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August
5

HPW Luxury | 404 Broadmoor Way

Located on Broadmoor Way in the suburban town of Clayton, you will find an HPW Luxury listing that is grandiose in stature and elegant in character. Perfectly positioned on a private lot, the impressive street view of 404 Broadmoor Way, Clayton, NC 27520, will have you longing for the interior details.  

As you enter the impeccable property, you will walk into an open concept floor plan accompanied by towering ceilings. The vast square paneled windows along the common room's back wall allow ample natural light, which almost spotlights the charming tray ceiling dining room. Just to the left of the dining room sits an upscale study room with an added flair of craft French doors, a favored addition amongst home buyers.

Walk along the beautifully polished and gleaming hardwood floors to the spacious and bright kitchen. One will find that this area comes fully equipped with well-kept appliances and a considerable amount of countertop space. Impress your guests at your house warming party with the alluring dark wood cabinetry and flawlessly matching backsplash.

For means of entertainment, venture to the massive, fully finished basement. This home section boasts a theater room with high-definition surround sound and a large screen for projecting your favorite films. Not quite in the mood to lounge, indulge in your favorite hobby in the sizable recreation room.

This 4,325 square foot home includes a first-floor primary bedroom, two respectably large bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill style bathroom, and two more bedrooms in the basement. This residence comprises exquisite 12-inch trim molding, a central vacuum with an automatic sweeper, and a walk-up attic.

View the entire property listed by Jennifer Franklin-Rowe of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Clayton Office. For more information on the HPW Luxury listing, please check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury Magazine or visit https://hpwluxury.com.

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













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
23

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

Raleigh Locations for Family Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
27

7 Safety Tips for Trick or Treat

Halloween Safety

October is in full swing, meaning it's time to make your Halloween plans. If your evening includes a trick-or-treating session, our real estate agents suggest following these guidelines to ensure that all your little ghosts and goblins remain safe:

  1. Opt for Flame-Retardant Materials
    When choosing or making a Halloween costume, look for flame-retardant materials. Some people like to use a real candle in their jack-o-lanterns, and it's common for festive individuals to light a few candles to fill their homes with a seasonal aroma. If a child accidentally brushes against an open flame, a flame-retardant costume will decrease the chance of injury and prevent the flame from spreading. 
  1. Check That Costumes Fit Well
    Your child's costume should be comfortable and allow them to freely move around. See that pants, skirts, and robes are hemmed to the appropriate length so that they don't accidentally trip over them. If the costume includes a mask, make sure that the eye holes are positioned in the correct location and don't obscure their vision. Any accessories, like a broom or sword, should be small enough for the child to carry without dragging them on the ground. 
  1. Go Over Trick-or-Treat Etiquette
    Even if they've gone trick-or-treating numerous times, make sure kids remember the proper etiquette. Remind kids to only go to homes with the lights turned on. Encourage them to stay on designated walkways and avoid walking through the homeowner's grass or flower beds. A "please" and a "thank you" are fantastic ways for kids to show appreciation to neighbors handing out treats. 
  1. Check That Kids Have a Light Source With Them
    With so many kids out and about and adults and older teens heading to Halloween parties or haunted houses, it's essential for anyone walking at night to be well-illuminated. See if you can incorporate glow sticks or reflective tape into your child's costume. Or, add a few strips of reflective tape to their costume to ensure drivers can see them. In a pinch, a flashlight is an easy addition to keeping children illuminated. Make sure that the batteries in the flashlight are new so that it lasts the whole evening!
  1. Convey Your Expectations
    If you have older kids who want to go on their own, convey your expectations before they set out. Go over a pre-approved route. Remind them to stay in a group with other children, and see that they have a cellphone on them in case of an emergency. Let your kids know when you expect them home, and make sure they know not to enter any homes. 
  1. Hold Off on Enjoying Any Treats
    Kids should avoid digging into their bag of candy until the night is over for multiple reasons. It's a smart idea to go through their candy at the end of the night and remove anything that's come open or appears to have been tampered with. Check that all of their candy is suitable for their dietary needs. Small candy is a choking risk for small kids, and even older kids can inadvertently swallow candy when they're walking. 
  1. Stow Electronic Devices
    Keep any electronics (like tablets and mobile phones) stowed until the evening is over. This prevents the device from becoming a distraction while kids are trick-or-treating. 

Ready to start looking at Raleigh homes for sale? Contact us to get started!

October
6

Shop Seasonal Finds at These Farmers Markets in the Triangle

Fall Farmers Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

June
23

About Minor League Baseball in North Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
29

Take the Family to these Mini Golf Courses Near Raleigh

Mini Golf Raleigh

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.

  • Galaxy Fun Park - 14460 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614
    Can you make your shot under the watchful gaze of an alien invader? That's the challenge of Moonwalk Mini Golf at Galaxy Fun Park. The 18-hole indoor course is surrounded by black-light art that takes you to a whole new universe. At $8 per round, it's a great value. The 65,000 square-foot facility allows plenty of room to enjoy the other attractions, such as go-karts, a ropes course, bumper cars, and a trampoline park. Hours are noon - 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon - 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit the website for individual and package pricing.
  • Frankie's - 11190 Fun Park Dr., Raleigh, NC 27617
    At Frankie's, even their address says, "Fun." For only $10, you can play any one of their three different 18-hole mini golf courses. Play all three without breaking the bank! For more thrills, check out the Sky Trail, where you navigate an obstacle course four stories above the ground. Windstarz creates the soaring feeling of hang gliding, while bumper cars and bumper boats provide fun and laughs on land and water. Admission to Frankie's is free. Visit the website for individual attraction pricing. Park hours are noon - 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, noon-midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. - midnight Sunday.
  • Adventure Landing - 3311 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Triple your fun at Adventure Landing, where they have not one but three mini golf courses. Each 18-hole course is beautifully landscaped and features a different theme for added variety. Other activities include laser tag, go-karts, batting cages, and an arcade with more than 75 games. Adventure Landing is open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for individual and package pricing.

  • ParTee Shack - 5300 Fayetteville Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
    If the windmill obstacle just isn't challenging enough anymore, head over to ParTee Shack. Their three different 18-hole mini golf courses feature wacky and creative obstacles like zip lines, pinball machines, and foosball tables. Beginning this summer, everyone can play like a pro with their new TruGolf simulators, which replicate some of the world's most well-known courses. Take a break to refuel at the snack bar with a basket of meatballs and your choice of sauce. ParTee Shack is open 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday. 

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.

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.  

January
27

All About Raleigh's Historic District

Raleigh Historic District

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

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

Capitol Area Historic District

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

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

Boylan Heights

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

Moore Square Historic District

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

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

Oakwood Historic District

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

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

Five Points Neighborhoods 

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

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

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

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August
19

Campgrounds Near Raleigh the Whole Family Will Love

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.

  1. Popular Point Campground – 558 Beaver Creek Rd., Apex, NC 27502
    Spend only a second at Jordan Lake and you'll see why it's one of the most popular camping areas in the state. The aptly named Popular Point Campground has nearly 600 campsites with more than half of them outfitted with electric hookups. Regardless if you're camping with an RV or tent, your site will include a picnic table, grill, and waste receptacle. While you're there, feel free to fish, swim, or boat in Jordan Lake.

  2. Crosswinds Campground B26 – Apex, NC 27523
    Not unlike the Popular Point Campground, Crosswinds Campground is located on Jordan Lake just a few miles from Apex homes for sale. This is a great campground for those looking for a more intimate setting as there are less than 200 sites. While the majority have electric hookups, you can still pitch a tent and take advantage of the picnic table and grill at each site.

  3. The Matthews Campground – 7625 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in the secluded Matthews Campground. This private, quiet space is close to Raleigh homes for sale, a short drive from Lake Wheeler Park, the State Farmer's Market, and the NC State Fairgrounds. While you cannot use the Matthews Campground for tent camping, you are welcome to park your travel trailer or motor home on the property and utilize power, water, sewer, and WiFi.

  4. Eno River State Park – 6101 Cole Mill Rd., Durham, NC 27705
    Within minutes of Durham homes for sale, Eno River State Park offers a beautiful space to hike, fish, and take in astounding natural views. Camping in Eno River State Park is fantastic, but unlike other areas, not all sites within the park are the same. For instance, some single or group sites may or may not have electric hookups, bathhouses, or wheelchair accessibility. Backpack campers should head to the Fanny's Ford Campground or Piper Creek Campground while groups can visit the Cox Mountain Group Camp or Buckquarter Creek Group Camp. 

  5. Falls Lake State Recreation Area – 13304 Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Explore the Falls Lake State Recreation Area and enjoy hours of on-and-off-water activities. This recreation area is a centerpiece for the network of hiking trails stretching the state, giving you access to outdoor adventure whether you're camping in the park or living nearby at one of our Wake Forest homes for sale. Similar to the Eno River State Park, not all campsites have the same amenities and you should book your stay in advance. Backpack campers should head to Shinleaf's site, groups can visit Shinleaf as well, Rolling View, or B.W. Wells and those with RVs or trailers can park in a shady spot at Holly Point.

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.

January
8

6 Events Coming to the Triangle this January

Triangle January Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
4

Cooking Classes in the Triangle to Spice up Your Kitchen

Cooking Classes the Triangle

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

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

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

May
29

10 Summer Camps for Kids in the Triangle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March
27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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