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Knightdale Among the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

Citing its low crime rate, affordability, and a great public school system as just a few of the major reasons, the team of experts at niche.com agree with your choice to relocate your family to the Knightdale Station new home community as they placed the town of Knightdale number eight among 100 North Carolina cities analyzed in ranking the 2016 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC.

“The 2016 Best Places to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for families at the place level,” was the explanation of the system used by Niche in ranking the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. The explanation continued, “This grade takes into account key factors, the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for families.”

Maybe the most accurate description of Knightdale’s lofty ranking among the 2016 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings was voiced by a resident, who was one of 35 community members who weighed in with their comments about the town on niche.com, saying, “It is a cheap and affordable place to live yet is conveniently close to Raleigh. It is also very safe despite the fact that it is inexpensive and is also a rapidly growing city. New businesses are opening up and schools are improving.”

Knightdale not only was listed as one of the top ten Best Places to Live in NC by Niche, but they also received the highest overall grade the website gives out, an “A-Plus,” with great public schools, high resident education levels, and a low unemployment rate noted as some of the factors behind the grade.

Niche.com, which was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the largest content startups in the country, researching and providing reviews, insight, and studies that result in content to aid in major life decisions such as the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings.

To view the entire listing of the 2016 Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina as well as detailed statistics on the Town of Knightdale accumulated in their in depth research aimed at helping families and individual find the best choices in location, schools, and many other aspects of life, visit niche.com.

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“The Dog Days” are Back at Knightdale Dogtoberfest…at the Station

Knightdale Dogtoberfest

Returning for a second consecutive year on Saturday, October 22 to Knightdale Station Park, Knightdale Dogtoberfest will be a day full of “dog-themed” fun for the whole family and “man’s best friend.”

Knightdale Dogtoberfest kicks off in the same fashion as the inaugural event did last year, with the running (or walking) of the “2k9” Fun Run starting at noon. The run will loop around Knightdale Station Park and prizes will be given out at the conclusion of the “2k9” to the top several finishers. On top of these runners being awarded prizes, their will also be goody bags given out to the first 100 contestants that had signed up for the fun run at Knightdale Dogtoberfest.

Continuing in what figure to be a Knightdale Dogtoberfest tradition, will be the return of the wildly popular dog costume contest which will also see prizes awarded in a variety of categories to the dogs that will be judged by the local girl scouts.

Likewise, there will once again be a booth at Knightdale Dogtoberfest set up by the Wake County Animal Shelter (WCAS) where information and literature on how to adopt a dog will be provided. For those looking to leave Knightdale Dogtoberfest with a new pet, you will also be able to actually adopt a dog through the WCAS as well. Several other pet related vendors will also be on hand to share in this day dedicated to the dogs.

Heading into the fall season, Knightdale Dogtoberfest is just one of the many great community and family friendly events that the Town of Knightdale will be holding at Knightdale Station Park. You can find a full listing of the events coming up at Knightdale Station on their events page at knightdalestation.com or for a full listing of all the great upcoming events this fall and into the winter visit the official Town of Knightdale website at knightdalenc.gov.

(Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale)

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Drafts and Carafes Festival in Knightdale Showcasing Local Wineries and Breweries… at the Station

Drafts and Carafes

For the second consecutive year, on the heels of a fantastic turn out in its inaugural event, the Town of Knightdale will host the Drafts and Carafes Festival at Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, October 15, featuring some of the area’s top breweries and wineries in addition to a whole host of other things…at the Station.

The 2nd Annual Drafts and Carafes Festival starts at 4:00 p.m. and goes until 7:00. This is a family friendly event and all attending are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating throughout. There is no entrance fee, however the individual vendors will be charging for food, beverages, and other on-site crafts and other items for sale.

Much like the inaugural Drafts and Carafes Festival, there will be a great variety of local brews and wine for tasting at the event. The lineup of local breweries for the 2016 edition of the Drafts and Carafes Festival is one you sure don’t want to miss out on, with Gizmo Brew WorksBruePrintBull City Ciderworks, and Double Barley Brewing set to be serving up their craft beers.

Local wineries  will also be offering up a taste of their flavorful North Carolina spirits and will be announced in the days preceding the event. Gregory Vineyards and Neusiok Wines will both be represented at Knightdale Station Park on October 15.

Additionally, in what has become a “tasty tradition” at all Knightdale Station events, with the Drafts and Carafes Festival being no exception, there will be five different food truck options at the event, offering a nice variety of dinner and dessert options for all. The Food Trucks scheduled to be on site…at the Station for the Drafts and Carafes Festival are: BaoziThe Tot SpotQSpressoBrachi – Le Petit RollBam Pow Chow, and Two Roosters Ice Cream. In addition to the food trucks, several vendors are also set to be on hand with Tink & Twist, GerDan Chocolates and Lowe’s Foods of Knightdale all taking part in the festivities as well.

For more on the 2nd Annual Drafts and Carafes Festival at Knightdale Station Park or if you have interest in being part of the event, contact Megan Thornton at megan.thornton@knightdalenc.gov.

(Photo Courtesy of Town of Knightdale)

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Knightdale Family Event to celebrate “National Bike Month”…at the Station

Knightdale Family Event

Celebrating “National Bike Month,” this Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 am-Noon, the annual Knightdale Family Event, “Psyched About Bikes” is a great way for the whole family to come out to Knightdale Station Park and get an education on bike safety while enjoying some “fun in the sun” as well.

The “Psyched About Bikes” Knightdale Family Event will be host to a wide variety of bicycle activities that will not only stress bike safety, but also teach youngsters and adults alike the “rules of the road” while riding.

The festivities at this Saturday’s bike-themed Knightdale Family Event will kick off at 10:00 sharp with the “Bike Rodeo,” which is open to all ages. Keeping within the safety and regulations theme of the day, the “Rack and Ride Bus Demonstration” will once again be a part of the events at “Psyched About Bikes.” This hands on, learning experience at the Knightdale Family Event will see members of the local police and fire departments lending a hand.

Likewise, representatives from these same organizations, the Knightdale Fire Department, as well as the police departments from Knightdale, Zebulon, and Rolesville will be involved throughout the Knightdale family event , interacting with the children through a series of fun, yet informational activities promoting bike safety, stressing the usage of proper equipment and detailing the safest methods of riding for all children of all different age sets and kill levels.

There will also be many great prize giveaways at this Saturday’s Knightdale Family Event courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department.  Many members of the local community have partnered up with the Town of Knightdale to help celebrate “National Bike Month” and make “Psyched About Bikes” possible. Helping with this years’ event are the following organizations, Active Routes to School, Go Triangle, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists, and Performance Bike of Raleigh.

“Psyched About Bikes” will be held in conjunction with another great Knightdale Family Event this Saturday, the Knightdale Farmers Market, which will also be going on at Knightdale Station Park. To see more about either of these events or any of the great upcoming activities in Knightdale, visit knightdalenc.gov.

(Photo courtesy of the Town of Knightdale)

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Thales Academy Knightdale to Hold Inaugural Open House this Saturday…at the Station

Thales Academy Knightdale

Located directly across the street from the sales office at Knightdale Station, and preparing to open their doors for classes in July, Thales Academy Knightdale will host its inaugural open house for grades Pre-Kindergarten through third grade, this Saturday, May 14.

The Inaugural Open House at Thales Academy Knightdale will begin at 11:00 a.m. and run until 2:00 p.m. and will allow parents and prospective students alike a preview of what they can expect in the upcoming school year at the facility. Utilizing a rigorous curriculum and placing a focus on proven, innovative learning methods that include helping the children to develop real world skills, using technology integration, and character development, Thales Academy is known across the area to provide students with the highest quality learning experiences and education.

Thales Academy Knightdale students, much like those at all their other award winning campuses are encouraged to engage and discover , as their teachers use the “Direct Instruction” method of teaching based upon extensive research and studies done by the academy proving this to be a more effective manner of teaching as opposed to the traditional methods. The kids are offered a wide variety of subjects in the Thales Academy Knightdale curriculum, including, Math, Reading, English, Spanish, Art, Technology, Music, P.E., and Character Education.

Another advantage that the young students at Thales Academy Knightdale will have is the low average class size, which is limited to only 16 children per classroom, to allow for the maximum amount of hands on learning in a one-on-one setting with their teachers than they may have at a larger public or private school. Thales Academy Knightdale currently is offering a low annual tuition price of $4,800 or $480 monthly. There is also a $200 “early pay” discount and also a discount of $500 off for multiple siblings.

In addition to getting a preview of the new Thales Academy Knightdale facilities this Saturday, there will also be food trucks and several fun filled activities for the kids to partake in, including an on site bounce house and face painting.

Thales Academy Knightdale is located in the Knightdale Station new home community at 525 Carolinian Avenue. For more information on the school or to apply online, go to thalesacademy.org.

Knightdale Residential Growth Sees Dramatic Increase in 2015

Knightdale Residential Growth

With the addition of new industry and business coming into town and the opening of Knightdale’s largest master planned community, Knightdale Station, in the fall, it comes as no surprise that when the end of the year numbers for 2015 were tallied that the numbers showed Knightdale Residential Growth continuing at a record setting pace for the town.

While Knightdale Residential Growth has seen an upward trend for some time, the increase in numbers from 2014 to 2015 was one that was even more dramatic than the steady climb the town has seen in years previous. An example of the huge jump in 2015 in Knightdale Residential Growth would be the 59 percent increase in permits given out for single family homes in 2015 versus the year previous. This saw developers apply for 215 new home permits in Knightdale last year as opposed to just 135 in 2014. Likewise, the “value of improvement” was another increase that was seen in Knightdale Residential Growth, as the average value of a new Knightdale home in 2014 was $191,689, where as in 2015 that number jumped over $10,000 per unit to an average of $204,080.

The Town’s Development Service Director, Chris Hills spoke of the Knightdale Residential Growth, pointing to some incredible new amenities as one of the reasons for the larger increase this year. “These numbers are some of the best we’ve seen since before the recession,” he noted. “We’re seeing the market respond to policies put into place by our Mayor and Council. The new amenities, such as Knightdale Station Park and Mingo Creek Trail, are also helping us create an attractive place for residents and businesses to invest.”

The numbers for Knightdale Residential Growth weren’t the only ones that saw a significant spike, however, as the town was also pleased to see commercial investments on the upswing as well. In the calendar year of 2015, it was noted that developers spent over $16 million on new commercial property in Knightdale. By comparison, this number was over five times the figure from 2014, as commercial investment in the town in 2014 was only around the $3 million mark.

Summing up the impressive increase in both commercial investments and in Knightdale Residential Growth, Mayor, James Roberson stated, “We believe Knightdale provides both a healthy business environment and a desirable place to live.”

To see more on new businesses coming to Knightdale, visit the town’s official website at knightdalenc.gov. If interested in some of the most beautiful residential properties, including ready to move in homes or sites to build on in the town’s largest master planned community, Knightdale Station, you can view these options at knightdalestation.com