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Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays are Back…at the Station

Knightdale Station Food Truck Thursdays

With the overwhelming popularity of the same events in the Spring and Summer, both dinner and lunch will be served at Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays starting on Thursday, September 1, with a variety of tastes available each week at Knightdale Station Park.

Building on the initial success of the once weekly events held at Knightdale Station in its first go around, last Spring and Summer, the Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays expanded to have trucks both during lunch hours and a completely different truck on site for dinner hours. With the great response from members of the community, the Town of Knightdale will this trend will continue for Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays, as the lunch hours each week will see the trucks serving up delicious fare from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the dinner hours will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The schedule for the Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays will feature:

September 1

September 8

September 15

 September 22

September 29

 October 6

 October 13

 October 20

 October 27

 November 3

November 10

November 17

Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays are held rain or shine near the amphitheater at Knightdale Station Park. For more information on these and all other great Town of Knightdale events visit knightdalenc.gov.

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Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Returns for the Fall…at the Station

Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night

This Friday night, August 26, one of the most popular family events of the season returns to Knightdale Station Park, as Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night kicks off with a showing of the science fiction hit, “Avatar” playing on the big screen beginning at dusk.

With the Summer series proving once again to be a fun and entertaining night out for area families, the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series has four scheduled showings to take place on Friday evenings through the first week in October. The Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night events are completely free to the public and all are encouraged to bring either a blanket or chairs to sit on as they enjoy the movie.

The current schedule of movies to be shown during the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night this fall:

There will be vendors on hand serving up refreshments at Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night, and this fall there will be added incentive to grabbing a bite to eat or a drink at the events this fall, as groups from local schools will be running the concessions and all proceeds will go directly to the school on hand that evening. The Hodge Road Elementary PTA will be at the Friday, August 26 showing of Avatar, so having a snack or any type refreshment at the event will not only curb your hunger or thirst, but it will also help our area schools throughout the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series.

Additionally, the Cub Scout Pack 365, which meets right in Knightdale every Tuesday night at the United Methodist Church will be on hand volunteering their time to help with each Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night. If you have a youngster interested in finding out more about this great organization, you can visit them at any of the movie night events, or go to their website at beascout.org.

For more information on the upcoming Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series, including sponsorship visit knightdale nc.gov.

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Hot Custom Home Design Trends to Consider For Your New House…at the Station

Custom Home Design Trends

As the calendar year of 2016 heads into the end of summer and toward the fall, there are several popular Custom Home Design Trends that new home owners have been utilizing their professional builders, just like the experts helping you to craft your dream home in Knightdale’s first master planned community, Knightdale Station , that you may want to take into consideration as the construction process begins.

The kitchen as many of you know has become one of the main focal points not only when building a new home, but also among the Custom Home Design Trends that have been noted throughout 2016 thus far. One such trend that has consistently remained popular in kitchens this year is “white on white spaces.” This “clean look” with the usage of white cabinets with a light colored or white counter top or back splash has returned in a big way. The main factor attributing to making this one of the most frequently seen of 2016’s Custom Home Design Trends , is the overall desire of new home buyers and builders to use the kitchen as the center of the home for entertaining guests, as the brightness of the “white on white” helps in opening up and making the appear large.

Double islands in the kitchen is another of this year’s Custom Home Design Trends that has seen many who have built a new home include, for much of the same reason. One island for seating and entertaining, with a second for much of the same and in some cases even for a sink, makes for more overall space when trying to be a good host.

As far as Custom Home Design Trends in regards to flooring this year, reclaimed lumber continued to be the choice of many. First gaining major popularity a few years back, this eco-friendly option in floors adds a unique look, and a bit of character and personality also.

It was not very long ago that brass fixtures in a newly built home were considered outdated and less than savory as far as Custom Home Design Trends go. However, they are back with a vengeance this year, mainly due to how “unique look of the brass when partnered with a more contemporary style fixture.

Continuing to take priority among the new homeowners in 2016 was a focus on indoor/outdoor living spaces. As is commonplace here among each of the Custom Home Design Trends discussed, this too plays into the open space concept that has become so important in recent years. Allowing indoor and outdoor spaces to flow seamlessly such as an outdoor living room type area around a fireplace or the indoor dining area opening to a patio space.

The incredible homebuilder team, and the wide selection of floor plans available at Knightdale Station can help you to implement any or all of these Custom Home Design Trends into your new home. To see the plans and get more information the builders…at the Station, visit knightdalestation.com.

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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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The First Ever Knightdale Fall Concert Series will be Rockin’ …at the Station

Knightdale Fall Concert Series

With all of the fantastic family friendly and community based events held throughout the spring and summer months by the Town of Knightdale at Knightdale Station Park, residents can rest assured that the good times will continue to roll into the next season, as on Thursday, August 4 the Knightdale Fall Concert Series will kick off, bringing a fun filled night of music to the stage on the first Thursday of each month through October.

This will be the inaugural year for the Knightdale Fall Concert Series, which figures to become the next “Knightdale tradition” to be started and held at Knightdale Station Park. Following on the heels of the great success the town has had with such great recurring events as the Knightdale Farmer’s Market, the popular Food Truck Thursdays or Food Truck Rodeo events, and of course the annual Fourth of July Celebration, which has drawn in access of 10,000 area residents to the park, the Knightdale Fall Concert Series is sure to be a great time for family members of all ages.

The weekly live performances as a part of the Knightdale Fall Concert Series will start at 6:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. Admission is completely free to attend the concerts, but there will be various activities for the children and food trucks on hand, both of which will be additional costs. The Town of Knightdale encourages you to bring chairs or a blanket to set up for comfortable seating.

The schedule for the Knightdale Fall Concert Series that has currently been announced is as follows:

August 4: Christiane Smedley & Spencer Mobley

September 1: Magic Pipers

October 6: Eric Dixon

The Knightdale Fall Concert Series is sponsored by Go Triangle and for further details on this and all upcoming Town of Knightdale events visit knightdalenc.gov.

(Photo courtesy of the Town of Knightdale)

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“Rage Against Builder Beige” Welcome to Fresh Paint by Garman Homes… at the Station!

With the hot summer months now upon us, the only thing hotter than the sun as we head toward August and the months beyond is the newest builder team as we announce with great excitement that Fresh Paint by Garman Homes will be bringing their #RageAgainstBuilderBeige campaign and two collections of single family floor plans for […]

Knightdale Commercial Growth on the Rise

Knightdale Commercial Growth

With so many great things happening in regards to the expansion and beautification of the town of Knightdale over the course of the past few years, including the development of the Knightdale Station new home community, it is obvious when one takes a look around town that Knightdale Commercial Growth numbers saw a dramatic increase during the calendar year of 2015.

Much as was reported a few months back with a noted increase across town in residential properties in 2015, the Knightdale Commercial Growth can be attributed to many different positive initiatives that have been going on. Also, the town’s positioning at the intersection of I-540 and the recently designated I-495 makes for a very desirable location for modern business.

With the residential numbers on a considerable upswing, businesses obviously see Knightdale as an area on the rise and a place where demand for their services would likewise be increased. Thus, as can be seen on the chart shown above, there was a notable increase in the number of commercial permits applied for in 2015 as opposed to the year prior, as these numbers rose from 51 to 70 during this time period. Even more dramatic was the staggering increase in Knightdale Commercial Growth where it pertains to commercial construction value. This number rose from $3.1 million in 2014 to $16.4 million in 2015.

Speaking to the notable rise in both residential and Knightdale Commercial Growth was the town’s Development Services Director, Chris Hills. “These numbers are some of the best we’ve seen since before the recession,” Hills explained. “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.”

Included projects in the $16.4 million spent on Knightdale Commercial Growth during 2015 of note are the town’s new Hampton Inn in addition to several large industrial buildings in the new Hinton Oaks Business Park.

To see more on the great stuff going on in the town of Knightdale and at its largest master planned community at Knightdale Station, visit knightdalestation.com.

(Chart and image at top courtesy of the Town of Knightdale)

Friends and Fun for 2016: “First Night” celebrates New Year’s Eve in Raleigh just miles up the road from…the Station

New Years Eve in Raleigh

All of us at the Knightdale Station new home community and the entire award winning development team at Preston Development sends its sincere wishes that you as well as your family and friends enjoy a safe and Happy New Year, with one of the state’s most famous annual celebrations taking place just a short drive up the road from Knightdale , offering a great way to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Raleigh.

Since the event’s inception on December 31, 1991, the “First Night” celebration has grown to become the most popular way to ring in the upcoming year. The Board of Directors at Artsplosure was initially responsible for the creation of this now-traditional way of celebrating New Years Eve in Raleigh, and have seen it grow over the course of the past 24 years by leaps and bounds. On average, the event has seen a crowd of over 40,000 in attendance to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Raleigh, with a record breaking 80,000 plus on hand at the 2012 “First Night.”

In addition to showcasing performances and refreshments being served up by local acts and businesses, the “First Night” New Year’s Eve in Raleigh also established the tradition of the “dropping of the acorn.” Much like the apple dropping in the famous Times Square New Year’s celebrations, the “Acorn” descends from the sky in accordance with the countdown each year on New Year’s Eve in Raleigh.

With over 100 total performances spread out across over 30 downtown locations for the affordable price of only $10, celebrating the New Year in Raleigh at “First Night” is a tradition that you, your family, and your friends can remember and cherish as you count down the hours, minutes, and seconds to 2016. For full details, event schedules, directions, maps, and ticket info on “First Night Raleigh,” check out their official website at www.firstnightraleigh.com

North Carolina Ranked by Forbes as No. 2 Best State for Business and Careers

Best State for Business and Careers

Another among many factors supporting your decision to buy a home at the Knightdale Station new home community is the recent Forbes ranking of the state of North Carolina, placing it second among all 50 states in the prestigious annual listings of the Best State for Business and Careers for 2015.

Improving even on last year’s lofty ranking as Forbes’ number three Best State for Business and Careers in the 2014 listings, North Carolina finished ahead of all states in the union other than Utah, which clung to the top spot for a second consecutive year. Maintaining the consistent growth that has many professionals taking notice of the “Tar Heel State,” it was noted in the Forbes’ article on the Best State for Business and Career that North Carolina is the only state in the entire country that has ranked in the top five every year since they have conducted the rankings.

Speaking to the lofty ranking on the Best State for Business and Career listings, the profile on North Carolina on forbes.com said, “With one of the highest net migration rates in the U.S., people have been flocking to North Carolina for the past decade. They are chasing jobs.” It continued to say, “The unemployment rate was stuck above 10% for most of 2009 through 2011, but has dipped to 5.4% in 2015. North Carolina has the smallest union workforce in the U.S. in terms of percent of total employment. The resulting benefit is labor costs that are 10% below the national average and fifth overall lowest in the country.”

Forbes’ also cited a cost of doing business in North Carolina at 10 percent below the national average, in addition to the state ranking tenth in prospective growth and ninth overall in labor supply as major factors in being ranked as the number two Best State for Business and Careers.

To see the entire listing and for more detail on North Carolina’s ranking as the number two Best State for Business and Careers in 2015, visit www.forbes.com.

H & H Homes Earns the “Gold” at 2015 Wake County Parade of Homes…at the Station!

An incredibly successful opening two weekends of the 2015 Wake County Parade of Homes at Knightdale Station was capped off by the Wake County Home Builders Association giving out the prestigious annual awards that saw the “Wilmington” model built by H & H Homes and located at 402 Admiral Way in Knightdale Station named as the Category 4 Gold Award recipient as the top home in the $328,000-339,000 price range.

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H & H Homes’ 2015 Wake County Parade of Homes Gold Award winning “Wilmington” features 2,865 square feet of open living space with 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Additionally, the home at Knightdale Station has a formal dining room with a beautiful, coffered ceiling, and a downstairs guest room. Among the many areas of the home earning the house a 2015 Wake County Parade of Homes Gold Award is the incredible upstairs master bedroom, complete with a sitting room, dual vanities, and a spacious walk in closet.

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The 2015 Wake County Parade of Homes will continue to run for its final weekend this upcoming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18. Not only can you visit Knightdale Station to see the Gold award winning entry home from H & H Homes at 402 Admiral Way, but in addition two other spectacular model homes are on display as “Parade Homes” conveniently on the very same block. The McKee Homes built “Brooks” model is a spectacular 3593 square foot home located at 410 Admiral Way (see here), while the “Savannah” by Caviness and Cates is an impressive 3575 square foot model located at 406 Admiral Way that can be seen here.

Known as North Carolina’s “largest open house,” the Parade showcases spectacular new homes every October and is the perfect chance for you to get out and see what the “buzz” is all about at Knightdale’s first master planned community, Knightdale Station. For more details on all three of the “Parade Homes” at Knightdale Station and all of the great new homes, lots, and floor plans available, visit their website at www.knightdalestation.com.