Marti and Kirk Leone bought 112 acres of land south of downtown Raleigh, NC in 2001. Kirk and Marti worked alongside each other, Kirk as a developer and Marti as a real estate agent. The Leones purchased the land intending to develop it, but instead fell in love with the wooded scenery. They built their dream home and began to raise a family. They later used the vast property and barn to start a business boarding horses.