December 10, 2023

Custom homes promising comfort, quality craftsmanship & a prestigious lifestyle in Montvale at Copperleaf, a welcoming Cary, NC community.
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Montvale in Cary, NC, captures the essence of upscale living within the dynamic and growing Research Triangle region.

With its stately homes and serene landscape, the community offers an attractive setting for families and professionals alike.

The Evolution of Montvale

The development of Montvale reflects Cary's growth from a sleepy railroad town to a bustling suburb known for high living standards.

This community benefits from the meticulous design choices by reputable builders who have shaped its luxury landscape.

Notable Builders in Montvale

Behind every home in Montvale is a builder’s signature—a testament to quality, style, and commitment. Let's meet the masterminds shaping this community's prestigious profile.

Hurst Home Company

  • Hurst Home Company is known for its intuitive and natural designs that blend indoor and outdoor living seamlessly. Since 1985, they have built a reputation for working with seasoned artisans, showcasing workmanship with timeless appeal.

Upright Builders

  • Upright Builders has a focus on crafting homes with meticulous attention to detail. Their designs encourage comfortable living spaces that maintain a balance between aesthetics and functionality.

ICG Homes

  • ICG Homes, led by CEO Ryan Perry, brings integrity, quality, and vision to Montvale at Copperleaf. They work closely with homebuyers to create personalized dwellings starting from the $700s, emphasizing spaces of 3,000+ square feet that incorporate appealing outdoors for recreational opportunities.

Poythress Homes

  • Poythress Homes is a staple in the community for creating residences that reflect precision and personalized touch. They are celebrated for their dedication to homeowners' visions and crafting spaces that echo elegance.

Hurst Home Company

  • Returning to Hurst Home Company, it's important to note their legacy of collaboration with skilled craftspeople has been a cornerstone of their building philosophy, aiming to create more than houses, but homes filled with a sense of warmth and belonging.

Ange Signature Homes

  • Ange Signature Homes excels in creating high-end custom homes that exhibit luxury and innovation. Their commitment to craftsmanship ensures each home is distinct and made to the exacting standards of their clientele.

Wagoner Custom Homes

  • Wagoner Homes focuses on tailored construction processes, ensuring homeowners receive a product that is as unique as their individual desires. With a keen eye for detail, Wagoner brings dreams to reality.

Scott Daves Construction

  • Scott Daves Construction is distinguished for constructing homes that stand the test of time. Their work balances traditional methods with modern demands, promising a home that is both functional and enduring.

Upton & Co.

  • Upton & Co. prides itself on creating homes recognized for their sophistication and exceptional quality. Their experienced team works to deliver on the promise of a home that not only meets but exceeds expectations.

Exclusive Amenities for Residents

Life in Montvale is about enjoying the finer things. The community offers easy access to greenways, local parks, and is just a short trip from the area’s cultural and recreational facilities.

Dining Near Montvale

Residents and visitors of Montvale have the culinary world at their fingertips with an array of restaurants in Cary. Whether you're looking for a casual bite or a fine dining experience, there's something to satisfy every palate.

Family-Friendly and Casual Eats

Enjoy a variety of restaurants that cater to all ages and tastes, offering delicious meals that feel like home in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Montvale's proximity to Cary's vibrant restaurant scene means you're never too far from a gastronomic adventure.

Here's a curated list of top restaurants in the Cary area, grouped by category with brief descriptions and recommendations:

American Fare

  • Doherty's Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • A lively spot known for its American-Irish fusion and vibrant bar scene. With rave reviews for both its food and atmosphere, Doherty's is ideal for a casual meal or a pint with friends.
  • Recommendation: Try their fish and chips or shepherd's pie for an authentic taste of Ireland.
  • Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
  • This restaurant has garnered a reputation for delivering classic Southern comfort food with a twist.
  • Recommendation: Do not miss the famous fried chicken or the extensive selection of local beers.

Italian Delights

  • Colletta - Cary, NC
  • A modern Italian eatery celebrating the joy of shared dishes and robust flavors. Reviewers appreciate the fresh, artisanal ingredients and the contemporary twist on Italian classics.
  • Recommendation: Sample their wood-fired pizzas or the creative pasta dishes.

Social Dining

  • Leo's Italian Social - Park West Village
  • Offers a blend of lively ambiance and Italian fare. It's the go-to spot for those looking to socialize over delicious cuisine.
  • Recommendation: Enjoy their social plates and the house specialty cocktails.


  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Known for its exceptional service and sizzling steaks, this upscale chain restaurant is a mainstay for carnivores.
  • Recommendation: Splurge on a signature steak, like the filet, and pair it with one of their classic sides.

Mexican Cuisine

  • A’Verde Cocina and Tequila Library
  • Offers a modern and flavorful take on Mexican cuisine with a variety of dishes that keep diners coming back.
  • Recommendation: Indulge in the flaming fajita plate or pork belly tacos for a bold flavor experience.

Southern Specialties

  • Dame’s Chicken & Waffles - Cary
  • A casual cafe that has perfected the art of the fried chicken and waffles combo, earning high praise from locals.
  • Recommendation: Choose a unique schmear to complement your waffles and pair it with the stellar fried chicken.

Italian-American Cuisine

  • Daniel’s Restaurant - Apex
  • Beyond the 27519 boundary but worth the venture for its classic Italian-American cuisine in a slightly upscale ambiance.
  • Recommendation: Start with their focaccia bread and enjoy a hearty plate of penne alla vodka.

New York-Style Pizza

  • Di Fara Pizza Tavern
  • Known for its homage to Brooklyn's iconic pizzeria, Di Fara offers delicious NY-style pizza that delights diners.
  • Recommendation: Order a pizza with generous toppings and pair it with a craft beer.

These recommendations are perfect for both residents and visitors alike, offering a taste of Cary's dynamic and diverse dining scene.

Whether you're in the mood for casual eats or a more formal dining experience, Cary has a restaurant to satisfy every craving.

Seamless Connectivity

Here is an overview of the approximate distances, commute times, and suggested routes to key destinations from the Montvale area:

RDU Airport:

  • Distance: 10 to 15 miles
  • Commute Time: 15 to 25 minutes
  • Ideal Route: Taking NC-540 W and exiting onto Aviation Parkway

Downtown Cary:

  • Distance: 4 to 6 miles
  • Commute Time: 10 to 15 minutes
  • Ideal Route: NC-55 provides a direct route

Downtown Durham:

  • Distance: 15 to 20 miles
  • Commute Time: 20 to 30 minutes
  • Ideal Route: Take NC-540 N and exit to Durham Freeway NC-147 S

Downtown Raleigh:

  • Distance: 17 to 22 miles
  • Commute Time: 25 to 35 minutes
  • Ideal Route: I-40 E is the most straightforward route


  • Distance: 10 to 15 miles
  • Commute Time: 15 to 25 minutes
  • Ideal Route: NC-540 to I-40 E for many RTP destinations

Traffic congestion during rush hours can significantly impact drive times. Using real-time traffic updates and flexible departure times/routes is recommended.

Talking Real Estate in Montvale

As a 17-year veteran in Triangle real estate and 30-year resident, I've come to intimately understand the ins and outs of our communities.

In my experience, Montvale at Copperleaf stands apart for its commitment to quality craftsmanship and customization.

The collaborative building teams here are devoted to realizing homeowners' visions while creating spaces defined by comfort, style, and precision detail.

As founder of the Tim M. Clarke Team, I'm honored to guide buyers and sellers through the process of finding their perfect home in this neighborhood.

For those looking to call Montvale home, I recommend selecting a builder whose specialties align with your lifestyle needs and preferences.

Schedule meetings with our trusted construction partners like Scott Daves, Hurst Home Company, and ICG Homes to discuss how they can bring your dream home to life.

Once settled in the community, be sure to connect with neighbors and get involved in the homeowner's association.

The beauty of Montvale lies not just in its homes but its sense of belonging. By participating in community events and meetings, you'll help preserve the welcoming atmosphere and luxurious landscape that define life here.

With over three decades immersed in the Triangle real estate market,

I've seen countless communities, but none quite compare to the customization and quality intrinsic to Montvale at Copperleaf.

It would be my sincere pleasure to help guide you through the process of buying, living in, or selling a home in this prestigious Cary development. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with questions or for a consultation.

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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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