Encore at Briar Chapel Showcases Lifestyle-driven Designs for 55+

Raleigh, NC (July 28, 2016): David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held builder, is proud to release the floor plans for the four model homes for the upcoming age-qualified Encore at Briar Chapel community in Raleigh. Located in the master-planned Briar Chapel by Newland Communities, the four model homes are scheduled to open for daily tours in November and include The Newcastle, The Wakeford, The Tabula and The Harwin.

The four floor plans will showcase the two products offerings from Weekley’s Classic and Tradition Series, ranging in size from 1,600 to 2,600 square feet. With a focus on lifestyle-driven design that appeals to 55+ homebuyers, the Classic and Tradition Series feature a variety of one-story homes with upstairs bonus room options, two to four bedrooms and open-concept floor plans to make the homes live and feel larger.

“David Weekley Homes is known for providing the best in design, choice and service, and we’re excited to bring that brand promise to our age-qualified buyers in Briar Chapel,” said Steve Ebensberger, executive vice president of David Weekley Homes. “Our homes in Encore at Briar Chapel truly offer a low-maintenance lifestyle with lawn care included, and are distinguishable through the openness of our floor plans and the integration of the entertaining and living spaces.”

To further enhance the community’s low-maintenance lifestyle, front yard irrigation will also be included with all Encore at Briar Chapel homes.

“We’re very excited to launch Encore, our new line of homes for those 55+ in Raleigh,” said David Weekley, Chairman of David Weekley Homes. “There are more than 100 million adults in the United States over the age of 50. Many of our current homebuyers already fit within this demographic, so it was a natural fit for us to develop Encore, complete with activity centers and lifestyle directors designed for active adults who want a more intimate community than what is typically available in age-qualified communities. We’ve designed a brand new collection of beautifully open, single-level floor plans with great outdoor living environments that these customers are asking for. Encore homes will make a great addition to the Briar Chapel community, where we have been building since 2010.” 

Encore residents will also have access to an exclusive, 3,100-square foot amenity center, also being built by David Weekley Homes, which will feature a private clubhouse, pool and fitness center.

“Raleigh and Briar Chapel have a lot of natural amenities, including miles of hiking and biking trails and parks,” Ebensberger said. “With our amenity center, we’re providing even more for our 55+ homebuyers with a fitness center and clubhouse that is exclusively for Encore residents.”

Buyers in Encore at Briar Chapel can choose from Weekley’s Classic Series of homes, situated on 45-foot homesites and ranging in size from 1,600 to 1,900 square feet, or the Tradition Series on 55-foot homesites and ranging in size from 2,000 to 2,600 square feet. Both home collections feature a lifestyle-driven approach to home design with ample customization options and in communities that are built to encourage neighborly get-togethers. Prices will start from the low $300s and will include 185 buying opportunities.

“Briar Chapel offers a wonderful location, serene natural setting, and an extensive trail network that connects community parks and play spaces,” said Helen Foster, owner of Foster Strategy, LLC. “For these reasons and more, Briar Chapel has already attracted many 55+ buyers. Encore will offer even more – with thoughtfully-built, single-level homes, an exclusive clubhouse, outdoor amenities and special programming. Every aspect of the community is designed to promote a more active and free-spirited lifestyle.” 

Encore is the first age-qualified community for the  home builder in both Briar Chapel and Raleigh, but Weekley Homes and Newland Communities previously partnered up for Encore at FishHawk Ranch in Tampa, FL, which opened earlier this year.

Since opening for sales in February in Encore at FishHawk Ranch, 29 homes have already been sold and the company is looking forward to opening another successful community in Newland’s Briar Chapel, Ebensberger said.

For more information about Encore at Briar Chapel by David Weekley Homes, contact 919-636-6806.

About David Weekley Homes

David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held home builder, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. Headquartered in Houston, the company operates in 24 cities and 13 states across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” David Weekley Homes has also appeared 10 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since 1976, the company has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information, visit

About Briar Chapel by Newland Communities®
Briar Chapel is a new-home community in Chapel Hill, N.C. As one of the largest green communities in the Triangle, Briar Chapel offers a healthier way of life through 900 acres of preserved space, 24 miles of hiking and biking trails, two community gardens, and more than 20 parks. Briar Chapel fosters neighbor interactions through its design and amenities, including the LEED Silver certified Briar Club, pools and a waterpark, fitness facilities, outdoor art and two on-site schools. The Briar Chapel Information Center is located at 16 Windy Knoll Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Learn more about Briar Chapel and For more information visit or call 888-249-9429.

About Newland
Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 45 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company’s mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, actively owns, operates and develops premier residential master-planned, commercial, retail, and urban mixed-use real estate across the U.S. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states.

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