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July
13

Doggy Daycare Options in the Triangle

Raleigh pets

Looking for doggy daycare here in the Triangle? Our real estate agents can help you find it!

Whether you're looking at Raleigh homes for sale or homes in other area communities, it's no secret that many of our customers love their dogs. When it's time to compare all of the property options, an ample backyard for Fido to enjoy is often a key consideration.

Sooner or later, though, you might find that you need to travel and you aren't able to bring your beloved pooch. Airfare for dogs can be very expensive, and some road trips are just too long for them. And if you happen to be traveling by bus or Amtrak, not all vehicles are equipped to have them on board.

Likewise, boarding options might come in handy if you are selling your home in Raleigh. While lots of people love pets, they may not want them underfoot during a showing. And you never know if your prospective buyers may have an allergy to dogs or even a phobia.

Let's take a look at just a few of the many comfortable options available:

  • Dog Holiday Resort – 830 L Purser Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Dog Holiday Resort is open regular hours to help pets with lots of energy stay engaged while you're on your trip. Curbside service is available, and the facility is held to the highest sanitary standards. All dogs are welcome, from pups to seniors – simply disclose any special needs to get the appropriate attention.

  • Dog Tales – 1204 Patterson Road, Durham, NC 27704
    For dog daycare near Durham homes for sale, check out Dog Tales. Dogs who visit here are kept safe and comfortable, fed according to your exact instructions, and have medications administered at no extra cost. Safe and fun playgroup sessions are held daily, and you'll also receive regular updates.

  • Knightdale Pet Resort – 7633 Knightdale Boulevard, Knightdale, NC 27545
    For a dog daycare option near Knightdale homes for sale, many pet owners look to their local name: Knightdale Pet Resort. Dogs and cats are both welcome here and are looked after according to best practices in pet care. With these local animal behavior experts, your pet is in good and safe hands.

  • Canine Country Club and Pet Hotel – 8320 Litchford Road, Suite #118, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Canine Country Club and Pet Hotel is the place that promises to treat your pet like one of the family. This highly reputed local business not only looks after dogs, but it also provides grooming, boarding, and training. All of its add-on services can be performed while your dog is enjoying doggy daycare in Raleigh.

  • Audrey's Barkyard – 3129 Heritage Trade Drive Unit #104, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Promising love, experience, and care for all of your favorite canine friends, Audrey's Barkyard is a top pick for reliable doggy daycare near Wake Forest homes for sale. Audrey's offers a full suite of pet care services including boarding for dogs and cats, pet grooming, dog training, and pet fostering.

Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities here in the Triangle.

July
6

Historical Restaurants Around Raleigh

Raleigh restaurants

Looking for a culinary adventure right here in your own Raleigh neighborhood?

Our real estate agents can help you find it!

Raleigh homes for sale are set in a vibrant and picturesque city that's full of history. Explore a bit, and you'll discover some amazing stories. That's just as true of the thriving culinary scene. 

Raleigh's own "home-cooked" restaurant brands often have captivating histories of their own. When they're situated right in a historic building, that makes the ambiance even better. No matter if you're the world's biggest foodie or a history buff for the ages, you can have a satisfying experience.

Here's just a little taste of some of the best historical restaurants Raleigh has to offer:

  • Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern – 330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Located in the historic Dodd-Hinsdale House (completed 1879), Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern is a thrilling combination of history, atmosphere, and gourmet cuisine. A rich, seasonal menu showcases local produce and ingredients, while the wine list is second to none. There's even an attached tavern – a lively spot for refreshment after work that functions as a "restaurant within a restaurant."

  • 42nd Street Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill – 508 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    42nd Street Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill is a famous landmark restaurant that attracts visitors from all over the United States. From humble beginnings all the way back in 1931, it was once a simple grocery store that focused on oysters and draft beer. In 1987, it experienced a resurgence under the leadership of new owner Thad Eure, Jr., whose partners continue to lead it as a top seafood selection.

  • Poole's – 426 South McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Poole's bills itself as a modern take on comfort food, reimagining the classics with "creative, simple offerings, carefully executed." With a legacy that stretches all back to a 1945 founder's inspiration by Winston Churchill, it has recently returned to its diner roots under Executive Chef Ashley Christensen. You'll be surrounded by retro-chic charm as you savor hearty foods and a full selection of dessert pies.

  • Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs – 214 South White Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Lots of places have "Famous" in the name, but Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs can point to more than 100 years as one of North Carolina's leaders in the classic American hot dog. Around since 1916, it pairs its dogs with good conversation and an intriguing history all within a short drive of Wake Forest homes for sale. Still led by the same family, it also has a range of sandwiches and burgers "grilled to perfection" and topped with all of your fresh favorites.

  • Clyde Cooper's BBQ – 327 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Clyde Cooper's BBQ first made its mark back in 1938 and has been bringing in the crowds ever since. Recently announcing extended hours in response to rising demand, it is often open until the evening, sometimes running out of food early. Clyde Cooper's massive portions of smoky, satisfying meat are intended for dinner tonight and breakfast and lunch the next day, so you'll never go hungry.

Contact us to find out more about North Carolina real estate today.

June
8

Cafes With Fantastic Iced Coffee in the Triangle

Iced Coffee Raleigh

When you're looking at the best of Raleigh homes for sale, it's not out of the ordinary to want a refreshing iced coffee to keep your energy going strong. Our real estate agents are big fans of an iced brew, with or without an accompanying donut or sandwich – and you have many options.

Aside from all the familiar chain restaurants you know and love, you'll also find many unique coffee shops, bakeries, and roasteries here in the Triangle. It's just one more part of this innovative area's unique startup culture, which has helped introduce the whole nation to ideas born in Raleigh.

Let's drop in and visit with some of your many options in and around Raleigh:

  • 42 & Lawrence – 134 East Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    42 & Lawrence is a historic spot lauded for its tasty and inspiring seasonal beverages – everything from the "Lemon Zing" to the "Eggnog Latte," the "Butterscotch Gingerbread Latte," and the classic "Peppermint Mocha." Any coffee drink on the menu can be served iced, and there's always something new to try. A full selection of cookies, croissants, and more round out the offerings.

  • Sir Walter Coffee – 242 South Main Street, Suite 118, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    With two nearby locations including one near Holly Springs homes for sale, you're never far from the popular Sir Walter Coffee. It's probably best known for "The Walter Raleigh," which mixes in mocha syrup, simple syrup, and cold brew. It is all shaken with a big dollop of heavy cream and silky smooth vanilla. If you just can't get away from work, you can also order your coffee drink of choice for delivery from either the Holly Springs or Raleigh shop.

  • Crema and More – 421 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
    Found within the palatial, skyline-defining confines of One Bank of America Plaza, Crema and More is the engine that keeps many local business owners going strong. In addition to the chai latte, frappe, hot chocolate, and other favorites, you can enjoy a double scoop of ice cream on a homemade waffle cone or chow down on your choice of more than a dozen delicious deli sandwiches, including vegetarian options.

  • Jubala Coffee – 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Jubala Coffee is available from three Raleigh locations and has made a name for itself with its delectable coffees and expansive menu of sandwiches, sweet biscuits, and waffles. Flash brewing over ice is the house style for iced coffee, and it pairs well with the fruit-based "liege waffles" prepared with special pearl sugar. Hot, pressed sandwiches featuring Boulted Bread will leave you feeling ready for the day.

  • BOLT Drinks and Coffee – 400 East Broad Street, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
    Recently celebrating the grand opening of its new location near Fuquay Varina homes for sale you can find BOLT Drinks and Coffee all throughout the Raleigh area. Aside from the iced coffee, you might wish to try one of BOLT's signature chilled energy drinks. These fruity, flavor-forward concoctions include blends like the blue raspberry and lime "Blue Skies," "Hurricane," "Cyclone," "Volcano," "Wapple Monsoon," and "Triple Threat."

Looking for a home near your favorite cafe? Contact us to learn more about real estate opportunities here in the Triangle.

June
1

Summer Learning: Museums in the Triangle

Raleigh Museums

Regarded by many as the birthplace of aviation, North Carolina is packed with historical sites and grand museums. Some of the best of these are only minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, right in the heart of the Triangle. History buffs will love it, and there are plenty of options for kids and families, too.

Our real estate agents know that it's easy to have a fun and educational time in the Raleigh area, no matter if you're visiting or moving in to stay. Let's look at just a few of the many high-quality museums you can explore when you are in the local area this summer:

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest natural history museum in the southeast and features four floors of exhibits, displays, live animals, gift shops, and cafes. You'll want to make time for both the Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center!

  • North Carolina Museum of History – 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The collection at the North Carolina Museum of History spans more than 150,000 artifacts and some 14,000 years of North Carolina history. With many dozens of rotating displays at any given time, you can zoom in on whichever era of the state's past most fascinates you.

  • North Carolina Museum of Art – 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
    You could spend the whole day at the North Carolina Museum of Art and still not see everything in more than a dozen galleries. From an initial collection of just 139 objects, it now encompasses a wide range of international artworks.

  • CAM Raleigh – 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    CAM Raleigh is the foremost art and design museum in the area and prides itself on an ever-changing experience that truly defies description. Weekly tours start at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the Creation Station. A whole fleet of local food trucks visits CAM every First Friday.

  • Marbles Kids Museum – 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Brimming with interactive experiences that bring "purposeful play" to kids aged one to 11, Marbles Kids Museum has dozens of things to do – not to mention that kids' museum classic, the giant IMAX screen. The staff will be glad to host your birthday party or other special events!

  • City of Raleigh Museum – 220 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The City of Raleigh Museum – also known as the COR Museum – is located in one of the city's oldest structures, the 1874 Briggs Building. Group tours are available with advance notice, and admission is always free. No matter the season, the focus is on the past, present, and future of Raleigh.

  • Raleigh Fire Museum – 105 Keeter Center Drive, Raleigh, NC 27601
    You'll need to take care to visit the Raleigh Fire Museum, open on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 in the afternoon. Tucked within an unassuming spot at the Raleigh Fire Department's Training Center, it features antique fire engines and plenty of vintage department memorabilia.

Contact us to discover more of what Raleigh and the Triangle have to offer.

May
25

Where to Order BBQ Near Raleigh

Raleigh BBQ

There is nothing quite like classic Carolina BBQ, and there is no better place to find it than right here in the heart of North Carolina. Raleigh has so many legendary BBQ joints where you can find top-of-the-line pulled pork, brisket, or ribs topped with a classic smoky yet sweet Carolina BBQ sauce.

Our real estate agents are always recommending great BBQ destinations to our clients. Want a taste of what the area has to offer? Check out these local spots!

  • The Pit Authentic BBQ - 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Dig into some delicious pit-smoked pork or some Texas-style beef brisket at The Pit Authentic BBQ. With delicious meat and tasty sauces served in a renovated 1930s meatpacking warehouse, you can have the true BBQ experience. If you want to live nearby, check out some of these Raleigh homes for sale just a few miles away.

  • Chop Shop BBQ And Grill - 210 E Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609
    Enjoy huge portions of delicious smoked meat and classic southern cuisine at this low-key BBQ joint. Chop Shop BBQ started as a food truck at the NC State Fairgrounds and turned into one of the very best BBQ restaurants in Raleigh in 2018. Enjoy a signature BBQ sandwich or platter paired with some unique sauces.

  • Big Al's BBQ - 950 Gateway Commons Cir, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Not only does Big Al's serve some fantastic smoked meats, but they also have some of the most unique flavors of BBQ sauce in Raleigh. Sure, they have all the traditional flavors, but you'll also find peach, blackberry, and even cinnamon barbeque sauce. All-in-all they have over a dozen sauces. Excellent meat and creative sauces combined with friendly service and southern hospitality, and you have one of Raleigh's best BBQ joints.

  • Sam Jones BBQ - 502 W Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    You'll find some great wood-fired whole hog BBQ at Sam Jones. This family-owned restaurant serves 7 different BBQ platters, including chopped BBQ, slow-cooked chicken, smoked turkey, and spare ribs. Don't forget to try a piece of their delicious Skylight Inn style cornbread.

  • The Blue Note Grill - 709 Washington St, Durham, NC 27701
    Want to enjoy your BBQ with a side of live music? The Blue Note Grill is the place for you! Situated in the downtown Durham historic Central Park District, you'll enjoy fantastic BBQ ribs from their full-service restaurant while listening to talented local musicians. Both the food and the venue itself have won numerous awards, making it a local favorite near Durham homes for sale.

  • Bullock's BBQ - 3330 Quebec Dr, Durham, NC 27705
    When a restaurant has been around since the 1950's you know it has to be good! Offering fantastic BBQ dishes for years, Bullock's BBQ has perfected its craft and has become a local staple in the Durham area. See what all the hype is about and order from their fantastic takeout menu. Or have them cater your next event. 

Easy access to great BBQ dishes is just one of the many great things about living in the Raleigh area. Contact us for more local recommendations.

May
11

Wake County Festivals for Summer Fun

Summer Festivals

Just moved into one of the amazing Raleigh homes for sale? Meet your neighbors and get to know this dynamic area when you attend these wonderful festivals taking place around Wake County this summer.

  • American Dance Festival - Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad St., Durham, NC 27705
    Dancing offers a unique combination of artistic creativity and physical movement. Since 1934, the American Dance Festival provides opportunities for community members to become involved through classes and performances near Durham homes for sale. Their annual summertime "Movies by Movers" festival showcases the relationship between dancing and cinema. Other upcoming events include "Made in North Carolina," a performance of four commissioned dances by North Carolina choreographers. Visit the website for the full schedule and prices.

  • Enofest - West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704
    Have fun while supporting a good cause at the 42nd annual Enofest. This holiday extravaganza of live music, food and beverage, crafts, and outdoor activities raises funds to help preserve the resources of the Eno River basin. In addition to three performance stages, more than 60 craft artisans and numerous food trucks and vendors will be on hand. This year's Enofest takes place on Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4. Admission runs from $10-$450.

  • Raleigh's International Food Festival - City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Put on your stretchy pants and head out to Raleigh's International Food Festival, now in its sixth year. While food may be the main event, the pet-friendly festival celebrates Raleigh's diverse community, culture, and history. More than 30 food and dessert trucks provide a virtual buffet of global flavors where you can find your favorite or try something new. Don't miss the joyous Outdoor International Dance Party! The food fest is scheduled for Sunday, July 4, from noon - 10 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Club Fair - Women's Club of Raleigh, 3300 Women's Club Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612
    Club Fair is so popular that it was decided once a year just isn't enough. On the last Sunday of the month, from May through September, the Women's Club of Raleigh hosts the festival of art, food, and music. The family-friendly event includes plenty of activities for the little ones. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free.

  • GalaxyCon Raleigh - Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Comic books aren't just for kids anymore. Fans of all ages will be gathering at GalaxyCon Raleigh, held downtown at the Convention Center. This year's impressive lineup of celebrity guests includes director Kevin Smith and the cast of Clerks, Tom Welling of Smallville, Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica, and the iconic William Shatner. With sci-fi, anime, fantasy, gaming, and cosplay, there's something for everyone. Mark your calendar from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. Visit the website for hours and ticket prices.

  • Peak City Pig Fest - 210 N. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502
    What's summer without a good BBQ? At Peak City Pig Fest, the mouthwatering smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting all around Apex homes for sale. Over two days, 42 teams will face off in an exciting competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Live music and a beer garden complete this ideal scenario. Hours are Friday, July 22, from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., and Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Our real estate agents can help with any of your questions about life in Wake County. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

April
13

Food Halls in Wake County

Food Halls Wake County

Having trouble deciding where to go for dinner? Head on over to one of Wake County's awesome food halls, where you'll have no shortage of dining options.

Food halls have become an increasingly popular component of most major cities due to the variety of food options they offer. But they also play an important role in the community. Food halls often give local entrepreneurs an easy platform to startup and test new concepts, and some of our best local restaurants today were born out of food halls.

Our real estate agents love checking out all the great dining concepts our local food halls have to offer. Here are the three great food halls you'll want to visit in Wake County:

  • Craften Neighborhood Food and Drink - 706 Money Ct, Suite 101, Knightdale, NC 27545
    Whether you're grabbing dinner or catching the game, Craften Neighborhood Food and Drink is a great local venue with plenty of dining options. Food options include Fiori Pizza, Poblanos Taqueria, The Corner Venezuelan, and Finca Burger, so there is truly something for everyone. There is also plenty of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of TVs around. This food hall has become a neighborhood staple and a great community hangout. The best part is that there are some amazing Knightdale homes for sale just down the road.

  • Morgan Street Food Hall - 11 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Rated one of the top 10 best new food halls in the country in the USAToday's 2019 Readers' Choice Awards, Morgan Street Food Hall is an awesome local amenity. The food hall consists of 22,000 square feet and about 20 dining options, so you're sure to find your new favorite meal. In addition to tacos, burgers, and sandwiches, you'll also find a number of creative concepts like crepes, Thai rolled ice cream, and lobster rolls. There is plenty of indoor seating as well as a nice outdoor patio making it a great place to hang out with friends. The outdoor space is also pet friendly! Looking to host a birthday party or shower? You can even book special events at the food hall.

  • Transfer Co. Food Hall - 500 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Located in the historic Carolina Coach Garage in the Olde East neighborhood, Transfer Co. Food Hall opened in 2019 and is now home to 9 local vendors. Dining options include a bagel shop, empanadas, cookies and ice cream, Indian cuisine, burgers, a burrito shop, and an oyster bar. You can also catch a nice view of downtown Raleigh from the interior seating area or hang out outside as the weather permits. The food hall is constantly expanding, and future plans include a grocery store and an expanded outdoor plaza. Transfer Co. also hosts live music, events, games, and more. After grabbing dinner, you'll want to be sure to check out these nearby Raleigh homes for sale

Food halls make for a great community gathering place, and we're lucky to have some of the country's best in Wake County. For more local recommendations, contact us today.

March
23

Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Durham

Downtown Durham

Exploring a new city on foot gives you the best chance to absorb the wonderful local culture. You also never know what new shops, restaurants, or public art you'll stumble upon.

Our real estate agents always suggest taking a walk around downtown Durham, as it's an excellent way to see everything this beautiful city has to offer. Durham isn't too large, so you won't get too overwhelmed. You can see so many facets of this city in just a couple of hours. Here are a few attractions you should make sure to include on your walking tour:

  • Stop By Central Park
    Start your day with a stop by The Pavilion at Durham's Central Park, where you'll find one of the best farmers markets in the area. More than 50 vendors can be found there serving fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, art, knick-knacks, and more. The market is every Saturday morning in the spring, summer, and fall. After shopping, take a rest on The Great Lawn or have a peaceful stroll through the nearby Butterfly Garden and Nature Trail. 

  • Explore Rigsbee Avenue
    One of the best things about Rigsbee Avenue is it provides some great views of the Durham skyline. There is also tons of green space, so it's an excellent destination to relax in the sun. While you're nearby, check out the Durham Bulls stadium. There are also several great restaurants around Rigsbee, not to mention some spectacular Durham homes for sale.

  • Check Out The American Tobacco Campus
    The former headquarters of the Lucky Strike has been transformed into a great downtown destination with shops, restaurants, and theater space sprawled over 1 million square feet. It's easy to spend a whole day at The American Tobacco Campus. There is also tons of Instagramable-local art, and the space even hosts free live concerts on the lawn during the summer. 

  • Visit The Museum Of Durham History
    If you aren't familiar with Durham's history, a stop by this local museum might be worthwhile. The Museum of Durham History offers rotating exhibits which tell the story of the city's beginnings, economy, politics, and sports. Best of all, admission is free. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.

  • Take A Selfie With "Major"
    "Major" is the city's 10-foot-tall bronze bull statue, which is located at a plaza on W Parrish Street. The bull is a great public art piece and looks spectacular in the evening when the city lights reflect off of the bronze. The bull symbolizes the strong nature of the city of Durham and its residents.

  • Shop At Brightleaf Square
    This quaint, walkable section of town offers a variety of locally-owned retailers, so it's a great place to shop and support Durham's economy. You'll find plenty of gift shops and many opportunities for outdoor dining when the weather permits.

  • Catch A Show At The Carolina Theater
    If you're ready for a break, catch a show at The Carolina Theater. Not only is it an excellent entertainment venue, but the building is also one of the most beautiful in Durham and has a rich history. There is also an outdoor amphitheater, which hosts performances in the spring and summer.

Once you start walking around Durham, it's hard not to fall in love with this wonderful city. If you're interested in checking out some of our wonderful nearby homes, contact us today.

February
23

Fun Places to Take the Kids While Your Home is Being Shown

Raleigh Locations for Family Fun

Our real estate agents are always glad to take your listing to the next level with a full schedule of showings. While virtual showings are more popular than ever before, there are also many buyers enthusiastic about visiting in person. We're glad to oblige to get you the timeline and price you want.

Whenever a home is being shown, it is usually a wise idea for the seller to be out of sight. It's very easy to accommodate this in virtual showings, but it can be a bit more challenging during an in-person showing.

When it comes to Raleigh homes for sale, the best thing is to step out for a little while.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to have family fun with the kids while your home is being shown. In the Raleigh-Durham area, you might only need to drive fifteen minutes to find the right attraction for your family to visit all day. 

Let's check out some of the top options around the Triangle area:

  • Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve – 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518
    Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is one of the most popular parks for kids in the area. It is widely known for its fascinating Eastern Hemlock trees and mountain plant types. Its three miles of carefully maintained nature trails include the scenic Children's Nature Trail ideal for little ones. In the Nature Preserve, families can explore educational exhibits on local nature and history. All of this is just a short drive from Cary homes for sale.

  • Marbles Kids Museum – 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Marbles Kids Museum stands out as one of the best places for kids to enjoy educational IMAX movies in Raleigh-Durham. Its exhibits allow children of all ages to play with purpose. Curated experiences such as the Toddler's Hollow, Treetunes, Stepnotes, and Splash! will delight younger kids. On the second floor, older children can try out the Kid Grid, STEM-osphere, River Playway, and much more.

  • Adventure Landing – 3311 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27604
    Adventure Landing is a popular amusement park that offers a little bit of everything for kids of all ages. It has miniature golf, laser tag, a state-of-the-art video arcade, go-karts on the Adventure Speedway, and even batting cages. Pizza, burgers, and other favorites are available, and you can even book birthdays or other events here. It's a special place for a kid to be a kid right in beautiful downtown Raleigh.

  • Little Doodles Play Cafe –  6548 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612
    Little Doodles Play Cafe combines play and creativity with innovation. The kid-friendly art studio is the centerpiece of the experience, encouraging children to express themselves in a wide variety of fun and funky ways. The indoor playroom is fully equipped with toys for open play alone or in groups. There's even a full snack bar and cafe where parents can get things done while the children have adventures.

  • Museum of Durham History – 500 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
    It's no surprise that the area surrounding Durham homes for sale is full of rich and interesting history. To discover it all, Museum of Durham History was established. You can engage with the past like never before as you interact with the various different exhibits. A dedicated Kids Area features Durham A-Z, which highlights different facets of local life by letter. "L is for Lemur" is the latest exhibit, and who knows what might come up next?

Contact us to find out more about Raleigh-Durham real estate today.

February
16

Recently Opened Restaurants in Raleigh

Raleigh Restaurants

Raleigh's dining scene is like nothing else out there, and our real estate agents know all the highlights.

Raleigh homes for sale are getting plenty of attention in today's market, as are the homes in nearby communities. But when you move, you're not only choosing a house. It's also about finding the right neighborhood – with the amenities and the flavor that will be right for you.

Raleigh-Durham has long been known as one of the culinary capitals of the United States. Many of the top U.S. chefs have gotten their start here. Raleigh sees many new restaurants open every year. From comfort food to the most sophisticated fusion concepts around, there's always something to tempt your taste buds.

Let's visit with some of the most recently opened restaurants near the Raleigh area:

  • La Muñeca Ice Cream – 131 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    La Muñeca Ice Cream offers the authentic flavor of Mexican ice cream, treats, and desserts. Freshly opened in December of 2021, it has quickly made a name for itself with its delicious delicacies. You can sample fresh-made ice cream and enjoy the best customer service in a friendly atmosphere. It's all just a few minutes from Hillsborough homes for sale.

  • Cugino Forno Pizzeria – 800 Taylor Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Located on historic Taylor Street, Cugino Forno Pizzeria gives you a taste of classic Neapolitan pizza from a wood-fired oven. It is so popular that it has expanded to four full locations throughout Raleigh-Durham. It even has frozen pizzas you can cook at home. Delivery and carry-out service are available. It's a short journey from Durham homes for sale, and who knows where it will pop up next?

  • Lulu Bang Bang – 5418 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703
    Lulu Bang Bang is built around the ancient Sichuan dish that brings together spicy, sweet, sour, and even bitter in a single culinary sensation you'll be glad to savor again. With a vision led by Chef William D'Auvray, who grew up in the Philippines and was trained in Los Angeles, it showcases Asian street food items cooked on a coconut charcoal grill. Many dishes make use of the chef's unparalleled wok skills, too.

  • Slice Pie Company – 1400 South Saunders Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Slice Pie Company touts itself as the home of the State Fair Blue Ribbon Pie. Family-owned, with wares made by hand every day, Slice provides both local pickup and nationwide shipping for a wide range of amazing pies. It is perhaps best known for its home-style apple pie with a soft, flaky crust. It also bakes up mixed berry, pecan, peach, and strawberry rhubarb. Blackberry, blueberry, cherry, and more are available locally only.

  • Botanical Lounge – 419 Glenwood Avenue Level 1, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Botanical Lounge features tapas in a venue perfect for all of your big events. Suitable for 140 people, accordion window panels can be opened to reveal the covered patio and create an indoor-outdoor experience like none other. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Botanical Lounge has already brought together a dedicated following of regulars from all over Raleigh-Durham.

A vibrant culinary scene is just the beginning of what the Raleigh area has to offer. Contact us to find out more about what's happening in Raleigh.

January
12

Your Guide to Triangle Restaurant Week

Triangle Restaurant Week

The restaurant scene in the Triangle is so good, there's a whole week dedicated to it! 

It's almost Triangle Restaurant Week, marking an opportunity to celebrate the culinary excellence in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding areas. The event runs January 24-30, and our real estate agents can't wait to dine at some of the best restaurants in the area. Each participating restaurant will be serving special three-course menu options with fixed prices for the occasion, making this a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to get a taste of what the Triangle has to offer!

  • The Big Easy - 222 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Offering Cajun-inspired American fare, The Big Easy is a Southern restaurant that embodies the best of both Raleigh and New Orleans. Located near many Raleigh homes for sale, The Big Easy serves up Louisiana classics like Jambalaya, gumbo, and blackened Cajun catfish. They also have some of the best burgers in town and are offering a special salad/entree/dessert deal for Triangle Restaurant Week. 

  • Ko•än - 2800 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513
    The menu at Ko•än is all about bringing people together. Their dishes highlight the unique flavors of Southeast Asia, including special dishes from Laos, Cambodia, and the Philippines, along with popular Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. Located just minutes from these Cary homes for saleKo•än's specialties for Restaurant Week include Katsudon (a Japanese pork cutlet and egg rice bowl) and yellowtail sashimi. 

  • Mateo Tapas - 109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
    Serving Spanish small plates that draw inspiration from local Southern flavors and ingredients, Mateo Tapas is a casual-chic tapas bar in the Book Exchange building, very close to some Durham homes for sale. Gambas (Spanish-style shrimp) and lbondigas (Mexican meatball soup) are highlights of their special menu for Restaurant Week, along with arguably the best selection of Spanish wines in the Triangle. 

  • Vivace - 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd, Suite 115, Raleigh, NC 27609
    A beloved Italian eatery in Raleigh's North Hills neighborhood, Vivace serves modern takes on classic dishes in an upscale-yet-rustic setting. Their pasta, made from scratch in-house, is truly outstanding. Vivace is offering a menu with various antipasta (first course), secondi (second course), and dolci (dessert) options for Restaurant Week. Try the Pappardelle Bolognese with goat cheese crema.

  • Local 22 Kitchen & Bar - 2200 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705
    One of Durham's most popular gastro-pubs, Local 22 Kitchen & Bar serves up elevated pub grub made with ingredients sourced from local farms. They also offer craft cocktails, a great beer selection, and an impressive "whiskey library." in a warm, welcoming setting. Their Triangle Restaurant Week menu includes roasted curry-spiced chicken, local North Carolina fish, and some tasty vegetarian options. 

  • ORO - 18 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The sleek dining room of ORO, decked out in white with a fireplace and mezzanine, is a great place to enjoy a meal with friends. This contemporary eatery specializes in dishes that are meant for sharing. Rather than a specific appetizer or main course, dishes arrive continuously throughout the evening. Pork belly tacos, mango gazpacho, and crawfish risotto are just a few of the exciting offerings on their Restaurant Week menu. 

These restaurants are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Triangle's food scene has to offer. Check out this official listing of restaurants that are participating in Triangle Restaurant week for more great options. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas. 

September
22

Plan a Day Around Downtown Cary

Downtown Cary

You could call it a small city, or you could call it North Carolina's largest small town. Whatever you choose to call it, Cary is one of the most charming, vibrant communities in the Triangle. 

Our real estate agents always love getting to spend some time in Cary, and if you're in the area looking at Raleigh homes for sale, we highly recommend you do the same! These are some of our favorite spots for a fun day in Cary, NC.

  • BREW Coffee Bar - 122 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Every great day starts with a great cup of coffee, and BREW Coffee Bar is the best place to get one in Cary. They serve an ever-changing selection of gourmet coffee from around the world. BREW Coffee Bar is within walking distance of these Cary homes for sale and many other local attractions, making it a great place to begin your day in Cary.

  • Cary Downtown Farmers Market - 135 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    If you have the good fortune to be in town on a Saturday, be sure to check out the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. It's much more than a place to buy produce (although it definitely is a great place to buy produce). You'll also find everything from local honey and handmade soap to crafty jewelry and live plants. The farmers market is open every Saturday year-round, from 8 am until noon, and all the vendors are local. 

  • 'All Aboard' Mural - 122 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Downtown Cary is home to a growing collection of murals and street art. The 'All Aboard' Mural (a nod to the historic 1871 train that once frequented the city) is a favorite. It's the work of Triangle-area mural artist Sean Kernick and makes for a very Instagram-worthy photo-op in Cary. 

  • Pizzeria Faulisi - 215 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Hungry? Grab lunch at Pizzeria Faulisi! Their wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is the best in town, and they have beautiful indoor and outdoor seating areas. Pizzeria Faulisi is known for using the freshest seasonal ingredients, and they have a great wine and beer menu too. 

  • Page-Walker Arts and History Center - 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513
    Housed in a former hotel built in 1868, the Page-Walker Arts and History Center offers a fascinating opportunity to learn more about Cary's storied past. The historic building is open to walking tours and displays educational exhibits and the work of modern local and regional artists.

  • Fred G. Bond Metro Park - 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513
    Less than 10 minutes from downtown Cary, Fred G. Bond Metro Park is the city's largest park, spanning 310 acres. The park features 4.2 miles of trails and a lake that's popular for fishing and kayaking. It's a great place for a walk, a picnic, or to simply enjoy a lovely green space a stone's throw from the city.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Cary and the surrounding areas. 

August
4

Summer Events Coming to the Triangle

Raleigh Summer

Summer isn't over yet and the Triangle is ready to party! There are so many fun community events coming up this season. Community fairs, farmers markets, film nights — the possibilities are endless. Here are some of the top local events our real estate agents recommend checking out this summer.

  • Acoustic Evenings in the Park: 301 Colonades Way, Cary, NC 27518
    If you're looking at Cary homes for sale, you'll be within easy reach of Acoustic Evenings in the Park. These events take place in Waverly Park every Wednesday from June 16 - August 25, 2021. Admission is free, and the performance lasts from 6 pm - 9 pm.

  • Silent Film Celebration: 1903 Hillsborough St., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27607
    The Silent Film Celebration is an ongoing summer event lasting from May 25 - August 25th, 2021. It's being held in the Gredd Museum of Art & Design on the NCSU campus. Visit any time between 10 am and 5 pm. Admission is free.

    This film series seeks to highlight the silent film creations of women, people of color, and other visionaries. Among the films shown are One Week, directed by Buster Keaton & Edward F. Cline, and Frankenstein, directed by J. Searle Dawley. There are plenty of Raleigh homes for sale nearby.

  • Holly Springs Farmers Market: 300 West Ballentine St., Holly Springs, NC 27540
    Here's a good reason to look at Holly Springs homes for sale: the farmers market is nearby. The Holly Springs Farmers Market is one of the best in the area. It takes place weekly on Saturdays from 8 am - noon.

    At this farmers market, you'll find lots of local produce. But you'll also find other treats like baked goods, sauces and marinades, kettle corn, and pickled veggies. Some vendors attend every week, and others come on occasion, so there's often something new to check out.

  • Switzerland by Joanna Murray-Smith: 107 Pullen Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Switzerland is a summer production at the Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre. Performances take place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm and every Sunday at 3:00 pm through August 15th.

    This play is set in the Swiss Alps. It tells the story of a crime literature buff named Patricia Highsmith. One day, an international visitor arrives at her home, and she becomes immersed in her very own murder mystery. The show is directed by Lynda Clark, who also plays the main character.

  • Yoga and Mimosas: 610 and 613 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
    What could be better than sipping a mimosa mid-day? Sipping a mimosa while doing yoga, of course. Yoga & Mimosas is being held every Saturday at Dogwood Bar & Eatery. Oak City Yoga is providing the instruction. The class runs from 11 am-noon, and admission is $13 per person.

    This is a lovely way to ease your way into the weekend while also getting a little exercise. The class is open to all ability levels; you don't need to be a super-flexible yogi to attend and have a great time.

There are always plenty of things to do in the Triangle, especially in the summer months. It's a great place to live and work. If you're thinking of moving to the Triangle and are looking for a real estate agent, don't hesitate to contact us.

June
30

Where to Order Bubble Tea Near Raleigh

Bubble Tea Raleigh

Bubble tea (sometimes called boba tea) is a trendy, colorful, and delicious drink made from brewed tea and tapioca pearls. Whether you're a bubble tea connoisseur or have never tried this treat, these bubble tea shops located in and around Raleigh are ready to take your order.

  1. Brecotea - 1144 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27511

    Brecotea takes particular pride in the caliber of the ingredients they use when crafting their many menu items. Customers can choose from a variety of bubble teas made with fresh fruit, real milk, and other high-quality organic ingredients. It's a great place to pick up some artisan goods when you're in the neighborhood attending viewings of our Cary homes for sale.

  2. Quickly Tea House - 2604A Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705

    Quickly Tea House is a well-known global brand whose mission is to bring Taiwanese-style bubble tea to the world. Their Durham location is close to many of our Durham homes for sale and is a hotspot for many local residents, particularly in the summer months. 

    A full range of beverages is available here, including regular bubble teas, milk teas (made with a soy-based creamer), slushes, and snows (creamier versions of the slushes). Special toppings add a little flair to every drink, and customers can even order snacks like egg rolls, waffle fries, popcorn chicken, and gyoza for an extra treat.

  3. Bumble Tea - 3221 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh, NC 27606

    As soon as you see Bumble Tea's smiling honeybee mascot, you know you're in for a good time. This cheery shop is within easy reach of many Raleigh homes for sale and offers a sweet-themed interior complete with hexagon-shaped tables for enjoying your purchases. 

    Bumble Tea serves both milk teas (in flavors like matcha, jasmine, and espresso and fruit teas (in flavors like strawberry-lemon, mango, and passionfruit). They also have a good selection of fruit smoothies available for more health-conscious patrons. If you're in the mood for dessert, you can try their adorable Bumble Waffle, a delicious treat shaped to look like the head of a bee. 

  4. Beans & Bubbles - 3607 Falls River Avenue, Suite 125, Raleigh, NC 27614

    Beans & Bubbles stands out on this list for the sheer customizability of their menu. Each of their bubble tea drinks starts with a base of either black tea, green tea, or brewed coffee. Once you've chosen which one you want, staff members add your choice of over 50 flavors of syrup to the mix. Finally, the drink is topped off with either chewy tapioca, coffee jelly, or fruit-flavored bubbles.

  5. MooMooCha - 1350 5th Avenue, Suite 250, Garner, NC 27529

    MooMooCha is a newly rebranded bubble tea shop in the same neighborhood as many of our Garner homes for sale. The star item on their menu is the Classic MooMooCha tea, which showcases deep yet mellow brown sugar flavors.

    Aside from this, the shop offers nearly two dozen other varieties of milk tea and fruit tea combined. Patrons can also sip on a selection of coffee, lattes, smoothies, slushes, lemonades, and ciders or snack on their signature egg puff ice cream treat. Many of MooMooCha's drinks can be made with non-dairy ingredients upon request, making this a popular spot for people following a vegan diet.

This excellent assortment of bubble tea shops is far from the only thing to love about the Raleigh area. Contact us today and let our real estate agents show you some of the many homes we have available in this thriving community. 

May
26

All About North Carolina BBQ

Raleigh BBQ

With all due respect to Memphis dry rub and Alabama white sauce, we have our own way of doing barbecue here in North Carolina. We like it tangy, saucy, and smoky. 

It's not unusual to let a whole hog slowly smoke for an entire day before serving it up, but that patience pays off. If you're in the mood to try some of the best authentic North Carolina barbecue the Raleigh area has to offer, our real estate agents are more than happy to point you in the right direction. To celebrate National BBQ Month, check out one of these local spots!  

  1. The Pit - 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    They do things the old-fashioned way at The Pit. Located in the Downtown Warehouse district just minutes from many Raleigh homes for sale, The Pit serves old-fashioned, pit-cooked whole-hog barbecue, and you can really taste the time that goes into making their meat perfect. You can choose from a varied menu at The Pit, but their staple is the classic North Carolina Barbecue Tray, which includes your choice of meat—including chopped BBQ, pulled pork, or Carolina-style ribs—and any two of their 14 different sides. 

  2. Ole Time Barbecue - 6309 Hillsborough St #1148, Raleigh, NC 27606
    A classic barbecue joint with a diner-like atmosphere, Ole Time Barbecue is a 25-year staple of the Raleigh barbecue scene. They specialize in old-fashioned "meat and three" plates for lunch and dinner, like the hand-chopped barbecue pork plate, with side options including collard greens, coleslaw, fried okra, and some of the best hush puppies this side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

  3. Clyde Cooper's BBQ - 327 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Clyde Cooper's BBQ first opened its doors in 1938, and not a whole lot about their restaurant has changed since then. And to be honest, it doesn't need to. They know what they're doing. Their pork shoulder is slow-cooked over wood and seasoned with their own house-made vinegar-based barbecue sauce. This place has some quirks—their hours are prone to unannounced changes, and they just started accepting credit cards in 2020—but they serve the kind of barbecue that can only be perfected over the course of 80-plus years.

  4. Carolina Barbecue - 733 US-70 E, Garner, NC 27529
    You'll find a little bit of everything at Carolina Barbecue. They serve incredible Southern-fried chicken, fresh cooked-to-order seafood, and of course, smoked-to-perfection Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue. Be sure to save room for their homemade banana pudding or peach cobbler! Located in the community of Garner, NC, Carolina, Barbecue is just a short drive from Raleigh and minutes from these Garner homes for sale.

  5. The Humble Pig - Cary, NC 27511
    You might have to do a little work to find the Humble Pig... but it's worth it. One of the best barbecue food trucks in the Raleigh area, the folks at the Humble Pig move their operation from place to place during the week. Bond Brothers Beer Company, a local craft brewer near these Cary homes for sale, is where you'll find the truck most Saturday nights, but you can also track the Humble Pig's whereabouts on their website. They cater private events too, and their pulled pork sandwiches and BBQ tacos are about as good as it gets. 

Great barbecue isn't the only thing we love about life in North Carolina! Contact us today to learn more about what makes North Carolina special. 

May
5

National Shrimp Day: Seafood Restaurants in the Triangle

Raleigh Seafood

Did you know that May 10th is National Shrimp Day? There's no better way to celebrate than to head to your favorite seafood restaurant and place an order. Whether you prefer your shrimp battered and fried, tossed in Cajun seasoning, or made into scampi, the following are some of the top seafood restaurants our real estate agents recommend in the Triangle area.

  1. NC Seafood Restaurant: 1201 Agricultural St., Raleigh, NC 27603
    If you happen to be looking at Raleigh homes for sale, then NC Seafood Restaurant is a delicious spot to check out. This restaurant is located within the North Carolina Farmers Market, so you can shop for local produce and other specialties while you're there, too. NC Seafood Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining areas, and they've been around since the early 1990s. 

    The perfect order for National Shrimp Day is the large shrimp plate, which comes with hushpuppies, coleslaw, and home fries. The spicy peel & eat shrimp are another favorite; you get a half-pound per order. Finish your meal with a slice of the delicious lemon or chocolate pie.

  2. Locals Oyster Bar: 530 Foster St. Suite 1, Durham, NC 27701
    Locals Oyster Bar is the place to celebrate National Shrimp Day near Durham. You may enjoy it so much that you decide to look at Durham homes for sale. It's located inside the Durham Food Hall.

    While you might assume oysters are the star of the menu here, they do have an entire section just for shrimp dishes. The in-shell shrimp are incredibly fresh and delicious. Another top choice is the shrimp sausage roll, which is topped with caramelized onions and horseradish aioli.

  3. Hook & Reel: 2608 Erwin Rd. Ste 104, Durham, NC 27705
    Hook & Reel is a lively seafood bar with upbeat music and a friendly atmosphere. They make all 6 of their signature sauces in-house, and they're known for their Cajun flair. 

    If you're in the mood for a classic Cajun seafood boil, then you can custom-order one to your liking, adding your own seafood selections, sauces, and extras. Shrimp and crawfish with garlic butter and corn on the cob is exceptional. Another great choice is the shrimp po'boy, which is served in a lovely, fluffy bun.

  4. Capt. John's Dockside: 11550 US Highway 15 501N, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    Capt. John's Dockside is a welcoming, family-owned restaurant to visit if you're looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale nearby. They really welcome families here; there's even a play area for the kids!

    On National Shrimp Day, your go-to order at Capt. John's Dockside really should be the fried jumbo shrimp. They're perfectly crispy and served with hush puppies and your choice of potato. 

  5. The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail: 413 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Looking for a fresh spin on the seafood flavors you love? Stop by The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail for a memorable meal that highlights international flavors. The menu features small plates and dishes that rotate regularly based on seasonality and what Executive Chef Oscar Diaz's finds at local farmers markets. Guaranteeing your seafood is as fresh as possible! 

If you'll be in the Triangle area on National Seafood Day, there are plenty of delicious spots to celebrate. Contact us if you're still looking for a real estate agent in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill.

February
17

Raleigh Bookstores Every Bookworm Will Love

Raleigh Bookstores

Have you run out of books on your reading list? Our real estate agents don't have that problem, thanks to these delightful book shops around Raleigh homes for sale. Stop in and find your perfect read!

  1. Quail Ridge Books - 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609
    Among the many awards bestowed upon Quail Ridge Books is "Bookseller of the Year" from Publishers' Weekly. One of the reasons cited in the recognition was their commitment to the local community, especially in promoting reading with kids and teens. Events include more than 20 virtual book clubs in a variety of topics, along with appearances by noted authors such as Neil Gaiman. Quail Ridge is currently offering free shipping and contactless pickup. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 6 p.m.

  2. Reader's Corner - 3201 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Find a new home for your used books at Reader's Corner, a cozy shop with a devoted following due to its friendly, knowledgeable staff. Reader's Corner offers cash or credit for used and rare books along with vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, and comic books. Collectors, take note: science fiction and fantasy is one of their specialties. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  3. Read With Me - 111 E. Hargett St. #110, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Owner Christine Brenner opened Read With Me as part of her mission to share her childhood love of books with younger generations. The selection of high-quality books is curated to promote families reading together, and their virtual book club gathers once a month to discuss the selected title. While the shop currently has an in-store limit of 10 customers, private appointments are available. Order online for pickup or free dropoff to addresses in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and Garner. Read With Me is open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday and noon - 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

  4. Dog-Eared Books - 4027 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Every book lover is familiar with the meaning behind the name of Dog-Eared Books. What they may not know is that the term also pays tribute to the equal love of dogs shared by the female duo that owns the shop. Dog-Eared Books features a wide selection of used books at affordable prices. In the mood for something new? For only $5, opt for the Surprise Selection and let the staff make the choice. Their book subscriptions make great gifts for friends, family, or yourself. The shop is currently accepting online orders only for pickup weekdays from 8 a.m. - noon and Saturday from 10 - noon. 

  5. Nice Price Books & Records - 3106 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Treat your eyes and ears with a purchase from Nice Price Books & Records. Their selection is so intriguing and prices so reasonable that the store has gained loyal customers from out of state. Shoppers also appreciate the fair price they receive on used books and records. Browsers are limited to five at a time, but curbside pickup is available. Hours are noon - 7 p.m. seven days a week. 

Let us help you start a new chapter of your life in Raleigh. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for experienced help with all your real estate needs.

December
18

Gift Local From These Shops Near Raleigh

Local Gifts Raleigh

The holiday season is in full swing — have you checked everyone off of your gift list yet? If you're still shopping for that special someone, our real estate agents are here to help. This year has been challenging, and though we're about to swap out our calendars for 2021, the struggles of our local businesses will continue into the New Year. Now more than ever, it's vital that we support our mom-and-pop businesses. Buy something special for those you love while supporting our community by gifting local from these shops near Raleigh.

  1. Crowemag Toys — 3721 Lynn Rd. #110, Raleigh, NC 27613
    Crowemag Toys will make you feel like a kid again with their collection of retro and gently used collectibles. New and old-school brands fill their shelves, including Care Bears, Funko Pops, Ghostbusters, Halo, Marvel, Voltron, Street Sharks, and Star Wars. Trust us, one trip to Crowemag Toys is enough to make everyone on your list happy, the young at heart included.


  2. Reader's Corner — 3201 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607
    If there's a bookworm in your life, who could use a few new titles on their shelf, head over to Reader's Corner. This used bookstore carries a handful of rare titles that will delight any avid reader. They also stock comic books, movies, vinyl records, and CDs, all of which make for great stocking stuffers.


  3. Designed For Joy — 2409-117 Crabtree Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Support not only our local shops, but our neighbors in need by shopping Designed For Joy. This shop hires transitional employees who are rebuilding their lives. Their selection of handmade artisan goods includes gifts for him, her, and even pets, such as purses, jewelry, dog collars, and home décor.


  4. Trading Card Co-Op — 3801 Hillsborough St. Ste. 143, Raleigh, NC 27607
    If there's a card collector in your life, there's a good chance that they're still searching for a few elusive cards to add to their collection. Let the folks at Trading Card Co-Op find you the cards that will complete the set. They have both sports cards and trading card game cards. There's also a ton of memorabilia in the store, so if you can't find the specific card you're searching for, you'll surely find an item for someone on your gift list.


  5. Bailey's Fine Jewelry — 415 Daniels St., Raleigh, NC 27605
    Every holiday is an appropriate occasion to give the gift of stunning jewelry. Bailey's Fine Jewelry has multiple locations throughout the area to help you gift something extra sparkly this holiday season. Browse their selection of rings, bracelets, and necklaces, or have their team help you design something one-of-a-kind! 

Do you have quite a lot of shopping to get done? Be sure to add these local Holiday Markets to our calendar:

Searching for a house this holiday season? Let us help! Contact us today to schedule private tours of our Raleigh homes for sale.

November
11

New to Raleigh: Businesses that Opened this Year

Raleigh Local BusinessesLiving in Raleigh means that there will always be new experiences to explore waiting close to your front door, in a city that is constantly growing. This year has seen quite a few exciting new businesses open in the city, offering food and fun for family members of all ages. There are new restaurants with healthy, locally sourced ingredients, a new coffee shop bringing flavors from around the world to Raleigh, and new studios where you can learn to create your own art. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 5 of the great new businesses to open in Raleigh this year.

  1. Origin Hotel Raleigh – 603 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27603

    Whether you're in town to shop for Raleigh homes for sale or already a resident of the city, you're sure to find something to love on the menu when you visit the new restaurant at Origin Hotel Raleigh. The menu offers a diverse selection of plant-based meals with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and protein-based meals with sustainably sourced meat. Origin Hotel Raleigh is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with brunch on weekends.

  2. Iris Coffee Lab & Cafe – 725 Tucker St., Raleigh, NC 27603

    For delicious coffee and so much more, be sure to check out the new experience at Iris Coffee Lab & Cafe. This is so much more than your average coffee shop, with a selection of expertly brewed coffee, espresso, and cold brew that you can enjoy with your breakfast or lunch. And it's not just about the coffee! This shop also stocks a lovely selection of teas, which have been aged to perfection and are ready for you to enjoy hot or cold.

  3. Wine & Design – 510 W Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601

    Looking for a fun, fresh way to relax and unwind with your favorite people? An art class at Wine & Design is just the thing! You can book a private party, where you'll enjoy a two-hour class directed by a local artist and create a unique piece of art to bring home. Wine & Design also has regularly scheduled classes, open to anyone, so you don't have to plan a party to enjoy some painting. There are even classes for painting with your pet and online classes that allow you to create art in your own home.

  4. Bean Sprouts – 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601

    When you're in the mood for a fun family outing and a healthy meal, you'll love visiting the award-winning Bean Sprouts restaurant. This unique, kid-focused dining spot is located in the Marbles Kids Museum, so it's the perfect place to enjoy a break during your visit. Kids love all of the unique flavors on the menu, and parents are sure to love that everything is made with fresh, healthy, organic ingredients.

  5. Sugar & Spice Kitchen – 227 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601

    In the mood to indulge your sweet tooth? Sugar & Spice Kitchen is a new dessert destination that fuses the flavors of India and North Carolina to create a menu of sweet treats that you won't find anywhere else. This family-run bakery offers a delectable collection of handmade pies, jams, and cakes, all created with love in Raleigh.

Ready to find your next home in a city that is always evolving to provide new experiences for your family to enjoy? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.

March
25

5 Ways to Support Small Businesses in the Triangle

Small Businesses Raleigh

Like so many people living in our community, our REALTORS® are adjusting during the coronavirus crisis. We are still here to help, but we're practicing social distancing and hygiene measures when showing Raleigh homes for sale – after all, safety comes first.

Just like our team, many businesses throughout the Triangle are doing everything possible to keep our local area going strong. Some companies have had to close their doors for now, but there are still ways to support your local Triangle business owners.

Working together, we can get through the challenge of coronavirus safely!

Here's how you can give small businesses a boost – even if you can't visit:

  1. Order Something for Delivery
    Many restaurants are still operating on a delivery-only or curbside basis. When you choose a delivery, it means you get the meal you want, and you can also help a local delivery driver with your tip. If you're worried, write in special instructions for your driver to stay at a distance. Don't forget to check online for the special delivery deals many businesses are offering this month.
  2. Buy a Gift Card for Later Use
    You know how it is: It can take months to remember to use that great gift card you got. For consumers, it's a convenience. For a business owner, it's immediate cash. Think of it as a promise to get yourself something nice in the future. You can also send gift cards to friends and family members who are stuck at home to brighten their day.
  3. Connect With Local Businesses Online
    Before you go to an online "big box" store to meet your needs, check out local businesses first. With so many millions of people flooding familiar online brands, you might just find that an essential item will get to you sooner from a local source. Have some extra time? Sending a local business a quick comment on social media helps them know you are still interested in them, a nice morale boost.
  4. Leave the Cash (and Checks) at Home
    One of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of infection is to wash your hands regularly. Well, even at the best of times, cash is pretty dirty: It can pass through hundreds of hands. Keep a trusted credit or debit card with you and wipe it off after use. If accepting a delivery or similar service, pre-pay the tip through the website or app rather than using cash.
  5. Don't Forget that Kindness Counts
    If you're going out to buy supplies, remember that the people behind the counter are stressed and worried, just like you. Many of them, including small business owners, have to accept the serious risk of working with the public at a dangerous time just to make ends meet. When you choose to be kind, you're doing your part to make a difficult situation easier for everyone.

The Triangle community is strong, and it'll come through this with North Carolina spirit.

Even if you're staying put a while, we invite you to contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to learn about local homes.

March
18

Beginning of Spring: Greenhouses in Raleigh

Greenhouses in Raleigh

Is it just us, or does it finally feel like spring might be just around the corner? As always, our real estate agents are excited about the idea of warmer weather and greener lawns. If you're looking to spruce up the landscape around your North Carolina home this spring, we'd like to recommend some of our favorite local greenhouses and plant stores!

  1. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center - 10809 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614

    A long-running favorite source for gardening supplies and specialty plants, Homewood Nursery and Garden Center is the perfect place to find some new additions to your spring landscape. Located just minutes from many Raleigh homes for sale, the nursery offers an incredible selection of trees, shrubs, and other plants, along with a knowledgeable staff. 

  2. Taylor's Nursery - 3705 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610

    Founded in 1950, Taylor's Nursery is proudly entering its 70th year serving the Raleigh community. That's no small feat for a farm and nursery that has grown to encompass 1,500 acres at its field operation in Louisburg, along with 80 acres at the main location in Raleigh. Taylor's Nursery grows hundreds of different plant species, with unique featured varieties that change with the seasons, so you'll always find something new and exciting to add to your landscape. 

  3. Gunters Greenhouse - 4618 Angier Ave, Durham, NC 27703

    Anyone with a green thumb will find something to get excited about at Gunters Greenhouse. Located close to Durham homes for sale, the greenhouse is offering an incredible variety of annual flowering plants for lawn and gardens this spring. They're also a great place to find unique and hard-to-find plants, from cacti and succulents to vegetables and herbs.

  4. Garden Supply Co. - 1421 Old Apex Rd, Cary, NC 27513

    Nestled in the cozy community of Cary, NC, Garden Supply Co. provides top of the line garden plants and supplies, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always dedicated to helping you find exactly what you're looking for. Located near these Cary homes for sale, Garden Supply Co. offers an incredible variety of landscape plants, with a strong focus on all things local. 

  5. Plant Delights Nursery - 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603

    Raleigh's Plant Delights Nursery has been a leading local source for native, rare, and unique perennial plants in North Carolina since they opened their doors in 1988. A small, family-owned nursery, Plant Delights offers mail-order plant delivery as well as "open nursery" and garden days throughout the year, with special events like their annual Southeastern Plant Symposium and Rare Plant Auction every June. 

  6. Kiefer Landscaping & Nursery - 2450 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713

    Amazing selection and excellent customer service makes Kiefer Landscaping & Nursery one of the top sources in Durham for all things garden-related. The folks at Kiefer are committed to finding the right plant for every landscaping situation. Still, they also go above and beyond plant selection, offering a full range of landscaping services, from design and installation of beds and hardscapes to unique water garden features like pondless waterfalls and streams. 

Spring is the time to make sure your home and garden look their best! Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle of North Carolina. We've helped countless families find their dream homes in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas, and we can't wait to help you find yours!

January
2

6 Places to Work Out in the Triangle

Gyms Near the Triangle

We all know how hard it can be to stay active in the wintertime. But if your New Year's resolution involves getting in shape—or staying in shape—then you're in luck. The Triangle area offers an endless assortment of gyms and fitness centers, and our REALTORS® are thrilled to share some of their favorites.

  1. Capital Strength & Conditioning - 2422 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604
    With a focus on strength training and nutrition coaching, it's not hard to see why Capital Strength & Conditioning is one of the highest-rated gyms in Raleigh. The 4,200 square-foot gym offers semi-private and one-on-one personal training to help you transform your body and achieve top performance. Plus, you'll find numerous Raleigh homes for sale near Capital Strength's convenient location inside the beltline of Raleigh. 
  2. Heat Studios - 400 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603
    It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned athlete or just trying to drop a few pounds; Heat Studios has a program that will work for you. Their motto is "Energy Through Movement," and that philosophy shines through with classes and programs that meet you where you are and get you where you want to be. Options range from their signature Heat Classes, designed to bring intensity to your workout routine, to Outdoor Classes that take advantage of North Carolina's beautiful weather.
  3. Retro Fitness - 3400 Westgate Dr. Suite B 14C, Durham, NC 277073400
    Don't let the name fool you. With top of the line equipment, group fitness classes, an on-site smoothie bar, and even virtual on-demand fitness classes, Retro Fitness is anything but old fashioned. One of more than 150 locations nationwide, Retro Fitness of Durham is conveniently located in the Westgate Shopping Center, a stone's throw from a wide variety of Durham homes for sale.
  4. Warriors Playground - 2320 Presidential Dr #109, Durham, NC 27703
    With dedicated trainers and non-traditional exercise equipment, Warriors Playground is anything but a run-of-the-mill gym. They offer classes like Warrior Cardio for weight loss and muscle toning, Warrior Power for lean muscle building, and Warrior Boxing for challenging and engaging your muscles. There's a program for everyone, no matter what your fitness goals may be. 
  5. O2 Fitness - 257 S Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Encompassing an incredible 20,000 square feet of fitness space, O2 Fitness is one of the Triangle's premier destinations for group fitness classes as well as personal training. Here you'll find a functional training area, indoor turf, rows of cardio equipment, dedicated spaces for weight training, a separate cycling studio, and a new Mind~Body studio for Barre. O2 Fitness offers two locations: one in Carrboro, and one in Chapel Hill just minutes from these Chapel Hill homes for sale.
  6. TITLE Boxing Club - 2140 Environ Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    People of all sizes and abilities are welcome at TITLE Boxing Club, making it a great option for those new to boxing. Boxing offers a full-body workout that is empowering, exhilarating, and addictive. Check out the gym's full schedule of boxing classes to strengthen and tone your arms, legs, back, and core, all while combining physical stamina with mental agility.

Ready to learn more about life in the Triangle? Contact us today to talk with our team. 

October
30

Find Your Center: Yoga Studios in The Triangle

Yoga in the Triangle

Do you wish you could find your center and your dream home in the Triangle? Well, grab your yoga mat and get ready to say 'om' — our real estate agents are here to share the best yoga studios in the Triangle.

  1. Element Hot Yoga — 6909 Glenwood., Raleigh, NC 27612
    While we can't show you many Raleigh homes for sale with their own hot yoga studios, we can recommend Element Hot Yoga. Hot yoga classes will nourish your mind, body, and soul over approximately 60 to 70 minutes. You'll increase your strength, enhance your flexibility, and ease your mind alongside others seeking serenity. This 1,000 square-foot heated space will bathe you in natural light as you work on your breathing control and achieve inner balance. Voted one of the top yoga studios in Wake County, Element Hot Yoga is ready to bring you into their calming community.

  2. Bikram Yoga Durham —103 Belt St., Durham, NC 27701
    There are many types of hot yoga classes, but the original version brought from India is available at Bikram Yoga in Durham. This 90-minute class is based around a 26 posture sequence designed to loosen your muscles and normalize the functions and systems of your body. Along with Bikram Yoga, the studio also offers Yin Yoga, which focuses on relaxation and flexibility, and Inferno Hot Pilates, which is a High-Intensity Interval Training class formatted around Pilates. If looking for Durham homes for sale ever leaves you feeling like you need to refocus your mind, head over to Bikram Yoga.

  3. Victory Power Yoga — 34 Oleander Dr. Suite 105, Clayton, NC 27527
    The Clayton homes for sale you've been eyeing are very close to Clayton's first heated power yoga studio. Victory Power Yoga has classes for all skill levels, even a special new student series. Victory Power Yoga takes their community out of the studio as well, engaging in their Mats and Taps yoga at a brewing company on Sundays. 

  4. Zin Yoga Studio & Wine Lounge — 1411 Aversboro Rd. Suite 309, Garner, NC 27529
    Wine and yoga — two things we look forward to most in our week. At Zin Yoga Studio & Wine Lounge, you'll feel more vibrant, healthier, and happier by the end of your session. Sign up for any of their daily yoga classes then spend time in the wine boutique getting to know your fellow yogis. Garner homes for sale just minutes from Zin Yoga Studio & Wine Lounge get you closer to your zen than ever before!

  5. Yoga Garden Apex —101 E. Chatham St., Apex, NC 27502
    Do you love yoga or live yoga? Yoga Garden is conveniently located in historic downtown Apex so yoga lovers can quickly attend classes throughout the day. They offer private sessions for students who need assistance reaching their specific goals and also provide Reiki sessions for those who are interested in its healing benefits. Yoga Garden provides teacher training and continued education classes all certified by Yoga Alliance. So you can one day lead your own lessons when you've finished moving into one of our Apex homes for sale.

Finding your center in the Triangle is as easy as finding your dream home. Contact us today, and let's find you a place of serenity.

October
2

Get Your Caffeine Buzz - Raleigh Coffee Shops to Try

Raleigh Coffee Shops

Coffee lovers know it's more than a beverage: it's a way of life. Residents of the Raleigh area have several great coffee shops where they can grab a pumpkin spice latte or linger over a cup of java with a good book. Stop in at one of these top coffee shops recommended by our real estate agents.

  • BREW Coffee Bar - 122 E. Chatham St., Cary 27511
    BREW Coffee Bar recognizes a shared love of coffee as a foundation for creating connections. Their location near Cary homes for sale is designed to promote a sense of community. Pair your coffee with a toasted bagel, PB&J or one of the other light menu offerings. Hours at BREW are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Bean Traders Coffee Roasters - 105 W. North Carolina 54, Durham 27713
    Dave and Christy, the team behind Bean Traders Coffee Roasters, have a passion for java that they roast their beans. The couple's commitment to the area around Durham homes for sale shows through in the locally sourced food products, sustainable practices, and charitable donations. Bean Traders is open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Black & White Coffee Roasters - 314 Brooks St., Wake Forest 27587
    At Black & White Coffee Roasters, their approach is as basic and straightforward as their name. B&W's year-round coffee blends are named the Natural, the Classic and the Original. Take a break from viewing Wake Forest homes for sale and let their friendly, knowledgeable baristas suggest your next favorite drink. Hours are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Jubala Coffee - 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh 27615
    The folks at Jubala Coffee want your experience to be as first-rate as the product. Every element of Jubala Coffee, from the partnership with Counter Culture Coffee to the comfortable seating area and dedicated baristas, is aimed at providing the best customer experience possible. Be sure to try one of the irresistible Liege waffles, made with pearl sugar for a perfectly crispy exterior around a soft, doughy interior. Heading out to tour Raleigh homes for sale? Order online and your drink will be waiting for you. Jubala is open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a second Raleigh location at 2100 Hillsborough St.

  • Ugly Mug Bean & Brew - 51-E Technology Dr., Garner 27529
    With its steampunk vibe, Ugly Mug Bean & Brew, down the street from Garner homes for sale, is as quirky and delightful as its name. The extensive list of specialty coffees includes the Thingamabob with chocolate, hazelnut, and toasted marshmallow, not to be confused with the Thingamajig featuring white chocolate. Ugly Mug's food menu, featuring waffles, breakfast tacos, and flatbread pizzas, earns as many raves as their coffee. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

If you're buying or selling a Raleigh area home, any of these wonderful coffee shops would be great to meet with one of our real estate agents. Contact us at Coldwell Banker HPW.

August
28

Top Dog-Friendly Restaurants Around Raleigh

Dog Friendly Restaurants - Raleigh

Raleigh homes for sale are smack dab in the middle of a city known for some of the best dining in the region. Raleigh is particularly cheered for its classic American cuisine.

When it comes to the flavors of Raleigh, there's something for everyone!

Good news for dog-lovers: Canine companions are welcome in many Raleigh establishments, and that number is growing every month. Some Raleigh restaurants even have convenient seating and dog-friendly menu options that will make it easy to bring your pup out on an adventure.

Let's look at seven restaurants in Raleigh where your pup is welcome to join you.

  1. The Morning Times – 10 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The Morning Times features simple, wholesome breakfasts, sandwiches, and salads paired with a full selection of coffee and tea. Dogs are always permitted, even for the famous Sunday brunch. Don't miss out on the house-made chai or, if it's chilly out, the hot chocolate.
  2. MoJoe's Burger Joint – 620 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603
    MoJoe's Burger Joint is praised by its many fans as the best burger in Raleigh, hands (and paws) down. One of the headlining restaurants in Glenwood South, it offers hand-sculpted burgers from Premium Sterling Silver beef ranging from six inches to the one-pound Hall of Famer.
  3. Moonlight Pizza Company – 615 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Moonlight Pizza is favored for its extensive outdoor seating. Pooches can accompany their humans as they enjoy signature pizza selections crafted from local ingredients. With a history dating back to 1996, you know it's got to be good. Pasta, salads, and desserts are also available.
  4. The Flying Biscuit Cafe – 2016 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605
    The Flying Biscuit Cafe serves breakfast all day, a tradition dating back 25 years to its opening. Its menu includes tasty treats ranging from the vegetarian stuffed avocado to the steaming biscuit pot pie. Dogs are a common sight here, and many of the selections are canine-friendly, too.
  5. Tupelo Honey Cafe – 425 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27605
    Tupelo Honey Cafe serves up hearty southern fare a short walk from the North Carolina State University campus. Menus are seasonal, and everything is made from scratch. Visit for brunch, lunch, or dinner, and you'll find satisfying meals with a sophisticated flair.
  6. Bruster's Real Ice Cream – 10450 Durant Road #100, Raleigh, NC 27614
    Bruster's Real Ice Cream is a true local institution: With a classic counter-serve vibe, its treats are prepared fresh on-site every day. It boasts one of the largest flavor selections around, with more than 100 ice cream options to choose from. Some are seasonal, so you'll always have a reason to visit!
  7. Plates Neighborhood Kitchen – 301 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Plates Neighborhood Kitchen is a friendly local eatery with farm-fresh ingredients. Its menu incorporates influences from all around the globe, with dinners ranging from blackened North Carolina swordfish to crispy pork belly with crystal cane syrup.

Find Your Home in the Heart of Raleigh Easier Than You Ever Imagined

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Contact us to find out more. Our team will be here to serve up the advice you need.

July
31

6 Ways to Spend the Day with Your Girlfriends in the Triangle

Spend the Day with Friends in the Triangle

Are your best girlfriends coming to North Carolina for their first visit to your new home? Our REALTORS® have some suggestions about how to introduce them to some of the best things about living in one of our Triangle communities.  

Once they start exploring our area, the Triangle is certain to exceed their expectations. Delectable meals, exciting attractions, and some of the best shopping in North Carolina are here.

Here are six of our top picks for a day with your friends:

 

  1. Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium – 219 South White Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Sugar Magnolia Cafe is a great way for ladies to start any weekend out. A full range of 18 teas from traditional English Breakfast to Vanilla Mint and Oolong refresh you in the traditional tea room. Visit the adjoining emporium for local arts and crafts on two floors. In the evening, if you choose, you can catch live music in the lounge – all minutes from Wake Forest homes for sale.

  2. Blissful Journey Day Spa – 114 West Corbin Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Blissful Journey Day Spa is where you want to rejuvenate and revitalize after a day of looking at Hillsborough homes for sale. It has one of the fullest selections of any spa in the Triangle. From facials to massage therapy, body treatments to reflexology, you'll be invigorated in ways you never imagined. You can even get a complete makeover.

  3. Alley Twenty Six – 320 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Alley Twenty Six is a classy restaurant featuring upscale dining perfect to cap off one evening of your special weekend. The menu is known for its delightful small plates. Larger meals include pan-seared Scottish salmon and seared cauliflower "steak." Don't miss the decadent desserts. It's just one more reason Durham homes for sale are some of the sweetest in the Triangle.

  4. Salon Blu – 6617-103 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Salon Blu is one of Raleigh's leading salons and will have you looking your best in no time, even if you've been putting in hours comparing Raleigh homes for sale. Choose a full suite of services to cut, texture, color, and treat your hair. Blu is famous for its blowouts! Plus, the salon staff will cheerfully accommodate your entire ladies' night party – just ask.

  5. Tanger Outlets - 4000 Arrowhead Blvd., Mebane, NC 27302
    Allow time in your schedule for "retail roving" with your friends at Mebane's Tanger Outlets. With more than 70 stores to choose from, you and your gal pals can shop 'til you drop at any of the well-known outlet stores.  Don't forget to stop by the outlet's Shopper Services office to pick up your Little Red Book of Big Savings to make the most of your shopping experience. Tanger Outlets are just around the corner from some of the best Mebane homes for sale.

  6. Downtown Chapel Hill – 308 West Rosemary Street Suite 202, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    For the ultimate shopping around the Triangle, it's downtown Chapel Hill to the rescue. Although there are many shopping plazas in the region, the selection and service near Chapel Hills homes for sale stand in a class by itself. From clothes and shoes to jewelry and florists, downtown will wow you with dozens of shops and nearly 100 eateries.

The fun never has to stop once you find your ideal home right here in the Triangle.  Once your friends decide to make North Carolina their permanent home too, tell them to contact us for the help they'll need to get started.

May
29

10 Summer Camps for Kids in the Triangle

Triangle Summer Camps for KidsIf your family is moving to one of our Triangle cities this summer, it might help make the move easier by registering your child in one of our area's summer camp programs.  Our REALTORS® are here with a quick look at just a few of the Triangle's summer camps for your children.

  1. IMACS – 105 Market St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    The Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science hosts summer camps near Chapel Hill homes for sale that focus on math, computer programming and university-level courses for children of any age and ability.

  2. TCC Kids – 4020 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Let TCC Kids take your children around the Triangle on fun-filled field trips. They'll spend time playing at local parks, bowling alleys, swimming pools and so much more, all with breakfast and snacks included in this affordable camp!

  3. Walltown Children's Theatre – 1225 Berkeley St., Durham, NC 27705
    Let your child be a star this summer at the Walltown Children's Theatre. 11 weeks of summer camp await kids where they can take the stage and let their imaginations run wild. Snacks and lunches are included in this affordable camp for children ages 4-14.

    Triangle Camps for Kids
  4. YMCA Camp Kanata - 13524 Camp Kanata Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    YMCA Camp Kanata in Wake Forest offers traditional camp programs like archery, hiking, and arts as well as swimming and other water activities.  Camp Kanata has a 15-acre lake with a 75-foot double waterslide and a pool so all campers can beat the North Carolina heat in the water.  In addition, instructional swimming classes for all ages and levels of experience are available to ensure attendees have a fun and safe summer.  Camp Kanata is near many of our area's Wake Forest homes for sale on 150 acres just north of Raleigh.

  5. Fun Works – 800 Elmira Ave, Durham, NC 27703
    Explore the educational sites around Durham homes for sale and the Triangle with Fun Works summer camps. This summer program gives children a safe space to learn about the arts and S.T.E.M. through physical fitness and enrichment activities.

  6. New Hope Camp – 4805 NC-86, South Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    Bring your 1-9 graders to New Hope Camp for weeks of fun in the sun. Hiking, fishing, woodworking, swimming, hockey, canoeing and more are on the schedule. Middle schoolers are exposed to a "free choice" format, allowing them to spend the week engaged with their friends in whichever activities they choose.

    Triangle Summer Camps for Kids
  7. Piedmont Wildlife Center – 364 Leigh Farm Rd., Durham, NC 27707
    Take a walk on the wild side this summer at the Piedmont Wildlife Center. Children have an opportunity to get in touch with nature during over a dozen different camps. They'll learn about local wildlife, science in nature and play exciting games while making new friends.

  8. New Life Camp – 9927 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614
    No matter if your kids are getting ready for kindergarten or getting ready to graduate high school, there's a place for them at New Life Camp. Day and overnight camps are available but if it's your child's first time in this experience, let them get a small taste of the fun at Saturday night summer camp! Voted Best Camp of 2018, New Life Camp will fill your kid's summer with special memories!

    Triangle Camps for Kids
  9. Ballet School of Chapel Hill – 1603 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Dance the summer away at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill. Their long list of camps and workshops for girls and boys are age and ability appropriate. Beginner, experienced, and even special needs dancers are all welcome to get moving and grooving!

  10. YMCA of the Triangle – 801 Corporate Center Dr., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Surrounded by Raleigh homes for sale, Camp Clearwater at the YMCA of the Triangle wants to help your kids make lifelong friendships while learning about respect, responsibility and the importance of teamwork. Staffed by many former campers, summer at the Y is open for children in grades 1-8!

For more information about buying and selling homes throughout Raleigh and the Greater Triangle area, contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston today.

April
3

It's Nearly Easter in Durham - Events for Your Family

Durham Easter Events
One of the sweetest things about moving to a new home is the opportunity to start new traditions with your family. Easter will be here soon, but if you're already eager to get festive and usher in spring, don't worry! Durham won't wait until April 21 to start celebrating. As you look for Durham homes for sale, check out some of our annual Easter activities too. The holiday fun lasts all month in Durham, so there's no shortage of family-friendly festivities to fill your weekends.

Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate Easter around Durham: 

  • Spring Egg Dive, 2000 S Alston Ave, Durham 
    If baskets are a little too basic for your family, take a plunge for your eggs instead. This year's Spring Egg Dive takes place Saturday, April 6 from 5:30-7 pm, at the Campus Hills Pool. Instead of scouring a park, kids and adults alike are invited to splash around the Durham pool looking for eggs.

    This unusual Easter event gets everyone in the water for an evening of swimming, diving, and winning fun prizes. Durham Parks & Recreation provides life vests for swimmers who need them, but adults must accompany kids younger than 10.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza - Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Rd, Durham
    Rain or shine (inside if it rains), Epworth United Methodist Church will sponsor their 2019 Easter Eggstravaganza on be Saturday, April 13 from 3-5 pm.  Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, a bounce house, crafts, games, and more!

  • West Point Egg Hunt and Dog-Gone Egg Hunt, 5101 N Roxboro St, Durham
    Want to watch your kids and dogs scramble for prizes in a historic riverfront park? Bring the whole family to the West Point on the Eno Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13. The kids' hunt starts at 10:30 am, and believe it or not, the dogs take over at 1 pm.

    This is the park's 32nd annual egg hunt, and it has grown throughout the years to include photo-ops with the Easter Bunny, interactive games and crafts, face-painting stations, and more. Of course, it's the canines-only egg hunt that will truly make your day. Here in Durham, Easter goes to the dogs in the most adorable way.

  • Campus Hills Egg Hunt, 2000 S Alston Ave, Durham
    As kids scramble across West Point on the Eno, another egg hunt will take place across town. Come to the Campus Hills Egg Hunt at 10 am for a festive search party that's open to kids 12 and under. Each participant gets a fake tattoo, a picture with the Easter Bunny, and a chance to collect eggs with special prizes inside.
  • The Eggcellent Easter Eggperience, Twin Lakes Park, 435 Chandler Rd, Durham
    Join Teens with Dreams on Saturday, April 20 at Twin Lakes Park from 1-4 pm as they give back to the Durham community by hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Basket giveaway! Bring your child(ren) to enjoy an EGGcellent Easter.

Are you ready to start your search for a home in Durham? Our REALTORS® will help you navigate our real estate market and learn more about your family's options. Contact us today to find an agent who can help you get started. 

March
13

Celebrating the Arts in the Triangle

Triangle Museums and Galleries
No matter what you love to do for fun, living in the Triangle makes it easy to pursue your favorite activities. Interested in great art? The Triangle is home to a diverse collection of museums, art galleries, and learning facilities. No matter which Triangle community you choose, you'll find cart and culture are never far from your front door when buying a home in North Carolina's Triangle. Our REALTORS® have the key info on six amazing art destinations located within Triangle communities.

Local Museums, Galleries, and More in the Triangle

  1. North Carolina Museum of Art – 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
    The North Carolina Museum of Art is a unique facility, which aims to help you learn about art, see art in nature, and connect with new people. The permanent collection at NCMA includes both European and American art, with collections from ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, and so much more. Explore the outdoor Museum Park to see large, spectacular sculptures in a natural setting.
  2. Artspace – 201 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Raleigh homes for sale put you close to a wide variety of excellent art destinations like Artspace, which aims to inspire creativity in all who visit. Artspace features a rotating selection of exhibitions from local and international artists, an artist in residence program, classes, summer arts programs, and a wide selection of events throughout the year. The Artspace Gala, which occurs every fall, is always a big event on the Raleigh art calendar.

  3. Gregg Museum of Art & Design – 1903 Hillsborough, St. Raleigh, NC 27607
    With a variety of rotating exhibitions to go along with a robust permanent collection, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design is a great place to experience the arts in Raleigh. The Gregg Museum is located in the Historic Chancellor's Residence on the NCSU campus, a beautiful mansion in the Georgian style which makes a perfect home for one of the area's best art collections.

  4. Ackland Art Museum101 S. Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    The Ackland Art Museum on the UNC campus is one of many local perks to enjoy when you shop for Chapel Hill homes for sale. Exhibitions at the Ackland Art Museum cover both art and history, with everything from ancient pottery to modern art. The Ackland Art Museum also offers extensive educational programs, for kids, adults, and college students alike.

  5. The ArtsCenter – 300-G East Main St. Carrboro NC 27510
    The biggest cities aren't the only places with great art in the Triangle, and Carrboro homes for sale make it easy to reach the ArtsCenter, a popular local destination. The ArtsCenter aims to be inspiring, by offering art classes for all ages, a busy performance schedule, art summer camps, and a variety of community outreach programs. Of course, the ArtsCenter also features an excellent gallery, with new exhibitions appearing regularly.

  6. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University – 650 Alexander Abe, Durham NC 27705
    If you're looking for great food and even better art, it's hard to top Durham homes for sale. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is the perfect place to start your tour of the local arts scene, with one of the largest collections in the region, along with art classes, youth/teen programs, and even a lovely on-site cafe.

Still searching for the right home in the Triangle? Let our team help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle in North Carolina.

January
16

5 of the Best Cooking Classes in the Triangle

North Carolina Triangle - Cooking Classes
Whether you're already experienced in the kitchen or you're looking to sharpen you're cooking skills for the first time, there are a ton of great reasons to consider taking a cooking class. It's a fun way to meet new, like-minded people when you move to a new community and develop skills that you can use for the rest of your life. Cooking classes are also great places to learn about healthy eating options, find new recipes, and enjoy some delicious food while you learn. Our real estate agents are here to help you pursue your passions, with a guide to the five best places to take a cooking class in the Triangle.

New Friends, New Flavors, New Ideas

  1. Flour Power 201 Park at N Hills St #101, Raleigh
    Raleigh homes for sale make it easy to enjoy a wealth of great dining options, and to develop your cooking skills at local classes. At Flour Power Studios, even the kids can get in on the cooking action! Flour Power has been offering kids cooking classes for more than 10 years, in a supportive, engaging, and fun environment. Schedule a class at Flour Power, and help your kids develop skills that will last a lifetime.

  2. Sur La Table – 4421 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh
    Don't worry, there are plenty of great cooking classes for adults in Raleigh, too! At Sur La Table, you'll find in-store classes on a wide range of popular culinary topics, from making your own pasta to cooking the perfect meal for a date night. It's also a great place to schedule a private cooking class for a special event.

  3. Capri Flavors – 867 Bass Pro Ln., Cary
    If you're shopping for homes in Cary, a cooking class will be an excellent way to meet people in your new community. Capri Flavors brings the classic flavors of Italy to your table in Cary and offers the chance to learn from true culinary experts. Proprietors Costanzo and Titina Vuotto, who spent most of their lives in Capri, Italy, are happy to teach you the secrets of traditional Italian cuisine.​​​​​​​

  4. Taste Buds Kitchen Apex – 1475 Beaver Creek Commons Dr., Apex
    Whether you're shopping for Apex homes for sale or already live in the community, cooking classes at Taste Buds Kitchen are a great way to pass the time. From kids cooking classes to adult cooking events, Taste Buds Kitchen Apex offers something for every member of the family. Take a semester class, enjoy a private lesson, or participate in a class designed for the whole family. Taste Buds is a kids kitchen by day, and a BYOB adult kitchen by night, which makes for a great atmosphere no matter when you visit.​​​​​​​

  5. Chapel Hill Cooking Classes – 11312 US Hwy 15 501 N #107, Chapel Hill
    Homes in Chapel Hill offer much more than great scenery, with plenty of fun, local activities including cooking classes. Head to Chapel Hill Cooking Classes to enjoy expert instruction from chef Amanda Cushman, who is happy to share the secrets she's picked up from a long culinary career. Chapel Hill Cooking Classes offers private, public, and team-building cooking classes, with a busy schedule of classes available every month.

Still searching for the perfect home in the Triangle, where you can put all of those cooking skills to work? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle.

January
2

Chapel Hill: 7 Spots to Start Your New Year's Resolution

Chapel Hill Gyms
Have you started planning your New Year's resolutions for this year? For many of us, the start of a new year is an opportunity to focus on the things that matter most, including health, wellness, and fitness. The Chapel Hill area is a great place to make your New Year's resolutions count, whether you already live in the area or are still searching for Chapel Hill homes for sale. If your plan for making the most of the upcoming year involves physical fitness, our real estate agents have seven great gyms and fitness centers in Chapel Hill where you can get started on your New Year's resolution.

  1. UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont – 100 Sprunt St., Chapel Hill
    With more than 52,000 square feet of space filled with state of the art exercise equipment, the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont is a great place to work out for all ages. The facility also includes an indoor aquatic center, basketball court, and track, as well as extensive trails for biking and walking outdoors.

  2. CrossFit 15-501 – 11552 Highway 15-501 N., Chapel Hill
    Interested in trying something different for your workouts this year? At CrossFit 15-501, everyone is welcome. Beginners and experts exercise together, with workouts that scale to each individual's experience/fitness level. The experienced CrossFit coaches here work hard to establish a sense of community.

  3. Snap Fitness – 300 Market St., Chapel Hill
    Trying to fit your New Year's resolution into a busy schedule? Snap Fitness is a great spot for fitting in a workout whenever you have free time, open 24/7 with modern equipment, personal trainers, and a busy schedule of classes every day of the week.

  4. Chapel Hill Community Center – 120 S Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
    Whether you're working out indoors or outside, the Chapel Hill Community Center has the facilities to help you achieve your goals for the new year. There's an indoor aquatics facility, gym, and climbing wall, along with extensive outdoor recreation facilities.

  5. TITLE Boxing Club – 2140 Environ Way, Chapel Hill
    Enjoy a unique full-body workout and pick up some pugilistic skills along the way at TITLE Boxing Club, where the exercise program is based on an authentic boxer's workout. Classes at TITLE focus on boxing, MMA, and kickboxing, with fast-paced workouts available for every experience level.

  6. Barre3 Chapel Hill – 201 S Elliot Rd., Chapel Hill
    Barre3 combines a variety of fitness disciplines to deliver a workout tailored to each individual, including pilates, ballet barre, and yoga. This studio has a class to fit everyone and provides everything that you need to enjoy a great workout. There is also a play lounge available, where kids can hang out while their parents work out.

  7. Franklin St. Yoga Center – 431 W Franklin St., Chapel Hill
    Geared toward empowering people who wish to live a healthy lifestyle, the Franklin St. Yoga Center features a variety of classes that benefit both mind and body. Participate in a yoga class, relax with a meditation class, or jump into a bootcamp workout perfect for getting in shape. The experienced teachers at the facility come from a wide range of backgrounds, so there is always something new to try.

Is finding the perfect Chapel Hill home also high on your list of New Year's resolutions? Our team is here to help. Contact Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Chapel Hill, NC area.

December
26

10 Coffee Shops in the Triangle to Start Your Day

Coffee Shops in the Triangle

If you're like many people, you probably can't start your day off without that first cup of coffee. It's a pleasant ritual that makes your commute, that morning meeting, or an extra-long to-do list so much more bearable. If you want to stop for a cup on your way out in the morning, meet a friend for a mid-morning coffee break, or pick up a cup while you're on your way to meet one of our real estate agents, try one of these coffee shops in the triangle to start your day off right.

Durham

  • Bean Traders, 105 W NC 54 Hwy #249, Durham
    Durham homes for sale have access to some of the most unique and trendy dining options around, and Bean Traders is no exception. With ample room to sit and enjoy your coffee and meal options, you'll want to spend as much time there as possible. The iced coffee is always a hit with customers, but there are plenty of truly unique beverages here (Chocolate Habanero, anyone?).

  • Joe Van Gogh, 1104 Broad St. B, Durham
    With 5 locations in the Triangle Joe Van Gogh coffee is available wherever your adventures might take you. Their coffee is roasted on premises so it's always fresh and delicious. You can even enjoy some local art while you sip.

  • Kaffeinate, 115A N Duke St., Durham
    Located in the historical Brightleaf district the vibe at Kaffeinate is a mix of old and new. Kaffeinate calls themselves "North Carolina's most innovative café" and they are always looking to compliment the area's growing food scene by creating something unique with different techniques and high-quality ingredients. Pastries and waffles are available with gluten-free and vegan options too.

Chapel Hill

  • Bread & Butter, 503 W Rosemary St., Chapel Hill
    Near the restaurant district in Chapel Hill, Bread & Butter serves up traditional coffee drinks made with beans from local roaster Counter Culture. And there's just about any kind of pastry you might want to go with your coffee. Try a seasonal bread for something different.

  • Coco Bean Coffee Shop, 1114 Environ Way, Chapel Hill
    Coco Bean Coffee Shop focuses on eco-friendly, locally sourced ingredients and locally roasted beans. There's rental space for your next morning meeting or special event. They help make the world a better place by donating 10% of their profits to charity too.

  • Caffé Driade, 1215 E Franklin St., Ste. A, Chapel Hill
    Located right off UNC campus and set back off the street, the atmosphere at Caffe Driade is a relaxing oasis. The outside seating area is the perfect place to connect with nature while enjoying your morning brew or taking a break while looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale.

Raleigh

  • BREW Coffee Bar, 111 Seaboard Ave., Ste. 116, Raleigh
    Located at Seaboard Station near Peace College campus, Brew Coffee Bar is a unique experience. Raleigh coffee company is their primary roaster, but they work with a different guest roaster every month, so you can always try something new. Don't miss their signature drink, nitro cold brew coffee. It's made in-house, comes from a keg, and is charged with nitrogen before it's dispensed through a tap.

  • Jubala, 8450 Honeycutt Rd 104, Raleigh / 2100 Hillsborough Street 100, Raleigh
    The folks at Jubala Coffee are committed to giving their customers the highest quality experience by providing handcrafted coffee, freshly prepared one cup at a time. The perfect place for a weekend breakfast or a quick cup to start your workday, Jubala weighs, grinds, and brews their beans from their roaster, Counter Culture Coffee, to ensure the coffee's natural tasting components are brought out. 

  • Liquid State, 1908 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
    Near NC State campus, Liquid State offers a menu of coffee, tea, beer, and small estate wines. Single origin beans are from local roasters Carrboro Coffee. Many of the baked goods and light bites come from local companies as well and there are several vegan and gluten-free options available.

  • Sola Coffee Café, 7705 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh
    At Sola Coffee Café, the goal is to bring people together and enhance the community. Locally roasted coffee can accompany your breakfast, lunch or dinner. The fresh warm mini donuts are a must have to start your day off right. If you'd rather skip the pastries, the Artisan toast bar and omelets provide a variety of flavor options to start your morning. While you're shopping for Raleigh Hill homes for sale, stop by and check out the twice-monthly pop-up market.

Making your home in the Triangle means you'll have a welcoming, innovative and comfortable neighborhood to call home. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to find the new home that's just waiting for you.

December
19

5 Local Cary Photographers for a Family Photo

Cary Professional Family Photographers
Your family keeps evolving right before your eyes.  Your oldest is a senior in high school, and the youngest is starting kindergarten. Where has the time gone? Now is the perfect time to document some of these memories. Whether you're looking for a documentary photo session or formal family portraits, our real estate agents can recommend their favorite five family photographers in Cary, NC.

Family Photos Make a Wonderful Gift

  1. Laura Ann Photography - 107 Ivy Tree Place, Cary, NC 27519
    Laura Ann Photography offers documentary photography sessions to families in the Triangle area. She provides a variety of sessions, starting with an unscripted Storytelling session, following the family and capturing everyday laughter and moments. Regular appointments begin at $300 but can be expanded into day-in-the-life sessions, which last either four or eight hours and start at $450. She also features a Fresh 48 session, which tells the story of the first 48 hours of a new baby's life right at the hospital and is a new thing for families.

  2. 627 Photography Cary, NC 27519
    627 Photography is located in Cary, NC and focuses on portrait photography for the Triangle area. Founder Amy Hill uses lifestyle portraits and specializes in high school seniors and modern family photos. The 627 Photography team wants this experience to be fun and stress-free and believes it's our job to make you look even more beautiful.

  3. My Friend Teresa Studios - 200 S Academy St. #210, Cary, NC 27519
    The husband and wife team of Justin and Teresa at My Friend Teresa Studios work together to capture the essence of your family. They offer individualized attention, where they'll offer suggestions on clothing or designs ahead of time. They love to use some of the hidden gems in the Triangle area for beautiful scenery, but since these are popular in the Spring and Fall, you'll need to book early. Their stylized video fusion session is popular because it includes unscripted behind the scenes moments of your kids joking around along with the portraits.

  4. Jennifer LaGrange Photography - Cary, NC 27519
    Jennifer LaGrange began as a "mom" photographer and then wanted to share her passion with others. She specializes in family photos and loves doing candid photos and first birthday parties, complete with the smash cake. She also does session portraits and aims to find a way to make each family member so that they're all smiling naturally.

  5. Formont Photography - 1904 Pinetuck Ct, Cary, NC 27519
    The Formonth Photography team is experienced in working with children of all ages during family portraits. They often bring a bucket of props to help bring extra smiles or distract the younger ones. They are more than willing than go beyond the designated one or two-hour slot if it means getting your child to smile and have fun.

Shopping for Cary homes for sale will allow you to have a beautiful backdrop for your photos, both inside a new living area or a landscaped yard or nearby park.  Are you ready to learn even more about what the city of Cary can offer your family? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to learn about what Cary real estate has to offer you.

December
12

9 Favorite Spots for Sunday Brunch in Durham

Durham Restaurants for Brunch
What could be better than heading out for a relaxed Sunday brunch with some of your favorite people? Durham homes for sale make it easy to enjoy a wealth of excellent dining options, and Sunday brunch is no exception, with many unique dining spots to try. Whether you're looking for a traditional brunch or something new, you'll find it in the city. Our real estate agents have the details on nine of their favorite spots to enjoy a lovely Sunday brunch in Durham.

Savoring Sunday Morning: Durham's Best Sunday Brunch Spots 

  1. Parker and Otis – 112 South Duke Street, Durham
    Featuring a menu filled with smart, simple food made from fresh, local ingredients, Parker and Otis is a great place to stop for a delicious Sunday brunch. Choose from the breakfast or lunch menus to find the perfect morning meal.

  2. Monuts Donuts – 1002 Ninth Street, Durham
    If you're looking for a friendly atmosphere and delicious, handmade food, look no further than Monuts Donuts. What started as a small donut stand has grown into a popular restaurant. At Monuts, you'll find a full breakfast/lunch menu, soups, salads, and of course some of the best donuts in Durham.

  3. Foster's Market – 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham
    Enjoy a Sunday brunch on the outdoor patio at Foster's Market, where everything is made from scratch and the menu always features something unique. Foster's coffee bar is a nice place to spend time before or after brunch, while the market makes for a great stop to pick up some specialty foods to bring home.

  4. True Flavors Diner – 5410 Highway 55 Suite AJ AK, Durham
    With warm hospitality and an accessible, upscale menu featuring unique takes on your old favorites, True Flavors Diner is a popular brunch destination. Be sure to try the Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles, only available during brunch.

  5. Rise – 8200 Renaissance Parkway, Durham
    Rise began as a small breakfast spot in Durham and has since become a growing chain stretching beyond the Carolinas. Of course, you can still visit the original Rise in Durham for a delicious Sunday brunch, prepared with the freshest ingredients.

  6. Guglhupf Bakery and Patisserie – 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham
    Celebrating 20 years as a Durham staple, Guglhupf Bakery and Patisserie offers a diverse, delicious menu, filled with nods to classic German cooking. Best of all, you can now enjoy the brunch menu at Guglhupf every day of the week!

  7. Elmo's Diner – 776 Ninth Street, Durham
    Stop by Elmo's Diner for a relaxed brunch in a casual, inviting atmosphere, with a staff that makes everyone feel like a regular. Elmo's has been serving up Durham's favorites for more than 20 years, and everything is made from scratch.

  8. Geer Street Garden – 644 Foster Street, Durham
    Located in downtown Durham on the corner of Foster and Geer Streets, Geer Street Garden offers a menu filled with home-cooked favorites every day of the week. The brunch buffet, available on Sundays, features breakfast favorites, salads, quiche, fruit, and banana pudding for dessert.

  9. NOSH - 2812 Erwin Rd, Durham
    NOSH Eclectic Foodstuffs is the go-to place for Durham locals, students, and visitors. Wendy Woods and Piper Lunsford, owners, offer their guests highest quality, affordable food, and quick, friendly service.  Their breakfast menu serves up everything from "a little something to get your day started" to a full-blown, most important-meal-of-the-day medley of pancakes, maple-pepper bacon, and taters.

Still searching for the perfect home, so that you can enjoy all that Durham has to offer? Our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Durham, NC area.

October
10

6 Halloween Happenings in Cary

Cary NC Halloween Events
The Halloween season is always one of the most exciting times of the year for Cary locals, and this year is no exception. Whether you're looking for a spooky haunted house, community pumpkin carving, a fall festival, or an opportunity to see local landmarks in a new light, there's an event for every interest around Halloween in Cary. Our real estate agents know Cary, and we've got the details on six exciting, upcoming Halloween happenings in the community.

Spooky Family Fun: Six Halloween Happenings in the Cary, NC Area 

  1. Pumpkin Flotilla at Bond Park – 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC 27513
    Carve your most creative pumpkin design, then watch your creation take to the season Bond Park Lake. The Pumpkin Flotilla at Bond Park is a truly unique event, as carved pumpkins, glowing brightly, meander their way across the water. There will be refreshments available, along with discounted boat rides for anyone who enters a pumpkin or arrives in their finest Halloween costume.

  2. Herbert's Haunted House – 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary, NC 27513
    You won't find Herbert's Haunted House on the list of Cary homes for sale and that's probably a good thing. Held at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, Herbert's Haunted House is a fun, spooky event, organized by the Cary Teen Council. See your favorite community center in a whole new light, as Cary's teens put their imaginations to work to create a scary Halloween experience for everyone in attendance.

  3. Fall for Cary Festival – Academy and West Chatham Streets in Cary, NC
    Enjoy a taste of everything that makes life special in Cary, at the Fall for Cary Festival. Held annually around Halloween, Fall for Cary is a fun, community-focused event for the whole family. Shop for local arts and crafts, visit local businesses, enter the costume contest, enjoy live performances, or even have your face painted to celebrate the season. There is a ton to do at the Fall for Cary Festival every year, with activities for all ages.

  4. Zombiepalooza – 122 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
    Every zombie has a story, and Zombiepalooza is a truly unique celebration of all things zombie-related. Enjoy more than a dozen short films from local filmmakers, check out some of the best zombie costumes in Cary, and maybe even win some prizes to take home. Zombiepalooza is a fun, free event to celebrate Halloween in Cary this year.

  5. Cary's Great Pumpkin Carve – 319 S. Academy St., Cary, NC 27511
    Pick a perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, then visit a carving station to create something special for Halloween. Cary's Great Pumpkin Carve is an opportunity to enjoy one of everyone's favorite Halloween traditions, and spend some quality time with the community. After the pumpkin carving is complete, there will be family-friendly Halloween films shown indoors.

  6. Mall Crawl at Cary Towne Center – 1105 Walnut St., Cary, NC 27511
    Get ready for a day of family fun with the Mall Crawl at Cary Towne Center. This event is a great chance for kids to get dressed up in their favorite Halloween costume and enjoy an afternoon filled with special memories. The Mall Crawl at Cary Towne Center will include trick-or-treating, Halloween stories, and even a magic show to top off a fun-filled day.

No matter the season, there is always something exciting coming up on the special events calendar in the Cary area. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Cary, NC.

September
12

Cary Downtown Farmers Market

Cary NC Farmers Market
There's nothing quite like waking up on a Saturday morning to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of a local farmers market.  Our very own Cary Downtown Farmers Market consistently ranks as one of the best in the region. Open every Saturday morning, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market features a wide selection of local vendors, with fresh ingredients, prepared food, arts, crafts, and tons of great gifts. There are also special events, like the annual Fall Farmers Festival. It's a great example of what makes life in Cary special, and our real estate agents have all the details on what you can expect at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market.

Fresh, Local Cary: Experience the Cary Farmers Market and Farmers Fall Festival 

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market
Location:
135 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
Hours:
Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Purchase Fresh Food and Support Local Vendors

Whether you're searching for fresh produce, meat, poultry, or anything else that can be produced by a local farm, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market has you covered. The market is loaded with unique local vendors, including farms, coffee shops, bakeries, and local artisans. You can buy soap, honey, candles, pottery, and even gourmet dog treats. It's a great place to pick up a unique gift or grab ingredients for creating a fabulous meal at home. The Cary Downtown Farmers Market also offers a wide selection of prepared food, from some of the community's favorite food vendors.

A Farmers Market for the Winter, Too!

In many towns, the farmers market is something to be enjoyed during only the spring and summer months. But that's not the case in Cary. The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open during the winter, too, and still offers a great selection of vendors during the cold-weather season. Swing by the market during the holidays to start your holiday shopping.

Annual Events at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market

There's no off-season at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market, and the special events schedule at the market is a big reason why that's the case. September and October are big months for the market, with the Annual Farmers Fall Festival followed by International Day. During International Day, the market features flavors from across the world, inspired by the diverse residents who call Cary home. The Holiday Market, which runs every November, is the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts from all of your favorite local vendors. Keep an eye on the schedule throughout the summer as well, because you never know when the next new event will be coming to the Cary Downtown Farmers Market.

Enjoy the Farmers Fall Festival

The Farmers Fall Festival, which happens every year at the close of summer, is always one of the biggest events of the year at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. This year's event takes place on September 29, 2018, and it's the perfect place to celebrate the start of the fall season. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, farming and crafting demos, kid-friendly attractions, and even a pie-eating contest. The Farmers Fall Festival offers something for every member of the family to enjoy, just like the community of Cary itself.

Are you searching for Cary homes for sale, so that you can enjoy all of the great local attractions in the area? Our team of local real estate experts is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Cary, NC area.

August
15

Your Kids Will Love Pullen Park in Raleigh

Raleigh-Pullen Park
An excellent park system is one of the many perks of living in Raleigh, NC, and Pullen Park regularly ranks as one of the most popular parks in the city. With a lake, amusements, aquatic center, theater, and arts center, Pullen Park offers something for every member of the family to enjoy. The park even connects to the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile trail system that spans the entire coast. Our real estate agents have all the details on why parents and kids both love spending time at Pullen Park in Raleigh, NC.

Amusements, Outdoor Entertainment, and Family Fun at Pullen Park 

The History of Pullen Park

Pullen Park has been one of Raleigh's most popular outdoor family destinations for generations and was established in 1887. Spanning 66 acres, Pullen Park is home to the fifth oldest amusement park in the United States, with a location right next to the North Carolina State University campus. Raleigh resident Richard Stanhope Pullen donated the land for the park.  Pullen Park was the first public park in North Carolina.

Raleigh - Pullen Park

Enjoy the Pullen Park Amusements

Kids love coming to Pullen Park, and the amusement rides are a big reason why that's the case. With a gorgeous carousel donated in 1911, a kid-sized train, and kiddie boats, Pullen Park's amusements have been delighting local kids for more than a century. There is no admission cost to visit the park, and tickets for the rides are very affordable.

Raleigh - Pullen ParkPaddleboats on Lake Howell

Kids also love hitting the water on paddleboats, which are available for rental around Lake Howell at Pullen Park. Paddleboat rentals are available by the half-hour, and at least one rider must be over 16 years of age to rent a boat.

The Pullen Park Aquatic Center

Outdoor fun isn't all that you'll find at Pullen Park, which is also home to one of Raleigh's best indoor aquatic centers. The Pullen Park Aquatic Center features an Olympic-sized pool, where you can enjoy swimming competitions, get a great workout, or sign the kids up for swimming lessons. There are also exercise classes available, and the Pullen Park Aquatic Center is open year-round.

Arts and Culture at Pullen Park

Shopping for Raleigh homes for sale means that you'll always have easy access to the arts, and Pullen Park features a number of artistic attractions to enjoy. The Pullen Arts Center, added to the park in 1961, is a great place to visit for family-friendly classes, events, and summer camps, with art classes available for people of all skill levels. You'll also find a fantastic schedule of live entertainment at the Theatre in the Park, an indoor performance venue located on the north side of Pullen Park. The theater features new shows throughout every season, as well as a beautiful outdoor garden where you can relax after the show.

Summer Concert Series at Pullen Park

The Theatre in the Park isn't the only place that you'll find live entertainment at Pullen Park, and the Summer Concert Series is the perfect opportunity to enjoy your favorite songs at one of Raleigh's favorite outdoor destinations. There are five concerts scheduled throughout the summer at Pullen Park, with a diverse collection of artists that the whole family can enjoy.

Are you searching for the right family home in Raleigh, where you can enjoy all of the parks, attractions, and entertainment that the city has to offer? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.

July
3

Have You Visited Fearrington Village in Pittsboro

Pittsboro - Fearrington Village
Tucked away a short drive south from the city of Chapel Hill near Pittsboro, you will find Fearrington Village, a unique community that transports you to a different place and time. Fearrington Village is patterned after the quintessential English village and has been built up around a historic dairy farm. Whether you're enjoying a meal at one of the multiple elegant restaurants, spending an evening in the inn, or simply exploring the charms of this historic destination, Fearrington Village is the type of attraction that always keeps you coming back for more. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on why so many love visiting Fearrington Village.

Fearrington Village: A Historic, English-Inspired Village in Pittsboro 


Delicious Dining at Unique Destinations

Pittsboro - Fearrington House

No matter what time of day or year you visit Fearrington Village, you'll find a unique dining destination suited to your needs. The Fearrington House restaurant is the crown jewel of the property, whether you're looking for an elegant dinner or the perfect place for a spot of afternoon tea. At the Belted Goat, you can enjoy Fearrington's famous coffee, sample other local beverages, and start your day with an excellent English breakfast. You'll find even more great food throughout the premises, including wood-fired pizza that you simply have to taste to believe.

The Fearrington House Inn

Pittsboro - Fearrington

While you won't find it on the list of Pittsboro homes for sale , there's no doubt that the Fearrington House Inn will definitely make you feel right at home. Choose from one of 32 uniquely designed rooms, each with their own feel and story. Rooms are decorated antiques, fresh flowers, and beautiful artwork, while your every need is attended to by a friendly, welcoming staff. The Fearrington House Inn provides easy access to all of the other attractions on the premises, and the perfect place to unwind after a fun day of exploring the village.

The Spa at Fearrington

Pamper yourself or your special someone with a trip to the elegant Spa at Fearrington, which features a friendly staff, excellent amenities, and the latest in English luxury skincare products. Enjoy a facial, manicure, pedicure, or massage, all overseen by an expert staff that will always make you feel welcome. If you want to visit a spa that leaves no stone unturned in its quest to provide maximum relaxation, then this is the place to be. Reservations are a good idea for trips to the spa, and you can also pick up gift certificates that are sure to be a hit around the holidays.

Shop 'Til You Drop at Fearrington Village

No matter what brings you to Fearrington Village, you'll certainly want to explore the property's many boutique shops while you're here. Dovecote Style is a boutique with an ever-changing selection and the latest in luxury styles from designers across the world. Nest, on the other hand, is all about the latest in luxury for your home, including artwork and accessories. The Spa Boutique is the perfect place to shop for a gift or your own favorite treats for unwinding after a long day. McIntyre's Books is one of the most popular independent bookstores in North Carolina, drawing visitors from near and far to shop the store's excellent selection. You'll also find ample opportunities to meet some of our favorite authors at McIntyre's Books, at both book signings and unique special events.

Are you ready to find the perfect home close to Fearrington Village and all of the other great attractions in the Pittsboro area? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout Pittsboro, NC.

June
18

Discover Hillsborough One of America's Favorite Small Towns

Hillsborough NC Living
Hillsborough, NC was established in 1754, and in recent years the community has gotten recognition as one of the best small towns in America to call home. Hillsborough was ranked number three on CNN Travel's list of the coolest small towns in the country, and the community always has a presence on lists of the best small towns in North Carolina to visit. Wondering why Hillsborough is such a popular place to call home? Our real estate agents have all the details of what life is like in one of America's favorite small towns.

A Slice of Heaven in Hillsborough: Learn Why the Locals Love Living in Hillsborough, NC


History Meets Present Day in Hillsborough

The town of Hillsborough has a history that dates back more than 250 years, and that history is preserved in the downtown Hillsborough historic district. Downtown Hillsborough has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to the many historic homes, businesses, and public places in the community dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Exploring local history is a great way to get in touch with the lifestyle of Hillsborough, and learn how the community became such a great place to call home. Be sure to make a trip to the Hillsborough Visitor's Center while you're downtown, to learn more about the community from local experts.  The center of Hillsborough sits on the banks of the Eno River. Frequent historical re-enactments commemorate the town's role as a political hub during the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.

Outdoor Fun Around Every Corner

Whether you're strolling down the scenic streets of Hillsborough or looking for a more intense outdoor activity, there's plenty to do for fun outdoors around town. Visit the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area to explore three miles of trails, drop a line in a pair of great fishing spots, or set up a picnic with beautiful, natural scenery all around you. Shopping for Hillsborough homes for sale means you'll never be far from your next outdoor adventure.

Events like the Sunday History Hike combine the community's love of history and nature, with scenic strolls lead by diverse local experts. You'll also find a ton of great parks around Hillsborough, from the massive Eno River State Park to the many parks and playgrounds spread throughout the community.

Entertainment, Culture, and Art in Hillsborough

The natural scenery, unique history, and bright future of Hillsborough make the community a popular place for writers, artists, and lovers of history. Throughout the community, you'll find loads of popular art galleries, where you can get in touch with the artistic side of Hillsborough. There are also excellent opportunities to explore the historic culture of Hillsborough, like the Occaneechi Village Replica Site, which replicates an Occaneechi village on the banks of the Eno River, in the same place that a real Occaneechi village stood more than 300 years ago.

Festivals, Events, and Family Fun

No matter the time of the year, you're sure to find some fun events and festivals on the schedule in Hillsborough. The annual Hillsborough Hog Day BBQ Festival draws visitors from every corner of North Carolina and beyond with some of the best barbecue, you'll ever taste. The Last Fridays Concert Series, which runs from April through June, is a free event from the Hillsborough Arts Council that always features fun for the whole family. There are events for all of the big holidays on the calendar, along with special opportunities to explore the historic homes, gardens, and buildings throughout the Hillsborough area.

Heard enough, and ready to find out first-hand why the town of Hillsborough, NC is such a special place to call home? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Hillsborough, NC area.

May
30

When You Think of Clayton You Think of Home

Clayton NC Home
Clayton, North Carolina has seen rapid growth in recent years, and now ranks as one of the fastest-growing communities in the Research Triangle. All of those new residents have plenty of reasons to love calling the community home, thanks to an appealing mix of safe streets, ample outdoor attractions, and a diverse, dynamic downtown area. Clayton, NC is also located just 15 minutes from Raleigh and provides easy access to other nearby communities in the Research Triangle. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Clayton, NC will feel like home from the moment you move to the community.

Learn Why the Community of Clayton Has Become Such a Popular Place to Call Home


Outdoor Adventures Are Never Far from Home

Residents of Clayton enjoy the fact that the community provides both easy access to the big city and plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors close to home. The Clayton River Walk on the Neuse is one popular outdoor destination, with a four-mile long trail that winds its way past loads of waterfront scenery. The community also offers an extensive collection of parks, greenways, and trails perfect for family fun. As you tour the outdoor spaces of Clayton, NC, you'll also find public, outdoor art exhibits scattered throughout the community.

Head Downtown for Shopping, Food, and Fun

In the mood to enjoy some arts, culture, shopping, and great food in Clayton? Just head downtown! Downtown Clayton has grown into a hub of the community, where you'll find popular restaurants, shops, performance venues, and attractions. There's also a free summer concert series downtown, with acts that every member of the family can enjoy. Clayton's fast growth has attracted new businesses to the downtown area, so you can expect new attractions to keep popping up downtown, and throughout the community.

Great Golf Close to Home

Clayton's outdoor attractions are not limited to all of the great parks, trails, and natural spaces that you'll find throughout the community. You'll also have some of the best golf in North Carolina close to home, starting with the popular Neuse Golf Club. Test yourself on a challenging, scenic 18-hole course, which regularly ranks among the best in North Carolina.

Find a Home to Match Every Taste and Budget

When you're ready to find a home of your own in Clayton, you'll certainly have plenty of great options in the community. Clayton homes for sale feature a little bit of everything, with a focus on affordable homes and attractive outdoor scenery. This is a great place to shop if you're looking for a home with room to grow, in a community that provides easy access to all that the Research Triangle region has to offer.

Arts and Culture in Clayton, NC

You can't travel far in Clayton without being reminded that this is a community that truly loves the arts. Enjoy live performances in a fun, historic venue at the Clayton Center, or head downtown to check out the unique Clayton Sculpture Trail, where new public art is added every year. In fact, you'll find public art in town squares throughout the community. The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is a great place to catch up on reading, participate in fun classes with the community, and dig deep into Clayton's exciting local history.

Are you ready to start searching for a home in one of North Carolina's fast-growing communities, with help from a real estate team that truly knows the region? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Clayton, NC area.

May
9

Taking a Peek at Apex

Taking a Peak at Apex, NC

From special events to daily delights, there are a ton of reasons to love calling the community of Apex, NC home. You'll find something fun to do in Apex during every season, with activities that every member of the family will enjoy. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on ten things you definitely won't want to miss in Apex, NC.

10 Things Not to Miss in Apex, NC

  1. Apex PeakFest
    Every year, the people of Apex come together to celebrate PeakFest, and Salem Street is transformed into one big festival. Shop from local vendors, grab some great food and enjoy family-friendly entertainment throughout the day at PeakFest.

  2. Halle Cultural Arts Center
    The Halle Cultural Arts Center is the place to be for arts and culture in Apex, with classes, performances, and plenty of opportunities to get involved first-hand. Enjoy a show with the family, or volunteer at the Center to support the arts in Apex.

  3. Saturday Morning Farmers Market
    Have a craving for something fresh, or searching for the perfect ingredients to create a meal of your own? The Apex Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday morning during the spring and summer, as well as one Saturday per month during the winter.

  4. The Maynard-Pearson House
    There is history to be found everywhere you go in Apex Hill, and the Apex Historical Society does a fantastic job of bringing that history to life. The Maynard-Pearson House is the home-base of the Apex Historical Society, with a unique history of its own and fascinating exhibits to explore.

  5. Holiday Historic Homes Tour
    During the holiday season, the Apex Historical Society offers the opportunity to tour some of the community's most historic homes. While these homes won't be popping up on the list of Apex Hill homes for sale anytime soon, exploring them is a great way to enjoy some quality time with the family during the holidays.

  6. Apex Nature Park
    Explore the outdoors, get in a great workout, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights at Apex Nature Park. The park includes an amphitheater, trail system, disc golf, and a dog park for your four-legged friends.

  7. Knights Play Golf Center
    In most towns, you can go golfing in the day, or not at all, but Apex is a bit different thanks to the Knights Play Golf Center. This brightly lit, 27-hole course is open until midnight, and playing golf under the lights is a truly unique experience that you won't find in many other communities.

  8. Moon & Lola
    Searching for the perfect gift, or the perfect treat for yourself? Stop by Moon & Lola to shop for unique, personalized jewelry that you won't find anywhere else.

  9. Historic Downtown Apex
    Not sure what you're in the mood to do? No problem! Just head to Historic Downtown Apex, where you'll find local businesses, historic buildings, special events, and the Apex Train Depot, which doubles as a historical museum.

  10. Anna's Pizzeria
    You'll find plenty of excellent places to grab a meal throughout Apex, and Anna's Pizzeria is a great example of why that's the case. In addition to delicious, New York-style pizzas, Anna's offers the sort of friendly, thoughtful service that you'll find in so many of Apex's local small businesses.

Ready to start shopping for homes near all of the great attractions in Apex with the help of an experienced, local real estate team? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Apex, NC area.

April
11

Living in Fuquay-Varina and Loving It

Fuquay-Varina NC
Fuquay-Varina, NC is located in Wake County, just a short drive southwest from the city of Raleigh. While you'll have easy access to the big city, you'll also find everything you need to live, work, and play close to home in Fuquay-Varina. The community is home to two dynamic downtowns, a healthy economy, loads of unique local businesses, and more than enough attractions to keep every member of the family entertained. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Fuquay-Varina is such a popular place to call home.

Live, Play, Work in Fuquay-Varina, NC


Plenty to Do in Fuquay-Varina 

Whether you're looking for a great meal, a fun community event, or a chance to shop locally, you'll find it all in Fuquay-Varina's two downtown areas. With everything from art galleries to tattoo shops, you won't need to travel far to find what you need in the community. The downtown areas are also the place to be for special events, and there are plenty of fun ones on the calendar. Since Fuquay-Varina was actually created from two separate communities, you get the unique perk of having two downtowns to explore, within one great community.

Enjoy Arts and Culture Close to Home

The arts are an important part of life in Fuquay-Varina, with plenty of events, art galleries, and concerts to enjoy in the community. You can visit Ashley's Art Gallery or Magnolia House to see work from local artists and enjoy the sweet sounds of local musicians at the Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina Concert Series. The Fuquay-Varina Arts Center, which is expected to open its doors in the summer of 2018, is set to become a hub of arts in the community, with classes, exhibits, events, and more.

A Home to Match Every Buyer and Budget

Are you ready to start loving life in Fuquay-Varina? Then you'll have plenty of great options to choose from when you shop for Fuquay-Varina homes for sale. With luxury listings that are sure to impress and single-family homes of all sizes, you'll have diverse options when it's time to identify the home that suits your needs. Homes in downtown Fuquay-Varina offer easy access to all of the community's great local amenities, while homes in the outer parts of town boast ample natural scenery with beautiful views from your front door.

Big Events Bring the Community Together

You won't have any trouble finding things to do in Fuquay-Varina, and there will be loads of special dates to circle on your calendar throughout the year. That's because the people of Fuquay-Varina love getting together for big community events, including the annual Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival. The biggest event of the year is typically the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest when the skies above Fuquay-Varina are filled with hot air balloons, while the streets are filled with food and family fun.

Experience the Fuquay Mineral Spring

During its earliest days, Fuquay-Varina was built up around the Fuquay Mineral Spring, which provided mineral-rich water that people once thought had special healing powers. Visitors came from far and wide to see the spring in those days, and today the Fuquay Mineral Spring is still a great place to enjoy a picnic, take in the sights, and learn about a unique element of local history.

Are you ready to start shopping, and find out first-hand why Fuquay-Varina is such a great place to call home? Contact Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Fuquay-Varina, NC area.

April
3

Distinctively Durham - Brightleaf Square

Durham NC - Brightleaf Square
Great food with a distinctly Durham spin? Check. Shopping at unique, local businesses that you won't find anywhere else? Check. A place where local history meets modern amenities and every member of the family can have a good time? Check. If you're looking for a great place to spend a day in Durham, you won't find many better locations than Brightleaf Square, the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex located between Downtown Durham and Duke University. Brightleaf Square prides itself on being "Distinctly Durham," and our real estate agents have all of the details on this delightful Durham destination.

Distinctly Durham: Enjoy Fabulous Food and Spectacular Shopping at Brightleaf Square

One of the first things you'll notice when shopping Durham homes for sale is the way that the city--and each neighborhood--has its own unique atmosphere, history, and amenities. Brightleaf Square is a great example of why that's the case and provides the perfect place to spend a day no matter which corner of Durham you call home.

A Convenient, Historic Durham Location

Brightleaf Square first opened in 1981, aiming to provide a fun, convenient place to shop between Downtown Durham and Duke University. It was a hit from the start, in part thanks to the two historic buildings that the complex was built around. Brightleaf Square is housed in two large former tobacco warehouses, which were built in the earliest years of the 1900s. The complex has grown ever since, with a host of great shopping spots and dining destinations. In addition to the two main buildings, the courtyard between both warehouses has been redesigned to provide a scenic, outdoor setting while you enjoy all that Brightleaf Square has to offer.

Shop 'Til You Drop in Brightleaf Square

Do you love scouring local businesses for unique, hidden gems, and supporting the small businesses that make Durham such a special place to call home? Well, Brightleaf Square is full of them! You'll find an eclectic selection of shops throughout the complex, whether you're searching for the latest fashions, hunting for interesting antiques, or trying to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything. Businesses like Bull City Art & Frame offer a culture-rich shopping experience and work hard to make children feel welcome as you explore the sights, sounds, and flavors of Brightleaf Square.

Durham - Brightleaf Square Dining

A Distinctly Durham Dining Experience

You're sure to work up an appetite from all of that shopping, so why not enjoy a fabulous meal and recharge right in Brightleaf Square? The complex is home to eight unique dining destinations, including a craft brewery, fantastic seafood spots, ice cream made with the freshest local ingredients, and flavorful Asian cuisine close to home in Durham. If you're looking for a fun, convenient place to grab dinner and drinks with your friends, you'll have no trouble finding what you seek in Brightleaf Square.

Special Events for Every Season

There's always something interesting going on in Brightleaf Square, and special events are a common sight around the complex, especially during the summer. The warm-weather season includes the free summer concert series, which regularly draws big crowds for fun outdoor concerts. The local businesses that create Brightleaf Square also put on plenty of events throughout the year as well, and this is always a fun place to shop during the holiday season.

Are you searching for your own home that's "distinctly Durham" and looking for a local real estate team that truly knows the city? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Durham, NC area.

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