Gables at Kepley Farm
101 Garner Drive, Salisbury, North Carolina 28146
Well Manicured, 55+ Community of Gables at Kepley Farm in West Central North Carolina Has Nearby Lake Recreation and Single Family Homes Designed for Aging
Tucked in west central North Carolina, historic Salsbury is a charming town noted for its well-preserved downtown, its committment to the arts and its initiative to giving all citizens access to high speed internet service. It is also the location of Gables at Kepley Farm, a non-gated 55+ neighborhood with single family homes.
Gables at Kepley Farm was started by Spencer Lane Construction in 2005 and today has 260 homes. A well manicured place, it has quiet lanes with homes set fairly close together. Each residence has a pitched roof, a vinyl and brick exterior, a covered front porch and a driveway with a mailbox at the end of it. Each garage is large enough for two cars and faces the street.
Buyers have four floorplans from which to choose. They are the Brighton (1,640 square feet, two bedrooms and two baths), the Chadwick (1,756 square feet, two bedrooms, two baths and a separate eating area), the Ellington (1,800 square feet, two bedrooms, two baths and an open kitchen) and the Drake (1,900 square feet, two bedrooms, two baths and a formal dining room).
All homes are single story and have elements designed for aging. These include wider doorways, electrical outlets placed higher up from the floor and raised cabinets. Vaulted ceilings, plenty of closet space, extensive molding and a sunroom are standard, too. All exterior maintenance is handled by the HOA.
Prices begin in the low-$200,000s, but please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
Amenities consist primarily of the 4,000 square clubhouse, which is well appointed and has a library, a game room, a kitchen, a fireplace and a fitness center. Social events include holiday parties, card games, potlucks and more.
Although Gables at Kepley Farm does not have extensive amenities, six golf courses are within Salisbury town limits. Another three are within a fifteen mile drive. Just to the east of Salisbury, High Rock Lake is a 15,000-acre reservoir and considered one of the best fishing lakes in North Carolina. Anglers come from all over the region for the largemouth bass in particular. Boating is allowed 24 hours a day.
Salisbury has ten national historic districts and is peppered with retored buildings from the early-19th century. The town core has fun, locally owned shops, antique stores, restaurants and galleries. The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra has a robust season, and the Piedmont Players Theatre and the Looking Glass Collective Black Box Theater mount performances throughout the year.
Novant Health Rowan Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a Primary Stroke Center. A VA hospital is also here.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and 5 inches of snow per year.
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Sir Walter Raleigh sent English colonists to North Carolina in 1585 and 1587 to settle Roanoke Island. Permanent settlements were established in 1653, and early conflicts included pirate raids, the Quaker-led Cary Rebellion and the Tuscarora Indian War.
North Carolina didn't see much fighting during the American Revolution, but many residents went out of state to fight. A lot of locals were pro-Union and anti-slavery, but the state joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The state is the nation's largest tobacco producer, furniture maker and brick and textile manufacturer. Papermaking, chemicals, and metalworking are important to the state economy, too. Most lithium and mica come from here.
Tourists spend more than $1 billion in North Carolina annually. Sporting options include skiing, golfing and fishing. Major attractions include the Great Smoky Mountains, Cape Hatteras, the Blue Ridge National Parkway, the Wright Brothers memorial, Carl Sandburg's home, and an Old Salem re-creation in Winston-Salem. North Carolina's climate is warm and tropical most of the time, but it can be subject to fierce storms part of the
Population - 10,146,788
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 28%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 65%
Median household income - $46,848
Median home value - $154,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.
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