Jen Winkler at or 919-593-3662 by August 31st.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bluegrass & Brews in Briar Chapel

Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rain date.

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with bluegrass, cold brews, and Baguettaboutit?!?

Please join us from 4-6pm on Sunday, July 20th, at Briar Commons Park in Briar Chapel for Bluegrass & Brews!

The Hey Brothers Bluegrass Band will be providing live music, while folks enjoy beer from Steel String Brewery, great food from Baguettaboutit, and cool treats from Little Dippers Italian Ice.

This event is free, open to the public, and most importantly - FUN! So grab a chair or picnic blanket and a group of your friends, and come on out for a great afternoon!

For updated info, check out the Facebook page for this event.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Briar Chapel Celebrating National Trails Day - Saturday, June 7th

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. The event features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Briar Chapel will be participating in the celebration with several guided tours of its trail system led by the Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) and residents. Activities include:

  • 9:30 am - Mountain bike trail ride with Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) 
  • 10:30 am - Kids trail walk 
  • 11:30 am - Historical trail walk

If interested in any of the guided tours, please meet at the Briar Club (1600 Windy Knoll Circle). We hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Briar Chapel's Pool is Open!

Briar Chapel's pool facilities opened this week for its fifth season!

A number of residents and non-resident members enjoyed themselves under the watchful eye of the lifeguard staff. Meanwhile, the younger ones enjoyed the splash pad, water slides, diving well and zero-entry pool.

The water tends to be a bit "refreshing" this early in the season. We're referring to the temperature, of course, but we could just as easily be referring to the fact that Briar Chapel uses saltwater chlorination. The water is easier on your skin and has no chlorine odor, in addition to other benefits.

If you would like to see the pool, and experience what life is like at Briar Chapel, please schedule an appointment to take a private tour of the community with Peter or Jen. We would be happy to show you around!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Introducing the Briar Chapel Barracudas Swim Team

With over 550 families now living in Briar Chapel, the community can support a swim team!

For this inaugural 2014 season, over 130 residents and pool members registered to become Briar Chapel Barracudas. Corporate sponsorships and registration fees made it possible to purchase the necessary equipment and hire a great coach to create a safe and nurturing environment for the kids.

For those children who wanted to participate on the swim team, but couldn't quite swim a lap, there is also a Jr. Barracuda program. It will provide 5 weeks of consistent swim instruction in a supportive and fun environment in the hopes to prepare beginning swimmers for swim team.

Go Barracudas!!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

9th Annual Green Home Tour Starts Saturday, May 3rd

As I mentioned in a previous post, Briar Chapel has 8 homes entered in this year's Green Home Tour. You are also welcome to attend either (or both) FREE kickoff events.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Briar Chapel Makes Top 10 List for Green Communities

In celebration of Earth Day, Redfin recently released a list of 10 neighborhoods across the U.S. with the largest number of green homes. The ranking is based on the proportion of “green” listings out of total listings in the neighborhood over the past two years.

Although 100% of Briar Chapel's homes are green-certified, Redfin mistakenly attributed only 26% of the community's listings. Newland is working with Redfin to better understand how the data were compiled, and determine if any corrections to the manner in which homes are marketed is needed.

Regardless, Briar Chapel continues to be recognized as a top destination for buyers who appreciate the benefits of high performance homes and healthy living.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6th Annual Briar Chapel 5K & Earth Day Celebration Scheduled April 12th

I hope you will join us for the 6th Annual Briar Chapel 5K & Earth Day Celebration on April 12th from 9:30am to 1pm!

The 5K race and kids fun run will begin at 9:30am near the new Boulder Park and wind through Briar Chapel's roads and parks. Advanced registration is $20 and includes a locally-made organic t-shirt and goodie bag. If interested, you can register here.

Please consider joining the Homes By Dickerson builder team this year, even if you don't live in one of their homes (yet!). There is no extra charge to do so, and you'll receive a team shirt in addition to the race shirt. Simply select this option when registering. If you have already registered, just let Jenn Nowalk know you're interested.

After the race, Briar Chapel will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration from 10-1pm where you can enjoy beer and refuel with various food truck offerings! Other activities include live music, cornhole, yard Jenga, bocciball, horseshoes, and other fun activities for the young and young at heart. The post-race party is free and open to the public.

The chip-timed course is a USATF-certified course. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers, as well as age group winners.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Registration Open for "Swim For Smiles" Youth Triathlon in Briar Chapel

The 8th Annual "Swim For Smiles" Youth Triathlon, open to kids ages 5-23, will be held on Sunday, September 7th, 2014, in Briar Chapel.

It’s not unusual for this triathlon to draw at least 500 kids — sometimes more. The 2011 event drew over 800 participants making it the largest youth triathlon in the US. The 2014 race will serve as a catalyst to drive more youth into the sport of triathlon than any other event in the sport’s history, and the race organizers are working hard to make it the largest race in the world.

Course options are:
  • Short course: 100-meter swim, 2.5 mile bike, 1K run
  • Long Course: 300-meter swim, 5 mile bike, 3K run
  • Sprint Distance: 400-meter swim, 10 mile bike, 5K run
To register or learn more about this exciting event, visit the Swim For Smiles website

Saturday, March 1, 2014

9th Annual Triangle Green Home Tour May 3-4 & 10-11

The 9th Annual Triangle Green Home Tour is coming soon! This free, self-guided event will feature over 30 entries, and will be held on May 3-4 and 10-11, 2014 from Noon to 5pm.

As always, the tour will allow you to examine a number of green building features in a wide variety of homes in all styles and price points -- ranging from Habitat for Humanity and entry-level homes to custom luxury entries.

Briar Chapel will have eight homes on the tour this year, which are listed below. However, it is important to remember that ALL homes in Briar Chapel are required to be certified green upon completion. So, if there is a particular home for sale that you like that's not on the tour, Jennifer Winkler would be happy to arrange a private showing for you. Give her a call at 919-593-3662.

  • 2413 Briar Chapel Parkway (Garman Homes)
  • 206 Cliffdale Road (David Weekley Homes)
  • 23 Sagebrush Road (ForeverHome)
  • 23 Heatherwood Drive (M/I Homes)
  • 293 Dark Forest Drive (Drees)
  • 84 Owen Towne Road (Saussy Burbank)
  • 561 N. Serenity Hill Circle (Saussy Burbank)
  • 307 Dark Forest Drive (Homes By Dickerson)

To learn more about the tour, visit Otherwise, Peter Winkler has some extra tour guides if you need one - just stop by his office at 649 Bennett Mountain Trace in Briar Chapel. You can also view a virtual list of homes on the tour by downloading the iPhone or Android app.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Garman Homes to Build 2015 Duke Children's Miracle Home in Briar Chapel

Earlier today, Garman Homes announced it would be building the next Miracle Home in Briar Chapel to benefit the MIX 101.5 Radiothon for Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center.

The builder is planning to have the home completed in time for October's Parade of Homes, and pledged to raise over $200,000 through partnerships and donations from the community.

MIX 101.5 has raised over $15 million dollars for the kids at Duke Children's over the past 19 years.

Congrats to the great folks at Garman Homes for their commitment to help raise funds to benefit children’s programs and further support the continuation of excellence within the medical and surgical programs housed at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.