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It seems only fitting to do one of my first community spotlights on the first neighborhood in which Matt and I ever lived. We closed on our first home the week we returned from our honeymoon in June of 2004.  I was working for Beazer Homes at the time, and was selling new homes in a community called Bennington.   The market in 2004 was H-O-T and Bennington was one of the hottest communities around.  Here’s what we loved about it then, and why The Perry Group loves it now…


Location! Location! Location!  Bennington is located 3 minutes from Briar Creek off of Shady Grove Road. It is 5 minutes to I 540. It’s 10 minutes to RDU airport. There is very minimal traffic at any time of day coming to or from the neighborhood. To me, 10 minutes is  WAY too far to drive to the grocery store or gas station so I really appreciated the convenience of this neighborhood to EVERYTHING. The most convenient thing of all is that Best Friends Shady Grove Pet Care shares an entrance with the community so dropping the dogs off on our way to the beach for vacation, or for a day at doggie day-care was a breeze. (highly recommend them by the way, no matter where you live!)


The thing that is incredibly unique about Bennington regarding the location is that it is right on the line of Raleigh and Durham.  Because it’s in Durham County, the homes are about 70% the price of what they would cost if they were 1 mile up the road where people are having bidding wars trying to get into Wake County Public Schools.  This means you can have a newer, larger home with nicer features for less money in this part of Durham Co vs the neighboring part of Wake County. For us, at the time, it was a no-brainer. The homes in Bennington range from about 1800sf to just over 3000sf, and the prices range from the $180s to the mid $200s.  And to be clear, you have a good chance of getting in a bidding war here too, but for different reasons.

Many of the homes in Bennnington such as the one in the picture above back up to trees which is a huge plus to most buyers.  We lived on a cul-de-sac (there are 3 of them in this small neighborhood) which was great for the kids to play in with very little traffic coming through.  There are no amenities so the HOA dues are super low because there isn’t a pool or anything to finance.  Major plus. If you do want to join a pool, Harrington Grove swim and Racquet Club right up the street is a great option.

Let’s play a little “I spy…”  I spy something red in the front yard of this adorable home below…It’s a Perry Group “under contract” sign! That’s right, folks, this home sold in 6 hours, whoop whoop! (the 33rd home The Perry Group has sold in Bennington, by the way.) That’s what I call a highly desirable community right there.


So, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE? Well, the one negative about this community is that the public schools don’t have great scores. We lived here 8 years and wouldn’t change a thing. Lots of great memories made in this neighborhood…



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