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Living in Rocky Mount NC: Lifestyle Redefined

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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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Rocky Mount Climbing Up Ranks of Safest Cities in North Carolina

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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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Rocky Mount Listed Among Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina

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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.

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D.R. Horton Now Selling New Homes in BLP

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D.R. Horton’s Raleigh division is pleased to announce it is now selling homes in the Rocky Mount community of Belmont Lake Preserve. Offering popular single-story ranch and two-story home plans, the beautiful golf community offers resort-style amenities everyone can enjoy.

Belmont Lake Villas features four- and five-bedroom, two-story home plans ranging from 1,927 to 2,361 square feet, with prices in the high $180s to the low $200s. For customers interested in D.R. Horton’s highly sought after ranch style plans, Belmont Lake Villas Estates features single-story homes from the high $190s to the low $200s. Homes in this section of the community range from 1,588 square feet to over 2,600 and offer two to four bedrooms and two-car garages.

The community boasts an 18-hole public golf course, with a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse including a full pro shop, grille room and beautiful patio. Stay active with a state of the art fitness facility, relax by the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, or socialize in the clubhouse dining room, billiard room or many activity rooms. Nearby attractions include the historic Tar River Trails along its namesake river, stretching over 20 miles of waterways connecting the Tar River and Stony Creek.

For more information, visit www.drhorton.com/North-Carolina/Raleigh-Durham/Rocky-Mount /Belmont-Lake-Villas.

D.R. Horton, “America’s Builder,” has been building families beautiful homes in desirable locations for more than 35 years. America’s largest homebuilder for fifteen years in a row by volume, D.R. Horton has built more than 600,000 homes with quality, functionality, value and style in mind.

For more information about D.R. Horton’s Raleigh division, please visit www.drhorton.com/North-Carolina/Raleigh-Durham. Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate. D.R. Horton is an equal housing opportunity builder.

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Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility Could be a “Game Changer”

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Working towards an idea that originally surfaced among city council members as far back as the 1940’s and brought back to the council chambers again in the mid 1970’s and 1990’s, the possibility of a Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility (RMDCF) with an emphasis on hosting incoming sporting events among other activities could stand to bring an economic impact of an estimated $264 million spending dollars to the city with in ten years of its doors opening.

Detailed and referred to at the City of Rocky Mount’s official website as a “conceptual indoor sports destination” that would be located only minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve, in the heart of downtown Rocky Mount, rockymountnc.gov goes on to explain the proposed facility would be “unlike any sporting event center in eastern North Carolina.”

Continuing to explain what would set the Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility apart from any similar in Eastern NC, the website noted it would be “unique in that it not only caters to sporting tournaments, but also has the capacity to accommodate a multitude of other occasions. The piece went on to promote the idea, noting, “This space is ideal for use by both locals and visitors alike, and will set Downtown Rocky Mount apart as the perfect destination location of experience for people of all ages and interests.”

Despite the planning stages obviously taking some time and since the concept has been brought back about by the council, there have obviously been some questions raised by Rocky Mount residents, the “Frequently Asked Questions” section devoted to the concept of a Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility would point towards a very promising economic effect that the new facility could have on the city.

While the document does state that the Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility would require several subsidies in its first few operating years ($872,000 in year one, $682,000 in years two and year three $264,000), the anticipated generated revenue and jobs locally would seem to counteract these and then some.

“In its first year, the projected operating revenue will be $1,646,552. By year 10, the projected revenue is $5,938,327, “ the document states. Equally as promising as that statement would be the section addressing the potential new jobs created by a Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility. “The Downtown Community Facility would create 50 new jobs from the ongoing operations, plus 200 construction jobs. A general manager at the facility would make approximately $90,000 annually. A marketing director would generate $70,000 to $80,000 per year. There are also other high skilled positions that would be available. “

On top of these figures the anticipated economic impact of $264 million in new spending in the city over 10 years, coupled with several other high profile announcements recently of economic development in Rocky Mount and the surrounding community it would seem that things are looking bright for the future of the a Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility and the entire city as a whole.

To view the information at the City of Rocky Mount’s website on the Rocky Mount Downtown Community Facility, visit rockymountnc.gov.

(Photo Credit: City of Rocky Mount)

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Custom Home Design Trends to Consider When Building at Belmont Lake Preserve

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As 2016 heads into the end of summer and toward the fall, there are several popular Custom Home Design Trends that have become increasingly popular, that you may want to consider as work through the building and construction process at your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve in Rocky Mount.

The kitchen as many of you know has become one of the main focal points not only when building a new home, but also among the Custom Home Design Trends that have been noted throughout 2016 thus far. One such trend that has consistently remained popular in kitchens this year is “white on white spaces.” This “clean look” with the usage of white cabinets with a light colored or white counter top or back splash has returned in a big way. The main factor attributing to making this one of the most frequently seen of 2016’s Custom Home Design Trends, is the overall desire of new home buyers and builders to use the kitchen as the center of the home for entertaining guests, as the brightness of the “white on white” helps in opening up and making the appear large.

Double islands in the kitchen is another of this year’s Custom Home Design Trends that has seen many who have built a new home include, for much of the same reason. One island for seating and entertaining, with a second for much of the same and in some cases even for a sink, makes for more overall space when trying to be a good host.

As far as Custom Home Design Trends in regards to flooring this year, reclaimed lumber continued to be the choice of many. First gaining major popularity a few years back, this eco-friendly option in floors adds a unique look, and a bit of character and personality also.

It was not very long ago that brass fixtures in a newly built home were considered outdated and less than savory as far as Custom Home Design Trends go. However, they are back with a vengeance this year, mainly due to how “unique look of the brass when partnered with a more contemporary style fixture.

Continuing to take priority among the new homeowners in 2016 was a focus on indoor/outdoor living spaces. As is commonplace here among each of the Custom Home Design Trends discussed, this too plays into the open space concept that has become so important in recent years. Allowing indoor and outdoor spaces to flow seamlessly such as an outdoor living room type area around a fireplace or the indoor dining area opening to a patio space.

With these and so many other Custom Home Design Trends to consider in building a home at Belmont Lake Preserve, you can add some of these ideas to the existing floor plans or discuss other ideas with the builder team working on your new house. To see the floor plans and for more information on the Halle Building Group, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.

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Moorefield Real Estate named by Halle Companies as Exclusive Realtor at Belmont Lake Preserve

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The Halle Companies has recently announced a partnership with Moorefield Real Estate of Rocky Mount, naming the company as the Exclusive Realtor at Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community.

“We are excited as the leaders’ in Rocky Mount Real Estate for over four decades to represent the premier development in our city, and absolutely thrilled to work along side, the Halle Companies, who also bring over 40 years of experience and excellence in residential development with them to the table,” said Kenneth Moorefield, Founder of Moorefield Real Estate. “With the unique amenities that are exclusive to this community- it’s golf course, the swimming pools, the restaurant, and so forth- we just can’t wait to put our brush to the canvas and paint this picture that we have been envisioning for all the families and residents of Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve.”

Upon their purchase of Belmont Lake Preserve in late 2011, the Halle Companies have invested millions of dollars into the development of the 1400-acre forested community. In a prepared statement released at the time of the purchase, Halle spoke of the difference between the community’s previous developer who struggled with financial issues and the Halle Companies, explaining, this was a cash purchase and that The Halle Companies continue to operate on a debt-free basis with no lenders. Halle added that by purchasing the community with cash it allows us to move at the proper pace and keep the community on a sound financial footing.

Once the purchase was finalized, the Halle Companies began focusing on providing retreat-like amenities that include both an indoor and outdoor pool and a full fitness facility at the Belmont Lake Community Clubhouse, which finished construction in 2014. The Golf Clubhouse also was added to the community and finished in 2014, hosting a full golf pro shop and the highly acclaimed Main Course at Belmont Restaurant. The 18-hole David Johnson golf design, Belmont Lake Golf Club has previously been named to the “Top 100 You Can Play” by the NC Golf Panel and also was recognized among the top course designs across Eastern NC.

About Moorefield Real Estate

With an emphasis on integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, and a “client-first” approach, Moorefield Real Estate and its Founder/Manager, Kenneth Moorefield brings an unmatched customer and broker relationship with Rocky Mount residents and the surrounding area for nearly 44 years in his training of every broker on his team.

A multi-million dollar producer in each and every one of his 43-plus years in real estate, Moorefield, the 2011 Realtor of the Year, and the exceptional Moorefield Real Estate management team that will represent Belmont Lake Preserve includes Broker-in-Charge, Jay Hooks, who has been a multi-million dollar producer for seven consecutive years and the 2011 and 2014 REALTOR Associate of the Year, Trevor Foote, who likewise has been a multi-million dollar producer for all seven years she has been with the company.

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Sunday Open Houses featuring New Homes in Rocky Mount NC at Belmont Lake Preserve

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Belmont Lake Preserve NC named among the Best Lake Communities in the US by Ideal Living Magazine

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST LAKE COMMUNITIES IN THE US

Best Lake Communities in the USThe premier North Carolina golf and retirement community, Belmont Lake Preserve has been selected by Ideal Living magazine as one of 2016 Best Lake Communities in the US among retirement living areas.

The recognition as one of the Best Lake Communities in the US for 2016, comes following a year that saw Belmont Lake Preserve as the recipient of several accolades. Most recently, the Rocky Mount NC golf community was named to the prestigious “Short List” by Where to Retire magazine as one of the 50 Best Master Planned communities in the United States. Likewise, the spectacular 18-hole, David Johnson Golf Design, Belmont Lake Golf Club weighed heavily into the community being honored by Ideal Living last year as one of 2015’s Best Golf Course Communities in the nation.

In their listing of the Best Lake Communities in the US, which will be featured in the upcoming annual “Best of the Best” Summer edition of Ideal Living, the selection process was based on the following ideas. “For many active adults, the appeal of lake living is in the availability of boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports. Other retirees may wish to live lakeside in order to enjoy the serenity offered by living near a peaceful, natural setting.” Given Belmont Lake Preserve’s 1400-acres of scenic, forested land which is set around the beautiful 80-acre Belmont Lake and the wide array of both on-site and near by outdoor living options, its inclusion among the Best Lake Communities in the US would come as no surprise to those familiar with its stunning natural beauty.

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Also Named among the 50 Best Master Planned communities in the United States

In addition to its beautiful natural setting, the resort like amenities at Belmont Lake Preserve also make it an obvious choice for this and the other recent accolades received by the North Carolina Living community. The luxurious, BLP Community Clubhouse features both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a state-of-the-art-fitness facility, a billiards and game room and much more. The Golf Clubhouse with a full golf pro shop, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, the highly acclaimed “Main Course at Belmont” restaurant and on staff PGA professional, Tim Wilke is equally as impressive, as is the aforementioned golf course, which has been named among the Top 100 to Play in NC and as one of the Best Course Designs in Eastern NC.

For more information on the upcoming “Best of the Best” edition of Ideal Living magazine to feature the Best Lake Communities in the US, visit ideal-living.com. To plan a visit or get more information on available homes, home sites, or floor plans at Belmont Lake Preserve, visit here.

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Expansion at Belmont Lake Preserve: Another Reason to Retire in NC

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With over $10 million already invested into the spectacular 1,400 acre North Carolina golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, the Maryland-based, Halle Companies, continues in its beautification and expansion of the Rocky Mount property. The most recent part of the expansion plan is the Villas at Belmont Lake, an 83-home development aimed to suit the needs of Northeast transplants as well as commuters to Rocky Mount and current residents nearing retirement or getting ready to Retire in NC.

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The outdoor swimming pool at the BLP Community Clubhouse

A recent article penned by Rocky Mount Telegram staff writer, Corey Davis, detailed the optimism shared by both the Halle Companies and the support and appreciation shown by the surrounding Rocky Mount community in speaking of Halle’s investment in the property to date and the further expansion of Belmont Lake Preserve giving people even more reason to Retire in NC.

Halle Companies assistant vice president, Eric Rifkin, spoke with the reporter on a variety of topics, beginning with the Villas at Belmont Lake and how the company is trying to help give a boost to the housing market across the entire area. “It’s going to be patio homes or ranch-style homes going into that subdivision (the Villas). We’re not going to be building 83 homes at one time…we’re going to build as buyers come.” Rifkin went on to say, “After the lots are completed, we’re hoping sales will start to pick up in the area. We understand that Rocky Mount doesn’t have a lot of sales every year…and our biggest goal will continue to be driving traffic and driving sales in the area.”

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A spectacular over head shot of Belmont Lake Golf Club

Rocky Mount Mayor, David Combs, also spoke in the Telegram piece, detailing the positive impact that the Halle Companies purchase has had and that he foresees it continuing to have on the local community. “They’ve made major investments here and they’re going to keep investing in Rocky Mount,” Mayor Combs said. “They’re adding to the tax base by building homes and building lots.” He concluded, “From a city perspective, as Belmont continues to develop, its like new industry coming here.”

Later in the article, Rifkin shared in the Mayor’s optimistic take on great things that lie ahead for the community and spoke of the continued beautification of Belmont Lake driving both locals and commuters in addition to those relocating from out of state to want to come to Rocky Mount to Retire in NC.

“We have a beautiful piece of property and we hear a lot of things going on potentially downtown that is extremely reinvigorating for the area,” Rifkin stated. “We hope since there are people living in the Triangle and commuting to companies like Pfizer, Cummins, and Honeywell that they will start to look at Belmont Lake Preserve and see that they can drive five minutes and be back home in this beautiful community.” He concluded, “We’re definitely trying to capture those people.”

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Delicious crab cakes one of the signature dishes at the Main Course at Belmont restaurant

Since being purchased by the Halle Companies, Belmont Lake Preserve, has under gone an incredible face lift, catching the eye of baby boomers across the nation who are looking to Retire in NC as they were recently named by “Where to Retire” Magazine among its prestigious annual list of the Top 50 Master Planned Communities in the United States.

Among the vast improvements seen at Belmont Lake since the Halle purchase is the gorgeous, new, 12,000 square foot Community Clubhouse, complete with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a state-of-the-art gym and training facility, and dining and hosting facilities. Equally as impressive, is the Golf Clubhouse, complete with a full pro shop facility, an on site PGA professional available for instruction, and one of the top rated restaurants in the area, The Main Course at Belmont, serving a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu seven days a week.

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The pro shop at the BLP Golf Clubhouse

Adjacent to golf clubhouse is yet another investment that may entice many to Retire in NC at Belmont Lake, the Belmont Lake Golf Club. A David Johnson Golf Design 18-hole championship course, Belmont Lake has been named to the “Top 100 to Play” in the state of North Carolina and proves to be a fun, yet challenging course for golfers of all skill sets.

For more on Belmont Lake Preserve including available homes, floor plans, and full details on all the incredible on site amenities, visit www.belmontlakepreserve.com .