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Triad New Home Guide - Fall 2015

Living the Vacation Lifestyle Everyday

There are many reasons for the Triad’s popularity as a place to live. The climate is moderate, it’s cities are just the right size, and it’s a great place to raise kids. And the list could go on. But there is another key reason that extends beyond the municipal boundaries and that is the Triad’s location. Centrally located within the state, the Triad offers excellent proximity to the mountains as well as the coast. A short drive to the west offers snow-skiing in the winter and beautiful vistas year-round while a short drive in the other direction offers up a number of Carolina beaches in just about any flavor you desire.

A quick weekend getaway feels like a real vacation. But the Triad offers more. The central North Carolina region is fortunate to have a number of natural and man-made lakes that offer not only great vacation potential but also the opportunity to “live the vacation lifestyle” on a daily basis. Belews Creek to the north of the Triad is close enough to make a ski run after work a feasible undertaking. To the south, a chain of lakes including High Rock Lake, Lake Tillery, and Badin Lake offer primary homes as well as weekend cottages. All of these lakes offer the opportunity to fish, boat, ski, tube and wake board, or just about any water activity you can dream up.

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The Reserve on Hyco Lake

Slightly further afield are Lake Norman and Hyco Lake. Lake Norman is less than an hour from the west side of the Triad located just north of Charlotte. This popular lake is always bustling with activity and many who live on this lake commute to Charlotte for work. Just 45 minutes from the eastern points of the Triad lies Hyco Lake. This pristine lake feels “undiscovered” and natural beauty abounds, as there are large areas of undeveloped lakefront property around the lake.

Great Area Lakes

Belews Creek

One of the closest lakes to the Triad, Belews Creek is nestled in the southwest corner of Rockingham County and northwest of Greensboro and northeast of Winston-Salem. Not to be fooled by its moniker, Belews Creek is actually a lake with some 88 miles of shoreline and a surface area of 3,500 acres. And while it’s close to the Triad, it feels like you’ve stepped into another country with beautiful vistas of the Sauratown Mountains and brilliant sunsets. The lake is a recreational paradise and has fishing, boating, swimming and waterskiing. There is a full service marina on the lake as well as a marina that offers dockage with fuel, a restaurant and store.

Hyco Lake

Located northeast of Burlington in Person County 10 miles west of Roxboro, NC on NC Highway 57, Hyco Lake is a hidden gem. Hyco Lake was constructed in the early 60’s by Carolina Power and covers 3,750 acres with 120 miles of shoreline. Over 1400 homes have been constructed around the lake with approximately 800 being occupied year round. Boat ramps, boardwalks and piers aid in launching boats and the park offers a nice swim area and numerous docks. Fishing on Hyco is great (lots of bass and crappie). Large areas of the shoreline are undeveloped and offer exceptional views throughout the year.

Lake Norman

Located about a 30 minute drive west of the Greater Winston-Salem area lies Lake Norman. Lake Norman is 34 miles long with 520 miles of shoreline and offers numerous attractions to explore. Lake Norman is known on the professional fishing circuits as one of the top five best bass fisheries. There are limitless opportunities for home purchases in and around Lake Norman.

Lake Gaston

Located due north of Raleigh, Lake Gaston is about a 1/1/2 hour drive from the Triad. The Lake Gaston Dam was completed in 1963 and creates a lake of over 20,000 acres, 34 miles long, and approximately one and one half miles wide at the lower end of the lake. It has over 350 miles of shoreline. Lake Gaston is well stocked with game fish which include bass, crappie, sunfish and several varieties of catfish. There are hundreds of subdivisions around the lake where many own retirement homes and many others own homes for weekends or vacations.

Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake boasts 500 miles of shoreline and over 22,000 acres of surface area with very deep cool waters. It is located within a two hour drive virtually due north of the Triad. Smith Mountain Lake offers something for all water enthusiasts who delight in boating, fishing, and water skiing while landlubbers take pleasure in golf, tennis, and horseback riding - all while capitalizing on the lush backdrop of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.