Encore at Briar Chapel
1342 Briar Chapel Parkway, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
"Green" Development of Briar Chapel Has a 55+ Neighborhood, Encore, and 900 Acres of Open Space, Miles of Trails, Dog Parks, a Community Garden and More
Just south of Chapel Hill in north central North Carolina, the master-planned community Briar Chapel spreads across 1,500 leafy acres. It is founded on sustainability and has parks, greenways and homes built to "green" standards.
Within Briar Capel is Encore, a 55+ neighborhood with single level, single family homes. The builder of these properties, David Weekly Homes, offers two residential series, the Classic and the Tradtional. Properties in the Classic series have about 1,591 to 2,408 square feet while homes in the Tradtional series have 2,100 to 2,600 square feet. Both collections boast two to three bedrooms, two to three baths and an attached garage. Exteriors have vinyl siding, stone accents and a pitched roof. Interior features include recessed lighting, granite countertops, trey ceilings, a large master-suite and more.
Encore prices begin in the mid-$300,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it may change.
Briar Chapel has preserved 900 acres of wild space, and its 24 miles of trail span Bennett Mountain and Pokeberry Creek. Amenities at the expanding list of neighborhood parks include two dog parks, a community garden, and a natural amphitheater. The Briar Club has a large formal lawn, snack cabana, fitness center, splash pool, and lap pool. The Encore Club, for just Encore homeowners, has its own saltwater swimming pool, fitness center and activities director.
Cosmopolitan with small town warmth, Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina and is known for its engaging music scene, stimulating foodie culture and funky hospitality. Well-kept neighborhoods, a healthy downtown, agreeable weather and good medical facilities are a few reasons why retirees love Chapel Hill. It is a very livable place and exudes the easygoing confidence of a generally prosperous city.
Award-winning, 800-bed North Carolina Memorial Hospital (NCMH) is owned by the state of North Carolina and is part of a non-profit integrated health care system that stretches throughout seven North Carolina counties. NCMH is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The climate is moderate, with mild winters (temperatures in the 30s and 40s) and warm, sometimes hot, summers with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. On average, the city receives 45 inches of rain and 5 inches of snow per year.
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Sir Walter Raleigh sent English colonists to North Carolina in 1585 and 1587 to settle Roanoke Island. Permanent settlements were established in 1653, and early conflicts included pirate raids, the Quaker-led Cary Rebellion and the Tuscarora Indian War.
North Carolina didn't see much fighting during the American Revolution, but many residents went out of state to fight. A lot of locals were pro-Union and anti-slavery, but the state joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The state is the nation's largest tobacco producer, furniture maker and brick and textile manufacturer. Papermaking, chemicals, and metalworking are important to the state economy, too. Most lithium and mica come from here.
Tourists spend more than $1 billion in North Carolina annually. Sporting options include skiing, golfing and fishing. Major attractions include the Great Smoky Mountains, Cape Hatteras, the Blue Ridge National Parkway, the Wright Brothers memorial, Carl Sandburg's home, and an Old Salem re-creation in Winston-Salem. North Carolina's climate is warm and tropical most of the time, but it can be subject to fierce storms part of the year.
Population - 10,146,788
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 28%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 65%
Median household income - $46,848
Median home value - $154,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why Choose a 55+ Community?
Most people who choose to live in a 55+ development are looking for a sense of community with other people of similar backgrounds. Many of these developments are gated and guarded, adding to a sense of security. Often the homes are low maintenance or "lock and leave," giving owners the freedom to do things other than mow the lawn, shovel the snow or replace the roof. The biggest draw is often the amenities, ranging from lavish clubhouses to activity directors and championship golf courses, making some developments akin to country club living (or summer camp for adults). While 55+ communities are not for everyone, they continue to be a popular choice for many people.
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