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Outdoor Living is Hot at Cornerstone Homes!

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Home & Garden, Local Articles, Richmond, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: June 1, 2015


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The days of a vast expanse of grass and a couple of lawn chairs are long gone.
Increasingly sophisticated homeowners want indoor spaces that flow to the outdoors, in effect creating outdoor “rooms” for living, entertaining and recreation.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 3.48.41 PMAt Cornerstone Homes, our unique approach to active adult living includes a variety of outdoor living spaces. We offer courtyards, patios and sunrooms, so whether you’re enjoying a cocktail or a moment of serenity, your outdoor living spaces are private and peaceful.

Stylish yet low maintenance, outdoor living rooms give you a multi-purpose space with room to play, cook and dine. Functioning as extensions of indoor spaces, outdoor “rooms” are attractive yet useful.

outdoor livingAnd for those of you who don’t want to quite venture outdoors, a four-season sunroom will bring the outdoors in year-round. Perfect for quiet reading, a TV room, or craft room, the possibilities are endless. The space is yours to personalize whether you want to step outdoors or simply into a room that makes you feel like you are!


5 Tips for Outdoor Living

  1. Make your outdoor spaces into true living spaces with comfortable furniture, rugs, cushions, pillows, and built-in planters or benches.
  1. Turn a corner of your patio into a full-functioning outdoor kitchen, complete with outdoor grill, appliances, prep counter, cabinets and bar.
  1. Carry the colors/materials from inside the house into your outdoor rooms. Choose bolder versions of your color palette and textiles so they stand up to the vast expanse of nature.
  1. Nothing beats the soothing sounds of a fountain, pond or waterfall. Add water plants and fish and you’ve got the perfect retreat.
  1. Surround your space with pots or planting beds, so you can enjoy being close to the flowers, veggies, fruits and herbs.


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Holiday 2014 Schedule

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Local Articles, Richmond, VA, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: November 26, 2014

In observance of the upcoming holiday, our sales offices at our communities in Richmond, Apex, Wake Forest, and Roanoke will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  We will reopen for normal hours on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For more information on your next home at one of our communities in Virginia and North Carolina, give us a call!

Villas at Magnolia Lakes – (804) 726-4310

Villas at Wake Forest – (919) 569-0043

Orchard Villas Apex – (919) 267-6701

Orchard Villas Roanoke – (540) 330-7787

Selling Your Home in 2014 | North Carolina Lunch & Learns

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: February 5, 2014

Make a Smart Move in 2014 and let us provide you with help selling your home during one of our Lunch & Learns during the month of February.

“I’m ready to move, get rid of the big house and yard work and SELL MY HOUSE!”  Sound familiar?  Then we can help!

If you’re in the Triangle, North Carolina area join us at the Orchard Villas Apex or The Villas of Wake Forest for our FREE Lunch & Learn Events on February 13, 2014 and February 14, 2014.


At our Selling Your Home Lunch & Learns you will get help to:

  • Prepare your home for sale – The Secrets of Staging
  • Sell your home and SAVE YOU MONEY
  • Secure your financing
  • Rightsize your belongings
  • Organize your move
  • and more!

We will also be helping enroll in our Own a Villa Today program, which can save you on commission costs selling your home and help you move into a Cornerstone Homes community.



RSVP to our FREE Lunch & Learn at The Orchard Villas Apex on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 11:00am by calling Janet Davis or Susan Williamson at (919) 267 – 6701.


RSVP to our FREE Lunch & Learn at The Villas of Wake Forest on Friday, Feb. 14 at 11:00am by calling Sue Vincent or Bev Gregory at (919) 569 – 0043.

Apex Top Place For Job Seekers in North Carolina

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Local Articles | Posted: November 4, 2013

Looking to pick up a part-time job, or begin a new career?  Then you are in the right place living in Apex, North Carolina!

According to research from, Apex made it to the Top 10 places in North Carolina for job seekers.

“Located in the Research Triangle, Apex is a part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area, around 7 miles southwest of Cary. Apex boasts a high median household income of $86,782 and a low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent. The town’s principal employers include Wake County Public School System, Cooper Industries and EMC Corporation. Small businesses looking to grow can find help from the Small Business and Technology Development Center, a University of North Carolina system program. Job seekers can also find job listings, networking events and industry news from Work in the Triangle.”

At The Orchard Villas Apex, we are located close enough to shopping centers and business complexes to travel for work without having to deal with noise and traffic congestion.

For more information on Apex living at the Orchard Villas, contact us here or give us a call at (919) 267-6701.

Homes For Sale in Virginia & North Carolina | The Canterbury

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, General Announcements, Local Articles, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: September 13, 2013

Request more about our Canterbury Model for sale in:

Apex, NC

Wake Forest, NC

Roanoke, VA

2 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • Luxurious Master Suite with walk-in Closet • Den/Office or 3rd Bedroom • Great Room w/ Gas Log Fireplace • Dining Area • Gourmet Kitchen w/ Breakfast Bar • Energy Efficient Appliances • Sunny Glass Veranda • Convenient Laundry Room • Large Storage Area • Cathedral Ceilings • Palladium Windows • Patio • Attached 2-Car Garage

Approx. 1866 Sq. Feet

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Best Places to Live – Apex, North Carolina

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, General Announcements, Local Articles, Recent Articles | Posted: August 28, 2013


CNN & MoneyMagazine have published their 2013 Best Places to Live in America  – and Apex, NC is in the Top 10!

Of our beautiful town, CNN says:

“Residents enjoy shopping and socializing in Apex’s historic downtown, which plays host to events like a jazz festival and the Peak City Pig Fest. For more outdoor fun, there’s the 400 acres of parks, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts.

The town has a range of affordable homes and is still growing, with residential building permits up 60% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 2012.”

The Orchard Villas of Apex is located in one of “America’s Best Small Towns” and features many amenities that encourage the Active Adult Lifestyle.  Featuring Independent Living for adults ages 55+, eighty-six homes make up this ideal Apex active adult community that includes a clubhouse with fitness center and pool.

Contact our sales staff now at 919-267-6701 to learn more about our exciting Apex retirement community, or Click Here for our contact form.

Upsize Your Life by Right-Sizing at The Villas

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, General Announcements, Local Articles, Press Releases, Recent Articles, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: August 15, 2013

Active Adult Retirement Communities in Wake Forest and Apex, North Carolina

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Declare it’s time to “upsize” your life by right-sizing your home

What does this really mean? Rightsizing means that you are ready to jettison out of your big house with probably more space than you really need now, ditch those yard responsibilities and free yourself of house maintenance chores and expense. It’s time to live in a home that is the RIGHT SIZE for you.

You know what we mean! The upsizing part is having more time and freedom to do the things you want to do…. Traveling, spending time with family/grandchildren, golfing, hobbies or activities you’ve thought about for a long time! Or, at The Villas Community, you can just walk up the street to the Clubhouse and pool and chat with your neighbors or work out in your fitness room! We call it “relaxation central!”

There is no time like now to Upsize your life and start thinking about YOU! And The Villas can deliver!!


At our Epcon Communities in Wake Forest and Apex, you will find an array of stylish and smart home options to suit your style! Practical and efficient, these cutting-edge homes are designed to live large. Multiple ingenious floor plans to choose from, designed to meet the needs of our buyers, are very popular with those that are “right-sizing” and there is no compromising on quality here! Built with high-quality, energy efficient materials, these homes feature single-story living, sunrooms, lots of windows and open space, beautiful kitchens, attached two car garages and patios and courtyards. For those that need a bit more extra space and privacy, we’ve got you covered! At The Villas, you can have a second floor bonus room in a variety of our home styles. On top of all this, there are many extras included in these homes that a lot of builders charge extra for.

Come explore this life for yourself. We encourage you to talk to the folks that live here. They are just like you and they will tell you why they love living at The Villas of Wake Forest and The Orchard Villas in Apex. It’s easy to get used to this life! It’s time you did!


Call today to tour one or both of these unique communities. Or just stop by!

Hours Mon – Sat 10-6; Sun 1-6.

The Villas of Wake Forest 919-569-0043

Orchard Villas Apex 919-267-6701

What is an Active Adult Community?

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, General Announcements, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Local Articles, Recent Articles, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: August 5, 2013

A community that says, forget about spending your Saturday mornings mowing the grass, or cleaning out the gutters; instead take that time to play a round of golf, go swimming, practice yoga, or cuddle up and nap!

Retirement Living Communities, or “Age Restricted” Communities, have been viewed as places those that can no longer care for themselves go to find solace; however, that is far from the truth, especially now adays. Today, choosing a retirement community is like choosing the toppings on a pizza- endless and can be customized to fit the person you are and your needs.

Types of housing communities range from, completely independent (ie-Active Adult Communities) to Skilled Nursing Facilities. Active Adult Communities are developments where folks, typically, ages 55+ can live independently in their own home as far as daily living activities (meals, cleaning and housekeeping, monitoring medications, personal care, etc) are concerned, while the community tends to the upkeep of the exterior of the home, landscaping, and other amenities.

What is an Active Adult Community?

An Active Adult home is built with accessibility and safety in mind, so seniors can “age in place”.

Amenities offered, but not limited to, can include:

  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Walking Trails
  • Cooking Classes
  • Dance, Cardio, Yoga, and Pilates Classes
  • Fitness Centers
  • Spas
  • Tennis Courts
  • Game Rooms

To find out what great amenities await you from Cornerstone Homes, call (804) 484-3242 ext 221.

Cornerstone Homes offers independent living for adults 55+ in North Carolina (Apex & Wake Forest) and Virginia (Roanoke, Christiansburg & Fredericksburg)

Your “Someday” is NOW at The Villas!

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, General Announcements, Local Articles, Press Releases, Recent Articles, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: June 14, 2013


You’ve worked hard… You’ve sacrificed some… and given lots. And if you had to do it all over again, you would… without hesitation.

But now it’s time to focus on YOU! This is your time to live every day extraordinarily. You’ve decided you are done with cutting the grass, raking leaves, and taking multiple trips up and down the stairs daily.


At all of our communities, you don’t just buy a new house. You buy into a “maintenance-free” lifestyle that gives meaning to easy living and spending time doing whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it!! And it is so easy to make new friends here. You see, there is always something going on at our clubhouses… pot luck dinners, cards, book clubs, aerobics in the swimming pool, cookouts, bocce ball, and much more! As one homeowner put it, “it’s one thing to have close friends. It’s another thing to have good neighbors! At The Villas, we have both!”

Single story living, outdoor patios or courtyards, unique floor plans… these exceptional homes have plush “extras” you won’t find everywhere. Combined with the great prices, current builder incentives, and the lowest interest rates of all time… you can’t afford to wait any longer! Your SOMEDAY IS NOW! Visit to see for yourself why The Villas is a wise investment in your future and new lifestyle!!