Greenway access lifts neighborhood appeal [partner]

If you’re longing for the camaraderie and community of the 1960’s suburbs, you’re in good company. With technology becoming more pervasive, “binge watching” now a well-used verb, and teenagers spending their summers in front of screens, homes and neighborhoods that have easy access to nature are becoming more and more popular. One thing that is especially attractive to prospective homeowners are the networks of greenways crisscrossing the Triangle, which give them a chance to enjoy the outdoors.

Stonewater, a new community in Wake Forest, is one of the many new neighborhoods that make it a point to develop greenways, trails and ponds in addition to new houses. Homes start from the $550s and offer 4 or 5 bedrooms, ⅓ acre homesites, and 3,000-plus square feet. The real attraction, however, is the off-the-beaten path feel of the community, which is just a stone’s throw away from Sanford Creek Greenway and Heritage High School. An extension of the 1.15-mile Smith Creek Greenway is also planned, giving families a chance to walk their dogs, jog, hike, bike and maybe even spot some wildlife only a couple miles away from home.

With homes starting from the $340s, Tryon at Wake Forest is another new development that is embracing the sense of community that comes with interwoven walkways. Not only can you walk your pets and get some exercise, but you can get outdoors, say hello to your neighbors and get to know your town. Right next to Wake Forest Resevoir, home to the 1.6 mile Resevoir Soft Trail, Tryon at Wake Forest gives locals a chance to sit by the water in the summertime or enjoy the trees in the fall. Close by, Carlton Point in Rolesville offers a similar lifestyle, with homes starting from the $300s.

Finally, Glenmere, in Knightdale, has homes starting from the $320s, and is a short 10 minute drive from the southern trailhead of the Neuse River trail, one of the most popular biking and walking trails in the Triangle. Familiar to many, the Neuse River Trail runs north-south to the east of Raleigh, stretching almost 30 miles from Clayton to Falls Lake, past Knightdale, through Northeast Raleigh and across I-540. Crossing two suspension bridges and boardwalks through wetlands, the Neuse River Trail is a beautiful natural path that welcomes families, small children and athletes alike. Whether you want to canoe, kayak, fish or just roam along looking for birds and turtles, the Neuse River Trail has something for everyone. And if you’re looking for a greener connection to Neuse River, the Mingo Creek Trail runs right past Glenmere, through several residential areas and leads to the larger trail.

With all of these communities, the existing greenways are only the first chapter of a story that’s not yet finished. At each neighborhood, more greenways and local walkways are under development, making it easy to not only walk around your neighborhood, to your local pool or park, or to a larger greenway trail, but also to adjacent neighborhoods.  “All the people out there have the same common goal of just getting out there and enjoying it,” said Dan Clem, marketing director for the Jim Allen Group.

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