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Old 12-09-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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We are looking for a neighborhood with larger lots (5 to 10 acres), that allows more freedom in house design than the traditional cookie cutter development.

As I drive around the triangle, most all developments follow a similar pattern in house design and landscaping.

We are wanting to build a home with a metal roof, natural stone, and rough lumber, and with landscaping consisting of native plants, grasses, that is allowed to develop into a more natural landscape.

Is anyone aware of any such developments, areas in Wake, Orange, or Chatham counties??

Thanks
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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How about the Hill County of central Texas ;-)
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:51 PM
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Few neighborhoods have 5-10 acre lots in the Triangle area. You can find land in rural areas that will meet your needs, but they won't be subdivisions and you are unlikely to find a home on the land to meet your needs. But as long as you are willing to buy land, skip the neighborhood, and build a new home you can have anything that you desire as long as you have sufficient money to cover the costs.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:39 PM
 
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We are looking for a neighborhood with larger lots (5 to 10 acres), that allows more freedom in house design than the traditional cookie cutter development.

As I drive around the triangle, most all developments follow a similar pattern in house design and landscaping.

We are wanting to build a home with a metal roof, natural stone, and rough lumber, and with landscaping consisting of native plants, grasses, that is allowed to develop into a more natural landscape.

Is anyone aware of any such developments, areas in Wake, Orange, or Chatham counties??

Thanks
I would look in Orange County around Lake Jordan. Lots there are 5+ acres. You will be about 10 miles Southeast/South from both Chapel Hill and Southpoint Mall.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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Sounds like Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Orange/northern Chatham County to me. I have several friends with homes like that. I think when we next replace our roof it will be with a tin roof, but we don't have 5 acres. I have a good friend with a custom green home built on 10 acres. I can put you in touch with their builder or point you to his website if you're interested. Have you looked for lots/land in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area?
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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Brackenridge in Fuquay has homes with lots like that. You are gonna be buying a home worth at least 500K to get the land though.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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The term cookie cutter doesn't seem to fit with 5-10 acres IMO.
Cookie cutter uniformity is usually associated with smaller lots and singular or limited of home builders who are part of developing a tract of land in a short amount of time. To get 5+ acres you'll probably have to go pretty far from core cities of the Triangle or have really deep pockets for the land purchase. Chatham County is probably the most convenient of the outlier Triangle counties but you can also look in Johnston, Harnett, Lee, Granville and Franklin counties.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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The term cookie cutter doesn't seem to fit with 5-10 acres IMO.
Not sure the terms "neighborhood" or "development" do either.
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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Not really addressed at the OP, but I wish we could ditch the "cookie cutter" thing when talking about houses. Or about towns/cities. Every single city and town around here as at least a few neighborhoods with houses that are all very similar or a variation on the same theme.
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:45 PM
 
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Not really addressed at the OP, but I wish we could ditch the "cookie cutter" thing when talking about houses. Or about towns/cities. Every single city and town around here as at least a few neighborhoods with houses that are all very similar or a variation on the same theme.
Would you prefer the phrase "bland manufactured formula"? Either way it is an accurate description of speculative housing.
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