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Optimism in eastern Wake

While I was working on a story on home prices in eastern Wake, I heard something that made me quite happy.

While sales are now much slower than they used to, many of the real estate professionals I talked with were quite optimistic about this part of Wake County. They said that many people who used to look for homes only in other areas of the Triangle are now coming to Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon to shop for houses. And they believe that once things get better again, eastern Wake will be in a good position.

Granted, I have heard people — mainly those either living or developing in eastern Wake — talk about "one of the last areas of Wake County where land is still affordable" for years. But maybe now they, as well as the real estate agents, have a point.

Like developer Greg Ferguson of Mercury Development writes in his blog, new highways and schools, centralized water and sewer service and more than 1,000 acres of new open space and parks, among other things, are likely to help foster growth in the area.

Ferguson, whose company is developing eastern Wake's largest-ever subdivision, Wendell Falls, has to believe in the area where he is planning to put 4,000 homes. But I think he has a point. Eastern Wake has changed for the better during the past few years, and people who might not have been interested in the area just a few years ago might now be willing to come and check it out.

The next task is to get the word out about eastern Wake and all that it offers. I'm willing to do my part with anyone who just wants to listen.

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