Durham, North Carolina is a fast-growing city, and Forest Hills serves as a long sought-after area to live just a mile outside of the burgeoning downtown area. Nestled in the heart of Forest Hills, Pinecrest will be a beautiful, walkable neighborhood worthy of its historic setting.
Our aim is to create a community of the highest quality and to respect and enhance the value, quality of life and classic architectural character of Forest Hills. We are drawing inspiration from the Pinecrest property itself, including the sprawling greenery and tree canopy, while seeking to create a remarkable community concept with high quality homes that seamlessly complement nearby residences and communities.
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The images below are the concept boards of homes, gardens and greenspaces utilized while developing the Pinecrest community concept.
About the Property
A pillar of the Durham community, the late Duke University heiress and philanthropist Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans lived on the 15-acre Pinecrest estate for many years until her passing in 2012.
Mary’s son, James D.B.T. Semans, and his wife, Margaret Rich, inherited the property. Facing high property taxes and considerable expenses associated with maintaining the historic property and grounds, the Semans family made the difficult decision to sell the property. They deliberately launched an in-depth, two-year search to find the right developer who would honor the family’s legacy and maintain the property’s integrity.
Support From The Durham Community
These testimonials speak to Phillip Clark Builders’ commitment to historical preservation, excellence in design and craftsmanship and support from the Durham, North Carolina, community.
“The Forest Hills neighborhood and Pinecrest are valued and important historic places in land use policies and decisions that affect or are important to Preservation Durham and our members. We have studied the issues, toured the property several times and have met with the developers. We’ve heard from neighbors who both support and oppose the development on various aspects of it. We are pleased that the development plan commits to preserving the historic structures and pays for it with an infill density of less than four units per acre.”
April Johnson, Executive Director, Preservation Durham
“Phillip Clark Builders is committed to quality. Quality site planning, architecture, materials and construction are paramount. I am pleased that Clark’s plan preserves the Pinecrest estate as a place.”