The entrance to Hickory Pond is a mile off Highway 15-501, the well traveled four lane road between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. Although the neighborhood is in Chatham County and benefits from Chatham County tax rates it has Chapel Hill addresses.
Besides adding a certain cachet, the Chapel Hill address also signals the proximity of the location to the vibrant economy and amenities surrounding one of the nation’s oldest universities, with its medical center and sports and cultural opportunities.
It was inevitable that this would attract development along the 15-501 corridor and around the recreational opportunities on the nearby Haw River and Jordon Lake. As this has occurred the opportunity to build custom homes on large lots that maintain the forest cover, natural rock formations, and privacy have become rare.
One bright side of this surge in development is that it has brought an abundance of everyday shopping — groceries, pharmacies, home centers, fitness centers, casual restaurants, movie theaters and even a Walmart within easy reach of the Hickory Pond neighborhood.
On the way to Downtown Chapel Hill you will pass the Southern Village community with a variety of retail and the charming Lumina cinema around a village square, where free movies are often provided on warm summer nights as well as concerts and other entertainment.
Downtown Chapel Hill is everything good you might expect in a southern college town from bars where students can watch away games to homegrown fine dining. You might also want to catch the comedy club or one of the music venues.
From Hickory Pond going south on 15-501 you are two miles from Fearrington Village with it’s 5 star restaurant and inn as well as a wonderful bookstore and other shopping and dining opportunities. A little further down the highway is Chatham’s county seat, Pittsboro, with a variety of dining and entertainment options.
Drive 15 minutes from Hickory Pond to southern Durham and one of North Carolina’s finest shopping malls. SouthPoint hosts Penneys, Belk, Macys and the state’s first Nordstrom. Dining options range from the food court to a Ruth Chris Steak House for special occasions. Other names you will recognize include Bonefish Grill, Cheesecake Factory, Firebirds, Ted’s Montana Grill and PF Chang.
Eventually to you will want to visit Downtown Durham which has become a mecca of farm to table cuisine. Find beer and brats at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park where the Triple A Durham Bulls play their home games. Or maybe you would like to subscribe to the Broadway series or catch a concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center at the American Tobacco Campus, one of the most successful performance venues in the country.
Check out the map above or the more detailed one here to learn more, knowing that once you build your custom home you can always return to the tranquility of Hickory Pond.