Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Neighborhood Highlight: Lochmere in Cary

Lochmere is a neighborhood located in east Cary whose main entrance is at the intersection of Kildaire Farm Road and Lochmere Drive. It features the best aspects of suburban living in the Triangle, with greenways for walking and biking, lakes with docks for fishing, and other recreational touches that can be easily accessed from any property.

Homes were built primarily during the 1980s and 1990s, when Cary began a tremendous growth spurt that more than quadrupled its population and led it to becoming among the top 10 largest cities in North Carolina. Nearly 2,000 homes lie within the community, ranging from patio homes to estates. There are several lake front or golf course lots as well.

Many local businesses make their home at Lochmere Pavilion, located 2425 Kildaire Farm Road. Businesses near Lochmere include WakeMed Cary Hospital, a/k/a Western Wake Hospital. The Lochmere Swim & Tennis Club is a private club with three pools, 10 tennis courts and a clubhouse for social events. Membership is open to residents of Lochmere and surrounding communities. The Lochmere Monsters swim team for kids ages 6 to 18 is one of the biggest, best known and most successful of its kind in the area, with more than 350 participants every summer. Adjacent to the swim and tennis club is the Lochmere Golf Club, a semi-private course that is a Member Club of The Handicap Program of the Carolinas.

Homes in this area range from the $400s to $1 million, with townhomes from the high $100s in Glen Echo. Sewer, water, trash and recycling services from the city of Cary are available. Annual homeowner dues include HOA management and common area maintenance, including the miles of walking trails and the lakes.

Lochmere Highlands is a southern extension of Lochmere that most residents consider a separate neighborhood, although many of its homes were built around the same period. Located at the intersection of Kildaire Farm Road and Loch Highlands Drive, this neighborhood features houses in the $300s to $400s that have easy access to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, which included hiking trails, picnic areas and a nature center.

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