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HPW Open Houses | 149 Posts
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December
26

HPW Open Houses | December 28 - 29

Open House Dec 28-29

Are you ready for some more holiday fun? How about the Art in the Park: Super Snowflakes, where you can help celebrate the beauty of the winter season by making some pretend snowflakes! Join the Finley Center in making paper snowflakes and helping to decorate the Finley Center Exhibit Hall at Historic Yates Mill County Park for the upcoming winter! Also, you still have some time to enjoy the Festival of Lights running through December 29 at the Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville. Enjoy a beautiful covered wagon ride through over a million Christmas lights and displays, while listening to your favorite Christmas carols. Stop in the Country store for your favorite old fashioned candy, homemade fudge, donuts, and more. 

Whatever your choices are, be sure to allow plenty of time to do some house-browsing by visiting our HPW Open Houses, where our local real estate agents know the market inside and out and are ready to show you the homes they've listed and answer any questions you may have.

 

Featured Open Houses

 

3507 Estates Edge Drive, New Hill, NC 27562

$759,900

Sq Ft: 4,050 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Friday, December 27 11 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.,

Saturday, December 28 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and

Sunday, December 29 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

3507 Estates Edge Drive


1121 Colonial Club Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$354,900

Sq Ft: 2,216 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1121 Colonial Club Road


10340 Grafton Road, Raleigh, NC 27615

$1,250,000

Sq Ft: 4,450 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 28 from 1 to 5 p.m., and

Sunday, December 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.

10340 Grafton Road


7624 Dover Hills Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$775,000

Sq Ft: 3,950 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 28 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and

Sunday, December 29 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

7624 Dover Hills Drive


1008 Walkertown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614

$391,900

Sq Ft: 2,665 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, December 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1008 Walkertown Drive


69 Fallenwood Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

$371,900

Sq Ft: 2,611 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, December 29 from 2 to 4 p.m.

69 Fallenwood Lane


December
19

HPW Open Houses | December 21-22

Open House Dec 21-22

Are you planning to spend the weekend baking, wrapping, and welcoming houseguests in for Christmas? Perhaps you should also add house hunting to that to-do list.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed beautiful homes that are sure to put a twinkle in your eye.

We're confident that you'll feel like a kid discovering Santa's surprises under the tree as you tour these unique properties and uncover all that they hold.

Take a look at all of our agents' open houses and do your best to fit some of them into your weekend plans. If you do, you may be able to fulfill your New Year's resolution of buying a home well before the ball drops.

 

Featured Open Houses

 

199 Beech Slope Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

$750,000

Sq Ft: 4,028 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

199 Beech Slope Ct


1700 Southwell Court, Raleigh, NC 27614

$450,900

Sq Ft: 3,484 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

1700 Southwell Court


101 Rondelay Drive, Durham, NC 27703

$289,900

Sq Ft: 2,562 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

101 Rondelay Dr


330 Stephens Way, Youngsville, NC 27596

$301,000

Sq Ft: 2,012 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., and

Sunday, December 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

330 Stephens Way


2120 Camber Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$1,425,000

Sq Ft: 4,845 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and

Sunday, December 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

2120 Camber Drive


2224 Pierce Creek Circle, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$825,000

Sq Ft: 4,175 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and

Sunday, December 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

2224 Pierce Creek Circle


9209 Meadow Mist Court, Raleigh, NC 27617

$559,900

Sq Ft: 4,470 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 1/2

Open House: Sunday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

9209 Meadow Mist Court


December
18

First Night Raleigh: Where to Celebrate the New Year

First Night Raleigh

There's always something to celebrate when you call the Raleigh area home. 

While you're sure to find some fun at any time, you won't want to miss the culmination of the cultural experiences the Triangle has to offer with First Night Raleigh on New Year's Eve. If you haven't been to a First Night event before, consider bringing your whole family for this event all ages will love.

Our REALTORS® have gathered the highlights of this must-attend event to help you plan your holiday.

Event Details

Produced by Artsplosure, First Night Raleigh is poised to begin its 26th annual celebration in downtown Raleigh on December 31st, 2019. Expected to draw up to 80,000 people, this event is community-focused and family-friendly. Event passes go on sale beginning December 1st. 

The events will occur over a 20 block area in downtown Raleigh, so be prepared for a night of walking from venue to venue. Highlights include 35 different venues with over 100 performances, all packed into a single evening from 2 pm until midnight. Check the official First Night Raleigh event page for parking information, venue maps, and event FAQs.

Evening Performances

Ring in the New Year with plenty of music and entertainment. This event truly offers a little something for everyone. Discover some Bebop Blues and Jazz, or get funky with Boulevard's Jamil Rashad. Laugh to live performances by Comedy Works or add some New Year's Zen with the spiritual stylings of Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, featuring the rhythms and stories of Senegal. Don't miss the New Year's Eve countdown with local celebs hosted by WRAL. Of course, there will be the classic acorn drop and fireworks.

Children's and Daytime Entertainment

Truly an all-ages event, it's possible to celebrate the New Year and still make it home for bedtime from First Night. Check out both the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Enjoy African storytelling sessions or travel around the world with Cartoon Island. Find your international crown or lantern, and don't forget some fabulous henna to adorn your tiny traveler. 

If you have to leave early, don't worry that you'll miss out on the fun as there is also an early countdown. Join the People's Procession for the early acorn drop and fireworks featured at 7 pm to enjoy the excitement early.

First Night Raleigh offers a fabulous way to include diverse cultures and colorful traditions in your New Year's Eve celebrations.

Thinking about moving to the area in the New Year? There are plenty of Raleigh homes for sale for your homeownership 2020 goals. Contact us to learn more about upcoming community events and exciting new real estate opportunities in the area.

December
12

HPW Open Houses | December 14-15

Open House Dec 14-15

A toy train for Landon. Check. A LOL Ball for Avery. Check. A new grill set for Uncle John. Check. A spa gift card for Grandma. Check.

You've found gifts for all your loved ones and friends, but what about you? Will you get what you really want this year? Let us lead you to the best gift of all, a new home!

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate elves, er - agents, are ready to work their magic to help you find the home you've been dreaming of all year.

In fact, many of our real estate agents will be hosting open houses this Saturday and Sunday in some of the best homes on the market in the most popular neighborhoods and communities in the Triangle area.

Take a page from Santa's book and check this list, twice if you like, of our agents' HPW Open Houses to map out your weekend house-hunting plans and let the spirit of the season lead the way!

 

Featured Open Houses

 

60 Tabardry Mill Port, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

$436,900

Sq Ft: 2,887 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

60 Tabardry Mill Port


209 Wortham Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614

$520,000

Sq Ft: 3,717 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

209 Wortham Dr


7232 Sparhawk Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$495,000

Sq Ft: 3,576 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 14 from 12 to 3 p.m. and

Sunday, December 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

7232 Sparhawk Rd


3625 Norman Blalock Road, Willow Spring, NC 27592

$297,500

Sq Ft: 2,698 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, December 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

3625 Norman Blalock Rd


204 Stonetree Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$625,000

Sq Ft: 3,507 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and

Sunday, December 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

204 Stonetree Way


2607 Beaver Ridge Drive, New Hill, NC 27562

$800,000

Sq Ft: 4,100 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and

Sunday, December 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

2607 Beaver Ridge Dr


1006 Lake Michael Way, Mebane, NC 27302

$224,900

Sq Ft: 1,733 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Sunday, December 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

1006 Lake Michael Way


December
11

7 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Kitchen Remodel Tips

Considering a kitchen remodel in 2020? A newly remodeled kitchen can have a big impact on your enjoyment of your home while making it more attractive to buyers if you decide to sell. However, it's easy to make mistakes that cost you time and money. 

Our REALTORS® have looked at many kitchens over the years, and they point out 7 common kitchen remodel mistakes – as well as how to avoid them.

  1. Failing to Research

    Simply hiring a general contractor without doing your research may leave you unprotected if problems arise. For example, if your contractor doesn't have a state license, you won't receive all the possible protection from the state license board.

    Avoiding this mistake: When you're choosing a general contractor, make sure they have a state license as well as insurance. Also, check their references.

  2. Neglecting Contract Specifics

    If you have a written agreement with your contractor – and you should! – know that what's in this document is what counts. A contract that isn't specific enough can quickly lead to trouble.

    Avoiding this mistake: Make sure the contract includes every possible detail, from the exact materials that will be used to the start and finish date of your kitchen remodel.

  3. Changing Your Plans

    Work that's requested after your remodel begins can cause delays and add thousands of dollars to the cost of your project. These "change orders" disrupt plans and may leave your contractor waiting on supplies before work can be resumed or completed.

    Avoiding this mistake: Think through all your choices before work begins, and make sure you and your significant other agree on everything.

  4. Impulse Decisions

    Looking at design elements such as flooring or countertop materials in a showroom may not give you an accurate picture of what they'll look like in your home. They may look different in your space, and under the type of lighting, you'll be using.

    Avoiding this mistake: Ask for samples to bring home so you can look at them in your kitchen and under the type of lighting you'll have after your remodel.

  5. Forgetting Storage Space

    Having plenty of functional storage is an important part of any kitchen remodel. Failing to plan for enough can make you quickly dislike your new kitchen.

    Avoiding this mistake: Plan for storage that accommodates items near where they're used, and don't forget items like additional drawer dividers and pantry pullouts.

  6. Not Enough Light

    Having a shortage of lighting fixtures or lacking the correct types can leave your kitchen looking dreary or sterile.

    Avoiding this mistake: Make lighting a priority in your design and consider having three types – overhead, spot, and accent.

  7. Limited Electrical Outlets

    Particularly if your home is older, your kitchen may not currently include enough electrical outlets. After all, a decade or two ago, people weren't necessarily looking at their kitchen outlets to handle lots of appliances in addition to an iPhone, tablet, and other gadgets.

    Avoiding this mistake: Plan for plenty of strategically placed electrical outlets, so they're easily available throughout your kitchen.

Contact us if you'd like to find out what's most popular in kitchens. We can suggest updates that buyers are looking for in Raleigh homes for sale, and that are most likely to let you recoup your investment.

December
6

HPW Open Houses | December 7-8

Open House Dec 7-8

It may be cold outside, but our real estate agents' open houses will be warm and welcoming this weekend!

Bundle up to brave the "brrr" and head out to tour homes across Central NC. Our local real estate agents have listings from Mebane all the way to Goldsboro, and you're bound to want to see a few.

Check out a complete list of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open houses to figure out which homes you'd like to tour on Saturday and Sunday.

If all goes well, you may end up with a new set of keys under the tree!

 

Featured Open Houses

 

7228 Summer Tanager Trail, Raleigh, NC 27614

$1,075,000

Sq Ft: 4,650 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 5 p.m., and

Sunday, December 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Summer Tanager Trail


613 Albion Place, Cary, NC 27519

$537,900

Sq Ft: 3,625 | Beds: 6 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Albion Place


101 Nicholson Road, Garner, NC 27529

$199,900

Sq Ft: 1,560 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 1 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Nicholson Rd


1001 Kinsdale Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

$479,900

Sq Ft: 3,190 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kinsdale Dr


701 Trails End Drive, Graham, NC 27253

$274,900

Sq Ft: 2,195 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 3 p.m., and

Sunday, December 8 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Trails End


214 Stone Park Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$839,000

Sq Ft: 4,208 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 7 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and

Sunday, December 8 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Stone Park


December
5

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Names David Jones CEO

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Names David Jones CEO

Local Triangle Real Estate Veteran to Take Helm of

Top Local Real Estate Company

 

RALEIGH, N.C. – December 4, 2019 – Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston (CBHPW),  the leading real estate firm in Central North Carolina, today announced the promotion of David Jones as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. 

With over 30 years of experience at CBHPW, Jones has comprehensive knowledge of the real estate business.  Jones began his career with CBHPW in 1987 in the Accounting Department.  In 1989 he was named Controller and promoted in 1994 to Chief Financial Officer.  Since 2003 Jones has served CBHPW as President and Chief Operating Officer. 

"David is one of the most well-respected individuals by the brightest minds in the real estate industry, not only in our area but in the country.", said Don Walston, company founder and chairman.  "His years of leadership and experience not to just CBHPW but to the entire industry is invaluable as we continue to grow in the future."

Since gaining his real estate license in 2002 Jones has been an active leader in the real estate industry.  In 2004 Jones was asked to join the Triangle Multiple Listing Service (TMLS) Board of Directors to help shape the future of Triangle real estate, a position that he currently holds today.  Jones is also active in a number of industry leadership groups including Realty Alliance, Coldwell Banker Multiple Officer Broker Group, and the Vision Group. In 2017 the Triangle Business Journal honored Jones as a C-Suite award winner for his contributions to the Triangle Community.   

Originally from Marshallberg, North Carolina, Jones graduated from Wake Forest University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  He makes his home in Cary with his wife Shelli and dog Addie. Jones' three daughters have all graduated from local universities and have begun their professional careers. In his spare time, Jones competes in endurance sports including Ironman Triathlons and marathons.  Jones also serves on the HPW Foundation, which provides financial support to the company's agents' and employees' charitable giving and outreach efforts. 

 

About Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston

Howard Perry, an established builder, and Don Walston, a real estate entrepreneur, formed Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in 1973. Today, with more than 900 associates and employees and award-winning relocation, mortgage and title services, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is the number one full-service residential

real estate company in the Triangle, the top company in Central North Carolina and has earned recognition as one of the leading realty firms in the nation. Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston exceeded 7,000 real estate transactions with over $2.3billion in sales in 2018. The Triangle Business Journal has consistently ranked Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Triangle." For more information about Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, visit www.hpw.com. Follow the company on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CBHPW.

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. 

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