Real Estate

Welcoming the Family to Your Town

Posted January 10, 2011 6:20 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:03 p.m. EDT

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In today’s very mobile society, families often find themselves scattered across the country, separated by thousands of miles. The days of Grandma and Grandpa down the street and cousins just around the corner are only a nostalgic memory — or are they? A growing number of folks who call the Triangle home are reinventing that old small-town tradition of families growing, and growing up, together in the same community. And Triangle developers are responding with neighborhoods designed to appeal across multiple generations, in their variety of housing choices, as well as their roster of amenities.

Greg and Marianne Horne are just such a family. Greg, a successful executive in Tennessee, was ready for a change, about five years ago, when Marianne’s brother, Eddie Gontram and Eddie’s wife Pam, suggested Greg come visit them at their home in Heritage Wake Forest. “Pam and Eddie really bragged about their neighborhood,” says Greg. “They just couldn’t say enough about all there was to do and the tight sense of community they shared.”

So Greg came to check out the area and fell in love. He found a house in one day and Pam emailed pictures to Marianne back in Tennessee. And just like that, Marianne and Greg, along with their two young boys, Tucker and Gregor, relocated just around the corner from Pam and Eddie and their three children, Ashley, Jordan and Ryan. And Greg became a small-business entrepreneur, with Triangle Dry Cleaners – Heritage.

Turns out, the enthusiasm for Heritage Wake Forest was infectious in the Horne/Gontram family; it would be just a few years before Marianne’s parents, Ed and Marie Gontram, also relocated to the neighborhood. Now it’s one big happy family, living practically within shouting distance of each other.
Andy Ammons, developer of Heritage Wake Forest, loves this story. “We planned this community with a comprehensive mix of options to appeal to all phases of life,” says Ammons, “from townhomes and duplexes all the way to million-dollar estate homes.”

And beyond this wide array of housing on at