Briar Chapel, located just south of the Town of Chapel Hill on Highway 15-501, in northern Chatham County, is one of the newest communities for home buyers seeking Chapel Hill homes, Durham homes, and Chatham County homes. With a Chapel Hill mailing address and Chatham County taxes, Briar Chapel is very attractive to buyers who enjoy the great outdoors but prefer to live near the University of North Carolina, Duke University, the Research Triangle Park, or the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. With 900 acres of open space, oak hammocks, creeks, ponds, wetlands, 24 miles of trails for hiking and biking, and a greenway, Briar Chapel is designed to encourage appreciation and enjoyment of the community - including the entrance drive along magnificent vistas of native rock and beautiful scenery.
The land has been cared for over a period of generations and has been carefully prepared for enjoyment by generations to come. Cross Pokeberry Creek to discover community parks, a village square, a town center, and a variety of neighborhoods, built using principles of green home construction. Through careful planning and thoughtful development, impact has been minimized to control erosion, provide storm water management, and maintain tree canopy for native birds. For the discriminating home buyer who enjoys innovation in lovely surroundings, a sense of community, and outdoor adventures, Briar Chapel is a nature lover's paradise.
Not only is Briar Chapel designed for quiet, individual enjoyment of the outdoors, but the social calendar is impressive. 2009 events included the 17th annual National Trails Day, including guided tours of the trail system and a cookout and pool party. The December holidays were marked by a holiday wine, cheese, and music tour of new homes. In a community like Briar Chapel, the calendar would not be complete without a 6BC Endurance Race. The spacious club house, with the pool, water slide, and adjoining playground, provide a perfect location for many of the activities. The community events bring the neighbors together and foster lasting relationships.
Briar Chapel homes range from smaller townhouses to larger detached homes, built by a range of builders in the community. Built with abundant windows and generous patios, homes integrate exterior living with the interior, promoting enjoyment of the environment and healthier living through rigorous green building standards. When Briar Chapel is finished, it will be a subdivision of more than 1500 acres that includes two school sites (including Woods Charter), a county park with recreation fields, mini-parks located in the villages, and shopping. Homes range between about $175,000 - $800,000 + and are available as presales and as inventory homes.
Briar Chapel builders include McNeil Burbank, Vanguard Homes, M/I Homes, and Chatham Builder Guild. The Chatham Builder Guild is a group of award-winning custom builders. The Founding members of the Chatham Builder Guild are JD Mahoney Construction, Commonweatlh Construction and Design, New Day Builders, Trellis Homes, Home Front Bruilders, and JamesTowne Homes. Homes built in Briar Chapel by the Chatham Builder Guild, are called the New Urban Classic Collection, feature 10' first floor ceilings, 9' second floor ceilings, and range from 2,600 square feet to 4,200 square feet.
The Town of Chapel Hill is about 7 miles away and the City of Durham is about 18 miles away - both close with good access. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located less than 25 miles from Briar Chapel, making it convenient to live in the country, with easy access to the airiport. Less than 12 miles away is B. Everette Jordan Lake, one of the Triangle's most popular open green spaces. Jordan Lake provides campsites, beaches, boat ramps, a marina, nature trails, and picnic areas on land totalling 46,768 acres, including 13,900 acres of lake.
To visit Briar Chapel from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, travel I-40 West to Exit 273A/Chapel Hill. Follow NC 54 West for three miles; then turn right on NC 54 West/15-501 South Bypass. Travel on the bypass 2.2 miles to the Chapel Hill-Pittsboro exit; turn left onto 15-501 South. Briar Chapel is approximately seven miles on the right. From Raleigh/Cary, take Highway 64 West from US 1. Travel west for 16.8 miles, crossing Jordan Lake twice. Turn right at the stoplight at Mount Gilead Church Road. Follow Mount Gilead Church Road until it ends at 15-501. Turn right on 15-501 North and drive ? mile; turn left into Briar Chapel.