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McLendon Hills Real Estate News

Summer at McLendon Hills

Summer 2017, What a beautiful time of the year!  We have seen lots of people on the lake swimming, boating or fishing; people are running, biking and pushing strollers on the walking paths; and horses are enjoying the shady bridle trails.  The McLendon Hills community is always welcoming new neighbors.  Whether it be holiday events, garden club, book club, kayaking or simply gathering for food and drinks, there is a social vibe to be found.  If you feel the need to get away from it all, but still be involved and close to everyday conveniences, consider McLendon Hills as your new home: upscale country living at its finest!  Come and meet us at the upcoming Ideal-Living Real Estate Expo September 9-10 in Morris County, NJ.

September 9-10, 2017
Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 3 PM
Hanover Marriott
1401 Rt. 10 East
Whippany, NJ 07981 

In This Issue

Summer at McLendon Hills

Welcoming New Neighbors

McLendon Hills Equestrian Center

News from the Sales Office

Featured Homes


Area Events




Upcoming Events for 2017
Labor Day on the Lake. details to follow | Monday, September 4th
Chandler Horse Festival | Saturday, October 7th
Holiday Yard Sale (featuring seasonal décor and cooler weather clothing) | date TBD
Hanging of the Greens | Late November
Christmas Dinner Party | Saturday, December 2nd

For a list of upcoming area events, visit

Welcoming New Neighbors

Jamie and Jeanne
Jamie and Jeanne come to us from Pittsburgh, PA where one worked as a counselor/teacher and the other with UPS.  They are huge Pittsburgh sports fans and enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, biking, hiking, and camping with their horses.  “We found our dream retirement area that had everything we were looking for near Pinehurst, NC.  In our search I was wondering if this dream community existed since we weren't finding it until we called Cristy at McLendon Hills.  We found our pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and then had our home and barn built and now enjoying our new community with our horses.”

“Love our new house. Thanks to Suzanne and Cristy for all your help finding this gem!!”
-- Kimberly

McLendon Hills Equestrian Center

Lots of interesting equestrian news this summer!   First of all, we have two new horses in the community. Jeanne and Jamie Skirboll brought their two Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses with them from Pennsylvania when they moved into their new home on Saddle Ridge – Justice is 5 and Habanero is 4. In case you are not familiar with this breed, the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse is a horse breed from the U.S. state of Kentucky. Developed as an all-around farm and riding horse in eastern Kentucky, it is related to the Tennessee Walking Horse and other gaited breeds.

Several McLendon Hills members participated in the Prancing Horse Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship Lazy Man Ironman. This was a fundraiser for the Program and was far from lazy as they had to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run/walk 26.2 miles (all to be completed during the month of June).


Sandy Corr’s Coupe participated in herding cows in Linda Hoover's clinic at Reflections Farm in nearby Vass.  Clinics are run several times a year, and are a great way to tune up all kinds of skills.

“Breath is the pathway to connection between rider and horse”, so said Mary W. who teaches Tai Chi on horseback to riders on Saturday mornings. By applying the principles of Tai Chi – balance, breathing, and concentration - riders develop a deeper connection to their horse.  Anyone of any discipline or level of riding is welcome to participate.

Amie Collin’s horse Chatelaine recently competed at the first War Horse Event at the Carolina  Horse Park where they won  their division, qualifying for the end of season championships in November. Congratulations!!  In addition, daughter Claire and her horse Doodlebug attended Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe, NC. They make an awesome pair!

Congratulations to McLendon Hills Equestrian Center manager Sam Southard and her students who competed in the 4H Club statewide championship. Also, we welcome our two new boarders, Emma Edwards and Judy Allen.  Be sure to check out the article on our own Cowboy Carl Chandler, featured in the July 3rd article of the Seven Lakes Insider.  Carl will host his 4th annual Horse Festival at MHEC on Sat. Oct. 7th. 

News from the Sales Office

We are excited about the number of new custom homes currently under construction. This is not only a sign of a busy real estate market, but exciting to know we have several new neighbors moving in soon!

We would like to welcome James and Debra K. Jim and Deb are from the Chicago area and have already started construction on their new home on Lot 166.  Be sure to take a peek at our new home for sale, located at the corner of Cristys Circle and Vista Drive. This cottage style home is built with big feel but with low maintenance and square footage in mind. Our sales team is gearing up for a new schedule of customer tours beginning now through September. These tours are a result from the trade shows we attended earlier this year. Thanks to all who signed up for the recent lot mowing. It truly does make a difference when we walk properties with potential buyers. Reminder: our price sheets and website updates are done at the first of each month. Construction has begun for the covered pavilion at the amenity area, located next to the dam at the end of Broken Ridge Trail.  
Hwy. 211 is becoming a major highway in Moore County. Before the last Men's and Women's US Open, which was held in 2014 at our neighboring community of Pinehurst, the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation upgraded approx. 8 miles of Hwy 211 ending just 3 miles short of the entrance to McLendon Hills.  In preparation for the next scheduled US Open to be held at Pinehurst County Club in 2024, the NCDOT has scheduled improvements to continue the four lane road just beyond our entrance. This improvement will require reconstruction of our entrance area to allow room for the new expansion. We certainly appreciate the States consideration in providing us a divided highway into the major areas of Moore county. See the official notice here:                                                                                                                                
The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed widening of N.C. 211 from N.C. 73 in West End to Holly Grove School Road (S.R. 1241). The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at West End Presbyterian Church - The Crawford Center, located at 275 Knox Lane in West End. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project.  No formal presentation will be made. More information can be found at

Featured Home

3 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths
Over 2,400 sf with FINISHED Bonus Room
Final Sales Price of $439,600
Enter into a contract PRIOR to completion and SAVE $10,600!!! with a
purchase price of only $429,000! ! !
Expected Completion Date: Oct. 31, 2017


What's Going on Around McLendon Hills

The Memorial Day Pot Luck and July 4th Cook Out were both well attended by residents and their friends and families. We had over 75 neighbors at each event. Some were attending for the very first time since settling into their new homes. As the year rolls on, we will be seeing even more new faces.



Yacht Club
The McLendon Hills Yacht Club is an informal effort to get out and enjoy our lake. Weather willing, and subject to individual whim, we typically meet in the middle of the lake on Sunday evenings at 7:00 during the warm weather. We have also had a couple of campfires on the point. Thank you to the Lake & Wildlife committee for building the additional kayak rack!

Lake and Wildlife
On May 21, members of the committee collected samples for water testing of Lake Troy Douglas, testing primarily for E-Coli and other bacteria in the water. Samples were collected from three areas of the lake with no area measuring over 6 parts per milliliter. (Southeast Cove - less than 1 part per milliliter; East Cove less than 1 part per milliliter; and Off the Point at 6 parts per milliliter) Lake water with less than 80 parts per milliliter is considered safe. This is the lowest bacteria count ever recorded at our lake. Have fun and enjoy our lake!

Lunch Bunch
The McLendon Hills Ladies Lunch Bunch meets at a different restaurant on the first Thursday of each month. This group is open to all ladies of McLendon Hills.        

The second quarter of 2017 saw the Bunco Babes and our terrific substitutes welcoming spring in April; we donned our Kentucky Derby hats in May; and had a Flamingo Beach Bash in June. Wonderful drinks and libations were served and rousing games of Bunco were played. Keep your eye out for our newly rehabed Felicia the flamingo. She makes her rounds in the neighborhood each month to the person who wins the least number of rounds for the evening. She is quite captivating in her hot pink!




Ladies Book Club News
On the 3rd Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m., book enthusiasts gather at a member’s home to discuss the “book of the month”. Our reading selections are chosen at the beginning of each year and members know what books we will be discussing well in advance. The group enjoys a variety of authors and titles. We select our books by “word of mouth”, top sellers and other book club’s suggestions. If you enjoy reading and would like to be part of this neighborhood group, we would love to have you!

In August, we will discuss...most fittingly...The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. September’s selection is News of the World  by Paulette Jiles. Trials of the Earth by Mary Mann Hamilton and The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers will be our fall choices. In December, we meet for lunch and discuss possible book titles for the coming year


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