Chatham County’s Bynum Front Porch Series


Take in a bluegrass jam session in Chatham County’s Bynum, North Carolina at the Bynum General Store!

This Friday, August 25, 7:00-9;00 pm, enjoy hearing the Tommy Edwards Bluegrass Experience.

And, come out for the Bynum Front Porch Bluegrass Pickin’ on Saturday, August 26, 10:00-12:00 pm.

For more information, visit Bynum Front Porch.

July 4th Celebration and Fireworks

To learn more about the Town of Chapel Hill’s July 4th celebration, click here. Make plans to attend and discover why Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as one of America’s Top 10 Best Towns for a July 4th Celebration!

 

Ways to Outsource Lawn Care at Your Westfall Home

Lawn care is an important part of your Westfall home. Each resident in our beautiful neighborhood has at least a half-acre lot of green. For some, lawn care is a rewarding hobby while others just don’t have the time. We’ve rounded up some helpful sources for lawn care and maintenance in the Orange County and Chatham County areas.

Why Outsource Lawn Care
First, why outsource? Spending time working on the lawn is satisfying. When you are done, you can see the hard work you put into it. But most people do not have the time to maintain the lawn after working all week and spending weekends on activities. U.S. News points out that it’s smart to outsource domestic chores.

Second, residential lawn service companies use professional equipment, which means your lawn will look twice as good. These professional teams maintain sharp blades, which cuts your grass cleaner, preventing disease and insect infestation. And a pro will mow at the correct height based on the season and your lawn. Plus, your team can help with other landscaping or just manage the cutting.  

Triangle Lawn Care Options
Whether you heavily landscape or keep the grass, here are some options if you want help maintaining the appearance of your yard.

  • Canopy Lawn Care – Subscription and online services are popping up for everything these days and lawn care is no exception. This service has a nice feature: they can give you a quote fairly quickly after typing in your address.
  • Craigslist/Yelp – Online review and ad sites are a great place to find professional lawn care services. Review sites have the added benefit of letting you know who does a good job and who doesn’t.
  • Buy Local – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce has a page in their directory for Gardening and Landscaping services.
  • Ask Thy Neighbor – Westfall has some great neighbors who can offer their suggestions or their teenage children looking for a summer job.

How did you find your amazing lawn care crew? Share with us on our Facebook page.

 

Hidden Gems in Chatham and Orange Counties

Chatham and Orange Counties offer a lot of well known activities for area residents. And when you’re tired of visiting the Nasher Museum, relaxing on the Jordan Lake beach, or playing golf, there’s still plenty more to do! Check out these hidden gems:

Paddle down the Haw River. Paddle your own canoe — or kayak — in a guided or self-guided trip with The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. This activity provides physical benefits and a chance to see nature. They offer many options for all fitness and interest levels.

Sip wine among the grapes. Of course sipping wine from your porch at Westfall is always a good idea, but you can mix up the views by visiting Chatham County’s two wineries: Silk Hope Winery in Pittsboro and Horizon Cellars Winery in Siler City. Both offer wine tastings, special events, live music, and food.

Explore a hidden trail. Many people turn to the Riverwalk in Hillsborough or the American Tobacco Trail, which runs through Durham and Chatham counties. But Chatham County has miles of other walking trails to explore plus the 275-acre White Pines Nature Preserve. Find a place for your weekend walk or an all-day hike.

Learn about biofuels. Next time you have visitors in town and you’re looking for something different, take a tour of Piedmont Biofuels, which produces biodiesel out of cooking oil. A tour includes the chance to see the facility and learn about the process. Learn more: http://www.biofuels.coop/education/tours.

What surprising things to do have you found in Chatham or Orange counties?

 

Five Golf Courses Around Chapel Hill

Love golf? We’ve got you covered. Golf is a popular sport in North Carolina, and in the Triangle there are multiple courses, including several in Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties. Choosing from among them isn’t easy, but based on area reviews, here are five to explore (in no particular order).

1. Governors Club
11000 Governors Dr Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Type of Course: Private
If you’re looking to join a club, look no farther than just up the street from Westfall! Governors Club is a stone’s throw from the neighborhood, making it the perfect option for the avid golfer. With both informal and formal dining options, tennis, swimming, and more, it’s a wonderful perk for Westfall’s residents.

2. The Preserve at Jordan Lake
840 The Preserve Trail, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Type of Course: Semi-private
Also near Westfall, this course offers gorgeous views and a bit of a challenge. Many golfers report it as an unforgiving course and encourage others to bring extra golf balls, but don’t seem to mind. Some said the greens take some getting used to, but reported looking forward to the return visit to improve their scores.

3. The UNC Finley Golf Club
Finley Golf Course Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Type of Course: Public
Obviously you’ll see a few more students on this course, but many golfers are pleased with the greens, the course, and the overall atmosphere.

4. Hillandale Golf Course
1600 Hillandale Rd Durham, NC 27705
Type of Course: Public
If you’re looking for a great round of golf and a fun course, this is the place. Golfers report it as less challenging than some courses, but more fun with a Durham atmosphere and fantastic staff.

5. Golf Club at Chapel Ridge
1010 Chapel Ridge Dr. Pittsboro, NC 27312
Type of Course: Semi-private
Looking for another course close to home? The Golf Club has some great views, water hazards and wooded areas that create an interesting layout. Some golfers say the course has its challenges, but felt more “user friendly” than other area courses.
What’s your favorite golf course in the Chapel Hill area?

7 Advantages of Living Close to UNC-Chapel Hill

Living close to UNC has many benefits. While those near a university campus may complain about parking problems or party noise, Westfall’s location near Chapel Hill but in a self-contained neighborhood is the perfect place for taking advantage of the best the University of Chapel Hill has to offer, without any of the downsides.

Here is just a sampling of what our residents say they love about living near UNC.

  1. Theater. Several performing groups call Chapel Hill home, from comedy groups and student performers to professionals. There are multiple performance venues, including an outdoor amphitheater, Forest Theatre.
  2. Art. Students and professors have long been known as a great source for finding amazing art. Aside from the UNC art department, Chapel Hill also features the Ackland Art Museum, several galleries, and a 2nd Friday Art Walk downtown.
  3. Sports. Obviously UNC basketball and football are right down the road, along with dozens of other chances to catch a game, whether your passion is golf or volleyball.
  4. Other culture. The university’s calendar is full of many other cultural offerings, from national-level speakers to homecoming parades. A university provides a source of energy in a community like no other.
  5. Health care. Chapel Hill is home to some of the best health care facilities in the country. With the Chapel Hill School of Medicine right here, it’s easy to find dedicated healthcare professionals offering top-notch service.
  6. Excellent eats. Chapel Hill is home to many fantastic restaurants. While there are dozens to choose from, you can get an idea in our post about the Top 10.
  7. The university. If you have teenage children, they have at least one college option right down the road in UNC.

Because college students don’t have a ton of money, many of the things to do in Chapel Hill are inexpensive. One more benefit: the appealing amenities keep property values in the area stable or increasing, making your Westfall home a great investment.

Find out what else Westfall has to offer by giving us a call.

Buying a Home? 7 Reasons to Build a Custom Home in Chapel Hill

Buying a home can be fun: shopping around, examining the different options. There are many beautiful houses in Chapel Hill, but no matter which home you choose, you’ll end up changing something. What if you could design your own dream home instead?

You can. That’s just one advantage of building a custom home: satisfaction. After all, it’s the home you envisioned based on your lifestyle and needs. The right number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the right places, along with the other features you picture. You control every detail, from lighting and appliances, to floors and countertops. No more living with ugly wallpaper or that strange alcove a previous owner put in. It’s your perfect home.

There are even more advantages to building a custom home:

  • Low maintenance – This new house comes with new appliances, new HVAC, new everything. You know what systems you have and can easily track when the water heater needs to replaced or it’s time to have maintenance on the A/C.
  • Unique – Avoid the Stepford look with a house that isn’t a copycat of everyone on the block. This house will be unique to you and your tastes.
  • Extras – Building a custom home means you are certain to have room for your hobby or passion. That might mean a yoga studio or pool in the backyard, a hobby room for your projects, or a larger garage to store your antique cars.
  • Resale value – Custom homes are often built in new neighborhoods, such as the Westfall community, which tend to have higher resale values.
  • Choices – Whether you want to go green with all the latest efficient gadgets or install the sleek home automation system, your custom home comes with custom choices.
  • Save money – Most people assume a custom home automatically costs more. When comparing your custom home to current housing options, you might find that to be true. But you might also find it’s cheaper than paying to renovate an existing home. Much of this depends on the types of homes you see, but in some cases, homeowners save a little money by building their own custom home.

Start feeling inspired about your custom home by looking at the Westfall floor plans.

10 Best Chapel Hill Restaurants

Eating out in Chapel Hill is easy. The tough part is choosing which restaurant to try or revisit. Many amazing chefs have opened up their doors in Orange County, offering residents an array of delicious options. Narrowing down the list to the “top” 10 is not easy, but we gave it a try. After moving in, be sure to check these off your dining to-do list:

Lantern – 423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

The Lantern makes a lot of “best” lists and for good reason. This Asian restaurant is one of the most popular in Chapel Hill, and even in the Triangle. The authentic Asian menu uses fresh ingredients and the restaurant’s has nice ambiance. Be prepared to wait for a table, or try going on a weeknight.

Elaine’s on Franklin – 454 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

This isn’t just any old American restaurant. The Chef/owner focuses on bold flavors and local ingredients, earning them a Silver Medal for Best Restaurants of 2012 in the News & Observer.

Il Palio –  1505 E. Franklin St., in the Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill

This upscale Italian eatery is an excellent choice for a special occasion. It has been recognized as North Carolina’s only AAA Four Diamond Italian restaurant.

Kitchen – 764 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill

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Seafood hot pot from Lantern, a popular restaurant in Chapel HIll. Photo from Yelp.

Kitchen offers French bistro cuisine served in a cozy environment. The owners fell in love with Chapel Hill (just as you will!) and opened Kitchen to be the type of restaurant they enjoy.

Queen of Sheba – 1129-O Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

In the mood for something different? Try the Ethiopian food at Queen of Sheba. If you aren’t interested in the traditional serving on a large platter, you can have yours served individually. They also offer Ethiopian coffee ceremonies.

Allen & Son – 6203 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill

Southerners can spend a lot of time arguing about who has the best barbecue, but Allen & Son makes it on the top of most lists. Casual and delicious.

Gourmet Kingdom – 301 E. Main St., Carrboro

If you’re seeking Szechwan, head to the Gourmet Kingdom, which was named one of the beset 50 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. by CNN and the best Chinese in the Triangle by the Independent Weekly in 2015.

Kipos – 431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Kipos is authentic Greek food made by Greeks and offers a wide variety of traditional foods beyond what you find at a gyro stand. Kipos means “garden” in Greek, and the chef-owner strives to serve fresh and fantastic fare.

CholaNad – 308 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

CholaNad features South Indian fare that stands out from what you find elsewhere. The restaurant also has lovely ambiance and has been praised for its service.

Crook’s Corner – 610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Crooks has the reputation as one of the best Southern restaurants in the U.S. The menu is full of the south’s goodness: shrimp ‘n grits, soft shell crab, Hoppin’ John, and of course the necessary collards and hushpuppies. After eating there, you’ll know why Chef Bill Smith was a final-five finalist for Best Chef in the Southeast — twice.

 

Custom Homes Now Under Construction

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The first custom homes are now under construction at Westfall!

Click here to visit the Available Homes page on our website to view details on homes currently underway by our award winning custom builder team.

Visit us at 41 Beech Slope Court in Chapel Hill or call 919-801-6815 to learn more about Westfall today!