They always say “you can’t go home again,” but I’ve never understood this sentiment. As a Cary native, I grew up in Lochmere, attended NC State University, and started my real estate career shortly thereafter at the Fonville Morisey Realty Lochmere Office, I’ve always been home. Little did I know, the word “home” would resonate so much in my life.
About three weeks after starting at Fonville Morisey as a new agent, I was introduced a seasoned agents’ son, who was buying his first home. He was in the office to meet with the mortgage lender when we passed in the stairwell. We realized we had both grown up in the same vicinity of that office and were probably within walking distance of each other’s family homes for years.
A few weeks later, his father chased me down the hallway, asking me if I was single and if he could give my number to his son. Since they shared the same name, my blossoming relationship with his son made for quite the office gossip. Fast forward a few years, and we were standing in the same stairwell of my office, getting engaged. A few years later, we had our daughter in the hospital down the street.
When I think about that little intersection of Southwest Cary, where Waverly Place has evolved and Wal-Mart is shadowed by the “Taj Mah Teet,” a name we have affectionately given to the largest Harris Teeter many people have ever seen, I’m reminded of how much has changed. New restaurants like Gonza Tacos y Tequila have popped up and Cinebistro, a movie theater with full service dining, has replaced where we used to go to rent videos (remember those?!), but it all still feels like home.
I attended Cary Elementary (yes, they were re-drawing the lines, even then!), and I remember thinking about how cool it was to be in Downtown Cary. Now, I go and shop at the Chatham Street Wine Market or eat at Crosstown Pub and relish how much change the area has experienced. We are excited to take our daughter to the park when it is complete, she already loves to watch the giant new lighted fountain. And as much as I love a hot dog from Ashworth Drugs, I’ll never turn down a trip to the Cary’s Downtown Chowdown when they’re held during the summer. Between the theater, restaurants, and nationally recognized Bond Brothers Brewery, you can easily turn Downtown Cary into a date night, or even an overnight stay at the Mayton Inn, all within walking distance.
My real estate career has had its share of twists and turns, evolution and growth, same as the real estate market in this area has done over the past ten years. However, despite all the changes and growth, the things we have fallen in love with about the area are still prominent: friendly folks and families enjoying life, even if they just moved to the area last month. I’m excited to see what will happen, as much as I am excited to see the growth in my hometown.
Yes, I still think it will take me 20 minutes to get to Crabtree (never!) and I remember when they built Cary Village Mall (my husband still calls Cary Towne Center by its old name!) and now they are planning to build an IKEA there. Amazing and wonderful. We can’t wait to share it with our young daughter and watch her grow up at home in Cary.
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About Autumne Bennett.
Autumne Bennett is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Lochmere office.
Autumne is a member of the Raleigh Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.
Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region. FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit www.fmrealty.com.