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August
10

Lakeside Adventures Near Raleigh

Raleigh Area Lakes

Whether you're looking for outdoor activities or just a chance to get back to nature, there's nothing like a day at the lake. Spend some time this summer at these wonderful lakes that are just minutes away from Raleigh homes for sale

  • Pullen Park - 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606
    Is it an amusement park? Is it a green space? As the first public park in North Carolina and the fifth oldest amusement park in the country, pet-friendly Pullen Park is a delightful blend of both. As many as 10,000 people visit each day for activities such as traveling across beautiful Lake Howell in a pedal boat. Kids love riding the carousel and Pullen Park Caboose, an authentic train car. Get a workout at the aquatic center and tennis courts, or nurture your creative spirit with programs at the Pullen Art Center. Park hours are dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

  • William B. Umstead State Park - 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27617
    When one lake just isn't enough, head to William B. Umstead State Park. With not one but three lakes, there are lots of opportunities for boating and fishing. An extensive network of hiking and biking trails circles the lakes, so you can enjoy the views from several vantage points. The Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek sections include picnic tables and grills under a soothing canopy of trees. Crabtree also has two reservable picnic shelters that accommodate up to 100 people. Bring Fido along, as leashed dogs are welcome. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

  • Shelley Lake Park - 1400 W. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614
    If you're looking for a quiet spot to relax and reflect, head to Shelley Lake Park. Boats are not permitted on the water, creating a peaceful ambiance as you and your leashed dog hike the two miles of paved trails around the lake. Fishing is allowed, and there is a playground and a basketball court for the kids. Shelley Lake Park is home to the Sertoma Arts Center, which features exhibits and classes in a variety of media. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily.

  • Durant Nature Preserve - 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614
    Before the city purchased Durant Nature Preserve in 1979, it served as the headquarters of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts. Summer camps are still held there, but the pet-friendly preserve is open to the public for all to enjoy. In addition to two lakes with hiking trails along the shores, the preserve has a bird garden, butterfly garden, and interpretive tree trail. Check out a Discovery Backpack at the visitor center to learn more about animal tracking and other topics. Durant Nature Preserve is open from 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. daily.

  • Lake Wheeler Park - 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
    In 1956, the namesake body of water at Lake Wheeler Park was constructed for water supply. Today, it serves double duty as a site for boating and fishing. A playground and sand volleyball court provide lively dry-land fun. Leashed dogs are permitted in the park. Hours are 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. Admission is free, but there is a boat launch fee of $5 for city residents and $7 for non-residents.

Raleigh is truly a city for all seasons. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston for cheerful and experienced help from our real estate agents

April
6

About the Zebulon Historic District

Zebulon Historic District

Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh, the Zebulon Historic District is one of the largest in Wake County. In February, the NC National Register Advisory Committee nominated the district for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, making this a great time for our real estate agents to take a look at this fascinating area.

  • Carolina Mudcats - Five County Stadium, 1501 NC 39 Hwy., Zebulon, NC 27597
    What's summer without the sights and sounds of baseball? Enjoy a hot dog and beer as you watch the Carolina Mudcats take the field at Five County Stadium, right down the street from Zebulon homes for sale. This Low-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers has featured players such as reigning Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes on its roster. The 2022 season starts on Friday, April 8, against the Down East Wood Ducks. Visit the website for the full schedule and ticket prices.

  • Zebulon Artisan Market - Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597
    Zebulon is a fertile community of artists and small business owners, producing goods from fresh produce to handmade jewelry. Support these industrious entrepreneurs by purchasing directly from the source at the Zebulon Artisan Market. This year's vendor lineup includes My Zen Acres, featuring bath and body care products, and Batten Acres, selling specialty poultry and pork. The market is held each Saturday from April 23 through June 5. Hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Zebulon Town Hall - 1003 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597
    As Zebulon Town Hall majestically presides over the Municipal Complex, it serves as a microcosm of the district's storied past. The building opened in 1909 as Wakelon School, one of four high schools in the county. In later years, the school was converted to a training facility for GlaxoSmithKline before its current incarnation as the seat of local government. As a bonus, the halls are filled with the works of community artists. Zebulon Town Hall is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. - to 5 p.m.

  • Zebulon Community Park - 401 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597
    Zebulon's history encompasses more than buildings and events. Mother Nature makes her presence known at Zebulon Community Park, 47 acres of fun for the whole family. Test your skills on the park's 18-hole disc golf course, considered one of the best in the state. Other features include two multi-use athletic fields, a toddler playground, two basketball courts, and walking trails. Leashed dogs are welcome, so bring Fido along, as well as a picnic lunch. The park is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

  • McLean's Ole Time Cafe - 418 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597
    Family dinner is even better when another family does the cooking and cleaning. Since 1956, McLean's Ole Time Cafe has been serving comfort food favorites such as chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken with sawmill gravy. Want to eat around your own dining table? Call ahead for a carryout order. Breakfast and lunch specials are offered on weekdays. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

Find out why Raleigh homes for sale are perfect for singles, couples, and families. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

August
4

Summer Events Coming to the Triangle

Raleigh Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
12

Memorial Day Weekend Getaways Near the Triangle

Memorial Day Weekend RaleighMemorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer! Plan a weekend getaway near the Triangle to these destinations that are only a short drive away.

  1. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park - 240 Park Entrance Rd., Seven Springs, NC 28578
    There's no secret about the main attraction at Cliffs of the Nuese State Park. The 350 Yard Trail leads to the majestic overlook that towers 90 feet above the Neuse River. In addition to four other hiking trails, the pet-friendly park features an 11-acre swimming lake with a sandy beach and diving platform. With 30 picnic tables and 10 grills, there's plenty of space to enjoy a BBQ. Family and group campsites are available, along with camper cabins, if you want to stay the whole weekend. Park hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily and admission is free. Swimming fees are $6 for adults and $4 for kids ages 3-12.


  2. Old Edwards Inn and Spa - 445 Main St., Highlands, NC 28741
    If R&R is your idea of the perfect holiday weekend, your dream awaits you at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Indulge in total pampering at the full-service spa, shop till you drop at the fashionable boutiques within walking distance, and dine on an upscale farm-to-table meal at Madison's. Just in case you feel the need to get up and move, there is an onsite fitness center along with a golf course and tennis courts. Several different styles of guest rooms and cottages accommodate any needs. Visit the website for rates and reservations.


  3. Blackbeard's Lodge – 111 Back Rd., Ocracoke, NC 27960
    When you stay at a place with an address of, "Back Road," you know you're really getting away from it all. Blackbeard's Lodge, located on the secluded barrier island of Ocracoke, is a delightful blend of modern amenities and historic charm. Fishing, boating, and sightseeing are just minutes away. For those who prefer more laid-back activities, the lodge has a swimming pool and game room with a pool table, foosball, and air hockey, along with an arcade and board games. Pet-friendly rooms are available. Visit the website for rates and reservations.


  4. Pisgah National Forest – 1001 Pisgah Hwy., Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
    Want to feel on top of the world, literally and figuratively? Hike Looking Glass Rock at Pisgah National Forest for dazzling 360-degree views that will leave you awestruck. If that's a little more challenging than what you're looking for, the 500,000-acre forest includes more moderate trails, including Graveyard Fields with its pair of waterfalls. Pet-friendly Pisgah National Forest is open 24/7 and admission is free.


  5. Carowinds – 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273
    Thrill-seekers of all ages know Memorial Day weekend as the opening of Carowinds, a thrilling amusement park just over two hours away from Raleigh homes for sale. More than 2 million people visit Carowinds each year for attractions such as Fury 325, North America's longest roller coaster. The 1.25-mile ride, lasting approximately 3.25 minutes, crosses North and South Carolina state lines. When it's time for a break, cool off at Carolina Harbor Water Park, which is included in the price of admission. Visit the website for schedules and ticket prices.

Every day's a holiday when you live in the Triangle. And our real estate agents can help make that a reality! Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston for all your real estate needs.

April
7

5 Benefits of Living Near Parks and Walking Trails

Raleigh Walking Trails

Living in the Triangle means that you have constant access to a network of connected trails and outstanding, multi-use parks that offer outdoor fun for residents of all ages. These outdoor hubs of activity bring many benefits to the communities where they're located, including some perks that you might not expect. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 key benefits of living near parks and walking trails.

  1. The Health Benefits of Living Near Trails

    When it comes to health benefits, trails and parks provide both a great place to exercise and added motivation to enjoy a workout. The ease of access when living near outdoor recreation areas makes it easy to work on fitness on your own schedule and having so many great outdoor spaces to explore provides motivation to go exploring. A brisk walk on a trail can help you stay in great shape physically, and spending quiet time in nature has many mental health benefits, too. Local parks provide even more motivation for physical activity, whether you join a sports league, enjoy a stroll in the park, or play with the kids/grandchildren on the playground.

  2. Recreation for Family Members of All Ages and Pets Too

    It's not always easy to find recreation activities that family members of all ages can enjoy together at the same time, so trails are also an asset for family fun and fitness. The Durant Trails neighborhood, located near Raleigh homes for sale, is one great example of how trails can help families stay active and enjoy the outdoors. The neighborhood is filled with connected trails, which you can follow directly to various outdoor attractions. Trails are also great for keeping your pets physically active close to home, and many trails in Raleigh are open to dogs as long as they're kept on a leash.

  3. Trails Connect Neighborhoods, Communities, and Parks

    Why jump in the car for a quick drive to a nearby destination when you can follow a local trail to reach your favorite outdoor attractions? Trails bring neighborhoods together by connecting local parks, nature preserves, and even popular shopping areas. The paved, easy-to-walk Abbots Creek Trail in North Raleigh, for example, travels through the Falls River and Bedford neighborhoods, connecting with a variety of local attractions along the way.

  4. Turning Abandoned Railroad Corridors Into Community Assets

    If you've ever searched for local trails online, then you may already be familiar with the concept of rail trials. These are trail systems that turn abandoned railroad corridors into hubs of outdoor community activity and often feature longer trails than you would find in other locations. The American Tobacco Trail is one of the most popular trail systems near Durham homes for sale, with more than 22 miles of connected trails built on old railroad corridors.

  5. Increasing the Appeal of Neighborhoods for Real Estate Buyers and Sellers

    While there is some debate over how much local trails and parks increase home values directly, there's no doubt that they add more appeal to neighborhoods for people who are shopping for homes. If you're buying a home, choosing one near local trails and parks might be a major attraction. 

Shopping for your next home near the connected trails and beautiful parks of the Triangle? The right real estate team makes all the difference. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.

March
3

National Day of Unplugging: Nature Retreats Around Raleigh

Raleigh Outdoor Retreats

"Can you hear me now?" Electronics and social media often drown out the sounds of actual connections. Our real estate agents know that the Raleigh area has plenty of nature retreats perfect for a visit on Friday, March 5, for the National Day of Unplugging. Recharge your "batteries" by getting back to nature at one of these fabulous spots around Raleigh.

  1. Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park - 1800 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Museums are usually indoor activities for a rainy day. Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park is a delightful outdoor "gallery" where works of art share the stage with beautiful natural surroundings. The 164-acre park includes miles of trails dotted with signs providing information about the artworks and the history of the adjacent North Carolina Museum of Art. Leashed dogs are welcome. Admission is free, and the park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. 

  2. TreeRunner Adventure Park - 12804 Norwood Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
    When you're navigating obstacles 30 feet above the ground, cell phones are the last thing on your mind. TreeRunner Adventure Park features seven different obstacle courses to provide a challenge for any level of experience. Make your way across tightrope bridges, cargo nets, and zip lines as you enjoy the thrill of accomplishment. TreeRunner also has a Junior Park for ages 4-7, so the whole family can participate. Advance tickets are required. Admission is $42 for adults, $35 for kids 13 and under, and $20 for the Junior Park, with prices slightly higher on weekends. Visit the website for hours. 

  3. Historic Yates Mill County Park - 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Prior to the 20th century, mills were the social and economic backbone of life around Raleigh. The last mill in operating condition is the foundation of Historic Yates Mill County Park. Pedestrian-only trails pass through forests and wetlands, while three onsite gardens provide a look at Native American farming methods and endangered ecosystems. Pack a lunch and take a break at one of several picnic tables located throughout the park. Hours are 8 a.m. until sunset daily.

  4. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens - 1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27610
    Opened in 1975, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens has the distinction of being the first park in the United States exclusively dedicated to the renowned civil rights leader. Highlights of the 2.4-acre park include a life-size statue of Dr. King, which is part of Raleigh's public arts collection, as well as a stunning 12-ton granite water fountain honoring his fellow civil rights pioneers from the area around Raleigh homes for sale. The King Memorial Wall is made from 2,500 bricks, each bearing the name of one of the park's supporters. Park hours are sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.

  5. Raleigh Walking Tours - 400 N. Person St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Just how well do you really know Raleigh? Have fun as you learn about ghosts, art, and other lively facets of the city's history during Raleigh Walking Tours. Each event lasts approximately one hour, and the company has a unique pay-what-you-want policy to accommodate all interested participants. Private tours at a fixed rate are available for individuals and groups of all sizes. Reservations are required. Visit the website for tour schedules and tickets.

Raleigh is a perfect blend of culture, entertainment, and outdoor activities. Whether you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us

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.

August
5

National Book Lovers Day - Outdoor Reading Spots Near Raleigh

Outdoor Reading Spots in Raleigh

There's nothing quite like getting cozy with a good book when the world starts to feel overwhelming. 

In honor of National Book Lovers Day—coming right up on August 9th—we asked our real estate agents to name some of their favorite outdoor reading spots. The list includes some of the most beautiful parks and green spaces in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC.

  1. Lake Johnson Park - 4601 Avent Ferry Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606
    Lake Johnson Park has been a favorite place to enjoy the outdoors in Raleigh since it opened to the public in 1952. The centerpiece of the park is 150-acre Lake Johnson, which is a popular spot for fishing and kayaking, but also a great place to sit by the shoreline and catch up on your summer reading. Just minutes from these Raleigh homes for sale, the park can get a bit busy on the weekends, so we recommend visiting mid-week if possible. 
  2. Dorothea Dix Park - 2105 Umstead Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603
    With rolling meadows, shady groves of trees, and a great view of the Raleigh skyline, Dorothea Dix Park is a popular spot for picnics and dog walking. The park's most famous feature is its sunflower field (sadly not planted in 2020 due to COVID-19), but Dorothea Dix Park still offers one of the most serene, relaxing landscapes in Raleigh. It's a great place to sit under a shady tree and get lost in the pages of your favorite book. 
  3. Sandy Creek Park - 3510 Sandy Creek Dr., Durham, NC 27707
    Home to a wetlands restoration project and a series of reclaimed historic industrial sites, Sandy Creek Park, is one of Durham's most fascinating landscapes. The park abounds with quiet spots to read—park benches, picnic tables, shelters—and also offers some lovely hiking trails near these Durham homes for sale. Sandy Creek Park is a work in progress and a labor of love for the countless volunteers who have helped develop it over the past 20 years. 
  4. Cornwallis Road Park - 2830 Wade Rd., Durham, NC 27705
    Cornwallis Road Park is a bit off the beaten path compared to many Durham parks. Nestled among a series of quiet neighborhood streets, the park is sheltered by towering trees. Of the few people who frequent the park, most do so for its disc golf course, leaving much of the rest of this peaceful landscape undisturbed. That makes it a great place to wander along the shady hiking trails, and maybe stop under a tall tree to read a chapter or two. 
  5. Carolina North Forest - 122 Municipal Dr. Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    A woodland spanning 750 acres on the UNC North Campus, Carolina North Forest feels miles away from civilization despite being within walking distance of many Chapel Hill homes for sale. It's a wild and picturesque park, with vast stands of mature trees, tumbling streams, meandering hiking trails, and an abundance of native wildlife. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Our team is dedicated to helping you find the perfect home for you and your family!

July
15

Vacation Close to Home: Weekend Getaways Near Raleigh

Weekend Getaways Near Raleigh

Who's ready for a vacation? Our real estate agents sure are! After the last few months, we agree that everyone could use a little time away from home to relax, recharge, and enjoy spending time with those they care about the most. If you'd like to get out of town without hopping on a plane or train, consider road tripping to one of those great getaway destinations close to Raleigh.

  1. Winston-Salem, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 2hrs
    Head down to the Piedmont Triangle of North Carolina and enjoy a getaway tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Winston-Salem has a host of historical sites, museums, wineries, and dining options that will keep you busy for hours. Some of the notable attractions include the Salem Glen Country Club, Yadkin Valley Wine Tours, the Crooked Tail Cat Café, and Kernersville Little Theatre. 

  2. Wilmington, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 2.5hrs 

    Discover adventure and renewal in Wilmington. Their scenic Riverwalk, colorful island beaches, and charming historic district invite you to kick back and enjoy a long weekend away. Sip and watch the sunset over the Cape Fear River at Cloud 9. Munch on Southern comfort food at Fork n Cork. Relax in the shade at Airlie Gardens or splash around at Carolina Beach. Wilmington has everything your family needs to have a great time outdoors this summer.

  3. Charlotte, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 3hrs

    Explore the CLT and live like a local on a mini getaway. Great attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, AvidXchange Music Factory, and 7th Street Public Market will keep you entertained from sunup to sundown. Even if you're just visiting for a quick weekend jaunt, you can experience everything the Queen City has to offer by checking out the NoDa arts district, catching a live show at the Evening Muse, touring the Duke Mansion, and sampling new beers at Legion Brewing. Better yet, get lost in one of Charlotte's 20+ neighborhoods and discover the many hidden gems few tourists know about.

  4. Outer Banks, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 3.5hrs

    Leave your worries at home and spend a few days of seclusion and serenity in the Outer Banks. Go ghost crab hunting at night after you've spent the afternoon fishing off of Avalon Fishing Pier. Visit the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge or NC Aquarium to get an up-close-and-personal view of our state's wildlife. With a number of on- and off-water activities for the whole family, the OBX will become your favorite getaway destination on the East Coast.

  5. Asheville, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 4hrs

    There are few towns in all of the South as charming and quaint as Asheville. Get reacquainted with nature as you hike through thousands of miles of trails within the Appalachian Mountains. Visit local farms, immerse yourself in mountain culture, or spend an evening munching on innovative food while listening to live music from local bands. Whether you want a quiet weekend tucked away in the woods or a lively vacation filled with craft beer and vibrant culture, Asheville has something for everyone!

Living in Raleigh lets you vacation throughout North Carolina without ever being far from home. Contact us today to browse our Raleigh homes for sale.

February
12

Where to Play Pickleball in the Triangle

Pickleball Raleigh

Have you experienced the pickleball craze? Pickleball has grown in popularity so quickly because anyone can pick up a paddle and play. It's a game suited to players of all ages and athletic levels, combining elements of a variety of popular racket-based games. Communities throughout the Triangle have been quick to embrace the popularity of pickleball, with local parks serving as the home base of pickleball players from around the region.

Our real estate agents know all of the best spots in the Triangle, and we've got the details on five local parks where you can get your pickleball fix.

  • Brier Creek Park – 10810 Globe Rd., Raleigh, NC 27617
    With places to play pickleball and so much more, Brier Creek Park is one of the best spots in Raleigh to enjoy all of your favorite sports. For players who want to enjoy the game indoors, this is the place to be. The indoor gymnasium offers open-play pickleball for all players, along with other athletic programs.

  • Green Road Park – 4201 Green Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    There are plenty of great parks to choose from close to Raleigh homes for sale, including Green Road Park, which is located on the Wake County Library premises. The pickleball/tennis courts at Green Road Park feature push-button lighting, available every night year-round until 10 pm. Raleigh is home to an active community of pickleball players, so this is one park where you're sure to find a game.

  • Hargraves Community Park – 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Hargraves Community Park
    and the on-site Community Center are popular gathering places near Chapel Hill homes for sale, so you're certain to find other pickleball players here on most days. If you're looking to enjoy some pickleball in the evening, this park features courts with plenty of lights where you can play after dark. It's also one of the largest parks on our list, with indoor/outdoor basketball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, and an outdoor swimming pool.

  • Garrett Road Park – 6815 Garrett Rd., Durham, NC 27707
    Lined pickleball courts and ample room for outdoor relaxation after your game make Garrett Road Park a popular stop for pickleball fans close to Durham homes for sale. Along with well-maintained pickleball courts, this park features an expansive playground where kids can enjoy some outdoor time while you hang out on the courts. After your game, sit back and enjoy the breeze in the picnic shelter, or fire up the on-site grill to refuel with a hot meal.

  • White Oak Park – 1216 Jenks Carpenter Rd., Cary, NC 27519
    Cary homes for sale
    are located in a community that loves its pickleball, as you'll see when you visit the brand new pickleball courts at the popular White Oak Park. While nearly every pickleball court is a friendly place for new players, the regulars at White Oak Park take special pride in introducing new folks to the game. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to pick up a paddle and play. With three dedicated pickleball courts and an ever-growing community of local players, White Oak Park attracts players from Cary and beyond.

No matter how you like to enjoy your time outdoors, it's easy to stay active with pickleball and other sports available in the Triangle communities. Contact us to learn more about the Triangle in North Carolina.

February
5

Race Around the Triangle: Upcoming 5k's

Raleigh 5ks

Running is a great form of exercise adaptable to all workout styles. It can be done anywhere and anytime, with or without a partner, and the only equipment required is a good pair of shoes. Challenge yourself at one of these upcoming races around the Triangle suggested by our real estate agents.

  1. Raleigh Half Marathon - 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh 27604
    After a successful inaugural "run," the Raleigh Half Marathon is back for a second year. One major change is the course, which is moving to the scenic Crabtree Park Greenway, not far from Raleigh homes for sale. The date has also been moved up to Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 a.m. to avoid last year's muggy weather. The registration fee is $75, and the field is capped at 750 entries.

  2. Run for the Roses 5K - 805 Ruggles Dr., Raleigh 27603
    Now entering its 40th year, Run for the Roses 5K is one of the oldest races in the Triangle. The event includes a standard 5K along with a kids' fun run, both taking place in beautiful Dorothea Dix Park. An exciting addition this year is a pursuit race where a small group of elite female runners will have a two-minute head start on a small group of elite male runners to see who will finish first. At the end of the 5K, all-female finishers will receive the traditional rose. Run for the Roses takes place on Sunday, February 9. Race times are 2 p.m. for the 5K and 3 p.m. for the fun run. Registration fees are $25-$30, with a special rate of $18 for kids under the age of 18.

  3. Viking Dash Trail Run - 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill 27562
    Whether you're a novice or veteran runner, the Viking Dash Trail Run offers an event to suit your abilities. Choose from 5K, 10K, or half-marathon courses set through Harris Lake County Park. Spice up the competition by donning your most creative Viking-themed gear for the costume contest. All finishers receive a 7" double-bladed battle-ax "medal." The Viking Dash is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, at 9 a.m. Entry fees range from $44 to $74.

  4. Sole Mates Valentine 5K & 10K - 201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary 27511
    Give your heart a workout at the Sole Mates Valentine 5K and 10K on Saturday, February 8. Participate individually or enter as a team with your significant other (or any partner of your choice). The race takes place just minutes from Cary homes for sale at WakeMed Soccer Park, which includes the infamous "Hill," but the course will be run backward, so you go down the Hill more often than up. Race time is 11 a.m. with a kids' sprint at 10:45 a.m. Registration fees run from $5 - $90.

  5. Kay Yow Cancer Fund Celebration Run/Walk - 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh 27606
    Everyone's life has been touched in one way or another by cancer. Honor survivors and their loved ones at the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Celebration Run/Walk on Saturday, February 22. The 4K course (with a "mini-K" 2.5-mile option) is at Stafford Commons, adjacent to the Talley Student Union at NC State University. The start time is 11 a.m., and the registration fee is $25.

We go the distance to handle all your real estate needs. If you're buying or selling a Triangle area home, contact us today. 

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.

October
9

Free Fall Activities to do in Raleigh

Raleigh Fall Activities

Are you looking for free fall activities to do in Raleigh this weekend? Autumn in North Carolina is a gorgeous time of the year, surrounding us with beautiful fall leaves, a crisp breeze and plenty of great family-friendly activities to enjoy. Our real estate agents invite you to grab the kids and venture over to one of these free destinations.

  • American Tobacco Trail — 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex, NC 27502
    Spend a little time outdoors on the American Tobacco Trail. This recreational rail-trail runs for 6.5 miles through Wake County before continuing another 16.5 through Chatham and Durham Counties. The perfect place of hiking, biking, riding horses, and having a picnic, the American Tobacco Also hosts free events throughout the fall. Plan your trip around one of their free events and look at Apex homes for sale later in the day.

  • North Carolina Executive Mansion — 200 N. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    The North Carolina Executive Mansion has been the home of North Carolina's governors since 1891. You and your family can sign up for a free tour of the house and the gardens. Learn about the rich history of our state's governorship. The North Carolina Executive Mansion is an interesting afternoon activity after you've viewed a few Raleigh homes for sale.  

  • North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame — 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Michael Jordan, Phil Ford, Charlie Justice, Charlotte Smith — these are some of the players inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Since 1963, this remarkable museum has immortalized the amazing players that were born and raised in North Carolina and continues to inspire countless others to rise to greatness. Admission is free, and this home-run of an attraction is located on the third floor of the North Carolina Museum of History, making it a fun and interesting place to spend the whole day.

  • Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden — 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, NC 27607
    The Raleigh Rose Garden is such a lovely place to take a relaxing stroll and enjoy the cool weather. Located on the Raleigh Little Theatre campus, the garden is open to the public seven days a week. Grab your camera and take this opportunity to snap some amazing family photos surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees.

  • Wake Forest Historical Museum — 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 2758
    A favorite first-stop for residents after they've purchased a Wake Forest home, the Wake Forest Historical Museum is the ideal place to learn about your new town. Admission is always free, and there's plenty to see across the museum's campus. The main museum is joined by the Calvin Jones House which honors the man who has shaped the history and character of the Capital City throughout the early-1800s. Schedule a morning round of browsing Wake Forest homes for sale then pop over to the museum to learn more about how your new home fits into Wake Forest history.

Ready to move to Raleigh? Contact us today and let our real estate agents help you find your dream home!

May
8

8 Best Bike Trails in the Triangle

Triangle Living Bike Trails
May is National Bike Month and the perfect time to enjoy the Triangle on two wheels. There are bike trails connecting many Triangle communities, and winding through the beautiful outdoor spaces that make North Carolina such a lovely place to call home. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight bike trails where you can celebrate National Bike Month.

Bike Trails in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Apex

  1. Neuse River Trail – Raleigh
    Raleigh homes for sale make it easy to reach a variety of the trails on our list, including the 27.5 mile Neuse River Trail. This scenic, paved trail offers beautiful views of the river, while passing local historic sites and wetlands. The trail connects to other trails in Raleigh, and in nearby communities like Wake Forest.
  2. Duke Forest Trail – Durham
    Looking for a trail close to Durham homes for sale? The Duke Forest Trail offers 3.4 miles of trails around the Duke University Golf Course, along with extensive roads for longer rides. Experience the natural side of Duke University on this popular Triangle trail.
  3. Black Creek Greenway – Cary
    If you're shopping for Cary homes for sale, you won't have to travel far to find a great trail. The Black Creek Greenway runs just over 7 miles and takes you through some of the most beautiful natural scenery that Cary has to offer. It's an easy trail to travel, perfect for families with kids.
  4. Art to Heart Trail – Raleigh
    Set out from the North Carolina Museum of Art to explore the unique Art to Heart Trail, which travels from the museum to downtown Raleigh. The trail runs for just under 6 miles, passing the NC State University and Meredith College campuses.
  5. William B. Umstead State Park – Raleigh, Cary
    With more than 5,000 acres of natural beauty, William B. Umstead State Park has long been one of the Triangle's favorite places for outdoor adventures. Grab your bike, and set out to explore 13 miles of unpaved, multi-use trails, perfect for a brisk workout.
  6. Shelley Lake Park – North Raleigh
    Searching for a trail with waterfront views? Shelley Lake Park, located in North Raleigh, features a 2-mile loop around the lake, with ample waterfront scenery and plenty of wildlife to watch. This is a great spot for families, with beautiful views in every direction.
  7. American Tobacco Trail – Durham
    Experience the history of the Durham area as you explore the American Tobacco Trail, which runs for 22.5 miles and connects with Wake County. This trail will take you through forests, rural areas, and local wildlife hotspots, providing an opportunity to see first-hand some of the many species that call the Triangle home.
  8. Beaver Creek Greenway – Apex
    ​​​​​​​Apex homes for sale are located just a quick trip from the scenic Beaver Creek Greenway, a leisurely trail which connects with local parks and features extensive natural scenery. The trail is also located just a couple miles from the American Tobacco Trail, so you can keep the ride going.

Are you searching for the right home close to all of the outdoor activities in your favorite Triangle community? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, Durham, and communities throughout the Triangle.

March
20

Parks & Outdoor Spaces in the Triangle

Parks & Outdoor Spaces in the Triangle
March 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. After a long winter, it's a holiday that our real estate agents can get behind. We've got a lot of great outdoor spaces here in the Triangle area, and these are some of our favorite places to take a walk in the park in Raleigh, Durham and beyond.  

  1. Green Hills County Park - 9300 Deponie Drive, Raleigh
    This beautiful park in Northeast Raleigh is an excellent place for family fun, with an elementary school, middle school, and numerous Raleigh homes for sale nearby. With ample wide open spaces, Green Hills County Park offers picnic pavilions, playgrounds, walking trails and a challenging mountain bike skills course. The park's vast open fields are great for flying kites, playing Frisbee or stretching out on a picnic blanket.
  2. Apex Community Park - 2200 Laura Duncan Road, Apex
    Spanning 160 beautiful acres, Apex Community Park is just a few miles southwest of Raleigh and includes more than 3 miles of secluded nature and running trails. The park is just footsteps away from many Apex homes for sale, and also includes 50-acre lake that is great for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. A wide range of sports facilities are located at the park as well, including basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, baseball fields, and batting cages. 
  3. Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve - 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
    The rugged Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is one of the great places in the Triangle to get away from it all. Despite being just minutes away from these Cary homes for sale, the preserve feels wild and remote, with hiking trails that meander along ridges, ravines, creeks, and stands of mature hemlock trees. Be sure to stop in at the Stevens Nature Center while you're there to learn more about the preserve. 
  4. Durham Central Park - 501 Foster Street, Durham
    True to its name, Durham Central Park is at the beating heart of Durham, offering not only a great place to go for a walk, toss a Frisbee or have a picnic, but also hosting some of the cities biggest events. If you're visiting to check out Durham homes for sale, you might want to plan your trip to coincide with the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo or the Pints for Paws Craft Beverage Festival. The park also hosts the weekly Durham Farmers' Market every Saturday year-round.
  5. Prairie Ridge Ecostation - 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh
    Part of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Prairie Ridge Ecostation encompasses nearly 40 acres of reclaimed land – mostly former cow pastures – that has been allowed to return to its natural state. Today it's an incredible place for hiking, bird watching and nature photography, with prairie grasslands, bottomland forests, ponds and streams that harbor a rich diversity of plant and animal life.
  6. White Deer Park and Nature Center - 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner
    Nestled on the picturesque shores of Lake Benson, White Deer Park and Nature Center is a perfect place to enjoy some time in the great outdoors, and to introduce the next generation to the joys of exploring the natural world. With numerous Garner homes for sale in the area, the park is easily accessible, offering everything from nature trails and picnic facilities to nature exhibits and environmental gardens. 

Contact us to learn more about outdoor recreation opportunities in the Triangle area, and talk with our team of dedicated real estate agents about finding your home in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding communities!

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