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New Projects in Knightdale Slated to Begin in Spring 2018

With the town’s recent inclusion in the top ten among the fastest growing cities in North Carolina and with the beautiful new homes and the expansion right here in the Knightdale Station new home community, it would seem fitting that the Town Council has announced several exciting upgrades and New Projects in Knightdale to take place in the early months of 2018.

Announcing each of the New Projects in Knightdale to the public at meetings throughout the fall months here, the Town Council noted that they have made each of the decisions announced with a single goal in mind to help increase the quality of life for town residents.

One area that has become synonymous with the great lifestyle Knightdale residents enjoy is outdoor living and thus it is an obvious fit for the town officials to continue improvement on the parks. Improvements and renovations to Harper Park are scheduled as part of this Spring’s New Projects in Knightdale, as are the finishing of the new Knightdale Station Park Amphitheatre and Veterans Memorial.

Keeping family in mind, another of the New Projects in Knightdale will see a new look to the Knightdale Community Pool Clubhouse, and a new home for the popular summertime Knightdale Track Out Camps.

Lastly, the New Projects in Knightdale set for early 2018 will see a brand new state of the art public works facility, which will be located at 1102 Great Falls Court.

With the great community spirit right here in the Knightdale Station neighborhood and the fantastic New Projects in Knightdale not far off on the horizon it appears that 2018 will continue to see the town grow and accommodate, and the true winners will be the residents of Knightdale.

(Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale)

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Join Us At the Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar…This Saturday, August 13…at the Station!

Knightdale Station Home Buyer's Seminar

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This Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m., the incredibly skilled builder team from H&H Homes and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage would like to cordially invite you to Knightdale’s newest and largest master planned community for the Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar.

Being hosted at the spectacular, “Wilmington” model home located at 402 Admiral Way in the Penn Station section of the community, the Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar will address many of the “myths” that perspective homebuyers hear and wonder about as they prepare to make the huge life decision that is building or purchasing a new home.

The experts from Wells Fargo Home Motgage will address many items at the Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar, including such common questions that homebuyers will have as:

  • What do lenders consider when awarding a loan?
  • How much will I be able to borrow ?
  • What types of loans are available to me?
  • What is the difference between Prequalification and Preapproval?
  • What is the step-by-step financing process from the point I apply for a loan through the closing?

In addition to offering an incredible array of floor plans starting in the $280’s, the Knightdale Station new home community has the amenities that you and your family have dreamt of when seeking the perfect location.

Knightdale Station Park sits on 76-acres and features over two miles of paved trails, a dog park, athletic fields, and a train-themed playground that tips its cap to the rich railiroad history of the town. Events including food truck rodeos, the farmers market, and countless other family-friendly functions happen regularly at Knightdale Station Park. The YMCA and Aquatics Center is another great feature at Knightdale Station, offering a great chance to keep the whole family fit, while having fun at their outdoor pool or the many indoor facilities and programs offered for all ages. The Triangle area’s preeminent private school sytem, Thales Academy has just opened an on site elementary school at Knightdale Station as well, offering the best educational opportunity in Knightdale for grades K-5.

The Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar is a perfect opportunity for you and your family to get familiar with the hottest new home community in Eastern Wake County. To RSVP to the seminar and be sure you have a spot saved for you this Saturday, email our expert realtor team from Fonville Morisey Barefoot at KnightdaleStation@FMBnewhomes.com.

 

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Grant Awarded to Help Update Outdoor Spaces and Promote Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC

Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC

The Town of Knightdale Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs Department received a grant earlier this month from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to “transform a public area into an imaginative space for families to play and be active outdoors,” which will see “PlayPrints” installed at Knightdale Station Park, promoting an Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC for residents of all ages.

According to a press release from the Town of Knightdale’s website, “PlayPrints are ground markings, or colorful shapes and games that are painted on existing pavement. The bright colors and interactive designs are meant to encourage visitors to take part in more physical activity.”

Through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield grant initaives, which all North Carolina community agencies were invited to apply for, the PlayPrints will be surfacing at open play spaces as part of the organization’s “Get Outside North Carolina! (GO NC!) program. GO NC has been responsible for building healthy outdoor living habits across the state by helping with the advancement of greenway systems, increasing access for publc bicyclists, and overall promotion of outdoor activity, much as they are doing at Knightdale Station Park to help encourage a more Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC.

With options at Knightdale Station Park for a better Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC already including numerous walking trails, a dog park, athletic fields, and the YMCA at Knightdale Station’s summer camps, the addition of PlayPrints figures to offer another feature that the whole family can use together and have some fun while engaging in various physical activities.

Speaking on the grant received that will add even more options for an Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC, Parks , Recreation, and Cultural Programs Director, Tina Cheek, said, “Receiving a PlayPrints grant at Knightdale Station Park is a helpful step as we continue to grow healthy and active opportunities in our community.” She concluded, “Park visitors will have new creative ways to engage with our public space and have fun participating in physical activity outdoors.”

To read more on the PlayPrints grant and information on all the other great ways you can achieve a more Active Lifestyle in Knightdale NC visit the Town of Knightdale website at www.knightdalenc.gov For more on all the great amenities and new homes and lots for sale at Knightdale Station, visit www.knightdalestation.com.

(Photo is courtesy of Megan Thornton and the Town of Knightdale)

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Popular Trends in New Home Construction for 2015

2015 Wake County Parade of Homes

The home building experts at builderonline.com released an article this past month based upon the Annual Builder Practices Survey, noting the hottest Trends in New Home Construction for 2015, and in doing so, giving you a few ideas and options to think about as you prepare to work along side the great builder teams from Caviness and Cates, H&H Homes and McKee Homes in the construction of your family’s dream home at the Knightdale Station new home community.

The Annual Builder Practices Survey has been conducted by Home Innovation each year for over three decades as they have tracked the market shares of all building material categories to compile the survey and reports, like the most recent one documenting the hot Trends in New Home Construction for 2015.

Some of the more interesting findings in Trends in New Home Construction for 2015 for buyers to consider when getting ready to begin the building process saw several areas discussed in the builderonline.com article, including:

Flooring: Carpeting has continued to be the most popular flooring option amongst Trends in New Home Construction in 2015, as 83 percent of all new home bedrooms were documented as being carpeted. However, hardwood flooring has seen a rise as the second most popular choice, especially in living rooms. Ceramic tile, which is the most popular bathroom option, was noted as the third most common choice in flooring.

Kitchens: Several popular Trends in New Home Construction for 2015 touched upon in the article involved different areas and items in the kitchen. For new countertops, it was said that granite continues to be the top choice, with over 64 percent choosing this option. Quartz/engineered stone also saw a spike in counter top popularity as a second choice. In kitchen appliances, Cooktops and wall oven combinations saw an increase in installation as compared to freestanding units, while “freezer on bottom” refrigerators also gained in popularity, where as the “side-by-side” units saw a decrease. Sinks were another item in the kitchen that was noted in the Trends in New Home Construction in 2015.The single basin kitchen sink seems to be making a comeback this year, and granite or stone kitchen sinks also have seen a rise in their overall numbers.

Garages: Bigger and more enhanced seems to be the latest for Trends in New Home Construction for 2015 pertaining to the garage, as enhancements such as windows, insulation, and composite or plastic materials being used on garage doors has been on the rise. Also, the past year saw 32 percent of new single family homes building garages with bays for three or more cars, which was the highest number ever recorded in the 30 plus years of the survey for garage’s of this size.

These are just a small sampling of the extensive numbers and findings regarding popular Trends in New Home Construction for 2015 from the Annual Builders Practices Survey. For a full details in all areas of the home, visit www.builderonline.com.

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Education…at the Station: Thales Academy Knightdale enrolling for 2016-17 school year

Thales Academy Knightdale

Known as “The best educational option in the Triangle,” after building a reputation throughout the area that is unmatched in academic strength and real life preparation at an affordable price, Thales Academy Knightdale is set to open for the 2016-17 academic year at their newest location in the Knightdale Station new home community, accepting enrollment for children grades K-3 now.

With the construction of the Thales Academy Knightdale location progressing well and on track for completion as planned in July 2016 at the highly accredited school’s 8th campus to open in the area, at Knightdale Station, enrollment has begun for the inaugural school year for elementary age students.
True to their mission statement that they stand by at all of their Raleigh-area campuses, Thales Academy Knightdale will strive to “provide an excellent and affordable education for students…through the use of Direct Instruction and a Classical Cirriculum that embodies traditional American values.” Case in point, the low introductory tuition fees for the 2016-17 school year for students K-3 at Thales Academy Knightdale is just $5,300 a year or $530 per month.

To enroll a student for the 2016-17 school year at the new Knightdale Station location, you can request an application, or if you are interested in taking a tour of one of the near by Thales Academy campuses before enrolling, contact them directly via email at knightdaleinfo@thalesacademy.org .

With the new YMCA at Knightdale Station just opening this past July and Thales Academy Knightdale beginning the enrollment process on site as well, the onsite amenities at Knightdale’s newest and largest master planned communities are offering your children the area’s best opportunities in recreation and education…at the Station.

For more info on Thales Academy Knightdale, visit www.thalesacademy.org and for all the community information including available homes and floor plans, visit www.knightdale station.com

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New Knightdale NC Brewery on “tap” for grand opening in September…at the Station!

Knightdale NC Brewery

Knightdale NC BreweryWith a tentative grand opening date set for September 2015, adding to the already incredible list of amenities on site and nearby the Knightdale Station new home community will be the first Knightdale NC Brewery since prohibition, as Oak City Brewing Company prepares to open its doors at 616 North First Street in the town’s historic downtown area.

The Knightdale NC Brewery is the vision of co-owners Blake Cone and Matt Keeler coming to life in the form of Oak City Brewing Company. After years of talking about the possibility of opening their own brewery, in 2012 they began taking action on a business plan, which after much thought and plenty of batches of their own brew being made in their respective garages and homes in preparation will finally be coming to fruition in the form of their downtown Knightdale NC Brewery.

The Oak City Brewing Company will not only eventually be serving up their own brewing creations, but also will feature a tap house at the historic location that backs up to Knightdale Station Park. Adding to the allure of the Knightdale NC Brewery will be an outdoor Beer Garden. This wide open, dog friendly patio area is close enough to hear any of the bands that may be playing at the Knightdale Station amphitheater and in clear view of the beautiful park located “at the Station.” Upon opening, according to their official website, the Tap House will feature “20 local rotating taps, a bottle/can selection and small menu of local NC wines.” Once given clearance, Oak City will be also be offering 4-5 addition taps, pouring their own beers that are planned to include a Bohemian Pilsner, Red IPA, Oatmeal Stout, a several other seasonal varieties that will be brewed on-site.

For further details on the first Knightdale NC Brewery since prohibition, Oak City Brewing Company, visit their website at oakcitybrewingcompany.com and for all the latest information on Knightdale Station new home community including lots and homes that are now available, visit knightdalestation.com.

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Active Lifestyle in NC awaits in Wake County’s youngest town, Knightdale

Active Lifestyle in NC

Boasting the youngest median age in Wake County, with an average resident age of 30.7 years old, the consistent growth in Knightdale is in large part due to the town’s many outdoor living options. The beautiful walking trails right on site at the Knightdale Station new home community as well as the near by Mingo Creek Trail, which links to the more extensive Neuse River Trail, provide its youthful residents a link to the Active Lifestyle in NC they so desire.

The scenic on site trails for biking, running, or walking at the Knightdale Station new home community give residents of all ages a chance to “stay on the move” and discover an Active Lifestyle in NC with the convenience of being right in their own neighborhood. The YMCA at Knightdale Station is another way to achieve an Active Lifestyle in NC, with all of the amenities that are synonymous with the “Y” name to help keep you and your children both active and fit, including a spectacular new swimming pool that opened in early July. Speaking to the excitement of the arrival of the YMCA at Knightdale Station to the town’s youthful residents, Mayor Russell Killen noted, “The Y is an extremely good match for us.  Just like the Knightdale Station Park that has been full since we opened it in 2013, the YMCA is exactly what the community was looking for.” He added, “We have a young community with an average age of 30.7 years old. That means young, growing families. These are the people who need the Y.”

In addition to these ways to achieve an Active Lifestyle in NC at Knightdale Station with in the new home community, there also are many near by options including the Mingo Creek Trail, which opened to the public in the spring of 2014 and connects Knightdale to Raleigh’s more extensive Neuse River Trail. Walking distance from Knightdale Station, the Mingo Creek Trail, is a 2.5-mile greenway that was patterned after the Neuse River Trail, made partially of asphalt and partially boardwalk for local runners, cyclists, and walkers. It also connects Knightdale directly to the Neuse River Trail, allowing them to actually travel the trails as far North as the Falls Lake in North Raleigh and to the south as far as Clayton. The 10-foot wide trail has plenty of space for anyone whether a cyclist or a parent pushing a stroller.

Hitting the trails…at the Station!

Hitting the trails…at the Station!

With the continued growth in the “youngest town in Wake County,” Knightdale has made a concerted attempt to assist in providing the Active Lifestyle in NC desired by its residents, as explained by the town’s Park and Recreation Director, Tina Cheek, who said, “Knightdale has grown very quickly in recent years, and it looks like that will continue for a while. With lots of new families, we’re seeing a renewed appreciation for outdoor amenities.” She concluded that the trails and a focus on these type amenities are “…part of a comprehensive plan to provide an atmosphere that encourages physical activity.”

(Photo credits to Megan Thornton and the Town of Knightdale)

 

 

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Food Truck Rodeo highlights upcoming events at Knightdale Station

events at Knightdale Station

Continuing along with the fantastic schedule of family friendly events at Knightdale Station that have been brought to the residents by the town of Knightdale, one of the most popular events that the park has had a chance to host, the Food Truck Rodeo returns to Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, August 8, giving members of the community a wide variety of local tastes and treats to sample, with nine different trucks scheduled to be on hand serving up their delicious fare.

With the resounding success and fabulous response of the previous Food Truck Rodeos held as part of the events at Knightdale Station, this years’ rodeo is expected to be even bigger and better than ever. Nine different food trucks will be on hand to satisfy all appetites and vendors will include Chick-N-Que, of Rolesville, who will be serving up their tasty brand of “the best Eastern style BBQ that NC has to offer. Cock-a-doodle-Moo, the popular “Meat Shack” known for their “smoke and grill” will also be on hand once again, as they have also become a favorite at events at Knightdale Station. The “gourmet grilled wings” and other unique offerings from Durham’s Full Street Wings Café will also be giving those in attendence the chance to try their “never frozen jumbo wings” in any of their seven different signature hand made sauces. Seafood enthusiasts will also be pleased to know that Cousin’s Main Lobster out of Raleigh will once again be taking part in the events at Knightdale Station, as they bring the “freshest and most authentic Maine seafood experience” to the Food Truck Rodeo.

Continuing in the theme of differing taste from around the country and across the globe at the Food Truck Rodeo events at Knightdale Station, Virgil’s Jamaican will also be present on August 8, serving authentic Jamaican dishes that include jerk and curry chicken, in addition to their delicious curried goat and oxtail stew. King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks will also be at the rodeo, giving attendees a chance to have a taste of the “best cheesesteak in town,” and the popular loaded baked potatoes from Cary’s “Stuft” will also be available, too.

For those looking for deserts or too satisfy their “sweet tooth” cravings, the incredible home made taste and one of a kind flavors of Two Roosters Ice Cream will be scooping up their yummy treats, and bringing a north east classic to the Food Truck Rodeo, will be Jay’s Italian Ice, dishing out an array of frozen flavors that you won’t want to miss.

The town of Knightdale sponsored Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday, August 8 is just one of the many great family friendly events at Knightdale Station coming up throughout the remainder of the summer and the fall. For a full schedule of events coming to Knightdale Station Park and more details on the Food Truck Rodeo visit the town’s website at knightdalenc.gov or the Knightdale Station site at www.knightdalestation.com.

(photo courtesy of Town of Knightdale)

 

 

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A move to Knightdale is a move to one of the Safest Cities in North Carolina

Safest Cities in North Carolina

The family friendly atmosphere and overall community spirit that played a big role in choosing to move your family to the Knightdale Station new home community has been supported in a recent survey conducted by safewise.com, naming the town of Knightdale to  their list of the “Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

In the safewise.com poll, they ranked the top 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina, analyzing all cities and towns across the state that host a population of at least 5,000 in their study. They utilized the most recent FBI Crime Report to compare the numbers in each town of violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well a property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) and calculated the chances out of 1,000 of each of these happening.

The rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina explained Knightdale being on the list for the second straight year, showing that there is only an 0.144 percent chance of a violent crime occurring and just an 3.5 percent chance of any property crime occurring as well. The article went on to heap praises on not only the safety and livability of Knightdale in the article on the Safest Cities in North Carolina, but also gushed over the growth and scenic beauty of the town also,

In explaining Knightdale’s inclusion to the Safest Cities in North Carolina, the safewise article stated, “Family friendly, affordable and safe, we weren’t surprised to learn that Knightdale’s population has more than doubled since 2000. Its low crime rates, expansive recreation opportunities, and close proximity to Raleigh make it perfect for couples who want to raise a family.”

Explaing in further detail the safety and feeling of security one can enjoy in living in Knightdale, the article concluded by saying,  “Since Knightdale appeared on our list last, the community managed to reduce it’s already impressively low violent crime rate from 2.10 to 1.44 crimes per 1,000 residents. That’s a 30 percent reduction, and means those who call Knightdale home are 60 percent less likely to experience violent crime than the average American.”

To view the entire listing of the “Safest Cities in North Carolina,” visit the blog at safewise.com here.

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YMCA at Knightdale Station : Active Fun for the Kids

YMCA at Knightdale Station

With the swimming pool set to open early next month and several programs available throughout the summer and heading into the fall that all children can enjoy, the YMCA at Knightdale Station will keep your kids active just up the block from your new home at Knightdale Station.

imagesLocated at 494 Knightdale Station Run, the YMCA at Knightdale Station is currently offering a weekly day camp, “Camp Knightdale Station,” that will keep your children active for the entire five-day sessions. Throughout each day, the campers take part in field games, sports, arts and crafts, devotions, assemblies, and once the pool opens, swimming as well. The full day summer camps run for children grades K-5 each Monday-Friday and through the week of August 21.

Tentatively set to open on the weekend of July 4, the outdoor swimming pool at the YMCA at Knightdale Station will be the perfect spot to have a “splashing” good time and also for the youngsters to get some lessons in how to be safe around the water. In addition to being able to enjoy the water slide and all the fun of spending time in the water with their friends, there is also swimming lessons for children ages 6-12 at all skill levels to soon be offered at the YMCA at Knightdale Station. Beginners will learn to become comfortable in the pool and be shown basic stroke movement, while advanced swimmers are shown more advanced stroke technique, safety skills, and how to build endurance. Anyone taking the lessons will be evaluated on day one to ensure they are put in the class that best suits their needs.

Also, just announced for the Fall 2015 season at the YMCA at Knightdale Station was a recreational preschool youth soccer program. Living by the Y’s credo that “everyone plays,” three and four year old can sign up to develop basic skills of the game, learn to be a good teammate and sportsmanship, and most importantly have fun. The leagues will start on September 17 and will play on Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m.

YMCA at Knightdale Station memberships are already available, and both members and non-members can attend each of these programs. For more information on pricing and membership to the YMCA at Knightdale Station visit their website at www.ymcatriangle.org . For information on the new homes and lots available at Knightdale Station, visit www.knightdalestation.com .