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Meet Fred & Karen

Fred and Karen Schectman moved to the Bush Creek neighborhood in Fearrington Village in 2006. They built a home that is inspired by the nature that surrounds them.

What persuaded you to move to Fearrington?
Once we retired we knew we wanted to live close to one of our sons and his family who were in Carrboro. We began to look in the Triangle area. Our son took us to Fearrington and we immediately enjoyed the pastoral nature of the area, the quiet, and the sense that we could be folded into the environment.

What about the Bushcreek neighborhood appealed to you when deciding between Fearrington’s neighborhoods?
We had decided to build a new home with features that took advantage of the natural environment through high ceilings, lots of natural light, and a plot of land with lots of trees. Bush Creek offered all of that, and more. The opportunity for vegetable and flower gardening in North Carolina is amazing and lasts virtually twelve months a year. Karen is out in the gardens daily, encouraging baby plants and pulling weeds.

What do you love most about Fearrington?
We both appreciate the quiet and the sense that we have left behind the hustle and bustle of city life once we enter the community. (We do, however, really appreciate the wild parties every once in awhile in the neighborhood.) When we first moved here we did not know about the numerous and varied interest groups that are available to those of us who live here. Only after we were here awhile did it become apparent that we could be busy, learning something, doing something, or serving others in the community morning, noon and night. Both of us have become involved with and are big supporters of Fearrington Cares, helping our neighbors, making friends, and planning for the future.

What is one of your fond memories of living at Fearrington?
Even before we moved here, when we were visiting from Kansas to check on the building progress of our new home, one of the realtors arranged for us to meet some Fearringtonians who went beyond any reasonable expectations by inviting us to a party at their home to meet other friends. Also, as the house was being built, we arrived one day to find a welcome and invitation to the home of fellow Kansans who lived around the corner from our home. What wonderful ways to welcome us and create memories. Karen says, “Go KU!” Fred says, “Go UNC!”

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