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Holiday Markets Near Raleigh

Raleigh Holiday Markets

The holidays are upon us, and our real estate agents are excited for festive fun around Raleigh!

When you choose Raleigh homes for sale, you can rest assured you will be smack dab in the midst of some of the region's best holiday markets. Holiday markets are typically a grassroots affair where you find artists and crafters from around the state, leading to truly unique holiday gift ideas.

Let's visit just a handful of the amazing holiday markets you can find near Raleigh:

  • Merry and Bright, A North Pole Market – 1 Mimosa Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
    Merry and Bright, A North Pole Market is a local tradition that is free to the public. Taking place at historic Mordecai Park, there will be crafts, music, food, and lots of handmade goods. Children will delight in the opportunity to meet Santa and his elves. A professional photographer will be on hand, allowing you to enjoy a unique memento. It all happens at 10 a.m. on December 10.

  • The Scandinavian Christmas Fair – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
    Raleigh-Durham is well known for its bustling community of people with Scandinavian ancestry. The Scandinavian Christmas Fair harkens back to the rich traditions of the "old countries" on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artisans and vendors will be in attendance with crafts and gifts, traditional folk dances and songs will be performed, and there will be plenty of homemade food!

  • Durham Holiday Market – 1920 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707
    Found at The Honeysuckle at Lakewood, Durham Holiday Market can get you started on your holiday season shopping early. How early? It'll be open on Saturday, November 26, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Browse the wares of dozens of local vendors with glee! Santa Claus is the guest of honor here, and there'll also be games, face painting, and music. Guests of all ages can rejoice!

  • The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market – 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701
    The Durham Art Walk is a renowned place to see public art for residents and visitors alike, not far at all from available Durham properties. In December, The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market takes the experience to a new level of holiday cheer and excitement. There will be visual artists and vendors aplenty on the weekend of November 19 and November 20, just a few days ahead of Thanksgiving.

  • The Durham Craft Market Holiday Show – 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Last but surely not least, The Durham Craft Market Holiday Show will be returning this year on Sunday, December 11. Running from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., it is known for attracting a wide range of hobbyist and professional crafters working in all sorts of media. Sponsored by local boosters and welcoming the whole family, it is a terrific way to spend an afternoon and maybe pick up a gift or two.

Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities in and around Raleigh.


How to Spend a Day in Apex, NC

Apex NC

As the city's website proudly proclaims, Apex is "The Peak of Good Living." Spend a rewarding day exploring Apex with a visit to these wonderful places recommended by our real estate agents

  • The Halle Cultural Arts Center - 237 N. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502
    Whether you're viewing someone else's creativity or developing your own, there's always something to do at The Halle Cultural Arts Center. Their event schedule is jam-packed with plays, concerts, and movies, such as the bi-monthly classical music series. Classes and workshops for all ages include SuperFun Saturdays, a free bi-weekly arts and crafts session for kids aged 4-12. Center hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sundays.

  • The Rusty Bucket - 104 N. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502
    Countless items from The Rusty Bucket have found their way into properties for sale in Apex. In 2004, owners Pam and Mack fulfilled their dream of starting a business inspired by old country stores. They specialize in American country, farmhouse, rustic, and primitive home furnishings and accessories, along with custom-made farm tables and chairs. Pam is also available to visit your home for a personalized design consultation. The Rusty Bucket is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Apex Farmers Market - 73 Hunter St., Apex, NC 27502
    Enjoy farm-to-table dining in your own home when you shop at the Apex Farmers Market. Almost all of the products sold at the market are farmed or produced within a 150-mile radius, so your purchases help support local vendors. Choose from fresh produce and sustainably-farmed chicken, beef, and pork, as well as homemade baked goods and artisanal food products. Leashed dogs are welcome. The market is held on Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon, weekly from April through November, and bi-weekly from December through March. 

  • Apex Nature Park - 2600 Evans Rd., Apex, NC 27502
    Even couch potatoes love to spend time at Apex Nature Park. With more than 160 acres divided into two sections, there are activities to fit everyone's preference. The nature park section features paved walking paths, an amphitheater, a disc golf course, a picnic shelter, and an off-leash dog park. Across the paved walkway sits Seymour Athletic fields, with tennis and volleyball courts, multi-use trails, a picnic shelter, and multipurpose fields. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. While the park itself is free to use, a $30 membership fee ($60 for non-residents) is required for the off-leash dog park.

  • North Carolina Railway Museum - 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill, NC 27562
    Railroads played a significant role in the development of our state and country. Learn more about their fascinating history at the North Carolina Railway Museum. See a restored depot that dates back to 1884, along with actual train cars used to transport passengers and freight. Visitors of all ages love watching volunteers operate the model railroad display, with more than 1,000 feet of track. Experience an actual train ride on the "Triangle's Train," an hour-long trip through the woods and across a trestle. Visit the website for schedule and pricing information.

Looking for dependable assistance with Apex and Raleigh real estate opportunities? Get started when you contact us at Howard Perry and Walston.


Go Biking on the East Coast Greenway

Biking Near Raleigh

As the weather changes, it's the perfect time to go on a bike ride along the beautiful East Coast Greenway. If you've never had the opportunity to explore the East Coast Greenway before, our real estate agents think you are in for a real treat!

Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy nature while getting some valuable exercise. No matter where you start or end your journey, the East Coast Greenway is a unique setting for it. You'll find top-quality trails just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale.

All About the East Coast Greenway

What is the East Coast Greenway? It connects 15 states and more than 450 communities, from large cities to small towns. Stretching an astonishing 3,000 miles from Florida through Maine, its aim is to become the country's longest and safest route for cycling, walking, and hiking.

North Carolina boasts some of the best-tended and signposted trails anywhere on the East Coast Greenway, so it is the ideal place to get started with your first adventures there. There are numerous paths leading between Raleigh and or Durham properties for sale, which we'll be highlighting here.

For detailed start and end point coordinates, consult the official Greenway website.

Here's a preview of your Raleigh to Durham excursion:

  • Downtown Raleigh/Dix Park to the North Carolina Museum of Art
    Launch your journey from Raleigh, and you'll enjoy brilliant views of Cullen Park, a quick zip through the North Carolina State University main campus, and a "blink and you'll miss it" moment behind Meredith College. A short, steep hill kicks up the difficulty level a notch before you reach the first rest point, the North Carolina Museum of Art.

  • North Carolina Museum of Art through William B. Umstead State Park
    If you swing by the North Carolina Museum of Art to take in one of its world-class exhibits, the natural next step is William B. Umstead State Park. The path is only 2.3 miles – you'll spend about two-thirds going downhill before a brief uphill jaunt. Umstead itself welcomes cyclists with open arms, providing some 13 miles of trails, especially for off-road enthusiasts. A mountain bike is not required.

  • Old Reedy Trailhead to Bond Park
    Getting a start from Umstead State Park will put you in a prime position for cycling adventures courtesy of the Town of Cary, which sponsors this particular leg of the trek. You might see your way into a beloved swath of Lake Crabtree County Park and through to Cary's own Black Creek Greenway. Passing through quiet neighborhoods, it is mostly flat except for the challenging hill you'll encounter at mile 15.

  • Bond Park to the American Tobacco Trail
    If you're spending a weekend looking at homes for sale in Cary, you can also hop on the East Coast Greenway from here, heading west through the White Oak Creek area. The full length of White Oak Creek was recently enhanced with two connecting trails that made the Raleigh-Durham ride possible for the first time!

  • American Tobacco Trail to Durham
    Following the path of an abandoned rail corridor of the historic Norfolk Southern Railroad, the American Tobacco Trail encompasses more than 22 miles of trails and terminates in Durham proper. It opened in sections, beginning its story in downtown Durham in 2001. In 2014, a bridge over the interstate in Durham inaugurated the complete trail for the first time, and it's been a local favorite ever since.

Contact us to discover more about Raleigh-Durham.


National Pizza Month: Where to Order in the Triangle

Raleigh Pizza

There's never a bad time to enjoy pizza – one of America's favorite foods since practically the day it was introduced by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. But our real estate agents have some good news: National Pizza Month is celebrated in October, and that's all the more reason to savor a slice or two!

An outstanding culinary culture is one of the many things that makes the Triangle great. While you're visiting Raleigh homes for sale, you'll be within minutes of dozens of small local restaurants, including pizzerias, to suit any taste. From classic flavors to new twists on the old favorite, you'll find it all here.

Let's drop in on just a handful of the pizza places that help keep the Triangle's pie spinning:

  • Assaggio's Italian Restaurant – 3501 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27613
    Open for dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Assaggio's Italian Restaurant is the place for your authentic thin crust, gluten-free, or specialty pizza craving. With wares available through pickup or delivery, this pizza parlor is loved for its creative combinations of ingredients and a wide-ranging appetizer catalog with everything from French fries to wings to fried calamari. There are even veal and seafood dishes!

  • Max's Pizza & Grill – 5609 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
    Max's Pizza & Grill stands out for its gourmet pizza selection. Try such chef-led creations as the Garlic Steak Supreme Gourmet Pizza or the Hawaiian. Pizzas may be the main attraction, but you can also enjoy fresh salads, robust side orders, zesty wings, and satisfying stromboli. Hot subs, cold subs, and wraps round out the experience and are perfect for a snack later that night or the next day.

  • Brothers of New York Pizza 3450 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518
    Brothers of New York Pizza says, "life is too short for bad pizza!" With its comfortable, family-friendly space, it has made a name for itself as a lovely place for a family outing near Cary homes for sale. Replete with recipes passed down through the generations, its menu goes beyond pizza, with special surprises in store for any birthday or memorable occasion. Dine-in, pickup, or delivery are all available.

  • Hutchins Garage – 402 West Geer Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Hutchins Garage is the kind of restaurant you really will want to follow on social media, as seasonal selections enliven the menu at any time of year. Often, these are available for dine-in only and last a limited time. Aged, fine mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil energize each pizza with Neapolitan flair. Why not try it out to relax after your day full of Durham homes for sale?

  • Big Sergio's Pizza – 2127 Ten-Ten Road, Apex, NC 27539
    Big Sergio's Pizza is a welcoming neighborhood pizzeria where the service is as warm as the signature pies. Just as the name suggests, Sergio's goes big with a vast and growing assortment of 18" pizza pies, featuring more than a dozen to choose from. Some popular picks include Sergio's own take on the stuffed crust (Garlic Knot Pizza) and the 18" Greek Pizza with feta cheese, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and red onions. Don't miss it when you're out looking at Apex homes for sale.

Contact us to discover more about all the Triangle has to offer.


Get Ready for the 2022 N.C. State Fair

2022 State Fair

Calling all Raleigh residents — and those looking at homes for sale in Raleigh! One of the year's best events is coming up soon. The N.C. State Fair is scheduled for October 14 - 23rd, 2022. After a couple of quiet years, this year's fair promises to be better than ever, offering everything from rides to animal exhibits. If you'd like to attend the fair, here's the key information you need to know.

  • Location and Parking
    The N.C. State Fair takes place at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd. in Raleigh. This is in the West Raleigh and N.C. State University area. 

    The fair offers parking at the corner of Edwards Mill and Reedy Creek. There are shuttles that will take you from this free lot to Gate 8, where you can enter the fair. Free Parking is also available at the PNC Arena and Carter-Finley Football Stadium.

  • Tickets and Admission
    Tickets will be sold at the gate for $13 per adult and $7 per child. There are discounts available for senior citizens and military members. Children ages 5 and younger enjoy free admission.

    If you'd like to save a little cash, look for advanced tickets on sale at many Raleigh businesses leading up to the fair. Advanced tickets will be priced at $10 per adult and $5 per child.

    If you plan on riding a lot of rides, consider a Dizzy Pass. For $38, you get one admission ticket plus one unlimited ride wristband.

  • Key Events and Entertainment
    The N.C. State Fair is known for its unique performances and entertainment. One such event is the Folk Festival, which takes place at Heritage Circle inside the fairgrounds. Each day, folk dancers and musicians will compete for prizes. You'll hear bluegrass, square dancing music, and modern folk.

    Another fun attraction is the Antique Farm Machinery exhibit. Featuring a range of old-fashioned tools and machines, this display will teach you a lot about how farmers used to work.

    Of course, you can't miss the Flower & Garden Show. Here, you can walk along winding pathways, admiring stunning plants grown by local gardeners. See flowers, herbs, and even potted trees.

  • Food and Drinks
    Would it even be a fair without fair food? Walk through the fair, and you'll find it hard to resist options like deep-fried Oreos, gator kabobs, and fruit smoothies. Of course, you'll also see plenty of the classics: roasted corn, turkey legs, funnel cakes, and snow cones.

    Don't forget to buy some salt water taffy or fudge to take home for later. There are several candy booths to visit.

  • Grandstand Shows
    The N.C. State Fair also presents several grandstand shows for which you must purchase separate tickets. 

    There are Tractor Pulls presented by United Pullers of the Carolinas on October 14, 15, and 16th. Another big event is Motor Sports Mayhem, held on October 21, 22, and 23rd.

    And, of course, you can't go wrong with the Draft Horse Pull, which will take place at 7 pm on Friday, October 21st. Proceeds for the Draft Horse Pull go to benefit Duke Children's Hospital CPRP Clinic.

Whether you're new to Raleigh or have lived here for many years, our real estate agents highly recommend spending a day at the N.C. State Fair. It's such a thrilling way to experience the best of North Carolina's culture and history. Contact us if you're new to the area and would like to learn more about our real estate services.


Vendors at Morgan Street Food Hall

Morgan Food Hall in Raleigh

The Morgan Street Food Hall is one of the most exciting places to eat near our homes for sale in Raleigh. No matter what dietary restrictions you have or what type of food you're craving, there's a vendor for you. Let's take a look at some of the vendors currently serving up dishes in this unique dining space.

  • The Bowls
    Want a tasty, quick meal that will fill you up? Head over to The Bowls for, you guessed it, bowls of delicious East Asian cuisine. Each bowl is named after a different Asian city depending on its ingredients. 

  • Makus Empanadas
    Makus Empanadas is run by two Argentinian brothers and one of their best friends from childhood. Together, they bring the humble empanada to a whole new level. Get these flavor-packed pockets stuffed with chicken, bacon and cheese, sweet corn, and all kinds of other fillings for a tasty meal you can take on the go. 

  • The Katsu
    If you're in the mood for extra-large sandwiches, The Katsu has you covered. Choose from options like the Ninja Chicken Katsu, the Monster Katsu Sandwich, and the Bulgogi Cheese Steak Sandwich – each one features fried katsu meat and fresh vegetables and can be topped with extra fixings like avocado, kimchi, or eggs. 

  • Bella's Wood Fired Pizza and Tapas
    Bella's Wood Fired Pizza and Tapas serves warm, mouth-watering pizzas made in a real brick oven as well as some pasta options, including spaghetti and meatballs and chicken alfredo. They also offer a small seasonally-rotating selection of tapas plates, usually featuring some of the cheeses they use when making their pizzas.

  • CowBar Burger and Fries
    CowBar Burger and Fries is much more than your typical burger joint. Here, you can order gourmet burgers by chef Dan Yeager, a graduate of the famous Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy. Try out specialty sandwiches like their luxurious truffle burger or their vegan Beyond Burgers. 

  • Curry in a Hurry
    Curry in a Hurry is run by chef Alaksha Surti and offers a multitude of different curry dishes with authentic Indian flavor profiles. Their menu changes daily, but they always make sure to have several vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options available so more people can enjoy their food.

  • Oak City Fish and Chips
    When your next seafood craving hits, check out what's on the menu at Oak City Fish and Chips. Patrons can feast on fried fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and calamari, all coated in Oak City's proprietary spice blend.

  • Amitie Macarons 
    Amitie Macarons makes just one thing – macarons, of course! These goodies come in all kinds of flavors, including Dark Chocolate Pomegranate, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, and Matcha Green Tea. Try them alone or in a variety pack for even more sugary goodness.

  • Boba Brew
    There's always something good to sip on at Boba Brew. Their naturally sourced milk and fruit teas can be topped with boba pearls, popping jellies, and other fun additions. They also serve smoothies in many of the same flavors that their teas come in, giving you the same great taste with a smoother and richer texture.

  • The Raleigh Popsicle Company
    Grab a light, refreshing dessert at the Raleigh Popsicle Company. This small company makes all of its popsicles by hand using fresh local fruits. The result is a subtly sweet treat with unbelievable natural flavor. 

Food halls are a growing food trend, and it's no surprise you'll find fantastic options here in the Triangle. Why not see what else the Raleigh area has to offer? Contact us today to begin browsing or listing with one of our real estate agents


Scavenger Hunts Throughout the Triangle

Scavenger Hunt Raleigh

Looking for a fun way to get to know cities around the Triangle? Whether you're new to the area or you're searching for an interesting, engaging family activity, scavenger hunts are a fun way to spend a day. Search In The City, a business based in Raleigh offers scavenger hunts in the Triangle to suit every taste. Our real estate agents have more details on what to expect when you embark on a Triangle scavenger hunt.

Car Scavenger Hunts

If you're looking for a fun, relaxed scavenger hunt that can be completed at your own pace, then car scavenger hunts are an excellent option. These scavenger hunts are self-guided, designed with families in mind, and take about 90 minutes to complete.

  • Raleigh
    New to Raleigh and want to get to know the city? This car scavenger hunt near Raleigh real estate includes 12 clues that will take you to a variety of neighborhoods in the city, including Glenwood South, the Warehouse District, and Oakwood.

  • Durham
    The art, history, and culture which are abundant around Durham properties for sale are all prominently featured in this scavenger hunt, which starts on the outskirts of Durham before working its way into the heart of the city.

  • Durham Black History
    The Durham Black History scavenger hunt is the result of a partnership with the Hayti Heritage Foundation and will take you to a variety of historic locations around Durham. A portion of the proceeds from this scavenger hunt go toward supporting the Hayti Heritage Foundation.

Adventure Scavenger Hunts

In the mood for a bit of competition with your next scavenger hunt? Adventure scavenger hunts are team events where you complete challenges at various locations around a city to discover clues and try to become the first team to complete the hunt. There are adventure scavenger hunts designed for adults, kids, and everyone in between.

  • Balloon Bash
    Geared toward kids ages 7 through 12, the Balloon Bash scavenger hunt includes secret locations, aerial clues, and a balloon collecting challenge with the team that collects the most balloons winning a fun prize.

  • Neon Nights
    A neon-themed scavenger hunt that will take you to locations on Fayetteville Street and around downtown Raleigh, Neon Nights hunts are designed for kids age 9+ with at least one adult on each team.

  • Puzzle Party
    Discover clues, complete tasks, and collect puzzle pieces as you compete with other teams during a Puzzle Party scavenger hunt. This scavenger hunt will be launching on National Puzzle Day at the start of 2023.

Photo & Go Scavenger Hunts

A new addition to the lineup of scavenger hunts from Search In The City, Photo & Go scavenger hunts feature photo, video, and interactive clues that you can solve in a team format. Points are rewarded for successfully solving clues, and the team with the most points at the end of 90 minutes wins a great prize.

  • Go Fish
    Head to the Warehouse District in Raleigh to uncover clues with a nautical theme in this scavenger hunt designed for adults 21+. The winning team will receive a gift card to Circa 1888.

  • Where's Waldo?
    Coming in 2023, Where's Waldo? scavenger hunts will have you searching for Waldos all around downtown Cary. Get to know the community near Cary homes for sale, and find Waldo to earn extra points.

Still hunting for the perfect home? Our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs in the Triangle. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Raleigh, NC, area.


Dine al Fresco at These Raleigh Restaurants

Raleigh Dining

A delicious meal often tastes just a little bit better when you can enjoy it outdoors on a beautiful Raleigh day, and there are plenty of great restaurants that offer al fresco dining around the city. Whether you're in the mood for an elegant night out, a family meal, or a quick, creative bite from a local favorite, you're sure to find something to love at the many outstanding restaurants in the Triangle. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some of the excellent al fresco dining options around Raleigh and beyond.

  • Gravy Italian-American Cuisine – 135 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    What could be better than enjoying some of the best authentic Italian dining near Raleigh real estate in an outdoor courtyard that feels like it was transported straight from Italy? That's just the start of the experience that you can expect when you visit Gravy Italian-American Cuisine. Ingredients for every dish are sourced from a long list of local farms, and the delicious, flavorful pasta sauce that complements most meals is prepared fresh every day. The result is one of the best Italian-American dining experiences that the Triangle has to offer.

  • Humble Pie Restaurant – 317 S. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC 27603
    With a menu designed for sharing and served on a covered outdoor patio, Humble Pie Restaurant is a great choice for a date night or a group dinner with friends. The chef-inspired menu here is built around meals that are designed to share, with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Chef Josh Young oversees everything on the menu and is passionate about creating seasonal meals that change throughout the year. Humble Pie also boasts one of the most scenic and atmospheric outdoor dining spaces of any restaurant on our list.

  • Local 22 Kitchen – 2200 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27705
    Whether you're in the mood for a sandwich, salad, artisan pizza, or elegant entree, Local 22 Kitchen has you covered at its convenient location near Durham real estate opportunities. When you walk through the door at Local 22 Kitchen, you will see chalkboards detailing all of the fresh ingredients that have just arrived. Each meal on the menu is prepared with those fresh ingredients to create unique spins on your favorite dishes.

  • Tazza Kitchen – 600 Ledgestone Way, Cary, NC 27519
    A mix of gourmet salads, starters, brick oven pizzas, tacos, and tempting entrees are all on the menu at Tazza Kitchen, which you can find around the corner from homes for sale in Cary. The menu here is built around wood-fired cooking and partnerships with local suppliers. Reservations are recommended for this popular dining spot, especially if you plan to enjoy your meal on the patio.

  • Abbey Road Tavern & Grill – 1700 Center St., Apex, NC 27502
    The award-winning burgers at Abbey Road Tavern & Grill go perfectly with the live entertainment that you can often enjoy while dining outdoors at this local establishment near Apex homes for sale. When you're in the mood for something simple and delicious, it's hard to top the selection at Abbey Road. In addition to the burgers, the salads and sandwiches here are always great choices.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to visit your favorite restaurants around the Triangle? Our local team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Raleigh, NC, area.


Historic Theaters in the Triangle

Historic Venues

When you look at Raleigh homes for sale, you know you're considering an area known for its strong economy and outstanding research output. But the Triangle is also steeped in history, with a range of cultural institutions that have been in the area for decades. Theater and the arts are crucial to its unique flavor.

Our real estate agents are always glad to help homebuyers discover all the Triangle has to offer. When it comes to the performing arts, Raleigh is surrounded by historic venues. You can have a truly memorable night out with concerts, the symphony, ballet, and dramatic productions of all kinds.

The Triangle is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after areas on the East Coast, and its vibrant relationship with the arts is another reason why. Today, we'll take a closer look at some of the historic theaters that help provide wonder and excitement to life in the Raleigh area.

Raleigh Little Theatre

Located at 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh, NC 27607, Raleigh Little Theatre is in many ways the centerpiece of the dramatic arts here in the RVA. Lovingly known as the "RLT," it was first opened to the public back in 1936 and is now one of the country's oldest continuously operating community theaters.

The grounds of the Raleigh Little Theatre consist of the Stephenson Amphitheatre and the Raleigh Rose Garden. Contemporary, family-friendly movies are screened under the stars in the Garden. By contrast, the community dramatic productions are usually held in the 298-seat main theater or the Amphitheatre.

There is always something new to see in the Raleigh Little Theatre. Thanks to the 150-seat Teaching Theatre added in 1990, even those with no experience can begin to enjoy participating. Every year, thousands of visitors from all over North Carolina and the world attend RLT performances.

The 2022-2023 season of Raleigh Little Theatre promises to be a splendid one, with each member of the RLT community working hard to restore the theater experience after two years of safety precautions. Pride and Prejudice, Blood Wedding, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be shown.

The Carolina Theatre of Durham

The Carolina Theatre of Durham stands at 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. As the biggest of theaters near Durham homes for sale, it has a special place in the local arts scene. Opening for the first time in 1926, it is even a little bit older than its sister theater in Raleigh.

The Carolina Theatre hosts a full spectrum of events, and the stage is always busy, even when there are no dramatic productions on the docket.

Classic films are also aired, running the gamut from the 1944 romance Frenchman's Creek to 1985's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Sundance Short Films and acclaimed documentaries also feature prominently in the schedule. The Carolina Theatre is known for plenty of kid-friendly programming and great variety.

Last, but not least, you might want to enjoy the educational programming. Family Saturday promises fun bonding for all, while the Art Discovery Educational Series helps young audiences to encounter the magic of the theater and the transformative power of artistic expression.

This is only the beginning of what you can discover in the Triangle. There are countless other theaters, museums, and much more. The story of Raleigh is continuing to unfold, and you can be a part of it.

We are here to help. Contact us to find out more about Raleigh and the Triangle.


National Thrift Shop Day: Thrift Shops in the Triangle

Thrift Shop Day

Did you know that every August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day? Thrift shops play a vital role in communities by raising money for charitable organizations, providing affordable products to the community, and offering a place to search for unique finds that aren't available anywhere else. National Thrift Shop Day presents the perfect opportunity to explore all that local thrift shops have to offer and show your support. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 thrift shops in the Triangle that you can visit for National Thrift Shop day this year.

  • ReTails Thrift Shop – 2821 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616
    Operated by the AnimalKind non-profit organization, ReTails Thrift Shop offers a little bit of everything at its convenient location near Raleigh homes for sale. In addition to clothing, household goods, electronics, furniture, art, and jewelry, ReTails Thrift shop has a fantastic selection of pet supplies that you won't find at other thrift shops. There is also a monthly schedule of sales on many items, which is updated every month on the ReTails website.

  • A-Z Thrift Shop – 1621 N. Market Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609
    The A-Z Thrift Shop is one of the primary fundraising sources for the Assistance League of the Triangle Area, a non-profit which supports women, children, and families through a variety of community programs. This thrift shop is an excellent choice if you need to shop for nearly any type of home goods or you love to search for antique finds. For senior citizens, A-Z Thrift Shop offers a 25 percent discount on all items on the first Thursday of every month.

  • Deja Vu Thrift – 1301 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606
    With everything from artwork and furniture to holiday decorations, Deja Vu Thrift is a great place to shop when you're looking to add something new to your home. This shop is operated by Hope Connection International and is one of the Triangle's largest thrift shops. Whether you're searching for unique, antique furniture or items that are closer to brand new, the selection here is sure to feature something for you. There are also plenty of great gift items available, along with an extensive selection of books, children's toys, artwork, and much more.

  • Adore Boutique – 8111 Creedmore Rd., Ste. 125, Raleigh, NC 27613
    Interested in shopping at a thrift store that focuses on high-end, luxury goods? Then you're sure to love a trip to Adore Boutique, where you can find a great selection of designer fashion with even better prices. The luxury handbags, accessories, and clothing at this store are constantly updated with new items, so you never know what you might find. Need to clear a little space for all of those new items in your wardrobe? Adore Boutique also offers consignment services, which make it easy and convenient to sell any items that you no longer need.

  • Mode Raleigh – 441 Daniels St., Raleigh, NC 27605
    Featuring designer fashion at affordable prices for women and children, Mode Raleigh is the perfect place to add something new to your wardrobe. The lineup of products here includes the biggest names in fashion, with gently used items that allow you to enjoy fantastic fashion at an affordable price. Fashion items available include designer handbags, shoes, accessories, jewelry, designer denim, and tons of other great clothing.

Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs in the Triangle. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Raleigh area.


Lakeside Adventures Near Raleigh

Raleigh Area Lakes

Whether you're looking for outdoor activities or just a chance to get back to nature, there's nothing like a day at the lake. Spend some time this summer at these wonderful lakes that are just minutes away from Raleigh homes for sale

  • Pullen Park - 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606
    Is it an amusement park? Is it a green space? As the first public park in North Carolina and the fifth oldest amusement park in the country, pet-friendly Pullen Park is a delightful blend of both. As many as 10,000 people visit each day for activities such as traveling across beautiful Lake Howell in a pedal boat. Kids love riding the carousel and Pullen Park Caboose, an authentic train car. Get a workout at the aquatic center and tennis courts, or nurture your creative spirit with programs at the Pullen Art Center. Park hours are dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

  • William B. Umstead State Park - 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27617
    When one lake just isn't enough, head to William B. Umstead State Park. With not one but three lakes, there are lots of opportunities for boating and fishing. An extensive network of hiking and biking trails circles the lakes, so you can enjoy the views from several vantage points. The Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek sections include picnic tables and grills under a soothing canopy of trees. Crabtree also has two reservable picnic shelters that accommodate up to 100 people. Bring Fido along, as leashed dogs are welcome. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

  • Shelley Lake Park - 1400 W. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614
    If you're looking for a quiet spot to relax and reflect, head to Shelley Lake Park. Boats are not permitted on the water, creating a peaceful ambiance as you and your leashed dog hike the two miles of paved trails around the lake. Fishing is allowed, and there is a playground and a basketball court for the kids. Shelley Lake Park is home to the Sertoma Arts Center, which features exhibits and classes in a variety of media. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily.

  • Durant Nature Preserve - 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614
    Before the city purchased Durant Nature Preserve in 1979, it served as the headquarters of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts. Summer camps are still held there, but the pet-friendly preserve is open to the public for all to enjoy. In addition to two lakes with hiking trails along the shores, the preserve has a bird garden, butterfly garden, and interpretive tree trail. Check out a Discovery Backpack at the visitor center to learn more about animal tracking and other topics. Durant Nature Preserve is open from 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. daily.

  • Lake Wheeler Park - 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
    In 1956, the namesake body of water at Lake Wheeler Park was constructed for water supply. Today, it serves double duty as a site for boating and fishing. A playground and sand volleyball court provide lively dry-land fun. Leashed dogs are permitted in the park. Hours are 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. Admission is free, but there is a boat launch fee of $5 for city residents and $7 for non-residents.

Raleigh is truly a city for all seasons. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston for cheerful and experienced help from our real estate agents


HPW Luxury | 6 Desirable Features Found in HPW Luxury Homes

In and around the Triangle area, there are several beautiful luxury listings available for sale. What exactly differentiates these properties from the standard market? Is it the square footage, the features, or the technology? Some would say it is all of the above. Ultimately, luxury buyers are not looking at the price tag in their search for their next dream home but the amazing amenities that come with the property. Here are the top 6 must-have features in luxury homes!

1. Indoor / Outdoor living

Indoor/outdoor living seamlessly extends your home's great room or dining quarters. This trend tends to keep cohesion in design from the interior to the exterior of your home. Typically indoor/ outdoor living has always been a primal commodity when searching for a new home. With the new normal consisting of being at your humble abode more these days, the amenity has become a necessity. What makes an outdoor living space luxurious is the ability to provide comfort through all seasons while also allotting multiple entertainment options. High-end features include retracting screened porches, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, and sometimes a type of water feature. This CBHPW luxury listing checks off each box on the list! With its large covered porch and a wood fireplace, the immaculate outdoor kitchen has a top-of-the-line grill station, jacuzzi, and extensive acreage for sporting events or games. One thing for sure is that you may yearn to host any occasion with this property as your next home. To view more of this listing, click here.  

2. Theatre Room 

Entertainment becomes the next level when a luxury property contains an in-home theater. The ability to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to your fingertips is a sought amenity many buyers search for when hunting for their next home. What makes an in-home theater top-notch is its ability to incorporate features similar to an actual movie theater. This includes a top-of-the-line av-system, projector, large screens, recessed lighting, and comfortable loungers. The goal of the theater room is to immerse yourself in what's on the screen, whether that be the newest megahit movie or the exciting rival sports game. The cinema room pictured above is from none other than one of our CBHPW luxury listings. This glorious in-home theater offers stadium seating, a high-tech projector, and even mimics the groovy movie theater carpet. To view more of this property, click here. 

3. Large Garages

The standard two-car garage does not cut it for luxury properties. Buyers are looking for substantial space when envisioning the housing of their precious automobiles. Typically, luxury properties have at least a 3-car garage! To any car buff, the garage is not just a space for storing your vehicle. This part of the property could be turned into a luxurious showroom, man cave, or workshop. This beautiful CBHPW luxury property comes with a three-car garage with gorgeous rustic wood garage doors. To view more of this property, click here.  

4. Intricate Ceiling Designs

Raised ceilings and other intricate ceiling styles are quite the fanbase for luxury homes. A room turns from basic to compelling when there is a ceiling feature that adds depth, sophistication, and style. In most luxury dwellings, at least one space must contain a styled ceiling. One of these rooms can be the living room, sitting room, primary bedrooms, and or dining rooms. What exactly are some styles of these ceilings? They are cathedral, tray, beamed, suspended, and coffered. One would love to have any of these exquisite designs in their home!  For example, in this CBHPW luxury listing above. The sitting room contains a beautiful coffered ceiling. The coffered ceiling consists of sunken panels accented by molding, creating a waffle-like appearance. What works well in this room is the brilliant addition of recessed lighting. For more on this property click here

5. Massive Walk-In Closets

Typically an owner of a luxury home tends to live a complete life of luxury. Meaning everything about them is high-end, like their fashion sense. Closets in a luxury home are an extension of the main room and need to boast space and means of organization. Closets these days are not just for hanging clothes. They can be an area to lounge in after using the spa bathroom or a place to put on that fashion show after shopping in the streets of London. For sure, luxury home buyers are looking for closets that encompass organization and can show off their beautiful wardrobe. In this CBHPW luxury home, the primary closet is genuinely massive. This closet incorporates different levels of custom built-in shelving and an island dresser to accommodate all buyers' attire needs. To view more of this property, click here.

6. Relaxing Spa baths

When buyers search for their next home, kitchens and bathrooms are the most focused rooms, which is why main bathrooms in luxury homes are genuinely upping the ante in their need to give that spa-like aura. Features include a jacuzzi bathtub fit for a king, a large walk-in shower that doubles as a steam room, neutral colors, beautiful stone or tile, and lots of space for minimal clutter. In this CBHPW luxury listing, this bathroom truly exuberates comfort and relaxation. The large window allows natural light to encase the room, making the white pop against the darker grays. The unity in neutral colors creates a calming sensation. One can relax in the free-standing tub or use the shower with multi-shower heads in this bathroom. To view more, click here

When buying or selling in the luxury market, we are sure you have seen one or more of these features within the properties. To view, all of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walstons' luxury homes for sale, visit our website at


Where to Enjoy the Arts in Raleigh

Raleigh Arts

Enjoying art is a great way to momentarily escape the stresses of the day and experience something new. Art in the form of music or theater is important because it allows us to open our minds and connect to different perspectives and mindsets. Public art also helps add to the character, uniqueness, and identity of a city or public space.

Raleigh is such a unique place, and it's actually one of the best places in North Carolina to experience art and culture. Whether it's local performance venues or public street art, our culture and entertainment make this city such an enjoyable place to live. Here are 5 examples of ways our real estate agents experience art around Raleigh.

  • Visit The North Carolina Museum of Art
    If you're looking to see some of the best artwork North Carolina has to offer, you'll definitely want to check out The North Carolina Museum of Art. The artwork spans 5,000 years, from historical pieces to modern-day works. The exhibits are constantly changing, so it's fun to stop back throughout the year. The museum sits on a 164-acre park, which features several outdoor trails that guide visitors through many creative installations. If you'd like to have this beautiful art museum in your own backyard, there are several nice Raleigh homes for sale nearby.
  • Listen to The North Carolina Symphony
    Raleigh is home to the sixty-six-member North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, which performs throughout the year at the 1,700-seat Meymandi Concert Hall located within the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts downtown. The symphony often hosts world-renowned guest musicians, and listening to their beautiful music is often a great way to spend a weekend evening.

  • Take a Self-Guided Downtown Murals Tour
    Raleigh has so many murals and public art installations, and a self-guided walking tour is the best way to see them all. You'll see the Shaw University 150th Anniversary mural, the "Honest Abe" Lincoln automobile mural at the Lincoln Theatre, and the amazing John Prine mural on E. Martin Street. There are 10 stops on the downtown mural tour, so you're sure to get some post-worthy pictures.

  • Enjoy The North Carolina Ballet
    Nothing is more uplifting than a classical ballet performance, so head on over to the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium for a performance from the Carolina Ballet. You can see many classic stories performed through ballet during the year, including the Nutcracker every December.

  • Catch a Concert at Coastal Credit Union Music Park
    This outdoor amphitheater is a 77-acre complex that hosts many top artists and performers throughout the summer. Some of North Carolina's biggest concerts take place at Coastal Credit Union Music Park. Be sure to check the concert calendar, so you don't miss out on your favorite performer. 

The Raleigh art scene is even better when you call this area home. Contact us today for more information on local listings and tips for moving to the area.


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.


Gardens to Visit in the Triangle This Summer

Raleigh Gardens

If you're looking for a fun summertime activity, look no further than one of the many beautiful botanical gardens in the Triangle. Walking through a garden can help you relax and get some fresh air. Plus, it's a great educational activity to do with the kids. In fact, our real estate agents often visit local gardens to come up with new ideas for their own yards. Here are five botanical gardens you should visit in the Triangle this summer:

  1. JC Raulston Arboretum - 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
    Explore 10 whole acres of florals and plants at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. This nationally recognized Arboretum is comprised of 20 different themed gardens with a total of 5,000 plants on display. There are also several educational events, games, and food trucks around on the weekends. A weekend trip to this beautiful area is fun for the whole family. You also might like to check out some nearby Raleigh homes for sale

  2. North Carolina Botanical Garden - 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    Learn all about North Carolina's native plants at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a conservation area owned and operated by the University of North Carolina. Experience the restorative powers of this beautiful area, which consists of over 1,100 acres of gardens. You can also enjoy a vast array of programs and activities like gardening workshops, educational walks, and summer camps, all within a short distance of Chapel Hill homes for sale

  3. Juniper Level Botanic Garden - 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Take a refreshing walk through the 28-acre Juniper Level Botanic Garden with a diverse display of beautiful flora. Want to take some plants home? Shop at the attached Plant Delights Nursery before you go home. Garden tours are by appointment only, or you can visit one of N.C. State's open garden days (usually one weekend each month).

  4. Sarah P. Dukes Gardens - 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708
    Stroll through 5 miles and 55 acres of beautifully landscaped space at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This property, which is located on Duke University's campus, consists of well-maintained walkways and paths, making it easy to take in the gorgeous scenery. The park is open daily from 8 am to dusk and is located near several Durham homes for sale.
  5. The Raleigh Rose Garden - 301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607
    The Raleigh Rose Garden provides an excellent opportunity to take a nature walk or improve your photography skills. It's one of three accredited rose gardens in the state of North Carolina. You'll find serene landscaping and an extensive display of roses in all different colors. The park is free to the public, and it's open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. 

Beautiful scenery is just one of the many great things about living in the Triangle. Thinking about moving here soon? Our team can help! Contact us today to check out some listings and learn more about the area.


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.


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.


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.


St. Patrick's Day 2022 in Raleigh

St Patrick's Day Raleigh

Raleigh homes for sale are right in the middle of some of the nation's best St. Patrick's Day festivities, and you're invited!

Celebrated on March 17th every year, St. Patrick's Day commemorates the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. As Irish immigrant communities became established back in the 1700s, they often embraced the holiday as a celebration of their shared heritage, which others have joined in on today.

Raleigh also enjoys a festive mood for the whole week of St. Patrick's Day. There are street fairs, live music, and plenty of delicious food from local restaurants and caterers.

Let's take a closer look at all you can expect to enjoy this March:

  • Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade – See Website for Location Details in Raleigh, NC
    Kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade is the region's largest. Launching from Lane Street as in previous years, it will delight audiences of all ages with music and displays from for-profit and nonprofit organizations around Raleigh. Planned to go on "rain or shine," the Parade typically ends around 11:30. This will be its first return after two years of cancellations!

  • Charcuterie Design 101 St. Paddy's Day at Macgregor Downs Country Club – 430 Saint Andrews Lane, Cary, NC 2751
    Hosted at the historic Bond Brothers Beer Company, Holiday Platter Design is an event conceived by a pair of local gourmands and entrepreneurs called Grazin' Gals. This fun and friendly event takes place only on Wednesday, March 16, and guests must purchase a ticket in advance. The Gals themselves will introduce their guests to the art of laying out a seasonal charcuterie display with spring flair and all the trimmings. One $70 entry provides you with all the ingredients and step-by-step instructions to produce your own board with a distinctive Irish theme – all just minutes from Cary homes for sale.

  • Pot of Gold 5K – 621 North First Avenue, Knightdale, NC 27545
    Want to make a positive difference for local charities this St. Patrick's Day? The Pot of Gold 5K may be just what you're looking for. Taking place just down the street from Knightdale homes for sale, it will benefit good causes with a 5K race starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. This Fifth Annual event invites you to run or walk with your neighbors. A $60 entry fee includes a shirt, finisher's medal, and other swag. Proceeds will go to benefit Northside Compassion Project transitional housing for those in need.

  • Leprechaun Dash 5K and 10K – See Website for Location Details in Pittsboro, NC
    Touted as the First Annual event of its kind, the Leprechaun Dash 5K and 10K may soon be established as a local tradition near Pittsboro homes for sale. Set to commence at 8:30 on March 12, it will be a fun and challenging course suitable for all kinds of runners. Prizes will be on hand by age group and will also commemorate the best leprechaun costume. Earnings will support Chatham kids through the YMCA.

Contact us to find out more about events and opportunities in Raleigh.


About First Friday Raleigh

First Friday Raleigh

Each month, our real estate agents join others heading to downtown Raleigh for First Friday. This beloved event involves galleries, shops, and restaurants celebrating the rich arts culture surrounding Raleigh homes for sale. Plus, each month offers something new with rotating exhibits and talks with local artists. Check out these vibrant downtown spots that can be seen on First Friday or any day of the year.

  • City Market Farmer's Market - 225 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    With numerous farms dotting the rural landscape, agriculture is one of North Carolina's defining industries. City Market Farmer's Market pays homage with a mural spotlighting the various fruits and vegetables grown around the state. There's also a vignette showing a farmer heading to market with his horse-drawn wagon. Have fun searching for the faces that are hidden within the various fruits and vegetables.

  • Pas de Chat - Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Can we quantify the source of art? Pas de Chat, a 25-foot sculpture that towers outside the Duke Energy Center, represents the unseen essence behind the creation of dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Its name refers to a ballet step, which literally translates to "cat's step," that mimics the movement of a jumping cat. The sculpture is designed to make it appear as though it's sitting in a pool of light. 

  • Downtown Adventures - 510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
    In 2020, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance asked four local artists to create interactive murals promoting First Friday. One of these murals, Downtown Adventures, incorporates distinctive pop art features such as vivid colors and linear geometric shapes to depict iconic buildings in the Glenwood South district. Artist Sarahlaine Calva is self-taught, using acrylics and spray paint to create her eye-catching designs. As with the other three murals, Downtown Adventures includes a QR code that viewers can use to learn more about First Friday.

  • 8-bit to 5G - 429 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Technology meets art in 8-bit to 5G, making Raleigh the first location in North America to host a permanent installation honoring the culture of gaming. The mural, which highlights the course of gaming history, was designed to incorporate an Augmented Reality (AR) feature that will ultimately bring the pieces of the artwork to life.

  • The Acorn - Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    NYC has its Big Apple, Atlanta has its Peach, and downtown Raleigh has its Acorn. Local public relations agent John Watkins felt that Raleigh needed an iconic symbol for its 1992 bicentennial and commissioned artist David Benson to create the acorn sculpture. Like the Waterford crystal ball in Times Square, the 10-foot, 1,250-pound copper and steel Acorn is "dropped" to signify the arrival of the new year on First Night Raleigh.

Art plays an important role in Raleigh every day, but during First Fridays, it takes center stage. Immerse yourself in the creative spirit that lives throughout Raleigh. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to speak with one of our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.


The Story Behind Raleigh-Durham's Strong Tech Workforce

Tech Industry Raleigh

When you think of a technology powerhouse you probably don't think of North Carolina first – but maybe you should. The Raleigh-Durham area, also known as the "Research Triangle," is a major metropolis of more than two million people bolstered by leading universities and much more.

Because of the astounding research output of local educational institutions, many top businesses have been expanding into the area or moving there altogether. 

Today, with costs greatly increasing in many areas, companies that may once have set up in New York or California are examining their options here. Now is the time to select Raleigh homes for sale and to take full advantage of the many opportunities the area holds in store.

Raleigh-Durham is in Position to Explode in Size and Influence by 2025

Hatch IT, a recruiting company that helps technology startups recruit young professionals, has estimated that Raleigh-Durham could grow to become the #2 biggest technology hub on the U.S. East Coast by 2025. This big claim is backed up by some equally big trends and facts you won't want to overlook:

  • Convenience and Cost in Raleigh-Durham Remain Enticing to Technology Workers
    No one wants to pay thousands of dollars commuting to their job every year, especially in a mostly remote world. Raleigh-Durham's cost of living has been measured at around $2,743 for a single person, making it nearly half the cost of living in the Washington, D.C. area. Public transit is more robust than in many cities, and Raleigh consistently ranks as one of the top 50 most walkable U.S. cities.

  • The Community Has a Long History of Collaborating with Technology Startups
    For decades now, attracting technology talent has been a major element of Raleigh-Durham's success. To this very day, the area has nearly as many qualified software engineers as in much larger and more famous cities, including the nation's capital. Both state and city continue to partner with technology firms and invest in creating a favorable business atmosphere that gives rise to competitive wages.

  • Operational Costs for Businesses Are Among the Lowest of All Major Options
    Cost of living, leasing space, and commute times all matter when it comes to fostering the top tech talent. Raleigh-Durham offers a prime geographic position along with strong tax and other incentives. This accelerates the growth of new businesses and has even brought in Fortune 500 firms.

  • New Infrastructure is Continuing to Expand Opportunities in Raleigh-Durham
    While many cities are falling behind in infrastructure, Raleigh-Durham continues to develop in surprising and intriguing ways. The housing market is robust and has a wide variety of options to meet different budget considerations. It is serviced by Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making a trip abroad simple, and it even has a growing number of award-winning restaurants.

  • Raleigh-Durham is Top Tier Compared to Other Burgeoning Would-Be Tech Hubs
    Raleigh-Durham isn't the only major metroplex in contention to become the newest growth area for the technology sector – but it may well be in the best shape to realize its ambitions. Other metro areas consistently lag behind Raleigh-Durham in quality of life metrics relevant to both workers and businesses.

The Triangle is waiting and our real estate agents can help you discover all it has to offer. Contact us to find out more or get started with your Raleigh-Durham home search.


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. 


Durham: One of the Top Cities for Gen Z Homebuyers

Gen Z

With its booming local economy, affordable living, and fantastic culture, it's not hard to see why Durham has become such a popular destination for Gen Z. Our real estate agents love telling clients about the great aspects of Durham. It's truly a great place to go to school, start a career, and raise a family. In fact, the Durham area was named one of the Top 30 Best Cities to Live in for Gen Z. If you're thinking about relocating, here are some reasons why the Bull City continues to grow year after year and attracts Gen Z homebuyers:

  • It Has A Great Job Market
    Recent college grads looking to settle down and start their career can benefit from Durham's booming job market. Research, development, finance, and medicine are top industries in the area with major employers including Duke University, Research Triangle Park, Fidelity, and IBM. The city is also appropriately nicknamed "City of Medicine" due to its 300+ medical and health-related companies, so it's a great location for medical professionals to start their careers. Additionally, both Google and Apple have announced new locations in the area.

  • It's Affordable
    Despite the area's population growth over the last several years, Durham remains an affordable place to live. The median home price in Durham has remained anywhere from 10 to 16% lower than the national average. Therefore, it couldn't be a better time to check out these stunning Durham homes for sale. Groceries, utilities, and transportation costs are also less than the national average. 

  • There Are Plenty Of Things To Do
    Catch a concert, Broadway performance, or comedian at the Durham Performing Arts Center, which hosts over 200 shows a year. In the spring and summer, it's a lot of fun to see a Durham Bulls Minor League Baseball game. The stadium is located right in town, so it's easy to make a night of it. Looking for something a little more relaxing? The Sarah P Duke Gardens is a beautiful, serene oasis in the middle of the city and the perfect place for a walk.

  • The Weather Is Perfect
    If you're looking to escape the cold, you'll enjoy short, mild winters in Durham. December temperatures are often warm enough to wear a t-shirt or play golf. The area gets minimal snow each year, and spring usually begins in early March. The city sees 220 sunny days per year, which is well above the national average. Summers are hot but tolerable.

  • It's Accessible
    Durham is a great place to live in and of itself, but young people love the convenient access to both Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Both cities are less than a 30-minute drive away. You could easily commute to Durham from one of these beautiful Raleigh homes for sale. Charlotte is also just a couple of hours away. Durham's convenient access to multiple cities makes it a desirable location for many Gen Z homebuyers.

It's no wonder people from all over the world move to Durham each year. For more information on living in our area, contact us today.


Suburbs in the Triangle You'll Want to Move to

Raleigh Suburbs

Does a mix of great home values and a desirable lifestyle sound like the impossible dream? The Triangle has many wonderful suburbs that consistently gain national recognition on "Best Places to Live" lists. Let our real estate agents explain what makes these suburbs so special.

  • Apex
    The aptly-named Apex earns an overall A+ rating from Niche, a top-ranking and review site. In reality, the name comes from the fact that the town was formed on literally the highest point along the Chatham Railroad. Despite two devastating fires during the early 20th century, downtown Apex retains much of its original charm, with many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Apex homes for sale gain appeal from the town's numerous family-friendly activities, such as the annual spring Apex PeakFest. 

  • Wake Forest
    Wake Forest is as beautiful and serene as the name implies. With a population of just over 45,000 and its proximity to the Triangle, Wake Forest offers a perfect blend of urban and suburban life. Falls Lake State Recreation Area, just minutes from Wake Forest homes for sale, provides year-round opportunities for outdoor fun such as camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. Families also congregate at the Factory, a lively one-stop sports, and entertainment complex where you can shop while the kids play soccer or baseball.

  • Cary
    Why does Cary regularly appear on lists of "Best Places to Raise a Family?" Education is a priority. Cary is also the third-safest municipality in its size group across the United States. The League of American Bicyclists has named Cary a "Bicycle-Friendly Community," while a network of greenways, sidewalks and paved trails maintain a park-like atmosphere around Cary homes for sale.

  • Holly Springs
    Holly Springs conjures up visions of winter holiday activities, but this delightful town is a great place to live all year long. Yes, there is a Happy Holly Days Parade, but the other seasons are equally festive, with Spring Fling, Independence Day Celebration, and HollyFest. The Holly Springs Farmers Market, rated #1 in North Carolina, has expanded to every Saturday during the year except holidays. Both historic houses and new developments can be found among Holly Springs homes for sale, with something to suit any preference and lifestyle. 

  • Fuquay-Varina
    In 2015, Fuquay-Varina debuted a new logo and slogan, "A Dash More." While the motto is a clever play on the town's unique name, it also makes the point that Fuquay-Varina offers residents and visitors something extra. The town was first known as Piney Woods, and with 20 parks located on 55 acres of land, nature still surrounds Fuquay-Varina homes for sale. When you want to shop or stop for lunch, downtown is only minutes away. The current population is just over 27,000, but many families have resided in Fuquay-Varina over several generations, which is a testament to the town's livability. 

Our team can help you find just the right place in one of these amazing suburbs. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.


Shop Seasonal Finds at These Farmers Markets in the Triangle

Fall Farmers Market

The weather might be getting cooler, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy fresh-picked produce. In fact, our real estate agents always recommend visiting the local farmers markets this time of year. From pumpkins and potatoes to squash, zucchini, and corn, there are many delicious vegetables in season right now. 

Whether you're just starting to look at Raleigh homes for sale or you're already a resident here, you'll want to get to know the best places to get your hands on the latest harvests. 

  • Stone Ridge Farm Market: 480 Temple Johnson Rd., Zebulon, NC 27597
    A family-operated business, the Stone Ridge Farm Market is a great place to pick up your fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies. Even better, if you can't make it to the market, you can have them delivered right to your door! Delivery is free if you live within 10 miles of the market. If you've been looking at Zebulon homes for sale, make sure you check them out before you head to the corner grocery store. 
  • Western Wake Farmers Market: 280 Town Hall Dr., Morrisville NC 27560
    The Western Wake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that was formed by a group of moms looking for a way to feed their children fresh, locally grown food. You'll find a wide selection of vendors here selling fresh produce, local honey, baked goods, and more! They're open on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm through November and then from 9:30 to 12 in December through March. They'll also have live music each week through the end of November. Plus you can get a look at some of the beautiful Morrisville homes for sale that are located near the market.  
  • Cary Downtown Farmers Market: 135 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
    Have you been thinking about moving into one of the great Cary homes for sale? If so, you'll definitely want to get to know the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. It has been a favorite among locals since 1996.

    You'll find lots of great vendors here selling everything from produce, meat, and dairy to gifts, crafts, and prepared foods. The traditional market is open on Saturdays from 8 am to noon through the end of October. After that, the winter market runs from 9 am through noon from November through March. 

  • Apex Farmers Market: 112 Saunders St., Apex, NC 27502
    Located in the heart of downtown not far from some of the best Apex homes for sale, the Apex Farmers Market offers a wide selection of products. This includes seafood, meat, eggs, preserves, jams, and jellies, coffee, candles, soaps, crafts, prepared foods, and more. The market is open on Saturdays from 9 am until noon. They often have live music and entertainment for the kids and the market is also pet-friendly. 
  • Holly Springs Farmers Market: 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs, NC 27540
    The Holly Springs Farmers Market has been voted a "best in class" farmers market for several years in a row. In addition to the things you would expect at any farmers market, you'll also find a large range of products including things like fresh cut flowers, mead (honey wine), cold-pressed juices, goat cheese, fudge, candied nuts, and more. This farmers market has also published a handy harvest calendar so you'll have an idea of what you'll find there each time you visit. If you've been looking at Holly Springs homes for sale, you'll be glad to have this incredible venue so close by. 

If you're looking for the perfect home in the Raleigh area, our skilled agents are here to help! Contact us today. 


Fall Activities to Enjoy Throughout the Triangle

Fall Activities Raleigh

Fall may bring a drop in temperature, but the social scene around the Triangle doesn't miss a beat. Here are some of the lively activities and events our real estate agents are looking forward to as the season changes. 

  • Splatterflix - Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701
    Get in the Halloween spirit with the onscreen thrills and chills of Splatterflix. This popular event returns to the Carolina Theatre, not far from Durham homes for sale, for another weekend of spooky fun. This year's series features several genre classics, including Army of Darkness, Hocus Pocus, and the original Halloween. Splatterflix runs from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10. Tickets are $9.50 per film or $80 for a 10-film pass.

  • Barktoberfest - Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701
    No need to leave Fido home while you're out having fun. Take him to Barktoberfest, a celebration of our furry four-legged friends. Your pet can socialize and make new pals while you enjoy live music and great food. Other activities include raffles, a photo booth, and a costume contest for dogs who come dressed in their finest apparel. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 23, from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free.

  • N.C. State Fair - 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Yes, it's "Worth the Wait!" That's the festive theme of this year's N.C. State Fair, once again taking place just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale. Nearly one million people pass through the gates to enjoy fun-filled days of agricultural exhibits, live music, and carnival rides. The 2021 N.C. State Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 14 through Sunday, October 24. Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12 when purchased in advance.

  • Raleigh Farmers Market - 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Do you usually picture a farmers market as a collection of modest fruit and vegetable stands? With more than 75 acres of vendor booths, restaurants, and specialty shops, the incredible Raleigh Farmers Market is like an amusement park for foodies. The Farmers Building alone encompasses 30,000 square feet filled with fresh produce, plants, and other items produced on local farms. Be sure to visit Market Imports to see the stunning assortment of home and garden accessories, from cabinets and glazed pottery to outdoor fountains and wrought-iron trellises. Market hours are 5 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Carolina Hurricanes - PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Have you jumped aboard the Hurricane train? The Carolina Hurricanes are ready to defend their title in the NHL Central Division and keep going until they hoist the Stanley Cup. Captain Jordan Staal returns to lead the team against division rivals Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, and current Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Visit the website for schedule and ticket prices. 

  • Pumpkin Flotilla - Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC 27513
    Visitors of all ages love the charmingly spooky sights of the Pumpkin Flotilla on Bond Park Lake, not far from Cary homes for sale. Bring your own carved jack-o-lantern (lights and floating devices provided) or dress in your finest costume for discounted admission to a pre-show boat ride. Pumpkin drop-off begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 29, with the show starting at twilight. 

Is buying or selling a home on your fall to-do list? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to get started.


5 Backyard Composting Tips

Composting Tips

Looking for an easy, affordable way to improve your garden and reduce your waste output? Create your own backyard compost pile!

Composting is the natural process of recycling garden, yard, and kitchen waste into fertile garden soil. When you add compost material to your soil, you improve its health, help it retain moisture, and provide protection against disease and pests. 

Our real estate agents know that a property with attractive landscaping appeals to prospective buyers. Here are some tips to follow for optimal backyard composting. 

  1. Select the Right Area for Your Compost Bin
    For the best results, your compost pile needs to be located in a suitable environment. Look for a spot that's dry and shady but has access to a water source. If your home is lacking in outside space, it's possible to set up a small compost bin inside your home. 
  1. Know What to Add to Your Compost Pile
    Every compost pile should have water, browns, and greens. These ingredients are all necessary to produce nutrient-rich compost. Browns include yard and garden waste, like twigs, dead leaves, and branches. Greens consist of grass clippings, fruit and vegetable waste, and old coffee grounds. Your compost pile needs an equal amount of browns and greens. Water keeps the compost pile moist so that it breaks down more rapidly. 
  1. Understand What NOT to Add to Your Compost Pile
    A few items should not be composted. These items may harm plants or produce an odor that attracts insects. When you put your home on the market, it's essential to confirm that your compost pile is odor-free so that it doesn't deter homebuyers. Never add plants with disease or pests to your compost pile, as both disease and pests can be transmitted to other plants when you add the compost to your garden. Avoid adding fats, meats, bones, and dairy products, as all these items will make your compost pile smell and attract rodents and insects. Any yard or garden waste that's been treated with chemical pesticides should stay out of your compost pile. Pesticides can kill the organisms necessary to break down organic material. 
  1. Cover Your Compost Pile
    It can take between a couple of months and a couple of years for organic materials to turn into compost. Hasten the process by covering your compost pile. Covering your compost helps it retain moisture that assists with the degradation of your food and yard waste. You can opt for a compost bin with a lid or use a tarp to cover your compost pile. 
  1. Be Picky with How You Layer Your Compost
    Always put a layer of browns as the top layer on your compost pile. This will minimize any odors associated with your compost, and it helps the materials retain moisture. A brown top layer also decreases the number of pests and insects attracted to your compost pile. When you add new waste to your compost pile, alternate brown and green layers, check that the brown layers are two to three times thicker than your green layers.

A compost pile is a great way to supply your garden with nutrients. Ready to add your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale? Contact us today to get started!


Where to See Live Theater in the Triangle

Raleigh Theaters

Live theater is alive and well in the Triangle! Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area are home to a wealth of art and culture. It's a great place to call home if you enjoy theater and the performing arts, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite performance venues in the area.

  • A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater - 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Some of the most exciting theater events in the Triangle happen at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This 600-seat theater is Raleigh's epicenter for opera and dance and regularly hosts productions by the Carolina Ballet. Located just minutes from these Raleigh homes for sale, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater is just the right size for a powerful, intimate performance. 

  • Cary Academy Fine & Performing Arts Center - 1500 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513
    Established in 1997, Cary Academy is an independent college-preparatory secondary school located in the beautiful city of Cary, North Carolina. The school's Fine & Performing Arts Center is known throughout the region for producing exceptional theater and dance productions rooted in their students' ensemble ethic. Some of the best young actors around get their start here! The Arts Center is part of a 65-acre campus, which is convenient to many Cary homes for sale.

  • Burning Coal Theater Company - 224 Polk St, Raleigh, NC 27604
    With a reputation for producing gritty, explosive takes on classic plays, Burning Coal Theater Company is Raleigh's leading professional not-for-profit theater. Burning Coal Theater Company attracts some of the best actors from Raleigh and all over the country and creates thrilling performances in a unique 175-seat space. Be sure to check their website to learn more about upcoming shows!

  • Garner Performing Arts Center - 742 W Garner Rd, Garner, NC 27529
    A beautiful 471-seat auditorium inside of the former Garner High School, the Garner Performing Arts Center is a great place to attend (or host) a live theater event. Their renovated, state-of-the-art stage has hosted countless plays, musicals, and concerts, including Broadway Voices, the Towne Players of Garner, and the "It's Showtime!" series. The theater is located a stone's throw from these Garner homes for sale

  • Halle Cultural Arts Center - 237 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502
    The Halle Cultural Arts Center is a versatile space that hosts events of all kinds. From concerts and showcase performances to community events and visual arts presentations, this is a major hub for local arts and culture. It also hosts the Apex farmers market and weekly free movies. Just minutes from these Apex homes for sale, the Halle Cultural Arts Center is nestled in the charming heart of downtown Apex, North Carolina. 

  • The Carolina Theatre - 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
    You never know what you'll see at the Carolina Theatre. It could be a play or a musical. It could be a rock concert or a comedy showcase. It could be a classic film or the latest blockbuster. This multi-use performing arts and cinema complex offers a little bit of everything, and it's been a staple downtown Durham since 1926. The Carolina Theatre always offers something fresh and exciting, a short drive from many Durham homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn more about arts and culture in the Triangle area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas!


Book Lovers Day: Books Set in the Triangle

Raleigh Books

Reading is a wonderful way to gain new perspectives on familiar topics. Not only is the Triangle a desired location that people want to move to, writers often use this area as a backdrop for their novels. See the Triangle through new eyes in these books that our real estate agents will be reading to celebrate Book Lovers Day on August 9th

  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
    Young adult fiction isn't just for kids anymore. Relatable themes and engaging stories have made these books popular with readers of all ages. In Legendborn, author Tracy Deonn draws on her childhood in North Carolina, along with her love of fantasy. Main character Bree Matthews, reeling after the death of her mother, escapes to a residential program for gifted high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill. After witnessing an attack, Bree uncovers the existence of the titular secret society, which may have a link to her mother's death.

  • Cabins in the Laurel by Muriel Earley Sheppard
    Get an intimate look at mountain life in the early 20th century in Cabins in the Laurel. After the author and her husband moved from New York to the Toe River Valley in 1928, she set out to become acquainted with her neighbors, and these friendships form the basis of the book. Adding to the realism are 128 breathtaking pictures from noted Chapel Hill photographer Bayard Wooten.
  • Dying to Be Thin by Kathryn Lilley
    Durham's reputation as a weight-loss mecca gave rise to the nickname "Fat City." Kathryn Lilley cleverly uses this background in Dying to Be Thin, the first in her series of "Fat City Mysteries." Lead character Kate Gallagher hopes to lose weight. Kate's efforts inadvertently put her in the middle of a murder, and she discovers a talent for crime-solving that takes her life in a new direction. Subsequent titles include A Killer Workout and Makeovers Can Be Murder.

  • Naked by David Sedaris
    David Sedaris became a beloved contemporary humorist with witty, self-deprecating essays about his quirky life. Naked, the first of his books to hit the New York Times best-sellers list, includes stories about growing up in suburban Raleigh. Sedaris's colorful family includes younger sister Amy, a popular actress and comedian in her own right. In relating tales such as his mother imitating his nervous tics in front of amused teachers, Sedaris shows an ability to find humor in awkward and painful moments.

  • Blue Blood: Duke-North Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops by Art Chansky
    It's no secret that the Triangle has many basketball stories to tell! Blue Blood: Duke-North Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops offers a front-row seat to the most fascinating moments throughout this storied history. With exciting tales of fights, feuds, and controversy, the book sometimes reads more like fiction than real life. The forward is written by ESPN college hoops guru Dick Vitale. This rivalry has such a rich legacy that it spawned a sequel in 2018.

Create your own story in the Triangle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for up-to-date information on the best Raleigh homes for sale


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.


About the Joel Lane Museum House Raleigh's Oldest House

Joel Lane HouseWhether you're a newcomer to the Raleigh area or have lived in Wake County for a long time, a visit to the Joel Lane Museum House lets you take a step back in time. You'll learn about local, state, and national history as you get a glimpse into life in the late 1700s.
Our real estate agents share what you can expect when visiting Raleigh's oldest house.
About Raleigh's Oldest Home

The Joel Lane Museum House was built in 1769, making it the oldest home in Raleigh and even older than our country. Built by Colonel Joel Lane – who is known as both the Father of Wake County and Raleigh – the house is now a museum that's a Raleigh Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1771, he introduced legislation to found Wake County, and the Colonial Assembly approved it. Lane's home was the site where the decision was made in 1792 to buy a 1,000-acre parcel of his land for the state's new capital city of Raleigh.
Learn About Colonial Life

The museum lets you hear the stories of the people who lived during the colonial era, the Revolutionary War, and the early years of a new nation. Costumed guides tell accurate stories and create a personalized tour for each group of guests. 
The house itself has been restored to its appearance in the 1793-94 era. You'll also see a building called the Kitchen, which was moved from northern Wake County in 1979. It was a middle-class house built around 1790 but is similar in design to a colonial kitchen. In addition, the visitors center – which houses the gift shop and offices – is also on the property. It was built around 1840 as an addition to the Lane home but was removed from the original home when it was restored. 
What to Know Before You Go

Tours resumed for the Joel Lane Museum House in June, giving North Carolina residents a chance to learn about the Revolutionary War and the early days of the Raleigh area.

The Joel Lane Museum House is located at the corner of South St. Mary's and West Hargett Streets in Raleigh. To take a tour, go to the visitors' center at 160 South St. Mary's Street. Parking is free and can be found on St. Mary's Street in front of the visitors' center and on Hargett Street in front of the museum house.

Be sure to check their website or call before your visit for the latest on their COVID-19 guidelines.
Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors age 65 and over, $4 for students kindergarten through college with ID, and free for children under 6 as well as Blue Star Families.
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to see Raleigh homes for sale or to sell your home in the Raleigh area. Our real estate agents are knowledgeable about the local market and can help ensure that you're happy with your real estate transaction. 


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. 


About Minor League Baseball in North Carolina

North Carolina Minor League BaseballLooking for fun and excitement in Raleigh? Our real estate agents have a suggestion or two!

Many of our clients have been hankering for thrilling action out on the baseball diamond. If you're visiting to tour Raleigh homes for sale, you might have the perfect opportunity: North Carolina is home to ten Minor League Baseball teams. Here's who you might see during a fun day at the ballpark:

  1. Asheville Tourists
    The Tourists boast the most interesting home field: Historic McCornick Field was built right into the side of a mountain and features breathtaking views. The 42-foot right-center field wall is the highest in pro baseball. 

  2. Carolina Mudcats
    Conveniently located about 30 miles from downtown Raleigh, the Five County Stadium in Zebulon also operates the famous Cattails Restaurant – considered an ideal spot to catch the big game if you can't make it to the bleachers. 

  3. Charlotte Knights
    Found in Upper Charlotte's Truist Field – a modern sports venue that has grown to become one of the region's top since its opening in 2014 – the Charlotte Knights have inspired an energetic following. Fans love Friday Night Fireworks at the field, which is well-known for being family-friendly.

  4. Down East Wood Ducks
    The Wood Ducks are beloved in their native Kinston for bringing Minor League Baseball back to the area after a long five-year drought. Friday home games are made even more special with Food Truck Friday, where you can sample tasty fare from leading local restaurants.

  5. Durham Bulls
    Based out of Durham Bulls Athletic Park since 1995, with a history stretching to 1902, the Durham Bulls were launched to superstardom by the 1988 movie Bull Durham. The left-field wall is adorned with a 20-foot bull mascot. It's easy to take in a fast-paced game after exploring Durham homes for sale.

  6. Fayetteville Woodpeckers
    Rebranding in 2018 after a widely enjoyed "Name the Team" contest, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play in one of Minor League Baseball's newest venues, 2019's Segra Field. 

  7. Greensboro Grasshoppers
    The Greensboro Grasshoppers have some of the most impressive stats in the region, but the player fans love most is actually a Labrador Retriever. This multi-talented pup is known to retrieve bats, carry balls over to the umpire, and even participate in fun skits during halftime. The Grasshoppers play from First National Bank Field.

  8. Hickory Crawdads
    Conrad and Candy the Crawdad are two beloved mascots who had a big part to play in the Hickory Crawdads' early success. They were married on-field in 2018. $1 Hot Dog Tuesdays, Fireworks Fridays, and Super Saturdays – known for live music after the game – help liven things up even more.

  9. Kannapolis Cannon Ballers
    Formerly known as the "Intimidators" after NASCAR racer and former part-owner Dale Earnhardt, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers are affiliated with the Chicago White Sox. They play at the sparkling new Atrium Health Ballpark. More than a dozen major league sports stars have risen up through their ranks.

  10. Winston-Salem Dash
    Truist Stadium in downtown Winston-Salem is home to the Dash, which updated its look in 2020 with a feisty new logo. The venue is noted for its all-inclusive Flow Club and the Cheesy Pig Dog, a hot dog topped off with a heaping helping of cheese, macaroni, and barbecue.

Minor league baseball is one of the many things we love about life in North Carolina. Contact us to learn about real estate opportunities in the Triangle area.


Bed and Breakfasts in the Triangle

Raleigh Bed and Breakfasts

Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and a quick vacation! Luckily, you can find plenty of bed and breakfasts in the local area perfect for a short trip. Here are a few that our real estate agents recommend. 

  1. Heights House Hotel, 308 S Boylan Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 
    For unparalleled luxury, look no further than the Heights House Hotel. This amazing mansion was built in 1858 in what is now downtown Raleigh. Once fallen into tragic disrepair, the property has been restored to its original beauty with painstaking care and is now finally accepting reservations. Nine gracious suites can accommodate up to twenty guests. Built in Italianate style, you'll find ornate columns, unique floor plans, and fifteen-foot ceilings. With loving attention given to each detail, guests will be able to enjoy the gracious living of the past combined with the conveniences of the present.

  2. Guest House Raleigh, 420 S. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 
    Four beautiful suites at Guest House Raleigh offer exceptional accommodations with unique features such as a grand double shower, a private patio, French doors, and fabulous views. Just a few doors down, at 432 S. Bloodworth Street, you will find Roger's Cottage, a sister property. This cozy home away from home is a child-friendly space with a king bedroom and a queen bed in a loft. The kitchenette with mini-fridge makes it the perfect spot for a small family. 

  3. Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn & Garden, 333 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
    House hunters looking at Fuquay-Varina homes for sale will find this an excellent home base. The Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn & Garden offers five luxury options in a landmark listed in the National Register Historic District. Four-poster beds grace the Carriage House and the Savannah Sparrow room, while other lovely antiques make the Cardinal Suite, the Painted Bunting Room, and the Goldfinch Room feel like portals into the past. When you're not looking at houses, you'll enjoy the local sites nearby, such as Alltel Pavilion, Exploris, Raven Rock State Park, and more. 

  4. Hamilton Scot Inn, 7905 Emery Gayle Lane, Cary, NC 27519
    If your focus is on Cary homes for sale, you can't go wrong with the Hamilton Scot Inn. Just minutes from the Raleigh/Durham International Airport, the Inn is nestled on fourteen gorgeous acres, offering the seclusion of a country home. You'll receive a gourmet breakfast, fresh flowers, and so much more. You'll be conveniently situated near several universities. To assist with your property searches or any business you may have during your stay, the Inn offers free WiFi.
  5. B & B's Country Garden Inn, 1041 Kelly Road, Apex, North Carolina 27523 
    Just off the I-540, you'll find charming accommodations that are well suited to researching Apex homes for sale. Surrounded by eight acres, the property boasts a large pond so that guests can enjoy a leisurely paddleboat ride or go fishing. B & B's Country Garden Inn will even supply you with a fishing pole. If you have the time, you may enjoy the Apex Farmer's Market, the Halle Cultural Arts Center, or any number of local activities. 

Plus, staying at a bed and breakfast offers a great way to get to know about the local area if you are planning on moving there. If you're ready to find the home of your dreams in the Triangle, contact us


Educational Opportunities for Your Kids This Summer in Raleigh

Raleigh Summer Learning

Looking for ways to keep your kids happily occupied while they're continuing to learn this summer in Raleigh? The area has plenty of places where you can spend the day with them or enroll them in a fun summer program.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following places where your kids can learn and have fun this summer in Raleigh:

  1. The CoderSchool – Leesville Towne Center, 13200 Strickland Rd. #116, Raleigh, NC 27613 
    Coding has become a popular interest for kids in the past few years, and it's easy to see why. Without coders, we wouldn't have computer software, apps, and websites that we access countless times a day. The CoderSchool, located close to Raleigh homes for sale, offers summer camps for kids who have experience in coding and those who don't. Camps include Game Development – Arcade, Roblox Remix, and Mobile Madness. In-person and online camps are available, with some designed for kids age 7-10 and those aged 10 and up.

  2. My Gym Raleigh – 8801 Lead Mine Rd. Suite 117, Raleigh, NC 27615  
    My Gym Raleigh is all about letting kids have fun while learning in a fun, physically engaging environment. As kids are active and having fun, they gain confidence that can carry over into other activities. In addition to their regular programs, My Gym Raleigh offers summer camps running from June through August, with a discount if you enroll a sibling. Camp themes change weekly and include Circus, Superheroes, Space, Safari, and Olympics.

  3. Engineering for Kids – 110 Lattner Ct. Suite #104, Morrisville, NC 27560
    Engineering for Kids
    , located around the corner from Morrisville homes for sale, builds on what kids are already learning in their school curriculum in a fun way. The company emphasizes the Engineering Design Process to help kids with their decision-making and critical-thinking skills and their creativity and teamwork. Choose a virtual or in-person summer program for your kids, including one on Esports that lets them learn about the fundamentals and mechanics of their favorite games as well as how everything in the game relates to the real world through physics and other disciplines.

  4. Museum of Life + Science – 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham, NC 27704 
    Whether you're looking for a fun, educational place to spend the day with your child or you're looking for a summer camp with these same benefits, you'll find it at the Museum of Life + Science. Located near Durham homes for sale, the museum is filled with 84 acres of open-ended science and nature experiences, so your kids will have plenty to do and see. Take them to Hideaway Woods, where they can explore a two-acre nature playscape, complete with treehouses, a flowing streambed, and more. And don't forget the Butterfly House, where hundreds of butterflies fly in a 350-foot-tall glass conservatory where you can interact with them.

  5. Piedmont Wildlife Center – 364 Leigh Farm Rd., Durham, NC 27707
    Piedmont Wildlife Center is dedicated to providing educational experiences for kids and adults while helping them build a strong connection to nature. Take the kids to meet the Center's owl ambassadors, go on a nature walk, learn about plants, or connect with nature in other ways. You can also enroll them in a summer camp for youth or teens, including a swamp safari or backpacking trip.

Contact us to learn more about Raleigh's vast educational opportunities for kids. And if you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area, our real estate professionals can help. 


Memorial Day Weekend Getaways Near the Triangle

Memorial Day Weekend RaleighMemorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer! Plan a weekend getaway near the Triangle to these destinations that are only a short drive away.

  1. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park - 240 Park Entrance Rd., Seven Springs, NC 28578
    There's no secret about the main attraction at Cliffs of the Nuese State Park. The 350 Yard Trail leads to the majestic overlook that towers 90 feet above the Neuse River. In addition to four other hiking trails, the pet-friendly park features an 11-acre swimming lake with a sandy beach and diving platform. With 30 picnic tables and 10 grills, there's plenty of space to enjoy a BBQ. Family and group campsites are available, along with camper cabins, if you want to stay the whole weekend. Park hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily and admission is free. Swimming fees are $6 for adults and $4 for kids ages 3-12.

  2. Old Edwards Inn and Spa - 445 Main St., Highlands, NC 28741
    If R&R is your idea of the perfect holiday weekend, your dream awaits you at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Indulge in total pampering at the full-service spa, shop till you drop at the fashionable boutiques within walking distance, and dine on an upscale farm-to-table meal at Madison's. Just in case you feel the need to get up and move, there is an onsite fitness center along with a golf course and tennis courts. Several different styles of guest rooms and cottages accommodate any needs. Visit the website for rates and reservations.

  3. Blackbeard's Lodge – 111 Back Rd., Ocracoke, NC 27960
    When you stay at a place with an address of, "Back Road," you know you're really getting away from it all. Blackbeard's Lodge, located on the secluded barrier island of Ocracoke, is a delightful blend of modern amenities and historic charm. Fishing, boating, and sightseeing are just minutes away. For those who prefer more laid-back activities, the lodge has a swimming pool and game room with a pool table, foosball, and air hockey, along with an arcade and board games. Pet-friendly rooms are available. Visit the website for rates and reservations.

  4. Pisgah National Forest – 1001 Pisgah Hwy., Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
    Want to feel on top of the world, literally and figuratively? Hike Looking Glass Rock at Pisgah National Forest for dazzling 360-degree views that will leave you awestruck. If that's a little more challenging than what you're looking for, the 500,000-acre forest includes more moderate trails, including Graveyard Fields with its pair of waterfalls. Pet-friendly Pisgah National Forest is open 24/7 and admission is free.

  5. Carowinds – 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273
    Thrill-seekers of all ages know Memorial Day weekend as the opening of Carowinds, a thrilling amusement park just over two hours away from Raleigh homes for sale. More than 2 million people visit Carowinds each year for attractions such as Fury 325, North America's longest roller coaster. The 1.25-mile ride, lasting approximately 3.25 minutes, crosses North and South Carolina state lines. When it's time for a break, cool off at Carolina Harbor Water Park, which is included in the price of admission. Visit the website for schedules and ticket prices.

Every day's a holiday when you live in the Triangle. And our real estate agents can help make that a reality! Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston for all your real estate needs.


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.


National Prime Rib Day: Steakhouses around the Triangle

Raleigh Steak

There's never a bad time to enjoy a delicious slice of prime rib. If you need an excuse, however, you'll be glad to know that April 27th is National Prime Rib Day!  

Our REALTORS® each have their own opinions about which local steakhouse is the best. We've created this list of some of their favorites, so you check them all out and decide for yourself!  

  1. Angus Barn Steakhouse: 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27617
    Located not far from some of the best Raleigh homes for sale, the Angus Barn Steakhouse is incredibly popular among locals. This fine-dining restaurant serves a variety of steaks that are aged in-house, fresh seafood, and more. It also has an award-winning wine cellar and a smoking lounge. You'll love the 10, 14, or 22-ounce cuts of prime rib. You can also choose a combo and pair your prime rib with a half rack of ribs, marinated shrimp, or a lobster tail. 
  1. The Peddler Steakhouse: 6005 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612
    When you have dinner at The Peddler Steakhouse, you can expect to enjoy a delicious steak that has been aged to perfection. All of their steaks are aged for a minimum of 28 days and cut at the table upon request. They're then grilled over charcoal, resulting in an amazingly flavorful meal. The prime rib at Peddler Steakhouse is seasoned with their special blend of spices and slow-roasted to ensure that it stays both juicy and tender. Try it for yourself, and you'll quickly see why this dish is the restaurant's house specialty. 
  1. Nantucket Grill: 1145 Falls River Ave., Raleigh, NC 27614
    If you enjoy dining in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, then you'll want to pay a visit to Nantucket Grill. This restaurant serves up classic New England-Style cuisine like lobster rolls and crab cakes. They serve prime rib after 4 pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays. Kids also eat for free on Sundays, making this the perfect day for a family outing. 
  1. NanaSteak: 345 Blackwell St., Durham, NC 27701
    Well known as one of Durham's best steakhouses, NanaSteak offers upscale dining in a high-energy environment. The restaurant features three dining rooms, a well-appointed bar, and an award-winning wine list. They offer both 8-ounce and 12-ounce cuts of slow-cooked Black Angus Prime Rib that are sure to please your palate. NanaSteak is located in downtown Durham. While you're in the area, we highly recommend taking a drive around to get a look at some of the beautiful Durham homes for sale nearby. 
  1. Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill: 201 S. Estes Dr., Space 100-A, Chapel Hill, NC 2751
    An upscale restaurant with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, Stoney River Steakhouse specializes in fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks. Their Certified Angus Beef® prime rib is aged and slow-roasted to perfection. Next time you're in the area looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale, plan to stick around and enjoy an amazing meal you won't soon forget. 

When it comes to living in the Triangle, great restaurants are just the beginning! We would love to show you around the area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started. 


St. Patrick's Day Crafts Your Kids Will Love

Raleigh Crafts

Our real estate agents love spreading the Luck O' the Irish! This year, consider taking a short break from exploring the beautiful Raleigh homes for sale so you and your little ones can enjoy a fun St. Paddy's Day-themed craft party! Here are a few easy ideas to help you plan your day. 

  1. Leprechaun Paper Plate
    It's easy to make an adorable leprechaun using a paper plate, a little bit of paint, and some construction paper. Begin by turning a plain white paper plate upside down and painting the outside edge with orange paint. While you're waiting for the paint to dry, use green, yellow, and black construction paper to make a hat and glue it to the top of the plate. Draw a face with a black Sharpie marker, and you've got an adorable leprechaun to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day! 
  1. 3-D Shamrock
    Want to make a shamrock that pops? Try this fun 3-D paper shamrock. Start by cutting green construction paper into six hearts that are the same size and a piece in the shape of a shamrock stem. Fold each heart in half vertically, making a strong crease. Glue the stem at the bottom of the page and the bottom four hearts over the stem, directly across from each other. Now use the last two hearts to make the top of the shamrock, and you're done! This is a great way to make a 3-D card that your child can give to a loved one.
  1. Leprechaun Handprint Craft
    Handprint crafts create a memorable keepsake you can treasure for years. To make this fun handprint leprechaun, start by painting your child's fingers orange and the palm a skin color. Then, have them press their hand hard on a piece of white paper. For this craft, the fingers will point down, as they will make the beard. Use paint, markers, or construction paper to make a tophat and add some orange paint underneath to look like hair. Finally, add some googly eyes and draw a nose and mouth -- and you've got a happy leprechaun to celebrate the day with you. 
  1. Rainbow Chain Necklace
    Kids love crafts they can wear, so this rainbow chain necklace is always a big hit! It's easy to make and will keep them busy for a while. All you need is colored construction paper, tape or a stapler, and some gold glitter. Start by cutting red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple paper into small strips. Then, show your child how to make each piece into a circle, interlocking them together. Hold each piece together with a staple or a dot of glue. Finally, make a pot of gold with construction paper and your gold glitter. Staple or glue it to the front of the wreath, and it's ready to go. 
  1. Fabric Wreath
    If you have an older child or you're willing to help, this DIY fabric wreath is another fun project. Start with a 12-inch wire wreath frame and 1 yard each of lime green, polka dot, and shamrock-patterned fabric. Cut the fabric into 1.5 x 7-inch strips. Then tie each piece of fabric to the frame, one at a time, creating a pattern. Start from the outside edge and work your way in. When you're done, hang it on your door with a piece of green ribbon. 

You don't need luck to find a great home in the Raleigh area. The home of your dreams is out there waiting for you, so don't delay! Contact us today to get started.  


National Day of Unplugging: Nature Retreats Around Raleigh

Raleigh Outdoor Retreats

"Can you hear me now?" Electronics and social media often drown out the sounds of actual connections. Our real estate agents know that the Raleigh area has plenty of nature retreats perfect for a visit on Friday, March 5, for the National Day of Unplugging. Recharge your "batteries" by getting back to nature at one of these fabulous spots around Raleigh.

  1. Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park - 1800 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Museums are usually indoor activities for a rainy day. Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park is a delightful outdoor "gallery" where works of art share the stage with beautiful natural surroundings. The 164-acre park includes miles of trails dotted with signs providing information about the artworks and the history of the adjacent North Carolina Museum of Art. Leashed dogs are welcome. Admission is free, and the park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. 

  2. TreeRunner Adventure Park - 12804 Norwood Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
    When you're navigating obstacles 30 feet above the ground, cell phones are the last thing on your mind. TreeRunner Adventure Park features seven different obstacle courses to provide a challenge for any level of experience. Make your way across tightrope bridges, cargo nets, and zip lines as you enjoy the thrill of accomplishment. TreeRunner also has a Junior Park for ages 4-7, so the whole family can participate. Advance tickets are required. Admission is $42 for adults, $35 for kids 13 and under, and $20 for the Junior Park, with prices slightly higher on weekends. Visit the website for hours. 

  3. Historic Yates Mill County Park - 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Prior to the 20th century, mills were the social and economic backbone of life around Raleigh. The last mill in operating condition is the foundation of Historic Yates Mill County Park. Pedestrian-only trails pass through forests and wetlands, while three onsite gardens provide a look at Native American farming methods and endangered ecosystems. Pack a lunch and take a break at one of several picnic tables located throughout the park. Hours are 8 a.m. until sunset daily.

  4. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens - 1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27610
    Opened in 1975, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens has the distinction of being the first park in the United States exclusively dedicated to the renowned civil rights leader. Highlights of the 2.4-acre park include a life-size statue of Dr. King, which is part of Raleigh's public arts collection, as well as a stunning 12-ton granite water fountain honoring his fellow civil rights pioneers from the area around Raleigh homes for sale. The King Memorial Wall is made from 2,500 bricks, each bearing the name of one of the park's supporters. Park hours are sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.

  5. Raleigh Walking Tours - 400 N. Person St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Just how well do you really know Raleigh? Have fun as you learn about ghosts, art, and other lively facets of the city's history during Raleigh Walking Tours. Each event lasts approximately one hour, and the company has a unique pay-what-you-want policy to accommodate all interested participants. Private tours at a fixed rate are available for individuals and groups of all sizes. Reservations are required. Visit the website for tour schedules and tickets.

Raleigh is a perfect blend of culture, entertainment, and outdoor activities. Whether you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us


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.


Zoom Towns: Why Raleigh is an Excellent Choice

Zoom Town Raleigh

2021 is the year of the "Zoom town" – a great shakeup where professionals are exploring their home options. As more jobs go remote, fewer people are tethered to their old neighborhoods. Now's the time to go exploring and find a place where you'll feel truly enthusiastic to live.

For many people, that place is Raleigh, North Carolina.

There are so many reasons to consider Raleigh homes for sale. We decided to share a few!

For example:

  1. Raleigh Has a Low Cost of Living
    A study by Payscale showed that average housing expenses in Raleigh are 30% lower than the U.S. average. Its overall cost of living is estimated at 5% lower than the U.S. national average, placing it among America's most inexpensive big cities. Many buyers have the chance to purchase not only a house but ample land.
  2. It is Emerging as Another Tech Hub
    Perched between three major universities, Research Triangle Park has become the epicenter of an all-new tech boom for the South. More than 200 companies operate within the Triangle, and it has attracted the talents of some 50,000 workers in areas like microelectronics, biotechnology, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, among others.
  3. A Regional Leader in Higher Education
    Few other places in the U.S. can match Raleigh's three major colleges, including Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University. It's a phenomenal place to start or continue with higher education, and about 43% of locals hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Wake Forest University is also nearby.
  4. Mild Winters Perfect for New Englanders
    While the summer weather can be humid, Raleigh winters are a pleasant departure for many people who are used to wind, rain, hail, and snow. The average winter temperature is a balmy 43 degrees, well above what's needed for snow. In the summer, the average temperature "soars" to 78 degrees – hardly sweltering heat.
  5. Surrounded by Natural Beauty
    No matter what interests you, Raleigh has the diverse geography you need for plenty of outdoor adventures. Weekend trips to the mountains or the beach are each about two hours away. Carolina Beach offers you the beautiful shore without the crowds, one of the top-ranked Pacific beach areas outside of Florida.
  6. The Smithsonian of the South
    History buffs will have plenty to love when they choose Raleigh for their new home. Some of the most beloved museums in the country are right here, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and dozens of historic sites.
  7. Exceptional Shopping and Dining
    There are three major shopping malls in the Raleigh area, providing everything from handmade local goods and colorful boutiques to all your favorite chain stores. The culinary scene is on the rise, too: Southern comfort food is on the menu, but so is innovative, sustainable cuisine suitable for foodies and locavores.
  8. A Welcoming, Friendly Community
    In a word, Raleigh is neighborly. It has a sense of community you'll be hard-pressed to find in many other large cities, as well as distinctive neighborhoods with their own character. Oakwood, Five Points, Brier Creek, and the rest all offer unique charms, including differing tastes in architectural style.

Our real estate agents are here to help. Contact us to learn more about Raleigh real estate.


All About Raleigh's Historic District

Raleigh Historic District

There are so many things to love about living in the Raleigh area! Not only are there many beautiful Raleigh homes for sale right now, but there are also excellent dining and entertainment options, great schools, and a rich culture and history. 

If you love older homes, you'll definitely want to explore some of the designated historic districts in and around Raleigh's downtown area. Some of the historic houses here are open to the public, while others remain private homes. Either way, the area offers excellent opportunities for an afternoon sightseeing tour. Here are a few you'll want to check out. 

Capitol Area Historic District

Located right in the center of Raleigh, the Capitol Area Historic District is home to the Capitol building, the State Supreme Court, and two churches that date back to the mid-19th century. 

You'll also find numerous historic monuments and Haywood Hall, the oldest house in Raleigh. It was built in 1799 and features stunning gardens that make it a popular spot for weddings and events. 

Boylan Heights

One of Raleigh's oldest suburban areas, today, it's just at the edge of Raleigh's downtown. This hilly, wooded area features a variety of lovely old homes, many of which have been revitalized and are now single-family residences. 

Moore Square Historic District

While you won't find any houses in the Moore Square Historic District, but it is home to two beautiful parks that have been a part of the city since 1792. It's also the location of the city's giant copper acorn, a half-ton sculpture in the park that makes for a great photo-opp. While you're there, make sure you rub it for good luck!

The area is also home to City Market, which was originally established in 1914. In the 1920s, it was knowns as "Black Main Street." Today, revitalization efforts have resulted in a redevelopment of City Market and a return to activity in the district. 

Oakwood Historic District

In the post-Civil War era, Oakwood was created as a rural neighborhood that was quite a hike into town. Today, it's essentially in Raleigh's downtown. However, many of the area's Victorian-style homes still look how they did back then. 

Although the homes were neglected for some time, the area underwent a restoration in the 1970s. It became Raleigh's first designated historic district in 1947. Today it's one of the area's loveliest neighborhoods. 

Five Points Neighborhoods 

Another interesting and eclectic area, the Five Points Neighborhoods, is a short drive from downtown, conveniently located near the interstate, and is well-known for its block of great restaurants and bars. 

It was developed in the 1920s as a series of planned communities designed to give residents a break from the hectic urban life. The Five Points area comprises several neighborhoods, including Vanguard Park, Bloomsbury, Roanoke Park, and Hayes Barton, which was once considered one of the area's most desirable neighborhoods. 

Today, Five Points is very popular among young, first-time homebuyers. The housing styles here vary greatly, from 1920s bungalow-style houses to larger, more ornate homes. This hodge-podge of home sizes and styles only serves to make the area even more unique. 

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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.


Where to Order Holiday Pies in the Triangle

Holiday Pies Raleigh

The holiday season has arrived, and with it has come a wonderful excuse to order up pies from your favorite bakery. If you're searching for the best pies in North Carolina, our real estate agents encourage you to check out these bakeries in the Triangle.

  1. Slice Pie Company – 17 E. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Family-owned, Slice Pie Company is the home of the State Fair Blue Ribbon Pie. Each pie is made from scratch and made with love from recipes handed down from generation to generation. Ten different pies are made to order, allowing you to bring a double chocolate chess pie to your office holiday party or double up with a sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving Day celebration. Although you can purchase pies directly from their shop, you can also find Slice Pie Company pies around Raleigh at places like The Butcher's Market and Sir Walter Coffee.

  2. Bittersweet – 16 E. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    When you move into one of the newly constructed Raleigh homes for sale, you'll be happy to learn that Bittersweet is the city's earliest opening bar and latest open coffee shop. Whether you're in the mood for coffee or cocktails, Bittersweet is the perfect place to grab a slice of their Derby Pie. This chocolate-bourbon pecan pie is drizzled with salted caramel sauce, handmade in-house with the finest ingredients. 

  3. Mad Hatter's Café & Bakeshop – 1802 West Main St., Durham, NC 27705
    You'd be mad not to visit Mad Hatter's Café & Bakeshop for a slice of pie after moving into one of our Durham homes for sale. Their made to order pies with hand-rolled flaky crusts include apple, pumpkin, pecan, cherry, blueberry, key lime, and French silk. Make sure you order some of their locally roasted Counter Culture coffee to-go as well!

  4. Weaver Street Market – 716 Market St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    With multiple locations throughout the Triangle, you'll love shopping Weaver Street Market for your weekly groceries. Their bakery is stocked with a rotating selection of handmade pies, each baked with local, high-quality ingredients. Depending on the season, you'll see their shelves stacked with classics like cherry pie and blueberry pie or holiday pies such as plum pie and sweet potato pie. With local produce, meats, and dairy products, you can plan a whole holiday dinner with North Carolina ingredients when shopping at Weaver Street Market.

  5. Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café – 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
    Over the last twenty years, Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café has whipped up stunning desserts that taste as good as they look. A favorite local bakery for wedding cakes, lunch favorites, and everything in between. With 22 delicious pies, it can be difficult to choose. We recommend the Vegan Pumpkin Pie, the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, or the Wild Blueberry Pie with Lattice Crust. Of course, you're free to try a different one each time you're in town browsing Cary homes for sale.

Are you looking for a new home for the holidays? We can help! Contact us today to schedule tours of our Triangle homes for sale.


Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: Animal Shelters in the Triangle

Animal Shelters in the Triangle

October is officially "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month", and with so many people spending more time at home this year, there couldn't be a better time to welcome a new furry friend into your family. There are several great dog shelters in and around the Triangle and dozens of new pets that need to be adopted today. Looking to add a shelter dog to your family? Our REALTORS® went ahead and pulled together a list of options:

  1. Saving Grace Animals For Adoption13400 Old Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    A wide selection of breeds of all ages, Saving Grace has dozens of loving pups in need of a home. In addition to adoption services, they also offer a temporary foster program and a "host a dog weekend" service. There is an adoption fee, which covers vaccinations, spay/neuter, parasite prevention, and other services. While you're in the area, there are several great Wake Forest homes for sale with beautiful backyards for your new dog to run and play.
  2. Cause For Paws - 1634 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Cause for Paws has a number of cats and dogs available for adoption. While cats are housed at their two Raleigh thrift stores, dogs are actually kept at foster homes throughout the Triangle, so it's usually best to call ahead in order to schedule a visit with a particular dog. While you're in town, schedule an appointment to visit one of these Raleigh homes for sale.
  3. Second Chance Pet Adoptions - 6003 Chapel Hill Rd. #133, Raleigh, NC 27607
    Helping dogs find good homes in the Triangle area since 1987, Second Chance Pet Adoptions has a wide range of dogs that need homes today. They charge a $300 adoption fee that covers about $500 worth of veterinary care. Applications are available on their website along with information about their dogs available for adoption.
  4. Wake County Animal Center - 820 Beacon Lake Dr., Raleigh, NC 27610
    Owned and operated by the county, The Wake County Animal Center takes in thousands of strays and abandoned pets every year, and partners with fosters and volunteers to help find them a loving home. Dog adoption fees are only $95. While they don't provide spay/neuter services, they do make recommendations for reputable local veterinary clinics.
  5. Orange County Animal Services - 1601 Eubanks Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    Not only does Orange County Animal Services provide intake services for abandoned animals, but they also offer spay/neuter programs and manage pet licensing for the county. Additionally, they take on the responsibility of enforcing animal cruelty laws across the county. The adoption fee for a dog is $125 and the fee for a puppy is $175, and the fees include a wide range of veterinary services including health screening, vaccinations, and microchipping. After you pick-up, your new pup, be sure to cruise by these Chapel Hill homes for sale.

Getting a new pet is a big decision! In return for opening up your home to them, dogs will provide you with long term companionship, fun, and they may even help you to reduce stress. For more recommendations on local pet shelters in the Triangle, contact us today.


As Seen on TV: Raleigh Restaurants that Have Been Featured on TV

Raleigh Restaurants

It's no secret that North Carolina has some of the best food in the country, but many residents of the Triangle are surprised to discover just how many times Raleigh's restaurants have been featured on TV. From local news to international programs on Food Network and Travel Channel, our favorite places to dine are given primetime slots on television. Next time you're headed out to eat, our real estate agents encourage you to check out these Raleigh restaurants that have been featured on TV.

  1. The Roast Grill – 7 S. West St., Raleigh, NC 27603 
    As Seen On Man v. Food

    Opened in 1940, The Roast Grill has been serving up hot dogs on the same grill they used 80 years ago. When Man v. Food's Adam Richman came to town, Raleigh residents knew he'd be taking on the Hot Dogger Eating Challenge. Richman dominated the challenge, downing 17 hot dogs, a half-pint of mustard, and a pint of chili sauce, which caused the challenge to be renamed as the Man v. Food Hot Dog Challenge. Whether you're going in to take the challenge or a single dog, don't ask for ketchup!

  2. The Pit – 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    As Seen On Throwdown with Bobby Flay

    The Pit serves up the tastiest pork this side of the Smoky Mountains, but when celebrity chef Bobby Flay came to town, things got messy. Thankfully, the pitmaster defeated the grill master, winning a rib challenge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The Pit has been featured time and time again on other shows like Chopped, Man v. Food, and The Today Show, which is all the more reason to see what all the buzz is about. Grab a plateful of barbeque, a fine bourbon whiskey, and taste why The Pit just can't stay out of the limelight.

  3. Original Flying Burrito – 4800 Grove Barton Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
    As Seen On Food Paradise

    The Southwest meets the Southeast at Original Flying Burrito, which was featured on an episode of Food Paradise's episode "Burrito Paradise." To taste what you've seen on TV, order up the Carolina Burrito. Made fresh from scratch each day, the delicious sauces, salsas, and other sweet and savory menu items are sure to make your mouth water. They even have a separate vegan menu for those who prefer their burrito meat and dairy-free.

  4. Azurelise – 702 Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27605
    As Seen On Road Tasted with the Neelys

    With so much savory barbeque in town, Azurelise offers a sweet alternative. While they received great reviews on Road Tasted with the Neelys, Azurelise's chocolate truffles let their flavor do the talking. The minute you let of one, these delectable chocolates melt on your tongue, you'll know why Azurelise is a standout confectioner in the city. Order up at least two batches; you'll likely devour the first on the car ride home!

If you thought Raleigh's restaurant scene was impressive, wait until you see our housing market! Contact us today to begin touring the best Raleigh homes for sale.


5 Brunch Spots in the Triangle

Brunch in the Triangle

Let's face it. Not everyone is a morning person! One thing that makes mornings more bearable is the fantastic brunch options we have in the Triangle area. Our real estate agents love the local dining scene, and that includes frequenting brunch spots in the area. Looking for a delicious start to your morning? Be sure to check out the following local restaurants for your next morning meal!  

  1. Parkside Restaurant – 301 W. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Located in the Warehouse District near some of our most popular Raleigh homes for sale, Parkside wants to show you the hospitality that's existed in this historic area for over a century. One of their brunch staples is a fried pork chop with cheddar waffle. This meaty meal is topped with powdered sugar, syrup, and a peach bourbon glaze. Perfect for those who love sweet and savory combinations! 

  2. Big C Waffles – 2110 Allendown Dr., Durham, NC 27713
    After browsing Durham homes for sale, pull up or park at Big C Waffles to enjoy some of Uncle Wayne's Chicken and Granny-B Kool-Aid. Standard blueberry waffles and pecan waffles are available, but what sets this menu apart is the interesting offerings like the Donut Waffle, Red Velvet Waffle, Bacon Egg N Cheese Waffle, and the Thin Mint Waffle. That's right – it's Girl Scout Cookie season every day at Big C Waffles.

  3. Famous Toastery – 316 Colonades Way #201C, Cary, NC 27518
    There's a reason why Famous Toastery is one of the premier family restaurants near our Cary homes for sale. For over a decade, they've exceeded customer expectations in both service and taste. Their impressive menu offers classic brunch fare to start your morning. Order options like the breakfast quesadilla, stuffed French toast, and avocado toast. If eggs benedict is your brunch item of choice, their extensive list of options is sure to impress! Options include avocado benedict, Cali benedict, classic benedict, and more. Come back week after week to try them all.

  4. The Mayton Inn – 301 S. Academy St., Cary, NC 27511
    If you're looking to pamper yourself, brunch at The Mayton Inn before a spa day is a perfect way to relax. Let them cook you up a fine plate of buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, topped with warm honey, with a freshly brewed cup of iced coffee. You can then relax in the spa with your taste buds satisfied and enjoy a perfect start to your day. 

  5. Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten – 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707
    A German bakery meets Biergarten at this can't miss brunch spot! Local ingredients are used to create the tasty brunch cuisine with traditional southern German roots. Recently, their cafe has re-opened with expanded patio dining for you to enjoy your brunch outside. Be sure to stop by, check out their rotating menu, and order a Danish (or two). 

Looking for a home with a kitchen for you to make brunch every Saturday morning? We can help! Contact us today to tour our best homes for sale around Raleigh, Cary, and Durham.


Raleigh One of the Best Investment Cities for Millennials

Raleigh Investment City

The secret is out, and the rest of the country is finding out what residents of Raleigh have known for years. Raleigh has been ranked as one of the best real estate investment cities in the country and has become an especially popular destination for millennial homebuyers. With the growth of Raleigh and the Triangle, it's no surprise that our region is earning national recognition. As our real estate agents can tell you first-hand, Raleigh is a great place to invest, and an even better place to build a life.

  • The Largest Tech Hub East of California
    While in the past Silicon Valley and San Francisco got most of the tech hub publicity, Raleigh has quickly earned its place in the national conversation. It's the largest tech hub east of those California cities and continues to grow at a robust rate. For millennials interested in tech careers, you won't find a better mix of affordability and opportunity than what you'll get in Raleigh. Even if you don't work in the tech industry, Raleigh's emergence as a top city improves the quality of life in the area, attracts other industries, and helps your home increase in value over time.

  • Affordable Cost of Living and Diverse Employment Opportunities
    Raleigh is a great place to invest in a home and an equally excellent place to invest in yourself. With so many major tech companies making their home in the area and the prestigious Research Triangle Park R&D office complex located nearby, employment rates are consistently very high in Raleigh. The growth of the area also means that there are opportunities in a variety of industries that support the city, and the affordable cost of living means that your hard-earned money will go even further in Raleigh.

  • Excellent Schools and Universities
    Raleigh has become a top tech city and investment destination in part because of the world-class research universities located in and around the city. North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, is the largest in the state and has an exceptional reputation in STEM fields. Within a short drive of the city, you'll find the campuses of North Carolina University, Duke University, and North Carolina Central University. 

  • Fun for All Ages in Downtown Raleigh
    While strong economics are a great starting point, Raleigh wouldn't have become such a popular destination for millennials without plenty to do for fun. Downtown Raleigh is the place to be when you want to shop, dine, visit local attractions, and build new connections in the city. Kids will love the many museums, parks, playgrounds, and family-friendly attractions in the city. Parents will love the entertainment venues, historic sites, outdoor attractions, and world-class dining found all around Raleigh.

  • A Home for Every Family and Budget
    Whether you're searching for a move-in ready home, a fixer-upper, an investment property, luxury real estate, or anything in between, you can find it among Raleigh homes for sale. Every neighborhood has its own character, and there are homes here to fit every budget. The future of the city is bright, and your future will be too when you call Raleigh home.

Are you ready to make your own investment in Raleigh, and build your life in one of the country's very best tech cities? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.


National Book Lovers Day - Outdoor Reading Spots Near Raleigh

Outdoor Reading Spots in Raleigh

There's nothing quite like getting cozy with a good book when the world starts to feel overwhelming. 

In honor of National Book Lovers Day—coming right up on August 9th—we asked our real estate agents to name some of their favorite outdoor reading spots. The list includes some of the most beautiful parks and green spaces in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC.

  1. Lake Johnson Park - 4601 Avent Ferry Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606
    Lake Johnson Park has been a favorite place to enjoy the outdoors in Raleigh since it opened to the public in 1952. The centerpiece of the park is 150-acre Lake Johnson, which is a popular spot for fishing and kayaking, but also a great place to sit by the shoreline and catch up on your summer reading. Just minutes from these Raleigh homes for sale, the park can get a bit busy on the weekends, so we recommend visiting mid-week if possible. 
  2. Dorothea Dix Park - 2105 Umstead Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603
    With rolling meadows, shady groves of trees, and a great view of the Raleigh skyline, Dorothea Dix Park is a popular spot for picnics and dog walking. The park's most famous feature is its sunflower field (sadly not planted in 2020 due to COVID-19), but Dorothea Dix Park still offers one of the most serene, relaxing landscapes in Raleigh. It's a great place to sit under a shady tree and get lost in the pages of your favorite book. 
  3. Sandy Creek Park - 3510 Sandy Creek Dr., Durham, NC 27707
    Home to a wetlands restoration project and a series of reclaimed historic industrial sites, Sandy Creek Park, is one of Durham's most fascinating landscapes. The park abounds with quiet spots to read—park benches, picnic tables, shelters—and also offers some lovely hiking trails near these Durham homes for sale. Sandy Creek Park is a work in progress and a labor of love for the countless volunteers who have helped develop it over the past 20 years. 
  4. Cornwallis Road Park - 2830 Wade Rd., Durham, NC 27705
    Cornwallis Road Park is a bit off the beaten path compared to many Durham parks. Nestled among a series of quiet neighborhood streets, the park is sheltered by towering trees. Of the few people who frequent the park, most do so for its disc golf course, leaving much of the rest of this peaceful landscape undisturbed. That makes it a great place to wander along the shady hiking trails, and maybe stop under a tall tree to read a chapter or two. 
  5. Carolina North Forest - 122 Municipal Dr. Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    A woodland spanning 750 acres on the UNC North Campus, Carolina North Forest feels miles away from civilization despite being within walking distance of many Chapel Hill homes for sale. It's a wild and picturesque park, with vast stands of mature trees, tumbling streams, meandering hiking trails, and an abundance of native wildlife. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Our team is dedicated to helping you find the perfect home for you and your family!


Vacation Close to Home: Weekend Getaways Near Raleigh

Weekend Getaways Near Raleigh

Who's ready for a vacation? Our real estate agents sure are! After the last few months, we agree that everyone could use a little time away from home to relax, recharge, and enjoy spending time with those they care about the most. If you'd like to get out of town without hopping on a plane or train, consider road tripping to one of those great getaway destinations close to Raleigh.

  1. Winston-Salem, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 2hrs
    Head down to the Piedmont Triangle of North Carolina and enjoy a getaway tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Winston-Salem has a host of historical sites, museums, wineries, and dining options that will keep you busy for hours. Some of the notable attractions include the Salem Glen Country Club, Yadkin Valley Wine Tours, the Crooked Tail Cat Café, and Kernersville Little Theatre. 

  2. Wilmington, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 2.5hrs 

    Discover adventure and renewal in Wilmington. Their scenic Riverwalk, colorful island beaches, and charming historic district invite you to kick back and enjoy a long weekend away. Sip and watch the sunset over the Cape Fear River at Cloud 9. Munch on Southern comfort food at Fork n Cork. Relax in the shade at Airlie Gardens or splash around at Carolina Beach. Wilmington has everything your family needs to have a great time outdoors this summer.

  3. Charlotte, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 3hrs

    Explore the CLT and live like a local on a mini getaway. Great attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, AvidXchange Music Factory, and 7th Street Public Market will keep you entertained from sunup to sundown. Even if you're just visiting for a quick weekend jaunt, you can experience everything the Queen City has to offer by checking out the NoDa arts district, catching a live show at the Evening Muse, touring the Duke Mansion, and sampling new beers at Legion Brewing. Better yet, get lost in one of Charlotte's 20+ neighborhoods and discover the many hidden gems few tourists know about.

  4. Outer Banks, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 3.5hrs

    Leave your worries at home and spend a few days of seclusion and serenity in the Outer Banks. Go ghost crab hunting at night after you've spent the afternoon fishing off of Avalon Fishing Pier. Visit the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge or NC Aquarium to get an up-close-and-personal view of our state's wildlife. With a number of on- and off-water activities for the whole family, the OBX will become your favorite getaway destination on the East Coast.

  5. Asheville, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 4hrs

    There are few towns in all of the South as charming and quaint as Asheville. Get reacquainted with nature as you hike through thousands of miles of trails within the Appalachian Mountains. Visit local farms, immerse yourself in mountain culture, or spend an evening munching on innovative food while listening to live music from local bands. Whether you want a quiet weekend tucked away in the woods or a lively vacation filled with craft beer and vibrant culture, Asheville has something for everyone!

Living in Raleigh lets you vacation throughout North Carolina without ever being far from home. Contact us today to browse our Raleigh homes for sale.


National Go Fishing Day: Top Fishing Spots in the Raleigh Area

Fishing in Raleigh

It's true that summertime activities may not be the same this year, but that doesn't mean that you can't get out and have some fun! Many of our real estate agents enjoy spending their days off exploring the area's best fishing spots.

National Go Fishing Day is coming up on June 18th and is the perfect excuse to explore the local fishing spots near Raleigh. Whether you're a seasoned angler or an absolute beginner, grab your pole, because you're going to love spending time at these local parks. 

  1. Bass Lake Park: 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    If you want to spend the day relaxing and maybe even catch your dinner, plant to visit the 54-acre lake at Bass Lake State Park. It's stocked with catfish, but you'll also have the chance to catch bass, crappie, and bream. Don't have a pole? You can borrow one for free thanks to the park's Tackle Loaner Progam. Although you're not allowed to bring your own boat or personal watercraft, you can rent a canoe. Before you head home for the day, take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Holly Springs homes for sale.
  2. William B. Umstead State Park: 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617
    Located not far from some of the best Raleigh homes for sale, the William B. Umstead State Park is a favorite among locals and visitors. It's home to three manmade lakes where you can fish, and, on the biggest one, you can also canoe or rent a rowboat. You can visit by car or access the park using an extensive network of multi-use trails that are perfect for hiking, biking, running, or even horseback riding. 
  3. Historic Yates Mill County Park: 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
    If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, you'll love spending some time at Historic Yates Mill County Park. Not only is this a great place to fish, but it's also an environmental research center and a 174-acre wildlife refuge. This is a great place to visit with kids, as they'll have the chance to explore educational exhibits and gardens and learn more about cultural and agricultural history. There are also plenty of hiking trails and a relaxing picnic area.
  4. Falls Lake: 11405 Falls Of The Neuse Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587-1405
    Falls Lake is a manmade reservoir that covers approximately 12,500 acres, stretches 22 miles, and is surrounded by 22,500 acres of public land. Here you can enjoy fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and biking close to many Wake Forest homes for sale. There's also plenty of places to relax with a picnic lunch and lots of opportunities to observe the local wildlife.
  5. Eno River State Park: 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705
    The Eno River State Park features almost 30 miles of trails along the river. It's an extremely popular fishing spot and is also an excellent location for photography and sightseeing. The park also allows kayaking and canoeing, although this is sometimes difficult due to shallow water. While you're in the area, we encourage you to explore! You'll quickly see why so many home buyers are interested in Durham homes for sale

There are plenty of things there are to love about living in this area, including the many wonderful public parks. If you're thinking about relocating, we're happy to show you around and help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more! 


World Blood Donor Day: Where to Donate Near Raleigh

Donate Blood in Raleigh

World Blood Donor Day, which takes place every year on June 14, is a day to raise awareness for the need of blood donations around the world and to thank the many people who donate life-saving blood each year. This year's edition of World Blood Donor Day is especially important, because so many medical facilities are in need of blood due to COVID-19. Our real estate agents have put together a list of blood drives and donation facilities where you can donate blood for World Blood Donor Day this year.

World Blood Donor Day: Where to Donate Near Raleigh

  • What to Know Before You Donate
    In the past blood drives would often allow walk-in donors, but this year there are extra precautions in place due to COVID-19. For donors, the main difference is that you'll have to schedule an appointment in order to donate this year. Both donation centers and blood drives have appointment slots available in 15-minute intervals. You can schedule your appointment online, or call ahead to save your appointment slot.

  • The Blood Connection – 5925 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612
    With convenient locations near Raleigh homes for sale and in other nearby communities, The Blood Connection is a donation center with appointments available 7 days per week. The Blood Connection has appointments available for both whole blood and plasma donations every day. Anyone over 16 years of age is eligible to donate, and donors are eligible to give blood as long as it has been at least 56 days since your last donation.

  • North Raleigh Blood Donation Center – 8301 Bandford Way, Raleigh, NC 27613
    The North Raleigh Blood Donation Center will be hosting daily drives six days per week starting on June 11, with a wide variety of time slots available. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday appointments are available from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If an evening appointment better suits your schedule, you can sign up for a slot from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday. On Thursday, you can set up a donation at any time from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

  • Crabtree Valley Mall – June 24 – 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612
    There will be a blood drive sponsored by iHeartRadio at the Crabtree Valley Mall on June 24, with appointments available from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The mall is currently open with additional safety and sanitation procedures in place, so you can plan a day of shopping around your donation. There have often been summer blood drives at Crabtree Valley Mall with great success, and appointment slots will likely fill up fast this year. At this blood drive, anyone can donate whole blood, and you can donate Power Red if your blood type is O, A Negative, or B Negative.

  • Raleigh Blood Donation Center – 100 N Peartree Ln., Raleigh, NC 27610
    The Red Cross has two blood donation centers in Raleigh, and the Raleigh Blood Donation Center is open for donations three days per week. Appointments are available on Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This donation center accepts both whole blood and Power Red donations. Schedule your appointment by calling the Red Cross, or visiting the Donation Center website.

Still searching for your dream home in the Triangle? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.


Takeout Options in Raleigh for Your Dinner Plans

Raleigh Takeout

If you're like most people, living under the current stay-at-home orders has started to feel really mundane. It's true, there's not a lot to do right now, but ordering takeout from some of the area's best restaurants is a great way to spice things up. 

Many of our real estate agents have started planning a weekly takeout night. Not only does this give us a chance to try out some new foods, but we love being able to support our local restaurant owners. Here are a few of our favorites! 

  1. Woody's at City Market: 2050 Wolfe St. Raleigh, NC 27601
    Conveniently located in downtown Raleigh, Woody's at City Market is perfect for those days when you're craving some American comfort food. We recommend the burgers, Cuban sandwiches, and, of course, the chicken wings. They're currently offering curbside takeout, and delivery! 
  2. Chow Pizza Bar: 8311 Creedmoor Rd. Raleigh, NC 27613 
    When it comes to takeout, pizza and wings reign supreme! In addition to awesome pizza and wings, Chow Pizza Bar also has delicious sandwiches, nachos, burgers, and salads. The whole family will love getting a feast from this local restaurant.
  3. The Pit Authentic BBQ: 328 W Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    There's nothing like some slow-made homestyle BBQ to pull you out of a funk! The Pit Authentic BBQ is serving up all their best dishes for takeout, including pulled pork, beef brisket, and their famous Southern Fried Chicken. We recommend adding an order of fried green tomatoes and skillet cornbread to your order as well. Yum! 
  4. Ruben's NY Deli: 170 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    If you've been looking for a truly authentic NY style deli, look no further! At Ruben's NY Deli, you'll find delicious corned beef that's pickled and braised daily and hand-rubbed and smoked pastrami, turkey, and roast beef. They also have all the classic sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese as well as an excellent selection of soups, salads, bagels, and desserts. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner and offer both takeout and delivery. 
  5. Jose and Sons: 327 W. Davie. St., Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27601
    You don't have to wait for Cinco De Mayo to enjoy a delicious Mexican feast! Jose and Sons has an amazing menu. Whether you're craving a Primo Burrito, fried pork belly chicharrones, enchiladas, street corn on the cob, or a barbacoa platter, they've got you covered! You can also feed the whole family with the Chef's Picnic or the Family Style Taco Kit. 
  6. Sushi Blues Cafe: 301 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 110, Raleigh, NC 27603
    From incredible sushi and sashimi appetizers and platters to lunch and dinner entrees, including teriyaki, tempura, stir-fry, noodles, and more, a takeout order from Sushi Blues Cafe is sure to satisfy your cravings. They're currently offering curbside pickup and BOGO sushi rolls for all of their pickup orders! 

Although things have certainly changed, we're still working hard to help our clients reach their real estate goals. Contact us to learn more about how you can virtually tour some of the beautiful Raleigh homes for sale or put add your home to the inventory. We're here to help! 


Random Acts of Kindness Around Raleigh

Raleigh Random Acts of Kindness

During tough times, our Raleigh community comes together. Our real estate agents are proud to call the Raleigh area home and are determined to spread some kindness across the community. Here are some simple random acts of kindness you can complete in the Raleigh area to help others during these difficult times. 

  • Donate to or Volunteer at a Food Bank - Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    With people shut in and low on funds, it's difficult for them to maintain healthy eating habits, especially if they have kids. Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is continuing to serve local residents in need while following CDC's best practices. You can help by donating funds, holding a virtual food drive or volunteering with a self-scheduled shift on the website. The Raleigh distribution center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Adopt a Rescue Animal - SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Ln., Raleigh, NC 27603
    SPCA of Wake County is working hard to care for these animals until they can be rehomed. The shelter is currently closed, but the organization is accepting applications and conducting phone meetings so you can reserve the pet of your choice until adoptions resume. Each day at 2 p.m., a staff member conducts a Facebook Live event where you can view the dogs and cats currently available for adoption. If you're not in a position to adopt, consider a financial donation toward SPCA's expenses.

  • Support Healthcare Workers - Duke Health, 1233-D Front St., Raleigh, NC 27609
    Healthcare workers such as those in the Duke Health system are working tirelessly around the clock to care for patients. They desperately need supplies such as N95, surgical and looped masks along with sealed boxes of gloves and eye protection. With blood bank supplies running low, healthcare providers are asking for healthy people to become donors. Finally, you can make a financial gift to the Duke COVID-19 Response Fund for research and testing. Donated supplies can be dropped off at the Raleigh location from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.

  • Send Greeting Cards to Nursing Home Residents - Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation, 3000 Holston Ln., Raleigh, NC 27610
    Extra precautions are being taken to protect people in nursing home and long-term care facilities who are more vulnerable to health risks. Sadly, these people are feeling even more isolated from friends and loved ones at a time when they need support the most. Take a few minutes to brighten the day of patients at places such as Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation with a cheerful greeting card. Be sure to call the facility first and ask about any special procedures they may have regarding cards and delivery.

  • Help Neighbors
    Lending a helping hand to neighbors in need is a great way to lift the spirits of everyone involved, especially if you know any healthcare providers, first responders or elderly people. Here are just a few ideas of how you can assist those around you: mow the lawn; shop for groceries; pick up prescriptions; babysit; walk dogs; give restaurant or grocery store gift cards; share supplies; call or text just to say hi.

Howard Perry and Walston is proud to be part of such a caring and supportive community. Contact us for more information about Raleigh homes for sale


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!


6 Festivals Coming to the Triangle this March

Triangle Festivals March

As spring arrives in March and the weather gets warmer, festivals of every type get underway in our vibrant area.

See all the Triangle has to offer this March!

Our real estate agents suggest going to the following festivals to get a glimpse into some of the fun residents can enjoy when living in the Triangle.

  1. BrickUniverse - March 7-8 - Raleigh Convention Center, S. Salisbury St., Raleigh 
    LEGO lovers won't want to miss BrickUniverse, one of the largest LEGO fan events in the world. Builders will showcase huge creations as well as small, intricate ones and will share their tips. You'll also be able to browse through vendors' tables and buy everything LEGO-related, from new and old sets to jewelry. It's the perfect place to stop along the way as you look for Raleigh homes for sale.

  2. International Festival of Raleigh - March 5-8 - Jim Graham Building and Exposition Center, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh 
    The International Festival of Raleigh celebrates global culture, cuisine, arts, and education, with over 50 international groups from around the Triangle. Spend some time with your cross-cultural neighbors and enjoy traditions, art, music, dance, and food from other cultures. You'll also be able to shop at booths from different countries for jewelry and many other items that showcase each country's unique culture.

  3. YogaFest NC 2020 - March 28 - McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh
    Explore a wide variety of yoga classes, styles, and levels at YogaFest NC 2020. You can choose from among 35 diverse classes, attend holistic healing and wellness mini-seminars, shop the health and wellness marketplace, and enjoy a plant-based luncheon that accommodates all diets.

  4. Art in Bloom Festival - March 19-22 - North Carolina Museum of Art, 2100 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh 
    The Art in Bloom Festival makes the North Carolina Museum of Art come alive with flowers each year. Florists are asked to interpret a piece of art in the museum's collection in the form of a floral display, and the results are wonderfully creative. Classes, workshops, and special tours are also offered as part of the festival. 

  5. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour - March 23 - Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham 
    If you're into adventure, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is worth your time as you look at Durham homes for sale. The festival features the world's best mountain sport, culture, and environmental films. You'll see new landscapes and remote cultures while being exposed to new adventures and adrenaline-fueled sports. The films are entertaining to watch and will inspire your own adventures.

  6. Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival - March 14 - Lane and Wilmington Streets, Raleigh
    Whether you're Irish or are Irish just for the day, the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival offers plenty of fun. Watch the parade and stay to enjoy plenty of Irish-themed entertainment and food.

Contact us to learn more about homes for sale in the Triangle area of North Carolina. It's a wonderful place to call home throughout the year, with plenty to do and see! 


Race Around the Triangle: Upcoming 5k's

Raleigh 5ks

Running is a great form of exercise adaptable to all workout styles. It can be done anywhere and anytime, with or without a partner, and the only equipment required is a good pair of shoes. Challenge yourself at one of these upcoming races around the Triangle suggested by our real estate agents.

  1. Raleigh Half Marathon - 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh 27604
    After a successful inaugural "run," the Raleigh Half Marathon is back for a second year. One major change is the course, which is moving to the scenic Crabtree Park Greenway, not far from Raleigh homes for sale. The date has also been moved up to Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 a.m. to avoid last year's muggy weather. The registration fee is $75, and the field is capped at 750 entries.

  2. Run for the Roses 5K - 805 Ruggles Dr., Raleigh 27603
    Now entering its 40th year, Run for the Roses 5K is one of the oldest races in the Triangle. The event includes a standard 5K along with a kids' fun run, both taking place in beautiful Dorothea Dix Park. An exciting addition this year is a pursuit race where a small group of elite female runners will have a two-minute head start on a small group of elite male runners to see who will finish first. At the end of the 5K, all-female finishers will receive the traditional rose. Run for the Roses takes place on Sunday, February 9. Race times are 2 p.m. for the 5K and 3 p.m. for the fun run. Registration fees are $25-$30, with a special rate of $18 for kids under the age of 18.

  3. Viking Dash Trail Run - 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill 27562
    Whether you're a novice or veteran runner, the Viking Dash Trail Run offers an event to suit your abilities. Choose from 5K, 10K, or half-marathon courses set through Harris Lake County Park. Spice up the competition by donning your most creative Viking-themed gear for the costume contest. All finishers receive a 7" double-bladed battle-ax "medal." The Viking Dash is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, at 9 a.m. Entry fees range from $44 to $74.

  4. Sole Mates Valentine 5K & 10K - 201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary 27511
    Give your heart a workout at the Sole Mates Valentine 5K and 10K on Saturday, February 8. Participate individually or enter as a team with your significant other (or any partner of your choice). The race takes place just minutes from Cary homes for sale at WakeMed Soccer Park, which includes the infamous "Hill," but the course will be run backward, so you go down the Hill more often than up. Race time is 11 a.m. with a kids' sprint at 10:45 a.m. Registration fees run from $5 - $90.

  5. Kay Yow Cancer Fund Celebration Run/Walk - 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh 27606
    Everyone's life has been touched in one way or another by cancer. Honor survivors and their loved ones at the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Celebration Run/Walk on Saturday, February 22. The 4K course (with a "mini-K" 2.5-mile option) is at Stafford Commons, adjacent to the Talley Student Union at NC State University. The start time is 11 a.m., and the registration fee is $25.

We go the distance to handle all your real estate needs. If you're buying or selling a Triangle area home, contact us today. 


6 Events Coming to the Triangle this January

Triangle January Events

Living in the Triangle means that you're never far from the next big event on the calendar, and January is certainly no exception. From live music to fishing, culture, science, and more, there's an event to suit every interest. Our REALTORS® have the exciting details on 6 events happening in the Triangle this January.

  1. North Carolina Symphony – 114 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    The historic UNC campus provides endless entertainment close to Chapel Hill homes for sale, and the excitement continues with a performance by the North Carolina Symphony at Memorial Hall. The North Carolina Symphony brings a performance called The Planets, led by conductor Gemma New of the Women of North Carolina Master Chorale. Travel to other worlds, as you get lost in the music of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.

  2. Come From Away Broadway Show – 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701
    The magic of Broadway visits the land of Durham homes for sale, with a performance of the award-winning musical Come From Away at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This Broadway show tells the true story of what happens when two cultures meet, with all of the challenges, triumphs, and long-lasting relationships that emerge from the meeting.

  3. The Music of Elton John – 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Experience The Music of Elton John performed by the North Carolina Symphony at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, conveniently located near Raleigh homes for sale. Featuring the award-winning sounds of famed pianist Michael Cavanaugh, this show is sure to hit all the high points of Elton John's long, legendary career in music.

  4. Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo – 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Searching for a winter fishing fix? Head to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for a full weekend of fishing fun at the annual Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo. The Expo features a packed schedule of speakers, exhibits, shows, and seminars that touch on everything related to your favorite hobby. Of course, you'll also be able to shop for all of the latest fishing gear.

  5. 19th Annual African American Cultural Celebration – 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    The North Carolina Museum of History is an amazing place to visit if you'd like to learn more about our area, and the 19th Annual African American Cultural Celebration is one event that you definitely won't want to miss. With stories, music, dancing, food, authors, historians, and so much more, this event brings 400 years of African American culture to life with help from the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.

  6. Star Families: Winter Skies – 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Searching for a family event that strikes the perfect blend of education and fun? Star Families: Winter Skies is a program at the legendary Morehead Planetarium, designed specifically for kids age 7 through 12 to attend with their parents or school group. This fun, educational show teaches audience members the positions of some of the brightest features of the winter night sky, including stars, planets, and constellations, perfect for getting young stargazers!

No matter the season, there's always something interesting to look forward to when you call the Triangle home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout North Carolina's Research Triangle.


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. 


Best Places to go Sledding in the Triangle

Sledding in the Triangle

When the weather cools down, many of your favorite outdoor destinations in the Triangle are transformed into winter wonderlands, with sledding and many other fun, family-oriented activities available throughout the winter. Our REALTORS® are ready for winter fun if the rain we've been getting turns into snow, and we've got the local scoop on five fun spots to go sledding in the Triangle.

  • Pullen Park – 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606
    Raleigh homes for sale make it easy to go sledding when winter comes, thanks to fun local spots like Pullen Park. Established in 1887, Pullen Park has the distinction of being the first public park in North Carolina. It remains a popular place to visit today, with excellent sledding hills and loads more to do during every season. Travel the trails, take in beautiful waterfront views, and hit the hills for wintertime fun. You can even go for a swim afterward at the indoor aquatic center, which is open year-round.

  • Fred G. Bond Metropark – 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC 27513
    Looking for the perfect place to stretch your legs close to Cary homes for sale? Head for Fred G. Bond Metropark, one of the largest parks in the Triangle. Covering 310 acres, Bond Metropark features something for everyone. There are sledding hills to enjoy during the winter, playgrounds, and extensive trails to explore during every season. Flying down the hills on your sled provides a truly unique way to enjoy the views.

  • Chapel Hill Community Center Park – 120 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    If you're searching for sledding close to Chapel Hill homes for sale, then the Chapel Hill Community Center Park is the place to be. In addition to being home to Chapel Hill's Community Center, this park features ample space for outdoor fun. Stop by for some sledding, take a winter stroll down the winding trails, and check out some public art while you explore. Warm-up afterward with a trip to the Community Center, or take a dip in the heated, indoor pool located on-site.

  • E. Carroll Joyner Park – 701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Family fun is never far from Wake Forest homes for sale, thanks to excellent local destinations like E. Carroll Joyner Park. Joyner Park is the largest park in Wake Forest, checking in at 117 acres, and features attractions for every member of the family. Enjoy some sledding on a variety of fun hills, explore the beautiful, historic pecan grove, and travel the trails. Joyner Park is also home to some restored farm buildings, which look especially idyllic with a coating of fresh snow.

  • Duke Park – 106 W. Knox St., Durham, NC 27701
    Durham homes for sale offer access to a variety of great sledding spots, including Duke Park. In addition to some great hills for sledding, Duke Park connects with an extensive trail system and features a dog park for your four-legged friend. You'll also find a collection of small playgrounds.

When you call our corner of North Carolina home, you can enjoy outdoor fun during every season at local parks and green spaces. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle.


5 Local Raleigh Shops for Your Holiday Shopping

Local Raleigh Shops

The holiday season is prime shopping time, but it's also a great opportunity to discover hidden gems in town. Shopping local for the holidays comes with its rewards—you can get to know small business owners, get a feel for the warm, welcoming Raleigh community, and find amazing, unique gifts for the loved ones in your life. Our REALTORS® share some of their fave holiday shopping spots in Raleigh near Raleigh homes for sale.

  1. Ealdwine—412 S McDowell St, Raleigh
    A go-to destination for fine menswear in Raleigh, this posh gentlemen's shop opened in 2018, adding a touch of refinement to an already vibrant, thriving city. Ealdwine (pronounced Ald-wine) is an Old English name that means "Old Friend," and owners Matt Gray and Jim Pietryka are dedicated to cultivating friendships and being a vital part of the Raleigh community. Choose from a wide selection of Alden brand shoes and a well-curated variety of some of the finest menswear, leather goods, and more. They offer both ready-to-wear and custom-tailored options.  

  2. Elizabeth & Nichole Mobile Boutique (online & delivery)
    This unique online boutique is based in Raleigh, but all sales are conducted online. In addition to providing the hottest trends in women's fashion and personalized styling, Elizabeth & Nichole offers a local mobile service serving the Raleigh area bringing the ultimate shopping experience to your doorstep. It's a perfect way to celebrate the holidays, a birthday party, a bachelorette party, or any type of event you dream of!

  3. Taylor's Wine Shop— 10005 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh
    Taylor's Wine Shop has been serving the Raleigh area since 1980. Here you'll find rare and collectible wines, craft beers, coffee, and even live bait. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you find an ideal gift for the wine lovers on your list. They also offer tons of local food items such as honey, chocolates, jams, BBQ sauces, and more. With tons of tastings and free events, Taylor's is a quirky, longstanding Raleigh favorite you won't want to miss.

  4. The Flourish Market—307 W. Martin Street, Raleigh
    At The Flourish Market, owner Em Sexton believes every product and person has a higher purpose. The Flourish Market strives to make the world a better place for the people of Raleigh and around the globe, partnering with more than 50 brands that provide jobs and fair wages to artisans and makers in vulnerable communities all over the world. You'll find everything from greeting cards to women's fine fashion, accessories, kids' clothing, jewelry, home goods, and more. So get to The Flourish Market and do some good while you do your holiday shopping.

  5. Craft Habit— 2423 Crabtree Blvd, Raleigh
    This super cool and crafty spot offers classes for people of all ages and tons of fun, creative gifts as well. Grab a holiday ornament embroidery kit to brighten up the tree, check out an endless supply of sewing gear, fabric, yarn, paper goods, beads, books, and more. Or plan the ultimate gift—a special private crafting event with friends and family.

These are just a few of the amazing shops you'll find in Raleigh and the Triangle area. Whether you're buying or selling, we can help. Contact us to get started.


Cooking Classes in the Triangle to Spice up Your Kitchen

Cooking Classes the Triangle

Some people seem to have a natural talent for cooking. Most of us aren't so lucky. Fortunately, if you live in the Raleigh/Durham area, you don't have to be a natural-born chef to create an inspiring meal. These local cooking classes offer opportunities to up your culinary game, and with the holidays right around the corner, our REALTORS® are grateful for the help! Impress your friends and family this holiday season when you pick up some culinary skills at these local cooking classes. 

  1. Taste Buds Kitchen - 1475 Beaver Creek Commons Dr, Apex, NC 27502
    A beautiful kitchen event studio that specializes in one-of-a-kind cooking events, Taste Buds Kitchen provides a great culinary experience for kids, families, and adults alike. Check out their online schedule for upcoming classes, including teen cooking workshops and BYOB classes for adults. Taste Buds Kitchen is located in the community of Apex, NC, just a few miles outside Raleigh and right around the corner from these Apex homes for sale.
  2. Capriflavors - 867 Bass Pro Lane, Cary, NC 27513
    Who doesn't love Italian food? Learn the secrets behind classic Italian cooking techniques when you attend a cooking class at CapriFlavors. All classes are taught by Chef Titina Vuotto who cultivated her cooking skills in the flavorful Island of Capri. The classes help you learn how to make dishes from her native Italy. Next time you're looking at Cary homes for sale, be sure to stop by this locally owned Italian market.  
  3. Chapel Hill Cooking Classes - 11312 US Hwy 15 501 N #107, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    The chefs at Chapel Hill Cooking Classes go a step beyond the typical cooking class, bringing their expertise right to your home or business. Private and group cooking classes are available at the location of your choice, with group sizes ranging from 2 to 20. No matter what you want to cook, and where you want to learn to cook it, one thing is for sure: dinner will never be the same. 
  4. Melina's Fresh Pasta - 2717 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707
    Pasta is a classic comfort food, but if you've been making yours straight out of the box, you're missing out. Handmade pasta is the specialty at Melina's Fresh Pasta, from ravioli and gnocchi to lasagna and fettuccine. Not only do they offer the best homemade pasta and sauces in Durham, but you can learn the tricks of the trade with their pasta-making classes. The shop is located right around the corner from these Durham homes for sale and offers hands-on events hosted by owner and pasta master Carmella.
  5. Whisk - 316 Colonades Way, SUITE 214, Cary, NC 27518
    Conveniently located in the Waverly Place Shopping Center, and many Cary homes for sale, Whisk offers a huge selection of culinary supplies and classes. Stock up on supplies for your kitchen or learn how to make a new recipe from the knowledgeable, helpful team. Their classes have been known to sell out fast but they always have a waitlist available. 

Whether you're in the mood to dine out or eat in, we're lucky to live in an area with an abundance of amazing options. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 


6 Can't Miss Museums in the Triangle

North Carolina's Triangle area has rightly gained a reputation as a hub for art, culture, and history. This fall is a perfect time to check out some of the museums in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area, and our REALTORS® are excited to share their favorites. 

  1. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The oldest established museum in North Carolina, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. The museum offers four floors of exhibits, with live animals, gift shops and cafés to keep you busy. A highlight of the collection is the world's most complete skeleton of Acrocanthosaurus, the dinosaur known as the "Terror of the South." Just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, this museum is also home to a spectacular Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center.
  2. North Carolina Museum of History - 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Nestled in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of History is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a treat for history buffs. The museum houses 150,000 artifacts spanning an incredible 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from prehistoric times right up through Queen Anne's Revenge, the Civil War and the American civil rights movement.
  3. North Carolina Museum of Art - 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
    The North Carolina Museum of Art was the first major museum collection in the U.S.  formed by state legislation and funding. It's still an incredible place to visit, with a vast permanent collection and ever-changing lineup of special exhibits by North Carolina artists, and around the world and throughout history. The 164-acre park surrounding the museum also offers summer concerts every year. 
  4. City of Raleigh Museum - 220 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Local history takes center stage at the City of Raleigh Museum. Located in the historic Briggs Hardware Building in Downtown Raleigh, the museum offers a range of exhibits and programs that are free to the public. Highlighting everything from Raleigh's music scene and local political cartoons to the history of North Carolina barbecue. 
  5. Museum of Life and Science - 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
    Plan a fun and educational weekend with all the young scientists in your family when you head to the Museum of Life and Science. Located close to downtown Durham and Durham homes for sale, this museum is the perfect place for the whole family to have fun while learning. Learn about a variety of scientific topics with exhibits including Math Moves, Dinosaur Trail, Magic Wings Butterfly House and a Sound Garden. 
  6. Ackland Art Museum - 101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    Founded in 1958, the Ackland Art Museum is a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, right around the corner from these Chapel Hill homes for sale. In addition to an ever-changing roster of unique exhibits, events, and programs, the museum also houses a permanent collection of more than 17,000 works. Among them are European masterworks by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, twentieth-century and contemporary art, North Carolina pottery, and vast collections of African and Asian art.

There's always something new to discover in North Carolina! Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle.


Upcoming Holiday Events in The Triangle

Holiday Events in the Triangle

It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially in the Triangle. The holiday season is on its way to the Triangle, and our REALTORS® highlight all of the great holiday events happening around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

  • Raleigh Christmas Parade — Hillsborough St. at St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 | Nov 23
    Kick-off the holiday season by attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade! As the largest Christmas parade from Atlanta to DC, this event brings the community together and is even recorded to be rebroadcast on Christmas morning! After the Raleigh Christmas Parade, be sure to start your Christmas shopping at the locally owned shops throughout downtown.
  • Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Durham Performing Arts Center — 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 3 – 8
    Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Then head down to the Durham Performing Arts Center for the merry musical Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Comparable to a holiday card come to life, this show is full of singing, dancing and plenty of family-friendly fun!
  • NC Symphony Holiday Pops at Memorial Hall — 114 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 | Dec 10
    If you can't get enough of these yuletide tunes, you'll love the NC Symphony's Holiday Pops at Memorial Hall. Performing classic and contemporary Christmas songs, the North Carolina Symphony will fill your ears with the joyous sounds of the holiday season. Warm-up your vocal cords while you drive around Chapel Hill homes for sale and get ready to spend an afternoon caroling at Memorial Hall.
  • A Christmas Carol Presented by Theatre in the Park — Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601 | Dec 11 – 15
    Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic that's been performed annually on stage as a musical comedy adaptation since 1974. This show, taking place at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, will likely sell out fast so be sure to purchase tickets for an evening or matinee showing after your visit Raleigh homes for sale.
  • Bike the Durham Holiday Parade —Main St. at Dillard St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 14
    Join the cyclist community for a fun ride through the city for the Durham Holiday Parade. Kids and families are welcome to ride with the Bike Durham and Durham BPAC organizations from the Health Department to the Duke University East Campus. After viewing Durham homes for sale you and your family can decorate your bikes while enjoying hot chocolate and donuts before the parade starts.
  • Durham Village Holiday Market at The Rickhouse — 609 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 15 – 17
    Get ready to unwrap a new Christmas event coming to the Triangle. The first annual Durham Village Holiday Market will take place at The Rickhouse in the Central Park district. This European-style village market will feature food, drinks, and gifts made right here in North Carolina! With food trucks and beverages also on-site, the Durham Village Holiday Market is the perfect place to complete your Christmas shopping.

Would you like to find a new home for the holidays in the Triangle? Contact us today, and we'll gladly help you with your home search!


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.


Local Raleigh Candy Shops for Your Sweet Tooth

Raleigh Candy Shops

Is there ever a bad time to satisfy your sweet tooth with a special treat from your favorite local candy shop? Many Raleigh area candy shops have been producing award-winning treats for decades. You'll also find plenty of newer shops that offer unique flavors you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or want to indulge with your favorite treat, now is a great time to learn more about shops serving up sweet treats. Our real estate agents know Raleigh, and we've got the inside scoop on four great, local candy shops for your sweet tooth.

  1. Sweeties Candy Shop – 143 E Wait Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth close to Wake Forest homes for sale? Head to Sweeties Candy Shop, where you can shop for custom candy baskets and so much more. If you're looking for the ideal candy-themed gift, this is the place to be. Sweeties creates custom candy baskets for every occasion, and you can even include a balloon bouquet with your basket. You can also shop for your sweets here, including some of the best fresh, homemade fudge in the area. Sweeties also hosts birthday parties – perfect for children and kids at heart.

  2. Chocolate Smiles – 312 West Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
    Cary homes for sale
    make it easy to find a sweet treat anytime, thanks to great local shops like Chocolate Smiles. Located in downtown Cary, Chocolate Smiles has been serving up delicious treats to the community for more than 30 years. This shop specializes in all things chocolate, creating handmade chocolates, truffles, and fudge in small batches. Stop by during the spring for hand-dipped North Carolina strawberries, picked fresh by the team at Chocolate Smiles.

  3. Matthew's Chocolates – 107 N Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
    If you're searching for amazing, hand-made chocolates close to Hillsborough homes for sale, then Matthew's Chocolates is for you. Chef and chocolatier Matthew Sheperd treats each piece of chocolate as a work of art. Every piece is hand-painted with high-quality chocolate and infused with herb extracts to create unique flavors. Matthew's Chocolates has been voted one of the best sweet shops in the whole Triangle, serving the Hillsborough area since 2008. When you're in the mood for something different, Matthew's Chocolates also offers a selection of gelato.

  4. Kandy Apples by K – 6320 Capital Blvd. Suite 107, Raleigh, NC 27616
    Searching for a unique way to satisfy your craving for something sweet? Kandy Apples by K, located close to Raleigh homes for sale, has just what you're seeking. Kandy Apples by K presents each piece of fruit beautifully, with customized options for all types of special occasions. Order ahead for creations that are perfect for weddings, kid's parties, and gifts. You can also stop by the store to pick up candy apples any time, along with pears and other fresh fruit. Try flavors like cake batter, tropical punch, carnival red, and the always popular cotton candy.

Life is always a little sweeter when you call the Raleigh area home, and our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.


North Carolina State Fair Visitor Information

North Carolina State Fair

It's almost time to enjoy one of Raleigh's most popular annual events, the North Carolina State Fair. The fair provides the perfect chance to connect with the community, learn about agriculture, participate in fun family activities, eat fantastic, local food, and ride exhilarating carnival rides on the Midway. Our real estate agents are ready for the festivities, and we've got the information you need to enjoy this year's North Carolina State Fair.

North Carolina State Fair Visitors Information

Dates: October 17 – 27, 2019 – Gates Open 8:00 AM Daily

Location: NC State Fairgrounds – 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607

  • 10 Days of North Carolina Heritage and Family Fun
    Shopping for Raleigh homes for sale, and new to the area? The North Carolina State Fair provides the perfect place to get to know your new community, and have a great time in the process. The fair provides 10 full days of fun for all ages, drawing visitors from throughout the state. The NC State Fair is so large that it would be impossible to experience it all in one day!

  • Rides and Games for All Ages
    Throughout the fair, visitors can head to the Midway Rides area for fun rides and carnival games. This is always one of the most popular spots at the NC State Fair, with a great mix of thrill rides and rides designed for younger visitors. The State Fair SkyGazer, a 155 foot tall Ferris wheel, is a highlight, providing unmatched views of the bustling fairgrounds from above. Enjoy all of your favorite carnival rides, along with a few new surprises.

  • Free Entertainment Every Day
    Your admission pass to the NC State Fair gives you access to tons of free entertainment. There will be lumberjack performances, magic shows, a fire safety show for kids, and even pig races. Many of the free performances are geared toward kids.

  • Experience North Carolina's Musical Heritage at the Folk Festival
    Visit the Folk Festival at the NC State Fair to take a trip through our state's musical heritage, with dancing and live performances. The Folk Festival covers a wide range of musical genres and features everything from clogging to square dancing.

  • Visit the Village of Yesteryear for Crafts and More
    Travel back in time at the Village of Yesteryear, where you can watch artisans create unique crafts using historically accurate methods. This is an excellent opportunity to see how things were built in different eras, and there are even chances to make your crafts to take home. The Village of Yesteryear is also an excellent place to shop for unique gifts and decorations.

  • How to Purchase Passes for NC State Fair 2019
    Tickets are available at the gate during every day of the NC State Fair. You can also purchase tickets online in advance to skip the entry line. You can purchase daily admission passes online, along with ride wristbands.

The North Carolina State Fair is one of many fantastic, family-friendly events in the Triangle each year, and now is a great time to shop for homes in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh area.


Free Fall Activities to do in Raleigh

Raleigh Fall Activities

Are you looking for free fall activities to do in Raleigh this weekend? Autumn in North Carolina is a gorgeous time of the year, surrounding us with beautiful fall leaves, a crisp breeze and plenty of great family-friendly activities to enjoy. Our real estate agents invite you to grab the kids and venture over to one of these free destinations.

  • American Tobacco Trail — 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex, NC 27502
    Spend a little time outdoors on the American Tobacco Trail. This recreational rail-trail runs for 6.5 miles through Wake County before continuing another 16.5 through Chatham and Durham Counties. The perfect place of hiking, biking, riding horses, and having a picnic, the American Tobacco Also hosts free events throughout the fall. Plan your trip around one of their free events and look at Apex homes for sale later in the day.

  • North Carolina Executive Mansion — 200 N. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    The North Carolina Executive Mansion has been the home of North Carolina's governors since 1891. You and your family can sign up for a free tour of the house and the gardens. Learn about the rich history of our state's governorship. The North Carolina Executive Mansion is an interesting afternoon activity after you've viewed a few Raleigh homes for sale.  

  • North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame — 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Michael Jordan, Phil Ford, Charlie Justice, Charlotte Smith — these are some of the players inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Since 1963, this remarkable museum has immortalized the amazing players that were born and raised in North Carolina and continues to inspire countless others to rise to greatness. Admission is free, and this home-run of an attraction is located on the third floor of the North Carolina Museum of History, making it a fun and interesting place to spend the whole day.

  • Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden — 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, NC 27607
    The Raleigh Rose Garden is such a lovely place to take a relaxing stroll and enjoy the cool weather. Located on the Raleigh Little Theatre campus, the garden is open to the public seven days a week. Grab your camera and take this opportunity to snap some amazing family photos surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees.

  • Wake Forest Historical Museum — 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 2758
    A favorite first-stop for residents after they've purchased a Wake Forest home, the Wake Forest Historical Museum is the ideal place to learn about your new town. Admission is always free, and there's plenty to see across the museum's campus. The main museum is joined by the Calvin Jones House which honors the man who has shaped the history and character of the Capital City throughout the early-1800s. Schedule a morning round of browsing Wake Forest homes for sale then pop over to the museum to learn more about how your new home fits into Wake Forest history.

Ready to move to Raleigh? Contact us today and let our real estate agents help you find your dream home!


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.


10 North Carolina Treasures in Your Backyard

Things to do in North Carolina - Coldwell Banker HPW

Living in North Carolina offers residents amazing access to some of the best-hidden gems in the region. Our real estate agents love discovering new and exciting activities around the state. With so many great natural spaces, museums and sites to explore, you can spend weekend after weekend falling in love with everything the Triangle and surrounding towns have to offer. Here are ten of our favorite hidden treasures.

  1. Apex Nature Park & Seymour Athletic Fields — 2600 Evans Rd., Apex, NC 27502
    Get up and active at Apex Nature Park & Seymour Athletic Fields near Apex homes for sale. There are over 160 acres of space featuring a playground, multi-use trails, a dog park, picnic area and various courts for soccer, tennis and other sports.
  2. Maple View Farm — 6900 Rocky Ridge Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    The award-winning Maple View Farm sells the Triangle's highest quality milk and ice cream made fresh for you. Located near Chapel Hill homes for sale, visit their creamery to taste one of their seventeen delicious flavors.
  3. Carolina Tiger Rescue — 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312
    Enjoy a wondrous experience while supporting wildlife preservation at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Close to Pittsboro homes for sale, you can take a tour and get up close and personal with twelve species of gorgeous cats including cougars, cheetahs, lions, tigers and more!
  4. Videri Chocolate Factory — 327 W. Davie St. Sweet 100, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Looking for a tasty adventure? Head to the Videri Chocolate Factory not far from Raleigh homes for sale. Make a beeline to their chocolate counter to sample and purchase their handmade treats or grab a cup of coffee from their café after you tour their amazing factory.
  5. Duke Lemur Center — 3705 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705
    Did you know that the largest sanctuary of lemurs is located right down the road from Durham homes for sale? The Duke Lemur Center has a diverse collection of lemurs that you can view and learn about on an educational tour.
  6. Knightdale Environmental State Park — 950 Steeple Square Ct., Knightdale, NC 27545
    Just around the corner from Knightdale homes for sale, the Knightdale Environmental Park is a great place to get away from the city and enjoy the fresh air. Walking trails guide you to serene overlooks, a quaint pond and public art displays.
  7. Fantasy Lake Scuba Park — 3601 Quarry Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Get a more in-depth look at North Carolina's natural beauty at Fantasy Lake Scuba Park. Not far from Wake Forest homes for sale, this 50-acre lake is used exclusively for scuba diving. Whether you're an experienced diver or willing to learn, Fantasy Lake is known by many as the Scuba Mecca of the region.
  8. Mebane Historical Museum — 209 W. Jackson St., Mebane, NC 27302
    The Mebane Historical Museum is a fantastic way to spend the day near Mebane homes for sale. This interesting nonprofit organization collects, preserves, and displays the cultural and historical relics of Mebane's past. 
  9. Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex — 171 Tradition Trl. Ste. 207, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    Grab your wheels and roll into an awesome afternoon at Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex. Bikes, mountain bikes, skateboards, scooters, and inline skates are all welcome in this sprawling skatepark near Holly Springs homes for sale.
  10. Garner Performing Arts Center — 742 W. Garner Rd., Garner, NC 27529
    The Garner Performing Arts Center located within a few miles of great Garner homes for sale. This great venue in the heart of the historic district offers affordable entertainment for audiences of all ages.

For help finding a beautiful home close to these hidden gems, contact us today!10 North Carolina Treasures in Your Backyard


Fall Frights & Delights Around the Triangle

Halloween Events

Fall is a favorite time of year for our real estate agents. Living in the Triangle puts us in close proximity to great family-friendly Halloween activities. Grab your loved ones and check out some of these fall frights and delights around the Triangle!

  1. Trick-or-Treat the Trails — 2400 Aversboro Rd., Garner, NC 27529 | Oct 31
    No fall season is complete without a little trick or treating! Grab the kids and costumes before heading out to White Deer Park on Halloween. Not far from Garner homes for sale, you all can walk a one-mile loop and collect goodies along the way. This event is free for all children that are accompanied by parents.
  2. Garden Buds: Pumpkin Spice — 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606 | Oct 11
    If you're a fan of pumpkin spice everything then you've definitely got to head over to the J. C. Raulston Arboretum this fall! Their Education Yurt will host October's Garden Buds program featuring our favorite fall gourd, pumpkins! You and your little ones aged three to five can spend the morning decorating pumpkins together close to Raleigh homes for sale.
  3. Hipp Farm's Corn Maze & Field of Fun — 299 Ballard Rd., Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 | Sept 14 — Oct 27
    Hipp Farm is the place to be this autumn when they open up for their annual fall festivities. Their corn maze definitely steals the show, especially when you go through it at night! In the day time, there are other awesome activities for families like a petting zoo, wagon ride, pumpkin patch, pony rides, bounce houses and more! Just down the road from Fuquay Varina homes for sale, a field of fall fun awaits you at Hipp Farm!
  4. Spring Haven Farm Fall Festival: Carving Pumpkins With Goats — 5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516 | Oct 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27
    What's better than carving pumpkins with your family? Carving them with goats too, of course! Spring Haven Farm gets visitors up-close-and-personal with goats in nearly all of their activities. Stop by this October and live the farm life during their Fall Festival near Chapel Hill homes for sale.
  5. Goblin's Groove Family Dance — 237 North Salem St., Apex, NC 27502 | Oct 26
    Ready to get groovy with a few goblins this Halloween? Then head on down to the Apex Annual Goblin's Groove Family Dance. This event is right down the street from Apex homes for sale at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Costume contests, treats, prizes, games, and even a haunted art gallery await you for this night of moving and grooving!
  6. Pumpkinfest — 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC 27312 | Oct 30
    What better way to wave goodbye to October by spending an evening at a pumpkin party? Close to Pittsboro homes for sale is Fearrington Village, a quaint community that embraces local businesses. Come walk through their gardens and admire the decorated jack o' lanterns that their staff has carved in pumpkins from Porter Farms. Sample food from the vendors present at the state farmer's market and then head into the Village Center for a great party full of music and treats. Pumpkinfest is a great event for couples who want a low-key Halloween together.
  7. Clayton Halloween Festivities — 715 Amelia Church Rd., Clayton, NC 27520 | Select Dates in Oct
    Take a stroll into a town, full of beautiful Clayton homes for sale, and enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed activities. Bring the family to Clayton Community Park for a Halloween Hayride or take the kids downtown for trick or treating on Main Street. There's also Boo Bash in the Clayton Community Center, a great Halloween special needs dance, that is free for all ages.

Looking for a scary good deal on a home in the Triangle? Contact us today and let us treat you to a tour around the Triangle — we promise no tricks!


Coming to Schools Near You--the North Carolina Opera

North Carolina Opera - HPW

Are you ready for a night out at the opera? Our real estate agents love to experience all of the arts and culture our area has to offer. Each year, the North Carolina Opera brings an exciting treat to residents of the City of Oaks. Throughout the 2019-20 season, their company will once again bring select performances to schools with the Triangle to give children educational and engaging exposure to the wonders that the opera has to offer. Internationally recognized performers, as well as local talents from the Triangle, will perform in schools throughout Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

North Carolina Opera

Celebrating ten years since the union of the Capitol Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina, the North Carolina Opera is committed to bringing exceptional operatic performances to men, women, and children throughout the Triangle. As the center of culture of Raleigh's performing arts, this company showcases the brilliant talents and stories that have made Triangle residents fall in love with a night at the opera. The North Carolina Opera puts on many performances throughout the year, including the following for 2019/2020 season:

  • Wagner — Siegfried Act III: Sung in German, this opera tells the story of young Siegfried as he falls in love with the daughter of the god Wotan.

  • Leoncavallo — Pagliacci: Sung in Italian throughout a prologue and two acts, join the adventures of the clown Canio as he wrestles with the thought that his wife has taken a lover from within their own traveling carnival brigade.

  • Lawrence Brownlee: A intimate vocal recital by renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

  • Mozart — The Magic Flute: Two acts in English and German, observe Prince Tamino as his attempted rescue of a woman leads to unexpected revelations.

Opera in the Schools

The North Carolina Opera is dedicated to providing everyone in the Triangle with the opportunity to learn about and view the best opera performances. Working with North Carolina School Districts, the Opera will bring over 40 performances to select schools within Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Featuring live performances from acclaimed composers like Bizet, Mozart, and Puccini, the North Carolina Opera will give elementary, middle and high schoolers the chance to learn about this classical form of art. Not only are these performances opening young minds up to a new form of culture, but they are also designed to meet the requirements of the state's Standard Course of Study.

If you'd like the North Carolina Opera to visit your child's school, you can fill out a form on their website or inquire about this series of performances with the school faculty. For help finding Raleigh homes for sale in the best North Carolina school districts, contact us today!


The Triangle's 2019 Fall Festival Guide

Fall Festivals Near the Triangle

Summer is coming to a close, and although our real estate agents have enjoyed the warm weather and bright sunlight, we're excited for the arrival of autumn. The fall season is a spectacular time of the year in North Carolina. Our locals welcome the changing leaves and cool breeze as we prepare for outdoor fun. To celebrate the season, here is a list of the Triangle's best fall events you can't miss.

  1. The North Carolina State Fair — 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607 | Oct 17 — 27
    The North Carolina State Fair is one event that you can't miss. For 11 days, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds hosts this family-friendly festival offering something for everyone. Exciting rides and carnival games, live music, livestock shows, antique farm machinery exhibits and so much more await you. Just around the corner from Raleigh homes for sale, N.C. State Fair is the best fall festival the Triangle has to offer!
  2. Hillsborough Hog Day — 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278 | Sept 20 — 21
    Want to spend a weekend in hog heaven near Hillsborough homes for sale? Then head over to the 36th annual Hog Day Festival. This Hillsborough event is the largest and oldest in the county, showcasing arts and crafts vendors, a car show, children's activities, and so much more. Their annual BBQ contest is the highlight of the event and serves up the tastiest barbeque you'll find in the Triangle. Bring the family and your appetite for this fantastic two-day fest!
  3. Apex Music Festival — 205 Saunders St., Apex, NC 27502 | Oct 27th
    Get ready to rock in downtown Apex for the Apex Music Festival. Over a dozen bands will descend upon the town and rock the day away. Performers include Johnny Folsom 4, Beth Wood, David Lamotte, Johnny Orr Band, and Nick Driver Band. Tons of food trucks will be parked close-by ready to serve you the best foods surrounding Apex homes for sale. Don't miss the eighth year of this music fest that supports the revitalization of historic downtown Apex.
  4. 47th Annual Festifall Arts Festival — Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27599 | Oct 12th
    The Festifall Arts Festival near Chapel Hill homes for sale is another Can't-miss event this fall! This all-ages festival focuses on art in all its forms, bringing the community together to inspire creativity and showcase the talents of local artists. An arts and crafts market will feature over 50 booths displaying handmade creations, including some crafted right before your eyes. There's also a kid's zone that encourages them to get hands-on and create their works of art. If you're looking for an afternoon of art and adventure, bring the family down to the Festifall Arts Festival this October!
  5. Asia Fest — 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518 | Sept 28th
    This year's Asia Fest also features the 6th annual Dragon Boat Festival. A cultural experience right next to Cary homes for sale, Asia Fest will feature Dragon Boat races, food vendors, amazing performances, educational exhibits and activities for children. Join your neighbors for an afternoon of excitement and cultural exploration at this year's Asia Fest in Cary.
  6. Duke Homestead's Halloween Phantasmagoria — 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham, NC 27705 | Oct 25th
    A Halloween event like no other, Duke Homestead's Halloween Phantasmagoria is appropriate for all ages. This enlightening, immersive event near Durham homes for sale is designed to educate, not scare, as you discover magic across Duke Homestead's property.

Are you looking for a home close to the best fall festivals in the Triangle? Contact us today to schedule a showing!


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.

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Farm-to-Table Dining in Raleigh-Durham

Farm to Table Raleigh - Coldwell Banker HPW

Eating food prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients is healthier for both you and the environment. Today's farm-to-table trend is helping people rediscover the joys of dining on simple but flavorful dishes. Try it for yourself at these great Raleigh-Durham farm-to-table restaurants suggested by our REALTORS®.

  • Plates Neighborhood Kitchen - 301 Glenwood AVE Suite 100, Raleigh, NC
    Plates Neighborhood Kitchen is a fantastic option for brunch, lunch, dinner or catering at your next event. The menu is inspired by Chef Jake Wood's recipes he grew up with and classic southern dishes. His recipes plus the locally sourced ingredients are sure to delight your tastebuds. Besides the tasty, local food, the restaurant features many events and weekly specials, guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.  

  • Irregardless Café - 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Opened in 1975, Irregardless Café was well ahead of the curve on the farm-to-table movement. Irregardless was Raleigh's first vegetarian restaurant, incorporating progressive ideas such as waste recycling. Along the way, they have gradually added seafood, chicken, and beef to their menu to serve fresh, healthy and innovative dishes "for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike." Irregardless is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Be sure to check out their calendar of live music nightly.

  • Crawford and Son - 618 N. Person St., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Looking for a spot to enjoy a romantic dinner for two after a day of viewing Raleigh homes for sale? The casual but intimate ambiance and creative cuisine at Crawford and Son fit the bill. Seasonally changing menus feature dishes such as scallop tartare, chicken confit, and zucchini bread pudding. One thing all customers agree on: save room for one of the desserts, which are as beautiful as they are tasty. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and reservations are recommended.

  • Pompieri Pizza - 102 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701
    Pompieri Pizza
    has been demonstrating how a staple of casual dining can be elevated to fine dining with quality ingredients. Their thin and crispy Neapolitan-style pies include the Barry White, a vegan pizza with a white cashew and garlic sauce, and the Pork Belly. Start with the Italian poutine, a pile of crispy fried pizza dough pieces topped with marinara and cheese curds. Pompieri Pizza is open for lunch and dinner every day but Monday, with all-you-can-eat Family Meal pizza on Sunday from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • The Durham - 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701
    Whether you're in search of breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Durham has you covered. Anchored by the legendary dry-aged bone-in ribeye, The Durham's menu changes daily to take advantage of the freshest ingredients. The spectacular rooftop dining area is open year-round, serving appetizers and small plates that are perfect for sharing. Breakfast is served daily, while lunch and dinner are served Tuesday through Saturday. The in-house coffee shop is open seven days a week.

  • Harvest 18 - 8128 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham, NC 27713
    Even the name of Harvest 18 proclaims freshness and sustainability. More than 80 percent of Harvest 18's food is sourced from local farms, ranches, and fishmongers not far from Durham homes for sale, with many dishes prepared in the signature wood-fire grill. Harvest 18 is open for lunch and dinner daily, with weekend brunch until 3 p.m.

Raleigh-Durham is an exciting hub of cultural, dining, and entertainment opportunities. For professional help selling or buying a home in the area, contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston.


August in the Triangle Concerts, Shows and Plays

Concerts Shows Plays in the Triangle

9 Events to Attend This Month

Our REALTORS® are excited for a busy August here in the Triangle!

Summer is concert season, and the best venues in North Carolina are warming up to welcome top performers. There'll be live music, shows, and theater for the whole family to enjoy.

Let's check out nine of the coolest events in the Triangle this August:

Concerts - Apex, Pittsboro, Holly Springs

  1. Blue Ghost – 115 North Salem Street, Apex, NC 27502
    After a full day of checking out Apex homes for sale, why not relax and enjoy Blue Ghost – a local band from right here in the Triangle? The trio will bring its smooth blues, rock, and funk sounds to popular Apex venues starting on August 17. You might just want to get up and dance!
  2. MSG Acoustic Blues Trio – 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312
    Not far from Pittsboro homes for sale stands Bynum Front Porch, where MSG Acoustic Blues Trio will arrive on August 23. The nonprofit home of the Bynum Music Series welcomes this versatile group known for Piedmont blues inspired by greats like Etta Baker.
  3. Summer at the Springs – 300 West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    One reason to pick Holly Springs homes for sale is the town's remarkable live music culture. That's on display during Summer at the Springs, the outdoor concert series by the Holly Springs Cultural Center. August will feature Whiskey Runners and Adam Lee Decker Trio.

Shows - Cary, Durham, Garner

  1. The Summer L.O.V.E Show – 122 East Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511
    This love-themed show will reinvigorate you after exploring Cary homes for sale. On August 31 at the Cary Theater, local musicians, comedians, and visual artists come together for an uplifting evening that will touch your heart – Summer L.O.V.E. is like nothing else around.
  2. The Game Grumps Live – 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
    The Game Grumps are Millennial icons whose off-the-cuff humor has made them undisputed stars of YouTube's "Let's Play" culture. Mere steps from Durham homes for sale, at the Durham Performing Arts Center, they'll treat audiences to a night of fun-filled improv on August 18.
  3. Honk! Jr. – 742 West Garner Road, Garner, NC 27529
    Honk! Jr. comes to the Garner Performing Arts Center this August to regale kids with a fun and frolicking tale about what makes us special. This heartwarming story, adapted from The Ugly Duckling, includes over a dozen songs. It's right downtown, near Garner homes for sale.

Plays - Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill

  1. Jane Eyre – 120 Morris Street, Durham NC 27701
    Jane Eyre will be staged by the Young People's Performing Company at Durham Arts Council Saturday, August 3 through August 10. This haunting retelling of one of Charlotte Bronte's classics promises to be one of the most gripping dramas on the stage this August.
  2. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder – 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh, NC 27606
    Courtesy of Raleigh Little Theatre, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will run in mid-August at Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. This musical comedy following the misadventures of a scheming heir will have you rolling in the aisles! It's only minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, too.
  3. Rags to Riches Theatre – 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    If you're looking for a stage experience that will appeal to budding young minds, Rags to Riches is here to help. This traveling troupe puts on family-friendly stories of history, literature, and the fantastic. On August 9, the show visits the Chapel Hill Public Library--just a short distance from some of our best Chapel Hill homes for sale.

When it comes to finding the best homes in Raleigh, Durham, and throughout the Triangle, we've got you covered. Contact us today to learn about local real estate opportunities.


Nine Ways to Entertain Your Kids in the Triangle

9 Ways to Entertain Kids in the Triangle

Our REALTORS® know kids look forward to summer vacation all year, but by the time July rolls around, they're probably shouting, "I'm bored!"

Fair enough – but there's never a dull moment in the Triangle. With plenty of family-friendly fun around every corner, there's always something new to do.

The biggest question is: Where should you and the kids go first?

That's a tall order, so here are our picks for enjoyable outings:

  1. Let's Roam Raleigh – 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  2760
    This app-driven scavenger hunt will give you the opportunity to roam the cultural, historical, and natural treasures of Raleigh. Let's Roam Raleigh is a true adventure, all not far from the top Raleigh homes for sale. No tour guides or reservations required.

  2. Storytime on the Roof – 315 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Sponsored by North Regional Library – the leading library serving Durham homes for saleStorytime on the Roof, held every first Wednesday of the month, will enchant youngsters. It all takes place right on the roof of the historic Durham Hotel, a major attraction for tourists and locals alike.

  3. Kidzu Children's Museum - 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Kidzu Children's Museum is a hands-on children's museum--for ages infant to tween--dedicated to inspiring area children and their families through exhibits and programs to promote creativity, collaboration, and community.  Kidzu is a short drive from some of the best Chapel Hill homes for sale.

  4. Kids Bowl Free – 413 South Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC, 27587
    Wake Forest homes for sale have a lot to recommend them, and here's one more thing: Kids bowl free throughout the summer at Brooks Street Bowl. All you have to do is register in advance on the Kids Bowl Free site. The offer runs all the way to October.

  5. Last Friday Concert Series – 106 East King Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Hillsborough homes for sale will rock and roll with the Last Friday Concert Series, which runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 26 and other "last Fridays" through September. Take your kids to hear the distinctive summer sounds of salsa band, Orquesta GarDel, this month!

  6. Friday Family Flicks – Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner, NC 27529
    Outdoor movies are a popular summer pastime in the Triangle, but the event near Garner homes for sale is the best for kids! Friday Family Flicks is an initiative of Lake Benson Park. Admission is free to see Mary Poppins Returns this July.

  7. Mebane Historical Museum – 209 West Jackson Street, Mebane, NC 27302
    School's out, but kids don't have to turn off their brains! A short walk from Mebane homes for sale stands the fascinating Mebane Historical Museum. Admission is free. Fascinating exhibits delve into the pop culture of the past. Plus, the museum is part of the Fourth of July Parade.

  8. The Museums of Fuquay-Varina – 131 South Fuquay Avenue, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
    An impressive assortment of six museums resides in one complex, centrally located for Fuquay-Varina homes for sale. When you drop by The Museums of Fuquay-Varina, you'll see the First Post Office, Ballentine Schoolhouse, Johnson Playhouse, and many more.

  9. Marbles Kids Museum - 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Marbles Kids Museum
    in downtown Raleigh combines play with education to develop intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth in our local children. Using themed exhibits and hands-on activities Marbles builds your child's imagination through exploration and new ideas and experiences. You'll find Marbles located not far from some of our finest urban living in downtown Raleigh.

Amazing homes are waiting for you in the Triangle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to start your home search today.


Six Spots in the Triangle for the Perfect Picnic

Triangle Living Picnic Spots

After a busy week showing Raleigh homes for sale, many of our REALTORS® enjoy spending time outdoors. Good news: On top of its world-class amenities and economy, the Triangle has protected plenty of green spaces for residents to explore.

With National Picnic Month in July, it's a perfect time to visit them.

You'll find the Triangle's great cities are dotted with municipal parks. Not only that, but a number of state parks and other preserved areas are waiting for you. You can stay close to your neighborhood or make a day of it in a forest glen or mountainous vista.

Let's look at some of the best places to picnic all throughout the Triangle:

  1. Pullen Park – 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27606
    In Raleigh, you'll happen upon beautiful Pullen Park, established in 1887. Sprawling across 66 acres, Pullen is known for being the first public park in North Carolina. It includes a carousel, mini-train, aquatic center, arts center, and cafe. There are plenty of shelters to shield you from the sun during your picnic. Of course, you are always welcome to spread a blanket on the grass.

  2. William B. Umstead State Park – North Harrison Avenue (at I-40 270), Cary, NC 27513
    Cary homes for sale are just a few miles from famous William B. Umstead State Park. It is cheered for its extensive network of trails well-loved by hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. The landscape is dotted with three man-made lakes, any of which provide a picturesque lakeside view for your picnic. Fishing is available on all three lakes, too.

  3. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area – 558 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC 27502
    Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a short distance from Apex homes for sale. An undeveloped 14,000-acre reservoir is the centerpiece of this unspoiled land. As you visit, you'll have the chance to see bald eagles and osprey. Not just a wonderful setting for picnics, it offers everything from primitive camping to RV hookups for longer stays.

  4. Sarah P. Duke Gardens – 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC 27708
    On the beloved campus of Duke  University – a leading reason to choose Durham homes for sale – stands the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. These lush, manicured grounds will provide pleasant surroundings including a koi pond, butterfly garden, azalea court, and much more. Handicapped parking and accessible features are widely available.

  5. Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail – 320 Elizabeth Brady Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail offers you a chance to look in on the storied past of NASCAR racing. This trail loops around the remnants of an old NASCAR track where racing pioneers like Richard Petty once performed. The track is now slowly being reclaimed by nature. It's a nice way to get away (but not too far away!) after choosing Hillsborough homes for sale.

  6. North Carolina Botanical Gardens – 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    Courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Botanical Gardens will delight you with rich displays of blooming flowers, nature trails, and unique sights like the Forest Theatre – a stone amphitheater built into the hillside in 1916. Don't miss out on the adjoining Battle Park for your picnic a stone's throw from Chapel Hill homes for sale.

With help from Howard Perry and Walston, finding your dream home here in the Triangle can be a picnic, too. Our real estate experts bring you years of experience navigating home purchases. Our insight and customer service will make the whole process easier.

Contact us to learn more. We look forward to helping you.


Five 4th of July Events in the Triangle 2019

July 4 Events in the Triangle

Our REALTORS® look forward to the annual 4th of July celebrations held in our local communities every year. No matter whether you're looking for family fun, fireworks, athletics, or a more adult social experience, everything is within a few miles. The only problem is choosing just a handful of things to do!

Celebrate America in style this July with these spectacular events in the Triangle:

  1. 2019 4th of July 5k and 10k – 1251 Goode Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    The famous 2019 4th of July 5k and 10k will bring you into the heart of Raleigh, where you can find some of the best Raleigh homes for sale. The Kids' Fun Run will start at 7:45 a.m., with the adult Four Miler at 8. There'll be plenty of swag for everyone as well as small cash prizes for the overall winners. Trophy Brewing Co. will be on hand for post-race refreshments.

  2. Festival for the Eno – Durham, 4404 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27712
    The annual Festival for the Eno is a reminder of the importance of the natural environment around Durham homes for sale. Centered on West Point on the Eno at Durham City Park, it brings you over 70 bands on five stages. Local artisans will be on hand with crafts, and there will even be a juried makers fair. It aims to raise awareness and funds for the Eno River Association.

  3. Town of Cary 4th of July Celebration – 801 High House Road, Cary, NC 27513
    The Town of Cary 4th of July Celebration is an iconic local event that lights up the sky over Cary homes for sale. It's all happening at Bond Park, where you'll be able to enjoy the Parade in the Park at 10:30. Between 3 p.m. and 10, the North Carolina Symphony will hit the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. A 50-foot Ferris wheel will be featured along with rides, games, and food.

  4. Carolina Mudcats vs. Frederick Keys – 1501 Highway 39, Zebulon, NC 27597
    Looking for fun and excitement not far from Zebulon homes for sale? Catch Minor League Baseball action with the Mudcats vs. Keys game in Zebulon. Held at the Five County Stadium, the home of the Zebulon Mudcats, a three-game home series will run between July 4th and 6th. Show up to root for the home team! Admission runs from $8 to $15. Full concessions will be available.

  5. 27th Annual Firecracker Bike Ride – 140 Thomas Mill Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    If you're in the mood to get up and get active this July 4th, the 27th Annual Firecracker Bike Ride will bring you past some of the nicest Holly Springs homes for sale. Now sponsored by the Carolina Brewing Company, the ride begins at 8 a.m. July 4th and travels across your choice of a 30-mile or 60-mile marked route. A family-friendly after-party will follow.

Have you been thinking about a brand new home in the Triangle? If so, it's time to celebrate your own independence! Our team will make it easier than you ever thought possible to find and close on the home you want. We know the local area inside and out – and our customer service will give you peace of mind. At every step, we'll help you make the right decision.

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6 Delicious Ice Cream Shops in the Triangle

Triangle Local Ice Cream Businesses

Whether you're here to look at homes or ready to move in for keeps, our REALTORS® want you to enjoy your time in the Triangle. A sweet treat could be just what you need while you're exploring the local real estate market. Have we got the "inside scoop" for you!

Delicious ice cream made with organic ingredients is practically a way of life around Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding communities. You'll find plenty of friendly ice cream parlors with classic styling as well as ice cream trucks and party places for kids' birthdays.

Here's our take on the coolest ice cream shops around the Triangle:

  1. Two Roosters Ice Cream – 7713-49 Leadmine Road, Raleigh, NC
    It's true of Raleigh homes for sale and ice cream: Sometimes the best things come in unexpected packages. That's definitely true of Two Roosters Ice Cream, a quaint Airstream trailer hitched up to a classic Ford pickup. Don't underestimate this small but mighty selection, which has expanded to a seasonal pop-up space based on flavors like butterscotch and chocolate.
  2. FRESH. Local Ice Cream – 138 East Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511
    FRESH is a local institution that recently opened a new location in downtown Cary. That makes it part of the Cary renaissance that's attracting so many people to Cary homes for sale. Scoops, sundaes, floats, and more await in signature flavors like banana pudding and Kona coffee. And yes, there is an ice cream truck – just like back in the old days.
  3. Lumpy's – 306 East Wait Avenue, Wake Forest, NC
    Founded back in 2001, Lumpy's is just one more reason for buyers of Wake Forest homes for sale to smile. It has some of the most unique ice cream flavors anywhere in North Carolina, with mixes like Bennie's Bacon and Bourbon and Aunt Betty's Blueberry. Heck, the owners have even been known to accept custom flavor suggestions from their guests.
  4. Mama Bird's –  304 North Main Street, Holly Springs, NC
    Mama Bird's is the place to go when you're looking at Holly Springs homes for sale and you feel a hankering for a handmade custom ice cream item. The handcrafted small-batch ice cream comes in cakes, pies, rolls, or even the legendary ice cream pizza. They also host two-hour private parties that can include fresh waffles, a sundae bar, and cookie decorating.
  5. Maple View Farm – 6900 Rocky Ridge Road, Hillsborough, NC
    The top creamy in Orange County is Maple View Farm. It's a bit of a drive from some of the top Hillsborough homes for sale, but the trip is worth it. It's a full-functioning farm that brings the concept of "farm to table" to ice cream. Monthly flavors are always changing, with orange dream, cashew caramel, and lemongrass just a few of the more recent "flavorites."
  6. The Parlour – 117 Market Street, Durham, NC
    The leading choice in handmade ice cream just down the block from Durham homes for sale is The Parlour. It is a local legend: Formerly mobile, it opened its doors for the first time in 2013 and has yet to close them, being one of the creameries open seven days a week. Its menu boasts gourmet flavors like honey lavender and malted cinnamon.

Finding your dream home in the Triangle is an experience you won't forget. Getting a great deal and reaching closing day faster is the "icing" on the ice cream cake – and we can help you do it.

Our experienced team is here to give you the insight and support you need to reach your goals. Contact us to find out more today.


9 Ways to Celebrate Dad in Raleigh, Durham & Beyond

Raleigh Durham Fathers Day Events

Our REALTORS® want you to enjoy this Father's Day, and there are plenty of ways to do it!

All throughout Raleigh, Durham, and the region, Father's Day celebrations are popping up fast. No matter what Dad's into, you're sure to find something that will bring him joy this year.

Check out these nine options from all around the area:

  1. Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo – 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 
    Residents of Durham homes for sale are in for a treat this coming Sunday, June 16 when the Food Truck Rodeo arrives at Durham Farmers' Market. This all-ages get-together will feature all of the most popular food trucks from throughout the Triangle for an unforgettable event.

  2. Man Expo III – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC
    It's time to party! Raleigh homes for sale are right in the neighborhood of the world famous Man Expo. Described as "the Triangle's largest man cave," it's everything in electronics, cars, travel, gaming, grooming, fitness, sports, and gadgets. 

  3. Father's Day Fun at Color Me Mine - 316 Colonades Way, Suite 215, Cary, NC
    Cary homes for sale aren't far from Fathers' Day Fun at Color Me Mine.  Back by popular demand, feast on a Father's Day fare of grilled hot dogs and ice cream floats while creating your own masterpiece with the entire family this Father' Day in Cary.

  4. Music on the Green – Southern Village Green, 6000 Market Street, Chapel Hill, NC
    Want to enjoy a day out on the green? Chapel Hill homes for sale are within earshot of this concert series each weekend. Around Father's Day, Amy Anderson and Bett Padgett will be on hand to play on June 16. The Carolina Symphony Pops Concert takes place evening of June 14.

  5. REX Wellness Mock Triathlon – 1400 Timber Drive East, Garner, NC
    Not far from many Garner homes for sale is the popular Rex Wellness Center, which has a number of locations all over the Triangle. Wellness instructor Rodney Jenkins will hold an event Sunday, June 16 to give participants the rundown on what it takes to be part of a triathlon.

  6. Father's Day Cars and Cue – 810 North First Avenue, Knightdale, NC
    Knightdale homes for sale are down the street from Cars and Cue over in Knightdale Station Park. Dads have the chance to get up close with some of the most beautiful classic cars, then enjoy finger-licking barbecue at a competition sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council.

  7. Catfish Tournament – Graham-Mebane Lake, West Graham Street, Mebane, NC
    Many Mebane homes for sale are on Graham-Mebane Lake, which is known for its bass and catfish tournaments. Three bank-fishing catfish tournaments happen each summer, running from 8 p.m. all the way through midnight. Record catches have been known to happen!

  8. Daddy and Me Day at Crowder County Park – 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex, NC
    Apex homes for sale are just around the corner from a local favorite, Crowder County Park's Daddy and Me Day beginning at 2:00 p.m. The entire family is invited for an afternoon of games related to nature. Refreshments will be available. Perfect for family members of all agents.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  9. The Head Doctor Show – 3400 New Birch Drive, Raleigh, NC
    Sponsored by Wingz American Grill and led by the Punany Poets, The Head Doctor Show is described as an interactive, romantic comedy especially for dads and their partners. Dress comfortably and you can play along with light interaction intended to enhance your relationship.

Give Dad something else to celebrate this year: The home he's always wanted.  Contact us today at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.


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.


8 Best Bike Trails in the Triangle

Triangle Living Bike Trails
May is National Bike Month and the perfect time to enjoy the Triangle on two wheels. There are bike trails connecting many Triangle communities, and winding through the beautiful outdoor spaces that make North Carolina such a lovely place to call home. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight bike trails where you can celebrate National Bike Month.

Bike Trails in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Apex

  1. Neuse River Trail – Raleigh
    Raleigh homes for sale make it easy to reach a variety of the trails on our list, including the 27.5 mile Neuse River Trail. This scenic, paved trail offers beautiful views of the river, while passing local historic sites and wetlands. The trail connects to other trails in Raleigh, and in nearby communities like Wake Forest.
  2. Duke Forest Trail – Durham
    Looking for a trail close to Durham homes for sale? The Duke Forest Trail offers 3.4 miles of trails around the Duke University Golf Course, along with extensive roads for longer rides. Experience the natural side of Duke University on this popular Triangle trail.
  3. Black Creek Greenway – Cary
    If you're shopping for Cary homes for sale, you won't have to travel far to find a great trail. The Black Creek Greenway runs just over 7 miles and takes you through some of the most beautiful natural scenery that Cary has to offer. It's an easy trail to travel, perfect for families with kids.
  4. Art to Heart Trail – Raleigh
    Set out from the North Carolina Museum of Art to explore the unique Art to Heart Trail, which travels from the museum to downtown Raleigh. The trail runs for just under 6 miles, passing the NC State University and Meredith College campuses.
  5. William B. Umstead State Park – Raleigh, Cary
    With more than 5,000 acres of natural beauty, William B. Umstead State Park has long been one of the Triangle's favorite places for outdoor adventures. Grab your bike, and set out to explore 13 miles of unpaved, multi-use trails, perfect for a brisk workout.
  6. Shelley Lake Park – North Raleigh
    Searching for a trail with waterfront views? Shelley Lake Park, located in North Raleigh, features a 2-mile loop around the lake, with ample waterfront scenery and plenty of wildlife to watch. This is a great spot for families, with beautiful views in every direction.
  7. American Tobacco Trail – Durham
    Experience the history of the Durham area as you explore the American Tobacco Trail, which runs for 22.5 miles and connects with Wake County. This trail will take you through forests, rural areas, and local wildlife hotspots, providing an opportunity to see first-hand some of the many species that call the Triangle home.
  8. Beaver Creek Greenway – Apex
    ​​​​​​​Apex homes for sale are located just a quick trip from the scenic Beaver Creek Greenway, a leisurely trail which connects with local parks and features extensive natural scenery. The trail is also located just a couple miles from the American Tobacco Trail, so you can keep the ride going.

Are you searching for the right home close to all of the outdoor activities in your favorite Triangle community? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, Durham, and communities throughout the Triangle.


7 of the Best Hiking Trails Near Raleigh

Raleigh Hiking & Greenway Trails
Raleigh is a great city for anyone with a taste for outdoor adventure, and now that spring has fully sprung, our REALTORS® think now is a great time to get out there and explore! If you're looking for a place to reconnect with nature in the Raleigh area, these are our seven favorite places to head outside and take a hike. 

  1. Walnut Creek Trail
    A little over 15 miles in length, the Walnut Creek Trail is a greenway project that meanders across South Raleigh from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. Mostly paved and ideal for hiking, biking, and jogging, the trail is easily accessible from numerous trailheads and offers landscapes ranging from natural to urban and residential. It's a great place to explore Raleigh's many environments and is also part of the East Coast Greenway Trail (ECG) system, which connects major cities all along the Eastern Seaboard. 

  2. Company Mill Trail (Umstead State Park)
    Umstead State Park offers no shortage of picturesque hiking trails, but the 7.4-mile Company Mill Trail has long been a favorite among local hikers. Visit on a weekday to avoid the crowds, and enjoy the scenery as this loop trail meanders along Crabtree Creek and through picturesque Piedmont hardwood forests. For anyone looking to explore further, Umstead State Park offers 22 miles of dedicated hiking trails, along with 13 miles of multi-use trails.

  3. Swift Creek Loop Trail (Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve)
    Just a few miles outside Raleigh in Cary, NC, the lovely Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve offers several short, easy hiking trails that traverse beautifully preserved upland forests and ravines. The 0.8-mile provides views of the preserve's bluffs, streams, and namesake hemlock trees. Continue on the 1.2-mile Chestnut Oak Look for an extended hike. 

  4. Art to Heart Trail
    A great option if you're looking for a leisurely hike without leaving the city, this trail stretches 5.9 miles from the North Carolina Museum of Art to downtown Raleigh. The Art to Heart Trail explores some of the most picturesque green spaces in the Raleigh, including the museum's beautiful 164-acre park, the campus of North Carolina State University, and Pullen Park. 

  5. Frances L. Liles Trail (Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest)
    Just 10 minutes from the NC State Campus, Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest spans 245 shady, secluded acres, including several well-maintained trails. The Frances L Liles Trail is the most popular route in the park. Just over a mile in length, it's an excellent trail for bird watching and offers a chance to see some of the area's unique plant life. 

  6. Cole Mill Trail (Eno River State Park)
    This Durham, NC trail offers a mile-long ramble along the banks of the Eno River in Eno River State Park. Keep an eye out for the scenic laurel-covered bluffs along the river (visit in mid to late April to see the laurel in full bloom) and check out the nearby remnants of the old Cabe Mill. Connections are available to several other trails, including the 1.65-mile Bobbitt Hole Loop. 

  7. Falls Lake Trail
    The crown jewel of Raleigh's urban hiking trails, the Falls Lake Trail stretches 60 miles. The path hugs the shore of Falls Lake throughout Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding communities, passing through mature upland forests, wide open meadows and a wide range of other habitats along the way. Dozens of trailheads make it easy to hike a section of any length. 

Contact us to learn more about making Raleigh your home. From hiking and outdoor adventure to great dining, culture, and nightlife, Raleigh is a great place to call home. Be sure to ask about the latest Raleigh homes for sale!


Thrift Stores, Consignment Shops, and Used Book Stores in the Triangle

Triangle City Bargain Shopping
Bargain hunters rejoice — there are plenty of treasures to be found in the Triangle! Our REALTORS® have the details on our top ten favorite destinations for the best deals in the Triangle.

  1. Mr. Mike's Used Books – 6440 Tryon Rd., Cary, NC 27518 
    Trust Mr. Mike's Used Books for all of your reading needs. His low prices start at $0.99 which gives you an affordable opportunity to start collecting for the new library you're going to have when you purchase one of the great Cary homes for sale

  2. PTA Thrift Shop – 130 S. Elliot Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 
    If you choose to purchase Chapel Hill homes for sale, invest in your community further by shopping at PTA Thrift Shop. Proceeds directly benefit educational programs within the area.
  3. Page 158 Books – 415 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587 
    Though their selection of new and used books can hardly be beaten, bookworms also frequent Page 158 Books for their great in-store events. After you pick out one of the Wake Forest homes for sale, be sure to sign up for one of their many book clubs.

  4. My Secret Closet – 3965 Arrowhead Blvd., Mebane, NC 27302 
    My Secret Closet is anything but a secret to shopaholics. Near beautiful Mebane homes for sale, this superb shop has a great collection of clothing and accessories for men, women, and juniors as well as gorgeous home décor and furnishings.
  5. Circle City Books & Music – 121 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC 27312 
    For rare and unusual books around Pittsboro homes for sale, head straight to Circle City. From used books to records and CDs, their knowledgeable staff will guide you to whatever unique title you're looking for.

  6. Serendipity Consignment Boutique – 1437 N. Main St., Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 
    Don't worry ladies — there's a fabulous shop with a pristine selection just minutes from Fuquay Varina homes for sale. Serendipity Consignment Boutique adds high-quality items to their inventory every day so you have the perfect excuse to browse their clothes, jewelry, and shoes as frequently as you desire.

  7. Book Planet – 2101 Harrod St., Raleigh, NC 27604 
    There's only one place to go when you want to fill the bookshelves within Raleigh homes for sale, and that's Book Planet. Their warehouse of wonders has the used books you read listed at the amazing prices you need to quickly stock your shelves with a universe of exciting stories.
  8. Uptown Cheapskate – 2037 Creekside Landing Dr., Apex, NC 27502 
    Uptown Cheapskate, near Apex homes for sale, is your destination for gently-worn upscale brands at jaw-dropping prices. Receive cash for yesterday's styles that are cluttering your closet and walk out with plenty of fashionable finds.

  9. 3 G's in a Pod Children's Consignment Boutique – 6134 Rogers Rd., Rolesville, NC 27571 
    As you search for the perfect Rolesville homes for sale for your family, you'll be happy to know that plenty of affordable, gently used children's items are in stock at 3 G's in a Pod. This children's consignment boutique has high-quality items for newborns all the way up to sizes 14/16.

  10. Books Do Furnish a Room – 1809 W. Markham Ave., Durham, NC 27705 
    When you've narrowed down your short list of Durham homes for sale, head over to Books Do Furnish a Room and pick out a few volumes to begin decorating your new library, office or study. With everything from first editions to your favorite trade paperbacks, this Durham used bookstore is well worth the visit.

To discover more great resale shops, or to learn more about fantastic homes for sale in the Triangle, contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston today!


Cary, NC: 26th Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

Cary Spring Dave Arts Festival

Are you ready to celebrate spring, support local artists, and remind yourself why Cary is such a special place to call home? Then we've got just the event for you! The Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, one of Cary's big annual events, returns for its 26th edition this year, with food, art, music, and fun for all ages. Whether you're shopping for Cary homes for sale or you're already a long-time resident, the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is a great chance to form a deeper connection with your favorite community. Our REALTORS® are here to help you prepare for the event, with details on Cary's popular Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival for 2019.

Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Cary

The Event: Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
Date/Time: April 27, 2019, 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Fred G. Bond Metro Park – 801 High House Rd., Cary 27513
Admission: FREE

Cary Arts

See Work from More than 170 North Carolina Artists
The Spring Daze Festival is first and foremost an opportunity to connect with North Carolina artists, and the amazing, original art that they produce. The festival features work from more than 170 NC artists, in a wide variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, folk art, clay, candles, and even furniture. Soak in the varied work of talented, local artists, and pick up something truly unique to decorate your home.

Cary Entertainment Stages


Four Entertainment Stages
Interested in live music and great stories from local artists? There will be four entertainment stages at Spring Daze, with shows running all day long. All of the performances at Spring Daze are family-friendly, so that audience members of all ages can enjoy everything that the festival has to offer. Stages are positioned throughout the festival area in Bond Park, so you'll never be far from another great show.

Cary Festival Food

Fantastic Festival Food
It wouldn't be a big event in Cary without some truly tremendous food, and Spring Daze certainly does not disappoint. There's something for every taste at the festival, including crab cakes, BBQ, baked goods, ice cream, kettle corn, and cuisine from around the world. If you're feeling thirsty, there will also be cool, refreshing fruit drinks available throughout the festival.

Festival Activities for All Ages
Spring Daze works hard to keep festival attendees of all ages engaged, with fun activities available throughout the day. See the unique Big Birds art exhibit, created with the help of local children, celebrate Fit Cary month, stop by the Sports Zone, or participate in Cary's annual Earth Day celebration, all without ever leaving the festival.

Cary Children Face Painting

Children's Village
The Spring Daze festival is a great event for kids, too, with a special Children's Village area designed specifically for younger members of the audience. There will be opportunities to plant trees, play interactive games, enjoy face painting, create art, and make new friends at the Children's Village.

Cultural Arts Row
Cary is a community that celebrates the unique heritage of its many residents, and Cultural Arts Row is the perfect chance to explore the community's diverse roots. This corner of the festival features art and information from a wide variety of local cultural organizations, allowing you to learn more about Cary's culture in a fun, educational setting.

Are you still searching for your next home in Cary, and the real estate team that can help you accomplish your goals? We're here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Cary, NC area.


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. 


Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill: 9 Spring Festivals Worth Marking on Your Calendar

Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill
Spring has arrived in North Carolina, and our locals are ready to celebrate family, community, and fun at some of the most popular festivals the Triangle has to offer.

When we asked Our REALTORS® about their favorite spring events, the list was pretty long. Whether you're into food, music, science, or culture, something is going on that's sure to appeal to you. Check out these nine festivals, and you'll get a taste of what makes the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area a great place to live. 

  1. Dreamville Festival: Raleigh, April 6
    The multi-stage musical event Dreamville Festival is coming back to Raleigh on April 6th. This celebration of art, food, and local culture feature both well-known and up-and-coming musical artists curated by J. Cole. It's held in the 308-acre Dorothea Dix Park and promises to be one of this year's most popular events.

  2. Got to Be NC Fest: Raleigh, May 17 - 19
    Gather up your family and friends and plan to spend some time at the 3-day Got to Be NC festival. This event offers carnival rides and games, pony rides, a selection of food from local vendors, shopping, and the ever-popular Masonic Carolina Pig Jig. The festival is held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and entrance on May 17 - 19.  

  3. Raleigh International Food Festival, June 8
    If there was ever a good excuse to take a break from looking at Raleigh homes for sale, the Raleigh International Food Festival is it. This event, held at City Plaza on Saturday, June 8, draws over 17,000 people and celebrates cultural diversity with international food, beer, and wine from around the world, and a variety of musical and dance performances.

  4. Durham Earth Day Festival, April 28
    Celebrate taking care of Mother Earth at the free Durham Earth Day Festival on April 28th. You'll enjoy shopping at the Earth Day market, challenging yourself on the rock climbing wall, and taking the little ones to the Family Fun Zone. You also won't want to miss the Earth Day Parade. On your way home, we suggest taking the scenic route so you can get a look at some of the great Durham homes for sale.

  5. Moogfest: Durham, April 25 - 28
    A popular area event since 2004, Moogfest brings together music, art, and technology, in a one-of-a-kind celebration. The festival runs from April 25th through 28th. It features conferences during the day and cutting-edge electronic, pop, and avant-garde performances at night.

  6. Festival of Life: Durham, June 8 - 9
    Celebrate health and wellness and support your local vendors during the two-day Festival of Life at the Durham Amory. The event is on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th. Shop until you drop then stick around for a Tarot card reading while your kids play in the giant game area. 

  7. Near and Far: Chapel Hill, April 28
    A lively street party featuring international food, dance, and music, Near and Far is one of the Chapel Hil's best cultural events. It's held in downtown Chapel Hill on April 28th from 1 to 4 p.m. 

  8. UNC Science Expo: Chapel Hill, April 14
    The UNC Science Expo is a fun-filled day that draws close to 10,000 participants. Kids and adults will both love the lab tours, science challenges, and over 100 hands-on activity booths. This free event is held on April 14th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and does not require pre-registration. Many of the best Chapel Hill homes for sale are near the UNC campus, so we suggest taking a look around at some of the great neighborhoods while you're in the area.  
  1. Plastic-Free Eggstravaganza: Chapel Hill, April 14
    Gather up the family on April 14th and head over the first-ever Plastic-Free Eggstravaganza. Enjoy hunting for wooden eggs, then participate in STEAM events, games, and arts and crafts. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., and admission and parking are both free.

Are you thinking about moving to Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill? We would love to show you around and tell you more about what makes this a great place to live. Contact us today to get started! 


Parks & Outdoor Spaces in the Triangle

Parks & Outdoor Spaces in the Triangle
March 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. After a long winter, it's a holiday that our real estate agents can get behind. We've got a lot of great outdoor spaces here in the Triangle area, and these are some of our favorite places to take a walk in the park in Raleigh, Durham and beyond.  

  1. Green Hills County Park - 9300 Deponie Drive, Raleigh
    This beautiful park in Northeast Raleigh is an excellent place for family fun, with an elementary school, middle school, and numerous Raleigh homes for sale nearby. With ample wide open spaces, Green Hills County Park offers picnic pavilions, playgrounds, walking trails and a challenging mountain bike skills course. The park's vast open fields are great for flying kites, playing Frisbee or stretching out on a picnic blanket.
  2. Apex Community Park - 2200 Laura Duncan Road, Apex
    Spanning 160 beautiful acres, Apex Community Park is just a few miles southwest of Raleigh and includes more than 3 miles of secluded nature and running trails. The park is just footsteps away from many Apex homes for sale, and also includes 50-acre lake that is great for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. A wide range of sports facilities are located at the park as well, including basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, baseball fields, and batting cages. 
  3. Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve - 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
    The rugged Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is one of the great places in the Triangle to get away from it all. Despite being just minutes away from these Cary homes for sale, the preserve feels wild and remote, with hiking trails that meander along ridges, ravines, creeks, and stands of mature hemlock trees. Be sure to stop in at the Stevens Nature Center while you're there to learn more about the preserve. 
  4. Durham Central Park - 501 Foster Street, Durham
    True to its name, Durham Central Park is at the beating heart of Durham, offering not only a great place to go for a walk, toss a Frisbee or have a picnic, but also hosting some of the cities biggest events. If you're visiting to check out Durham homes for sale, you might want to plan your trip to coincide with the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo or the Pints for Paws Craft Beverage Festival. The park also hosts the weekly Durham Farmers' Market every Saturday year-round.
  5. Prairie Ridge Ecostation - 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh
    Part of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Prairie Ridge Ecostation encompasses nearly 40 acres of reclaimed land – mostly former cow pastures – that has been allowed to return to its natural state. Today it's an incredible place for hiking, bird watching and nature photography, with prairie grasslands, bottomland forests, ponds and streams that harbor a rich diversity of plant and animal life.
  6. White Deer Park and Nature Center - 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner
    Nestled on the picturesque shores of Lake Benson, White Deer Park and Nature Center is a perfect place to enjoy some time in the great outdoors, and to introduce the next generation to the joys of exploring the natural world. With numerous Garner homes for sale in the area, the park is easily accessible, offering everything from nature trails and picnic facilities to nature exhibits and environmental gardens. 

Contact us to learn more about outdoor recreation opportunities in the Triangle area, and talk with our team of dedicated real estate agents about finding your home in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding communities!


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.


Urban Farms and Community Gardens in Raleigh

Raleigh Urban Farms
As you spend time in the area searching for Raleigh homes for sale, you'll want to get a sense of the values that those in this community share. This city is positively blossoming with urban agriculture, and there is no better example of the townspeople's dedication to permaculture and the great outdoors than The Well Fed Community Garden. Our real estate agents would be thrilled to show you how this garden uses a farm-to-fork approach to feed the people of Raleigh.

Enriching Raleigh From Farm to Fork

The City of Raleigh understands how much of a positive social, economic and environmental impact the presence of agriculture has in an urban setting. The Well Fed Community Garden is one of the many efforts that they support throughout the year. This plot of land is home to an acre and a half of vegetables, fruits, herbs, fungi, and other plants, as well as honey bees and chickens.

The Well Fed Community Garden was purchased in 2012 by the owners of the Irregardless Café. Since the 1970s, Irregardless has been cooking up food for the residents of Raleigh that is locally sourced through sustainability initiatives. Though meat, fish and poultry meals are available, their menu is crafted for vegan and vegetarian enjoyment as well.

Their rooftop solar thermal panels use renewable energy to heat their water supply, and the Well Fed Community Garden provides the local ingredients that have made Irregardless Café's delicious options a popular choice for any taste. Although most of the harvest from the Garden is served to customers at Irregardless, 20 percent of that which is grown is donated to the volunteers and neighbors that help this community thrive.

Lovin' Spadefuls

If you purchase one of the Raleigh homes for sale near Athens Drive, you'll soon discover that the Well Fed Community Garden is always buzzing with activity. Home to an annual blackberry festival, the Garden also hosts frequent garden workshops, cooking classes, yoga sessions, and art lessons. You can even help enrich the city and your own life by volunteering throughout the year.

To dig into the heart of The Well Fed Community Garden, our real estate agents encourage you to sign up for the Lovin' Spadefuls experience. Small groups of two to six can enjoy an intimate two-hour tour through the Garden in which you'll explore the grounds and learn all about the bounty that this amazing acre provides. You can also choose to include a lunch at the Irregardless Café after your experience to get a true taste of the community's efforts.

To learn more about the community gardens and urban agriculture near Raleigh homes for sale, contact us. If you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area, one of our real estate agents would be happy to help you!


Raleigh Outdoors: JC Raulston Arboretum

Raleigh-JC Raulston Arboretum
If you're spending time in town searching for Raleigh homes for sale, you'll quickly hear about one of North Carolina State University's treasures: the JC Raulston Arboretum. This nationally acclaimed garden, located just across the street from NC State's West Campus, contains a living collection of over 6,300 diverse plant varieties — touted as one of the largest collections in the Southeast!

Established in 1976, this arboretum and botanical garden provide more than ten acres of spectacular viewing free of charge. It's been internationally recognized and continues to grow, expanding its amazing collection while increasing its space for visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy a stroll through their gardens every day of the year.

What You'll Find at JC Raulston Arboretum

Raleigh - JC Raulston

This living laboratory is a resource for horticulture professionals, residents and visitors alike, offering access to vibrant gardens, including:

  • The Entry Garden, featuring over one hundred tropical perennials
  • The Winter Garden highlights plants that grow best in colder temperatures
  • The Paradise Garden is a blooming burst of plant life that engages all five senses
  • Xeric Garden, showcasing plants from the American Southwest and Mexico
  • Model Gardens, perfect for finding the next plant for your home garden
  • The Southall Memorial Garden, a grove perfect for relaxation
  • The Japanese Garden, a peaceful Zen garden for quiet reflection
  • The Klein-Pringle White Garden, an homage to the renowned White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle.
  • The Latin House, a cool place to view plants that love the shade
  • The Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden, a stunning array of roses as pretty as can be

The first stop for all guests venturing into the JC Raulston Arboretum is the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. This center features an innovative sustainable design that prioritizes energy-efficiency. Within the center, you'll find helpful information, an event calendar, a handy map of the grounds and volunteers who will answer all of your questions.

Enhance your trip with a visit to the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. Inside, you'll have the opportunity to increase your knowledge of plant life with educational activities and lectures as you view their teaching and research gardens.

JC Raulston Arboretum: A Great Way to Enjoy Raleigh Outdoors

With events like workshops, children's programs, symposiums, tours, plant sales and more, the JC Raulston Arboretum is a fantastic way to spend a gorgeous day in Raleigh. Be sure to check their events calendar to discover more fun activities and happenings throughout the year. Our real estate agents know that the JC Raulston Arboretum has something special that the whole family will enjoy!

Outstanding Raleigh homes for sale are conveniently close to the JC Raulston Arboretum, as well as many other remarkable outdoor activities. If you're interested in learning more about the natural wonders around Raleigh's community, or if you'd like to find information on buying or selling a home in the western Raleigh area, contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston. Our Raleigh real estate agents are happy to assist in finding your perfect home! 


What's Happening in Wake Forest at The Factory

Wake Forest The Factory
Whether you've lived in the area or are just now looking into Wake Forest homes for sale, one of the coolest places for the entire family to eat, shop and play is at The Factory, your one-stop sports, and entertainment complex. If you'll be in the Wake Forest area and want to take the family for an afternoon of fun, our real estate agents suggest you lace up your tennis shoes and race on over to The Factory!

Because it's playtime, all the time at The Factory!

  • Capital Sportsplex features everything from volleyball and wrestling to pickleball, dodgeball and team handball.
  • The Tumble Gym lets kids roll their way to fun.
  • Progressive Music Center is a-rockin' space where kids can learn to play an instrument and jam out with their friends.
  • Prime Time Hockey hosts camps and programs that will take your game straight to the net.
  • Polar Ice House is open for you to strap on some skates and enjoy a few laps around the ice.
  • O2 Fitness is a fantastic gym that will get your body in shape with personal trainers, state-of-the-art equipment and unlimited group classes.
  • North Wake Baseball gets you out onto the field for baseball and softball leagues.
  • MVP Sports Center is an indoor soccer and lacrosse center where you can join a team or drop in for a pick-up game.
  • Klok's School of Martial Arts teaches families discipline and respect through Krav Maga and martial arts classes.
  • Delicious Skateboard Shop has all the gear you need to drop-in to their indoor skatepark.
  • Carolina Eagles Hockey lets youth, junior premier and elite teams go head-to-head in non-stop hockey action.

Adults looking for a little rest and relaxation are in luck with these calming attractions!

  • D'Roc Spa is your serene setting for massages, waxes, manicures, and pedicures.
  • Tan Elegance will give your skin the look you love.

The Factory has fun off the field as well with these excellent shopping destinations.

  • Victory Trophies & Gifts has everything from trophies and medals to awards, certificates, signs and more!
  • Lollipop Toy Shop is full of candies and toys that offer a whimsical experience for kids and the kid-at-heart.
  • Lily Mae's Boutique & Gifts is your source for clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories for women, children and babies.
  • Five Hole Sports has everything you need for street, roller and ice hockey so you're never unprepared to get in the game.
  • The NC Inspection Station lets the kids play while you get your vehicle all squared away.

After a long day of shopping and playing, wind down and fuel up at one of these delicious eateries.

  • Village Deli & Grill is ready to serve you fresh, local ingredients from breakfast to dessert.
  • Slices & Ices is the coolest place to grab a slice of pizza and some sweet Italian ice.
  • Gonza Tacos y Tequila — tacos and tequila, need we say more?
  • The Millroom is also available to rent for parties, family celebrations and more.

The Factory has plenty of other events, clubs, and happenings throughout the year so be sure to stay updated with their calendar. If you're interested in finding Wake Forest homes for sale near The Factory, or if you'd like to sell your current North Carolina home, contact us and let our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate professionals find you the home of your dreams today!


Your Guide to Hillsborough Art Galleries

Hillsborough Art Galleries
Locals know that Hillsborough, quietly seated along the Eno River, is a small town that has a big heart. Over the last three centuries, Hillsborough's vibrant arts, stunning scenery, and delicious food have made it a favorite destination for culture lovers from all over. Perhaps one of the best ways to truly experience Hillsborough's artistic beauty is by visiting one of their many art galleries close to dozens of amazing Hillsborough homes for sale.

Our real estate agents at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston appreciate the creativity and passion that the many talented artists of North Carolina share with our friends, families, and neighbors. We've gathered a list of some of the best art galleries around Hillsborough that will give locals and visitors alike a lively look at the town's dazzling artwork.

  1. Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Proudly owned and operated by local artists, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is a fine art gallery that displays a stunning collection of art from nearly every medium. From photography, paintings and wood art to sculptures, encaustics, jewelry, and metal pieces, this gallery in the historic Mercantile Center has artists on hand ready to discuss their creations.

    Each month, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts also debuts a new feature show. Opening on the last Friday of the month, these rotating exhibits highlight the artwork of three local artists which gives art-goers an opportunity to discover new creations throughout the year.

  2. Eno Gallery, 100 S. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Eno Gallery brings contemporary fine art to the heart of Hillsborough's historic district. Their gallery blends local art from around the Triangle with works created by nationally acclaimed artists. Eno Gallery is the ideal place where art aficionados, serious collectors and the casual viewer can come together and appreciate the finest contemporary art pieces. Their solo artist and group exhibitions change throughout the year, offering admirers the chance to witness the evolution of contemporary art trends.  

  3. Hillsborough Arts Council, 102 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
    The Hillsborough Arts Council seeks to enrich the community of Hillsborough through the arts — and they've been doing a fantastic job for over 30 years. As the official art council of Hillsborough, they foster arts of every form by engaging the community in year-round events such as concerts, workshops, and their weekly Last Friday Art Walk. Though they support all of Hillsborough's exhibits, their own gallery is just as impressive. Featuring creations from emerging and mid-career artists, guests can view or take home these handmade treasures.

  4. Gallery 71, 121 N. Scotswood Blvd, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Local, national and global artists are featured in this expansive gallery. Magnificent creations fill over 1500 square feet, showcasing everything from comic book art to impressionistic paintings. Gallery 71 even has a bar on site where you and your friends can discuss the gallery's amazing exhibits.

  5. Sculpture Smith, 1709 NC Hwy 86 N., Hillsborough, NC 27278
    For a unique artistic adventure, head over to Sculpture Smith and marvel at their impressive metal sculptures. This outdoor gallery features intricately crafted installations that redefine conventional art. With imagination and ingenuity, Sculpture Smith presents art lovers with a gallery unlike any other in Hillsborough.

Living in Hillsborough means surrounding yourself in a vibrant and lively community that proudly embraces art in its many forms. Immerse yourself in this humble, historic town by viewing Hillsborough homes for sale with a Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agent. Contact us today and let our real estate agents find you the perfect Hillsborough home! 



Spend a Saturday in Apex, NC

Apex NC Saturday Things to Do
Saturdays are full of possibilities, and Apex has a wealth of cultural and entertainment activities to explore. The vibrant pedestrian-friendly downtown area retains its charming ambiance thanks to a number of beautifully restored buildings, some dating back to 1870. 

Where do you start? Our real estate agents offer suggestions for their favorite activities that take you from morning to night on a Saturday in Apex.

  1. Belgian Cafe - 1232 W. Williams St. 
    Start your day with some European flair at Belgian Cafe. The highlight of the breakfast menu is their signature petit dejeuner français, which includes two croissants with butter and jelly, fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee. Don't forget to pick up some delicious macarons or tartelettes to take home.

  2. Apex Farmers Market - 220 N. Salem St. 
    For your next stop, head to the Apex Farmers Market and savor the bounty of fresh, locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. Their selection of artisanal baked goods, cheese, sauces, and salsas add punch to any style of cooking. 

  3. MGC Boutique - 219 N. Salem St. 
    Take your BFF along to browse the stylish and versatile clothing and accessories at MGC Boutique, which is short for "My Girlfriend's Closet." The industrial-chic space features brick walls dating back to 1909 and large, warehouse-style skylights and windows. You'll see why MGC Boutique calls itself "Anthropologie at a more affordable price point."

  4. The Provincial - 119 N. Salem St. 
    The Provincial is just down the block from MGC Boutique, making it a perfect stop for lunch. Choose from a menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches that satisfy any appetite, large or small. If you want to try something new, check out the rotating selection of small and big plates. Beer and wine specials are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

  5. The Red Canvas - 127 N. Salem St. #A
    Whether your interest in art involves doing or just looking, the Red Canvas is a great spot to immerse yourself in the creative spirit. The Red Canvas is a working studio for owner Catherine Martin, and works on display are painted by Martin and her students. Martin likes to promote a true community feel by featuring paintings designed to inspire awareness of social issues.

  6. Common Grounds Coffeehouse and Desserts - 219 N. Salem St.
    Housed in a historic Apex building called the Promenade, Common Grounds is an ideal spot to chat with friends or enjoy a good book over a cup of coffee. Tables, lounge areas and free WiFi encourage leisurely visits. Specialty flavors like Snickers and Coco Mocha are treats by themselves, but feel free to choose one of the decadent desserts supplied by Cary's Custom Confections.

  7. Mamma Mia Italian Bistro - 708 Laura Duncan Rd.
    Cap off a delightful day by meeting a friend for some traditional Italian favorites at Mamma Mia Italian Bistro. Classic preparations such as Marsala, Parmigiana, and Piccata are offered with your choice of chicken or veal. Try one of the chef's specials or build your own dish by selecting your favorite pasta and sauce. And what's an Italian restaurant without pizza? House wines are available by the bottle or glass.  

\Whether you're a social butterfly or you prefer cocooning, Apex homes for sale accommodate any lifestyle and family size. Contact us and let our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents help you find the home of your dreams.


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.


What's Happening at the Garner Performing Arts Center

Garner Performing Arts Center
If you are considering a move to the area and will be spending time in town looking into Garner homes for sale, attending some local events can really help you get a feel for the community. The Garner Performing Arts Center is a great place to start. This center is located in a historic building, constructed in 1923, that was once the local high school and then became an elementary school before falling into disuse.

In 2006, its historic auditorium was extensively renovated into a modern performance venue and given new life as the Garner Performing Arts Center, a facility dedicated to preserving the arts and being of service to its community. As such, it hosts a wide variety of events year-round, and we'll outline some upcoming events here.

If you'll be in the Garner area at the start of the new year, here are some larger events happening in January and beyond at the Garner Performing Arts Center:

  • Garner's MLK Celebration, Jan. 20
    Hosted annually by the Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner's MLK Celebration focuses on the life and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Attendees can look forward to an evening of entertainment, including performances by the Wake Baptist Grove Youth Choir and the Creech Road Elementary School Chorus, among others.

  • Jeff Kready, Jan. 26
    This event features a performance by Broadway star Jeff Kready. A top young leading man in the Great White Way, Kready has is currently performing in "Tootsie," and has distinguished himself in other top Broadway productions, including "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," "Billy Elliott," and "Les Miserables," among many others.

  • Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Feb. 9
    Known as the "Queen of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent is an award-winning performer backed by an award-winning group of musicians. Between them, they hold more than 80 awards, including a fistful awarded by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Attendees will be treated to a performance that is a unique blend of contemporary sounds and authentic bluegrass traditions.

  • Mike Farris, March 2
    This event features a performance by Grammy Award winner Mike Farris, a Roots Gospel performer who will present his original material, as well as his famous interpretations of traditional gospel music. His musical style is described as funky, danceable, blues-rock with New Orleans swagger and vintage Memphis soul.

  • Duty, March 8, 9
    The fifth installment of a series of plays about the local community, "Duty" explores the many ways the community, which lost eight men in the Vietnam conflict, was and still is affected by the Vietnam era.

The events listed above represent just a few highlights of the many events and happenings that are presented by the Garner Performing Arts Center. If you're interested in finding out more about the community or in buying or selling a home in the Garner area, please contact us. Our real estate agents are always happy to put their extensive knowledge and experience to work for new, potential or existing residents.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.


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.


7 Tree Farms in the Triangle to Cut Your Christmas Tree

Triangle Christmas Tree Farms
Choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree is a beloved tradition for many families in the Raleigh area, creating memories that last a lifetime. With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to rekindle that tradition at one of our area's Christmas tree farms. Whether you're shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or you're already a resident of the city, you'll find plenty of Christmas tree farms. Our real estate agents have the details on seven Christmas tree farms in the Triangle where you can cut your tree for the holiday season this year.

Holiday Family Traditions: Cut Your Tree at These Local Christmas Tree Farms

  1. Boyce Farms - 2813 Mount Vernon Church Rd. Raleigh
    Family-owned and operated, Boyce Farms aims to make cutting your tree an affordable, family-friendly experience. Choose from a wide selection of trees, wreaths, and roping, with friendly service from the Boyce family. Boyce Farms also offers "flocked" trees, which maintain the appearance of having a coating of snow throughout the season.

  2. Cranberry Tree Farm - 1100 Reedy Creek Road, Cary
    Cranberry Tree Farm features a diverse selection of Christmas tree options, including Fraser fir, Concolor fir, White pine, and Blue spruce, along with hand-made holiday decorations. The friendly staff at Cranberry Tree Farm is happy to help throughout the process, and make your day a memorable experience.

  3. Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm - 4533 Inwood Rd, Raleigh
    Do you want your four-legged friend to be part of your family's Christmas tree cutting tradition? Dogs are welcome at Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm, and kids are encouraged to have fun exploring the Christmas tree farm while you shop. Back Achers also offers one of the best selections of Christmas tree types on our list.

  4. Mountain Advantage Christmas Tree Lot - 8710 Glenwood Avenue, US 70 Raleigh
    With more than 20 years' experience, Mountain Advantage Christmas Tree Lot has everything you need to decorate your home for the holidays. Choose from a wide selection of Fraser fir trees in all sizes, along with wreaths, roping, and Christmas tree accessories.

  5. Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm - 2170 Marthas Chapel Rd, Apex
    Looking for a little something extra for the kids while you cut your Christmas tree? Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm features a variety of fun activities for kids on weekends, including hayrides, a bounce house, and tasty holiday treats. Be sure to stop by Diana's Christmas Shop as well, to pick up hand-made decorations while you're here.

  6. Mistletoe Meadows - 1511 Benson Rd, Garner
    Mistletoe Meadows is celebrating 30 years as one of Raleigh's favorite Christmas tree farms, and their selection here is better than ever. Shop for Christmas tree fresh from the farm, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving. Mistletoe Meadows also offers fresh-cut wreaths and other decorations, which make a great early gift for anyone who loves holiday decorating. 

  7. Elk Mountain Christmas Trees - 8321 NC-751, Durham
    Head out to the open fields of the Elk Mountain Christmas Tree Farm to find the perfect tree for your home this year. With a wide selection of trees, friendly service, and everything that you need to prepare your tree for display, Elk Mountain is a great place to shop for your holiday decorations.

Still searching for the perfect home to put your Christmas tree this year? Our team is here to help you find the right home in Raleigh. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Raleigh, NC area.


Celebrate the Season with 11 Christmas Parades in the Triangle

Triangle NC Christmas Parades
The holiday season is here, and that means it's time to enjoy all of the Christmas excitement that the Triangle has to offer. Christmas parades are an excellent way to ring in the season and celebrate all of the things that make each community special. No matter where you are in the Triangle, there's a Christmas parade with your name on it. Our real estate agents are here to help you celebrate the season, with our guide to 11 Christmas parades in the Triangle.

'Tis the Season to Celebrate with 11 Christmas Parades in the Triangle

  1. Garner Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 2:00 pm – Main Street, Garner
    Shopping for Garner homes for sale? Take a break to enjoy the holiday happenings at the Garner Christmas Parade. Settle in to watch the marching bands, parade floats, classic cars, and Santa himself travel through downtown Garner to mark the season.

  2. Knightdale Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 -2:00 pm – Knightdale Station Park
    Homes in Knightdale make it easy to celebrate the season with fun events, like the Knightdale Christmas Parade. Before the parade, there will be a Holiday Fair on Thursday evening, along with the annual Knightdale Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday evening.

  3. Apex Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00 m – Downtown Apex
    Scout out Apex homes while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with the Apex Christmas Parade. A Holiday Pancake Breakfast precedes the parade on Saturday morning and the ADBA Pictures with Santa event throughout the day on Saturday.

  4. Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade – Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Fuquay-Varina
    If you haven't started shopping for Fuquay-Varina real estate just yet, the holidays present a perfect opportunity to see what the community has to offer. The parade travels throughout historic downtown Fuquay-Varina and is part of a series of events to mark the holiday season in the city.

  5. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Carrboro Town Hall
    Wondering why Chapel Hill homes for sale are such hot properties? Head to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade and find out! The parade starts at the Morehead Planetarium and winds its way toward a conclusion at Carrboro Town Hall.

  6. Durham Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 am – Main St. and Magnum St., Durham
    Durham homes for sale put you near the best holiday events our city offers, including the Durham Holiday Parade. The parade is followed by the Fun Fest, a family-friendly holiday event with activities for all ages.

  7. Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:00 am – Downtown Holly Springs
    Holly Springs homes are perfect for celebrating the "Holly Days," with fun events like the Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade. Floats, dancers, bands, decorated vehicles fill the parade.

  8. Town of Cary Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Downtown Cary
    See the latest in Cary homes while you stake out the perfect spot along the Town of Cary Christmas Parade route. With more than 40 years of tradition, Cary's Christmas Parade is one of the most well-known in the Triangle.

  9. Wake Forest Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm – White Street in Wake Forest
    Settle in among homes in Wake Forest to enjoy the holiday spectacle of the annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade. The parade is part of a busy weekend of holiday activities in Wake Forest, which includes the Snowball Dance for those with Special Needs.

  10. Clayton Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Clayton
    Visit the Clayton Christmas Parade to see why the locals love their Clayton homes so much. Before the parade, head to the annual Santa's Workshop Event at the Clayton Community Center for a morning filled with fun family activities.

  11. Pittsboro Holiday Parade – Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Pittsboro
    The Pittsboro Holiday Parade provides the perfect excuse to take a closer look at Pittsboro homes for sale. Head to MLK Drive to catch the start of the parade route, or watch the finish as the parade continues down Farrell Street. The Pittsboro Holiday Parade always brings the community together.

Interested in finding a home for the holidays and beyond in one of the many fantastic communities in the Triangle? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle.


North Hills Tree Lighting - a Local Holiday Tradition

North Hills Tree Lighting
November and December bring fun, family-friendly events to Raleigh throughout the holiday season. Whether you're busy shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or enjoying all that your home city has to offer, the holidays feature free events that remind everyone why the city is such a great place to call home. The Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season. Our real estate agents are here to help you enjoy the holidays in Raleigh, with our guide to the Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Event: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at North Hills
Location: The Commons – 4191 Main at North Hills Street
Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Events from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission/Parking: FREE Admission

Family Fun and Free Activities in North Hills Christmas

Start your holiday season by making memories at the Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with an afternoon filled with fun activities that both kids and parents will love. The fun starts in North Hills at 3:30 pm in the Commons with everything building up to the big Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 pm. Admission to the event is free, and parking is available nearby at the Main District Garage.

  • Sledding Slopes and Trackless Train Rides – Are your kids dreaming of a white Christmas? While there may not be traditional snow at the Christmas tree lighting, kids can enjoy some sledding on "Snow My Yard" sledding slopes, or take an enchanted, holiday-themed trackless train ride.

  • Bounce House, Face Painting, and More – The North Hill Christmas Tree Lighting will also feature traditional childhood favorites, including a bounce house and face-painting for the holidays. There will also be arts and crafts for kids, along with balloon twisting to create memorable holiday souvenirs.

  • Meet Santa and Watch the Lighting Ceremony – The big moment arrives at 6:00 pm when Santa comes to town for the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy Christmas carols, watch the 41-foot tree light up in gorgeous colors, and then stick around so that kids can spend some quality time with Santa Claus himself.

  • Start Your Shopping at the Vendor Village – Searching for a unique gift for someone on your holiday list? You'll find local vendors offering unique gifts, crafts at Vendor Village during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Don't miss vendors like Shepard's Way Farms, Edible Art of Raleigh, Bee Happy Essentials, Project Picturesque, and many more.

Life in North Hills

North Hills real estate is popular among Raleigh residents because the neighborhood features everything you need close to home. From fantastic shopping to fun events and cuisine from around the world, North Hills offers a dynamic lifestyle for both work and play. The Commons, the location of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, is a gathering place in the neighborhood, with outdoor green space, ample outdoor dining options, and frequent special events throughout the year.

Still searching for the perfect Raleigh home for the holidays? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Raleigh, NC area.


Get Acquainted With Chapel Hill's Briar Chapel Neighborhood

Chapel Hill Briar Chapel Neighborhood
Are you shopping for Chapel Hill homes for sale, and searching for the perfect neighborhood to call your own? Finding the right neighborhood is one of the biggest keys to choosing a home that you will love long-term, and Chapel Hill has a community to suit every taste. Briar Chapel, a relatively new neighborhood in Chapel Hill, has been earning great reviews from the day that the first residents moved in, and has grown into one city's most appealing areas for a wide range of homeowners. Our real estate agents are here to help you get acquainted with Briar Chapel, a Chapel Hill, NC neighborhood.

Learn Why Chapel Hill Residents Love the Briar Chapel Neighborhood

Outdoor Attractions and Amenities

Briar Chapel is an ideal neighborhood for anyone who enjoys an active lifestyle, with tons to do outdoors and ample natural spaces to explore. There are more than 20 miles of trails winding through the community, along with 900 acres of open space. There are picnic areas, outdoor art installations, and plenty of great places to sit back and enjoy the scenery. The waterpark is one of Briar Chapel's biggest outdoor attractions, with two water slides, a lap pool, cabanas, and a splash pad. You'll also find modern, well-maintained athletic facilities for games including basketball, bocce, and tennis, perfect for getting a workout while forging new connections in the community.

A Home to Suit Every Taste and Budget

While Briar Chapel is a planned neighborhood, homes for sale in Briar Chapel or not built by just one developer. Instead, there are five excellent developers to choose from, each offering different options and pricing. Purchase a custom home where every detail is based on your taste, or shop with a developer who offers set floor plans. The number of developers in Briar Chapel means that you'll have a broad range of pricing options to fit your budget, and keeps the neighborhood looking fresh with a wide selection of home designs.

Everything You Need Close to Home

While there is plenty to do within walking distance in the Briar Chapel neighborhood, you may need to hop in your car to reach some of the nearby Chapel Hill amenities. The good news is that you definitely won't have to drive very far because Briar Chapel offers easy access to tons of nearby shopping, dining, and service-related destinations. You'll also find a ton of amenities very close to home at Veranda, Briar Chapel's one-stop shop for fantastic food, shopping, and services.

A Green Community

A love of the great outdoors is evident everywhere you go in Briar Chapel, and the neighborhood is also committed to green living. The clubhouse is LEED-certified, homes are NHAB-certified, and there are large, natural areas that serve as safe habitats for local wildlife. If you want to live in a community where green living is a priority, this is a great place to shop.

Learn More about the Briar Chapel Lifestyle

The Briar Chapel lifestyle features something for every member of the community. It's conveniently located, filled with outdoor fun, and committed to being environmentally friendly. Extensive social activities make this an excellent neighborhood for meeting new people, and you'll find that everything you need is nearby when you call Briar Chapel home.

Are you ready to start shopping for homes in Briar Chapel, or in one of the many other excellent neighborhoods in the Chapel Hill area? Our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Chapel Hill, NC.


Hollyfest October 27 - Holly Springs

Hollyfest 2018
Every year, just before it's time to celebrate Halloween, the people of Holly Springs, NC gather together for a fun-filled day at HollyFest. This year's edition of HollyFest is coming up soon, and as always it will be a day filled with great memories for the whole family. There will be games for the kids, fantastic food for all, and plenty of live entertainment throughout the day. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on what to expect from the events of HollyFest 2018 in Holly Springs, NC.

HollyFest 2018: A Time to Celebrate 

HollyFest 2018

Date/Time: Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake – 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs, NC

Celebrate Holly Springs at HollyFest 2018

HollyFest provides an opportunity for people of all ages to experience the businesses, residents, and hospitality that make Holly Springs such a special place to call home. There will be events throughout the day during HollyFest, with something for every person in attendance to enjoy:

Kids Zone and Children's Corner

HollyFest is a great place to bring kids.  It offers so many activities for younger members of the audience to enjoy. Kids Zone is filled with rides and inflatables for children, while Children's Corner will feature events, exhibits, and games. There will also be police and fire vehicles on display throughout the day at HollyFest.

  • Live Entertainment and Delicious, Local Food – Stop by for a quick visit, or stay for the whole day – either way, you're likely to encounter live entertainment during HollyFest. You'll also have the opportunity to feast on delicious food from local vendors, with something for every taste.
  • Local Vendors and Artisans – While you're enjoying the events at HollyFest, why not fit in some holiday shopping, or bring something special home for yourself? There will be local vendors available throughout the day during the festivities, selling arts, crafts, and unique, hand-made treasures that you won't find anywhere else.
  • Learn More about Local Non-Profits and Businesses – HollyFest is an opportunity for the community to get together, and it's a great place to learn about local organizations. Many local businesses will have booths set up for the business expo. Representatives of local non-profit groups will also be on hand to put a spotlight on the charitable work they do in Holly Springs year-round and connect with community members.

Enjoy Beautiful Bass Lake Park throughout the Year

Holly Springs homes for sale put you near a number of excellent outdoor areas, including Bass Lake Park, which is connected to the event space where HollyFest is held. Bass Lake Park is the ideal place to spend a day outdoors, with a well-stocked fishing lake, boat rentals from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and a tackle loaner program that allows you to fish even if you aren't able to bring your own equipment.

Bass Lake Park also features extensive trails and greenways, where you'll have the opportunity to view local wildlife in a peaceful, scenic setting. Jefferson L. Sugg Farm, purchased more recently by the community, offers access to Bass Lake Park, in addition to a large, open space for big events like HollyFest.

HollyFest 2018 is the perfect opportunity to learn why locals love life in Holly Springs and start shopping for a home of your own in the community. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Holly Springs, NC area.


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.


North Carolina State Fair Comes to Raleigh

Raleigh NC State Fair
Are you ready to celebrate the many things that make living in North Carolina so special? It's almost time once again for the North Carolina State Fair to visit the Raleigh area, with this year's edition of the fair looking bigger and better than ever. The NC State Fair is a family-friendly event, filled with food, rides, attractions, live performances, and a healthy dose of North Carolina hospitality. Attendance at the fair seems to rise every year, and the last few editions of the NC State Fair have each drawn more than a million visitors to the area. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the fun, with our guide to the North Carolina State Fair.

The North Carolina State Fair

Dates: October 11-21, 2018 – Gates Open at 8:00 am
Location: NC State Fairgrounds – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
Admission: Tickets Available 24/7 Online or In Person on Fair Days

Rides, Attractions, and Carnival Games for All Ages

The NC State Fair features a great mix of fun and educational attractions, perfect for keeping every member of the family entertained. There will be rides for all ages at the fair, with a special focus on creating memories for the youngest members of the audience. Take a ride on the Crazy Coaster, get a birds-eye view on the Ferris Wheel, explore the Magic Maze Glass House, or try one of the dozens of fun rides around the fairgrounds. There are carnival games as well, with loads of fun prizes to be won.

Enjoy a "Homegrown" North Carolina Lineup of Live Performances

The NC State Fair is about celebrating everything that makes our state special, and the "homegrown" live performance lineup features artists from throughout North Carolina, including:

  • American Aquarium
  • Rhett and Link
  • Bucky Covington
  • Britton Buchanan
  • Many More

Admission to all of the live music performances is included with your fair admission, so you can sit back and enjoy the show.

Fantastic Food at the NC State Fair

You're sure to work up an appetite exploring the rides, attractions, and live performances at the North Carolina State Fair, so why not satisfy your hunger with some of the best food in the state? The lineup of food vendors at the NC State Fair is a mile long and features something for every taste. Try some classic Carolina barbecue, sample the freshest seafood, try international dishes from around the world, and top it off with a trip to one of the many unique dessert vendors stationed throughout the fair.

Competitions to Name North Carolina's Best

Shopping for Raleigh homes for sale allows you to enjoy the best of North Carolina throughout the year, and the NC State Fair features competitions to name North Carolina's best. The schedule includes a graphic design competition, arts, and crafts, baking, clothing, flowers, produce and even writing. There are also a ton of cooking competitions going on throughout the festivities, perfect for trying a taste of something new. Capping it all off will be a series of livestock competitions and horse shows, where participants will show off all of the hard work they've been putting in all year long.

Would you like to find the perfect home in Raleigh, so that you can enjoy all of the exciting events in the city throughout the year? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, NC.


Countdown to Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh

Raleigh Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
100 bands, seven stages, and one unforgettable bluegrass music festival in Raleigh, all benefiting a great cause. It's almost time for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival to return to Downtown Raleigh, and this year's event is set to be bigger than ever. The main stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater will feature some of the biggest names in bluegrass music, while there will also be tons of free shows and activities throughout the city during the festival. Our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect from this year's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, NC. 

The Sweet Sounds of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC

The Event: The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Location: Downtown Raleigh

Dates: September 28-29, 2018 from Noon to 11 pm

Catch the Biggest Names in Bluegrass at the Red Hat Amphitheater

You'll find both free and paid events taking place throughout the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and the main stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater is the place to be for some of the biggest names in bluegrass music. Enjoy shows from Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Patty Loveless, The Wide Open Jam, the Gibson Brothers, the Trust, Chatham County Line, and many, many more. The main stage features performances throughout the event, and you can purchase tickets ahead of time to ensure that you get the perfect seat to watch your favorite artists.

All shows on the main stage take place in a gorgeous, outdoor setting, and the whole event is designed to be as family-friendly as possible. The music is a highlight of course, but the atmosphere is a big reason why Raleigh residents keep flocking back to the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival each year. Whether you're a bluegrass aficionado or love live music, you'll feel right at home during the festival.

Proceeds Benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund – a Good Cause for Bluegrass Musicians

While shows on the main stage do have an admission price, a significant portion of the proceeds will be going to bluegrass musicians in need. The Bluegrass Trust Fund is a non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to professional bluegrass musicians with emergencies, and up to half of the proceeds from shows on the main stage will go toward supporting the organization. Enjoy a weekend of fabulous music, and support a good cause in the process.

Free Events and Sensational Shows Downtown during the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

There's always affordable fun close to home when you shop for Raleigh homes for sale, and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival is an excellent example of why that's the case. Start by checking out the free StreetFest music schedule, which features both well-known and emerging bluegrass artists playing on stages throughout Downtown Raleigh. There's even a youth stage, where both kids and parents alike can enjoy the work of young bluegrass artists, and find some inspiration for their musical interests in the process. The Exhibit Hall is the perfect place to catch up on the latest on all things bluegrass, and you'll also have excellent opportunities to learn tips from bluegrass experts throughout the weekend's events.

The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival is one of many memorable annual events held in Raleigh, and there's never been a better time to find your own home in the city. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.


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
135 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
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.


Portofino Equestrian Community in Clayton

Clayton, NC - Portofino Community
Located along the Neuse River in Clayton, NC, the Portofino Equestrian Community is a planned community unlike any other you'll find in the area. Portofino is known for its outstanding equestrian facilities, beautiful outdoor spaces, large lots, and lovely homes. Residents love the unique perks of living in the community and being part of the booming equestrian industry in the Clayton area.  Our real estate agents are here to tell you all about life in the Portofino Equestrian Community.

The Best of Clayton Real Estate: Portofino Equestrian Community

The Portofino Equestrian Community | 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton, NC 27527

Shop for Homes in "A Community Like No Other"

Homes for sale in the Clayton real estate market take advantage of the area's beautiful natural scenery.  The Portofino Equestrian Community is an excellent example of why that's the case. Portofino homes for sale are available with price points and floor plans that will appeal to nearly every buyer. Most homes in the community feature at least four bedrooms and three full baths, along with all of the modern amenities you'd expect from a luxury community like Clayton.  Within Portofino, you'll find everything from cozy family homes to large, luxurious listings, all with easy access to the many equestrian amenities that the community has to offer.

Explore the Portofino Equestrian Center

While the neighborhood has tons of great amenities, the Portofino Equestrian Center is an attraction for many residents. The center features a 22-stall barn, with loads of luxurious touches for both you and your horse:

Learn from world-class trainers Aaron Stuckey-Hill and Emily Baille, Portofino's two on-site trainers. There are 90-minute lessons available with both trainers, for riders of all skill levels.

Practice makes perfect, and Portofino offers outstanding facilities to practice your riding skills. Within Portofino, you'll find two dressage arenas, a jumping arena, warm-up facilities, wash stalls, and a conditioning track.

Enjoy a busy schedule of events, clinics, and shows at the Portofino Equestrian Center throughout the year. There are opportunities to show off your riding skills, learn from visiting experts, and watch some of the best riders in the world demonstrate their craft.

Looking for the perfect place to board your horse? The Portofino Equestrian Center offers unmatched boarding services, allowing your horse to learn and grow in a truly luxurious environment, where every need is attended to by expert staff. Both you and your horse can expect only the best from Portofino.

Other Amenities in the Portofino Equestrian Community

The state-of-the-art equestrian center is a big attraction for Portofino residents, but it's just one of many amenities that you will find when you live in the community. Portofino is also a perfect place to spend time outdoors, with extensive nature and riding trails running throughout the community. You can also enjoy some quality time on the water because Portofino offers canoe and kayak access to the Neuse River. The Portofino Community Pool is the perfect place to spend a summer day with friends, and the pool facilities are designed to be as family-friendly as possible. Capping it all of is the Portofino Recreation Center, where residents can relax and enjoy the fabulous hospitality that defines life in Portofino.

Are you ready to become a member of one of Clayton's unique neighborhoods, with unmatched equestrian amenities? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Portofino, and throughout the Clayton, NC area.


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.


42nd Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary

Cary NC Lazy Daze Family Event
Summer is just a little sweeter when you live in Cary, NC.  The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is always one of the most significant events of the season. With shopping, food, fun games, and entertainment, Lazy Daze offers something for every member of the family to enjoy. This year's event marks the 42nd annual edition of Lazy Daze, with a packed schedule of events all weekend long. Our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect from the Lazy Days Arts and Crafts Festival.

Fun for All Ages in Cary, NC 

The Event: Lazy Days Arts & Crafts Festival
When: Saturday, August 25, 9 am - 6 pm; Sunday, August 26, 12:30 pm - 5 pm
Where: Town Hall Campus, 316 N Academy St., Cary

Explore the Artist Gallery Including Featured Artist Roxanna Jo Alexander

The Lazy Days Arts & Crafts Festival is a celebration of all types of art from painting and sculptures to unique furniture. The festival features digital art, drawing, glass, photography, woodworking, painting, mixed media, and handcrafted leather. Each edition of the event also celebrates a featured artist with well-known local painter Roxanna Jo Alexander of R.J. Artworks taking center stage this year.

Fantastic Food from Local Vendors

There's so much to do at Lazy Daze; you're sure to work up an appetite. Lazy Daze food vendors offer flavors from around the world including barbecue, seafood, bistro, fresh food from local farms--not to mention tons of delicious desserts. Local vendors always bring out their best for the festival every summer, and every member of the family will find something to love on the menu.

Making Memories at Kids World and the Play Zone

Cary NC Lazy Daze Family Event
The Lazy Days Arts and Crafts Festival is an event for all ages, and kids will love exploring two large areas designed just for them. Kids World, located outdoors, features arts, crafts, toys, games, and live, kid-friendly entertainment. Kids World is set up in the Page-Walker Arts and History Center Gardens close to the rest of the action at Lazy Daze. The Play Zone, located in the Herb Young Community Center, is focused on games and athletic activities.

Not-to-Miss Activities and Exciting Entertainment

There will be activities for all ages from tracking down Lazy Daze mascot Little Jerry to watching live demonstrations from various local Artist Guilds. Turn back the clock by getting your news from the Lazy Days Town Crier, and take in some great live entertainment from the crew at the Cary Theater in the Town Council Chambers. On the morning of August 25, you'll also have the opportunity to assist artist Michael Roy Layne in assembling an outdoor art creation.

An Annual Event that Brings the Community of Cary Together

When you shop for Cary homes for sale, you're getting so much more than just a great home. Events like the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival are great examples of how the community comes together to celebrate all of the little things making Cary a great place to live. No matter the season, you'll find fun events and friendly faces when you live in Cary.

Still searching for the perfect place to call your own, where you can enjoy all the events and attractions that Cary has to offer? Contact Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Cary, NC area.


Zebulon North Carolina's Quintessential Hometown

Zebulon North Carolina
Known as the "Town of Friendly People," Zebulon, NC truly delivers the quintessential American hometown experience. This is the sort of town where it's a pleasure getting to know your neighbors, and where big, local events bring the whole community together. Zebulon is located just a short drive east from the city of Raleigh, with tons of great attractions and an easy commute to other exciting communities within the Research Triangle region. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Zebulon, NC is the perfect example of an appealing North Carolina hometown.

Getting to Know Zebulon, North Carolina

Like many North Carolina towns, Zebulon, NC was originally built up around a railroad stop, and over time grew from a tiny town to a dynamic, welcoming community. The town is now home to about 4,750 residents and has been growing quickly in recent years. All of those new residents find plenty of reasons to love calling Zebulon, NC home.

History, Art & Attractions

The history of Zebulon begins in 1907 when the community was first planned, and you can still find great examples of that history today. Zebulon's town hall, which opened in 1909, is located in a historic schoolhouse, with tours available. In the present day, residents of Zebulon love visiting Five County Stadium for Carolina Mudcats games. The Mudcats are the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Five County Stadium is the perfect place to take the family