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Family sells land to Wal-Mart, moves house across the street

Posted June 25, 2015 4:45 p.m. EDT
Updated June 26, 2015 3:19 p.m. EDT

— In Cameron Thursday, the owners of a brick house with more than 3,300 square feet of living space picked up and moved – not only the people and their belongings, but the house itself moved from one side of North Carolina Highway 87 to the other.

According to David Vendetti, whose Due Diligence Research Group brokered the deal, the property owners sold their land to Wal-Mart for the development of a supercenter.

"You won't even recognize this Five Springs area in another five years," Vendetti said, noting that the road fronts the Linden Oaks subdivision, with 10,000 residents, and is just north of Fort Bragg.

Vendetti said property owner Willy Brinkley had just built the house in 2013, when he was approached about the possibility of a sale.

"When Wal-Mart saw the location, they wanted it right away," he said.

Vendetti's company, along with Hartwell Realty, convinced Brinkley that he could keep his house and sell the property with a move to another tract he owned nearby.

Brinkley had planned to use land along Brinkley Hill Lane to graze cattle, but the knowledge of the expected traffic growth along N.C. 87 convinced him that the sale and move was the better decision, Vendetti said.

The sale closed May 5, and representatives of Oldham House Moving jacked up the house and moved it atop a checkerboard series of steel beams Thursday morning. The entire process took about four hours.

As the house crossed the road, N.C. 87 was closed in both directions for a little more than half an hour, Vendetti said.

Construction on the Walmart began almost immediately.