Community Spotlight: Modern Meadowmont
Chapel Hill community mixes old with new
by Danielle Jackson
Situated on more than 400 wooded acres near the heart of Chapel Hill lies Meadowmont, a neighborhood that’s as modern as it is rooted in history. The community — developed in 1999 by Chapel Hill-based East West Partners — is a living tribute to its namesake, a 20,000-square-foot Georgian Revival home that sits just above the sprawling neighborhood.
Built by the DuBose family in 1933, the home — which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places — and surrounding land were left to J. McNeely DuBose and his siblings, who worked closely with Chapel Hill-based East West Partners to create a mixed-use development that honored its name while offering something new and exciting for local residents.
Modern Meadowmont features a variety of homes, condominiums and apartments situated along narrow, tree-lined streets. A series of greenways runs through the development, encouraging residents to take a stroll on their way to visit neighbors or shop at nearby Meadowmont Village.
“It’s a true community, seven days a week,” says Bill Ferrell, manager of the Meadowmont Community Association.
“Meadowmont was and continues to be a new style of community that combines single-family homes with density and diversity of housing,” he adds. “With luxury townhomes, maintenance-free condos, wooded estate homes and Craftsman-style cottage homes, this isn’t another cookie-cutter neighborhood.”
An ideal blend
Add a substantial retail center, continuing-care retirement community and YMCA-managed pools, and Meadowmont is taking mixed-use to an entirely new level.
Bringing to mind a Main Street mentality, Meadowmont Village offers a mix of retail, restaurants and service businesses. Minta Bell, owner of Minta Bell Design Group, chose the spot for her interior design business more than seven years ago because of its prime location.
“It’s centrally located and very convenient to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill,” she says. “It’s a destination kind of place. Plus, it’s a nice area to walk.”
Black Mountain Gallery relocated from Eastgate Shopping Center for similar reasons. The family-owned shop creates hand-forged jewelry in sterling silver and 14-karat gold.
“We have enjoyed bringing our 36 years of loyal customers to the unique Meadowmont community,” says Jennifer Anderson, manager.
Nearby, the Cedars of Chapel Hill retirement community — which opened in 2002 — offers residents villas, verandas and cottage homes, in addition to a full-service clubhouse and health center with skilled nursing.
“People choose to retire here because they like being part of a multi-generational community, the convenience of a grocery store and pharmacy across the street, and the other shops and restaurants of Meadowmont Village,” says Lynne Nakell, director of sales.
She also cites its proximity to UNC Hospitals and its new Wellness Center, as well as the university’s educational, cultural, and sports offerings.
The new YMCA at Meadowmont — a branch of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA — features two outdoor pools and hosts activities throughout the year. Programs include summer day camps, swim lessons and yoga for adults, among other activities. There’s also signature annual events such as Brunch with Santa, a father-daughter dance and an Easter egg hunt.
“One of the tenets we prioritized was for Meadowmont to be woven into the fabric of the Chapel Hill community and become an integral part of the town,” says Roger Perry, president of East West Partners.
“The donation to the YMCA of the swim facility is part of that effort.”
“We were fortunate that East West Partners considered the YMCA a valuable resource to Chapel Hill and specifically Meadowmont Village,” adds Nicki Smith, director.
“This gift of the former Meadowmont Club to the YMCA has afforded us the opportunity to bring our quality programs to this community.”
Danielle Jackson is editor of Fifteen501, Wake Living and Triad Living magazines.
Meadowmont is comprised of a variety of residential living options, including:
- The Hilltop Condos, offering single-level living
- The Village Condos, located above specialty shops and restaurants
- Cottage Homes, featuring Craftsman bungalows and front porches
- Homes of Meadowmont Lane, complete with elevators and gourmet kitchens
- The Apartments at Meadowmont, which include 258 spacious units
- Summit Park, all-brick row houses with spectacular views
- Fairway Park, highlighting low-maintenance living
- The Cedars of Chapel Hill, a retirement community
For more information on the neighborhood — including nearby Meadowmont Village — visit www.meadowmont.com.