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Top U.S. Growth State

Many north easterners and transplants from all across the country are moving to beautiful neighborhoods like Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community and others across the “Tar Heel State,” as evidenced is the annual report done by U-Haul naming North Carolina as the “Top U.S. Growth State.”

Although the state only ranks ninth over all in actual population, which according to a July 2015 U.S. Census estimate for North Carolina is a little more than 10 million people, there has been a consistent growth, with a 4.3 percent increase between 2010-14. This is over one percent higher than the national average during this same time frame.

U-Haul bases its ranking of North Carolina as the Top U.S. Growth State on its posting the biggest net gain of of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus the number which have left the same state during the past calendar year. This data was compiled for this years listing of the Top U.S. Growth State from a total of over 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rentals that occurred between January and December of 2015.

Several U-Haul representatives did not seem surprised in the least with North Carolina being named ad the Top U.S. Growth State for 2015, as the President of the company’s Central North Carolina operation, Jason Grider noted. “I am not surprised to hear North Carolina is the number one top growing state,” he said. “North Carolina is a great state to live and work. I think people are drawn to the state because of the strong economy and job opportunities, the climate, and the diversity of the people and state as a whole.” He concluded, “From the Atlantic Coast to the lakes and Appalachian Mountains, we have much to offer and opportunities for everyone. The growth is not limited to certain areas. We have seen tremendous growth all over the state.”

Echoing his sentiments was the President of U-Haul’s Raleigh base, Paul Smedberg, who added, “The temperate climate and overall quality of life that North Carolina offers is contagious. All the metro areas, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem have experienced steady growth. It doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.”

For the complete listing of the Top U.S. Growth States, visit

Guest Bedroom Ideas

One of the many reasons that drew you towards relocating to Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf and retirement community was its ideal location, giving you convenient access to all points in the Eastern U.S. Whether you opted to be close to family or friends, you will surely at some point be hosting visitors at your new home, and recently, detailed 13 Guest Bedroom Ideas that can help to not only impress, but also make your company feel right at home.

Many of the Guest Bedroom Ideas detailed by MSN Blogger, Nadine Avola in the piece, are ones that not only very practical and convenient for a houseguest, but can be presented in a very stylish manner as well. The first item on the list plays to the ever evolving technological world we live in and saves a guest from having to ask, and is to provide them a Wi-Fi password. Either in a frame, or on an index card, or even to text them the password immediately will make a guest feel welcome. Along the same lines, the second Guest Bedroom Idea is to set up a charging station. Providing cables and the necessities to keep all devices charged is certainly a friendly and inviting touch.

Offering up space and an easily accessible place to unpack, such as a dresser or even a nice closet space with hangers can avoid a guest having the feeling that they are “living out of a suitcase” during their stay, and adding to your spare room giving them the feeling that it’s “their own” is having some type of privacy curtains, shades, or blinds over the windows. Extra blankets, towels, and pillows as well as having any bathroom necessities, even if a guest has brought their own are also great Guest Bedroom Ideas that help a visitor to feel comfortable during their visit. Likewise, bedroom essentials, like a ceiling fan or even a nice oscillating fan, and an alarm clock can also make the guest room “their own” by simply putting in the effort to plan ahead and have these items out and ready upon arrival. Going the extra mile to have fresh flowers at bedside, a candy dish, or even their own coffee maker in the room can also give the appearance of going above and beyond to make the guests feel that you truly care.

Lastly, whether your friends or family member arrives while you are at work, or even just to provide them the feeling that they are free to come and go as they please while visiting, to leave a house key for them is always a very selfless gesture that screams “my home is your home” while they are there.

These 13 simple Guest Bedroom Ideas are ones that can enhance a loved ones visit to your house and can easily be arranged with just a bit of planning prior to their arrival. To see the entire post on 13 Guest Bedroom Ideas to make your visitors feel at home, visit

New Home Construction Trends

The experts at recently released an article on their website based upon the Annual Builder Practices Survey, noting the hottest New Home Construction Trends documented for the year of 2015, giving you a few ideas and options to think about as you prepare to begin the home building process and the construction of your new home in Rocky Mount NC at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf course community.

The Annual Builder Practices Survey has been conducted by Home Innovation each year for over three decades as they have tracked the market shares of all building material categories to compile the survey and reports, like the most recent one documenting the hot New Home Construction Trends in the past year.

Some of the more interesting findings in New Home Construction Trends to consider when you are starting the process of building your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve that were discussed in the article, included:

Flooring: Carpeting has continued to be the most popular flooring option amongst the New Home Construction Trends, as 83 percent of all new home bedrooms were documented as being carpeted. However, hardwood flooring has seen a rise as the second most popular choice, especially in living rooms. Ceramic tile, which is the most popular bathroom option, was noted as the third most common choice in flooring.

Kitchens: Several popular New Home Construction Trends thus far in 2015 that were touched upon in the article involved different areas and items in the kitchen. For new countertops, it was said that granite continues to be the top choice, with over 64 percent choosing this option. Quartz/engineered stone also saw a spike in counter top popularity as a second choice. In kitchen appliances, Cooktops and wall oven combinations saw an increase in installation as compared to freestanding units, while “freezer on bottom” refrigerators also gained in popularity, where as the “side-by-side” units saw a decrease. Sinks were another item in the kitchen that were detailed among the New Home Construction Trends. The single basin kitchen sink seems to be making a comeback this year, and granite or stone kitchen sinks also have seen a rise in their overall numbers.

Garages: Bigger and more enhanced seemed to be the most popular New Home Construction Trends to date this year pertaining to the garage, as enhancements such as windows, insulation, and composite or plastic materials being used on garage doors has been on the rise. Also, the past year saw 32 percent of new single family homes building garages with bays for three or more cars, which was the highest number ever recorded in the 30 plus years of the survey for garage’s of this size.

These are just a small sampling of the extensive numbers and findings regarding popular New Home Construction Trends for 2015 from the Annual Builders Practices Survey. For a full details in all areas of the home, visit

Retire in NC

where-to-retire-50-marron“The Authority on Retirement Relocation,” Where to Retire Magazine has named Rocky Mount NC’s Belmont Lake Preserve as one of the 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the U.S.

In a letter from Karen Northridge, the Publisher of “Where to Retire,” Warren Halle, President of the Halle Companies who developed Belmont Lake Preserve, was informed of the NC golf and retirement community being honored among the 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the U.S. following a nine month selection process. After a thorough analysis of several hundred master planned communities, Northridge explained the Rocky Mount community’s inclusion to the list in her congratulatory letter, stating that Belmont Lake Preserve “is among an elite group of developments that offer today’s retirees a well-rounded, active lifestyle.”

Best Master Planned Communities in the U.S.In further complimenting Belmont Lake Preserve and the positive growth to Rocky Mount and the surrounding area that the golf and retirement community has brought about Northridge concluded, “Where to Retire applauds the positive impact that each of our 50 Best is making on the economic health of the towns and cities in which they are located.” She added, “all of the communities are leaders in providing a high quality of life to those who are embarking on new adventures in retirement.”

Since the Halle Companies purchased Belmont Lake Preserve in late 2011, they have embarked on a complete renovation process, starting with the preservation and upkeep of the championship 18-hole David Johnson Golf Design Belmont Lake Golf Club. The spectacular Community Clubhouse finished construction in 2014 and features both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a state of the art gym and training facility, full catering and dining facilities, and a billiards room. The Belmont Lake Golf Clubhouse also opened in 2014, with a full golf pro shop and availability for one on one instruction from PGA professional, Tim Wilke. In addition, the “Main Course at Belmont” restaurant opened its doors in the Golf Clubhouse facility and in under a year has rose to the number one ranked and reviewed Rocky Mount restaurant on

To see the model homes and floor plans available at Belmont Lake Preserve and all of the great amenities at the Rocky Mount neighborhood honored among the 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the U.S., visit here.”

North Carolina golf community

With the fairways greening up beautifully and the crisp summer air already having you itching to get out on the course, now is the perfect time to look for your new home in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve and take advantage of the membership perks at the North Carolina golf community.

North Carolina golf community

The Belmont Lake Preserve Golf Clubhouse

Offering many home sites either right on the course, or with in walking distance, looking for your dream house at Belmont Lake Preserve will not only bring you into a friendly new community, but also will have you ready to “tee off” as a member of the championship North Carolina golf community as well. With several club events already scheduled for the upcoming months, your membership is a great way to interact and meet new friends at the course as well. On June 26 at 1 p.m., Belmont Lake Golf Club will play host to a “Four Man Captain’s Choice Tournament,” while on July 18 and 19, their will be a “Member Handicap Tournament” with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. The prestigious “Club Championship” tournament is scheduled to take place over the weekend of August 15 and 16.

North Carolina golf community

The bar at the Main Course at Belmont

In addition to “hitting the links,” moving into the Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community also gives you full access to their resort-style amenities. The new Golf Clubhouse finished construction in 2014 and in addition to a full pro golf shop and availability for personal one-on-one instruction with onsite PGA pro, Tim Wilke, there also is the “Main Course at Belmont” restaurant, which serves a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu daily in addition to offering refreshments and spirits at the bar.

To take a closer look at some of the fantastic amenities offered up at the Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina golf community visit their website at belmont To see a full schedule of golf course events or book a tee time at Belmont Lake Golf Club, see the course’s site at

Moving forward into 2015, now is the time for new beginnings, and where better to start than with the building of new homes in North Carolina at Rocky Mount’s Belmont Lake Preserve golf and retirement community. While embarking on the journey toward building new homes in North Carolina, has compiled list of hot trends for the upcoming calendar year that you may want to consider during your house’s design process.

In addition to listing the top five home design trends for 2015, the piece also touches on a few from last year that have become a bit outdated that you may want to steer clear of when building new homes in North Carolina as well. Starting with the top five hot home design trends, was gold fixtures, which placed number one on the list originally published in the “2015 Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast” report. Alex Fiander of explained the top ranking, saying that gold fixtures are a “retro statement hardware color that will make a comeback in 2015 with a new modern twist: bright gold with a sleek finish for extra shine.” Moving along to the second trend, cowhide, it was explained that, “Cowhide is the ideal accent texture for 2015’s modern, yet approachable design aesthetic. Elements of cowhide will find their way into pillows, rugs, throw blankets and even artwork this coming year.” For trend number three on the list, Zillow Digs designer, Jamie Beckwith noted, “Wallpaper is coming back in a big way,” going on to say that all types of prints and textures were seeing a rebirth heading into the new year. Rounding out the top five were “Blue Accent Colors” at number four and “modern/mid-century modern elements” in both furniture and architectural choices.

To see the entire article on the top five home design trends for 2015, and to read about several popular fads from 2014 that you may want to avoid or replace when buying or building new homes in North Carolina, visit

Northerners Retiring to North Carolina

The upward trend of Northerners Retiring to North Carolina continues, with people from across the United States opting to make the move, just as you have to the Belmont Lake Preserve new home golf course community in Rocky Mount, as proven in a recent study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau has shown that the state has overtaken Michigan as the ninth largest state in the country, seeing a population increase of over 95,000 people between July 2013 and July 2014.

Explaining the continuing growth state wide in North Carolina, especially among retirement aged transplants, North Carolina State University economics professor, Michael Walden noted that “the new numbers bear out the decades-long trend of high growth in Sun Belt states benefiting from northern retirees seeking warmer climates and businesses seeking weaker government regulations and a cheaper workforce. Further speaking on his expectations to see this upward swing in population continue moving forward, Walden added that he “expects the growth to continue, with North Carolina’s population approaching 14 million by mid-century. The newcomers will intensify urban development along the interstate corridor running from the Triangle through the Triad down to Charlotte.”

“People want to live in a place where they can fulfill their potential, and for an increasing number of Americans and people throughout the world, that place is North Carolina.”

In the widely published report circulated by the Associated Press, it was also reported that with the spike in population over the course of the past year, North Carolina’s total estimated population now sits just shy of 10 million. Governor Pat McCrory commented on the report, saying, “People want to live in a place where they can fulfill their potential, and for an increasing number of Americans and people throughout the world, that place is North Carolina.”

To read the entire Associated Press piece on the U.S Census release, which was printed in the December 23 edition of the Washington Times, and details how Northerners Retiring to North Carolina have helped the growth in population, go to



NC Retirement Community is the Perfect Fit

Belmont Lakes Preserve NC Retirement Community is the perfect fit for a rich and active lifestyle in your retirement years. Located conveniently between the Northeastern U.S. States and Florida, making the new home neighborhood the perfect “relocation destination.” Only a short four hour drive from the Washington, D.C. area, the Belmont Lake Preserve NC Retirement Community has countless great amenities to keep you active, social, and help you kick back and enjoy the scenic landscape of Eastern North Carolina in Rocky Mount.

Located on over 1,400 stunning acres that include an 80-acre lake, and an onsite 18-hole championship caliber golf course, Belmont Lakes Preserve NC Retirement Community offers you the quiet and peaceful setting you long for. Giving you peacefulness and beautiful scenery at your new home and the convenience of being just an hour from major cities such as Raleigh and Durham and only two hours from the ocean, the NC Retirement Community at Belmont Lakes offers you the “best of both worlds.” The incredible new community clubhouse gives you access to an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, an on-site fitness center, billiards, dining, and more.

Offering planned senior living villas, the nationally accredited Halle Building Company is now building homes at Belmont Lake Preserve NC Retirement Community, with on course lots starting in the $75,000 range and non-golf course plot starting as low as $27,500. With home prices beginning in the low $200,000’s, Halle Companies can build your home in one of its many award winning, contemporary creative designs or you can purchase your lot and have a builder of your own choosing construct your new house.

Staying with in driving distance of your loved ones, whether they be in the North or Southeastern United States, while enjoying the spectacular weather and endless activities offered in Rocky Mount during your retirement years are only just a few reasons that we are sure you will agree, the Belmont Lakes Preserve NC Retirement Community is your perfect fit.