Tornadoes are still on my mind, with the one-year anniversary of the 25 tornadoes hitting NC last year and the recent tornado destruction throughout the Midwest. Of course, this leads me to think how we can prepare for such a disaster in our own home. Remember how I really want one of these in our garage:

Above ground storm shelter from


Well, the hubs thinks I’m both kidding and crazy. He’s half right. (kidding) I do really want this and I don’t think it’s crazy. He reminds me that when we first moved here, he really wanted a basement. I remind him that the basement was intended for a “man cave” not a tornado shelter, so it got crossed of the list. Little did we know…

However, for those of you looking to move here, I wanted to let you know there are homes with basements. Not a lot, but they do exist. Hence, this week’s Dream House pick is:

104 Durington Place, Cary 27518/ photo captured from


104 Durington Place, Cary, NC 27518 is located in the very beautiful neighborhood of Wellington Place.  With 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and over 2,700 sft this house is a steal at $256,500. (That’s only $92/sft!) Plus, this house includes an unfinished, walk-out basement. Awesome!

Wellington Place is a great neighborhood. There is a pool, tennis courts, lake, and you are within walking distance to a Lowe’s Foods (and other stores, including an ABC liquor store:)). You would also be living next door to Marla Dorrel Park, known to locals as Kids Together Park.


Marla Dorrel/Kids Together is one of the biggest and grandest parks in the Town. We love it! Even more exciting, it connects to the Hinshaw Greenway, which leads to MacDonald Woods Park (located near this Dream House pick in Pirate’s Cove). Seriously, can you imagine living within walking distance of this park! So fun!

Wellington Place is also totally convenient because just down Tryon Rd. is the Crossroads Shopping Plaza, or you could just turn up SW Cary Parkway, and you have access to Hwy 1 and all of the shopping/businesses on Kildaire Farm Road. Seriously, this neighborhood is in a great location.

It does, however, have one huge drawback. The northern end of the neighborhood is edged by power lines. Humongous power-lines. 104 Durington Place is not on this end- You’re nowhere near them. (Trust me, I wouldn’t pick a house with power-lines in the backyard.)

Big house, good value, great location…and it comes with a basement. What do you think about this house?