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Lexington, NC - Small Town ... Big Delights

New Communities with Small Town Charm

Small town living has appeal to most every subset of homebuyer these days. Young families like small towns for the old-school values they promise. Retirees like them for the lower cost of living, as they can typically get more house for the dollar. Even the young single set is seeking small-town living for the unique vibe of small local restaurants and diners, cool coffee shops, and small establishments where the proprietor is likely to greet you by name. Small towns have big appeal.

The Triad is fortunate to have an idyllic mix of small towns intermixed with the larger cities of Winston-Salem and Greensboro. That means that residents can potentially "have it all"; small town living yet with "big city" convenience a short drive away.

One such small town is Lexington, NC, which is strategically located south of Greensboro and Winston-Salem making the amenities of both larger cities convenient.

Lexington, NC - Street Scene

Lexington’s history is deeply rooted in furniture manufacturing, but the town lost much of its luster ...  and population ... a few decades ago when manufacturing fled to China and Mexico. For many years thereafter, Lexington remained stuck in time. No more! Today, Lexington has been rediscovered as not only a very convenient bedroom community to Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and even Charlotte, but a great small town providing a highly sought after lifestyle.

Lexington’s convenience to Winston-Salem is particularly attractive in that it offers a quick, hassle free commute of well under 30 minutes from downtown Lexington to Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter. It’s also a little more than an hour north of Charlotte, making it an appealing option for families that may call on the Triad and Charlotte areas for work.  Lexington has much to offer whether you are a commuter or not.

The vibrant downtown area offers coffee shops, small local restaurants, and a variety of shopping and services to serve the locals. The town hosts the Barbecue Festival every October which celebrates the area’s namesake Lexington-style Barbecue (BBQ).

Bar-B-Q Center - Banana SplitBoden Rosier, 8 years old, enjoyed this phenominal Banana Split at the Bar-B-Q Center located at 900 N Main St in Lexington. A favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, Bar-B-Q Center is the oldest barbecue establishment in downtown Lexington that still cooks on pits. It has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, on Good Morning America and in many news articles.

Upscale dining experiences exist as well as there are several local Vineyards in and around Lexington. Old Homeplace Vineyards is located on the banks of Thom-A-Lex Lake. This vineyard offers an event venue that is popular for parties and weddings with a modern barn that transforms itself into an open air venue during the warmer months. Live entertainment most weekends brings the locals and visitors alike out for a wine tasting and dinner on the deck overlooking the lake. For even larger groups, Childress Vineyards is also located in Lexington and offers dining, very large event space, and live entertainment much of the year. This vineyard has another NC connection in that it is owned by former NASCAR driver and current TEAM owner Richard Childress.

Childress Vineyards
Childress Vineyards

The recreational opportunities in and around the greater Lexington area are notable as well. Lexington is home to High Rock Lake, which holds the distinction as North Carolina’s second largest lake. This excellent lake has something for families and sportsmen alike. Great fishing abounds, but families will find it offers a plethora of family-centric activities from kayaking and canoeing to speed boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. The lake is easily accessed from all points in and around the greater Lexington area, and it provides easy access to a "vacation-like" experience for residents.

High Rock Lake - Boat Dock
High Rock Lake

Builders have realized the many attractions of the Lexington market and have responded with a number of nice developments that offer new homes for retirees, young families, and all in between.

Royal Homes of North Carolina has launched Kyndall Run, which offers up to 5 bedroom homes all built to Royal Homes of North Carolina's standards which means in addition to great floorplans all homes will be third-party HERS Rated. The HERS rating is an energy efficiency standard that is not easy to meet but a standard to which every Royal Homes’ home is built. This neighborhood is located approximately 4 miles north of downtown Lexington which means it offers an easy 20 minute commute to Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, and it is close to attractions such as Thom-a-Lex lake (6 miles) for activities that range from picnicking lakeside to kayaking, fishing, and boating.

Royal Homes of North Carolina - Kyndall Run - Camelot B
Royal Homes of North Carolina - Kyndall Run - Camelot B

D.R. Horton, including their D.R. Horton and their Express Homes brands, has no fewer than 6 excellent new home communities in the greater Lexington area, many with homes available now or slated for completion in the coming weeks and months. On the south side of Lexington is Grace Lee Meadows which will have homes available in early 2023. Grace Lee Meadows will offer easy access to downtown, but it is also wonderfully close to High Rock Lake, as is Hickory Ridge which is literally a stones throw from the banks of High Rock Lake. Nearby boat launches make accessing the lake quick and easy, meaning picnicking on the lake after work can be a reality of everyday life ... not something to put on your vacation wish-list.

D.R. Horton’s Ashfield offers ranch and two story homes making this community an excellent option for the move-down empty-nester, retiree, or the young single homebuyer. There are multiple golf courses nearby and easy access to downtown shopping and dining. Dolcetto offers a location with quick and easy access whether it be to Winston-Salem, Greensboro, of even Charlotte. And, with each of these communities, you get so much more home for the dollar in Lexington.

Express Homes - Dolcetto - Kyle Model
D.R. Horton / Express Homes - Dolcetto - Kyle Model

Bryson Park offers all the advantages of small town Lexington, but many residents never want to leave the neighborhood as it has its own pool and clubhouse to keep the family and guests entertained all summer long.

Boone’s Village is another great D.R. Horton neighborhood that takes its name from nearby Boone’s Cave Park, which is a wonderful amenity to have nearby allowing the family to enjoy outdoor activity each season of the year. Daniel Boone was believed to have made a home here for a period hence the name of the park.

Situated north of Lexington between Lexington and Winston-Salem is Meadowlands Residential and Golf Community. This golf community is a hidden gem and has a large number of lots available with a lot of new home construction activity underway. With a Winston-Salem address, it is still only minutes to downtown Lexington, but has the convenience of Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro at its doorsteps. This community consists of 15 separate neighborhoods that will ultimately have 748 residences including villas, townhomes, and single family homes built around an 18 hole Hale Irwin Golf Course and a 50-acre Nature Park that takes full advantage of the stunning rural setting. The course is a semi-private, daily fee course, and the residents can opt-in to the recreational amenities that include a pool and clubhouse. The driving range is always abuzz and whether golfer or not many residents still enjoy stopping by the clubhouse for a hotdog and to catch up with neighbors.

Meadowlands Golf Course
Meadowlands Golf Course

Presently there are new home options in Meadowlands Residential and Golf Community that range from a villa/patio home community, Inverness Park, under construction by Isenhour homes that start at $345,900, up to a recently started custom home being built by Nathan Sawyer‘s Heritage Homes of the Carolinas for $1,150,000, located in the The Heritage neighborhood ... and everything in between.

Bruce HubbardBruce Hubbard of Hubbard Realty conveyed that the development of the last parcel in Meadowlands Residential and Golf Community, called Forest Park, is underway. This neighborhood of single family homes will consist of a minimum of 27 lots +/– of which a majority of them will be directly on the golf course with exceptional views. These lots will be available to builders by Summer ’23.

Additionally, Hubbard says there are several communities within Meadowlands Residential and Golf Community with available building lots. Coldwell Banker Advantage, the development marketing company, has numerous spec and custom homes listed that are currently under construction as well in these communities. At presstime, 620 lots have been sold in the Meadowlands Residential and Golf Community development. Four neighborhoods - Heatherwood, Inverness, Medinah, and The Heritage - have a collective total of 12 lots available for sale directly to the public. The builder-only neighborhoods of Chestnut Hills, Inverness Park, Wakefield, and Wentworth, have a total of 36 lots available for spec and custom construction. Contact Bruce Hubbard for more information about the Meadowlands Residential and Golf Community development at 336-733-1515.

More to Come...

Hubbard Realty has also announced a new neighborhood under development that will break ground in Spring 2023. Coble Farm is a 445 acre tract of pristine countryside that is currently in the design phase. Located off Old Salisbury Road and Tyro Road, this community is right around the corner from Sapona Golf, Swim and Tennis Club, and it is convenient not only to downtown Lexington but also Hwy 64 and I-285, making for quick access to points east, west, and north.

Small town living has huge appeal to today's buyer and it's easy to see why. When good roads and close proximity to major metro areas provide all the advantages of living near a larger city, the small town atmosphere and lifestyle it affords makes for the perfect combination.