Copperleaf Developer Photo

The Partners
Mike Ruth and Jim Brandewie are both long-time respected leaders in the Triangle’s real estate industry; experienced in developing, building and marketing custom homes. This is where they make their homes and raise their families. They are committed to preserving the feel and value of the communities that make this area so desirable – places where you and your family will be proud to live, play and prosper.
In 2014, the Copperleaf Development Team was pleased to affiliate with the developers of a beautiful piece of land directly to the north of Copperleaf. The result is our newest phase Copperleaf Glen which is a natural extension of Cary’s best selling luxury home community and will offer homes crafted by two of the Triangle’s most accomplished builders, Robuck Design Build and Future Homes by Jim Thompson.
Our Team Developers headerCopperleaf Properties was formed by partners Jim Brandewie and Mike Ruth specifically to develop Copperleaf’s unique potential.

In 2000, the Town of Cary instituted the Southwest Area Plan which “emphasizes environmental protection, lower density and preservation of rural land patterns”. Here the partners saw an opportunity to develop the kind of neighborhood that was truly out of the ordinary. Copperleaf would provide large homesites in an idyllic setting and access to the American Tobacco Trail and Cary parks and greenways planned for this part of town.

Copperleaf became the first neighborhood to be approved by the town of Cary in the Southwest Area. It is that shared vision of the Town and the Derby Downs partners that we’re proud to bring you today.