Knightdale Cracks Top 15 Best Places to Live in NC for 2019

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With a  low crime rate, a quality public school system, and plenty of family friendly events and functions as just a few of the major reasons, the team of experts at homesnacks.com agree with your choice to relocate your family to the Knightdale Station new home community as they placed the town of Knightdale in the Top 15 among their 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings.

“We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible,” explained Homesnacks blogger, Chris Kolmar on the 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings “Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of North Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

From there, Kolmar went on to give details on the final ranking process for the 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC list, adding, “We then gave each city a Family Score.The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For North Carolina, that meant a total of 60 cities.”

Knightdale climbed up a spot from its ranking last year, scoring an overall 8.5 out of 10 and placing it as number 14 among the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. The town scored very high marks for its diversity, available jobs, affordability, education, and safety.

To view the entire listing of the 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 homesnacks.com.

(Photo Courtesy of Town of Knightdale)

‘Get Hooked’ on the Freshest Seafood in Knightdale at A’Nets Katch

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The Freshest Seafood in Knightdale is located only minutes from your new dream home at the Knightdale Station master planned community, at A’Net’s Katch, where you can eat in or take home and cook.

After growing up on the North Carolina coast, where she was exposed to and learned from her father how to crab, shrimp, oyster, and fish, it would seem a foregone conclusion that she would eventually be something that she could be both passionate and successful at. Fast forward to the Fall of 2011 and the buzz around A’Net’s Katch and the Freshest Seafood in Knightdale had grown to the point that it was a necessity to open a kitchen on site. Since that point, featuring an always creative and evolving menu, the Knightdale and surrounding area has been “hooked.”

Describing her passion and dedication to each meal and dish prepared at A’Net’s Katch, it notes on their website that, “Annette infuses every dish she creates with her knowledge and passion for perfection. Once word of these tasty signature dishes got out,such as the Sloppy crab sandwich, Grilled Mako Shark, Low Country Boils, Calamari, Soft shell crabs, Gator bites and much much more it did not take long to become the best little hidden secret in Knightdale.” Going further to explain their innovative entrees, the site concluded, “We even invented , the Famous Deep Fried Lobster tails, that hopefully land us a spot in the N.C. State fair in the near future.”

The freshest Seafood in Knightdale is available from an incredible selection of over 75 items in the ‘take home’ display case. The options for ‘take home’ range from crab legs to oysters to fresh filets and whole fish. In addition, A’Net’s Katch offers all the amenities one would need to prepare these delicious items, including, Seafood breaders, cajun boils, cocktail and tarter sauces, and so much more.

On top of all of these items, Annette also has her own line of products that can be purchased and include their famous Bang Sauce, Bull Sauce, Bay Sauce, low fat tarter sauce, made from scratch cocktail and tarter sauces, 12 blend seasoning and A’Net’s secret recipe batters that were created right in their very own kitchen.

A’ Nets Katch, featuring the Freshest Seafood in Knightdale is located at 2009 Village Park Drive. According to their official website, which can be visited here,  “The owners, Annette Brown and Greg Knish are Knightdale natives with a passion for guest service and outstanding fresh seafood.” Again referring to their website, they explain there overall view and business model, saying, “We have had this concept in mind for years and decided to take a leap of faith and provide the community we live in and loves so much with exactly what it needs…. convenience, great value and one stop shopping.”

To find out more about stopping in to try, or bringing home some of the Freshest Seafood in Knightdale at A’Nets Katch, visit anetskatch.com.

 

Thales Academy Knightdale Open House and 2019-20 Registration…at the Station!!!

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Located right in the heart of the  Knightdale Station new home community and preparing for another banner year of growth and prosperity among our student base for the upcoming 2019-20 school year, Thales Academy Knightdale will host an open house for grades Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade, on Tuesday, January 29..

The 2019-20 Registration/Open House at Thales Academy Knightdale will begin at 8:15 a.m. and run until 11:15 a.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 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.

Cupid Run Returning to Kick Off Knightdale Holiday Events for 2019…at the Station

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In the same vein as the numerous Knightdale Holiday Events held at Knightdale Station that have become tradition, the town’s parks and recreation department will be hosting their second annual Valentine’s Day themed, five kilometer “Cupid Run,”  Saturday, February 9.

Based upon the fantastic response and turnout from the community at the inaugural Cupid Run event in 2016, and for each year since thereafter, it  included amongst the calendar of Knightdale Holiday Events for a second straight year. Joining another of the successful Knightdale Holiday Events that has now become an annual tradition in the community, the Turkey Leg 5K, which takes place around Thanksgiving, these “fun runs” not only to give the community another way enjoy a great day of family fun, but they also promote a healthy lifestyle and outdoor living in the local community.

The Cupid Run will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and start in Knightdale Station Park. Registration for the event is on going right now and in addition to taking part in the newest tradition among the Knightdale Holiday Events, by signing up, you will also get a winter hat, a medal for finishing the 5K and a timing bib. In addition to the finisher medals there will also be medals given out to the first, second, and third place male and female finishers. Keeping in the festive and fun feel of all Knightdale Holiday Events, there will also be medals awarded for the “Best Dressed” in accordance with the Valentine’s Day theme, much as they do in November’s “Turkey Leg” event.

For more information on the 2019 Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department’s “Cupid Run,” or any of the great upcoming Knightdale Holiday Events, visit knightdalenc.gov.

Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale

Celebrate a Happy 3rd Birthday with Oak City Knightdale Brewery

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On Sunday, January 6, just a few steps from your new dream home at Knightdale Station, there will be a “birthday” celebration, commemorating the third year of operation for our neighbors at the Oak City Knightdale Brewery.

On their official website at oakcitybrewingcompany.com,  it is recalled that the Oak City Knightdale Brewery originally opened its doors for business on January 2, 2016. Giving a brief background and history, the site tells that, “Long time friends, Blake Cone and Matt Keeler, have had many a beer together as they day dreamed about one day opening a small brewery of their own. Then about three years ago they started taking a deeper dive and working on their business plan, reserved the Oak City Brewing Company name, URL and have never turned back.”

The “trip down memory lane” for the Oak City Knightdale Brewery continues, explaining, “After walking miles looking at dozens of possible locations, reworking budgets for the umpteenth time and brewing beer in their garages they finally found a suitable location in beautiful downtown Knightdale.” The memoir concludes, noting, “In spring of 2015, they took the entrepreneurial plunge, quitting their jobs (both with newborns on the way) and started realizing their dream. ”

The celebration of three years and counting of great times at the Oak City Knightdale Brewery will begin on January 6 at noon and run through 8:00 pm. Scheduled on hand are several food trucks, live music, and of course a lot of fun and some great beverages. In addition, the first 200 customers on hand on Sunday, January 6 will receive a free anniversary glass like the one pictured above. The rest of the days schedule, with food trucks and live music will go as follows:

Food Truck Schedule

454 Grill: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Southern Q: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Not Just Icing, Inc.: 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Live Music Schedule

Into The Fog: 12:00 pm to 3 pm

Proton Jones: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

To be sure all keep warm as they wish the Oak City Knightdale Brewery a Happy 3rd Birthday, there will also be an onsite bonfire on the lawn. Oak City Brewing Company is located adjacent to Knightdale Station Park at 616 North First Avenue in Knightdale. For further details on this event and all the great stuff they have coming up at the Oak City Knightdale Brewery, visit their official website here. 

 

 

Knightdale Lands at Number 3 on Annual List of Most Affordable Places in NC

Continuing to haul in the awards and accolades as one of the state’s fastest rising towns, and following in lead of the cost efficient, yet luxurious living options offered at the Knightdale Station new home neighborhood, the town of Knightdale was recently ranked number three out of all municipalities state wide on movoto.com’s annual list of the Most Affordable Places in NC.

Movoto.com blog writer, Natalie Grigson explained the website’s analysis process in her article documenting the top 10 Most Affordable Places in NC, explaining, “In order to come up with our list, we use the U.S. Census to find all of the places (towns, villages, cities, and Census Designated Places) within North Carolina with populations over 10,000 people. This left us with a total of 83 places.

Continuing to detail the ranking process, Grigson said, “We ranked each of these 83 places across the following criteria, using data from the US Census…here are the six criteria that got it there: food costs, utility costs, miscellaneous costs, median home price, unemployment rank, and adjusted median income.”

Speaking very complimentary of the town of Knightdale’s lofty number three ranking among the Most Affordable Places in NC, the Movoto blogger added, “With a median age of 30, Knightdale is one of the youngest and arguably the hippest towns in the Raleigh metro area…and perhaps what makes this possible is the town’s affordability.”

“Knightdale has one of the lowest unemployment rates in our top 10, just 7.5 percent, and better still, those employees make a median household income of $74,707, adjusted for the town’s overall cost of living of 104.” She continued to load on the compliments about the number three Most Affordable Place in NC, noting, “This town ranked among the best for its miscellaneous costs; things like restaurants, clothes, and entertainment…this is great news for young families.”

To read the full article on the Most Affordable Places in NC, visit movoto.com. For a closer look at all the great happenings, including a full listing of available home at the Knightdale Station new home neighborhood, visit knightdalestation.com.

Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale

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Getting “Cooler”…at the Station: Wake County Board of Commissioners Approves Funding for Knightdale Splash Park for Spring 2019

This past Monday, December 3, the Wake County Board of Commissioners (WCBOC) met and approved the awarding of over $550,000 in construction contracts, as well as giving their approval on all project funding in  what will certainly help the children in the area to “stay cool” all summer long, as construction will begin next month with a tentative opening date of Spring 2019 on an all- new Knightdale Splash Park to be located at Knightdale Station Park.

The plan for the Knightdale Splash Park (rendering pictured above) has been in the works since the initial plans were drawn up for the Knightdale Station community in 2016, as evidenced by the “Project Location Map” which was shown at Monday’s meeting, detailing all of the projects that have been completed and those that were planned to be implemented at some point when the town’s “first master planned community” was still just in its planning stages.

The wheels on the Knightdale Splash Pad were then set into motion first at the July 17, 2017 WCBOC meeting when the “Housing and Community Revitalization Action Plan” was approved. This plan saw the allocation of $330,000 through a Community Development Block Grant go toward the project, with the Town of Knightdale being responsible for matching some of these funds, which they did, appropriating $245,000 to go toward the Knightdale Splash Park, which according to the “Item Summary” attached to the official minutes of the 12/3/18 WCBOD meeting explains, “will provide recreation and cooling relief from the summer heat for…children in  the immediate neighborhoods as well as the greater community.”

A slight hitch in the process occurred when the Knightdale Splash Pad project was put out for bidding, and once received on October 10, 2018, it was discovered that all the bids received came in significantly higher than the projected $575,000 budget. Not to be deferred and keeping the kids across the community in mind, the design of the Knightdale Splash Park was slightly altered and there was a re-bid that included a cost request for the design and separate pricing for anything that may be considered an “add-on” to the project.

So, with the bids coming in at considerably lower than the first time around (and eventually awarded to Jackson Builders of Goldsboro), the ball was left in the court of the town of Knightdale, who would be responsible, as written in the initial plan for the Knightdale Splash Park, for any funding above the original allotted amount needed for construction. Stepping up to the plate to “keep the kids cool” in the blistering summer heat, the town approved the extra funding necessary at their own November 5, 2018 meeting and the WCBOC voted at this past Monday’s meeting to accept said funds and move forward with their awarding of $553,132.41 for the construction of the Knightdale Splash Pad, which will begin in January 2019 so that once Spring rolls around and the temperature begins to rise, the new addition…at the Station, will be ready to help the youngsters “beat the heat.”

For further information on the new Knightdale Splash Park…at the Station, including the minutes from this past Monday’s (12/3) meeting of the WCBOC, visit www.wakegov.com.

Knightdale is among nation’s “Best Places to Live”

Knightdale is ranked among the best places in the country to live and residents at the town’s first master planned community, Knightdale Station and across the entire town are not surprised. “Knightdale was an awesome place to grow up,” said on resident, and according to Money magazine, it still is as Knightdale was rated one of their Best Places to Live in U.S. Money, based on healthy economy, affordable homes and a high quality of life.

Money looked at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 and eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income or a lack of ethnic diversity. This pared the list to 2,400 places. Data on economic health, cost of living, public education, crime, ease of living and amenities along with data on housing market costs and growth was used to rank each municipality.

Next, reporters conducted research by interviewing residents, checking out neighborhoods and searching for intangible factors that don’t show up in the statistics to whittle the list down to the Top 100. To ensure a geographically diverse set, the list was limited to no more than four places per state and two per county. The top 15 includes only one entity per state.

Knightdale, population 14,868 with a median household income of $63,158 and a projected job growth rate of 10.9%, was one of three entries from North Carolina, coming in at number 76 on the list. Concord made the list at number 38 while Morrisville showed up at number 90.

VisitRaleigh.com describes Knightdale as having a “welcoming, youthful culture.” Tagged as an “emerging city with a magnetic energy fueled by the optimism and brain power of a young population,” Knightdale is one of the fastest-growing towns in NC and the Triangle. Just nine miles from downtown Raleigh, Knightdale residents are the youngest in the Raleigh metro area with a median age of 31.

 

Start Thanksgiving Morning with some Exercise at the Turkey Leg 5K at Knightdale Station

 The opportunity to start the Thanksgiving holiday with some exercise before going home to enjoy your feast with the family will once again be provided by the Town of Knightdale’s annual Turkey Leg 5K at Knightdale Station.

The Turkey Leg 5K at Knightdale Station begins on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22) morning at 8:30 a.m. Participants should expect to arrive between 7:30-8 a.m. to get checked in before the annual holiday race. The event will kick off and end, following its route through the town at Knightdale Station Park, located at 810 North First Avenue and will take place regardless of the weather conditions. All runners and walkers taking part in the Turkey Leg 5K at Knightdale Station will be timed and each will receive an event t-shirt.

Awards will be given out in several categories, including medals that will be given to males and females who place either first, second, or third overall in the Turkey Leg 5K race. Additionally, both the youngest and oldest participants will receive a medal, as will the “Best Turkey Leg Themed Outfit” being worn for the race.

As has become customary at any of the great Town of Knightdale events, food trucks will be on hand so the runners and walkers can have a coffee, a bite for breakfast, a cold drink, or just a snack following their race.

For more information on the Turkey Leg 5K and all the great upcoming Town of Knightdale events, visit www.knightdalenc.gov. For news about all the events and happenings, including available new homes and home sites and Knightdale Station go to www.knightdalestation.com.

Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale

Knightdale Takes Spot in Top 20 among 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 once again in the top 20 among 100 North Carolina cities analyzed in ranking the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC.

“The 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 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 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.