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Lennar Comes to Chatham Park

Leading national homebuilder to offer townhomes in Pittsboro master-planned community

Chatham Park, a master-planned community in Pittsboro, NC, is pleased to announce that Lennar Homes, one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, will soon offer townhomes in Vineyards at Chatham Park. Adding townhomes by a builder of Lennar’s national reputation to Chatham Park is another example of the community’s consistent growth as well as its commitment to a variety of diverse housing options. 

“Lennar is thrilled to be part of such an innovative and sustainable community,” said Lennar Division President for Raleigh/Durham Troy George. “With easy access to all the Triangle has to offer, Chatham Park supports a lifestyle that is both fresh and familiar – with its emphasis on bringing people together in a healthy, connected mixed-use community. Chatham Park’s value and focus on quality reflect our own passion for building homes and neighborhoods that fit the needs of today’s discerning homebuyer.”

Lennar’s 64 townhomes are scheduled to be built near Chatham Park Way and Wendover Way in the Vineyards section of this technology-centric community convenient to Raleigh, NC. Including the sold-out Cottage homes, this will make three types of products featured in Vineyards at Chatham Park. While floor plans and pricing are still being determined, Lennar confirms that its signature Everything’s Included® program will be part of the townhome selections.  Everything’s Included® reimagines the homebuying experience by including the most desired home features – such as upgraded flooring and countertops – at no extra cost. Additional features include a full complement of smart technology and energy-saving products. 

“Lennar’s reputation for excellence and approach to homebuilding are a perfect complement to the five pillars that Chatham Park is founded upon,” said Executive Vice President Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development. “Lennar’s practices are similar to that of Chatham Park’s with respect to Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Wellness, and Stewardship.  We look forward to working with the Lennar team and seeing their beautiful townhome designs in Vineyards at Chatham Park.”

Buyers of a Lennar townhome in Chatham Park will benefit from an array of amenities within the community including 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails; playgrounds and a splash pad; picnic facilities; access to Haw River and Jordan Lake, and much more. Penguin Place, located in Chatham Park, offers craft breweries, several dining options including Mi Cancun and Marco’s Pizza, as well as other needed services such as eye care, real estate, and financial planning. Residents of Chatham Park will also enjoy close proximity to MOSAIC, a 44-acre live-work-play-learn mixed-use development located within Chatham Park along Highway 15-501. Scheduled to open Fall 2021, MOSAIC will provide upscale opportunities for shopping and dining, an amphitheater for live music and entertainment, art galleries, and space for businesses and health care facilities. 

About Chatham Park

Developed by award-winning Preston Development Company, Chatham Park is a technology centric 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina.  Founded on five pillars: Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Wellness, and Stewardship, the vision of Chatham Park is to offer a balanced, well-rounded lifestyle for those In Pursuit of a Life Well Lived.  More than 2,000 acres will be dedicated to parks and open space in addition to a wide range of amenities including over 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails; access to Haw River and Jordan Lake; an amphitheater for live music and entertainment; shops, dining, art galleries, and so much more. Chatham Park will feature unique home designs in five villages along with schools, office and retail space.

www.ChathamPark.com 

About Lennar
Lennar Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the nation’s leading builders of quality homes for all generations. Lennar builds affordable, move-up and active adult homes primarily under the Lennar brand name. Lennar’s Financial Services segment provides mortgage financing, title and closing services primarily for buyers of Lennar’s homes and, through LMF Commercial, originates mortgage loans secured primarily by commercial real estate properties throughout the United States. Lennar’s Multifamily segment is a nationwide developer of high-quality multifamily rental properties. LENX drives Lennar’s technology, innovation and strategic investments. For more information about Lennar, please visit www.lennar.com.

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Chatham Park Prepares a Full Schedule of Events for the 2021 Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes is a time to shine, and Chatham Park has already gotten out the polish – just look at the beautiful landscaping and lush flora along Vine Parkway! And that is just the beginning. We could not be more excited about this long-standing tradition in the Triangle and look forward to seeing you at the many fun events we have planned. As supporters of the popular home tour, we recognize the opportunity to highlight not just our homes but our community as a whole. From our convenient location and stunning views to our myriad of amenities and retail spaces, we know you are going to love what Chatham Park has to offer.

This year’s Parade of Homes will take place at Vineyards at Chatham Park October 2-3, 8-10, and 15-17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. With two homes available to tour, we are looking forward to welcoming prospective homeowners and interested passersby to our award-winning, technology-centric, master-planned community. 

View both of the 2021 Chatham Park Parade of Homes Entries: 

  • The Barnaby, part of Nonfiction by Garman Homes’ Quotables Collection, is located at 28 Edgefield Street in Pittsboro. This 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom design boasts over 2600 square feet and is the 2021 America at Home Study Concept Home. 
  • David Weekley will showcase the beautiful Careywood floor plan which can be found at 23 Plenty Court in Pittsboro. This decorated model home features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms over its 2300+ square feet. 

You can also visit the Vineyards Information Center to learn about our custom homes nearing completion in the community.

In addition to the home tours, we have a full schedule of events to celebrate Parade of Homes at both Vineyards and MOSAIC including live music, food trucks, makers markets, and more. 

Through these events we will make sure to share updates on the latest and greatest in Chatham Park including new builders and product choices, new amenities, and new retail spaces. Information will be available from two of our newest builders Tri Pointe Homes and Homes By Dickerson at the Explore Chatham Park event at Vineyards on October 2nd. We will also host several grand openings at Chatham Park during the weeks of Parade of Homes including the Chatham Park Information Center at MOSAIC and new model homes in Vineyards by David Weekley Homes and Garman Homes. David Weekley will celebrate their Parade Home and Garman will introduce their “How Wonderful” plan. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the first three weekends of October and join us in Chatham Park for what is sure to be one of the best Parade tours to date!

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Chatham Park expands the Vineyards builder team with Raleigh-based custom homebuilder

Homes By Dickerson to build luxury, high-performance homes in the Vineyards at Chatham Park 

Chatham Park announces that Homes By Dickerson will be joining the master-planned community’s builder team. This partnership will add luxury, high-performance homes from the award-winning, custom homebuilder to the diverse housing options available in the Vineyards. The addition of more builders to the Vineyards will provide buyers with several product and pricing choices in the neighborhood including townhomes, single-family, and custom home designs.

“When deciding on our partnerships in development, we take every aspect of a community into account, and we overwhelmingly feel that Chatham Park is a great match for Homes By Dickerson. Their values align directly with our teams as they are dedicated to green building and creating an all-around exceptional living experience for our homeowners,” said Homes By Dickerson President/CEO Brant Chesson. “Chatham Park is not only a well thought out community, but an expertly designed project that will provide a range of opportunities for all buyers. We are excited to embark on this partnership with Preston Development Company and the continued growth of Chatham County.”

Homes By Dickerson plans to bring a new product line to the community featuring several customizable plans. These single-family homes will start in the $500’s with base plans ranging from 1830 square feet to 2550 square feet and will boast two-car garages, primary suites on the first floor, and large spacious hallways. Sales are expected to begin in late September 2021. Every Homes By Dickerson home is labeled high-performance as it meets the highest energy-efficient standards available and is Energy Star Certified, crafted to the National Green Building Standard, and voluntarily built to the NC HERO Code. With inclusions such as tankless water heaters, low-e windows, exterior air barriers, and encapsulated crawlspaces, Homes By Dickerson homeowners are offered peace of mind about their comfort, their health, their money, and their impact on the environment. 

“Homes By Dickerson has an impeccable reputation in the Triangle area for their custom designs, commitment to high-performance building, and attention to detail,” said Executive Vice President Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development. “Their five core values are well in line with Chatham Park’s own five pillars of Innovation, Connectivity, Healthy Balance, Quality Design, and Stewardship.”

Those who choose to build with Homes By Dickerson in Chatham Park will benefit from an array of amenities within the community including 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails; playgrounds and a splash pad; picnic facilities; access to Haw River and Jordan Lake; an amphitheater for live music and entertainment; art galleries and much more. Penguin Place, located in Chatham Park, offers craft breweries, several dining options including Mi Cancun and Marco’s Pizza, as well as other needed services such as eye care, real estate, and financial planning.  Residents of Chatham Park will also enjoy close proximity to MOSAIC, a 44-acre live-work-play-learn mixed-use development located within Chatham Park along Highway 15-501. Scheduled to open Fall 2021, MOSAIC will provide upscale opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as space for businesses and health care facilities. 

About Chatham Park

Developed by award-winning Preston Development Company, Chatham Park is a technology centric 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina.  Founded on five pillars: Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Wellness, and Stewardship, the vision of Chatham Park is to offer a balanced, well-rounded lifestyle for those In Pursuit of a Life Well Lived.  More than 2,000 acres will be dedicated to parks and open space in addition to a wide range of amenities including over 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails; access to Haw River and Jordan Lake; an amphitheater for live music and entertainment; shops, dining, art galleries, and so much more. Chatham Park will feature unique home designs in five villages along with schools, office and retail space.

www.ChathamPark.com 

About Homes By Dickerson
Established in 1975, Homes By Dickerson builds high-performance, custom homes throughout The Triangle area of North Carolina as well as in Pinehurst, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina.  Named one of the Best Places to Work by the Triangle Business Journal, Homes By Dickerson prides itself on its team of talented, passionate and dedicated professionals who strive every day to provide exceptional service to their clients and build beautiful luxury homes.  Each Dickerson home is unique, crafted with the highest quality of materials and attention to detail.  Homes By Dickerson has also become a local and national leader in homes certified through the National Green Building and Energy Star programs and is a proud member of the High Performance Building Council.  In 2019 they celebrated 10 years of building high-performance homes and were recognized for building more high-performance homes in The United States than any other builder. They have made it their priority to offer owners enhanced comfort, healthier indoor air quality and lower operating costs while maintaining the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and elegance.  

For more information on award-winning Homes By Dickerson, please visit our website www.HomesByDickerson.com, email us at info@homesbydickerson.com or contact us at 919-847-4447

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Chatham Park Plans for A New Community Amenity Coming Spring 2022!

Amenities are at the heart of the Chatham Park master-planned community. We are committed to offering residents and guests a community which encourages a well-rounded life. To achieve that goal, we continue to develop resources and facilities that will enhance the Chatham Park lifestyle and build on our five pillars of Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Healthy Balance, and Stewardship

Our next recreational venture, Paddles – a swim and pickleball amenity – will be the perfect complement to our community vision and provide area residents with even more leisure options. Scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend 2022, Paddles will be located in the Vineyards next to Knight Farm Community Park and will feature a six-lane competition-style pool with a slide, a kiddie pool, and a concession stand for future swim meets. Members will benefit from the cabanas, individual loungers, and outdoor showers. Outside of the swim area, plans are underway for eight pickleball courts, a nod to the growing popularity of this niche sport. Not familiar with pickleball? Easier to learn than tennis with less stress on the joints than aerobics, pickleball is a great way to stay healthy and meet your neighbors!

We are also excited to utilize Paddles as our new Information Center for the Vineyards. The club building will boast a sales center, offices and a kitchen area for sales center employees, a pool equipment room, restrooms, and a concession stand. Stay tuned as we will continue to introduce even more amenities to be delivered!

Membership at Paddles will be available to Chatham Park residents and non-residents alike. Fees and membership structure are still in development. 

We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting addition to Chatham Park as they become available. Paddles is just one more example of the incredible growth happening in our technology centric 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina. For more information on our current amenities, our homes, or how we are fulfilling our promises for more balanced lifestyle opportunities, visit us at www.ChathamPark.com.

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Chatham Park announces its First Active Adult Enclave

David Weekley Homes’ 55+ Encore Product will be available in Chatham Park

Pittsboro, NC- The Chatham Park community in Pittsboro, NC, continues to offer a variety of diverse housing options to create a dynamic and appealing lifestyle for residents. To quickly meet rising demands, Preston Development Company – developers of this technology-centric community located outside of Raleigh, North Carolina – recently announced plans for a new phase that will feature homes targeted towards 55+ active adult living. This initiative is one more example of the exciting growth taking place in Chatham Park and the town of Pittsboro.

David Weekley Homes was chosen to build their successful Encore product for this new phase which will serve as the first 55+ active-adult neighborhood in Chatham Park. Decorated models are expected to be complete by mid-2022. The Encore product has already seen sold-out success in surrounding areas, making Chatham Park the only community currently in Chatham County with considerations for the 55+ demographic. In addition to the new homes being built in Chatham Park, David Weekley is also building the Encore product in Wendell Falls and has recently sold out in Briar Chapel.

This section of homes will be comprised of 345 homesites within the larger community and feature three product lines: Classic, Tradition, and Villas.  These three series will provide its residents with the livability, price points, and space needs for aging in place comfortably and actively. Villas, a new addition to the Encore lineup, will boast paired homes.

“The concept of a small neighborhood of adult homes inside a larger, age-diverse neighborhood resonates with our buyers who want to live in a vibrant community,” says David Weekley’s Raleigh Division President Ryan Wells. “We enjoy the partnership with Preston Development Company and are honored to be a part of Chatham Park’s builder team. Chatham Park is an immersive, experience-rich community that combines quaint charm with modern convenience, as well as nature. It is a well-planned and dynamic neighborhood that will highlight the quality and lifestyle design of our David Weekley Homes.”

This first adult resident only section within Chatham Park is scheduled to include a variety of private amenities including walking/cycling trails, a swimming pool and clubhouse, a yoga lawn, putting green, tennis and pickleball courts, grills, and firepits. Encore residents will also benefit from the close proximity to Mosaic, a 44-acre live-work-play-learn mixed-use development located within Chatham Park along Highway 15-501. Scheduled to open Fall 2021, Mosaic will provide opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as space for businesses and health care facilities. 

 “David Weekley’s Encore homes have proven to be very successful in the Triangle area due to their demographic considerations and intentional design.  The Encore community will be a wonderful and much needed addition to our current offerings as well as a valuable asset to the town of Pittsboro for those seeking an active adult lifestyle” said Executive Vice President Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development.

About Chatham Park

Developed by award-winning Preston Development Company, Chatham Park is a technology centric 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina.  Founded on five pillars: Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Wellness, and Stewardship, the vision of Chatham Park is to offer a balanced, well-rounded lifestyle for those In Pursuit of a Life Well Lived.  More than 2,000 acres will be dedicated to parks and open space in addition to a wide range of amenities including over 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails; access to Haw River and Jordan Lake; an amphitheater for live music and entertainment; shops, dining, art galleries, and so much more. Chatham Park will feature unique home designs in five villages along with schools, office and retail space.
www.ChathamPark.com 

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Chatham Park Summer Activities

Chatham Park is focused on providing its residents a high quality of life in all aspects from working and learning to relaxing and playing! There are many fun and exciting options this summer within Chatham Park and the Pittsboro area for people and families in all stages of life to enjoy. Whether you like to hike, swim, or just relax, we have found the perfect places and activities to explore in and around our neighborhood.

Knight Farm Community Park: Memorial Day weekend 2021 saw the dedication ceremony of Knight Farm Community Park, the first of many recreational parks and open spaces planned within Chatham Park. Just down the street from our Information Center, the park has already become an inviting staple in our development. The 10-acre park integrates natural materials repurposed from the site’s former farmland into its Natureground play area, a spacious dog park, and the measured walking trail around its perimeter. Knight Farm Community Park offers several fun activities for kids of all ages, including a large splash pad where colorful water fountains cool you off. Other activities include whimsical playhouse equipment, a dragon-shaped climbing gym, a large multi-use field, a musical chime garden, and a covered pavilion with public restrooms and picnic tables. Walkable to downtown Pittsboro, Knight Farm Community Park is definitely the only one of its kind in Chatham County!

Downtown Pittsboro: When you live in the Vineyards at Chatham Park, you get much more than just beautiful scenery and neighborhood parks. You also get an intimate community that is within walking distance to the charming historic streets of downtown Pittsboro. Watch the daybreak over the iconic Chatham County Courthouse and clocktower while you munch on a freshly baked treat from Willy’s Cinnamon Rolls Etc.
Stroll quaint stores like New Horizons Downtown or French Connections where you can find everything from outdoor apparel and gear to jewelry, antiques, handmade crafts, and more. Pick up a meal and head home with authentic farm-to-table flavors from Angelina’s Kitchen. This Pittsboro staple creates Greek and New Mexican inspired dishes using local farm produce and meats. There are also family-friendly opportunities held throughout the season that you will not want to miss! For more ways that you can enjoy downtown living just steps away from your front door, visit the downtown Pittsboro website for summer activities and events.

Chatham Beverage District: Located at 220 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro, less than 2 miles from Chatham Park Information Center, Chatham Beverage District is a 17-acre campus dedicated to hand-crafted libations and local eats. Fair Game Beverage Co., Chatham Cider Works, Starlight Mead, and Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen are permanent residents of the district, offering tastings and tours of their award-winning products and processes. Hand-crafted, small-batch, and local spirits, wines, and ciders pair perfectly with the organic and sustainable kitchen fares provided by Copeland Springs. Rent a bicycle, join an axe-throwing contest, or try your tasty treats at the picnic tables located throughout the campus. Check out their website for each vendors’ hours and events.

Bynum Front Porch: Bynum, NC is a former mill town located on the Haw River. To preserve the old general store and post office, residents created a non-profit music and story-telling series centered on the front porch, a part of homes where many southern Americans gathered for conversation and song with their neighbors and families during hot summer evenings. On Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the summer, you can attend a free music concert or hear family-friendly lore shared from the porch stage. On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, the Bluegrass Circle Jam invites all levels of musicians and their instruments to join the acoustic porch pickin’ from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Storytelling night occurs on the 2nd Saturday from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Make sure to carry some cash to put in the hat when it gets passed around, as this is a completely donation-funded community event. 

Lower Haw River State Natural Area: With over 1,000 acres of preservation land, the Lower Haw River has hiking and running trails, canoe and kayak launches, top-rated bird watching and photography scenes, and is home to several endangered species and habitats. The Haw River Trail has two trailhead accesses and several miles of pathway inside Chatham County and makes up part of the 70-mile mixed use trail running from Haw River State Park to Jordan Lake Recreation Area. This hiking trail combines with the well-known Mountains-To-Sea trail and follows the Haw River down to Jordan Lake. 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area:  Jordan Lake is another popular destination near Chatham Park where many Triangle area residents enjoy spending their summer weekends. The state park offers hundreds of RV and tent camping sites, as well as playgrounds and swim beaches. Several boat ramps and a canoe/kayak launch get busy during the hotter months of the year, and anchoring in a quiet cove for floating or grilling is a favorite pastime for motorboaters. Water sports such as skiing, jet skiing, and knee-boarding are also excellent ways to enjoy a day on Jordan Lake. There are rental and excursion companies throughout the Triangle that provide RV and/or boat rentals, or even a guided boat or kayak trip for those unfamiliar with the area. Fishing is done year-round from one of the many docks or on the banks under the shade of trees. Designated swim areas are safely roped off and located close to the playgrounds and picnic tables for a convenient kid-friendly outing. 

Chatham Park is honored to provide a community that is convenient to an array of fun, family-friendly activities this summer. Whether you are a current or future resident of Chatham Park or just passing through, we hope that you will take advantage of these area attractions and make your summer of 2021 unforgettable! 

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Fresh off the Farm! Farmers Markets near Chatham Park

Chatham Park residents have several options for farm fresh produce in Pittsboro, NC. Two farmers markets in downtown Pittsboro, and another located in Fearrington Village, offer organic, non-GMO, sustainably and regeneratively grown produce and ethically raised meat and dairy products.  In addition to weekly markets with numerous vendors on site, local farms make use of Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) methods. CSA farms allow community members to buy a “share” of the crop and then receive once-a-week portions of the farm’s harvest.

The Pittsboro Farmers Market, located downtown on East St., has been a staple for the Pittsboro community and surrounding areas since 1997, and is a “producer only” venue. Everything at the market was grown or produced by the vendor, whose product comes from within a 50-mile radius of the town.  The market is open year-round on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and features fresh North Carolina seafood from Hook and Larder, goat dairy products from Celebrity Dairy, and high-quality, naturally raised beef from Lilly Den Farm. Solstice Herb Farm’s wares include medicinal and culinary herbs, a handcrafted apothecary-formulated body care line, and heirloom varieties of produce. The market also showcases fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms from local CSA farms. 

Chatham Mills Farmers Market is open Saturdays and has a seasonal calendar (April-October, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; November-January, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.).  Found in Historic Chatham Mills in downtown Pittsboro, this market boasts a variety of permanent and guest vendors, spotlighting one of the latter each week in their newsletter. Chatham Park residents will find everything from organic produce, local meats, and fresh eggs to handmade crafts, preserves, and baked goods. CATHIS Farm out of Lillington provides organic-fed, pasture-raised pork, lamb, chicken, turkey meats, and eggs while The Yeast Roll Company sells their hot, baked-fresh rolls. You can also grab something sweet from Carolina Cravings Co. or enjoy themed events like “Pie Day,” an annual throw-down of homemade pies complete with bake sale and tasting contest. Check out their website for a free “Recipe of the Week” and keep up to date on events like the seasonal “Plant Sale Days.”

If Thursdays or Saturdays aren’t convenient for you, spend some time on Tuesday at the Fearrington Farmers Market which is conveniently located at Fearrington Village.  Another “producer-only” market, it is open during Daylight Savings (March-November) from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. When winter rolls around, it is open from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.  This market is in its 30th season with over three dozen full-time vendors.  The Barking Bedlie offers all-natural dog treats, Chatham Cider Works sells their small-batch hard ciders (made with local apples), Sour Bakery provides their wild yeast-based breads and pastries, and Valley View Farm out of Chapel Hill has local, all-natural Angus Beef and Pork products. A few helpful tips include bringing cash as not all vendors accept card or checks, signing up for their weekly newsletter, and checking out their website’s map of weekly vendors to make completing your shopping list a breeze.

Also, don’t forget CSA farms In Good Heart Farm, Granite Springs Farm, and Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen. Most of the season’s slots fill up quickly but offer different options on pickup locations and times. Some of them set up booths at one of the local farmers markets but investing in a share of seasonal harvests with your community is an excellent way to ensure you always have ripe local produce!  

Our proximity to farm fresh produce and ethically raised meat and dairy products is another example of our commitment to our pillars by providing our Chatham Park residents with Healthy Balance options.

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Chatham Park Developer donates Knight Farm Community Park to the Town of Pittsboro

Knight Farm Community Park, located in the new home community, Vineyards at Chatham Park, opened to the public on Memorial Day Weekend. A ceremony was held on May 27th in which the park was donated to the town of Pittsboro by Preston Development Company, the developers of Chatham Park. During the ceremony, officials activated the colorful water fountain splash pad with a giant 6-foot switch. 

“We thank very much Chatham Park and Preston Development for the work that went into this park,” said James Nass, Mayor of Pittsboro. “We are glad to take it over as a town park now and add that to our parks and recreation inventory.”

The 10-acre park is one part of roughly 2,000 acres planned to be dedicated to open space, parks, and walking trails within the Chatham Park community.  Knight Farm Community Park’s amenities boast whimsical playhouse equipment, a dragon-shaped climbing gym, and a natural playground where guests can experience live-edge tree trunk balance beams and slide through a rock garden. Additional features include a measured walking trail on the perimeter, a large multi-use field, a splash pad, and a dog park. A covered pavilion provides public restrooms and several picnic tables. Plenty of unused space remains available within the park for upgrades and future developments as the town of Pittsboro grows and expands.  

Located at 362 Vine Parkway near the Chatham Park Info Center, park operating hours during the summer are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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Chatham Park Offers Residents Solar Power Options from Strata Clean Energy

As our country’s energy needs evolve, increased energy efficiency in residential homes is a critically important goal.  Chatham Park, a technology-centric neighborhood in Pittsboro, N.C., is at the forefront of innovations to increase the energy efficiency of residential homes.  The neighborhood is based upon five pillars which set forth the neighborhood’s values, and one of the most important of these pillars is innovation – using clean, cutting-edge technologies to build a better world.  In furtherance of these values, Chatham Park has been working with Strata Clean Energy to provide more energy-efficient options to Pittsboro residents.

Strata Clean Energy (formerly known as Strata Solar) provides features to reduce home energy usage and reduce pollution through solar energy, and its technologies are the perfect complement to Chatham Park’s commitment to Innovation and Stewardship.  

In particular, Chatham Park and Strata have teamed up to develop Tinker Farm, a 45-acre solar farm off Moncure-Pittsboro Road that can generate up to 5-megawatts of power.  Completely connected to the grid, Tinker Farm supplies sustainable energy to approximately 750 homes in the Pittsboro area. 

The energy generated by Tinker Farm is sent straight to Duke Energy’s power grid to provide immediate energy to those 750 houses – some of which are in Chatham Park – meaning that less energy is required from non-renewable energy sources.  “Chatham Park has made a commitment to environmental, economic, and social sustainability, and Strata is thrilled to be able to bring our experience to help realize this commitment,” said Director of Community Outreach Ashly Johnson of Strata Clean Energy. 

The development of Tinker Farm has shown the positive impact that Strata desires to leave wherever solar farms are utilized.  Not only does Tinker Farm provide clean energy to power homes in Chatham Park, but the entire system is built to help both plant and animal life to thrive.  For example, Tinker Farm includes native grasses, wildflowers, and white clover, contributing to the pollination process, providing food for bees, and providing nitrogen to enrich the quality of the soil.

“At Chatham Park, we believe that clean, sustainable technology can improve landscapes to create an environmentally-conscious community,” said Executive Vice President Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development.  “We welcome the inclusion of solar resources and solar technology to our homes and amenities.”

Chatham Park’s vision of Innovation and Stewardship is quickly becoming a reality. Enjoying the benefits of solar energy and the satisfaction in preventing pollution is made possible for Chatham Park homeowners with the help of Strata Clean Energy.

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Chatham Park Implements ecoSelect® Plus into Its New Community of Homes


As Chatham Park furthers its plans for expansion in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the quality standards remain a high priority for the development team. One area of focus is clean technology. Chatham Park seeks to attract people and businesses who are committed to conserving resources and gaining a cleaner, greener lifestyle.  To help accomplish this, Chatham Park has partnered with Southern Energy Management to ensure the best quality of its homes by implementing ecoSelect® Plus, a program that focuses on increasing energy efficiency, provides support, and assures quality control and consumer confidence.

Southern Energy Management, a six-time Energy Star Partner of the Year, is on a mission to improve the way people make and use energy. The company is committed to high-performance utilities and building methods through the ecoSelect® program.

What makes ecoSelect® Plus stand apart from ecoSelect®? Chatham Park’s ecoSelect® Plus, developed by Southern Energy Management, is a customized version of the ecoSelect® program that has extra requirements specific to Chatham Park. 

Southern Energy Management explained several components of the ecoSelect® certification process: 

  • Quality assurance from third party inspections
  • High-performance building envelope that allows the insulation to better keep in heat during the winter and out during the warmer months
  • Programmable thermostats to keep buyers comfortable remotely
  • Energy-efficient lighting that provides 75%-80% energy saving and longer life than traditional lightbulbs
  • High-efficiency HVAC units that are tested after installation to ensure quiet and efficient operation
  • Reduced water usage from ecoSelect® fixtures that save water without sacrificing performance
  • Solar evaluation that helps the buyer take his or her next steps toward energy independence
  • Fresh air ventilation that removes stale air and introduces new air through a controlled system

Once a home has been tested by a Southern Energy Management energy rater and has completed the certification process, the home will receive a performance label including the energy efficiency features, the average estimated monthly energy cost, and The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index.  

“The HERS index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance,” according to RESNET. 

A low HERS Index score assures your home is using less energy and is more affordable.   To date, the homes constructed at Chatham Park are 34% more energy efficient than code homes because of the ecoSelectÆ Plus program implemented.

Another benefit to the ecoSelectÆ program is that it helps ensure the builders can participate in local initiatives with Duke Energy Progress such as DEP HERO.  These efforts raise the standards even more with regards to addressing water efficiency and indoor air quality of the home. 

As Southern Energy Management seeks to improve its customer satisfaction, changes are regularly made to the ecoSelect® program. Changes to the ecoSelect® program within the last year include advanced framing and insulated corners, lowered duct leakage maximum, simplified Energy Star appliance requirement, and efficient lighting requirement increase.

The many elements of the ecoSelect® Plus program are significant draws to Chatham Park homes. A one-page qualification checklist and minimum administrative work required by homebuilders give buyers peace of mind, as well as confidence in the high-quality safety standards of their Chatham Park home.  To show the overall impact of this program at Chatham Park, neighborhood results including the average community HERS index score and the average household savings, will be measured and shared on a regular basis.  

While Chatham Park advances in its plans for home development, Southern Energy Management is giving the homes of Chatham Park a refined quality standard that will leave buyers craving an ecoSelect® Plus certified home.