Names: Leslie and Matt Lee
Ages: 43 and 42
Occupations: Leslie financial administrator; Matt business manager at physical therapy clinic
Children: Josh, 14; and Tyler, 11
Address: 2213 Oakhurst Trail, Hillsborough
Neighborhood: Becketts Ridge
Move-in Date: December 2001
Details: 2-story house with porch, deck and 2-car garage. First floor: Foyer opens to office on right with opening to kitchen. Kitchen with breakfast bar opens to living area and dining area at back of house. Entryway to kitchen from office has laundry room on right with access to garage. Left of foyer is half bath. Ahead of foyer is open living area with corner fireplace and door to deck. Right of dining area stairs to second floor and master bedroom and bathroom, with transom window above tub. Second floor: Loft to left of stairs with access to exercise room. Walk-in attic ahead of stairs, with pull-down attic space above landing. Right of stairs are two bedrooms separated by full bathroom. First bedroom includes attic access in back wall of closet.
Nearby Landmarks: Occoneechee Mountain Natural State Area, Triangle SportsPlex
Where We Live
Leslie: I like the open floor plan. And the light. Theres a lot of light. Its an east-west positioned house. We get the morning and afternoon light coming in both ways. I think I do just like the layout of it. You dont ever feel segregated in one room. You can see the kids while theyre working on the computer.Matt: Or back on the trampoline.Leslie: Even in the back yard, you can just see them. I like that the kids have the whole upstairs, and we have the downstairs.Matt: Yeah, the master downstairs is nice just the convenience of it.Leslie: We like the bigger corner lot that we have on the cul-de-sac.Matt: The corner lot is a little more yard for the kids to play games.Leslie: Bigger yard, and its quieter on the cul-de-sac less traffic.Matt: Yeah, kids can play more on the street good old game of street tennis.Leslie: I like the neighborhood. Its convenient. We both work in Chapel Hill. Its convenient to Chapel Hill.Matt: Plus [interstates] 40 and 85 are right here, too.Leslie: Its close to the bigger cities. A lot of [the kids] friends live here, too.How We Chose Our House
Matt: We were drawn to it, and just the location proximity to Chapel Hill and Durham and Raleigh.Leslie: And it was a newer neighborhood. This was a brand new house when we moved in. We looked at a couple of different floor plans in here because at that point they were still building out homes in here. We wanted to be on the cul-de-sac because we could let the kids ride their bikes without worrying too much on traffic. We did decide on this floor plan because it was a little bit easier.Matt: Family-friendly house.Leslie: Yes, its definitely a family-friendly house family-friendly neighborhood, too. I was working in Hillsborough at that time, so I wanted to be a little bit closer to work. We were living in Chapel Hill. I knew they were building this neighborhood. Driving through, we saw all the kids playing and we knew it would be a good family neighborhood. There are so many kids that go to the same schools in this neighborhood. Thats one of the reasons we moved here.Matt: They could be able to bike to a friends.Advantages
Leslie: Close to work, lots of kids, great neighbors
Matt: Sense of community.Leslie: Our cul-de-sac does get-togethers where we grill together. Weve had a chili cook-off in the fall. Social gatherings are fairly frequent around here. Its a small enough neighborhood that you can get to know others fairly quickly.
I just like the small-town feel of Hillsborough, too. And I think thats one of the reasons we decided to move to Hillsborough. I like a small-town feel, and if you need a big-town feel, its just down the road in Raleigh. If you need a jar of peanut butter, you can drive to the store and its only two minutes. We could walk to the farmers market the Hillsborough one at Home Depot. Just cut through the neighbors yard and hightail it right up there.Matt: Theres Weaver Street [Market] too.Leslie: I like to go to the library. Theres an eclectic bunch of things to do around here.Disadvantages
Leslie: Well, Waterstones not built out yet, so I dont know yet. [Laughs.]Matt: Yeah, there might be some traffic issues down the road. [More laughs.] Youve got your choice of fast-food restaurants I consider that to be a disadvantage.Leslie: I wish there were more restaurant choices. Youve got your Churton Street and then your fast-food restaurants, and theres not much else. But its not like you cant just ride down the street to Chapel Hill. I just wish there were more of a variety of restaurants. I dont think the Sonic that theyre building is going to do it for me. I was like, Really, a Sonic? Anything but more fast food. Thats probably my one gripe with Hillsborough.Our Neighborhood
Leslie: We came in on the tail end of them building it, so I dont think its really changed that much.Matt: Weve seen people come and go.Leslie: Its a transient neighborhood, so weve lost some neighbors and also got some good neighbors.Matt: Its close to 85 and 40. I think thats why its a transient neighborhood, being able to access other places.Leslie: Our homeowners association puts on things. They had the neighborhood yard sale recently. They do a July 4thparade. They close the streets to traffic for Halloween. Thats been nice over the years. Weve got a pretty attentive homeowners association. Theyre doing a golf outing soon, lots of social events.How We Made
Our House a Home
Leslie: We did some upgrades. Weve painted. And I think over the years you live in a house long enough, it becomes a home.Matt: Throw a cat and a dog in there, its a home. If it smells like a home
[Laughs.]Leslie: I think mostly just decorating to your own tastes is how you make a home. When we first moved in here we didnt put anything on the walls because we were afraid to put any holes in the wall. We got over that quickly. We put up some personal pictures, put up some art.Matt: The layout [makes it a home].Leslie: Knowing people can come in and feel comfortable here, plop down on the couch. Kids can come in and play games or videos.Matt: Just the great room itself, the way its attached to the kitchen, the way it flows. You can communicate with your family while youre cooking. Youre not just separated off into different rooms. Downstairs is just like the nerve center.We might want to feature your neighborhood. Recommend your home or another home by contacting Catherine Wright at email@example.com.