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McKee Homes Sponsors Fayetteville Woodpeckers Alzheimer’s Awareness Night

McKee Homes is excited to be a part of minor-league baseballs’ return to Fayetteville, NC and will sponsor the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 2019 Alzheimer’s Awareness night on July 27th, 2019.

It’s no secret that Fayetteville Woodpeckers inaugural season has created a lot of excitement in Fayetteville, NC! It’s no surprise really, the team has given Fayetteville a good reason to be excited. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are the Class A affiliate of the 2017 World Series Champions: the Houston Astros. Recently the team moved into their new home, Segra Stadium, in Cool Springs District of downtown Fayetteville. With its headquarters located just blocks from Segra Stadium, McKee Homes was excited to see how the team would impact the community. The proximity of Segra Stadium to McKee’s home base, and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ desire to increase Alzheimer’s awareness, made McKee’s sponsorship of their Alzheimer’s Awareness night a natural pairing. On this night, McKee Homes will help the team “Paint the Park Purple” to increase Alzheimer’s Awareness in the Fayetteville, NC community.

A Cause that Hits Home

Spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease is near and dear to McKee Homes. Owner Pat McKee is all too familiar with the impact Alzheimer’s has on those afflicted as well as their loved ones. Pat’s father Joe succumbed after a ten-year battle with this devastating disease. While Joe McKee had a long and successful career in business, he also personally built new homes for his family. Alzheimer’s robbed him of his dream of one day becoming a new home builder. When Pat and his brother Mike formed McKee Homes, they dedicated the company to the memory of their father. In hopes that one day other families will not have to face the heartbreak caused by Alzheimer’s disease, they established the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer Fund. A percentage of every home sale by McKee Homes goes into this fund to support Alzheimer’s research and care. In addition, the McKees work closely with the Eastern North Carolina Service Area of the Alzheimer’s Association®, supporting efforts such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Awareness is incredibly important because early detection is key in receiving beneficial and appropriate treatment. Often, people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed too late and miss the opportunity to receive the best possible treatment. By increasing awareness in its community, McKee Homes hopes to help create a World Without Alzheimer’s.

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McKee Homes Golf Course Communities

Every year near the beginning of April, golf fans from around the world pay heed to a revered golf institution: The Masters Tournament. After watching an event as epic as The Masters Tournament, many golf aficionados find themselves day dreaming of living on, near, or adjacent to a quality golf course. They may even want the “country club” lifestyle. Buying a new home in a golf course community that accommodates this lifestyle is the first step toward making this dream a reality.

The Sandhills region of North Carolina is home to golf courses revered by professional and causal golf enthusiasts. Pinehurst, NC is known as “The Home of American Golf”, and the famous Pinehurst #2 course has hosted the US Open on several occasions.

McKee Homes has new home communities in the Sandhills that offer easy access to premium greens and resorts. If you’re looking for a new home community near professional level courses and country club amenities, McKee Homes has the golf course community for you.

Mid South Club:

Mid South Club is a serene gated community of 540 acres, located just 4 miles from the Village of Pinehurst and Pinehurst #2. The community features an Arnold Palmer signature golf course. This fantastic course was ranked by the NC Golf Panel as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in North Carolina, and #13 of the Top 50 Public or Semi-Private Courses in NC.

Eagle Point

The Eagle Point neighborhood of Mid South Club is a golf-lovers dream. Ideally situated between the 9th and 17th holes, Eagle Point homes offer views of the fairway just outside the back door. A natural lake (and water hazard) complete with nearby pine trees creates a scenic backdrop for this area.

Additionally, Eagle Point offers McKee Homes’ Epcon floor plan collection. These energy efficient open floor plans include upscale features. Stylish granite counter tops, designer cabinet hardware, and stainless steel appliances are all available at Eagle Point. Additionally, Epcon floor plans include wide interior doorways, private courtyards, and flat steps between indoor & outdoor spaces. These features make Ecpon floor plans ideal for anyone looking toward retirement while desiring an active golf filled lifestyle.

Palmer’s Preserve

One of Mid South Club’s newest communities, Palmer’s Preserve, features stunning lots overlooking the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes. These private and wooded interior lots, ranging from .25 – 1 acre, are nestled in a desirable cul-de-sac. Homes in Palmer’s Preserve feature McKee Homes’ Craftsman elevation, which creates a uniquely refined look.

Mid South Club memberships are available to residents for an additional annual fee, and include access to Mid South Club and Talamore resorts, the golf course, clubhouse, tennis courts, pool, and driving range. HOA fees include a private gate, 24 hour security, and private street & common area maintenance. Additionally, Mid South Club is located in Moore County close to west gates of Fort Bragg, making it convenient for active duty or retired golf enthusiasts.

Legacy Lakes

Legacy Lakes is a community located in Aberdeen, NC, just a short distance from Southern Pines and Pinehurst. It’s 400 acres offer ample pine trees, natural lakes, and the rolling fairways of its Jack Nicklaus Designed “Legacy Golf Links” course. Renovated in 2012, the playable yet challenging course has hosted an USGA National Championship. Additionally, The Racquet House Racquet and Fitness Club at Legacy Lakes offers six clay courts, a pool, and a clubhouse. Legacy Lakes is located in Moore County, NC, close to west gates of Fort Bragg.

McKee Homes Classic and Craftsman elevations are available in Legacy Lakes, which give the neighborhood a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Single and two-story floor plans are available, providing lifestyle options for families who have dreams of living near a golf course.

The Preserve at Legacy Lakes also offers all the luxury, ease, and comfort of McKee Homes Epcon floor plans. Tucked away in a secluded loop, lots in the Preserve at Legacy Lakes are shaded by pine trees, feature fairway views, and offer Epcon living at an affordable price.

So, take the first step toward finding the new home and lifestyle of your dreams! Let the Masters Tournament be your inspiration. Visit our website at McKeeHomesNC.com or give us a call at 910-672-7296 and ask about our golf course communities.

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Benefits of a Shower with Separate Bathtub

The master bath is a major selling point for a home. After all, the master bath is a room that is likely to be used every day. It’s used in the morning to get ready for work, to clean up after a trip to the gym, to have relaxing soak after a hard day, and so much more. Because this room is used so often,  new home buyers will want to make sure the master bath suits their unique lifestyle and needs.

New home owners have many varying preferences when it comes to priorities for master bath suites. Some prefer an invigorating shower complete with multiple shower heads, a bench, and room to move. Others may prefer a large tub which can be filled with hot water and bubbles and allow for reclining to soak away stress.

In some master suites, showers and tubs are combined into one unit. In these units, one takes a shower while standing in the bath tub. This is quite functional, but certainly doesn’t convey a feeling of luxury. McKee Homes offers luxurious master bath suites that include a shower with a separate bathtub, or simply just a shower. So what is the right choice?

Benefits of a Single Shower

Having a separate tub and shower in the master bath of a new home might not suit some lifestyles. Not everyone wants or needs a bathtub in the master suite. To suit these lifestyles McKee Homes offers floorplans that do not include a tub in the master suite, which allows for more space and eliminates the need to clean a tub.

Master Bath Suite

Master bath suite, with bathtub and shower with bench seating. Floor Plan Pictured: Clark European.

New home buyers with limited mobility may prefer a step-in shower, which is easier to access. A tub has high sides which will require a user to lift and bend the knee, but a step-in shower has a low lip that requires only a small amount of movement. Additionally, some McKee floor plans allow new home buyers to upgrade the shower to include bench seating – an upgrade that is not possible in a shower tub combo.

McKee Homes floorplans which offer a master bath suite with no tub that also include a linen closet and an enclosed toilet area.

Benefits of a Separate Bathtub

With a shower having so many attractive qualities it’s easy to forget about the tub. However, a tub is perfect for new home buyers who enjoying a relaxing soak, and is great for large or growing

Bath Tub with Picture window

Bath Tub with Picture window, allowing for ample natural light.

families. Little ones can enjoy playing in a larger than average tub, and fur babies can also enjoy a bath.

Additionally, when a tub and shower are combined, a shower curtain or glass door must be installed. Shower curtains collect moisture and can mildew, making it more difficult to keep a tub clean. If the shower is separate, this is not an issue.

When you slide into the tub after a hard day’s work, you’ll know the tub is as clean as possible. Many McKee Homes floor plans also include a picture window above the tub, which allows for ample natural light during the day and star gazing from the comfort of your bath in the evening.

McKee Homes floorplans offer a separate bath and shower in the master suite, along with an enclosed toilet area, include:

For more information about McKee Homes floorplans and master bath options and upgrades, please view our downloadable floorplan PDF files or give us a call at 910-672-7296.

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McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Community involvement is important to McKee Homes, particularly when it involves new home construction. In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th, McKee Homes sponsored and volunteered in the Fayetteville NC Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH)  annual Women Build event.

Building Awareness

Habitat for Humanity’s (HFHI) Women Build program “focuses on building and improving homes and raising awareness of affordable housing issues facing women and their families”. Women Build events accomplish this by teaching women new home building skills. These skills can

McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

McKee Homes Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Women Build

better enable women to facilitate and complete construction repairs and projects. This year Team McKee Homes volunteered with an all women crew working on the interior of an HFHI new home. Working alongside the homeowner and other participants, Team McKee volunteers learned to install baseboards, door trim, and window trim.

One of Team McKee’s volunteers, Monica Cortes, is a builder with McKee Homes. Her years of experience in new home construction gave Team McKee unique insight on the project. Other McKee Homes volunteers had never installed trim and were eager to learn about cutting, fitting, and nailing trim properly. Additionally, the visit to a new home construction site exited McKee Homes volunteers, as some have worked in the new home construction industry for years but don’t often visit a job site.

Neighborhood Revitalization

Currently, FAHFH is working on a neighborhood revitalization effort just down the street from McKee Homes’ corporate headquarters in downtown Fayetteville, NC. This presented a special opportunity for McKee Homes to work on a project that impacts its own “neighborhood”. Neighborhood revitalization can have a transformative effect that helps improve the quality of life for everyone in an area.  These HFHI efforts provide a service not only for a neighborhood, but for a city at large.

McKee Homes support and shares HFHI’s vision of empowering women and building strong communities. HFHI hosts WomenBuild events all around the country, to include Raleigh, Moore County, and Wilmington, NC. For more details on HFHI Women Build events, contact your local Habitat for Humanity or visit www.habitat.org/volunteer/near-you/women-build.

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Housing Solutions for Military Families

In August of 2018, news organization Reuters published a series of articles covering apparent lapses in the oversight of living conditions in homes of military families. These allegations targeted private contractors commissioned to build and oversee maintenance of military housing developments. Among other issues, some homes allegedly had paint with high levels of lead, moisture issues and mold growth, and poor water quality.

Investigation & Review of Military Housing

A probe by the U.S. Congress determined these accusations were valid. As a result, all military housing operated by these private contractors is under review. If  a home is found to be unsafe, the family will need to relocate.

Among the effected installations is Ft. Bragg, which is just a short drive from McKee’s headquarters in downtown Fayetteville, NC. Nearly 6,500 homes serving those stationed at Ft. Bragg are under safety review. If forced to move, some families may choose to purchase a home instead of finding a rental property convenient to Ft. Bragg.

Housing Solutions for Military Families

For military families seeking available housing McKee Homes has many move-in ready options. Many McKee floor plans can accommodate growing families and are in communities near Ft. Bragg. Among the most convenient communities are Bedford, the Cottages at North Ramsey, Oakmont, and Sinclair.  Some of these communities offer homes starting from the low and mid $200,000s, as well as homes with 4+ bedrooms, single-story living, master suites on the first floor, and 2+ bathrooms.

With McKee Homes, the process of purchasing a new home is easy. If a McKee preferred lender is used quick closings are possible, and extra incentives on select homes may be available. For new homes and move in ready homes VA Home loans are easy to secure, may require no down payment, and have low closing costs. McKee Homes has a great deal of experience closing homes for service members and can accommodate special circumstances.

Additionally, McKee Homes can build specially adapted housing (SAH) and be ADA compliant.  The Department of Veteran Affairs offers SAH grants to veterans or service members who meet qualification standards. SAH grants help Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities live independently in a barrier-free environment. McKee Homes has experience building specially adapted housing and is glad to answer any questions regarding these needs.

Finally, McKee Homes offers a home warranty which can help ease the minds of new home owners. All homes built by McKee come with a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty® (2-10 HBW), which offers 2 year systems and 10 year structural protection from the nation’s leading home warranty company.

Experience

Over the 9 years McKee Homes has been in building homes in Fayetteville, NC, proximity to Ft. Bragg has given McKee the privilege to help many veterans and their families purchase their perfect new home.  If you would like to tour a new home, give us a call at 910 672 7296 and schedule an appointment. We are always ready to help!

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Holiday Home Decorating Ideas

Just in case you’re looking for some holiday home decorating ideas, we have something that might make you smile.

This Christmas Eve, Santa’s sure to deliver presents throughout the country, making a pit stop in Raleigh to spread the holiday cheer. If you’re looking for some ideas to deck the halls, Santa’s house is bursting with inspiration. Create a cozy mantle filled with lush greenery, spruce up your table with boughs of holly or incorporate treats into your décor with candy canes, mixed nuts and fresh-baked cookies.

When Santa’s not busy delivering presents, spending time in his workshop or helping Mrs. Claus decorate their humble abode, the jolly duo are found relaxing on their 25 acres of frosty white snow in the North Pole. Curious to see the inside of Santa’s house? Stop by for a virtual visit and explore his festive home.

holiday home decorating ideas

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McKee Homes Receives 2016 Builder of the Year Award

McKee Homes receives 2016 Builder of the Year award by the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville. The award was presented to Pat McKee, President of McKee Homes, at an awards luncheon hosted by the HBAF on November 15, 2016 at Highland Country Club in Fayetteville, NC.

One of the reasons McKee Homes received Fayetteville’s 2016 Builder of the Year Award and a primary reason that McKee Homes stands out in the community is their involvement in numerous local and national charities. McKee Homes has been the presenting sponsor of the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past six years which has raised approximately $350,000 to support Alzheimer’s Association® initiatives. The 2016 Walk was held on September 24 at the SwampDogs Stadium in Fayetteville and raised over $97,000 to date with a goal of $104,000 by the end of 2016.

Modern Home Builder magazine published a profile article about McKee Homes in their Summer 2016 edition focusing on their charitable community involvement with special focus on the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Upon founding McKee Homes, Executive Officers Pat and Mike McKee established the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund in memory of their father whose dream of becoming a home builder was taken away by this devastating disease. A percentage of every new home sale goes into this fund to support Alzheimer awareness, care and research.

McKee Homes is currently rebranding the company logo, website and marketing collateral, including neighborhood signage, with the purple and white color scheme used by the Alzheimer’s Association® to demonstrate continued support and alliance with this important cause.

In addition to being awarded for its community involvement, McKee Homes was also recognized by some of the most prestigious national home building magazines in 2016. McKee Homes was one of only 15 new companies to be added to the ranks of America’s up-and-coming home builders by Builder Magazine in the 2016 Next 100 list at position 186. They also made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for the third year in a row at position 1,654 and are ranked #230 in Professional Builder’s 2016 Housing Giants list.

McKee Homes hosted a VIP open house at their new office and Design Studio in downtown Fayetteville on November 16 and will have the official ribbon cutting event hosted by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce in December.

With the amount of attention and recognition McKee Homes has received in 2016, it makes perfect sense that they would be named Fayetteville’s 2016 Builder of the Year.

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McKee Homes Featured in Builder and Developer Magazine

McKee Homes is featured in Homebuilders Prosper with Epcon Franchising, a recent Builder and Developer Magazine article about Epcon Franchise Builders.

According to the Builder and Developer article Another Franchise Builder, Pat McKee, owner of McKee Homes has seen success with Epcon Franchising as well. Since 2007, McKee has been a developer and homebuilder in the Fayetteville, N.C. market.

Most recently he is responsible for developing and building one of Fayetteville’s most successful communities, The Cottages at North Ramsey. He attributes part of its success to being an EpconFranchise Builder. McKee sold close to 100 homes last year and 150 this year, becoming a large regional builder in [the] Fayetteville area.

Epcon is a home building company offering franchises to other builders dedicated to serving the luxury, low-maintenance, ranch-style home niche for consumers looking to downsize from their existing home. Epcon is the 38th largest homebuilder in the nation and is the 19th largest privately-owned homebuilder. Franchise Builders have sold more than 28,000 homes since 1986.

In addition to the Builder and Developer article, McKee Homes has been featured in Epcon articles about their Franchisees and Epcon’s Pathways of Hope Foundation.

How Epcon Franchises Enables Home Builders to Quickly Grow from Niche to Regional Markets features Pat McKee, owner and President of McKee Homes. This article is largely an interview with Pat McKee (see video below) about the advantages of being an Epcon Franchisee. According to the Epcon article Traditional single-family home builder Pat McKee was able to quickly become a large regional builder with assistance from the Epcon homebuilding franchise system.

“Our depth of knowledge is difficult to achieve. Large regional builders often partner with Epcon to develop specific sections within their developments because they recognize that Epcon is the best way to satisfy a particular market niche,” says Rob Krohn, Epcon’s Franchise Marketing Manager.

On the move and moving up: Epcon Communities Franchisee Pat McKee gives back to NC residents by Nanette Overly covers McKee Homes’ commitment to giving back to the community, especially as it relates to their work with the Alzheimer’s Association® through the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund and sponsorship of the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s. From 2011 to 2016, McKee Homes has donated approximately $135,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association® through the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund.

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Fun Local Events in Wilmington, NC

Are you hoping to relocate to a friendly, arts-oriented community along the Southeast Coast? Many people are building new homes in Wilmington, NC to enjoy the city’s temperate weather and year-round festivities and events, from street fairs to flower festivals. Whether you are in the area for a few days or are considering staying long-term, here are several fun, local events to check out:

Events for Hobbyists

Are you interested in antiques, gardening, or old films? The city is home to countless small hobbyist festivals, including the:

  • Cucalorus Film Festival: This is one of the biggest events in the area, attracting more than 14,000 people from around the world to view over 200 films in historic downtown theaters. In addition to films, the festival includes kid-friendly activities, workshops, keynote speakers, and programs on dance, social justice, and more.
  • North Carolina Azalea Festival: Many locals say that it never truly feels like spring until after the North Carolina Azalea Festival, held every year in April as the flowers reach peak bloom. This five-day event, which began in 1948, includes a street fair, horse show, home and garden tours, and the crowning of the Azalea Queen, Princesses, and Belles.
  • Wine and Chocolate Festival: This much-loved weekend event includes tastings, food demonstrations, live entertainment, and more.
  • Model Railroad Show: Held in January each year, the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society Show and Sale has something for everyone! Dozens of vendors set up booths and working model train displays, with free clinics on display techniques for those interested.

Music Festivals

This coastal city attracts and celebrates music of all kinds, including these three annual events:

  • North Carolina Jazz Festival: This festival is typically held in early February, attracting big names and local musicians alike for over 35
  • Cape Fear Blues Festival: Held during the last weekend of July each year, this festival attracts local, regional, and national blues musicians. Formal concerts and more casual live performances are presented across the city in various venues.
  • Airlie Garden Concert Series: Are you more interested in hearing a mix of different styles of music? Airlie Gardens hosts two-hour concerts twice a month from May to September. Bring a blanket and picnic supper to make it a perfect evening out.

Community Events

Additional community events abound in the city, giving both tourists and locals the chance to feel at home. Here are three local gatherings worth attending:

  • Coastal Living Show: This annual, two-day event serves as a fundraiser for the local Woman’s Club and attracts vendors from across the city. Visitors can stop by over 80 booths for gifts, products, foods, and services that tell you all about life on the coast.
  • Riverfest Street Fair: Typically held in early October, this enormous street fair celebrates the city’s heritage with live performances, fireworks, food, and crafts.
  • Riverfront Farmers’ Market: Offering the very best produce and treats from local farmers and business owners, this farmers’ market is open nearly every Saturday between April and December.

The city’s annual events include additional festivals for music, seafood, flowers, and more. With so many great events year-round, you would be missing out if you chose to live anywhere else! Contact McKee Homes today for more information on new homes in Wilmington, NC.

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5 Best Restaurants in Wilmington, NC

If you are considering contacting home builders in Wilmington, NC, then you must already know some of the benefits of living in this historic, arts-oriented city. However, did you know that the area is also known for its large number of high-quality, must-try restaurants? The best places are sprinkled throughout town, from the area around the university to practically anywhere along the waterfront. As the locals say, throw a rock and you will hit a good restaurant! Here are five of our top picks:

  1. Genki Sushi
    Genki Sushi is the place to go for fresh, authentic sushi. Everything on the menu is hand-prepared or homemade, including the sauces. The restaurant offers a true Japanese taste experience, with dishes like shrimp tempura and udon noodles. Plus, the owners are candid about the menu, using pi-water for drinking and cooking, with no chemicals or MSG in sight.
  2. Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet and Sushi
    Are you looking for a top-quality menu that includes sushi as well as vegetarian and organic dishes? Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet is highly rated by locals and tourists alike. You can visit its original location on Front Street as well as its locations in the mall and near the university. Another option is Nikki’s Hibachi Steak House, featuring hibachi dining along with the restaurant’s famous sushi.
  3. Cape Fear Seafood Company
    If you prefer your fish pan-seared, grilled, or otherwise prepared, stop by the Cape Fear Seafood Company. This locally owned restaurant prides itself on offering dishes with fresh ingredients in a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy the extensive wine list, local art on the walls, and not-to-be-missed menu.
  4. Caprice Bistro
    For a taste of Europe with French and Belgian cuisine, plan a visit to the Caprice Bistro. Stop by the upstairs lounge for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, or enjoy a meal of fresh mussels, trout, or lamb downstairs. More favorites include the French onion soup, bistro steak, and fresh pasta.
  5. Paddy’s Hollow
    If you want comfort food in a great environment, look no further than Paddy’s Hollow, a pub located in a restored cotton warehouse. The restaurant has numerous beers on tap to complement entrees including grilled salmon, shrimp po boy, and shepherd’s pie. Locals cite it as a great place to stop for dinner before going out for the night, or anytime you want a meal in a great atmosphere.

Bonus: The Peppered Cupcake
No list of great restaurants would be complete without an option for dessert! This little shop offers gourmet cupcakes crafted with unique flavor combinations. Flavors include apple crisp, bourbon black cherry and vanilla cobbler, German chocolate, maple and bacon, and crème brûlée. Their everyday menu includes seven flavors, with other varieties depending on the day.

You may not be able to try dining at all of these restaurants unless you move to the area! Contact McKee Homes, expert home builders in Wilmington, NC, for more information on finding your perfect home.