The Triangle region of North Carolina offers some truly spectacular nature attractions. Zoos, nature preserves, and arboretums all offer opportunities to explore nature near homes for sale in Raleigh, but few allow you to get up close with wild creatures quite like the Piedmont Wildlife Center.
A safe haven for animals and a unique resource for the local community, the Piedmont Wildlife Center is all about conserving native species and nurturing wilderness connections. Our real estate agents are excited to share this guide to the Piedmont Wildlife Center!
About the Piedmont Wildlife Center
Founded in 2003 by veterinarian Bobby Schopler, the Piedmont Wildlife Center was born out of the need for a wildlife hospital in the Raleigh-Durham area. Over the years, its mission has shifted from being a treatment facility for injured wildlife to becoming a center for education and conservation.
The Piedmont Wildlife Center is dedicated to building connections between people and nature through a combination of outdoor education, citizen science, and wildlife stewardship. To that end, it has created a wide range of educational programming for all ages.
Resident Animals at the Piedmont Wildlife Center
A variety of animals call the Piedmont Wildlife Center home. Although the center is not currently set up to accept, treat and rehabilitate orphaned or injured wildlife, quite a few creatures have found their way here and become Ambassador Animals.
These animals, which include box turtles, snakes, rabbits, and possums, were either rescued or surrendered by previous owners. The PWC is also home to several raptors, including Bella the great horned owl, Willow the red-shouldered hawk, and Edgar the raven, which were rehabilitated after sustaining injuries that would have made them unable to survive in the wild.
Visiting the Piedmont Wildlife Center
While the Piedmont Wildlife Center is not a zoo in the traditional sense, there are ample opportunities to visit the center and see some of the animals that reside here. The PWC is located within the historic Leigh Farm Park in Durham, NC, which is a public park that is open to anyone.
In particular, you can come to the Piedmont Wildlife Center and see the raptors in their outdoor enclosures any time during park hours. However, the cabin that houses many of the smaller ambassador animals is not currently open to the public.
Programs, Camps & Tours
For a more in-depth experience at the Piedmont Wildlife Center, the best option is to book a guided tour. Tours are available for small groups, including family, friend groups, class outings, and retreats.
One of the most popular tour experiences is the On the Fly Tour, which offers a meet-and-greet with each of the seven species that reside in the raptor enclosure. Many visitors also enjoy the Turtle Trek, which includes a walk in the woods and an opportunity to assist researchers in their box turtle research project before meeting one of the resident box turtles at the PWC.
The center also offers a wide range of educational animal programs for kids, including at-school programs, field trips, class tours, and birthday parties. For a truly immersive experience, the PWC also offers kids' camps that range from day-long Wild for a Day camps to full week-long camp adventures in various seasons.
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle region of North Carolina. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas.
Before spending a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend eating food and lounging around, there are plenty of fun running events you can attend in the Raleigh area. That's the idea behind Turkey Trots. These long-distance races have become a fun Thanksgiving tradition. But where can you find one to participate in if you've just moved to the Triangle? Here are five great Turkey Trots you can sign up for near Raleigh properties for sale.
The Raleigh area has plenty of fun events going on throughout the year. If you're ready to make Raleigh your new home, contact us! Our real estate agents will help you find a home that meets your needs in a neighborhood you'll love.
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:
Contact us to discover more about Raleigh-Durham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A functional and beautiful outdoor space can help make your summers more enjoyable, and when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor oasis, hardscaping has a big role to play. Our real estate agents always make it a point to invest in new outdoor elements that enhance the outdoor experience. New hardscaping not only helps to improve your home value, but it can also be aesthetically pleasing.
Below, we'll discuss the importance of hardscaping and how you can use it to make the most out of your yard this summer.
What Is Hardscaping?
Hardscaping is a term that describes any man-made outdoor elements, such as sidewalks, stairs, patios, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, and more. It's basically a term used to describe landscaping elements that are not plants. Hardscaping can be used to expand your living space, guide outdoor traffic, or increase the overall functionality of your yard. It's also very low maintenance!
Good hardscaping requires a lot of time and planning, but the end result is often well worth the investment. Here are some hardscaping tips to make your project a success:
Whether you're looking to create a new space for entertaining guests or your own private oasis, hardscaping is a great investment. Contact us today for more ideas about how to improve your outdoor space.
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 https://www.hpwluxury.com
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:
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.
Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh, the Zebulon Historic District is one of the largest in Wake County. In February, the NC National Register Advisory Committee nominated the district for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, making this a great time for our real estate agents to take a look at this fascinating area.
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.
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.
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.
Looking 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:
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.
What's so hard about buying patio furniture? Why not just go online or to a store and pick something pretty and buy it? You can do that, but you may not be happy with how that plays out in the patio area of the dream home you chose among homes for sale in the Triangle. A little planning will help you make the most of your outdoor living space. If you're not sure what questions to ask about a patio furniture purchase, follow the guidelines our real estate agents have put together.
Need more tips to improve your outdoor living space? Contact us today.
As the saying goes, the family that plays together stays together. Our real estate agents love sharing quality time with their families in some good-natured competition at these entertaining mini golf courses around Raleigh.
When it comes to buying or selling a home in Raleigh, our cheerful and experienced real estate agents are your ace in the hole. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.
Living in the Triangle means that you have constant access to a network of connected trails and outstanding, multi-use parks that offer outdoor fun for residents of all ages. These outdoor hubs of activity bring many benefits to the communities where they're located, including some perks that you might not expect. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 key benefits of living near parks and walking trails.
The Health Benefits of Living Near Trails
When it comes to health benefits, trails and parks provide both a great place to exercise and added motivation to enjoy a workout. The ease of access when living near outdoor recreation areas makes it easy to work on fitness on your own schedule and having so many great outdoor spaces to explore provides motivation to go exploring. A brisk walk on a trail can help you stay in great shape physically, and spending quiet time in nature has many mental health benefits, too. Local parks provide even more motivation for physical activity, whether you join a sports league, enjoy a stroll in the park, or play with the kids/grandchildren on the playground.
Recreation for Family Members of All Ages and Pets Too
It's not always easy to find recreation activities that family members of all ages can enjoy together at the same time, so trails are also an asset for family fun and fitness. The Durant Trails neighborhood, located near Raleigh homes for sale, is one great example of how trails can help families stay active and enjoy the outdoors. The neighborhood is filled with connected trails, which you can follow directly to various outdoor attractions. Trails are also great for keeping your pets physically active close to home, and many trails in Raleigh are open to dogs as long as they're kept on a leash.
Trails Connect Neighborhoods, Communities, and Parks
Why jump in the car for a quick drive to a nearby destination when you can follow a local trail to reach your favorite outdoor attractions? Trails bring neighborhoods together by connecting local parks, nature preserves, and even popular shopping areas. The paved, easy-to-walk Abbots Creek Trail in North Raleigh, for example, travels through the Falls River and Bedford neighborhoods, connecting with a variety of local attractions along the way.
Turning Abandoned Railroad Corridors Into Community Assets
If you've ever searched for local trails online, then you may already be familiar with the concept of rail trials. These are trail systems that turn abandoned railroad corridors into hubs of outdoor community activity and often feature longer trails than you would find in other locations. The American Tobacco Trail is one of the most popular trail systems near Durham homes for sale, with more than 22 miles of connected trails built on old railroad corridors.
Increasing the Appeal of Neighborhoods for Real Estate Buyers and Sellers
While there is some debate over how much local trails and parks increase home values directly, there's no doubt that they add more appeal to neighborhoods for people who are shopping for homes. If you're buying a home, choosing one near local trails and parks might be a major attraction.
Shopping for your next home near the connected trails and beautiful parks of the Triangle? The right real estate team makes all the difference. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.
If you feel your home isn't complete without a four-legged friend, you're not alone. Many homeowners have at least one pet. Whether you're thinking about getting your first pet or adding yet another to your pack, introducing a new pet requires some planning and finesse. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for bringing a new fur-buddy into your home.
Adding a pet to the family is exciting, but it may also remind you of the features you want in your next home, such as more space, a larger yard, and close proximity to parks or walking trails. If you're ready to start looking for a new home for you and your family, both two-legged and four-legged family members included, contact us today.
"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.
Raleigh is a perfect blend of culture, entertainment, and outdoor activities. Whether you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us.
Autumn is here, and Mother Nature is ready to put on a show with colorful leaves, crisp cool nights, and the bounty of the harvest. The vibrant fall season is the perfect time to make your home stand out and prepare for what lies ahead. Our REALTORS® know that a home with curb appeal is much more attractive to buyers, so it's important for those with Raleigh homes for sale to give their landscaping some extra love. These tips and fabulous fall landscaping ideas can help you make the most out of your outdoor spaces this autumn.
Ready to buy or sell a home in Raleigh this fall? Our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to get started.
The hot sun is quickly burning away our summer days but there's still time for you to enjoy the warm weather. With many vacations and road trips put on hold, now is the perfect time to social distance responsibly by camping in North Carolina's great outdoors. Our estate agents encourage you to check out these campgrounds around Raleigh.
Would you love a new home with a backyard big enough to camp in? We can help! Contact us today to browse homes for sale around The Triangle.
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.
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!
When our real estate agents get some precious downtime, they can't resist the stunning scenery and relaxing atmosphere of North Carolina's beaches. Since July 1-7 has been designated as Clean Beaches Week, celebrate with a trip to one of these delightful beaches within easy access of Raleigh homes for sale.
With its balance between urban amenities and outdoor activities, Raleigh accommodates nearly every lifestyle. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston for experienced help with your real estate needs.
Scientific studies show that gardening burns calories lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, and elevates your mood. Our real estate agents love to unwind working on their gardens. Plus, it's a great way to enjoy the North Carolina sunshine while practicing social distancing.
Starting a garden of your own is super easy. Use these five tips to start a thriving vegetable garden in your own Raleigh backyard.
Where do you want to live? What type of home do you like? Stepping up or moving down? Whether you're a renter ready to take the homeownership plunge, a seasoned homeowner searching for new digs, or simply want to expand your investment property portfolio, HPW.com has the homes you seek.
The most comprehensive real estate website in the state, HPW.com is the perfect place to start your house hunt. Our local real estate agents know the market inside and out and are ready to show you the homes they've listed and answer the questions you may have. Visit them this weekend at their area open houses.
Also, don't forget the Triangle Parade of Homes is still underway, granting you access to a fantastic collection of newly built area homes.
Sq Ft: 4,289 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full)
Open House: Friday, October 11 from 12 to 5 p.m.,
Saturday, October 12 from 12 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, October 13 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,636 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open House: Friday, October 11 from 12 to 5 p.m.,
Saturday, October 12 from 12 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, October 13 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Sq Ft: 4,100 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Friday, October 11 from 12 to 5 p.m.,
Saturday, October 12 from 12 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, October 13 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,574 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sq Ft: 2,888 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, October 12 from 12 to 2 p.m.
Sq Ft: 5,437 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, October 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 1,739 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, Sunday, October 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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