The enduring attraction of Lochmere is proof that thoughtful suburban planning and future-focused development is possible and desirable. Driving through the shady streets confirms a sense that the original mature forest and the 1,966 homes have been living in harmony for decades. Lochmere is located just to the southwest of the intersection at US 1 and US 64. The location provides easy highway access to all that the Triangle has to offer. World-class universities, global tech and pharma centers, solid transportation hubs, and expansive natural recreation areas are within 30 minutes. Lochmere was developed to flow in and around the forested topography. There are 2 community pools, tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts, frisbee golf course, numerous playgrounds, and 10 miles of maintained trails. Lochmere Golf Club meanders through the middle of the community along Swift Creek, and the Koka Booth Amphitheatre overlooks Symphony Lake just to the west.
This home is perched on a wooded slope, and with a side entry 2.5 car garage, it exudes a regal curb appeal. The landscaping has been well maintained and works seamlessly with the hardscaping and fenced rear yard. Distinct outdoor living spaces include a wrap-around deck and a raised and lined garden bed with a porch swing overlook. The interior features are equally gracious – spacious and efficient, well-appointed and understated. Gorgeous wooded views abound from every window and the home is surprisingly bright. Thoughtful layout details include a true primary suite with massive closet, a large upstairs laundry room, direct bathroom connections for every bedroom, the wonderfully airy bonus room with banks of windows along the south and east, and the massive potential of unfinished walkup attic space for just about anything else.
From lochmere.org HOA
Today’s Cary began in 1750 as a settlement called Bradford’s Ordinary. About 100 years later, the new railroad between New Bern and Hillsborough went through the town, linking Bradford’s Ordinary to a major transportation route. Allison Francis “Frank” Page is credited with founding the town. Page was a Wake County farmer and lumberman. He and his wife, Catherine, bought 300 acres surrounding the railroad junction in 1854 and named his development Cary, after Samuel Fenton Cary (a former Ohio congressman and prohibitionist he admired). Cary was incorporated on April 6, 1871, with Page becoming the first mayor.
In the early years, Cary adopted zoning and other ordinances on an ad-hoc basis to control growth and give the town structure. Beginning in 1971, the town created Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning to accommodate population growth related to the growth of the Research Triangle Park nearby. A PUD allows a developer to plan an entire community before beginning development, thus allowing future residents to be aware of where churches, schools, commercial and industrial areas will be located well before such use begins. Kildaire Farms, a 967-acre (3.9 km2) Planned Unit Development in Cary, was North Carolina’s first PUD.
Lochmere was originally planned during the 1980’s. This gives our community the advantage of mature trees throughout, and we work hard to preserve and maintain the value and the natural beauty of our development. With a wide variety of homes, from townhomes to awesome lakefront homes, we are fortunate to benefit from the foresight of the community planners, who were careful to preserve the natural, open feel by including miles of walking paths, water features and parks for all residents to enjoy.
With an enviable East Cary location, mature landscaping, and plenty of outdoor recreation areas, Lochmere is a favorite among Cary homebuyers. Built in the mid 80s and early 90s, the Lochmere neighborhood boasts lots of trees, walking and biking trails, 2 community pool locations, tennis and pickleball courts, volleyball courts, and 3 wonderful lakes.
Townhomes in the Glen Echo portion of Lochmere start in the high $200s while several lakefront properties are $1 million+. In general, most single-family homes range in price from the $650,00’s to the $850,00’s.
Lochmere has three lakes and three holding ponds:
- Loch Lomond is the first lake you see as you enter Lochmere from Kildaire Farm Road. It is surrounded by a 1.1 mile walking trail available to all Lochmere residents. It is used by many residents at all times of day and is a great place for newcomers to meet the neighbors. Wildlife, such as geese, great blue herons, and both resident and migrating duck species, visit the lake daily and share the water with a large population of turtles and fish. There is also a pair of swans who provide graceful scenery and are relaxing to view from the gazebo and swing on the east side of the lake.
- Lochmere Lake is a little further down Lochmere Drive and is a bigger lake that has a boat ramp and dock, available to residents only. Boats are restricted to electric trolling motors to maintain serenity on the lake. The lake is surrounded by private property and many of the beautiful homes have their own docks. Bird lovers will enjoy the changing patterns as birds migrate through and join the residents at least temporarily. If you watch closely, during the fall and winter months, you will see a pair of bald eagles.
- Highlands Lake is on Loch Highlands Drive, at the main entrance to Lochmere Highlands off Kildaire Farm Road. The lake is surrounded by private property on one side with the other side available for resident use. Many enjoy fishing in this lake, or watching the turtles and heron who also call this home. Beavers, river otters, and migratory birds have also been spotted here on occasion.
- The Lochside holding ponds are in the Lochside area and feed into Lochmere Lake. They are home to many migratory birds.
There are also several playgrounds throughout the community, a park, Frisbee golf course, as well as many paved walking trails and biking lanes.
Lochmere offers 2 pool locations for residents and their guests to enjoy.
- There is the Main Pool (located a 500 Lcohmere Drive) with the Main Pool offering a diving board and water slide as well as the Lap Pool which is divided into a 25-yard, 4-lane section for adul lap swimming and water fitness and a shallow section for our young residents. This facility is located near Lake Lochmere. Water fitness classes in the summer for residents are a favorite activity.
- The Highlands neighborhood also has a pool and a clubhouse used by many families within Lochmere for social gatherings. The Clubhouse is also home to complimentary yoga classes for residents. The clubhouse and pool are located at 200 Loch Highlands Drive.
There are eight tennis courts are located at the Main Pool facility as well as 4 pickleball/2 tennis courts located at the Highlands facility. Certified tennis pros are on staff to help with your tennis and pickleball games. Programs are available for children, teens, and adults.
While the golf course is not part of Lochmere Association, golfers will love having access to the semi-private Lochmere Golf Club. This friendly club is a favorite with local golf enthusiasts and is located on Kildaire Farm Road just north of the Highlands section of Lochmere.
There is plenty to experience just outside of the Lochmere community as well. Within close proximity are many premium grocery stores and other shopping centers. There are many public and private schools and day cares as well as many churches within a 5-mile radius. A wide variety of restaurants are in the area and just down Kildaire Farm Road is Western Wake Med Hospital. Koka Booth Amphitheatre is close by and hosts outdoor concerts, festivals and family movie nights from spring through fall.
Just across Kildaire Farm Road from the Highlands section is Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, one of only a few state nature preserves in North Carolina. It has many features such as hiking trails, boardwalks, and an educational center. On the other side of Lochmere is Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve, famous for its massive beech trees.
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And last but not least – and maybe one of the best reasons to look into purchasing this home for yourself…
This home has a 900sf walkup attic space that is ready to finish out. There’s nothing like having additional opportunity for your future needs!