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Best Lake Communities in the USThe premier North Carolina golf and retirement community, Belmont Lake Preserve has been selected by Ideal Living magazine as one of 2016 Best Lake Communities in the US among retirement living areas.

The recognition as one of the Best Lake Communities in the US for 2016, comes following a year that saw Belmont Lake Preserve as the recipient of several accolades. Most recently, the Rocky Mount NC golf community was named to the prestigious “Short List” by Where to Retire magazine as one of the 50 Best Master Planned communities in the United States. Likewise, the spectacular 18-hole, David Johnson Golf Design, Belmont Lake Golf Club weighed heavily into the community being honored by Ideal Living last year as one of 2015’s Best Golf Course Communities in the nation.

In their listing of the Best Lake Communities in the US, which will be featured in the upcoming annual “Best of the Best” Summer edition of Ideal Living, the selection process was based on the following ideas. “For many active adults, the appeal of lake living is in the availability of boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports. Other retirees may wish to live lakeside in order to enjoy the serenity offered by living near a peaceful, natural setting.” Given Belmont Lake Preserve’s 1400-acres of scenic, forested land which is set around the beautiful 80-acre Belmont Lake and the wide array of both on-site and near by outdoor living options, its inclusion among the Best Lake Communities in the US would come as no surprise to those familiar with its stunning natural beauty.


Also Named among the 50 Best Master Planned communities in the United States

In addition to its beautiful natural setting, the resort like amenities at Belmont Lake Preserve also make it an obvious choice for this and the other recent accolades received by the North Carolina Living community. The luxurious, BLP Community Clubhouse features both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a state-of-the-art-fitness facility, a billiards and game room and much more. The Golf Clubhouse with a full golf pro shop, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, the highly acclaimed “Main Course at Belmont” restaurant and on staff PGA professional, Tim Wilke is equally as impressive, as is the aforementioned golf course, which has been named among the Top 100 to Play in NC and as one of the Best Course Designs in Eastern NC.

For more information on the upcoming “Best of the Best” edition of Ideal Living magazine to feature the Best Lake Communities in the US, visit ideal-living.com. To plan a visit or get more information on available homes, home sites, or floor plans at Belmont Lake Preserve, visit here.

Rocky Mount Paws in the Park

Minutes away from your new home in the premier North Carolina golf and retirement community,  Belmont Lake Preserve, at Rocky Mount’s beautiful “Best Friend’s Dog Park,” pet owners are welcome to come out on Saturday, April 9 and take part in “a day for the dogs” at the 6th annual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event featuring a day full of free family fun showcasing “man’s best friend.”

The all-free Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event promotes responsibility in pet ownership and the humane treatments of dogs, with a full day of contests and special events. Kicking off the day’s festivities at 10:00 a.m. will be the Grand Opening ceremonies for the new Agility Park (Phase 2 of the Best Friend’s Dog Park.) Following this, at 11:00, the dogs will take center stage, as contests taking place at the Dog Park, located at 480 Lee Street, adjacent to Sunset Park are scheduled to include, a Pet Fashion Show, as well as Pet Costume and Look-a-Like Competitions, in addition to a wide array of vendors, food trucks, and music to keep all entertained throughout the day.

The very special Masters of Ceremonies at the Rocky Mount Paws in the Park will be the popular deejay from “Rock City” 99.3 FM, David Perkins, and ABC 11 Eyewitness News’ Gloria Rodriguez. Also, back by popular demand at this years’ Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event will be the acrobatic and incredible “K-9’s in Flight” Frisbee dogs. Described as the “premier K-9 sports entertainers in the world,” these dogs and their trainers are sure to provide some high flying fun that the entire family is certain to enjoy.

There will also be the opportunity for those in attendance to adopt a dog at the 6th Annual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park, for anyone interested in leaving the event with a brand new pet. The sponsors for the event include, Pet’s Best Friend, Rocky Mount Telegram, Life Exposed (Photos by Lindsey), Crossdogs, Target, Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, and radio stations, 98.5 FM “The Big Dawg,” Power 95.5 FM, and 99.3 FM Rock City.

For more information on this and all other upcoming Summer Family Events in Rocky Mount, visit rockymountnc.gov.

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Kitty Hawk NC

The Wright Brothers Bridge in Kitty Hawk NC is named after is the “innovators of aviation” who first took flight just outside of town.

The location of your new home in the premier NC golf community at Belmont Lake Preserve is one of the most attractive points that both local and transplanted new home owners can all agree upon. Whether looking to stay close to family in the North or south eastern part of the country, or for the central location to all the great things going on right here in North Carolina, such as the beautiful Outer Banks and historic Kitty Hawk NC…at Belmont Lake Preserve, you are never to far from “there.”

Maybe the most historic town of any on the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk NC’s motto of “Take Flight” stems from their most famous residents, Orville and Wilbur Wright, who used the gentle hills for glider launching, the sandy surfaces for soft landings, as well as its private and remote location to avoid garnering unwanted attention when they started their experimentation that would lead to the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered aircraft, just a few miles south of Kitty Hawk, NC on December 17, 1903.

Fast-forward to the modern day, and the town of Kitty Hawk NC, while always steeped in its rich history, now consists of the picturesque Kitty Hawk beach community featuring residential cottages as well as hotels and a traditional village. The unique shops and impressive dining options that characterize both the beach area and the village in Kitty Hawk NC emanate a welcoming, small time feel that is as endearing to tourists and visitors as it is to the tow’s life long residents. Echoing these sentiments, the website, outerbanks.org, speaks of Kitty Hawk NC, saying the following, “Both the beach and the village share a feeling that development should remain on a human scale and in harmony with nature. It is a pattern and character of the town that both year-round and seasonal residents want to preserve.”

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With a variety of spectacular plant and animal life, nature awaits in the Kitty Hawk Woods

Yet another feature of Kitty Hawk NC that sets it apart from most other Outer Banks towns is its 461-acre maritime forest reserve, the Kitty Hawk Woods. With an incredible variety of both plant and animal life, “The Woods” in Kitty Hawk NC are for sure an attraction worth taking a look at on your way through town.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has become one of the most popular vacation and “get away” spots in the entire country, and with its beaches, friendly atmosphere, unique shops and eateries, as well as its ties to American history, Kitty Hawk NC is one of the main stops you don’t want to miss.


With the award winning 18-hole David Johnson Golf Design championship course sitting just minutes outside your door at Belmont Lake Preserve, it is not a stretch for the competitive nature of some golfers to at times get the better of oneself. However, if you always remember these Golf Etiquette Tips, it is easy for one to still enjoy the thrill of competing, while being respectful to others on the course and staying true to the “spirit of the game.”

Golf Etiquette Tips

A breathtaking overhead view of  Belmont Lake Golf Club

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has offered up Golf Etiquette Tips in four different areas which anyone, regardless of skill set or experience level should abide to from the point they set foot on the first tee, until they stride off toward the clubhouse leaving the 18th green. These categories include safety, consideration for other players, pace of play, and care for the course. The Golf Etiquette Tips are courtesy of the USGA Members Program, and are listed as follows:


  • Players should not play until the players in front are out of range
  • Alert greenkeepers nearby or ahead prior to making a stroke that might endanger them
  • Shout a warning if your ball may hit someone

Consideration for Other Players

  • Do not move, talk, or stand close to a player making a stroke
  • Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course will not distract others
  • Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole when a player is about to play
  • Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players have holed out
Golf Etiquette Tips

Golfers at Belmont Lake Golf Club enjoying a round on as sunny afternoon.

Pace of Play

  • Always play without delay and keep up with the group in front
  • If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball
  • Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not be easily found

Care for the Course

  • Repair all divot holes and ball marks
  • Before leaving a bunker, smooth over all holes and footprints
  • Replace the flagstick carefully in an upright position
  • Leave the course in the condition in which you would like to find it
  • Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed

By following these simple Golf Etiquette Tips, you can make both your group and those also playing the course for the day’s round much more enjoyable with very little effort and simply by displaying common courtesy for the course and those around you playing on it. For more tips and further information on the USGA, visit their website at usga.org. For more information on the spectacular Belmont Lake Golf Club, including setting up tee times and current specials, visit here.


Rocky Mount Health Care

A major decision that one has to undertake before deciding on where to relocate to in their retirement years is the quality and convenience of the available health care facilities and services. Making the Belmont Lake Preserve North Carolina retirement community is an easy one as there are several state-of-the art hospitals near by, including the Nash UNC Rocky Mount Health Care facility which was just honored for the second consecutive year by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a “Cutting-Edge Hospital.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield’s recognition of the Rocky Mount Health Care facility was detailed in a recent issue of Business North Carolina magazine. Particularly impressive were the accolades dealt out from the representatives of Blue Cross Blue Shield in regards to the Nash UNC Rocky Mount Health Care facility’s Nash Surgical Weight Loss Center and Joint Replacement Center. Citing their reasoning behind bestowing the honor on the Rocky Mount Health Care facility, the expertise of the hospital’s medical staff and the impressive track record of positive results were noted.

Additionally, Nash UNC Rocky Mount Health Care was evaluated on overall patient satisfaction and the willingness of said patients to recommend Nash UNC to others. Larry Chewning, President of Nash UNC Health Care, spoke enthusiastically with the Rocky Mount Telegram newspaper on the recognition, noting that it “reflects thousands of hours of clinical experience, expertise, and patient satisfaction.”

Chewning continued on, heaping praises and beaming with pride in talking about his employees. “Our team members work hard to provide high quality care for our patients, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements,” he concluded.

Nash UNC Health Care is located in Rocky Mount, under ten minutes from Belmont Lake Preserve at 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive, for more information on all their departments, services, and facilities visit their website at nhcs.org.

Rocky Mount Area Sports

With “March Madness” nearly upon us and the most storied rivalry in all of NCAA athletics taking place just a short drive up the road, “North Carolina Living” for the sports fan under your roof at Belmont Lake Preserve finds you never too far from the “Tobacco Road” rivalry between Duke and the University of North Carolina (UNC) and this year, “March Madness” will be a part of Rocky Mount Area Sports, as the NCAA Men’s College Basketball tournament comes to Raleigh on March 17 and 19.

Rocky Mount Area Sports

The retired numbers of legendary players from throughout the history of UNC basketball

With Chapel Hill as the home of the UNC Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils hosting visiting teams in Durham, both just over an hour from Belmont Lake Preserve, Rocky Mount Area Sports fans are lucky to have the most heated rivalry in all of college basketball. Once again this year, the two perennial powerhouse squads in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) both have sat comfortably in the AP Top 20 rankings, with both spending time in the top 5 and UNC currently holding the country’s number one ranking.

With a combined 10 National Championships (5 for each school) between the two and over 15 “Final Four” appearance a piece, these two teams whose campuses sit under 10 miles from each other is with out question the most exciting of any Rocky Mount Area Sports contests when the tow take the floor to square off twice annually.

Rocky Mount Area Sports

The PNC Arena in Raleigh will host NCAA tournament games March 17 & 19

This year, adding to the “madness” that is always apparent from Rocky Mount Area Sports fans who back either the Tar Heels or the Blue Devils throughout the ACC schedule and beyond is “March Madness,” as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will come to Raleigh for first and second round contests to be held on March 17 and 19 at the home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack, PNC Arena.

Considered by many to be the most dramatic and exciting of all post seasons in any sport, collegiate or professional, the NCAA tournament games in Raleigh will be played under and hour away from Rocky Mount.

For more information on the upcoming NCAA tournament games to be played in Raleigh, including ticket information can be found at pncarena.com.

Rocky Mount Family Events

In addition to the fantastic on-site amenities at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, there are also many fantastic events and activities for both children and adults alike in Rocky Mount. Whether they are outdoor events in the Summer time or one of the many Rocky Mount Family Events like their upcoming annual Spring themed activities, including the Sunset Easter Eggstravaganza to be held on Sunday, March 20 at Sunset Park.

Holiday themed Rocky Mount Family Events are always some of the most anticipated, with something for all ages to enjoy. With traditional Easter activities for the children starting at 2 p.m. and running until 5 p.m., along with games, rides, prizes and refreshments, the Easter Eggstravaganza will for sure be one to put a smile on the faces of the little ones. There will be three separate age groups, with different “hunting” areas for each to allow all the children to enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt held at the event.

The celebration of the Easter holiday and fun filled kid activities are not the only reasons making this one of the most highly anticipated Rocky Mount Family Events on the calendar, as it also signifies the start of spring for many with the official opening of Sunset Park for the season.

The city’s main park, Sunset Park is a favorite for Rocky Mount Family Events throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. Featuring a 36 passanger train ride, a “county fair” style carousel, a disc golf course, and a spray park to keep cool in the summer, the options at Sunset Park are endless for your Rocky Mount Family Events.

In addition, Sunset Park also features concession stands, lighted basketball and tennis courts, four picnic shelters in addition to many other picnic sites, and a little league baseball field. The park is open for children’s parties as well, and can be reserved in two hour blocks for up to 40 children at a time.

Sunset Park is located off Sunset Avenue on Taylor Street and River Drive beside the famous Tar River. For more information on the park and all upcoming Rocky Mount Family Events, visit rockymountnc.gov.




When discussing “Lifestyle Redefined” upon your move to the premier North Carolina golf and retirement community at Belmont Lake Preserve, a main focal point in the decision making process is the convenient Eastern North Carolina location, which puts you just a short distance from all of the spectacular vacation and getaway spots across the “Tar Heel State.” One of the more popular vacation destinations in the entire southeast are the Outer Banks NC Beaches, which sit on the coast and range from a two to three -hour drive from your new home, depending on where you opt to visit.

Once one of the east coast’s best kept secret’s, the word has gotten out about the spectacular Outer Banks NC Beaches, yet, despite turning into a popular vacation spot, with a number of beautiful ocean front towns to choose from all have managed to maintain their “small town charm.”

Outer Banks NC Beaches

A night time look at the beauty of Roanoke Island on the water

One of the more popular vacation spots among the Outer Banks NC Beaches is Roanoke Island. Described at the Outer Bank’s official website as “Outer Banks culture at it’s best,” whether you’re planning an entire vacation around Roanoke Island’s waterfront town of Manteo or it’s sister community, Wanchese, or just taking a day trip for a visit, this pedestrian friendly community is one not too miss.

Located directly between the barrier island beach towns and the mainland of North Carolina, Roanoke Island boasts a waterfront boardwalk that is second to none, featuring many local, fun shops specializing in everything from art and décor to handmade jewelry and coastal gifts. The boardwalk also has countless outdoor dining stops, allowing you the chance to truly soak in the ambience of this quaint, historic beach front area while enjoying the freshest shellfish, crab, or fish harvested locally among the array of tasty eateries.

Roanoke Island is also steeped in history, as it was the first English colony ever in what would eventually become our great country of America. Many of the street names pay tribute to the first settlers who according to legend “disappeared without a trace” here, and their story is actually told throughout the summer nights in Roanoke Island as a part of the entertaining “Lost Colony” outdoor drama.

Roanoke Island is under 135 miles from your front door at Belmont Lake Preserve, putting you just over two hours away from one of the most popular Outer Banks NC Beaches, and proves that by choosing “Lifestyle Redefined at Belmont Lake Preserve, “once you are here…you’re never to far from there!”




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With over $10 million already invested into the spectacular 1,400 acre North Carolina golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, the Maryland-based, Halle Companies, continues in its beautification and expansion of the Rocky Mount property. The most recent part of the expansion plan is the Villas at Belmont Lake, an 83-home development aimed to suit the needs of Northeast transplants as well as commuters to Rocky Mount and current residents nearing retirement or getting ready to Retire in NC.

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The outdoor swimming pool at the BLP Community Clubhouse

A recent article penned by Rocky Mount Telegram staff writer, Corey Davis, detailed the optimism shared by both the Halle Companies and the support and appreciation shown by the surrounding Rocky Mount community in speaking of Halle’s investment in the property to date and the further expansion of Belmont Lake Preserve giving people even more reason to Retire in NC.

Halle Companies assistant vice president, Eric Rifkin, spoke with the reporter on a variety of topics, beginning with the Villas at Belmont Lake and how the company is trying to help give a boost to the housing market across the entire area. “It’s going to be patio homes or ranch-style homes going into that subdivision (the Villas). We’re not going to be building 83 homes at one time…we’re going to build as buyers come.” Rifkin went on to say, “After the lots are completed, we’re hoping sales will start to pick up in the area. We understand that Rocky Mount doesn’t have a lot of sales every year…and our biggest goal will continue to be driving traffic and driving sales in the area.”

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A spectacular over head shot of Belmont Lake Golf Club

Rocky Mount Mayor, David Combs, also spoke in the Telegram piece, detailing the positive impact that the Halle Companies purchase has had and that he foresees it continuing to have on the local community. “They’ve made major investments here and they’re going to keep investing in Rocky Mount,” Mayor Combs said. “They’re adding to the tax base by building homes and building lots.” He concluded, “From a city perspective, as Belmont continues to develop, its like new industry coming here.”

Later in the article, Rifkin shared in the Mayor’s optimistic take on great things that lie ahead for the community and spoke of the continued beautification of Belmont Lake driving both locals and commuters in addition to those relocating from out of state to want to come to Rocky Mount to Retire in NC.

“We have a beautiful piece of property and we hear a lot of things going on potentially downtown that is extremely reinvigorating for the area,” Rifkin stated. “We hope since there are people living in the Triangle and commuting to companies like Pfizer, Cummins, and Honeywell that they will start to look at Belmont Lake Preserve and see that they can drive five minutes and be back home in this beautiful community.” He concluded, “We’re definitely trying to capture those people.”

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Delicious crab cakes one of the signature dishes at the Main Course at Belmont restaurant

Since being purchased by the Halle Companies, Belmont Lake Preserve, has under gone an incredible face lift, catching the eye of baby boomers across the nation who are looking to Retire in NC as they were recently named by “Where to Retire” Magazine among its prestigious annual list of the Top 50 Master Planned Communities in the United States.

Among the vast improvements seen at Belmont Lake since the Halle purchase is the gorgeous, new, 12,000 square foot Community Clubhouse, complete with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a state-of-the-art gym and training facility, and dining and hosting facilities. Equally as impressive, is the Golf Clubhouse, complete with a full pro shop facility, an on site PGA professional available for instruction, and one of the top rated restaurants in the area, The Main Course at Belmont, serving a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu seven days a week.

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The pro shop at the BLP Golf Clubhouse

Adjacent to golf clubhouse is yet another investment that may entice many to Retire in NC at Belmont Lake, the Belmont Lake Golf Club. A David Johnson Golf Design 18-hole championship course, Belmont Lake has been named to the “Top 100 to Play” in the state of North Carolina and proves to be a fun, yet challenging course for golfers of all skill sets.

For more on Belmont Lake Preserve including available homes, floor plans, and full details on all the incredible on site amenities, visit www.belmontlakepreserve.com .