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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
21

HPW Open Houses | December 22 - 23

Are you planning to spend the weekend baking, wrapping and welcoming houseguests in for Christmas? Perhaps you should also add house hunting to that to-do list.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed beautiful homes that are sure to put a twinkle in your eye.

We're confident that you'll feel like a kid discovering Santa's surprises under the tree as you tour these unique properties and uncover all that they hold.

Take a look at all of our agents' open houses and do your best to fit some of them into your weekend plans. If you do, you may be able to fulfill your New Year's resolution of buying a home well before the ball drops.

 

Featured Open Houses

 

58 W Thicket Drive, Angier, NC 27501

$245,000

Sq Ft: 2,262 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

 58 W Thicket Drive, Angier, NC 27501


803 Drew Street, Durham, NC 27701

$575,000

Sq Ft: 2,645 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

803 Drew Street, Durham, NC 27701


  3808 Westbury Lake Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

$599,000

Sq Ft: 3,810 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

   Raleigh (Danielle Blackwell) 3808 Westbury Lake Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603


2115 Frissell Avenue, Apex, NC 27502

$320,000

Sq Ft: 2,194 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

2115 Frissell Avenue, Apex, NC 27502


1908 Haley Pines Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$750,000

Sq Ft: 3,881 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and

Sunday, December 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

1908 Haley Pines Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587


468 Cedar Pond Court, Knightdale, NC 27545

$425,000

Sq Ft: 3,337 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, December 23 from 1 to 5 p.m.

468 Cedar Pond Court, Knightdale, NC 27545


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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
14

HPW Luxury | 404 N Churton Street

Few things compare to the feel and aura of a historical home.  The Turner-Strudwick House located at 404 N. Churton Street is steeped in history and is currently listed by Meighan Carmichael our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Hillsborough office.

As you walk up to the home, peonies and irises adorn the original cobblestone walkway and you are automatically taken back in time. Upon entering the house through the red double doors, you can't miss the heart pine floors and twin parlors off of the foyer.  Details abound the home including eight fireplaces, each of which were built with their own unique mantel. This historical home has one very unique feature that cements the era in which it was built. In those bedrooms with fireplaces, there are two closets, one on each side of the fireplace, a very quaint feature to this home. 

Built in 1833 by Josiah Turner, this 4,500+ square foot masterpiece sits on over an acre in Historic Downtown Hillsborough.  In 1889 Edmund Strudwick decided he wanted to reorient the house to face Churton Street. During this process, he enlarged the home adding the twin parlors, two upstairs bedrooms and an additional wing.  This new wing also included a porch which brought the total number of porches to three. Something that was practically unheard of at that time.

In 1922, Sheriff L.B. Lloyd bought the Turner-Strudwick House where it has remained in the family for several generations. The owners are now ready to share the next chapter in its storied history.

To see this house in all its splendor, sign up for the Hillsborough Candle Light Tour which will take place on Sunday, December 16th.  From 1 to 7 p.m. guests will be able to see the first floor of the home and from 7 to 9 p.m. a full open house will be held following the candlelight tour. For more details on this home and how you can enjoy a tour of this historic landmark in the heart of Hillsborough, contact Meighan Carmichael.

For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest addition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

December
14

HPW Open Houses | December 15 - 16

HPW Open Houses December 15-16A toy train for Landon. Check. A LOL Ball for Avery. Check. A new grill set for Uncle John. Check. A spa gift card for Grandma. Check.

You've found gifts for all of your loved ones and friends, but what about you? Will you get what you really want this year? Let us lead you to the best gift of all, a new home.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate elves, er, agents, are ready to work their magic to help you find the home you've been dreaming of all year.

In fact, many of our listing agents will be hosting open houses this Saturday and Sunday in some of the best homes on the market in the most popular neighborhoods and communities in the Triangle area.

Take a page from Santa's book and check this list, twice if you like, of our agents' open houses to map out your weekend house-hunting plans and let the spirit of the season lead the way!

 

Featured Open Houses

 

3037 Truitt Drive, Burlington, NC 27215

$397,000

Sq Ft: 3,651 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.

3037 Truitt Drive, Burlington, NC 27215


224 Aldenwood Place, Apex, NC 27539

$450,000

Sq Ft: 3,548 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.

224 Aldenwood Place, Apex, NC 27539


421 Teague Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$675,000

Sq Ft: 4,000 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

421 Teague Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587


1112 Formal Garden Way, Raleigh, NC 27603

$449,900

Sq Ft: 3,115 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, December 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

1112 Formal Garden Way, Raleigh, NC 27603


2647 Cashlin Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616

$299,900

Sq Ft: 2,866 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

2647 Cashlin Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616


5000 Beckwyck Drive, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

$400,000

Sq Ft: 2,505 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, December 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

5000 Beckwyck Drive, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526


4005 Windchime Lane, Youngsville, NC 27596

$475,000

Sq Ft: 3,358 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, December 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

4005 Windchime Lane, Youngsville, NC 27596


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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.

December
7

HPW Open Houses | December 8 - 9

HPW Open Houses Dec 8-9It may be freezing cold outside, but our real estate agents' open houses will be warm and welcoming this weekend!

Bundle up to brave the "brrr" (and maybe snow!) and head out to tour homes across Central NC. Our local real estate agents have listings from Mebane all the way to Goldsboro, and you're bound to want to see a few.

Check out a complete list of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open houses to figure out which homes you'd like to tour on Saturday and Sunday.

If all goes well, you may end up with a new set of keys under the tree!

 

Featured Open Houses

 

6520 Tealbriar Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

$319,900

Sq Ft: 2,193 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

6520 Tealbriar Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615


103 Oak Park Drive, Benson, NC 27504

$149,900

Sq Ft: 1,467 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

103 Oak Park Drive, Benson, NC 27504


468 Cedar Pond Court, Knightdale, NC 27545

$425,000

Sq Ft: 3,337 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.

468 Cedar Pond Court, Knightdale, NC 27545


1909 Clear Falls Court, Raleigh, NC 27615

$869,900

Sq Ft: 4,506 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 (full)

Open House: Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.    

Raleigh (John Young) 1909 Clear Falls Court, Raleigh, NC 27615


8225 Clear Brook Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

$360,000

Sq Ft: 2,725 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and

Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.            

8225 Clear Brook Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615


58 W Thicket Drive, Angier, NC 27501

$245,900

Sq Ft: 2,262 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, December 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

          58 W Thicket Drive, Angier, NC 27501    


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