Residents Choose Briar Chapel for Green Building and Outdoor Amenities

Chapel Hill, NC (Oct. 3, 2013) – Newland Communities’ Briar Chapel, a new-home community located just south of downtown Chapel Hill, N.C., is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Founded in 2008 with the intentional design to inhabit the land without inhibiting its true nature, Briar Chapel is home to more than 400 residents and is the largest community in the Triangle to require each builder to comply with stringent green building standards.

“Briar Chapel was designed to ensure connections among neighbors and friends and to provide an opportunity for many types of families to form a community,” said Shannon McSwiney, MIRM, regional marketing director, Newland Communities. “Overwhelmingly, our residents rate the ability to enjoy the outdoors at home as the number one factor of their new-home decision, so our goal is to provide opportunities for our residents to appreciate preserved nature and wildlife right here in their neighborhood.”

Upon completion, Briar Chapel will encompass 1,589 mixed-use acres, including approximately 2,400 single-family and multi-family homes, approximately 500,000 square feet of retail and office spaces and close to 900 acres of green space that includes community gardens, 20 planned parks and up to 24 miles of pedestrian trails.

From its inception, the community has also been focused on making a positive impact through charitable contributions. Throughout the past five years, Briar Chapel has donated approximately $200,000 toward local organizations dedicated to education, art, green building and health and wellness. The Abundance Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of sustainable energy usage and local food consumption, is one of Briar Chapel’s charitable partners.

“Through annual events such our Earth Day celebration and Pepper Festival, Briar Chapel has given us a great deal of support over the years by providing a beautiful venue that aligns with our mission and helping us raise much needed funding,” said Tami Schwerin, executive director, The Abundance Foundation. “We are grateful for the shared vision and partnership we have with Briar Chapel.”

On the morning of Oct. 3, media are invited to celebrate Briar Chapel’s fifth anniversary with an aerial tour of the community’s progress via hot air balloon and a preview of the Sixth Annual Pepper Festival to be held on Oct. 6. For more information or to confirm attendance, contact Margot Horgan at or (919) 412-4317.

About Briar Chapel by Newland Communities®
Briar Chapel is a new-home community in Chapel Hill, N.C. As the largest green community in the Triangle, Briar Chapel offers a healthier way of life through 900 acres of preserved space, 24 miles of hiking and biking trails, two community gardens, and more than 20 parks. Briar Chapel fosters neighbor interactions through its design and amenities, including the LEED Silver certified Briar Club, pools and a waterpark, fitness facilities, outdoor art and two on-site schools. The Briar Chapel Information Center is located at 16 Windy Knoll Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. For more information, call (888) 249-9429.

About Newland Real Estate Group, LLC
Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 40 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company’s mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, actively owns, operates and develops premier residential master-planned, commercial, retail, and urban mixed-use real estate across the U.S. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states. For more information, visit

NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability-conscious master planned communities across the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Va., and SEKISUI HOUSE is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. For more information, visit

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