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September
28

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.

August
24

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.

July
14

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 https://www.hpwluxury.com













July
20

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.

June
1

Summer Learning: Museums in the Triangle

Raleigh Museums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
9

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.

January
5

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.

September
29

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.

August
18

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!

August
9

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

August
4

Summer Events Coming to the Triangle

Raleigh Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
7

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. 

June
2

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. 

May
12

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.

March
10

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.  

March
3

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

March
4

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! 

November
6

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.

October
30

Find Your Center: Yoga Studios in The Triangle

Yoga in the Triangle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
16

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.

September
25

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

September
11

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!

September
4

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!

April
10

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.

March
13

Celebrating the Arts in the Triangle

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

Local Museums, Galleries, and More in the Triangle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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