Cary NC Real Estate, Trees, Trees, and more Trees in our neighborhoods!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Arts NC Broker License #235526

People decry the removal of trees from parcels of land that are being developed for new homes.  Too often, they are all too accurate. 

The pressure in the Wake County, North Carolina to develop all land within a reasonable distance from Cary or Raleigh or the Research Triangle Park has pressed builders and developers to offer smaller and smaller lots.  But Buyers are demanding larger homes.  Those 6,000 square foot homes on 1/5 acre lots leave precious little room for most species of desirable large shade trees.

I fear that we will never see homeowners planting and nurturing willow oaks to their full 120 foot plus spread.  It seems that some form of pear tree, Bradford or Cleveland, will be the default choices, depending on whether you have room for a globe or a columnar form.

Bradford Pears in bloom, lining MacArthur Drive, Cary, NCBradford Pears in bloom along MacArthur Drive.

And while decorative trees are certainly beautiful, and fit into many yards, they will never grow to offer the benefits in maturity that we receive from gloriously spreading hardwoods.

But, there is hope!  Cary has many established neighborhoods with mature hardwood shade trees and mature landscaping.  if you can forgo new construction, consider a home in Stoneybrook Estates, Farmington Woods, Oxxford Hunt, MacArthur Park, Preston neighborhoods, Northwoods, Arlington Ridge, Dutchess Village, Oakwood Heights, Madison Heights, Homestead, Carrousel Park, Wimbledon, MacGregor Downs, Kildaire Farms, Ridgepath, Trappers Run, Scottish Hills, Greenwood Forest, Walnut Hills, or one of many other fine neighborhoods.

Wooded homesite in older Cary neighborhoodTREES!

The really nice thing is that many of these older neighborhoods enjoy some of the most convenient locations in Cary!

A beautiful wooded street in Scottish Hills, Cary, NC

Heavily wooded homesite in MacGregor Downs, Cary, NC

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Comments (4)



I enjoyed touring the neighborhood with your photos to help me get a picture of them in my mind.

Jul 05, 2007 06:26 AM
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


Glad you liked it.  I take that as high praise, indeed!

Thank you!

Jul 05, 2007 01:17 PM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


I prefer the neighborhoods that keep the trees where they can.  I don't think I could live on the tiny little lots some of the newer homes are being built on up in the RTP area.  Undeveloped land is really getting to be at a premium in Wake County.

I remember when my husband's Grandmother came to visit us after we moved to Sanford.  She taught at Meredith in the late 1940s - we mentioned going to the mall in Cary and her response was that she remembered Cary as a small farm community with more cows than people! 

Jul 09, 2007 01:55 PM
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Hi, Rita

You husband's Grandmother saw a few changes, didn't she?

Yes, many of the older neighborhoods are more appealing, for the afternoon shade and a little breathing room between homes.

Thanks for stopping in.

Jul 09, 2007 02:05 PM