Meadowmont, a 435-acre Chapel Hill neighborhood that was more than 10 years in the planning, gets its name from the DuBose family estate behind it. That property, which has a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and has been described as “one of the landmark Georgian Revival houses of the interwar period,” was built in 1933.
Naming the new Meadowmont after the historic one was an obvious choice, developers say, but it’s more than a token nod to its roots. The community, located across from the Friday Center, flanking Highway 54, seeks to recreate the best of a simpler era.
Consider Meadowmont Village, for example – the community’s “town square.”
“Sadly, for a while the town square was forgotten, lost instead to outlet centers and strip malls,” according to the Meadowmont Community Association. “Now, Meadowmont brings it back with Meadowmont Village, a quaint destination where working, shopping and playing in one location was never so much fun or so convenient.”
The village is “perfect for a Saturday night fiesta or the typical lunch-hour rush. Drop off drycleaning, pick up a prescription, get a quick haircut and still meet your co-worker for lunch at the nearby cafe. It’s possible because Meadowmont Village provides many services and activities in one convenient spot – from retailers and restaurants to offices and relaxing courtyards.”
When it comes to housing options, Meadowmont has a long list, with something for everyone. Offerings include stately all-brick rowhouses with incredible views; low-maintenance houses adjacent to the Chapel Hill Country Club golf course; traditional two-story family homes with front porches and two-car garages; custom-built homes with gourmet kitchens, elevators and at least four bedrooms on the best-wooded lots; and Craftsman-style bungalow homes with colonial revival detailing that suggests historic Chapel Hill.
There are also single-level, low-maintenance condos; urban condos with secured access and balconies, built above Meadowmont Village shops and restaurants; and an apartment community with spacious interiors, attractive exteriors and impressive landscaping.
The Cedars of Chapel Hill, Meadowmont’s continuing care retirement community, provides additional housing options – villas, verandas and cottage homes – as well as a clubhouse and an onsite skilled-nursing health center.
“As an interconnected community that mirrors history with its narrow, tree-lined streets and old stone walls, this isn’t another cookie-cutter neighborhood”
Parks and open spaces are prominent at Meadowmont, with several formal parks, playgrounds, fountains, ponds and trails. The Chapel Hill greenway winds through the neighborhood, along both sides of Highway 54 and on to the town park. An underground pedestrian tunnel – which in Meadowmont’s past life as a farm served as a tunnel for cattle – allows users to safely cross the highway. Rashkis Elementary School, built on land donated by Meadowmont, opened in 2003; students can walk to and from class.
The Meadowmont Swim Club offers residents a myriad of opportunities for recreation and competition. Its features include a lap pool and a “fun” pool with a 98-foot waterslide. The club also has a volleyball court, clubhouse, playground and gazebo. The UNC Hospitals Wellness Center is also located in Meadowmont and offers top-notch exercise, health and nutrition programs.
Meadowmont is also home to the Paul J. Rizzo Center, a branch of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. This executive education facility provides space for lodging, seminars and conferences; the original DuBose family home is located here.
As “an interconnected community that mirrors history with its narrow, tree-lined streets and old stone walls, this isn’t another cookie-cutter neighborhood,” according to the Meadowmont Community Association. “Take a look.”