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The experts at Home Snacks have released the 2019 rankings of Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina. Continuing their climb up the list, Rocky Mount is named number five out of nearly 60 municipalities in North Carolina.

How Does Rocky Mount make the Top 5 Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina?

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NC Wesleyan College (located next to BLP) offers educational programs specifically aimed at retirement aged Rocky Mount residents.

Much as we explained in our previous article, Home Snacks pointed to the location of Rocky Mount in discussing the inclusion to the Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina. Likewise, the growth of arts and culture in Rocky Mount i noted as well. Rich city history and overall comfort for retirees are other reasons for the high ranking.

Kolmar concluded, “You will be happy to make the transition because it seems that just about everyone in Rocky Mount is in a great mood all the time.”

Top Areas of Scoring that Placed Rocky Mount #5 among Best Cities to Retire in NC

  • Amenities
  • Location/Commute
  • Diversity
  • Affordability
  • Housing

Retiring in Rocky Mount is Retiring at Belmont Lake Preserve with Great Amenities, Location, and Affordability

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The serenity and beautiful scenery at Rocky Mount’s Belmont Lake Preserve is exemplified by its peaceful 80-acre lake.

Similarly to our previous blog post, Home Snacks pointed first to the great Rocky Mount amenities. This is the top reason for it being among the top 5 Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina.

“Despite the fact that many people haven’t considered it before, Rocky Mount is actually a great place to retire,” Home Snacks blogger, Chris Kolmar explained. “The numbers don’t lie, retirees are comfortable here,” Kolmar continued. “Rocky Mount is super close to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, so you will never get bored. The city itself has a lot of great museums, historic places, and multiple venues for its growing arts and culture programs.”

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Belmont Lake Preserve’s spa-like amenities include an outdoor and indoor swimming pool (pictured)

Likewise, at Belmont Lake Preserve, the spa-like amenities are plentiful also. There is both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Likewise, the on-site Community Clubhouse also has a full training facility/gym. These are in addition to the spectacular 80-acre lake that sits serenely on the forested 1400-acres of Belmont Lake Preserve.

Similarly, Rocky Mount’s location and affordability are topics in our last blog post in the News & Events section at belmontlakepreserve.com.

The “Short List” Gets Shorter: Best Cities to Retire in NC and Best Master Planned Communities in the U.S.

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Belmont Lake Preserve has been named by “Where to Retire” magazineas one of the 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the United States

The city of Rocky Mount has continuously climbed up the Home Snacks rankings. Their ranking improved in each of the four years they have ranked the Best Cities to Retire in North Carolina. However, it would seem that coupled with another award received by Belmont Lake Preserve would ironically put the city on a “short list” of retirement destinations.

In 2015, “Where to Retire” magazine named Belmont Lake Preserve among the Top 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the U.S. The irony was that they call the Top 50 communities as the “Short List.” Hence, given Rocky Mount’s increased desirability for retirees and Belmont Lake’s already lofty status as a retirement community, it seems this is your perfect landing spot for the retirement years.

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Retiring in North Carolina is a trend that consistently sees more parents and grandparents relocating to the Tar Heel State each year. An obvious reason would be location due to the influx of their children and younger families heading to NC first. However, upon further research, we think you’ll find a number of other reasons for Retiring in North Carolina. Similarly, and more specifically there are a number of reasons that once looking in NC, you’ll agree the perfect retirement fit is at the new homes in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve (BLP) golf community.

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Belmont Lake Preserve features over acres of outdoor green space and likewise, the city of Rocky Mount has some of the most spectacular walking and hiking trails in the entire Southeast.

The Perfect Location for Retiring in North Carolina

As earlier stated, there is a great allure to Retiring in North Carolina, especially for those who have family that has made the move prior. In contrast, what many retirees don’t realize is the proximity of NC to almost any major city or area on the east coast.

Thus, if a retired couple has difficulty choosing a location as they have one grown child with a family in Georgia and another in Maryland, selecting one or the other puts them at a greater distance from the location not chosen. As a result, the perfect location would find them Retiring in North Carolina. Even more specifically, the perfect destination in North Carolina, “location-wise,” would be the Belmont Lake Preserve golf community.

The new homes in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve place you ideally within reasonable driving distance from major cities and areas in the state or the Eastern U.S. The statistics below show the actual distance you would be from major NC and U.S Cities once Retiring in North Carolina.=

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The following map shows the ideal location of the new homes in Rocky Mount at BLP in accordance with other major cities along the East Coast of the United States.

Belmont Lake Preserve Distance From U.S. Cities

  • Richmond, VA- 120 miles
  • Norfolk, VA- 130 miles
  • Washington, DC- 225 miles
  • Baltimore, MD- 276 miles
  • Charleston, SC- 280 miles
  • Philadelphia, PA- 373 miles
  • New York, NY- 450 miles
  • Atlanta, GA- 470 miles

Belmont Lake Preserve Distance From N.C. Cities

  • Raleigh- 50 miles
  • Morehead City- 120 miles
  • Greensboro- 123 miles
  • Outer Banks- 136 miles
  • Wilmington- 161 miles
  • Charlotte- 199 miles
  • Asheville- 295 miles
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The mild climate and gorgeous scenery in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve (pictured) are just a few reasons for Retiring in North Carolina.

Whether you are Retiring in North Carolina may depend on the Weather

Most noteworthy for those relocating from further North is the change in climate when Retiring in North Carolina. While NC still enjoys its four seasons, they receive significantly less snowfall than the states to the north.

Likewise, North Carolina’s average winter temperature ranges between 10-20 degrees warmer than those located in the Northeast and is the 11th highest winter temperature nationally. Sure, the NC summer’s can get warm, but comparatively the average temperature statewide is very livable in the mid-70’s.

Average Temperature in state of North Carolina

  • Summer- 75.7 degrees
  • Winter- 42.1 degrees
  • Annual- 59.0 degrees
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The BLP Golf Clubhouse is host to a full golf pro shop and a fantastic restaurant, The Main Course at Belmont.

Average Temperature in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve

  • Summer- 82.3 degrees
  • Winter- 42.6 degress
  • Annual- 61.9 degrees

Why is Belmont Lake Preserve is the “perfect” retirement destination?

We’ve detailed location and climate and those numbers are undeniable. In the paragraph to follow we will discuss affordability. So, in looking at the introduction to this article there is one question for us yet to answer. Why is Belmont Lake Preserve is the “perfect” retirement destination?

For starters, we will preface our next paragraph and talk about the affordability of new homes in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve. Starting in the upper $190,000’s, it is rare to find such an affordable, newly built home with a nationally-acclaimed home builder crafting your house. Well, not at Belmont Lake Preserve it isn’t. At BLP, “America’s Favorite Builder,” D.R. Horton has several affordable and beautiful floor plans for you to select from and if you have your own custom dream home in mind, BLP also has many home lots for sale in a variety of sizes in which you can find the right fit and your own custom builder to come in and makes those dreams a reality.

As if that was not enough, by choosing the new homes in Rocky Mount at BLP, you also get access to the community’s spa-like amenities. These include both an indoor and outdoor pool, a full gym/training facility, an 18-hole professional golf course, and so much more. Consequently, if you combine the BLP amenities, the affordable homes, location, and climate, I think you are starting see why this is the perfect retirement fit.

Amenities at Belmont Lake Preserve (BLP) Golf Community in Rocky Mount, NC

BLP Community Clubhouse features:

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The BLP Community Clubhouse features a spectacular outdoor and indoor pool, training facility and more.
  • Meeting, gathering and activity rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • A state-of-the-art fitness facility
  • Full catering and dining facilities
  • A billiards room

BLP Golf Clubhouse features:

  • “The Main Course at Belmont” Restaurant
  • Indoor and Outdoor Dining Areas
  • Full Golf Pro Shop
  • Golf Lessons available
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The. Belmont Lake Golf Club was recently named by Golf Advisor as the #11 Top Golf Course in North Carolina for 2019.

BLP Golf Course features and accolades:

  • David Johnson Championship 18-hole design
  • Golf Instruction by PGA Pro Tim Wilke
  • Named #11 Top Course in NC for 2019 (Golf Advisor)
  • Named #12 of 2019 Courses for Pace of Play in U.S. (Golf Advisor)
  • Given a 4.7 of 5 stars rating (Golf Advisor)

Is Retiring in North Carolina an Affordable Option?

Certainly, the cost of living is a big question anyone will ask when considering relocation. Above all, this may be a deal breaker or deal maker when thinking about Retiring in North Carolina.

From what you’ve seen already, the answer is an obvious, yes. North Carolina does have a low cost of living and is very affordable for those in the retirement years. However, don’t take our word for it…for further analysis on the cost of living and affordability, the following paragraph was quoted from the digital personal finance publication, moneywise.com. (In actuality, moneywise also backs us up on the location and climate too!)

“North Carolina is one of the few places where you can visit rugged mountains and sandy beaches in the same day,” the blog posting says. “With its hot and humid summers and mild-to-chilly winters, the Tar Heel State has the perfect climate for enjoying its charming towns and waterfronts.”

Moving along to cost of living, moneywise concludes, “…Social Security benefits are not taxed, and property taxes are comparatively low.”The cost of living in North Carolina is 5% below the national average and studies put the state in the top 20 for affordability.”

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Affordability is a key I for Retiring in NC. Beautiful homes by “America’s Favorite Builder,” DR Horton at BLP like the one shown are available.

New Homes in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve

Finally, you have answered each of these important questions about Retiring in North Carolina. Yes, the location and climate are both exactly what you were seeking. Likewise, it is affordable and the fantastic new homes in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve also give you incredible on-site amenities.

So, in answering these questions, ironically, it raises two more questions to be answered. First, would be, “How could Retiring in North Carolina be such a perfect fit?” Futhermore, question two will be, “What is taking you so long to get here ?!?

To view the new homes in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, visit the “Available Homes” section of belmontlakepreserve.com.

The Main Course at Belmont restaurant has been described as a “hidden gem” in the Belmont Lake Preserve community. Located in the Belmont Lake Preserve Golf Clubhouse, the Main Course at Belmont first opened in 2014. Since its inception, the restaurant has continued to get rave reviews and deliver a fine dining experience in Rocky Mount.

A “Taste of Lifestyle Redefined

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The bar at the Main Course at Belmont is waiting for memories to be made, while your friends and family gather before or after an afternoon game for a great time

Though located on-site at Belmont Lake Preserve, the Main Course is open to the public. They are open Tuesday-Sunday, for lunch and Thu-Sun for dinner at the Main Course. Proprietor Mark Piatkowski and his staff headlined by Chef Robert “Buck” Gibbs have created a menu and atmosphere that is both inviting and fulfilling for all tastes.

Whether looking for a bite to eat with the family or a cold beverage with a friend, The Main Course at Belmont is the perfect spot for anyone and any occasion. The Main Course has a full bar if you want to enjoy a drink before or after 18 holes. Likewise, whether your taste is the ‘gourmet burger’ menu or the popular specials, the service and food are second to none.

Lunch: Tue-Sun: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Tee Off with the Lunchtime Classics

Offering great salads, entrees, sandwiches or burgers, it is no wonder The Main Course at Belmont has become the hot spot among Rocky Mount restaurants. Looking to go lighter? Try the popular Chef’s Salad or Belmont Beet Salad with the Soup of the day that is made from scratch daily. The salads available for lunch at the Main Course are:

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Lunch specials at the Main Course at Belmont are served daily liked this Grilled chicken cordon bleu on a sourdough panini. (Grilled chicken, ham, swiss cheese, lettuce with a bourbon honey glaze dressing.)

You can never go wrong with any of the sandwiches offered at The Main Course at Belmont. ‘The Rich Boy” (beer battered flounder), “Ruth Anne’s Rueben,” “Buck’s Shrimp Salad,” the “Palmer” (1/4 Angus beef hot dog), or a “Belmont Club” (ham, turkey, bacon, cheese, double-decker) are just a few among the favorites. Sandwiches offered for lunch Tuesday-Sunday are:

  • The Southerner (Fried Green Tomatoes/Candied Bacon/Pimento Cheese)
  • Buck’s Shrimp Salad
  • Belmont Club (see above paragraph)
  • The Rich Boy (see above paragraph)
  • Tomato Basil Wrap (Tomato basil tortilla filled w/smoked ham/dry, cured genoa salami/mild cheddar)
  • Fairway Turkey Sandwich
  • Ruth Anne’s Reuben
  • Prime Rib Sandwich
  • The Palmer (see above paragraph)

Also, try the amazing  “Wobbie’s Ribs,” a half-rack smothered in the house made bourbon BBQ sauce, or the southern classic, “Shrimp-n-Gritz.” This is available in either Cajun or Charleston style. For the full lunch menu at the Main Course at Belmont, click here.

Dinner: Thurs – Sat: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm

The ‘Front 9’ (or 10): Appetizers at The Main Course at Belmont

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The appetizers even have a ‘special’ here and there in addition to the everyday favorites at the Main Course. (Pictured are breaded chicken wings)

The Main Course at Belmont has become known for its great dinners, and always draws a nice crowd on Thursday-Sunday nights. One of the most popular ways to start the night is the incredible appetizers. Much like the entire menu, the appetizers are very unique as compared to the more common fare seen at other Rocky Mount restaurants. Appetizers offered at the Main Course at Belmont are:

  • Hot Crab Spread
  • Buck’s Shrimp Salad
  • Fried Pickles & Fries
  • Chip Basket
  • Firecracker Shrimp
  • Duck Bacon Wonton
  • Glazed Pork Belly
  • Chicken Wings
  • Onion Rings
  • Mac & Cheese Bites

 Going for the ‘Green’: A ‘Lighter Side’ for Dinner

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Sometimes a salad is special…in this case, it was a special at the Main Course, a Blackened Belmont Salad, blackened chicken on a bed of fresh mixed greens, roasted peppers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles and avocado with your choice of dressing.

The Main Course offers many delicious dinner options, too.  Much like the array of appetizers that many can’t be found at any other Rocky Mount restaurants, their ‘lighter side’ or salad choices are also as unique as they are delicious. Yes, you can get the classics like “Grilled Chicken” or “Chef’s Salad,” but the variety again set the Main Course apart.

Salads being offered. for dinner hours at the Main Course include:

  • Petit Chateau Salad (fresh greens and veggies, shaved parmesan, tossed in white balsamic vinaigrette, topped w/ beef tenderloin)
  • Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Citrus Salmon Salad (grilled Canadian salmon on top of fresh greens/veggies/orange slices)
  • Garden Salad
  • Chef’s Salad

Steaks, Seafood, and Chops that are Anything but ‘Par for the Course’

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The always popular Main Couse at Belmont, Friday night Prime Rib special keeps them coming back for more…and more!

While the nightly specials are many times to difficult to pass on, the steaks, seafood, and chops at the Main Course are pretty close to a “hole-in-one.” Straight off the  Main Course at Belmont dinner menu, the following mouth-watering items are available “From the Grill.”

  • Pork Rib-Eye Chop
  • St. Louis Ribs
  • Belmont Chicken (8 oz breast, smothered in cheddar, grilled onion, bacon, honey mustard)
  • Clubhouse Burger (1/2 pound brisket blend)
  • Filet Medallions
  • Filet Mignon (Center Cut, Certified Angus, 8 oz.)
  • Angus Ribeye (10 oz. Prime Cut)
  • Prime Rib *(Served every Friday)

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Depending on the season and the availability, the fresh seafood ‘Weekly Catch’ special (such as oysters pictured here) are always some of the more popular menu items

Likewise, just as many ‘look to the grill,’ repeat customers at the Main Course also rave about the seafood keeping them coming back. The following are the options from ‘under the sea’ available Thu-Sat nights.

  • Baltimore Crab Cakes
  • Tuna Takayama
  • Seared Canadian Salmon
  • Shrimp-n-Grits
  • Fresh Catch (weekly option based on availability)

To see the entire dinner menu from the Main Course, you can also click right here.

Main Course at Belmont Gourmet Burger Menu: 66 % Brisket/34% Chuck= 100 % Delicious

One of the other things setting the Main Course apart from competitors right from the ‘”first tee,” is the awesome Gourmet Burger menu available.

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The Main Course at Belmont Gourmet Burger Menu…enough said!!

These are too many to simply list all ingredients, as we urge you to check out the incredible full Main Course burger menu here. However, just knowing on top of these incredible options below, there are also awesome weekly burger specials too.

  • The Hawg (BBQ Glazed Pork Belly, Gouda Cheese)
  • The Dougie (All-beef sliced hot dog, chili, slaw, American cheese)
  • The Belmont
  • The Wedge (Bacon, Tomato Chutney, Bleu Cheese, Ranch)
  • The Funky Bunch (Fried Onion, Pickles, Broccoli Bits, Feta Cheese, Thai Chili Mayo)
  • The 007 (Black Bean Veggie Burger, Sundried Tomato, Herb Butter Pickle Okra, Boursin Cheese)
  • Best of Both Worlds (Philly steak, onions, peppers, mushrooms, provolone)
  • The Yard Bird (ground chicken, breadcrumbs, provolone cheese, pepperoni sauce, garlic herb butter)
  • The Torch ( swiss, provolone, pepper jack, gouda cheeses, w/ a jalapeno siracha hot sauce)

The Main Course at Belmont is located in the Golf Clubhouse at Belmont Lake Preserve new home community. The address is 201 Belmont Way, Rocky Mount, NC and for reservations or question call (252) 977-1029. For more information on homes for sale in Rocky Mount NC at BLP, visit our “available homes” section.

 

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The New Homes in Rocky Mount ‘game’ changed upon the Halle Companies purchase of Belmont Lake Preserve (BLP), the New Homes in Rocky Mount ‘game’ has been changed. They first introduced incredible, on-site, spa-like amenities and a revamp to its 18-hole professional golf course. Now featuring homes being built by ‘America’s Favorite Builder’ DR Horton, it appears the New Homes in Rocky Mount market has seen the bar raised once again.

Belmont Lake Preserve Community Clubhouse

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Pictured is the luxurious outdoor swimming pool at the Belmont Lake Preserve Community Clubhouse

The Community Clubhouse at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community in a word is spectacular. When searching New Homes in Rocky Mount, a walk into this impressive facility may be the ‘game changer.’ Regardless if your taste lies in fitness, outdoor activity, business, recreation, or hosting, this is the place for you.

Features residents of BLP will enjoy at the Community Clubhouse are:

  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • State-of-the-art-fitness facility
  • Full catering and dining facilities
  • Billiards Room
  • Full catering and dining facilities

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A state-of-the-art fitness room is also just steps outside your front door at the BLP Community Clubhouse

Belmont Lake Preserve Golf Clubhouse

Not your average golf clubhouse, featuring a full menu restaurant in addition to a fully stocked golf pro shop. The Main Course at Belmont Lake features some of the finest dining in Rocky Mount and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, there is a full bar to enjoy a cold beverage after a day on the links. Likewise, all your needs from tees to apparel, or even lessons with an on-site PGA professional can be met in the BLP Golf Clubhouse.

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Good times with friends and family await you at The Main Course at Belmont

Features you can enjoy once you’ve moved into the New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP here are:

  • The Main Course at Belmont Restaurant
  • Indoor and Outdoor Dining Areas
  • Full Golf Pro Shop
  • Book Golf Instruction
  • PGA Professional Tim Wilke on staff

Belmont Lake Golf Club

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A spectacular overhead shot of Belmont Lake Golf Club, waiting for you

As if you needed any more amenities to persuade your decision to go with the New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP, here it is. The Belmont Lake Golf Club is an 18-hole award winning David Johnson Golf Design that is as playable for all skill sets as it is beautiful. You can learn more about the BLP Golf Club in the “Lifestyle Redefined” section of belmontlakepreserve.com

In the next in our series of posts showing you why the New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP are ‘changing the game,’ we will look at “America’s Favorite Builder” and active lifestyle in Rocky Mount. To see the New Homes in Rocky Mount NC available now visit belmontlakepreserve.com

 

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The city of Rocky Mount NC, its desirable location and affordability are finally getting the recognition it deserves. Also, efforts of authorities working with residents have helped make Living in Rocky Mount NC a safer choice than ever. All this combined with the resort-like, on-site amenities that led you to seek out new homes in Rocky Mount NC at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community has you on the path to “Lifestyle Redefined,” and in this series of blog posts, we will detail the great things happening in the city you now call home.

Rocky Mount NC Location- NC Cities and Landmarks

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The famous Cape Hatteras lighthouse on the Outer Banks NC is just one of many landmarks conveniently reached from your Rocky Mount NC Location, sitting under 140 miles from Belmont Lake Preserve

Under an hour from Raleigh, about two hours from the Outer Banks NC, and four hours from the mountains, Rocky Mount NC Location puts you a short drive from all the state’s most desirable spots. Below, you can see exactly how far you are from major NC cities when Living in Rocky Mount NC.

  • Raleigh  50 miles
  • Moorehead City 120 miles
  • Greensboro 123 miles
  • Outer Banks 136 miles
  • Wilmington 161 miles
  • Charlotte 199 miles
  • Asheville 295 miles

The “Halfway” Point – Rocky Mount NC Location to US Cities

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Rocky Mount NC Location finds you at what many refer to as the “Halfway Point” between New York and Florida.

Likewise, being geographic “halfway point” between New York and Florida gives you easy access to friends or family basically anywhere on the east coast. Here, you can see the close proximity that you are from some major US Cities while Living in Rocky Mount NC.

  • Richmond, VA120 miles
  • Norfolk, VA 130 miles
  • Washington, DC225 miles
  • Charleston, WV 280 miles
  • New York, NY 450 miles
  • Atlanta, GA 470 miles
  • Miami, FL 880 miles

Rocky Mount Among Most Affordable Places in NC

On top of being ideally located for convenience getting to all NC landmarks and east coast destinations, cost of living is another big selling point when deciding to seek out new homes for sale in Rocky Mount NC. Supporting the p[receding statement is the annual movoto.com rankings which placed Rocky Mount as number 13 on its list of Most Affordable Places in NC.
The prestigious annual Most Affordable Places in NC list cited several reasons for Rocky Mount being 13th. Its top overall rank was for “miscellaneous costs.” This includes entertainment, clothing, restaurants, repair costs, etc. Additionally, the blog explaining the results gave high marks for the affordability of new homes in Rocky Mount. This would also support your move into a new home at Belmont Lake Preserve new home community.

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Median Home Costs and affordability of a beautiful home like this new home for sale in Rocky Mount NC at Belmont Lake Preserve were major factors in Rocky Mount being named among the Most Affordable Places in NC

These are the areas for Most Affordable Places in NC rankings where Rocky Mount improved their score from 2017-18.

  •  Miscellaneous  Costs (Entertainment, Clothing, Repairs, etc.)
  •  Median Home Costs
  •  Utility Costs
  •  Adjusted median income
  •  Unemployment Rank

A City on the Rise: Rocky Mount Continues  to Climb

With improvements consistent over the past few years in these areas, Rocky Mount is no question a city on the rise. In our next post in this series, we will look at other areas the city has received praise for. It will detail the city’s ranking among Best Cities to Raise a Family and Safest Cities in NC. For more information on new homes for sale in Rocky Mount NC at Belmont Lake Preserve, visit the “Available Homes” page at our website or arrange a visit here.
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The name on the location of the 9thAnnual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event says it all, as ‘Best Friend’s Dog Park’ at 400 East Duke Circle (just minutes from Belmont Lake Preserve) will host a day full of activities focused on you and your furry friends.

This years’ Rocky mount paws in the Park event is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 and will start at 11:00 am and run for three fun-filled hours until 2:00 pm. As it has in its previous 8 years of existence, Rocky Mount Paws in the Park promotes responsibility in pet ownership and the humane treatments of dogs, with a full day of contests and special events.

Once again, returning to the Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event will be a crowd favorite from previous years, the “Dare Devil Dogs.” This is a high energy, exciting stunt show where dogs will perform, catching frisbees and flying discs in acrobatic fashion in an awesome display that all are sure to enjoy. The “Dare Devil Dogs” will perform two entire shows throughout the day’s events.

As has become expected at Rocky Mount Paws in the Park, this year will see many unique events throughout the day. According to the official Facebook event page, each of the  following will also take place on April 14 at Best Friend’s Dog Park:

  • Doggie Treasure/Egg Hunt
  • Pet Fashion Show
  • Art and Photo Booths
  • Vendors and Demonstrations
  • Live Music
  • Food Trucks

In addition to all of this, there will also be reduced price microchipping and rabies shots for your pet on site. For further information on this years’ Rocky Mount Paws in the Park 9thanniversary celebration, visit their Facebook Event page here.

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With an influx of new business coming to town and more specifically, a concerted effort being put forth both by local authorities and citizens working hand in hand to make Rocky Mount a great place to raise a family, the results are showing up positive, as the city has climbed into the upper 50 percent state wide in the recently released 2019 National Council for Home Safety and Security’s (NCHSS) annual poll of the Safest Cities in North Carolina.

At the official site of the NCHSS (alarms.org) it goes into very specific detail in explaining the process which found Rocky Mount placing number 31 among all municipalities across the state among the Safest Cities in North Carolina.

“To identify the safest cities in North Carolina,” it reads at alarms.org, “we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.”

Continuing in the explanation on how the final rankings for the 2019 Safest Cities in North Carolina rtings were determined , the NCHSS says, “Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.”

The two main classes in which all municipalities were judged were obviously, violent or non-violent crimes. Defined as being composed of four offenses, murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault are violent crimes. Being analyzed as non-violent crimes were property crimes or theft-type crimes with no force or threat of harm to the victim.

Rocky Mount’s non-violent crime rate scored very high as opposed to many of the other municipalities and likewise, the city has seen a continued decrease in the number of violent crimes consistently over the past several years. These combined factors can be attributed to the city moving up on the list of safest Cities in North Carolina.

For more information including a full listing of the 2019 Safest Cities in North Carolina and more detail on the rankings process, visit alarms.org.

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On Saturday, March 2, just a few minutes up the road from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community on the campus of Nash Community College, there will be a celebration of diversity with in the local community as a part of the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures.

Starting at 12:00 pm and running until 4:00 pm at the on campus, Brown Auditorium, the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures has become an annual favorite among local events. “This festival brings our community together and shows us how our diversity empowers us,” said city of Rocky Mount Director of Human Relations, Archie Jones.

There will be many tastes, sounds, and sights on hand at the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures for all to enjoy on March 2. These will include an array of exotic foods for sampling from across the globe, and vendors, who likewise will be selling and showcasing items representing a variety of ethnicities and cultures. In addition, there will be a fashion show and also multi-cultural live music and entertainment to enjoy at the Rocky mount International Festival of Cultures.

Slated to be represented and on display at the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures are communities and traditions to include Central American, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, African American, and the Hawaii-Saponi Indian Tribe.

Summing up the great community feel of this celebration of diversity, Jones concluded his statement on the official city website saying, “From the food to the fashion and the friendly atmosphere, this event showcases some of the best of our city-the many cultures that call Rocky Mount home.”

For more information on the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures, visit the City Of Rocky Mount website at rockymountnc.gov.

Best-Cities-to Raise-a-Family-in North-Carolina

The real estate and moving experts at homesnacks.net have released their final list for the end of the year 2018 and supporting your “family friendly” move to the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community is their ranking of the city of Rocky Mount among the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina.

Collecting the most current data from proven and true sources, it is explained at the official Homesnacks website that in their final poll of the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina they “limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For North Carolina, that meant a total of 60 cities.”

Going further in the explanation of the process in which they determine the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina, it notes, “We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of North Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

Thus, in utilizing that system to determine the final listing of Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina, the higher the “Family” score they arrive at, the higher the rankings. Rocky Mount was one of the most improved on the final list of 60 municipalities this year, seeing the most improvement on the list of nearly any of those listed. This put the city in the upper half of the cities listed for the very first time in the storied history of this poll.

In the overall ranking of the city of Rocky Mount, in addition to making the climb up the Best Cities to Raise a Family in  North Carolina listing, other very strong areas in which the site was complimentary of the city included affordability (cost of living), diversity, amenities, and commute/location.

To see more on Rocky Mount’s inclusion in the listing of the Top 60 Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina or the entire list in detail, visit homesnacks.net.

Best-Cities-to-Retire-in-NC

With the countless options in outdoor living and active lifestyle in Rocky Mount, the reasons to choose the premier NC golf and retirement community,Belmont Lake Preserve are plentiful, however, for those looking to continue or revisit your education, North Carolina Wesleyan College offers up maybe the top reason to Retire in North Carolina.

Located directly next door to Belmont Lake Preserve, and ranked fourth statewide for return on investment for their graduates, North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) specializes in those returning students choosing to Retire in North Carolina and others their adult years through their highly accredited ASPIRE programs. (Adult Student Programs: Innovative, Respected, and Engaging).

According to the NCWC website these programs aimed at returning students who Retire in North Carolina or otherwise, “are nonresidential baccalaureate degree programs designed to meet the educational needs of adult learners.” The explanation at ncwc.edu continued to say,  “ASPIRE under the Office of Adult & Professional Studies allows mature women and men to tailor their degree work to meet personal, career, and life goals. Learners work at their own pace with the option of maintaining full-time or part-time course loads.”  They piece went further to detail that “Because mature adults like those set to Retire in North Carolina are highly motivated and capable of self-directed learning, ASPIRE learners can take advantage of 5-week, 8-week, hybrid, and online classes, as well as opportunities for earning credit through alternative options such as CLEP and DSST testing.”

So, if academically “re-inventing” yourself as you Retire in North Carolina in hopes of pursuing a new business venture or if you just would like to learn about new subjects and take some courses at NCWC, your next move in your education is literally minutes away from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve. The school offers degree programs in Business Administration, Psychology, Religious Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, Accounting, and Computer Information Systems, and individual on site courses on Management, Organizational Development, and Human Resource Management through its Corporate Advantage Program (CAP).

On top of the conveinience of both location and choices to continue your education at NC Wesleyan as you Retire in North Carolina, the actual time involved in completing the courses also weighs heavily in your favor, as courses can be completed in just eight weeks, night classes from 6-10 p.m., and college credit can be earned and applied to a degree through the CAP courses if desired.

To see a detailed description of ASPIRE and all the adult education options at NCWC, visit the adult studies page on their website at www.ncwc.edu.