7 Things to Do in Chapel Hill


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Looking for things to do in Chapel Hill?

You’re in luck. Chapel Hill is a great community, with many great shops and attractions. Not to mention, it’s home to the beautiful University of North Carolina campus.

1. See a Play at Playmakers Theatre

Constructed in 1851, lined with Corinthian columns, the Greek style of theatre is sure to leave you speechless. Today the theatre is primarily for campus performances, however, it was once used as a stable during the Civil War.

2. Take a UNC Campus Tour

This is a must for people new to Chapel Hill and long-time community members. The 729-acre campus first opened it’s doors in 1795 and hosts many historic buildings. You can take both guided and unguided tours (with audio provided) of the campus from Monday to Friday.

3. Learn About Space at Morehead Planetarium

The Morehead Planetarium is a great family destination in Chapel Hill. The nearly 70-ft domed theater makes stargazing an unforgettable experience (even on a projector). Be prepared to learn about space as the presentation takes you through our solar system and beyond.

4. Visit The North Carolina Botanical Garden

Located on the UNC campus, the North Carolina Botanical Garden is a public garden. You can stroll through the garden and take in the diversity among the plants at your own leisure. It’s beautiful in the spring when a majority of the plants are blossoming.

5. Visit Chapel Hill Museum

The Chapel Hill Museum, though small, is a great place to broaden your horizons and take in some history. The museum features a 1914 Model T fire truck from 1914, a section on James Taylor and “Carolina On My Mind,” alongside many other neat displays. If you’re a history buff, this is the place for you.

6. See A UNC Basketball Game at Dean E. Smith Center

Commonly referred to as the Smith Center, this is where the UNC Tarheels play their home basketball games. If you are able to get tickets, the games are great to attend. The arena is full of UNC spirit as everyone gets ready to watch some of the best college basketball America has to offer.

7. Spend a day on Franklin Street

Looking to shop? Looking for great food? Well, Franklin street is where you want to be. Widely considered as the social hotspot for Chapel Hill, the street features many bars, coffee shops, restaurants and clothing stores. The area is also home to many festivals throughout the year.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Chapel Hill? Let us know!


5 Things to Do in Durham This Fall


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Fall Fun in Durham

The fall months are upon us, and the city of Durham has so many fun activities to take part in. For those who have just moved in to the city of Durham or those who just can’t figure out what to do during the fall months, we have some great places for you to check out, here is our list of 5 Things To Do In Durham This Fall, and as always, let us know some of your favorite destinations!

1. Duke Blue Devils

The beginning of the fall season also marks the beginning of the college basketball season, and if you’re in Durham you will have no problem figuring out which team to cheer for. The Duke Blue Devils are one of the most successful basketball programs in the history of men’s college basketball, and their home games never seem to disappoint with their rowdy fans. If you can manage to snag a ticket to a home game, do it, you won’t regret it.

2. Museum of Life and Science

For those who find learning fun, the Museum of Life and Science is a great place to spend the day. You will be able to learn about many things that make up our everyday lives, as they have exhibits on sound, weather, health and many more. They even have adult programs (21+) for those who would like to learn about science while having their favorite beverage in their hand.

3. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Known as one of the more popular public gardens in America, Sarah P. Duke Gardens hosts high quality horticulture and a beautiful landscape that separates it from other gardens. The garden has over 300,000 visitors every year and it is open all year around. The best part about Sarah P. Duke Garden is that it is FREE, and it makes for a great date for those looking for some alone time or a great family adventure.

4.Wheels Fun Park

Looking to have some fun this fall? Of course you are, be sure to take a visit to Wheels Fun Park for a day filled with fun. For those familiar with the area, they know this is definitely one of the things to do in Durham this fall. Wheels Fun Park has many activities for you to participate in, from a roller skating rink to an amazing maze. You might be here all day, so make sure your fun meter is on high when you arrive.

5. Defy Gravity

Ever wonder what it feels like to fly? Well, at Defy Gravity, you don’t get to fly, but you get to jump really high at this trampoline park. Defy gravity is instant fun for everyone, no matter the age. You can take part in trampoline dodgeball, jump in to a foam pit, and for those looking for a challenge, you can try the ninja course. Defy gravity also has fitness classes if you are looking for something new in your workouts.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Durham this fall? Let us know some of your suggestions!


7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Charlotte


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Getting To Know Charlotte

Charlotte is no doubt one of the most desirable places to live in North Carolina, and for good reason. There are many reasons that the city is growing at a record pace, so if you’re considering a move to Charlotte: know that you’re not alone. We know how challenging it can be to move to a brand new city, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of  7 Things to Know Before You Move to Charlotte.

1. Charlotte is the “second largest financial center in the nation.”

This according to Bob Morgan, the President and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Bank of America calls Charlotte home, while other industry leaders including Citi, Ally Financial, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan all host operations in the city as well.

2. Charlotte is growing, fast.

 From 2000-2010, Charlotte was ranked the fastest growing city in America, experiencing 64.6% population growth. People of all ages are moving to Charlotte for everything from job opportunities to settling down. Note: Raleigh was number two on the list of fastest growing cities in the USA, with a population growth of 63% – there’s just something about North Carolina!

 3. People are moving BACK to Charlotte.

One of the interesting things about Charlotte is that people are actually moving back. This speaks volumes to the city’s charm. The phenomena has been so well documented it has actually been given a name – the “half-back” phenomena. North Carolina receives a large number of people who initially retire to Florida, but later decide to head back north for Charlotte.

4. Charlotte is nicknamed “The Queen City,” and “The Hornet’s Nest.”

The city of Charlotte received its name in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become queen consort of Great Britain the year before the city’s founding. A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Cornwallis occupied Charlotte, before watching the city be taken back by the local residents. This event prompted General Cornwallis to dub the city “the hornets nest.”

5. Charlotte has four distinct seasons.

Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate with four very distinct seasons. Winters are short and cold, while the summers tend to be hot and humid. Temperatures vary from an average of 40 degrees fahrenheit in January to 78 degrees in July, so expect to see a different city from season to season.

6. Charlotte knows motorsports.

Charlotte is one of the most important cities in the U.S. motorsports industry, housing multiple offices of NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord (the second largest city in the Charlotte metropolitan area). Top professional racers are continuing to move to Charlotte, as the city is proving to be a hub for the racing technology industry. Approximately 75% of NASCAR teams live in or around the Charlotte area.

 7. Charlotte is affordable.

Charlotte is proud to boast one of the most affordable places to move to in the USA at the moment. The city’s housing market is 23% below the national average, with the cost of living being 9% below the national average. It’s this affordability that make Charlotte popular with a wide array of demographics, and not just one group of individuals.

Is there anything else that future residents of Charlotte should know? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

 


5 Family Friendly Activities to do in Greensboro


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Whether you’ve just moved to Greensboro, or have been a resident for years, there are a ton of family friendly activities right at your disposal. We’ve picked some of our favorite activities for Greensboro newbies and long-timers alike. As always, if we missed anything, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.

1. The Greensboro Science Center

The science center packs a museum, aquarium and zoo all into one massive 23,000 sq foot facility. Taking the family for the Sciquarium experience allows for everyone to become fully immersed in the animals. This is a guided 45 minute tour, where you’re sure to learn a ton.

2. Enjoy a Greensboro Grasshoppers GameGreensboro grasshoppers

Newbridge Bank Park is a great destination for any family looking to enjoy America’s past-time. The stadium is home to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Miami Marlins affiliate. It’s reasonably priced and a great atmosphere for the whole family.

3. Greensboro Children’s Museum

For a great price ($8), you’ll get admission to the Greensboro Children’s Museum. The museum features many exhibits where the kids can have some serious fun, while also learning a thing or two.

Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe4. Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe

Looking the beat the heat? Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe, the 12th largest water-park in America,  is where you need to be! With over 3 million gallons of water and 36 rides, the family is sure to have a great day! General admission is $35.99, but if you’re looking to go regularly the season’s pass at $69.00 presents great value. A visit here is definitely one of the best activities to do in Greensboro during the warmer months.

5. North Carolina Zoo (35 miles south)

Home to over 1600 animals from all over the world, the North Carolina Zoo is a great family activity. The zoo is open 365-days-a-year and receives over 700,000 visitors annually. It’s a very affordable family  activity ($12 for adults, $8 for children) and will leave you amazed by the animals. Plus, the zoo just recently added four new lion cubs which are worth checking out!


5 Fun Activities to Do When You Move to Raleigh


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Having Fun in Raleigh

Did you and your family just make the move to Raleigh, North Carolina? We will start by saying, welcome to North Carolina! You’ve made a great decision, North Carolinas is full of great cities for you to raise your family, and Raleigh is one of them. Of course you need to know what you can do with your free time so here are 5 Fun Activities to Do When You Move to Raleigh.

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Neuse River Trail

Everyone enjoys a nice walk or bike ride during the warm months of spring and summer, gather the family and go on a group walk through Neuse River Trail. The route passes through different jurisdictions such as Raleigh, Wake Forest, Knightdale, and a few more. The trail also splits off into seven different sections, some of which are parks like Horseshoe Farm ParkBuffaloe Road Athletic Park , and Anderson Point Park. This will make for a great family adventure, just be sure to be pack some essentials as it is a long trail that stretches over 30 miles.

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Carter-Finley Stadium

Are you a big football fan? Well if you are, you’re in luck, Raleigh is home to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, who play their home football games at Carter-Finley Stadium which holds 60,000 fans. A Saturday afternoon game in this stadium should definitely be on your bucket list, especially if they are taking on one of their conference rivals Clemson TigersDuke Blue DevilsEast Carolina PiratesNorth Carolina Tar Heels, or Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

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Frankie’s Fun Park

This is a great way to spend a day with the family. Frankie’s Fun Park is perfect for the family that has a tough time agreeing (which is every family) because there is something for everyone. The family could take park in mini-golf, laser-tag, go-karts, and much more. This should be high on your list as one of the fun activities to do when you move to Raleigh.

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Pullen Park

Looking for a place to go for a nice family picnic and spend the day? Pullen Park is your destination. The park is over 66 acres of public park and is right next to the campus of NC State University. Once you arrive in the park you can settle in one of the many picnic areas, or let your hair blow in the wind with one of the small rides such as the carousel or train. The park also has a large pond and you can rent pedal boats for a nice, relaxing time on the water.

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PNC Arena

Hockey fans should definitely be familiar with this venue as it hosts the Carolina Hurricanes who most recently won NHL’s Stanley Cup in the 2005-06 season. PNC Arena is also home for the NC State Wolfpack basketball team who have seen a lot of success in the past few years as they play in one of the most competitive conferences in college basketball. PNC arena also hosts many major concerts. Do you have any suggestions of fun activities to do when you move to Raleigh? Let us and the new residents of Raleigh know in the comments section below!


5 Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina


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Growing Up In North Carolina

Deciding to start a family is a monumental event in everyone’s life, but deciding where you should be raising your family is just as important. There are a number of factors to consider, of course you want to be in a safe neighborhood, have good school options, and be in close proximity to work. For those looking to move to a city in North Carolina with their family, here is our list of the 5 Best Places To Raise a Family in North Carolina.

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Wake Forest

The small city of over 31,300 is a predominantly white-collar town with a reported 8.62% of the work force working from home. The city of Wake Forest is great for families that are just getting started and don’t want to commute to and from work. Wake Forest is in close proximity to Falls Lake State Recreation Area which is a great outdoor escape for any adventurer.

Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

Average Household Income: $72,155

Average Price of a Home: $246,500

Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 89% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:18

Crime Rate Per 100,000: 2,525

% of population under the age of 18: 56%

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Morrisville

The small town of  Morrisville has just over 20,000 and boasts a 4.08% unemployment rate, which is almost half of the national average. Along with great employment numbers, Morrisville makes our list of best places to raise a family in North Carolina because of its education numbers which are very impressive in relation to the other places in the state. The small classroom sizes and teacher to student ration of 1:16, can account for their excellent high school graduation rate of 94% making it a great choice for any family.

Unemployment Rate: 4.08%

Average Household Income: $78,771

Average Price of a Home: $266,600

Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 94% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:16

Crime Rate Per 100,000: 2,025

% of population under the age of 18: 45%

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Apex

With a population of nearly 40,000 Apex has all the big city amenities that a family needs, but still has that small community feel. There will be no question about the type of education your children will receive as Apex has a high school graduation rate of 96%. Despite the unemployment rate being 6.24%, Apex is still has one of the highest average household incomes in the state at $89,398.

Unemployment Rate: 6.24%

Average Household Income: $89,398

Average Price of a Home: $258,500

Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 96% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:17

Crime Rate Per 100,000: 1,623

% of population under the age of 18: 62%

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Huntersville

If you are worried about your children growing up without having a fun childhood, they will have no problem growing up in Huntersville. The city has a population of over 46,000, in which 56% are families that have children under the age of 18. Your children should have no issue making friends and finding ways to spend their free time living here. Huntersville has a high average household income and low crime rate, making it one of the best cities to raise a family in North Carolina.

Unemployment Rate: 8.12%

Average Household Income: $85,660

Average Price of a Home: $247,200

Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 92% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:23

Crime Rate Per 100,000: 2,291

% of families with kids under 18: 56%

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Raleigh

The state capital makes our list as one of the best cities to raise a family in North Carolina because of its low teacher to student ratio and relatively low average price of a home. If you are looking to immerse your family in a diverse culture, then Raleigh is a good place to start looking to settle your family. Living in Raleigh you have access to many venues that will drive culture such as North Carolina Museum of Art, Carter-Finley Stadium, North Carolina State capitol, and much more. BHHS sales associate, Laura Deans gave us some insight when we asked her about living in Raleigh, “Here you can enjoy the beautiful parks and landscaping, go for a jog around the city, or meet friends in a great restaurant. The city is expanding at a rapid rate and was named one of the best places to live by Forbes magazine. Nowhere is far. Enjoy the theatre, or a concert, and then walk home..or take a Rickshaw; because… you can’t have a city called Raleigh without being able to take a bicycle taxi home, obviously.”

Unemployment Rate: 9.5%

Average Household Income: $53,699

Average Price of a Home: $208,000

Education: Has a high school graduation rate of 89% and a teacher to student ratio of 1:14

Crime Rate Per 100,000: 3,659

% of families with kids under 18: 50%

Which city do you think is the best to raise your family in North Carolina? Don’t be shy, let us know in the comments below!


The 5 Best Areas Around Raleigh to Live In


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Living in Raleigh

This year has been a pretty good one for the city of Raleigh by making its way on to a few lists like, being one of the America’s Coolest Cities  as well as being one of the Most Stable Real Estate Markets in America. If a city is able to make it on these type of lists, it must be a great place to live. We took a closer look at some of the areas in and around Raleigh that are great places to live.

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Five Points

Five Points is home to over 8,000 happy residents, and is more of a family friendly area. Five Points has over 12 schools (public and private) within a one mile radius and is very near downtown Raleigh which has been the reason the median price of a home is 134% higher than the city of Raleigh as a whole. Five Points is also a rather safe area, with crime rate numbers coming in 59% lower than the city of Raleigh.

Population – 8,390

Crime Rate – 1,464/100,00

Median Price Of Home – $477,509

Median Household Income – $72,653

Glenwood

The neighborhood of Glenwood is one of the more expensive areas to live in within Raleigh. The median cost of a home in Glenwood is $524,773 which is 158% higher than Raleigh. It’s a prestigious neighborhood and won’t disappoint those looking to move there. If you are a fan of the arts, Glenwood will not disappoint, as there are a couple art galleries in the area for residents to enjoy. (Artsource Art Consultants – Gallery, Flinks Fine Art)

Population - 7,753

Crime Rate –  1.464/100,000

Median Price Of Home –  $524,773

Median Household Income – $107,023

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Hillsborough

The neighborhood of Hillsborough is one of the best Raleigh suburbs, being home to North Carolina State University it’s no surprise. There are plenty of amenities in Hillsborough, which allows residents to walk around the neighborhood with ease and access to everything they need. Hillsborough street alone is overflowing with coffee shops, restaurants, local shopping centers, and much more. It’s right in-between Raleigh and Greensboro, so the options for work are varied.

Population – 6,207

Crime Rate – 2,093/100,000

Median Price Of Home – $314,755

Median Household Income – $35,788

Six Forks

Those who live in Six Forks will have no problem agreeing that it’s one of the best Raleigh areas. Six Forks has an older median age than a few of our other top neighborhoods as their median age for males is 53.2 and 61.2 for females. Just because the area has an older population, doesn’t mean they do not know how to have a good time, there are plenty amenities in the area to enjoy. Six Forks is full of restaurants for residents to enjoy as well as many places to go spend some cash shopping such as JC Penney, Cameron Clothing Co. and many more.

Population – 10,490

Crime Rate –  1,464/100,000

Median Price Of Home –  $360,760

Median Household Income – $82,328

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North Hills/Midtown

If you are looking for a great place to start or raise your family, look no further than the North Hills/Midtown area. It’s a great place to raise your family because it is fairly safe, and more importantly there are many schools, parks, and libraries in the area. Local agent Matt Nugent said,”The North Hills and Midtown area provides an amazing experience for family and friends of all ages. The area provides an ample amount of delicious restaurants, lavishing spas, and an constant array of social events fun for everyone.”

Population - 1,986

Crime Rate –  1,464/100,000

Median Price Of Home –  $320,000

Median Household Income – $96,542

Is there a neighborhood that you feel should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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