The 230-acre subdivision will include about 140 homes priced between $300,000 and $399,999, but instead of a clubhouse, tennis courts, or golf course, Wetrock Farm will feature its own 15-acre fruit and vegetable farm. The farm will be owned and managed by Wetrock Resources, so homeowners will not be expected to maintain the crops. “Weekly deliveries of produce would be included in their HOA dues,” said Rick Bagel, one of the project developers.
Additional neighborhood amenities for Wetrock Farm include a fitness center, walking trails, and more than 100 acres of preserved open space and forests.
The First of its Kind
Wetrock Farm is the first conservation subdivision of its kind in North Carolina. Bagel graduated from Duke University in 2008 where he worked as a land development coordinator. He then moved to Florida to work on his MBA. “I wrote the original business plan for Wetrock Farm during my time at Miami,” he said. “The recovery of the real estate market combined with the momentum behind the local food movement has presented an opportune moment to bring the concept to market.”
Bagel and his partners have already contracted to buy the land, located at 7001 N. Roxboro Road and are working through the site plan review with the Durham City/County Planning Department. “There really is no alternative for people who want something different in a master-planned community,” Bagel said. “Wetrock is an attractive alternative. I don’t think the local food trend is going away, especially in Durham.”
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