February 16, 2024

Tim Clarke

Discover Chessington. Nestled in the Research Triangle, it offers a suburban lifestyle, top-rated schools and a quick commute to Raleigh and Durham.

Nestled in the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle region, the Chessington community provides residents with a peaceful suburban lifestyle just minutes from the thriving cities of Raleigh and Durham.

Located within the southwestern side of the town of Morrisville, Chessington offers access to top-rated schools, family-friendly amenities, and a quick commute to the area's abundant job opportunities.

A Brief History of Chessington

The Chessington neighborhood traces its roots back to the early 2000s, when local developer Tim Evans purchased 248 acres of land off McCrimmon Parkway.

Evans envisioned building an upscale community catering to professionals working in the Research Triangle Park area.

Home construction in Chessington began in 2008, with the first residents moving in shortly after.Over the next few years, Chessington blossomed into a sought-after suburban community.

By 2012, over 400 homes had been built by developers like Beazer, DR Horton, and Tim Evans Signature Homes. Home prices typically ranged from the mid 300,000s to over 1 million.

The community filled with professionals drawn by the high-performing schools, easy access to major highways, and abundance of parks and amenities.

Notable Neighborhoods and Features

The Chessington community consists of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own architectural style:

McCrimmon Park

The McCrimmon Park section features luxury single-family homes built by Tim Evans Signature Homes. Homes have an elegant Craftsman-style exterior and range from 3,500 to over 4,000 square feet.

Wyndfall Creek

Wyndfall Creek includes patio homes and townhouses built by DR Horton. Homes have a more traditional suburban look and range from 1,800 to 2,800 square feet.

Bexley Village

Bexley Village consists of single-family homes built in a neo-traditional style by Beazer Homes. Homes are more moderately priced and range from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet.

No matter which neighborhood they live in, Chessington residents enjoy amenities like the 15-acre community park, swimming pool, tennis courts, and walking trails.

The community is centered around a tree-lined boulevard with charming street lamps adding to the upscale ambiance.

Top Things to Do in Chessington

While Chessington offers a peaceful residential setting, residents still enjoy convenient access to dining, shopping, and recreation.

McCrimmon Park

The focal point of the community is the 15-acre McCrimmon Park. Here residents can enjoy playgrounds, athletic fields, walking trails, and a large swimming pool.

The park hosts community events like movie nights and concerts during the warmer months.

Triangle Rock Club

For indoor adventure, the Triangle Rock Club offers rock climbing walls, yoga classes, camps for kids, and more. It's located right in the Chessington community, so residents can walk over for a climbing session.

Open Arts Studio

Kids can explore dance, art, music, and acting classes at this creative arts studio in Chessington. Classes nurture creativity in an inclusive environment.

RDU Airport Observation Park

Aviation enthusiasts of all ages enjoy watching planes take off and land at this observation park located just 5 miles from Chessington.

Top Restaurants Near Chessington

The Chessington area offers an array of dining options from fast casual to fine dining. Here are top picks for restaurants near the community:

Carmen's Cuban Cafe

This lively cafe serves authentic Cuban cuisine like ropa vieja and mojitos in a tropical setting. Great for a fun night out.

Hyderabad House

Considered the best Indian restaurant in the Triangle, Hyderabad House is known for its sizzling kebabs and extensive vegetarian options.

Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant

Located right in the heart of Chessington, this neighborhood favorite serves made-to-order Mexican dishes like fajitas and chili verde.

Cafe Tiramisu

For a special occasion, this upscale Italian restaurant offers a romantic setting and dishes like seafood risotto and filet mignon.

City Barbeque

This fast casual spot offers classic barbecue fare like pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, and smoked chicken. Family-friendly with quick service.

Convenient Location

One of Chessington's biggest perks is its convenient location nestled between Raleigh and Durham off Highway 540.

  • Downtown Raleigh is a quick 15-minute drive north
  • Downtown Durham is less than 20 minutes southwest
  • RDU International Airport is less than 10 miles away - just a 15 minute drive

Commuters can easily access major employers like SAS Institute, Cisco, and Research Triangle Park. Whether traveling for work or play, Chessington offers easy access to the entire Triangle region.

Nearby Healthcare and Education

Families moving to Chessington will find top-rated schools and healthcare facilities nearby:

  • Elementary: Highcroft Drive Elementary (A+ rating)
  • Middle School: Mills Park Middle (A+ rating)
  • High School: Panther Creek High (A+ rating)
  • Duke Health Center at Brier Creek - 5 miles away
  • Rex Hospital - 8 miles away
  • WakeMed Cary Hospital - 5 miles away

The exceptional Morrisville schools as well as proximity to premier healthcare make Chessington highly attractive to families.

Why Make Chessington Your Home?

As Tim M. Clarke, a local real estate professional and Chessington resident myself, I highly recommend the Chessington community for families or professionals looking for resort-style amenities, excellent schools, and convenience.

The natural beauty and family-friendly vibe make Chessington feel like a vacation destination every day.I suggest newcomers check out the walking trails at McCrimmon Park or take a dip in the pool on a hot summer day.

For dining, you can't go wrong with neighborhood favorite Mi Cancun or venturing to downtown Raleigh for a night out.As your local real estate advisor, I'm here to provide insider tips and expertise about life in Chessington.

My in-depth knowledge of the schools, amenities, and market can help you make the most informed decision for your home purchase or sale.

I've seen firsthand what a fantastic place this is to call home. Reach out anytime to learn more about joining the Chessington community!

Tim M. Clarke

About the author

17 years as a Realtor in the Research Triangle, Tim seeks to transform the Raleigh-Durham real estate scene through a progressive, people-centered approach prioritizing trust & transparency.

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