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August
5

HPW Luxury | 404 Broadmoor Way

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
3

Improve Your Home's Hardscaping With These Tips

Hardscaping Tips

A functional and beautiful outdoor space can help make your summers more enjoyable, and when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor oasis, hardscaping has a big role to play. Our real estate agents always make it a point to invest in new outdoor elements that enhance the outdoor experience. New hardscaping not only helps to improve your home value, but it can also be aesthetically pleasing.

Below, we'll discuss the importance of hardscaping and how you can use it to make the most out of your yard this summer.

What Is Hardscaping?
Hardscaping is a term that describes any man-made outdoor elements, such as sidewalks, stairs, patios, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, and more. It's basically a term used to describe landscaping elements that are not plants. Hardscaping can be used to expand your living space, guide outdoor traffic, or increase the overall functionality of your yard. It's also very low maintenance!

Hardscaping Tip
Good hardscaping requires a lot of time and planning, but the end result is often well worth the investment. Here are some hardscaping tips to make your project a success:

  1. Always Evaluate The Space
    Before starting any hardscaping project, you'll want to make sure the space can support your vision. Therefore,  it's important to conduct a thorough analysis of the space. You'll want to consider the type of soil, the quality of the drainage, and the shape of the terrain before you begin building. Make sure you always measure the space.

  2. Supplement With Greenery
    It's easy to get carried away with hardscaping, but man-made elements shouldn't be the dominant theme of your outdoor space. Make sure you're keeping greenery in the picture. Whether it's flowers, shrubs, or potted plants, make sure there is plenty of plant life around.

  3. Stick To A Consistent Theme
    When hardscaping, you'll want to choose colors that match your home's exterior to create a seamless transition from indoors to the outdoors. Also, be sure not to go overboard. Try to keep it simple and stick to one or two textures across all your hardscape elements. For inspiration on beautiful hardscaping themes, take a look at a few of these Raleigh homes for sale.

  4. Keep Things Balanced
    Humans find real beauty in balance and symmetry, so keep this in mind when you're planning new outdoor elements. Use repetition when adding rocks, boulders, decor, or other elements. Make sure your items fit nicely within the natural space of your yard. Don't be afraid to add curves to your sidewalk or build a non-traditionally shaped patio.

  5. Consult A Professional
    Great hardscaping can be difficult to create. While it can make for a fun summer DIY project, you shouldn't be afraid to consult with a professional. If you're really looking to boost your home value, hiring a professional can really pay off.

Whether you're looking to create a new space for entertaining guests or your own private oasis, hardscaping is a great investment. Contact us today for more ideas about how to improve your outdoor space.

July
27

7 Tips for Adding Built-In Bookshelves

Bookshelf Tips

Part of making your house a home is getting to customize it with your interests. Put your personality and hobbies on display when you design a built-in bookshelf.

Built-in bookshelves complement your home, and you can use them as a focal point instead of furniture. Additionally, built-in bookshelves are customizable, easy to organize and make the space look bigger. Our real estate agents put together this guide to help you add built-in bookshelves after buying our Raleigh homes for sale to customize them to your taste.

  1. Take Measurements
    Where would you like your bookshelf to be? Measure the room's height and width. Just like with any home improvement project, measuring multiple times is a good way to ensure a successful project. Most people prefer their built-in bookshelves to be by the window. So, check the window placement as well. If the room has no windows, you can place the bookshelf by the center. Next, come up with the bookcase details. How many columns and rows do you need on the shelf? What will be the width between partitions?


  2. Gather Materials
    Pick out the materials you'd like to use for this home improvement project. Cut your wood to the dimensions of the bookcase details. Assemble the wood and use the glue sets to assemble the partitions.


  3. Cut and Assemble the Shelves
    After assembling the partitions, let the glue dry as you cut the shelves. From the measurement of the first step, you have an idea of shelf length. You can make them an inch longer and trim them to ensure the perfect fit. Lengthening the shelves a little more makes it easy to align them perfectly.


  4. Trim the Brackets
    Using a jigsaw, carefully cut out the brackets. You can use sandpaper to smoothen the carve. Mark any intersections, and use a pencil to draw a smooth line that will connect the dots. Then, cut out the shape using a jigsaw.


  5. Build the Partition
    Since built-in bookshelves don't have enough weight to support them as other cabinet face frames do, nail the frame parts together. Nailing makes the bookshelf more stable.


  6. Add Wall Cleats
    Use wall anchors and reliable construction adhesives to fasten wall cleats on your drywall. If you have carpeting on your floor, roll it back to avoid making a mess. If you don't have drywall, you can also check the right anchor to attach your wall cleats. The cleat helps support the partition and acts as a cleat for the bookshelf's fascia.


  7. Fasten the Brackets, Fix the Nails, Sand, and Finish Off
    Tip the partitions carefully and one at a time to avoid scaring the ceiling. Then add the brackets by gluing them to the partition sides. Next, nail them to the partition and filet. Once you fix the nails, sand the wood and finish the bookcase. You can paint it in your desired color.

Are you ready to find your next home and customize it? Contact us with your needs and preference, and let us help make your search easier.

July
14

HPW Luxury | 6 Desirable Features Found in HPW Luxury Homes

In and around the Triangle area, there are several beautiful luxury listings available for sale. What exactly differentiates these properties from the standard market? Is it the square footage, the features, or the technology? Some would say it is all of the above. Ultimately, luxury buyers are not looking at the price tag in their search for their next dream home but the amazing amenities that come with the property. Here are the top 6 must-have features in luxury homes!

1. Indoor / Outdoor living

Indoor/outdoor living seamlessly extends your home's great room or dining quarters. This trend tends to keep cohesion in design from the interior to the exterior of your home. Typically indoor/ outdoor living has always been a primal commodity when searching for a new home. With the new normal consisting of being at your humble abode more these days, the amenity has become a necessity. What makes an outdoor living space luxurious is the ability to provide comfort through all seasons while also allotting multiple entertainment options. High-end features include retracting screened porches, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, and sometimes a type of water feature. This CBHPW luxury listing checks off each box on the list! With its large covered porch and a wood fireplace, the immaculate outdoor kitchen has a top-of-the-line grill station, jacuzzi, and extensive acreage for sporting events or games. One thing for sure is that you may yearn to host any occasion with this property as your next home. To view more of this listing, click here.  

2. Theatre Room 

Entertainment becomes the next level when a luxury property contains an in-home theater. The ability to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to your fingertips is a sought amenity many buyers search for when hunting for their next home. What makes an in-home theater top-notch is its ability to incorporate features similar to an actual movie theater. This includes a top-of-the-line av-system, projector, large screens, recessed lighting, and comfortable loungers. The goal of the theater room is to immerse yourself in what's on the screen, whether that be the newest megahit movie or the exciting rival sports game. The cinema room pictured above is from none other than one of our CBHPW luxury listings. This glorious in-home theater offers stadium seating, a high-tech projector, and even mimics the groovy movie theater carpet. To view more of this property, click here. 

3. Large Garages

The standard two-car garage does not cut it for luxury properties. Buyers are looking for substantial space when envisioning the housing of their precious automobiles. Typically, luxury properties have at least a 3-car garage! To any car buff, the garage is not just a space for storing your vehicle. This part of the property could be turned into a luxurious showroom, man cave, or workshop. This beautiful CBHPW luxury property comes with a three-car garage with gorgeous rustic wood garage doors. To view more of this property, click here.  

4. Intricate Ceiling Designs

Raised ceilings and other intricate ceiling styles are quite the fanbase for luxury homes. A room turns from basic to compelling when there is a ceiling feature that adds depth, sophistication, and style. In most luxury dwellings, at least one space must contain a styled ceiling. One of these rooms can be the living room, sitting room, primary bedrooms, and or dining rooms. What exactly are some styles of these ceilings? They are cathedral, tray, beamed, suspended, and coffered. One would love to have any of these exquisite designs in their home!  For example, in this CBHPW luxury listing above. The sitting room contains a beautiful coffered ceiling. The coffered ceiling consists of sunken panels accented by molding, creating a waffle-like appearance. What works well in this room is the brilliant addition of recessed lighting. For more on this property click here

5. Massive Walk-In Closets

Typically an owner of a luxury home tends to live a complete life of luxury. Meaning everything about them is high-end, like their fashion sense. Closets in a luxury home are an extension of the main room and need to boast space and means of organization. Closets these days are not just for hanging clothes. They can be an area to lounge in after using the spa bathroom or a place to put on that fashion show after shopping in the streets of London. For sure, luxury home buyers are looking for closets that encompass organization and can show off their beautiful wardrobe. In this CBHPW luxury home, the primary closet is genuinely massive. This closet incorporates different levels of custom built-in shelving and an island dresser to accommodate all buyers' attire needs. To view more of this property, click here.

6. Relaxing Spa baths

When buyers search for their next home, kitchens and bathrooms are the most focused rooms, which is why main bathrooms in luxury homes are genuinely upping the ante in their need to give that spa-like aura. Features include a jacuzzi bathtub fit for a king, a large walk-in shower that doubles as a steam room, neutral colors, beautiful stone or tile, and lots of space for minimal clutter. In this CBHPW luxury listing, this bathroom truly exuberates comfort and relaxation. The large window allows natural light to encase the room, making the white pop against the darker grays. The unity in neutral colors creates a calming sensation. One can relax in the free-standing tub or use the shower with multi-shower heads in this bathroom. To view more, click here

When buying or selling in the luxury market, we are sure you have seen one or more of these features within the properties. To view, all of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walstons' luxury homes for sale, visit our website at https://www.hpwluxury.com













July
20

Where to Enjoy the Arts in Raleigh

Raleigh Arts

Enjoying art is a great way to momentarily escape the stresses of the day and experience something new. Art in the form of music or theater is important because it allows us to open our minds and connect to different perspectives and mindsets. Public art also helps add to the character, uniqueness, and identity of a city or public space.

Raleigh is such a unique place, and it's actually one of the best places in North Carolina to experience art and culture. Whether it's local performance venues or public street art, our culture and entertainment make this city such an enjoyable place to live. Here are 5 examples of ways our real estate agents experience art around Raleigh.

  • Visit The North Carolina Museum of Art
    If you're looking to see some of the best artwork North Carolina has to offer, you'll definitely want to check out The North Carolina Museum of Art. The artwork spans 5,000 years, from historical pieces to modern-day works. The exhibits are constantly changing, so it's fun to stop back throughout the year. The museum sits on a 164-acre park, which features several outdoor trails that guide visitors through many creative installations. If you'd like to have this beautiful art museum in your own backyard, there are several nice Raleigh homes for sale nearby.
     
  • Listen to The North Carolina Symphony
    Raleigh is home to the sixty-six-member North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, which performs throughout the year at the 1,700-seat Meymandi Concert Hall located within the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts downtown. The symphony often hosts world-renowned guest musicians, and listening to their beautiful music is often a great way to spend a weekend evening.

  • Take a Self-Guided Downtown Murals Tour
    Raleigh has so many murals and public art installations, and a self-guided walking tour is the best way to see them all. You'll see the Shaw University 150th Anniversary mural, the "Honest Abe" Lincoln automobile mural at the Lincoln Theatre, and the amazing John Prine mural on E. Martin Street. There are 10 stops on the downtown mural tour, so you're sure to get some post-worthy pictures.

  • Enjoy The North Carolina Ballet
    Nothing is more uplifting than a classical ballet performance, so head on over to the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium for a performance from the Carolina Ballet. You can see many classic stories performed through ballet during the year, including the Nutcracker every December.

  • Catch a Concert at Coastal Credit Union Music Park
    This outdoor amphitheater is a 77-acre complex that hosts many top artists and performers throughout the summer. Some of North Carolina's biggest concerts take place at Coastal Credit Union Music Park. Be sure to check the concert calendar, so you don't miss out on your favorite performer. 

The Raleigh art scene is even better when you call this area home. Contact us today for more information on local listings and tips for moving to the area.

July
13

Doggy Daycare Options in the Triangle

Raleigh pets

Looking for doggy daycare here in the Triangle? Our real estate agents can help you find it!

Whether you're looking at Raleigh homes for sale or homes in other area communities, it's no secret that many of our customers love their dogs. When it's time to compare all of the property options, an ample backyard for Fido to enjoy is often a key consideration.

Sooner or later, though, you might find that you need to travel and you aren't able to bring your beloved pooch. Airfare for dogs can be very expensive, and some road trips are just too long for them. And if you happen to be traveling by bus or Amtrak, not all vehicles are equipped to have them on board.

Likewise, boarding options might come in handy if you are selling your home in Raleigh. While lots of people love pets, they may not want them underfoot during a showing. And you never know if your prospective buyers may have an allergy to dogs or even a phobia.

Let's take a look at just a few of the many comfortable options available:

  • Dog Holiday Resort – 830 L Purser Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Dog Holiday Resort is open regular hours to help pets with lots of energy stay engaged while you're on your trip. Curbside service is available, and the facility is held to the highest sanitary standards. All dogs are welcome, from pups to seniors – simply disclose any special needs to get the appropriate attention.

  • Dog Tales – 1204 Patterson Road, Durham, NC 27704
    For dog daycare near Durham homes for sale, check out Dog Tales. Dogs who visit here are kept safe and comfortable, fed according to your exact instructions, and have medications administered at no extra cost. Safe and fun playgroup sessions are held daily, and you'll also receive regular updates.

  • Knightdale Pet Resort – 7633 Knightdale Boulevard, Knightdale, NC 27545
    For a dog daycare option near Knightdale homes for sale, many pet owners look to their local name: Knightdale Pet Resort. Dogs and cats are both welcome here and are looked after according to best practices in pet care. With these local animal behavior experts, your pet is in good and safe hands.

  • Canine Country Club and Pet Hotel – 8320 Litchford Road, Suite #118, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Canine Country Club and Pet Hotel is the place that promises to treat your pet like one of the family. This highly reputed local business not only looks after dogs, but it also provides grooming, boarding, and training. All of its add-on services can be performed while your dog is enjoying doggy daycare in Raleigh.

  • Audrey's Barkyard – 3129 Heritage Trade Drive Unit #104, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Promising love, experience, and care for all of your favorite canine friends, Audrey's Barkyard is a top pick for reliable doggy daycare near Wake Forest homes for sale. Audrey's offers a full suite of pet care services including boarding for dogs and cats, pet grooming, dog training, and pet fostering.

Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities here in the Triangle.

July
6

Historical Restaurants Around Raleigh

Raleigh restaurants

Looking for a culinary adventure right here in your own Raleigh neighborhood?

Our real estate agents can help you find it!

Raleigh homes for sale are set in a vibrant and picturesque city that's full of history. Explore a bit, and you'll discover some amazing stories. That's just as true of the thriving culinary scene. 

Raleigh's own "home-cooked" restaurant brands often have captivating histories of their own. When they're situated right in a historic building, that makes the ambiance even better. No matter if you're the world's biggest foodie or a history buff for the ages, you can have a satisfying experience.

Here's just a little taste of some of the best historical restaurants Raleigh has to offer:

  • Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern – 330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Located in the historic Dodd-Hinsdale House (completed 1879), Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern is a thrilling combination of history, atmosphere, and gourmet cuisine. A rich, seasonal menu showcases local produce and ingredients, while the wine list is second to none. There's even an attached tavern – a lively spot for refreshment after work that functions as a "restaurant within a restaurant."

  • 42nd Street Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill – 508 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    42nd Street Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill is a famous landmark restaurant that attracts visitors from all over the United States. From humble beginnings all the way back in 1931, it was once a simple grocery store that focused on oysters and draft beer. In 1987, it experienced a resurgence under the leadership of new owner Thad Eure, Jr., whose partners continue to lead it as a top seafood selection.

  • Poole's – 426 South McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Poole's bills itself as a modern take on comfort food, reimagining the classics with "creative, simple offerings, carefully executed." With a legacy that stretches all back to a 1945 founder's inspiration by Winston Churchill, it has recently returned to its diner roots under Executive Chef Ashley Christensen. You'll be surrounded by retro-chic charm as you savor hearty foods and a full selection of dessert pies.

  • Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs – 214 South White Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Lots of places have "Famous" in the name, but Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs can point to more than 100 years as one of North Carolina's leaders in the classic American hot dog. Around since 1916, it pairs its dogs with good conversation and an intriguing history all within a short drive of Wake Forest homes for sale. Still led by the same family, it also has a range of sandwiches and burgers "grilled to perfection" and topped with all of your fresh favorites.

  • Clyde Cooper's BBQ – 327 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Clyde Cooper's BBQ first made its mark back in 1938 and has been bringing in the crowds ever since. Recently announcing extended hours in response to rising demand, it is often open until the evening, sometimes running out of food early. Clyde Cooper's massive portions of smoky, satisfying meat are intended for dinner tonight and breakfast and lunch the next day, so you'll never go hungry.

Contact us to find out more about North Carolina real estate today.

June
29

Hosting Tips for Your Housewarming Party

housewarming hosting

You've looked at countless Raleigh homes for sale, and you've finally found the one. Is it too early to start planning your housewarming party? Not at all! A housewarming party is a perfect opportunity to show off your new home to your friends, celebrate with those you care about most, and just relax in your own space. The following are some hosting tips that may come in handy as you plan and hold your housewarming.

  • Plan on Giving House Tours
    Your guests are going to want to see your home. So, make sure it is tidied up and ready for visitors. It's okay to close off a bedroom or two if there are things you want to keep private, but for the most part, you want the whole of your home to be clean and ready for visitors. If you're still holding on to empty boxes and bubble wrap from your move, this is great motivation to get rid of it.

  • Serve Appetizers and Finger Foods
    Serving a sit-down meal at a housewarming party is more work than it's worth. Plus, with all of your guests roaming around and checking out the house, gathering everyone to eat at the same time will be tough. Serve a variety of finger foods and appetizers instead. This way, you and your guests can nibble as you wish.

  • Invite Guests to Drop By
    Having everyone arrive at once can be a little overwhelming when you're giving tours of the home and showing off your favorite decor. When you send out invitations, use the words "stop by between the hours of ___ and ___" so guests know they don't have to be there as soon as the party starts. Some guests will stay for a half-hour, and others may stay the whole time. Building in this flexibility also makes it easy for busy guests to attend.

  • Set Aside a Spot for Gifts
    It's customary for guests to bring a small gift when they attend a housewarming party. Set aside a designated space for these gifts before the party. An end table in the living room is a good choice. Don't use your kitchen counter or island, as you'll need those spots for food and drinks.

  • Open Up the Yard, if Possible
    It's nice to hold a housewarming party in the summer so guests can also mingle in and enjoy your yard. Tidy up your landscaping prior to the party. Also, make sure it's clear that guests are welcome to go outside and enjoy the yard. This may mean propping a door open or barbecuing outside where others can gather around the grill. 

A housewarming party is a great opportunity to show off your new space and welcome others into it as well. With the hosting tips above, you'll be set for success. If you're still on the hunt for the perfect home, feel free to contact us soon. Our real estate agents will be happy to guide you through the house-hunting process, working with you closely every step of the way.

June
22

Plants to Boost Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Plants

Want to purify the air while improving the appearance of your home? Add a few indoor plants to improve your indoor air quality, reduce your stress levels, and enhance your home's aesthetic.

Our real estate agents also know that indoor plants effectively make any space look more inviting. Here are a few plants that will boost your indoor air quality and help your home look its best.

  • Spider Plants
    Spider plants are easy to grow and care for, making them a popular option for homeowners who want to add plants that don't require a lot of time and attention. A spider plant removes formaldehyde, a chemical commonly found in fingernail polish, cigarette smoke, dry cleaning solutions, and other synthetic chemicals. To help your spider plant thrive, you'll want to keep the soil moist and place it in a spot that's semi-sunny or even shady. 
  • Philodendrons
    Philodendrons are another plant that's efficient at purifying your air while being relatively easy to grow. Many homeowners like philodendrons thanks to the lovely heart-shaped leaves. Another benefit of philodendrons is that they're versatile regarding their ideal placement in your home. You can keep philodendrons in a shady spot, or you can house them in a sunnier area as long as you're willing to water them more frequently. 
  • Peace Lilies
    Peace lilies have gorgeous white flowers and remove acetone, alcohols, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air. They need a semi-shady spot in your home, and you'll want to keep the soil moist. 
  • Snake Plants
    When adding your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale, consider adding snake plants to your entryway or living room. Snake plants are perfect for busy homeowners thanks to their blase watering requirements; water the plant until the soil is moist, then allow the soil to completely dry out before you water it again. This means that you may only need to water your snake plant every two to four weeks. 
  • Bromeliads
    Bromeliads boast a beautifully colored bloom and are effective at removing a number of air pollutants. They do best in a spot with a lot of direct lighting. Make sure that your bromeliad has a pot that allows for ample water drainage, as they are prone to developing root rot. If you notice water gathering in the pot, promptly empty it out. A bromeliad will only live for a year or two; after they flower, they start to die off. They do produce baby bromeliads at their base that you can remove and propagate. 
  • English Ivy
    While English ivy is a popular addition in many gardens, it's also an excellent addition to your collection of indoor plants, offering a classic look and strong pollutant-removing properties. It can grow in full shade or full sun, and over time, you can even direct its growth so that it compliments your home. 
  • Gerbera Daisies
    If you prefer a flowering plant or a species that will add color to your home, gerbera daisies are a terrific selection. They're a little tricky to grow inside because they need a lot of bright light and relatively warm temperatures. A location by a window offers these growing conditions, but too much heat can scorch the leaves. One option is to place your daisies by the window during the morning and then move them before the strong afternoon sun hits. 

Want a home with more space for indoor plants? Contact us to start your search!

June
15

Gardens to Visit in the Triangle This Summer

Raleigh Gardens

If you're looking for a fun summertime activity, look no further than one of the many beautiful botanical gardens in the Triangle. Walking through a garden can help you relax and get some fresh air. Plus, it's a great educational activity to do with the kids. In fact, our real estate agents often visit local gardens to come up with new ideas for their own yards. Here are five botanical gardens you should visit in the Triangle this summer:

  1. JC Raulston Arboretum - 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
    Explore 10 whole acres of florals and plants at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. This nationally recognized Arboretum is comprised of 20 different themed gardens with a total of 5,000 plants on display. There are also several educational events, games, and food trucks around on the weekends. A weekend trip to this beautiful area is fun for the whole family. You also might like to check out some nearby Raleigh homes for sale

  2. North Carolina Botanical Garden - 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    Learn all about North Carolina's native plants at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a conservation area owned and operated by the University of North Carolina. Experience the restorative powers of this beautiful area, which consists of over 1,100 acres of gardens. You can also enjoy a vast array of programs and activities like gardening workshops, educational walks, and summer camps, all within a short distance of Chapel Hill homes for sale

  3. Juniper Level Botanic Garden - 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Take a refreshing walk through the 28-acre Juniper Level Botanic Garden with a diverse display of beautiful flora. Want to take some plants home? Shop at the attached Plant Delights Nursery before you go home. Garden tours are by appointment only, or you can visit one of N.C. State's open garden days (usually one weekend each month).

  4. Sarah P. Dukes Gardens - 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708
    Stroll through 5 miles and 55 acres of beautifully landscaped space at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This property, which is located on Duke University's campus, consists of well-maintained walkways and paths, making it easy to take in the gorgeous scenery. The park is open daily from 8 am to dusk and is located near several Durham homes for sale.
      
  5. The Raleigh Rose Garden - 301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607
    The Raleigh Rose Garden provides an excellent opportunity to take a nature walk or improve your photography skills. It's one of three accredited rose gardens in the state of North Carolina. You'll find serene landscaping and an extensive display of roses in all different colors. The park is free to the public, and it's open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. 

Beautiful scenery is just one of the many great things about living in the Triangle. Thinking about moving here soon? Our team can help! Contact us today to check out some listings and learn more about the area.

June
8

Cafes With Fantastic Iced Coffee in the Triangle

Iced Coffee Raleigh

When you're looking at the best of Raleigh homes for sale, it's not out of the ordinary to want a refreshing iced coffee to keep your energy going strong. Our real estate agents are big fans of an iced brew, with or without an accompanying donut or sandwich – and you have many options.

Aside from all the familiar chain restaurants you know and love, you'll also find many unique coffee shops, bakeries, and roasteries here in the Triangle. It's just one more part of this innovative area's unique startup culture, which has helped introduce the whole nation to ideas born in Raleigh.

Let's drop in and visit with some of your many options in and around Raleigh:

  • 42 & Lawrence – 134 East Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    42 & Lawrence is a historic spot lauded for its tasty and inspiring seasonal beverages – everything from the "Lemon Zing" to the "Eggnog Latte," the "Butterscotch Gingerbread Latte," and the classic "Peppermint Mocha." Any coffee drink on the menu can be served iced, and there's always something new to try. A full selection of cookies, croissants, and more round out the offerings.

  • Sir Walter Coffee – 242 South Main Street, Suite 118, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    With two nearby locations including one near Holly Springs homes for sale, you're never far from the popular Sir Walter Coffee. It's probably best known for "The Walter Raleigh," which mixes in mocha syrup, simple syrup, and cold brew. It is all shaken with a big dollop of heavy cream and silky smooth vanilla. If you just can't get away from work, you can also order your coffee drink of choice for delivery from either the Holly Springs or Raleigh shop.

  • Crema and More – 421 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
    Found within the palatial, skyline-defining confines of One Bank of America Plaza, Crema and More is the engine that keeps many local business owners going strong. In addition to the chai latte, frappe, hot chocolate, and other favorites, you can enjoy a double scoop of ice cream on a homemade waffle cone or chow down on your choice of more than a dozen delicious deli sandwiches, including vegetarian options.

  • Jubala Coffee – 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Jubala Coffee is available from three Raleigh locations and has made a name for itself with its delectable coffees and expansive menu of sandwiches, sweet biscuits, and waffles. Flash brewing over ice is the house style for iced coffee, and it pairs well with the fruit-based "liege waffles" prepared with special pearl sugar. Hot, pressed sandwiches featuring Boulted Bread will leave you feeling ready for the day.

  • BOLT Drinks and Coffee – 400 East Broad Street, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
    Recently celebrating the grand opening of its new location near Fuquay Varina homes for sale you can find BOLT Drinks and Coffee all throughout the Raleigh area. Aside from the iced coffee, you might wish to try one of BOLT's signature chilled energy drinks. These fruity, flavor-forward concoctions include blends like the blue raspberry and lime "Blue Skies," "Hurricane," "Cyclone," "Volcano," "Wapple Monsoon," and "Triple Threat."

Looking for a home near your favorite cafe? Contact us to learn more about real estate opportunities here in the Triangle.

June
1

Summer Learning: Museums in the Triangle

Raleigh Museums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
25

Where to Order BBQ Near Raleigh

Raleigh BBQ

There is nothing quite like classic Carolina BBQ, and there is no better place to find it than right here in the heart of North Carolina. Raleigh has so many legendary BBQ joints where you can find top-of-the-line pulled pork, brisket, or ribs topped with a classic smoky yet sweet Carolina BBQ sauce.

Our real estate agents are always recommending great BBQ destinations to our clients. Want a taste of what the area has to offer? Check out these local spots!

  • The Pit Authentic BBQ - 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Dig into some delicious pit-smoked pork or some Texas-style beef brisket at The Pit Authentic BBQ. With delicious meat and tasty sauces served in a renovated 1930s meatpacking warehouse, you can have the true BBQ experience. If you want to live nearby, check out some of these Raleigh homes for sale just a few miles away.

  • Chop Shop BBQ And Grill - 210 E Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609
    Enjoy huge portions of delicious smoked meat and classic southern cuisine at this low-key BBQ joint. Chop Shop BBQ started as a food truck at the NC State Fairgrounds and turned into one of the very best BBQ restaurants in Raleigh in 2018. Enjoy a signature BBQ sandwich or platter paired with some unique sauces.

  • Big Al's BBQ - 950 Gateway Commons Cir, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Not only does Big Al's serve some fantastic smoked meats, but they also have some of the most unique flavors of BBQ sauce in Raleigh. Sure, they have all the traditional flavors, but you'll also find peach, blackberry, and even cinnamon barbeque sauce. All-in-all they have over a dozen sauces. Excellent meat and creative sauces combined with friendly service and southern hospitality, and you have one of Raleigh's best BBQ joints.

  • Sam Jones BBQ - 502 W Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    You'll find some great wood-fired whole hog BBQ at Sam Jones. This family-owned restaurant serves 7 different BBQ platters, including chopped BBQ, slow-cooked chicken, smoked turkey, and spare ribs. Don't forget to try a piece of their delicious Skylight Inn style cornbread.

  • The Blue Note Grill - 709 Washington St, Durham, NC 27701
    Want to enjoy your BBQ with a side of live music? The Blue Note Grill is the place for you! Situated in the downtown Durham historic Central Park District, you'll enjoy fantastic BBQ ribs from their full-service restaurant while listening to talented local musicians. Both the food and the venue itself have won numerous awards, making it a local favorite near Durham homes for sale.

  • Bullock's BBQ - 3330 Quebec Dr, Durham, NC 27705
    When a restaurant has been around since the 1950's you know it has to be good! Offering fantastic BBQ dishes for years, Bullock's BBQ has perfected its craft and has become a local staple in the Durham area. See what all the hype is about and order from their fantastic takeout menu. Or have them cater your next event. 

Easy access to great BBQ dishes is just one of the many great things about living in the Raleigh area. Contact us for more local recommendations.

May
18

Get to Know Raleigh Suburbs

Raleigh Suburbs

With nearly half a million residents within the city proper and millions more in the metro area, Raleigh homes for sale are distributed across a variety of colorful neighborhoods. Raleigh suburbs attract buyers from all over, and each one has its own distinctive character.

There are no less than twenty major named suburbs of Raleigh, and our real estate agents know them all. That said, we know that the prospect of exploring twenty neighborhoods can be a daunting one, and comparing them all might sound almost impossible.

Although there's much to see and do all around Raleigh, a few of its suburbs stand out for their charm, amenities, and beautiful homes. Consider these neighborhoods as you begin your Raleigh home search:

  • Chapel Hill
    With about 60,000 residents, Chapel Hill homes for sale sit within the most hip and happening of Raleigh suburbs. With a typical morning commute of only 20 minutes, it is famous for amenities including the Ackland Art Museum and Morehead Planetarium, college sports, and a thriving arts scene.

  • Morrisville
    Morrisville stands out for its cultural diversity. You'll find a smorgasbord of different restaurants headed by local chefs as well as festivals celebrating many different heritages close to Morrisville homes for sale. Lake Crabtree County Park is one of the best places to go fishing in North Carolina, with boat rentals available alongside a 500-acre lake.

  • Cary
    Cary is Raleigh's largest suburb, clocking in at 170,000 people. It blends natural beauty with arts and culture, and it is one of the safest places in Raleigh. Families will love the peaceful atmosphere and the inviting parks, like lakeside Fred G. Bond Metro Park, near Cary homes for sale.

  • Apex
    Apex homes for sale benefit from a busy social calendar thanks to nonprofit "boosters" who are highly active in the community. You can always visit the local cultural arts center to find out what's happening next or amble through the Downtown Historic District, which dates back to the 1800s.

  • Holly Springs
    Holly Springs homes for sale are tucked into one of the fastest-growing Raleigh suburbs. With a convenient location less than 20 miles from Raleigh and one of the lowest crime rates around, it's replete with world-class shopping, dining, and carefully kept green spaces. Plenty of exciting new initiatives are in the works right now!

  • Zebulon
    If you're looking for small-town flair where "where everybody knows your name," Zebulon homes for sale may be just right for you. Six community parks and a championship disc golf course mean it's easy to enjoy the great outdoors in this place known as the "Town of Friendly People."

  • Wake Forest
    Downtown Wake Forest has earned the name "The Renaissance Area" for its lavish assortment of art galleries and boutiques. The city of 44,000 is crisscrossed by hiking trails that will take you all through the neighborhood and beyond, giving you memorable ways to explore the woods near Wake Forest homes for sale.

  • Hillsborough
    With just 7,200 locals, Hillsborough homes for sale bring you close to annual festivals and mountain views unparalleled anywhere else around Raleigh. History buffs will love to find all the architectural treasures, with some lovingly preserved structures dating all the way back to the 1700s.

Contact us to discover more of what the Raleigh area has to offer.

May
11

Wake County Festivals for Summer Fun

Summer Festivals

Just moved into one of the amazing Raleigh homes for sale? Meet your neighbors and get to know this dynamic area when you attend these wonderful festivals taking place around Wake County this summer.

  • American Dance Festival - Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad St., Durham, NC 27705
    Dancing offers a unique combination of artistic creativity and physical movement. Since 1934, the American Dance Festival provides opportunities for community members to become involved through classes and performances near Durham homes for sale. Their annual summertime "Movies by Movers" festival showcases the relationship between dancing and cinema. Other upcoming events include "Made in North Carolina," a performance of four commissioned dances by North Carolina choreographers. Visit the website for the full schedule and prices.

  • Enofest - West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704
    Have fun while supporting a good cause at the 42nd annual Enofest. This holiday extravaganza of live music, food and beverage, crafts, and outdoor activities raises funds to help preserve the resources of the Eno River basin. In addition to three performance stages, more than 60 craft artisans and numerous food trucks and vendors will be on hand. This year's Enofest takes place on Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4. Admission runs from $10-$450.

  • Raleigh's International Food Festival - City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Put on your stretchy pants and head out to Raleigh's International Food Festival, now in its sixth year. While food may be the main event, the pet-friendly festival celebrates Raleigh's diverse community, culture, and history. More than 30 food and dessert trucks provide a virtual buffet of global flavors where you can find your favorite or try something new. Don't miss the joyous Outdoor International Dance Party! The food fest is scheduled for Sunday, July 4, from noon - 10 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Club Fair - Women's Club of Raleigh, 3300 Women's Club Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612
    Club Fair is so popular that it was decided once a year just isn't enough. On the last Sunday of the month, from May through September, the Women's Club of Raleigh hosts the festival of art, food, and music. The family-friendly event includes plenty of activities for the little ones. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and admission is free.

  • GalaxyCon Raleigh - Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Comic books aren't just for kids anymore. Fans of all ages will be gathering at GalaxyCon Raleigh, held downtown at the Convention Center. This year's impressive lineup of celebrity guests includes director Kevin Smith and the cast of Clerks, Tom Welling of Smallville, Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica, and the iconic William Shatner. With sci-fi, anime, fantasy, gaming, and cosplay, there's something for everyone. Mark your calendar from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. Visit the website for hours and ticket prices.

  • Peak City Pig Fest - 210 N. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502
    What's summer without a good BBQ? At Peak City Pig Fest, the mouthwatering smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting all around Apex homes for sale. Over two days, 42 teams will face off in an exciting competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Live music and a beer garden complete this ideal scenario. Hours are Friday, July 22, from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., and Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Our real estate agents can help with any of your questions about life in Wake County. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

May
4

Historic Home Tours in the Triangle

Historic HomesThe Triangle is known as one of the places where the future is made. Raleigh homes for sale have convenient access to a diverse economy with a vibrant tech scene. But the area is also steeped in plenty of rich history, reaching back through the entire American story.

Our real estate agents are always glad to show you everything Raleigh has to offer. Here are some of the historic homes many people choose to visit when they explore the Triangle:

  • Borden Building – 820 Clay Street, Raleigh, NC 27605
    The Borden Building is among the only surviving remnants of what was once the Methodist Home for Children. Erected in 1900, the Borden Building itself acted as home to the superintendent. Later, it was converted to serve hundreds of children over the years. Since its purchase by the City of Raleigh in 1982, it and adjoining Fred Fletcher Park have been an oasis of tranquility in the midst of an urban setting.

  • Heck-Andrews House – 309 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The Heck-Andrews House has been praised by historians as one of the finest surviving examples of Second Empire architecture. At the crossroads of many other key sites, including the lieutenant governor's office, it was completed in 1872 and occupied for more than a century as a private residence. It was vacant until 2014, the year of a major renovation, and is now open to public visitors.

  • Haywood Hall House and Gardens – 211 N. Bern Place, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Haywood Hall House and Gardens is a testament to the life of John Haywood, the first elected treasurer of North Carolina. A frame house in the prominent Federal style, it is now the oldest house on an original site anywhere within Raleigh's city limits. It has a unique collection of family portraits, a variety of original furniture, and a permanent collection of antique dolls. Admission is always free.

  • Joel Lane Museum House – 160 South Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    The Joel Lane Museum House is noteworthy as the oldest home within Wake County: It dates back to 1769. The spot is heralded as the "Birthplace of North Carolina's Capital" thanks to a fateful agreement by Joel Lane to sell 1,000 acres to the state for the construction of official buildings and infrastructure. Today, the site offers two other historic buildings and a gift shop.

  • L.L. Polk House – 537 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27604-1119
    L.L. Polk House features a style that has been called "gingerbread Gothic." Dating to 1890, it was built by one of the most prominent men in the state, a former part-owner of the Raleigh News and Observer. Tours are available by appointment only and will shed light on the life of Col. L.L. Polk as well as the storied history of the property itself.

  • North Carolina Executive Mansion – 200 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    North Carolina Executive Mansion sits just steps from the Heck-Andrews house listed above. Built from local materials, it has been the official home of North Carolina's governors since 1891. It was once lauded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as "the most beautiful governor's residence interior" in the nation. Tour reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Ready to start touring homes for sale in the area? Contact us today.

April
27

What to Plant in Your Garden This Year

Garden Tips

Spring is here at last! Our real estate agents have been looking forward to another year of beautiful, thriving plants at our Raleigh and Durham homes for sale. In their time working on local properties, they have seen some incredible examples of gardening prowess and learned which plants grow best in this area of North Carolina. Here are some of the plants they are most excited to recommend to local gardeners this year. 

  • Rosemary 
    Rosemary is a common herb used to add an earthy flavor to soups, stews, and bread, but that doesn't mean it can't be an attractive part of a garden arrangement as well. This herb's distinctive tall shoots covered in short, straight leaves can look great in the right surroundings.  

    Like most herbs, rosemary is hardy and doesn't need too much water or attention. It does best in full sun, so try to find it a sunny spot near the middle of your plots to help it grow. 

  • Wood Geraniums 
    Wood geraniums are modest, cheerful-looking flowers that grow natively in North Carolina. They make an excellent addition to any Raleigh resident's garden, but those with lots of nearby wildlife may appreciate them even more. Their strong smell has sometimes been shown to have a mild repellent effect against deer, rabbits, and other woodland creatures.  

    These flowers bloom from late spring to mid-summer, so plant them soon to enjoy their beauty for several months. They need neutral soil but can survive in either sun or partial shade.  

  • Carolina Silverbell 
    If you want to make your garden feel like a magical respite, look no further than the Carolina Silverbell tree. This plant's dainty white blossoms look like something out of a fairy tale.  

    This tree needs neutral or mildly acidic soil and lots of sun but can handle periods of shade. Expect to see it bloom each year in late spring or early summer and develop stunning yellow foliage in the fall.  

  • Sandhills Fire Lily 
    Looking for a striking centerpiece for your garden? The Sandhills Fire Lily might be just the plant you need. With their exotic orange blossoms and their rippling downward-pointing petals, these lilies bring dramatic flair to any outdoor space.  

    Fire lilies bloom in mid-summer and need lots of sun to thrive. They also do best in mildly acidic soil. They'll do great in spots near the middle of your garden where they can enjoy both the sunshine and the spotlight. 

  • Lavender 
    Lavender is well-known for its soft purple flowers and delicate scent. It is often used in teas, bath scents, and massage oils for its calming fragrance. Growing your own allows you to enjoy this relaxing aroma anytime.  

    This plant is hardy and can survive in most conditions, but it does best in full sun and fully-drained alkaline soil. It is prone to root rot in damp conditions, so be sure not to overwater it.  

  • Flowering Dogwood 
    The flowering dogwood's distinctive white clusters of blossoms are both eye-catching and understated, allowing them to easily fit into most Raleigh gardens. This plant's blooms also happen to be North Carolina's official state flower! 

    Dogwood trees need moist, acidic soil with partial shade. Their blossoms will appear in late spring and early summer before developing into small red fruits that give the tree a striking new look. Humans cannot eat these berry-like fruits, but many birds enjoy them and will be happy to visit your yard for a snack when you have a dogwood tree on your property. 

Eager to get started on your new garden? Contact us for more information on our roster of properties and find your perfect landscaping canvas today.  

April
13

Food Halls in Wake County

Food Halls Wake County

Having trouble deciding where to go for dinner? Head on over to one of Wake County's awesome food halls, where you'll have no shortage of dining options.

Food halls have become an increasingly popular component of most major cities due to the variety of food options they offer. But they also play an important role in the community. Food halls often give local entrepreneurs an easy platform to startup and test new concepts, and some of our best local restaurants today were born out of food halls.

Our real estate agents love checking out all the great dining concepts our local food halls have to offer. Here are the three great food halls you'll want to visit in Wake County:

  • Craften Neighborhood Food and Drink - 706 Money Ct, Suite 101, Knightdale, NC 27545
    Whether you're grabbing dinner or catching the game, Craften Neighborhood Food and Drink is a great local venue with plenty of dining options. Food options include Fiori Pizza, Poblanos Taqueria, The Corner Venezuelan, and Finca Burger, so there is truly something for everyone. There is also plenty of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of TVs around. This food hall has become a neighborhood staple and a great community hangout. The best part is that there are some amazing Knightdale homes for sale just down the road.

  • Morgan Street Food Hall - 11 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Rated one of the top 10 best new food halls in the country in the USAToday's 2019 Readers' Choice Awards, Morgan Street Food Hall is an awesome local amenity. The food hall consists of 22,000 square feet and about 20 dining options, so you're sure to find your new favorite meal. In addition to tacos, burgers, and sandwiches, you'll also find a number of creative concepts like crepes, Thai rolled ice cream, and lobster rolls. There is plenty of indoor seating as well as a nice outdoor patio making it a great place to hang out with friends. The outdoor space is also pet friendly! Looking to host a birthday party or shower? You can even book special events at the food hall.

  • Transfer Co. Food Hall - 500 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Located in the historic Carolina Coach Garage in the Olde East neighborhood, Transfer Co. Food Hall opened in 2019 and is now home to 9 local vendors. Dining options include a bagel shop, empanadas, cookies and ice cream, Indian cuisine, burgers, a burrito shop, and an oyster bar. You can also catch a nice view of downtown Raleigh from the interior seating area or hang out outside as the weather permits. The food hall is constantly expanding, and future plans include a grocery store and an expanded outdoor plaza. Transfer Co. also hosts live music, events, games, and more. After grabbing dinner, you'll want to be sure to check out these nearby Raleigh homes for sale

Food halls make for a great community gathering place, and we're lucky to have some of the country's best in Wake County. For more local recommendations, contact us today.

March
16

Kitchen Features Buyers Want in 2022

Kitchen Features 2022

When exploring prospective homes, one of the spaces that many homebuyers prioritize is the kitchen. Since a kitchen serves as a spot for cooking, dining, entertaining, and even working, our real estate agents understand why a home's kitchen is important to potential homebuyers. Here are some of the kitchen features that buyers want in 2022. 

  1. An Efficient Design
    Buyers want a kitchen that makes it easier to use the space. A kitchen should be set up so that it's convenient to move between food prep, cooking, and clean-up. For example, a kitchen with a pull-out trash bin and cutting board is attractive because it makes it easier to dispose of food waste and other items when you're cooking. There should be a large surface that can be used for food prep that's located in close proximity to the stove and other appliances. 
  1. An Updated Design
    Homeowners spend a lot of time in their kitchens, and they prefer that it be a space that's aesthetically pleasing. A higher-end countertop (like granite or quartz), sturdy cabinets with updated hardware, and coordinating flooring all work together to create a space that's aesthetically pleasing. When planning to add your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale, plan on making a few changes to update your kitchen's look, like a fresh coat of paint or new cabinet hardware. 
  1. Space for Storing and Organizing Kitchen Necessities
    Even the most gorgeous kitchen will be less appealing if it lacks storage space for housing kitchen essentials. An ideal kitchen will have a pantry (buyers often prefer a walk-in pantry) and an ample number of cabinets and drawers. Buyers don't like cluttered countertops, and it's a lot easier to keep counters clear and tidy when there's sufficient storage. An easy way to make your kitchen's storage space appear larger is to declutter your cabinets, drawers, and other storage areas. Spaces that are completely filled with stuff look untidy and even appear smaller than they actually are. 
  1. A Clean, Well-Maintained Kitchen Space
    A simple way to ensure that any kitchen looks its best is to thoroughly clean it. Buyers often shy away from homes that look as if they need a lot of maintenance and cleaning. When preparing to list your home with other Durham homes for sale, one of the most important things you can do is meticulously clean your kitchen from top to bottom. Use a vacuum cleaner with an attachment to remove dust and debris before cleaning the walls, counters, floors, and other surfaces with the appropriate cleaning products. If there's any maintenance you need to do, like changing lightbulbs, fixing a leaky faucet, or repairing an uneven cabinet, take care of these issues before listing your home. 
  1. Updated Technology
    Buyers like kitchens with technology that makes their lives easier. Smart appliances that allow you to operate and adjust them remotely are appealing, as are models that are energy efficient. While kitchen appliances don't have to be brand new, they should appear to be in good condition. Dated appliances can make the entire kitchen look old and unattractive. 

Ready to list your home for sale? Contact us to start the selling process!

March
4

HPW Luxury | 317 W Morgan St. Unit 400


Among the charismatic streets of Oak City, amid museums, parks, and countless nightlife options. You will find the ideally located Dawson Morgan Condominium on 317 W Morgan St. Be encompassed by a taste of class with a traditional style building and entryway of a tall wood-paneled door that opens to the luxurious residences inside.

 Enter the bright, rounded foyer of suite 400, and your eyes will wander the masterfully crafted three-dimensional texture of board and batten paneling paired with detailed crown molding and charming French doors. Which beautifully carries into the quaint and intimate sitting room. While a glorious entrance emits classical elegance, the homes' design effortlessly blends modern sophistication through the rest of the residence.

Come into an open floor concept of the living room and be surrounded by an aesthetically appealing large span of windows, allowing in beautiful panoramic 
views of the Raleigh Skyline plus ample natural light.
Although, bask in privacy and create a pleasant ambiance by lowering the motorized shades and dimming the recessed lighting.


Any culinary enthusiast will appreciate the recently reformed kitchen, a multifunctional area of sleek lines, crisp contemporary colors, and boasting professional-caliber appliances, including a Subzero 2 column fridge and freezer, Wolfe induction cooktop, GE monogram WIFI double ovens, two Boschdishwashers, and spacious butler's pantry. Entertainment can be simultaneous with plenty of room around the two marble-topped islands.

The luxurious owner's suite includes a lavish bedroom with a custom walk-in closet. Venture into the wondrous bath, and the defining elements of ornate details, contrasting textures, freestanding tub, and spacious dual vanities sweep you into feeling like you just booked an extended stay at the spa.

 While this newly renovated condominium is flawlessly crafted and maintained, the residence comprises contemporary amenities, such as eclectic light fixtures, WIFI thermostats, engineered hardwood flooring, a wine refrigerator, and a sizable balcony.

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

March
9

St. Patrick's Day 2022 in Raleigh

St Patrick's Day Raleigh

Raleigh homes for sale are right in the middle of some of the nation's best St. Patrick's Day festivities, and you're invited!

Celebrated on March 17th every year, St. Patrick's Day commemorates the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. As Irish immigrant communities became established back in the 1700s, they often embraced the holiday as a celebration of their shared heritage, which others have joined in on today.

Raleigh also enjoys a festive mood for the whole week of St. Patrick's Day. There are street fairs, live music, and plenty of delicious food from local restaurants and caterers.

Let's take a closer look at all you can expect to enjoy this March:

  • Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade – See Website for Location Details in Raleigh, NC
    Kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade is the region's largest. Launching from Lane Street as in previous years, it will delight audiences of all ages with music and displays from for-profit and nonprofit organizations around Raleigh. Planned to go on "rain or shine," the Parade typically ends around 11:30. This will be its first return after two years of cancellations!

  • Charcuterie Design 101 St. Paddy's Day at Macgregor Downs Country Club – 430 Saint Andrews Lane, Cary, NC 2751
    Hosted at the historic Bond Brothers Beer Company, Holiday Platter Design is an event conceived by a pair of local gourmands and entrepreneurs called Grazin' Gals. This fun and friendly event takes place only on Wednesday, March 16, and guests must purchase a ticket in advance. The Gals themselves will introduce their guests to the art of laying out a seasonal charcuterie display with spring flair and all the trimmings. One $70 entry provides you with all the ingredients and step-by-step instructions to produce your own board with a distinctive Irish theme – all just minutes from Cary homes for sale.

  • Pot of Gold 5K – 621 North First Avenue, Knightdale, NC 27545
    Want to make a positive difference for local charities this St. Patrick's Day? The Pot of Gold 5K may be just what you're looking for. Taking place just down the street from Knightdale homes for sale, it will benefit good causes with a 5K race starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. This Fifth Annual event invites you to run or walk with your neighbors. A $60 entry fee includes a shirt, finisher's medal, and other swag. Proceeds will go to benefit Northside Compassion Project transitional housing for those in need.

  • Leprechaun Dash 5K and 10K – See Website for Location Details in Pittsboro, NC
    Touted as the First Annual event of its kind, the Leprechaun Dash 5K and 10K may soon be established as a local tradition near Pittsboro homes for sale. Set to commence at 8:30 on March 12, it will be a fun and challenging course suitable for all kinds of runners. Prizes will be on hand by age group and will also commemorate the best leprechaun costume. Earnings will support Chatham kids through the YMCA.

Contact us to find out more about events and opportunities in Raleigh.

March
2

7 Tips to Help You Prepare for Spring Cleaning

spring cleaning tips

Spring isn't here quite yet, but it's poking its head around the corner. If you're someone who looks forward to a good spring cleaning, then you probably can't wait to pull out your mops and buckets. Planning ahead for spring cleaning is a great way to stay busy and make sure you're ready to go the second the weather breaks. So, how do you plan for a successful spring cleaning? Our real estate agents have some helpful tips.

  1. Organize Your Cleaning Products
    Knowing where your cleaning products are will help your spring cleaning routine go more smoothly. Take the time to sort through your cleaning products, throw away old ones, and gather everything into one area. You can also make a list of new cleaning products you need and shop for them.

  2. Make a List
    Spring cleaning can feel overwhelming and a bit daunting. You might keep mulling over different tasks and plans in your mind. It can be really helpful to make a list of tasks on paper. This gets you out of your head and reassures you that you won't forget anything. As you think of new cleaning tasks you'd like to tackle, just add them to the list. By the time spring arrives, you'll have a thorough record of everything you plan to do.

  3. Donate Obvious Extras
    You may want to wait for spring to do a serious audit of your drawers and collections. But if there are items sitting around your home that you obviously no longer want or need, start donating and selling them now. When spring comes, you'll have fewer things to clean and less to do.

  4. Use Up Pantry Extras
    Spring cleaning in the kitchen is a lot easier with a nearly empty pantry. So, start planning ahead by using up your open food, along with food items you've been storing for a while. 

    Some people like to do a one-week pantry cooking challenge. During this week, you do not go grocery shopping at all. You can only eat and cook with what's already in your pantry. This requires some creativity, but it's an excellent way to clear the clutter.

  5. Contact Contractors
    There are some spring cleaning and maintenance tasks you simply should not do on your own. Servicing your air conditioner is one of them. Hydro-jetting your drains is another. Make a list of all the spring cleaning tasks you want to have done professionally. Then, start contacting those contractors and making appointments. It's nice to get on their schedule before the springtime rush.

  6. Set Some Cleaning Goals
    Another way to plan for spring cleaning is to set some specific cleaning goals for the year ahead. Maybe your goal is to clean for 30 minutes, twice a week. Or perhaps you want to get rid of 10 unneeded items each month. Write down your goals and post them on your refrigerator. When spring does come, you'll be ready to buckle down and work to achieve them.

  7. Make Your Own Cleaners
    If you prefer to use homemade cleaners, now is the time to start preparing them. Make a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water to use on your surfaces. Stock up on baking soda to use on your carpets. Look up recipes for new homemade cleaning products and follow them. By the time spring comes, you'll be stocked up.

Getting your house clean so you can list it this spring? If you're thinking of moving, don't hesitate to contact us. Our real estate agents can help you find incredible Raleigh homes for sale, and they can guide you through the buying process. 

February
23

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

Raleigh Locations for Family Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
16

Recently Opened Restaurants in Raleigh

Raleigh Restaurants

Raleigh's dining scene is like nothing else out there, and our real estate agents know all the highlights.

Raleigh homes for sale are getting plenty of attention in today's market, as are the homes in nearby communities. But when you move, you're not only choosing a house. It's also about finding the right neighborhood – with the amenities and the flavor that will be right for you.

Raleigh-Durham has long been known as one of the culinary capitals of the United States. Many of the top U.S. chefs have gotten their start here. Raleigh sees many new restaurants open every year. From comfort food to the most sophisticated fusion concepts around, there's always something to tempt your taste buds.

Let's visit with some of the most recently opened restaurants near the Raleigh area:

  • La Muñeca Ice Cream – 131 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    La Muñeca Ice Cream offers the authentic flavor of Mexican ice cream, treats, and desserts. Freshly opened in December of 2021, it has quickly made a name for itself with its delicious delicacies. You can sample fresh-made ice cream and enjoy the best customer service in a friendly atmosphere. It's all just a few minutes from Hillsborough homes for sale.

  • Cugino Forno Pizzeria – 800 Taylor Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Located on historic Taylor Street, Cugino Forno Pizzeria gives you a taste of classic Neapolitan pizza from a wood-fired oven. It is so popular that it has expanded to four full locations throughout Raleigh-Durham. It even has frozen pizzas you can cook at home. Delivery and carry-out service are available. It's a short journey from Durham homes for sale, and who knows where it will pop up next?

  • Lulu Bang Bang – 5418 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703
    Lulu Bang Bang is built around the ancient Sichuan dish that brings together spicy, sweet, sour, and even bitter in a single culinary sensation you'll be glad to savor again. With a vision led by Chef William D'Auvray, who grew up in the Philippines and was trained in Los Angeles, it showcases Asian street food items cooked on a coconut charcoal grill. Many dishes make use of the chef's unparalleled wok skills, too.

  • Slice Pie Company – 1400 South Saunders Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Slice Pie Company touts itself as the home of the State Fair Blue Ribbon Pie. Family-owned, with wares made by hand every day, Slice provides both local pickup and nationwide shipping for a wide range of amazing pies. It is perhaps best known for its home-style apple pie with a soft, flaky crust. It also bakes up mixed berry, pecan, peach, and strawberry rhubarb. Blackberry, blueberry, cherry, and more are available locally only.

  • Botanical Lounge – 419 Glenwood Avenue Level 1, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Botanical Lounge features tapas in a venue perfect for all of your big events. Suitable for 140 people, accordion window panels can be opened to reveal the covered patio and create an indoor-outdoor experience like none other. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Botanical Lounge has already brought together a dedicated following of regulars from all over Raleigh-Durham.

A vibrant culinary scene is just the beginning of what the Raleigh area has to offer. Contact us to find out more about what's happening in Raleigh.

February
9

About First Friday Raleigh

First Friday Raleigh

Each month, our real estate agents join others heading to downtown Raleigh for First Friday. This beloved event involves galleries, shops, and restaurants celebrating the rich arts culture surrounding Raleigh homes for sale. Plus, each month offers something new with rotating exhibits and talks with local artists. Check out these vibrant downtown spots that can be seen on First Friday or any day of the year.

  • City Market Farmer's Market - 225 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    With numerous farms dotting the rural landscape, agriculture is one of North Carolina's defining industries. City Market Farmer's Market pays homage with a mural spotlighting the various fruits and vegetables grown around the state. There's also a vignette showing a farmer heading to market with his horse-drawn wagon. Have fun searching for the faces that are hidden within the various fruits and vegetables.

  • Pas de Chat - Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Can we quantify the source of art? Pas de Chat, a 25-foot sculpture that towers outside the Duke Energy Center, represents the unseen essence behind the creation of dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Its name refers to a ballet step, which literally translates to "cat's step," that mimics the movement of a jumping cat. The sculpture is designed to make it appear as though it's sitting in a pool of light. 

  • Downtown Adventures - 510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
    In 2020, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance asked four local artists to create interactive murals promoting First Friday. One of these murals, Downtown Adventures, incorporates distinctive pop art features such as vivid colors and linear geometric shapes to depict iconic buildings in the Glenwood South district. Artist Sarahlaine Calva is self-taught, using acrylics and spray paint to create her eye-catching designs. As with the other three murals, Downtown Adventures includes a QR code that viewers can use to learn more about First Friday.

  • 8-bit to 5G - 429 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Technology meets art in 8-bit to 5G, making Raleigh the first location in North America to host a permanent installation honoring the culture of gaming. The mural, which highlights the course of gaming history, was designed to incorporate an Augmented Reality (AR) feature that will ultimately bring the pieces of the artwork to life.

  • The Acorn - Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    NYC has its Big Apple, Atlanta has its Peach, and downtown Raleigh has its Acorn. Local public relations agent John Watkins felt that Raleigh needed an iconic symbol for its 1992 bicentennial and commissioned artist David Benson to create the acorn sculpture. Like the Waterford crystal ball in Times Square, the 10-foot, 1,250-pound copper and steel Acorn is "dropped" to signify the arrival of the new year on First Night Raleigh.

Art plays an important role in Raleigh every day, but during First Fridays, it takes center stage. Immerse yourself in the creative spirit that lives throughout Raleigh. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to speak with one of our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.

February
2

How to Create a Cleaning Schedule for Your Home

Cleaning Schedule

Not everyone loves cleaning, but everyone will agree a clean home shows the best! One of the best ways to keep your house clean is to create a cleaning schedule. This is especially important if you'll be selling your house soon, as Raleigh homes for sale need to be showing-ready at all times. Here are a few tips for creating a cleaning schedule you can stick to.

  • Make a List
    First things first: Making a list is a great way to get organized. Whether it's a deep cleaning that's long overdue or just regular cleaning tasks, put it all on your list, and be sure to note how often it needs to be done. For instance, basic cleanup in the kitchen usually needs to happen nightly, but other things like laundry and cleaning the bathrooms may not need to happen more often than once a week. Whether it's once a day, once a week, or once a month, putting it all on your list will help you get an idea of how much work cleaning your house is going to require.

  • Do a Little Each Day
    Are you the sort of person who prefers to clean a little each day so that you don't have to spend your time deep cleaning? If so, make a list of tasks to do each day, and then when you're done with those, you can do other things that need doing. For instance, you might clean up the kitchen and wipe down the counters every night after dinner, and when time permits, add in less frequent cleaning tasks, such as cleaning the oven. Our real estate agents recommend the daily clean approach if you're selling your home, as you can easily wrangle it back into show-ready shape even with a short notice.

  • Pick a Cleaning Day
    If you don't have the time or the energy to clean every day, you might prefer to pick a day when you can devote a large chunk of time to cleaning. This might be on the weekends or even every other week if you do a little maintenance between cleaning days. Devoting one or two big days to cleaning is perfect for catching up on your deep cleaning or even getting your home ready to sell. This is also when your list comes in handy: You can keep tabs on everything you have to do and make sure you're moving quickly from one task to the next.

  • Prioritize
    Whether you clean a little every day or hit it hard on one big long cleaning day, it's important to make sure you've prioritized your list. Note first the tasks that need doing the most, either because it's something that needs to be cleaned frequently or because it's just really bad. After you get those done, you can move on to less frequent or less pressing tasks, and so on down your list.

Keeping your house clean might not be much fun (at least not for most of us), but with these tips, it can at least become a little easier. If you're getting ready to sell your home and are interested in learning more about cleaning and staging a house for sale, contact us today.

January
26

The Story Behind Raleigh-Durham's Strong Tech Workforce

Tech Industry Raleigh

When you think of a technology powerhouse you probably don't think of North Carolina first – but maybe you should. The Raleigh-Durham area, also known as the "Research Triangle," is a major metropolis of more than two million people bolstered by leading universities and much more.

Because of the astounding research output of local educational institutions, many top businesses have been expanding into the area or moving there altogether. 

Today, with costs greatly increasing in many areas, companies that may once have set up in New York or California are examining their options here. Now is the time to select Raleigh homes for sale and to take full advantage of the many opportunities the area holds in store.

Raleigh-Durham is in Position to Explode in Size and Influence by 2025

Hatch IT, a recruiting company that helps technology startups recruit young professionals, has estimated that Raleigh-Durham could grow to become the #2 biggest technology hub on the U.S. East Coast by 2025. This big claim is backed up by some equally big trends and facts you won't want to overlook:

  • Convenience and Cost in Raleigh-Durham Remain Enticing to Technology Workers
    No one wants to pay thousands of dollars commuting to their job every year, especially in a mostly remote world. Raleigh-Durham's cost of living has been measured at around $2,743 for a single person, making it nearly half the cost of living in the Washington, D.C. area. Public transit is more robust than in many cities, and Raleigh consistently ranks as one of the top 50 most walkable U.S. cities.

  • The Community Has a Long History of Collaborating with Technology Startups
    For decades now, attracting technology talent has been a major element of Raleigh-Durham's success. To this very day, the area has nearly as many qualified software engineers as in much larger and more famous cities, including the nation's capital. Both state and city continue to partner with technology firms and invest in creating a favorable business atmosphere that gives rise to competitive wages.

  • Operational Costs for Businesses Are Among the Lowest of All Major Options
    Cost of living, leasing space, and commute times all matter when it comes to fostering the top tech talent. Raleigh-Durham offers a prime geographic position along with strong tax and other incentives. This accelerates the growth of new businesses and has even brought in Fortune 500 firms.

  • New Infrastructure is Continuing to Expand Opportunities in Raleigh-Durham
    While many cities are falling behind in infrastructure, Raleigh-Durham continues to develop in surprising and intriguing ways. The housing market is robust and has a wide variety of options to meet different budget considerations. It is serviced by Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making a trip abroad simple, and it even has a growing number of award-winning restaurants.

  • Raleigh-Durham is Top Tier Compared to Other Burgeoning Would-Be Tech Hubs
    Raleigh-Durham isn't the only major metroplex in contention to become the newest growth area for the technology sector – but it may well be in the best shape to realize its ambitions. Other metro areas consistently lag behind Raleigh-Durham in quality of life metrics relevant to both workers and businesses.

The Triangle is waiting and our real estate agents can help you discover all it has to offer. Contact us to find out more or get started with your Raleigh-Durham home search.

January
19

Don't Miss These Events Coming to the Triangle in 2022

Triangle Events

There's never a shortage of entertaining activities around the Triangle, and 2022 is looking like no exception. Mark your calendar and join our real estate agents at these lively concerts, festivals, and shows. 

  • Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats - DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701
    If you're a fan of Food Network, you're already familiar with Alton Brown's quirky and engaging approach to the science of food. Now he's taking his show on the road near Durham homes for sale with Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats. This unique culinary variety show is full of comedy, music, cooking demos, and audience participation. You'll gain a whole new appreciation of the food on your dinner table. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, and tickets are $45.

  • NC International Festival - State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    It's a small world, after all, when you can celebrate the culture of more than 50 countries at the NC International Festival. The two-day event is packed with music, dancing, and food representing the traditions of the various countries. There will also be kids' activities and artisans displaying their handmade crafts. Take the whole family to the State Fairgrounds, just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, on the weekend of April 2-3. Hours are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5-$8.

  • Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival - Bond Park, 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513
    There are many reasons we look forward to spring, and the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is one of them! Taking place on Saturday, April 30, Bond Park will be filled with local artists and vendors, live entertainment, and activities for the kids to enjoy. This annual event has become a favorite over the years and is close to many fantastic Cary homes for sale.

  • Imagine Dragons - PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Catch one of the hottest rock bands of the last decade when Imagine Dragons bring their Mercury World Tour to PNC Arena. The group dominated the charts, taking the top three spots on Billboard's list of Top Rock Songs of the 2010s and eight in the top 50. Expect a setlist heavy on selections from Mercury - Act 1, the band's recently released fifth album, recorded with iconic producer Rick Rubin. Imagine Dragons take the stage on Thursday, February 10, with Canadian singer-songwriter Grandson opening the show at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34, with VIP packages available.

  • Postcards from Ireland - DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701
    Originally intended to be a one-off event, Celtic Woman's PBS special in 2005 turned the ensemble into a worldwide sensation. Postcards from Ireland showcases the group's spellbinding repertoire of classic and original songs that bridge the remarkable history of Irish music. Irish dancers, bagpipers, and a traditional Celtic band add further layers of delight to the visual and sonic experience. The show is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $43.

Life in the Triangle is never dull. Need experienced help with your real estate needs? Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

January
12

Your Guide to Triangle Restaurant Week

Triangle Restaurant Week

The restaurant scene in the Triangle is so good, there's a whole week dedicated to it! 

It's almost Triangle Restaurant Week, marking an opportunity to celebrate the culinary excellence in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding areas. The event runs January 24-30, and our real estate agents can't wait to dine at some of the best restaurants in the area. Each participating restaurant will be serving special three-course menu options with fixed prices for the occasion, making this a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to get a taste of what the Triangle has to offer!

  • The Big Easy - 222 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Offering Cajun-inspired American fare, The Big Easy is a Southern restaurant that embodies the best of both Raleigh and New Orleans. Located near many Raleigh homes for sale, The Big Easy serves up Louisiana classics like Jambalaya, gumbo, and blackened Cajun catfish. They also have some of the best burgers in town and are offering a special salad/entree/dessert deal for Triangle Restaurant Week. 

  • Ko•än - 2800 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513
    The menu at Ko•än is all about bringing people together. Their dishes highlight the unique flavors of Southeast Asia, including special dishes from Laos, Cambodia, and the Philippines, along with popular Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. Located just minutes from these Cary homes for saleKo•än's specialties for Restaurant Week include Katsudon (a Japanese pork cutlet and egg rice bowl) and yellowtail sashimi. 

  • Mateo Tapas - 109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
    Serving Spanish small plates that draw inspiration from local Southern flavors and ingredients, Mateo Tapas is a casual-chic tapas bar in the Book Exchange building, very close to some Durham homes for sale. Gambas (Spanish-style shrimp) and lbondigas (Mexican meatball soup) are highlights of their special menu for Restaurant Week, along with arguably the best selection of Spanish wines in the Triangle. 

  • Vivace - 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd, Suite 115, Raleigh, NC 27609
    A beloved Italian eatery in Raleigh's North Hills neighborhood, Vivace serves modern takes on classic dishes in an upscale-yet-rustic setting. Their pasta, made from scratch in-house, is truly outstanding. Vivace is offering a menu with various antipasta (first course), secondi (second course), and dolci (dessert) options for Restaurant Week. Try the Pappardelle Bolognese with goat cheese crema.

  • Local 22 Kitchen & Bar - 2200 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705
    One of Durham's most popular gastro-pubs, Local 22 Kitchen & Bar serves up elevated pub grub made with ingredients sourced from local farms. They also offer craft cocktails, a great beer selection, and an impressive "whiskey library." in a warm, welcoming setting. Their Triangle Restaurant Week menu includes roasted curry-spiced chicken, local North Carolina fish, and some tasty vegetarian options. 

  • ORO - 18 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The sleek dining room of ORO, decked out in white with a fireplace and mezzanine, is a great place to enjoy a meal with friends. This contemporary eatery specializes in dishes that are meant for sharing. Rather than a specific appetizer or main course, dishes arrive continuously throughout the evening. Pork belly tacos, mango gazpacho, and crawfish risotto are just a few of the exciting offerings on their Restaurant Week menu. 

These restaurants are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Triangle's food scene has to offer. Check out this official listing of restaurants that are participating in Triangle Restaurant week for more great options. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas. 

December
15

Holiday Celebration Tips: First Holiday Season in a New Home

Holiday Celebration

If you're spending this holiday season in a new home, our real estate agents think a special celebration is in order. A new home is a perfect excuse to try out some new holiday traditions. Try out these ways to celebrate in your new home or to help you get to know your new neighborhood. 

Host a Holiday Housewarming 

Everyone loves a festive gathering, so celebrate your new home by hosting a housewarming party filled with holiday cheer. Start by decorating the front of your home with holiday string lights and sparkly tinsel that illuminates the trees. Next, welcome guests with a front walkway lined with candy canes, reindeer, or baskets of poinsettias that lead to a holiday wreath on your front door. When guests step inside, be sure to offer a tour of your new place!

Deck the Halls

Even if you don't plan on hosting a party, you can still decorate your new space! The holiday season is the perfect time to showcase your new home to family and friends, so feel free to deck the halls with special things that create a warm welcome and holiday atmosphere:

  • Adorn the Christmas tree with bubbling lights, colorful glass ornaments, hand-made keepsakes, a tree-topper, and wrapped gifts

  • Decorate the mantle with fresh greenery, pine cones, and holly berries

  • Light up the fireplace with a roaring, warm fire

  • Put on your favorite holiday playlist

  • Scatter holiday scented candles throughout the house

  • Throw holiday quilts over sofas and chairs

Enjoy a Holiday Light Show

Looking for some holiday cheer around town? Raleigh has some amazing holiday light show events you don't want to miss, so bundle up and head to a couple that will fill the night sky with a beautiful holiday glow. If it's your first holiday season calling Raleigh home, stop by these light shows:

  • Nights of Lights
    Nights of Lights is a drive-thru holiday light show in Dorothea Dix Park. A 1.3-mile route winds through the park filled with towering, illuminated oak trees, elaborate light displays, and local artworks. November 26th - December 24th, 2021, 6 p.m - 9:30 p.m. General admission is $20 per car.

  • Magic of Lights
    This light spectacular is held at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek on Rock Quarry Road. Magic of Lights features a one-mile holiday light display with LED technology and digital animations, including the Blizzard Tunnel, 12 Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and Winter Wonderland. November 19th - January 2nd, Sun - Thurs: 5 p.m - 10 pm, Sat & Sun: 5 pm - 11 p.m. Advance admission: $20 - $32, At the gate: $30 - $40.

Welcome the Holidays with Music

Raleigh is home to one of the country's most beautiful concert halls, The Durham Performing Arts Center. Why not celebrate your new home with a special holiday concert that warms the heart? During December, the Performing Arts Center is hosting 3 wonderful holiday musicals:

  • A Christmas Carol: December 15th - December 19th,
  • A Hip Hop Nutcracker: December 26th
  • A Christmas Story: December 28th - January 2nd

Performance times and ticket prices vary by which day you attend. Mark a date on your calendar and purchase your tickets online, but don't procrastinate because tickets go quickly for holiday musicals.

There's no place like home for the holidays! If you're considering buying or selling a home in Raleigh, contact us for information and prices on properties in desired areas.

    December
    8

    7 Tips for Being a Great Host This Holiday Season

    Holiday Hosting Tips

    Time with friends and family is an exciting part of the holiday season. Was your home volunteered for this year's holiday gathering? While hosting an event can be stressful, our real estate agents recommend following these tips to be a great host this holiday season. 

    1. Make a List
      When you have a slew of things to do, it's easy to forget an ingredient or neglect one of your chores. A to-do list is essential when you're hosting a holiday gathering. If you're hosting multiple events, consider purchasing a dry erase list. This lets you keep the tasks that you generally always need to complete before an event (so you won't have to rewrite the list each time) and add tasks that are unique to a specific gathering. 
    1. Prep Your Food Ahead of Time
      Even a simple food spread can take hours to make when you're cooking for a lot of people. Alleviate the stress of food preparation by making what you can ahead of time. Baked goods, dips, soups, stews, and casseroles all keep well and can be prepared the day before. 
    1. Pick the Right Set-Up
      The setup for your gathering should make it easy for guests to get their food and beverages without crowding everyone in the same spot. It should also provide ample opportunity for conversation. An option suited to many homes is to put the drink table, main course table, and an appetizer/dessert table in separate spaces. Set your drink table up in your living room or foyer. Most people will want drink refills throughout the evening; this makes it convenient for them to grab a beverage while minimizing lines and crowding. Your main food table can go in the kitchen. Depending on your home's configuration, set the dessert/appetizer table up in the dining room or another area in your living room. Check that each table has everything guests need.
    1. Avoid Cleaning Areas That Don't Matter
      A tidy host isn't necessarily a good host. Don't spend time cleaning areas that your guests are unlikely to visit. For example, the doors to your childrens' bedrooms and laundry room can be closed to conceal any messes. It's reasonable to get your deck and front porch tidy and inviting, but don't stress about organizing your garage or picking up the yard. Have a large empty bin on hand to quickly remove clutter and out-of-place items the day of your event. A clutter bin also works well when you're adding your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale and you need to quickly clean up before a showing.  
    1. Set the Mood
      Sound and scent instantly change the atmosphere in your home. Play seasonal music (consider instrumental versions if you're concerned about the noise level) and light a festive candle to create an inviting environment for your guests. 
    1. Make Time for Your Self
      Give yourself a dedicated chunk of time the day of your gathering to get ready. You don't want to worry about greeting your guests with wet hair and an unkempt outfit. Instead, stop your preparations a couple of hours before your event to dress and freshen up so that you feel confident and put together when your guests arrive. 
    1. Thoroughly Stock Your Bathroom
      Grab a basket to stow bathroom essentials for your guests, like toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, air freshener, mouthwash, extra hand towels, hand soap, and lotion. If something runs out during your party, your guests can quickly find what they need without rifling through your cabinets and drawers.

    Want a home with more space for your holiday events? Contact us today to start your search!

    December
    1

    Turkeys for the Triangle 2021

    Turkeys for the Triangle

    Are you ready to give back to neighbors in need and support the community you love this holiday season? Holiday meals are essential to the experience of the season, and our Turkeys for the Triangle program is focused on providing holiday meals for food-insecure people in the Triangle.

    This year, you can help us feed more than 20,000 people in local communities during the holidays. The HPW Foundation partners with a variety of local non-profits, churches, and homeless shelters to distribute turkeys to those in need.

    In the 18 years since our Turkeys for the Triangle initiative was founded, it has donated more than 38,000 turkeys and helped feed over 160,000 people for holiday meals. Funds are raised through the sale of $5 raffle tickets during the holiday season, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the purchase of turkeys.

    Turkeys for the Triangle was established by Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Founder and Chairman Don Walston, who said:

    "It breaks my heart to know that there are families in our local communities who struggle to put food on the table, especially during the holidays when so many of us are celebrating with special meals. Turkeys for the Triangle is our answer to that sad reality; it is a way our company, our clients, and our kind neighbors can give to the greater good, to feed those in need."

    How to Contribute to Turkeys for the Triangle

    Throughout the holiday season, our HPW team will be selling $5 raffle tickets to support Turkeys for the Triangle. Are you ready to lend a helping hand, and help a community member create holiday memories this year?

    It's easy to purchase your tickets today online, and we appreciate your support! Tickets are available now at our Turkeys for the Triangle website for $5 dollars each or 5 tickets for $20, with some outstanding prizes available for raffle winners.

    Turkeys for the Triangle 2021 Raffle Prizes

    With each raffle ticket that you purchase, you will gain an entry to win one of the many great prizes available this year:

    • Grand Prize: Trip for Two to Destination of Choice (Up to $2,000 Value)

    • 6-month Membership to Winc.com Wine Club

    • Tandem Sky Diving for Two

    • Apple Watch Series 6

    • $500 Target Gift Card

    • 65" Flat Screen TV

    • Weber Grill

    • iPad Mini

    • Yeti Cooler

    Are you ready to support a great cause, and give back to your community for the holidays? Purchase your tickets today at TurkeysfortheTriangle.com! Or contact our team for more information. 

    November
    24

    Mark Your Calendar for These Holiday Events in the Triangle

    Holiday Events

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, and our real estate agents want to help you make the most of it. Mark your calendar for these exciting holiday events taking place in December around the Triangle.

    • Winterfest '21 - Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC 27609
      The air near Cary homes for sale will be filled with the joyous sound of classic holiday carols at Winterfest '21. For the twelfth year, the Cary Town Band will be performing a selection of your favorite holiday tunes. The audience will also have a chance to vote for five or six singalong songs. Winterfest '21 is set for Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 

    • Lights on the Neuse - Boyette Family Farms, 1620 Loop Rd., Clayton, NC 27527
      Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday for the whole family at Lights on the Neuse. Leave the driving to someone else as you take a 20-minute hayride through the glittery lights at Boyette Family Farms, not far from Clayton homes for sale. Afterward, head to Santa's Sweet Shoppe for hot chocolate, coffee, kettle corn, and DIY s'mores kits. Lights on the Neuse runs through Friday, December 24. Visit the website for days and times. Tickets are $10 per person.

    • Santa's Reindeer Roundup Express - New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsai Rd., New Hill, NC 27562
      Kids can help Santa find his nine missing reindeer during the 50-minute ride on Santa's Reindeer Roundup Express, just minutes from New Hill homes for sale. Special holiday scenes set up on the train, alongside the tracks, and in the rail yard make great photo opportunities. The Roundup Express leaves the station weekends through December 18. Visit the website for the schedule. Admission is $15 for adults and 13 for kids ages 2-12.

    • Christmas Parade - E. Academy St. & S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
      What's a holiday without a parade? Cap off a day of viewing Fuquay-Varina homes for sale at the town's festive Christmas Parade, held in the historic downtown area. The route begins at the intersection of E. Academy St. and S. Fuquay Ave. Bring folding chairs and blankets and arrive early to get the prime viewing spots. The parade kicks off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 5.

    • Historic Holiday Festival - Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587
      A perennial holiday classic is the theme of the inaugural Historic Holiday Festival at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, right down the street from Wake Forest homes for sale. "It's a Wonderful Wake Forest!" features the Calvin Jones House done up in holiday finery as It's a Wonderful Life plays in the museum auditorium and local musicians provide entertainment. Food, drinks, and seasonal wreaths will be available for purchase. The festival takes place Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and admission is free.

    • A Vintage Christmas - NC State Fairgrounds, 985 Youth Center Dr., Raleigh, NC 27607
      Find one-of-a-kind gifts your family and friends will treasure at A Vintage Christmas. More than 120 vendors will have upscale vintage art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, and other great items. Live music and food trucks round out this unique event, right by Raleigh homes for sale. A Vintage Christmas is scheduled for Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 12 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $5 -$15.

    Where is your perfect Triangle home for the holidays? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for help with your year-round real estate needs. 

    November
    10

    6 Eco-Friendly Home Tips for National Recycling Day

    Recycling Tips

    Home sustainability plays an important role in keeping our planet and our community healthy and clean. From recycling to energy efficiency, eco-friendly best practices can help reduce pollution, diminish dependence on raw materials, and ultimately helps prevent garbage from filling up landfills.

    With National Recycling Day coming up on November 15, our real estate agents thought we'd take a moment to reflect on the importance of green living. Here are some everyday sustainability tips to incorporate into your home and life.

    1. Start With A Recycling Bin
      Investing in a recycling bin is an easy first step towards sustainability. Recycling is significantly easier when you have a dedicated container conveniently placed near your garbage can. When throwing things away, you can sort your glass, paper, aluminum, and plastics into your bin. Be sure to rinse your materials thoroughly and check with your local recycling company on what they'll accept.

    2. Create A Compost Bin
      A compost bin is an excellent way to reduce the amount of trash you produce, and it can have great benefits for your garden too. A compost bin is a place you can toss your decomposing food, plant, or organic materials. Over time, they'll transform into compost, which can be used to fertilize your soil. Vegetable and fruit scraps, dry pet food, newspaper, or cardboard are some examples of the hundreds of items that can be placed in a compost bin.

    3. Use A Water Filter
      Plastic bottles can be very harmful to the environment, especially when continually placed in a landfill. Instead of buying bottled water, install a water filter on your faucet or under your sink. You can also buy a filtered water pitcher, which can be fairly inexpensive.

    4. Wash Your Clothes With Cold Water
      Your washing machine consumes a significant amount of power and over 90% of that energy is used to heat the water. Therefore, you can save a significant amount of energy and reduce carbon emissions by getting in the habit of running all your loads with cold water instead

    5. Adopt LED Lighting
      Lighting typically accounts for 15% of your home's energy usage. You can significantly decrease this number by switching to LED lighting. LED stands for light-emitting diode, are these bulbs are 90% more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. They're also brighter and last significantly longer too. Beautiful LED lighting is frequently used in many of these modern Raleigh homes for sale

    6. Install A Programmable Thermostat
      Programmable thermostats have helped to revolutionize energy-efficient heating and cooling. These thermostats allow you to schedule temperatures based on the time of day. Many of them also allow you to adjust your home's temperature from your smartphone, which makes it easy to turn down the heat or air conditioning when you're not at home. This functionality not only reduces your utility bills, but it is also incredibly eco-friendly.

    Energy efficiency, sustainability, and green-living play a critical role in reducing carbon emissions and reducing utility bills. For assistance finding a home with eco-friendly features, contact us today.

    November
    3

    How An HPW Agent Can Help With Your Home Search

    HPW Agents

    Searching for a new home can be a nightmare if you go in unprepared. There are plenty of Raleigh homes for sale, but how do you find the one that's right for you? How do you know if the price is reasonable and that everything in the house is in good working order? You can't do it alone. You need a real estate agent.

    More specifically, you need an HPW agent, to guide you through every step of the process and get you moved into the home of your dreams. Here are some of the ways an HPW agent can help you.

    What Does a Real Estate Agent Do?

    There are two types of real estate agents. A listing agent represents the person selling a home, whereas a buyer's agent represents the person buying it. Most real estate agents do both, but not for the same sale.

    As a homebuyer, your HPW agent is a liaison between you and the homeowners. They'll guide you through all the necessary steps and paperwork, from the initial offer, through escrow, all the way to closing. But first, they have to find the home that's right for you.

    It's a real estate agent's job to know all the homes in the neighborhood: what they're like, what they have to offer, how much they are, etc. Nowadays, people can look up house listings themselves online, look at photos, compare prices, etc. But it's still not the same as having an HPW agent in your corner.

    Looking at photos online is no substitute for someone who's actually been to the house and can take you there personally for a guided tour. Whatever you're looking for, your HPW agent can find it for you.

    Negotiations

    Once you've found the home you want, it's your agent's job to get you the best deal. As members of the National Association of REALTORS®, they're obligated to put your interests ahead of their own. They know the home's worth, both on its own and as part of that particular neighborhood, and can tell whether or not it's priced fairly. If it's not, your agent will negotiate with the listing agent for a better price.

    They'll also organize an official house inspection, to make sure everything works the way it's supposed to. Do the lights turn on when you flip the switch? Do the outlets have power running to them? Is there anything broken or worn out? Is everything up to code? Once they have the results of the inspection, they can use it to have the homeowners either fix anything that's wrong with the house or lower the asking price accordingly.

    There's a lot to deal with when it comes to buying a home. Your HPW agent is there to shoulder the load, making the experience easier for you and ensuring you come out on top. Our real estate agents can help you with every step of the home buying process. Contact us to get settled into your dream home!

    October
    13

    8 Household Items and When to Replace Them

    Household Items

    If you're preparing to add your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale, it's essential to replace worn-out items. Worn-out items give the appearance that your home isn't properly maintained, and in some cases, can harbor germs and make it more cumbersome to maintain a clean living space. Here are some guidelines for replacing these common household items. 

    1. Your Fridge's Water Filter: Every 6 to 8 Months
      Refrigerators with water and ice dispensers have a filter that removes impurities. If you neglect to change the filter, you'll notice a change in the taste and quality of your water and ice. Old, dirty filters create a perfect environment for the growth of bacteria. 
    1. Hand Towels and Bath Mats: Every Couple of Years
      Even when laundered regularly, hand towels and bath mats can accumulate bacteria. They're frequently located in moist environments that contribute to the growth of mildew and mold. 
    1. Mop Heads and Pads: Every Month
      When you neglect to replace your mop head or mop pads, your mop doesn't work as well. You might notice that it doesn't clean the nooks and crevices in your home as effectively as it used to. Old mop heads and pads also harbor bacteria that you may inadvertently spread throughout your home. 
    1. Air Conditioner Filter: Every 3 Months
      An old air conditioner filter is bad for your home's HVAC system. Your system has to work harder than necessary to heat or cool your home due to the dirty filter; this means that it runs more often and for longer periods of time, shortening the life of your unit. If your HVAC system operates with a dirty filter, all of the dirt and allergens on the filter are disbursed throughout your home. This harms your home's air quality and spreads unpleasant odors throughout your property.
    1. Vacuum Cleaner Filters: Every 3 to 6 Months
      When you vacuum your floors, the filter traps dirt and dust from your floors. Our real estate agents know that a clean vacuum filter enables you to get the most from your vacuuming session, ensuring that your home looks its best for showings and open houses. Dirty filters may also leak dirt and particles back into your home's air when you run your vacuum. This can aggravate your allergies and make the air in your home smell stale and dirty. 
    1. Doormats: Every 2 Years
      Your doormats serve multiple functions: not only do they reduce the amount of dirt that enters your home, but they improve the aesthetics of your porch or deck. Over time, the materials of your doormats will degrade, removing less mud and dirt from your shoes. Bacteria, mold, and mildew will also begin to accumulate. 
    1. Smoke Alarms: Every 10 Years
      Replace your smoke alarms every ten years to ensure they will continue to detect smoke in your home. Test your smoke alarms monthly to confirm that they're working correctly. 
    1. Sponges: Every 2 to 3 Weeks
      A clean sponge is key for a clean home! After all, if a sponge is past its prime, it might be spreading bacteria instead of cleaning it up. Make sure to replace them at least every 2 to 3 weeks or sooner if they are beginning to look weathered.

    Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!

    October
    27

    7 Safety Tips for Trick or Treat

    Halloween Safety

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

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

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

    September
    29

    Fall Activities to Enjoy Throughout the Triangle

    Fall Activities Raleigh

    Fall may bring a drop in temperature, but the social scene around the Triangle doesn't miss a beat. Here are some of the lively activities and events our real estate agents are looking forward to as the season changes. 

    • Splatterflix - Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701
      Get in the Halloween spirit with the onscreen thrills and chills of Splatterflix. This popular event returns to the Carolina Theatre, not far from Durham homes for sale, for another weekend of spooky fun. This year's series features several genre classics, including Army of Darkness, Hocus Pocus, and the original Halloween. Splatterflix runs from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10. Tickets are $9.50 per film or $80 for a 10-film pass.

    • Barktoberfest - Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701
      No need to leave Fido home while you're out having fun. Take him to Barktoberfest, a celebration of our furry four-legged friends. Your pet can socialize and make new pals while you enjoy live music and great food. Other activities include raffles, a photo booth, and a costume contest for dogs who come dressed in their finest apparel. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 23, from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free.

    • N.C. State Fair - 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
      Yes, it's "Worth the Wait!" That's the festive theme of this year's N.C. State Fair, once again taking place just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale. Nearly one million people pass through the gates to enjoy fun-filled days of agricultural exhibits, live music, and carnival rides. The 2021 N.C. State Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 14 through Sunday, October 24. Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12 when purchased in advance.

    • Raleigh Farmers Market - 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh, NC 27604
      Do you usually picture a farmers market as a collection of modest fruit and vegetable stands? With more than 75 acres of vendor booths, restaurants, and specialty shops, the incredible Raleigh Farmers Market is like an amusement park for foodies. The Farmers Building alone encompasses 30,000 square feet filled with fresh produce, plants, and other items produced on local farms. Be sure to visit Market Imports to see the stunning assortment of home and garden accessories, from cabinets and glazed pottery to outdoor fountains and wrought-iron trellises. Market hours are 5 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    • Carolina Hurricanes - PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
      Have you jumped aboard the Hurricane train? The Carolina Hurricanes are ready to defend their title in the NHL Central Division and keep going until they hoist the Stanley Cup. Captain Jordan Staal returns to lead the team against division rivals Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, and current Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Visit the website for schedule and ticket prices. 

    • Pumpkin Flotilla - Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC 27513
      Visitors of all ages love the charmingly spooky sights of the Pumpkin Flotilla on Bond Park Lake, not far from Cary homes for sale. Bring your own carved jack-o-lantern (lights and floating devices provided) or dress in your finest costume for discounted admission to a pre-show boat ride. Pumpkin drop-off begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 29, with the show starting at twilight. 

    Is buying or selling a home on your fall to-do list? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to get started.

    September
    15

    National Happy Cat Month: 5 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Home

    Raleigh CatsYour pets are a part of the family. Our real estate agents are well aware of that and, since September is National Happy Cat Month, we want to share with you some of the many ways you can make your home more comfortable for them. Make your home the purr-fect place for your feline friends by following these tips. 

    1. Give Them Space
      If you provide a convenient space for your cat with fresh water and food close to the litter box, your cat is going to hate it. That may seem ungrateful, but there are actually good reasons for their reactions. First, their very sensitive noses can locate their litter box when it is quite far away. If it is too close to the food, the odor will overwhelm the scent of their dinner. They are also unhappy if the scent of their food overwhelms the scent of their water. They like to eat in quiet, out-of-the-way places. If this describes your kitchen, it may be a good kitty dining room, but if not, you may want to find a more appropriate location. 

    2. Don't Forget Playtime
      Your first reaction may be that the entire house is a cat playground, and to a degree, you would be correct. But remember that cats love to climb, jump and look down from on high. Fortunately, cat trees come in all shapes and sizes that can fit in any size home, from a small condo to a mansion. Often covered with carpet, it can blend into the decor and serve double duty as cat scratch poles. 

    3. Build a Cat Cave
      Cats love the safety and security of a confined space. Even big cats like lions and tigers will climb into any box they can and curl up in comfort. Some of the most popular cat toys are miniature houses and fabric retreats. They are also more than happy to curl up on your clean laundry, so why not give them a basket with a baby blanket? Whatever you choose, do keep in mind that cats can be like toddlers. No matter how much you spend on the toy, they may prefer to play in the box it came in!

    4. Give the Cat a View
      Indoor cats are prone to sitting for hours staring out of the window. Whether they are watching the birds in the trees or just relaxing in the sun, a special cat should have a special space, much as you might enjoy a reading nook in a bay window. You can make it special with a well-placed shelf or even just a chair. Be sure the cat has easy access to the window itself by opening the drapes or blinds sufficiently. 

    5. Keep the Litter Box Odor-Free
      Ammonia and cat feces carry foul odors that your cat hates even more than you do. Fortunately, modern technology has made the most despised chore facing cat owners a little easier to tackle. An expensive self-cleaning litter box is well worth the investment. Keep in mind that multi-cat homes require multiple litter boxes. 

    If you think one of the exquisite Raleigh homes for sale might be a great new place for you and your cat, our real estate professionals would like to help you find it. Contact us today to get started.

    September
    8

    5 Backyard Composting Tips

    Composting Tips

    Looking for an easy, affordable way to improve your garden and reduce your waste output? Create your own backyard compost pile!

    Composting is the natural process of recycling garden, yard, and kitchen waste into fertile garden soil. When you add compost material to your soil, you improve its health, help it retain moisture, and provide protection against disease and pests. 

    Our real estate agents know that a property with attractive landscaping appeals to prospective buyers. Here are some tips to follow for optimal backyard composting. 

    1. Select the Right Area for Your Compost Bin
      For the best results, your compost pile needs to be located in a suitable environment. Look for a spot that's dry and shady but has access to a water source. If your home is lacking in outside space, it's possible to set up a small compost bin inside your home. 
    1. Know What to Add to Your Compost Pile
      Every compost pile should have water, browns, and greens. These ingredients are all necessary to produce nutrient-rich compost. Browns include yard and garden waste, like twigs, dead leaves, and branches. Greens consist of grass clippings, fruit and vegetable waste, and old coffee grounds. Your compost pile needs an equal amount of browns and greens. Water keeps the compost pile moist so that it breaks down more rapidly. 
    1. Understand What NOT to Add to Your Compost Pile
      A few items should not be composted. These items may harm plants or produce an odor that attracts insects. When you put your home on the market, it's essential to confirm that your compost pile is odor-free so that it doesn't deter homebuyers. Never add plants with disease or pests to your compost pile, as both disease and pests can be transmitted to other plants when you add the compost to your garden. Avoid adding fats, meats, bones, and dairy products, as all these items will make your compost pile smell and attract rodents and insects. Any yard or garden waste that's been treated with chemical pesticides should stay out of your compost pile. Pesticides can kill the organisms necessary to break down organic material. 
    1. Cover Your Compost Pile
      It can take between a couple of months and a couple of years for organic materials to turn into compost. Hasten the process by covering your compost pile. Covering your compost helps it retain moisture that assists with the degradation of your food and yard waste. You can opt for a compost bin with a lid or use a tarp to cover your compost pile. 
    1. Be Picky with How You Layer Your Compost
      Always put a layer of browns as the top layer on your compost pile. This will minimize any odors associated with your compost, and it helps the materials retain moisture. A brown top layer also decreases the number of pests and insects attracted to your compost pile. When you add new waste to your compost pile, alternate brown and green layers, check that the brown layers are two to three times thicker than your green layers.

    A compost pile is a great way to supply your garden with nutrients. Ready to add your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale? Contact us today to get started!

    September
    1

    What to Know When Building a Home This Year

    Raleigh Construction

    Finding a new home that meets your needs can be a difficult task. There are plenty of Raleigh homes for sale, but what if you want to build your own? It affords you more control and ensures that the finished product will meet all your standards. What does it take to build a home, though? What does it cost, and what can you expect throughout the process? Here's what you need to know.

    Cost

    On average, building a new home costs a little under $300,000. Keep in mind this estimate doesn't factor in the cost of buying the land for the build. Buying a home, on the other hand, costs around $435,000. 

    Of course, the cost also depends on how big of a house you plan on building. A good rule of thumb is to factor around $100-$200 per square foot. So building a 1,000 square foot house will cost between $100,000 and $200,000. Building a 3,000 square foot house will cost between $300,000 and $600,000.

    Budgeting

    Once you have an idea of the total cost of building a new home, it's important to break down exactly where that money is going to give you a more accurate idea of how much your home, specifically, will cost to build.

    About 40% of your budget will go towards labor. This includes the construction crew, as well as an electrician, plumber, roofer, framer, and other jobs. Shop around and see how much each of these services costs in your area.

    About 50% of your budget goes towards materials. This includes everything such as lumber, concrete, drywall, siding, and more. What your house is made of will greatly influence the cost.

    Finally, you need to decide if, in addition to the house itself, you want any extras. A swimming pool, for example, can cost anywhere from an additional $36,000 to $66,000. You may also want an outdoor deck, an unfinished basement, or heated floors. Each of these things will add to the total cost of construction.

    Scheduling

    Your new home will probably take longer to complete than the initial estimates. Most contractors will give you the most optimistic estimate they can, but plenty of things can cause delays, from bad weather to zoning and permit issues, and almost anything else.

    When your contractor gives you a timeline, think of it as a guide rather than a strict schedule, and plan on at least a few extra months before you can move in. If you're in a hurry to get into a new place, you're probably better off buying rather than building.

    Sweat Equity

    Sometimes it's possible to save both time and money by doing some of the work on the house yourself. Major projects like plumbing and electricity should always be left to the experts, but smaller tasks like painting or laying the tile in the bathroom, you can do on your own if you're up to it. This is called sweat equity: putting your own labor into a building or improving your house to save money and increase its value.

    These are just a few of the considerations when building a new home. Our real estate agents can help you find the perfect property on which to build it. In fact, we have a whole team dedicated to helping those looking to build a home in the area! Or, if you'd rather, we can help you find an existing home that will meet your needs. Contact us to learn more!

    August
    18

    Where to See Live Theater in the Triangle

    Raleigh Theaters

    Live theater is alive and well in the Triangle! Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area are home to a wealth of art and culture. It's a great place to call home if you enjoy theater and the performing arts, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite performance venues in the area.

    • A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater - 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC 27601
      Some of the most exciting theater events in the Triangle happen at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This 600-seat theater is Raleigh's epicenter for opera and dance and regularly hosts productions by the Carolina Ballet. Located just minutes from these Raleigh homes for sale, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater is just the right size for a powerful, intimate performance. 

    • Cary Academy Fine & Performing Arts Center - 1500 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513
      Established in 1997, Cary Academy is an independent college-preparatory secondary school located in the beautiful city of Cary, North Carolina. The school's Fine & Performing Arts Center is known throughout the region for producing exceptional theater and dance productions rooted in their students' ensemble ethic. Some of the best young actors around get their start here! The Arts Center is part of a 65-acre campus, which is convenient to many Cary homes for sale.

    • Burning Coal Theater Company - 224 Polk St, Raleigh, NC 27604
      With a reputation for producing gritty, explosive takes on classic plays, Burning Coal Theater Company is Raleigh's leading professional not-for-profit theater. Burning Coal Theater Company attracts some of the best actors from Raleigh and all over the country and creates thrilling performances in a unique 175-seat space. Be sure to check their website to learn more about upcoming shows!

    • Garner Performing Arts Center - 742 W Garner Rd, Garner, NC 27529
      A beautiful 471-seat auditorium inside of the former Garner High School, the Garner Performing Arts Center is a great place to attend (or host) a live theater event. Their renovated, state-of-the-art stage has hosted countless plays, musicals, and concerts, including Broadway Voices, the Towne Players of Garner, and the "It's Showtime!" series. The theater is located a stone's throw from these Garner homes for sale

    • Halle Cultural Arts Center - 237 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502
      The Halle Cultural Arts Center is a versatile space that hosts events of all kinds. From concerts and showcase performances to community events and visual arts presentations, this is a major hub for local arts and culture. It also hosts the Apex farmers market and weekly free movies. Just minutes from these Apex homes for sale, the Halle Cultural Arts Center is nestled in the charming heart of downtown Apex, North Carolina. 

    • The Carolina Theatre - 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
      You never know what you'll see at the Carolina Theatre. It could be a play or a musical. It could be a rock concert or a comedy showcase. It could be a classic film or the latest blockbuster. This multi-use performing arts and cinema complex offers a little bit of everything, and it's been a staple downtown Durham since 1926. The Carolina Theatre always offers something fresh and exciting, a short drive from many Durham homes for sale.

    Contact us today to learn more about arts and culture in the Triangle area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas!

    August
    9

    Book Lovers Day: Books Set in the Triangle

    Raleigh Books

    Reading is a wonderful way to gain new perspectives on familiar topics. Not only is the Triangle a desired location that people want to move to, writers often use this area as a backdrop for their novels. See the Triangle through new eyes in these books that our real estate agents will be reading to celebrate Book Lovers Day on August 9th

    • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
      Young adult fiction isn't just for kids anymore. Relatable themes and engaging stories have made these books popular with readers of all ages. In Legendborn, author Tracy Deonn draws on her childhood in North Carolina, along with her love of fantasy. Main character Bree Matthews, reeling after the death of her mother, escapes to a residential program for gifted high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill. After witnessing an attack, Bree uncovers the existence of the titular secret society, which may have a link to her mother's death.

    • Cabins in the Laurel by Muriel Earley Sheppard
      Get an intimate look at mountain life in the early 20th century in Cabins in the Laurel. After the author and her husband moved from New York to the Toe River Valley in 1928, she set out to become acquainted with her neighbors, and these friendships form the basis of the book. Adding to the realism are 128 breathtaking pictures from noted Chapel Hill photographer Bayard Wooten.
    • Dying to Be Thin by Kathryn Lilley
      Durham's reputation as a weight-loss mecca gave rise to the nickname "Fat City." Kathryn Lilley cleverly uses this background in Dying to Be Thin, the first in her series of "Fat City Mysteries." Lead character Kate Gallagher hopes to lose weight. Kate's efforts inadvertently put her in the middle of a murder, and she discovers a talent for crime-solving that takes her life in a new direction. Subsequent titles include A Killer Workout and Makeovers Can Be Murder.

    • Naked by David Sedaris
      David Sedaris became a beloved contemporary humorist with witty, self-deprecating essays about his quirky life. Naked, the first of his books to hit the New York Times best-sellers list, includes stories about growing up in suburban Raleigh. Sedaris's colorful family includes younger sister Amy, a popular actress and comedian in her own right. In relating tales such as his mother imitating his nervous tics in front of amused teachers, Sedaris shows an ability to find humor in awkward and painful moments.

    • Blue Blood: Duke-North Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops by Art Chansky
      It's no secret that the Triangle has many basketball stories to tell! Blue Blood: Duke-North Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops offers a front-row seat to the most fascinating moments throughout this storied history. With exciting tales of fights, feuds, and controversy, the book sometimes reads more like fiction than real life. The forward is written by ESPN college hoops guru Dick Vitale. This rivalry has such a rich legacy that it spawned a sequel in 2018.

    Create your own story in the Triangle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for up-to-date information on the best Raleigh homes for sale

    August
    4

    Summer Events Coming to the Triangle

    Raleigh Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    July
    28

    Vegan Restaurants You Can Find in the Triangle

    Vegan Restaurants Raleigh

    As a vegan or someone who eats plant-based most of the time, it's not always easy to find places to dine. Lately, though, the restaurant scene has been expanding, with many new vegan restaurants opening up across the country. The Triangle area is no exception. Whether you're strictly vegan or just trying something new, here are some of the top vegan restaurants near Raleigh homes for sale.

    • The Fiction Kitchen: 428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, NC 27601
      The Fiction Kitchen 
      serves vegan and vegetarian cuisine, prepared in a 100% vegetarian kitchen. They're open from 3:30 - 7:30 pm, Wednesday - Sunday.

      This restaurant has an incredible selection of starters, from their Lion's Mane Spread to their cornmeal-fried mushrooms. Favorite entrees include the curry bowl and the peanut noodle soup. The menu is detailed so you can tell which dishes are vegan and which are gluten-free.

    • Neomonde Mediterranean: 3817 Beryl Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
      Neomonde Mediterranean is a contemporary cafe serving Lebanese dishes. You can order at the counter and enjoy your meal either on-site or to-go. While the restaurant is not strictly vegan, they do offer a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.

      Favorites at Neomonde include the falafel pita and the butternut chickpea salad. They also have delicious Lebanese flatbreads.

    • Purple Cabbage: 306 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
      Purple Cabbage is a vegan food truck serving the Triangle area. You can follow their social media pages to see where they are parking. 

      The star of the menu at Purple Cabbage is the vegan burgers. They're served on soft, fluffy buns with purple cabbage slaw on top. Their vegan chicken sandwich is pretty popular, too!

    • Boss of Vegan: 1129 Corporation Pkwy., Suite 181, Raleigh, NC 27610
      With a name like Boss Vegan, it has to be good! This place is known for its sandwiches. The Boss-BLT, made with vegan bacon on a Hawaiian roll, is incredible. People also love the fresh cucumber salad.

      You can pre-order from Boss Vegan on their website. They even offer some make-at-home options, like their bake-at-home vegan sugar cookies. 

    • Earth to Us: 1720 Guess Rd. #18, Durham, NC 27701
      Serving 100% vegan American and Latin comfort food, Earth to Us is a must-visit restaurant. They started off with just a food truck, and now they have two physical locations in Raleigh and Durham.

      A favorite at Earth to Us is the loaded nachos, which are topped with raw cashew cheese, black beans, and pico de gallo. Guests also love the mac & cheese plate, a classic comfort food choice made with BBQ vegan chicken. Don't forget to end your meal with some carrot cake before heading out to look at Durham homes for sale!

    • Vegan Flava Cafe: 306 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
      Vegan Flava Cafe
      opened in 2011 as a mobile catering business. They recently opened their brick-and-mortar location inside the Dogwood Market near Chapel Hill homes for sale. The restaurant goes out of its way to use organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free ingredients. 

      The Chickpea Mock Tuna wraps at Vegan Flava Cafe are really popular. Guests also love the Too Tasty Tacos. If you're in the mood for something cool and refreshing, try one of the smoothies. The Island Flava, made with organic mangoes, pineapple, and almond milk, is sure to please your palate.

    Eating vegan is easier when you're surrounded by delicious vegan restaurants like these. Our real estate agents are ready and waiting to help you find a home in Raleigh so you can visit again and again. Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment with an agent.

    July
    21

    What is Cottagecore Home Decor?

    Home Decor TrendsOur real estate agents know that a beautifully decorated home is inviting to potential buyers. If you're searching for options to decorate your home's spaces, one trend that you'll encounter is known as cottagecore, which adds a woodsy and cozy feel to your home's interior. Consider this trend for your home with these interior design tips. 

    Cottagecore Explained

    Cottagecore is an increasingly popular style of home decor that focuses on creating a cozy environment with high-quality, environmentally focused materials. It's similar to hygge, a Danish decor trend that focuses on creating a comfortable space that utilizes multiple cozy elements. 

    The look of cottagecore includes soft hues, gorgeous floral prints, string lights, and soft area lighting, and authentic vintage or vintage-inspired pieces. Your end result is a romantic space that incorporates elements from nature. While a room decorated in a cottagecore style may remind you of a rustic cabin or a lovely beachside cottage, this decor works well in any area, including homes in the city or suburbs. 

    While minimalism isn't the sole focus of cottagecore, there are minimalistic elements. With cottagecore, less is more, especially since this decor movement values sustainability.

    Instead of five cheap throw blankets, invest in one or two durable throws that you adore and are of superior quality. When buyers are searching for Raleigh homes for sale, homes that embrace cottagecore are less likely to be filled with distracting clutter. 

    Adding Cottagecore Decor into Your Home 

    If you're ready to use cottagecore design trends in your home, you don't have to invest a lot of time or money to get started. Start with fresh flowers. Since floral prints are one of the main tenets of cottagecore, an arrangement of flowers instantly adds a romantic, nature-inspired vibe. 

    Then, add soft lighting to the space. A few strands of string lights are an affordable option, or you might opt to add candles. When using candles, stick with nature-inspired scents that will coordinate well with the decor. 

    Check your cabinets for porcelain dishes, etched glasses, and mason jars. Display your favorite pieces on a floating shelf or bookcase.

    The thrift store is an excellent spot to find vintage-inspired or even authentic vintage items for your decor. Look for paintings or prints that feature nature scenes. A glass vase or wood-framed mirror are other pieces that work well in almost any home. 

    Perhaps you're ready to make more significant renovations to your home, so it adheres to the cottagecore look. Look for flooring that mimics the appearance of wood. While hardwood floors are one alternative, engineered wood floors are another durable, budget-friendly alternative that recreates the look of wood.

    Or, if you're renovating a space where you prefer to use tile, check out ceramic tiles that maintain a wood appearance. Search for tiles with a low-gloss finish, and avoid intricate designs. The goal is to produce a simple, classic look. 

    Ready to sell your current home and find a new one for you to decorate with the latest interior design trends? Contact us today to get started!

    July
    14

    Kitchen Updates You'll Enjoy Using

    Kitchen Updates

    Once you've found your perfect home, the next step is to make it your own - starting with the kitchen. If cooking is your passion, you can up your culinary game with a few simple design ideas. There are plenty of Raleigh homes for sale with amazing kitchens to suit your needs. Here's how to take those kitchens even further.

    Appliances

    The right tools can help in a myriad of ways. An induction cooktop, for instance, regulates heat much more accurately than a regular stovetop, allowing for more precise temperature measurements. The appliance itself never gets hot, reducing the risk of accidental burning. Plus, it's more energy-efficient than electric or gas stoves.

    You might also consider a high-speed oven. Using both convection and microwave heating, it heats better and more accurately, cutting cook times in half.

    Finally, if you don't have a stand mixer, it will change your life. A good quality mixer will last for many years, providing thorough, even mixing. You can do everything from whip cream to beat meringue to knead bread dough quickly and easily without wearing out your arms. Plus, with extra attachments, you can roll out and cut your own fresh pasta, grind your own meat, and much more.

    Organization

    A few simple organizational improvements can help you tremendously. Install some sturdy hooks above the stovetop, on which to hang your pots and pans. This will make them easier to find and access when you need them. You can do the same for mixing spoons, spatulae, and other basic tools. For knives, consider installing a long, magnetic strip that the knives can stick to. That way, you can simply remove one when you need it and put it back in its place when it's clean.

    In your cluttered cabinets, try putting in a Lazy Susan. They design them for all different purposes, from organizing herbs and spices to storing empty containers. Whatever you're using it for, a Lazy Susan lets you keep everything organized and view it at a glance, so you don't have to rummage through a lot of extra clutter to find what you need.

    Also, consider installing tension rods in your cabinets. They make great customizable barriers that you can prop things like pans and cookie sheets against, rather than stacking them up. By storing things vertically, you can create more space in your cabinets and keep things more organized.

    Renovation

    If you're really committed to updating your kitchen, consider some renovations and remodels. Start with more shelves. A single shelf that stretches across an entire kitchen wall can provide a tremendous amount of storage for various things without taking up much extra space.

    If your home doesn't have a kitchen island, you should put one in. It provides extra space for everything you need: a counter for prep work, a table for seating, plus storage beneath for pots and pans, appliances, etc.

    To make cleanup simpler, cut a small hole in the kitchen island countertop, and store a trash can in the cabinet underneath. Now you have a quick and easy way to eliminate everything from eggshells to empty packaging as you cook.

    These are just a few of the kitchen updates you can make in your home to make cooking easier and better. Get creative and see what other improvements you can make to help you when you cook.

    If you want to find your perfect home with your dream kitchen, contact us. Our real estate agents can help you find the right space for you and ensure every room will meet your needs.

    July
    7

    About the Joel Lane Museum House Raleigh's Oldest House

    Joel Lane HouseWhether you're a newcomer to the Raleigh area or have lived in Wake County for a long time, a visit to the Joel Lane Museum House lets you take a step back in time. You'll learn about local, state, and national history as you get a glimpse into life in the late 1700s.
      
    Our real estate agents share what you can expect when visiting Raleigh's oldest house.
      
    About Raleigh's Oldest Home

    The Joel Lane Museum House was built in 1769, making it the oldest home in Raleigh and even older than our country. Built by Colonel Joel Lane – who is known as both the Father of Wake County and Raleigh – the house is now a museum that's a Raleigh Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
      
    In 1771, he introduced legislation to found Wake County, and the Colonial Assembly approved it. Lane's home was the site where the decision was made in 1792 to buy a 1,000-acre parcel of his land for the state's new capital city of Raleigh.
      
    Learn About Colonial Life

    The museum lets you hear the stories of the people who lived during the colonial era, the Revolutionary War, and the early years of a new nation. Costumed guides tell accurate stories and create a personalized tour for each group of guests. 
      
    The house itself has been restored to its appearance in the 1793-94 era. You'll also see a building called the Kitchen, which was moved from northern Wake County in 1979. It was a middle-class house built around 1790 but is similar in design to a colonial kitchen. In addition, the visitors center – which houses the gift shop and offices – is also on the property. It was built around 1840 as an addition to the Lane home but was removed from the original home when it was restored. 
      
    What to Know Before You Go

    Tours resumed for the Joel Lane Museum House in June, giving North Carolina residents a chance to learn about the Revolutionary War and the early days of the Raleigh area.

    The Joel Lane Museum House is located at the corner of South St. Mary's and West Hargett Streets in Raleigh. To take a tour, go to the visitors' center at 160 South St. Mary's Street. Parking is free and can be found on St. Mary's Street in front of the visitors' center and on Hargett Street in front of the museum house.

    Be sure to check their website or call before your visit for the latest on their COVID-19 guidelines.
      
    Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors age 65 and over, $4 for students kindergarten through college with ID, and free for children under 6 as well as Blue Star Families.
      
    Contact us
    to see Raleigh homes for sale or to sell your home in the Raleigh area. Our real estate agents are knowledgeable about the local market and can help ensure that you're happy with your real estate transaction. 

    June
    30

    Where to Order Bubble Tea Near Raleigh

    Bubble Tea Raleigh

    Bubble tea (sometimes called boba tea) is a trendy, colorful, and delicious drink made from brewed tea and tapioca pearls. Whether you're a bubble tea connoisseur or have never tried this treat, these bubble tea shops located in and around Raleigh are ready to take your order.

    1. Brecotea - 1144 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27511

      Brecotea takes particular pride in the caliber of the ingredients they use when crafting their many menu items. Customers can choose from a variety of bubble teas made with fresh fruit, real milk, and other high-quality organic ingredients. It's a great place to pick up some artisan goods when you're in the neighborhood attending viewings of our Cary homes for sale.

    2. Quickly Tea House - 2604A Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705

      Quickly Tea House is a well-known global brand whose mission is to bring Taiwanese-style bubble tea to the world. Their Durham location is close to many of our Durham homes for sale and is a hotspot for many local residents, particularly in the summer months. 

      A full range of beverages is available here, including regular bubble teas, milk teas (made with a soy-based creamer), slushes, and snows (creamier versions of the slushes). Special toppings add a little flair to every drink, and customers can even order snacks like egg rolls, waffle fries, popcorn chicken, and gyoza for an extra treat.

    3. Bumble Tea - 3221 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh, NC 27606

      As soon as you see Bumble Tea's smiling honeybee mascot, you know you're in for a good time. This cheery shop is within easy reach of many Raleigh homes for sale and offers a sweet-themed interior complete with hexagon-shaped tables for enjoying your purchases. 

      Bumble Tea serves both milk teas (in flavors like matcha, jasmine, and espresso and fruit teas (in flavors like strawberry-lemon, mango, and passionfruit). They also have a good selection of fruit smoothies available for more health-conscious patrons. If you're in the mood for dessert, you can try their adorable Bumble Waffle, a delicious treat shaped to look like the head of a bee. 

    4. Beans & Bubbles - 3607 Falls River Avenue, Suite 125, Raleigh, NC 27614

      Beans & Bubbles stands out on this list for the sheer customizability of their menu. Each of their bubble tea drinks starts with a base of either black tea, green tea, or brewed coffee. Once you've chosen which one you want, staff members add your choice of over 50 flavors of syrup to the mix. Finally, the drink is topped off with either chewy tapioca, coffee jelly, or fruit-flavored bubbles.

    5. MooMooCha - 1350 5th Avenue, Suite 250, Garner, NC 27529

      MooMooCha is a newly rebranded bubble tea shop in the same neighborhood as many of our Garner homes for sale. The star item on their menu is the Classic MooMooCha tea, which showcases deep yet mellow brown sugar flavors.

      Aside from this, the shop offers nearly two dozen other varieties of milk tea and fruit tea combined. Patrons can also sip on a selection of coffee, lattes, smoothies, slushes, lemonades, and ciders or snack on their signature egg puff ice cream treat. Many of MooMooCha's drinks can be made with non-dairy ingredients upon request, making this a popular spot for people following a vegan diet.

    This excellent assortment of bubble tea shops is far from the only thing to love about the Raleigh area. Contact us today and let our real estate agents show you some of the many homes we have available in this thriving community. 

    June
    16

    Bed and Breakfasts in the Triangle

    Raleigh Bed and Breakfasts

    Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and a quick vacation! Luckily, you can find plenty of bed and breakfasts in the local area perfect for a short trip. Here are a few that our real estate agents recommend. 

    1. Heights House Hotel, 308 S Boylan Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 
      For unparalleled luxury, look no further than the Heights House Hotel. This amazing mansion was built in 1858 in what is now downtown Raleigh. Once fallen into tragic disrepair, the property has been restored to its original beauty with painstaking care and is now finally accepting reservations. Nine gracious suites can accommodate up to twenty guests. Built in Italianate style, you'll find ornate columns, unique floor plans, and fifteen-foot ceilings. With loving attention given to each detail, guests will be able to enjoy the gracious living of the past combined with the conveniences of the present.

    2. Guest House Raleigh, 420 S. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 
      Four beautiful suites at Guest House Raleigh offer exceptional accommodations with unique features such as a grand double shower, a private patio, French doors, and fabulous views. Just a few doors down, at 432 S. Bloodworth Street, you will find Roger's Cottage, a sister property. This cozy home away from home is a child-friendly space with a king bedroom and a queen bed in a loft. The kitchenette with mini-fridge makes it the perfect spot for a small family. 

    3. Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn & Garden, 333 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
      House hunters looking at Fuquay-Varina homes for sale will find this an excellent home base. The Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn & Garden offers five luxury options in a landmark listed in the National Register Historic District. Four-poster beds grace the Carriage House and the Savannah Sparrow room, while other lovely antiques make the Cardinal Suite, the Painted Bunting Room, and the Goldfinch Room feel like portals into the past. When you're not looking at houses, you'll enjoy the local sites nearby, such as Alltel Pavilion, Exploris, Raven Rock State Park, and more. 

    4. Hamilton Scot Inn, 7905 Emery Gayle Lane, Cary, NC 27519
      If your focus is on Cary homes for sale, you can't go wrong with the Hamilton Scot Inn. Just minutes from the Raleigh/Durham International Airport, the Inn is nestled on fourteen gorgeous acres, offering the seclusion of a country home. You'll receive a gourmet breakfast, fresh flowers, and so much more. You'll be conveniently situated near several universities. To assist with your property searches or any business you may have during your stay, the Inn offers free WiFi.
       
    5. B & B's Country Garden Inn, 1041 Kelly Road, Apex, North Carolina 27523 
      Just off the I-540, you'll find charming accommodations that are well suited to researching Apex homes for sale. Surrounded by eight acres, the property boasts a large pond so that guests can enjoy a leisurely paddleboat ride or go fishing. B & B's Country Garden Inn will even supply you with a fishing pole. If you have the time, you may enjoy the Apex Farmer's Market, the Halle Cultural Arts Center, or any number of local activities. 

    Plus, staying at a bed and breakfast offers a great way to get to know about the local area if you are planning on moving there. If you're ready to find the home of your dreams in the Triangle, contact us

    June
    9

    5 Things to Consider Before Buying Patio Furniture

    Raleigh Patio

    What's so hard about buying patio furniture? Why not just go online or to a store and pick something pretty and buy it? You can do that, but you may not be happy with how that plays out in the patio area of the dream home you chose among homes for sale in the Triangle. A little planning will help you make the most of your outdoor living space. If you're not sure what questions to ask about a patio furniture purchase, follow the guidelines our real estate agents have put together. 

    1. Determine the Space
      This sounds so obvious, but you'll be surprised to learn that some folks just close their eyes, make a purchase, and hope it fits. Don't do that. Measure your space. Decide what you want. Bar stools? A dining table and chairs? Chairs for relaxing and lounging? You may get a good deal ordering online, but when buying furniture, it's always nice to look at it in person. Buying patio furniture in the brick-and-mortar store can show you how big it is, so you can calculate if it will nicely fill the space you have.

    2. How Comfortable is it?
      There's not much point in buying patio furniture just to look at. You'll want people to sit in it and enjoy it. It's important to sit on the furniture to see if it's comfortable. Do you intend to improve the experience by providing comfy cushions? That's helpful, but you also want to see if the chairs, table, or whatever, are the right dimensions.

    3. Are the Materials Weather Resistant?
      These days patio furniture is manufactured from many different materials: wicker, iron, resin, steel, plastic, wood, and others. If you're going to leave your furniture in an uncovered location during the warm season, you may want to choose something weather-resistant and resilient. Leaving the furniture in the heat and humidity will shorten its usefulness. If you're going to keep your furniture in a protected location, you might have better luck with patio furniture made of wood or wicker. Regardless of where you leave it, you may need to do a bit of maintenance every season: painting, replacing cushions, or with wood, even refinishing. 

      It's always a good idea to put the furniture up when the season for entertaining is over; at the very least, cover it up and protect it from the elements. Also, think about where you're going to place the furniture: on solid ground or on the patio. If it's going to make contact with the earth. you need to choose materials that can handle being on soggy ground, such as plastic or resin. 

    4. Invest in Quality
      Be aware that plastic, resin, wood, or wicker furniture may look good when you buy it, but if it's used extensively outdoors, UV rays and weather will make it fade so that it loses its looks. If you can afford it, invest in good quality furniture that will stand up to the elements and last a few years. If possible, set it in a protected location.

    5. Shop Colors
      You can have some fun when shopping for the right color of patio furniture. It doesn't have to be neutral, black, or brown. Match colors in your landscape or with your house, or go a little wild selecting pillows and cushions that pop.

    Need more tips to improve your outdoor living space? Contact us today. 

    June
    2

    Educational Opportunities for Your Kids This Summer in Raleigh

    Raleigh Summer Learning

    Looking for ways to keep your kids happily occupied while they're continuing to learn this summer in Raleigh? The area has plenty of places where you can spend the day with them or enroll them in a fun summer program.

    Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following places where your kids can learn and have fun this summer in Raleigh:

    1. The CoderSchool – Leesville Towne Center, 13200 Strickland Rd. #116, Raleigh, NC 27613 
      Coding has become a popular interest for kids in the past few years, and it's easy to see why. Without coders, we wouldn't have computer software, apps, and websites that we access countless times a day. The CoderSchool, located close to Raleigh homes for sale, offers summer camps for kids who have experience in coding and those who don't. Camps include Game Development – Arcade, Roblox Remix, and Mobile Madness. In-person and online camps are available, with some designed for kids age 7-10 and those aged 10 and up.

    2. My Gym Raleigh – 8801 Lead Mine Rd. Suite 117, Raleigh, NC 27615  
      My Gym Raleigh is all about letting kids have fun while learning in a fun, physically engaging environment. As kids are active and having fun, they gain confidence that can carry over into other activities. In addition to their regular programs, My Gym Raleigh offers summer camps running from June through August, with a discount if you enroll a sibling. Camp themes change weekly and include Circus, Superheroes, Space, Safari, and Olympics.

    3. Engineering for Kids – 110 Lattner Ct. Suite #104, Morrisville, NC 27560
      Engineering for Kids
      , located around the corner from Morrisville homes for sale, builds on what kids are already learning in their school curriculum in a fun way. The company emphasizes the Engineering Design Process to help kids with their decision-making and critical-thinking skills and their creativity and teamwork. Choose a virtual or in-person summer program for your kids, including one on Esports that lets them learn about the fundamentals and mechanics of their favorite games as well as how everything in the game relates to the real world through physics and other disciplines.

    4. Museum of Life + Science – 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham, NC 27704 
      Whether you're looking for a fun, educational place to spend the day with your child or you're looking for a summer camp with these same benefits, you'll find it at the Museum of Life + Science. Located near Durham homes for sale, the museum is filled with 84 acres of open-ended science and nature experiences, so your kids will have plenty to do and see. Take them to Hideaway Woods, where they can explore a two-acre nature playscape, complete with treehouses, a flowing streambed, and more. And don't forget the Butterfly House, where hundreds of butterflies fly in a 350-foot-tall glass conservatory where you can interact with them.

    5. Piedmont Wildlife Center – 364 Leigh Farm Rd., Durham, NC 27707
      Piedmont Wildlife Center is dedicated to providing educational experiences for kids and adults while helping them build a strong connection to nature. Take the kids to meet the Center's owl ambassadors, go on a nature walk, learn about plants, or connect with nature in other ways. You can also enroll them in a summer camp for youth or teens, including a swamp safari or backpacking trip.

    Contact us to learn more about Raleigh's vast educational opportunities for kids. And if you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area, our real estate professionals can help. 

    May
    26

    All About North Carolina BBQ

    Raleigh BBQ

    With all due respect to Memphis dry rub and Alabama white sauce, we have our own way of doing barbecue here in North Carolina. We like it tangy, saucy, and smoky. 

    It's not unusual to let a whole hog slowly smoke for an entire day before serving it up, but that patience pays off. If you're in the mood to try some of the best authentic North Carolina barbecue the Raleigh area has to offer, our real estate agents are more than happy to point you in the right direction. To celebrate National BBQ Month, check out one of these local spots!  

    1. The Pit - 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
      They do things the old-fashioned way at The Pit. Located in the Downtown Warehouse district just minutes from many Raleigh homes for sale, The Pit serves old-fashioned, pit-cooked whole-hog barbecue, and you can really taste the time that goes into making their meat perfect. You can choose from a varied menu at The Pit, but their staple is the classic North Carolina Barbecue Tray, which includes your choice of meat—including chopped BBQ, pulled pork, or Carolina-style ribs—and any two of their 14 different sides. 

    2. Ole Time Barbecue - 6309 Hillsborough St #1148, Raleigh, NC 27606
      A classic barbecue joint with a diner-like atmosphere, Ole Time Barbecue is a 25-year staple of the Raleigh barbecue scene. They specialize in old-fashioned "meat and three" plates for lunch and dinner, like the hand-chopped barbecue pork plate, with side options including collard greens, coleslaw, fried okra, and some of the best hush puppies this side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

    3. Clyde Cooper's BBQ - 327 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
      Clyde Cooper's BBQ first opened its doors in 1938, and not a whole lot about their restaurant has changed since then. And to be honest, it doesn't need to. They know what they're doing. Their pork shoulder is slow-cooked over wood and seasoned with their own house-made vinegar-based barbecue sauce. This place has some quirks—their hours are prone to unannounced changes, and they just started accepting credit cards in 2020—but they serve the kind of barbecue that can only be perfected over the course of 80-plus years.

    4. Carolina Barbecue - 733 US-70 E, Garner, NC 27529
      You'll find a little bit of everything at Carolina Barbecue. They serve incredible Southern-fried chicken, fresh cooked-to-order seafood, and of course, smoked-to-perfection Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue. Be sure to save room for their homemade banana pudding or peach cobbler! Located in the community of Garner, NC, Carolina, Barbecue is just a short drive from Raleigh and minutes from these Garner homes for sale.

    5. The Humble Pig - Cary, NC 27511
      You might have to do a little work to find the Humble Pig... but it's worth it. One of the best barbecue food trucks in the Raleigh area, the folks at the Humble Pig move their operation from place to place during the week. Bond Brothers Beer Company, a local craft brewer near these Cary homes for sale, is where you'll find the truck most Saturday nights, but you can also track the Humble Pig's whereabouts on their website. They cater private events too, and their pulled pork sandwiches and BBQ tacos are about as good as it gets. 

    Great barbecue isn't the only thing we love about life in North Carolina! Contact us today to learn more about what makes North Carolina special. 

    May
    13

    HPW Luxury | Stately Manor in North Raleigh

    Sitting on a beautiful and private, landscaped lot in North Raleigh's The Registry, this stately manor embodies all the elegance and attention to detail that has become desired in a custom luxury home.

    Built by Carter Homes, this estate provides an open floor plan with the finest woodwork and moldings throughout its nearly 6,800 square feet of living space. A magnificent kitchen boasts granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and a large island complete with a built-in wine fridge. The graciously sized master retreat can be found on the main level along with its beautiful spa-like bathroom. And rounding out the main level is the family room with custom, built-in shelves as well as the dining room, utility room and office. 

    Upstairs are three bedrooms each with its own bathroom, an additional laundry room and a large bonus room with a built-in wet bar – perfect for entertaining guests or saving yourself a trip downstairs for a beverage. Speaking of downstairs – there is a huge, finished basement with a recreational room, wet bar, bedroom and bathroom as well as direct access to the sizeable, covered patio.

    Enjoy overlooking the stunningly landscaped and private backyard from the deck or the screened porch with a fireplace thus allowing for relaxing and entertaining all year long.

    View the full property listed by Rose Brogli of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston North Raleigh office.

    For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

    May
    19

    Interior Design Mistakes You Might be Making

    Interior Design Mistakes

    When you find furniture, artwork, or a decor scheme that you love, it's natural to want to incorporate it into your own home. However, our real estate agents know that some stylistic components aren't a good fit for every home; they may make the room appear small, cluttered, or unattractive. Your space will then be unappealing to you and potential buyers. Here are some common interior design mistakes you might be making and some simple solutions for fixing them. 

    1. Choosing the Wrong Area Rug Size
      Your area rug is intended to help you frame the furniture in a room. This means that your furniture should be touching or resting on the rug, with some of the rugs still showing. For example, in a bedroom, your bed will rest on the rug, and the rug should still be visible.  In your living room, you want the legs of your furniture to touch the perimeter of the rug. If your rug is too small for your space, you have a few options. In a bedroom, you can place the rug on the side of your bed and use it to anchor your nightstand and sitting chair. For a living room rug that's a tad small, you can try putting just the front legs of your couch and end tables on the rug. The effect should be similar, even with a small rug. Or, you might choose to use the rug in another room and replace it with one that's better suited to the size and layout of the room. 
    1. Buying Cheap Linens
      Cheap linens and bedding can detract from a beautifully designed bedroom. You don't have to spend a fortune on your bedding, but you should invest in quality linens in a classic style and colors that compliment the room. This ensures that they'll enhance your bedroom while providing you with a relaxing haven to get an amazing night of slumber. 
    1. Thinking All Your Furniture Has to Match
      It's a misconception that you have to use all the pieces from a matching set of furniture. While there's nothing inherently wrong with a set of furniture, it can make the room feel generic and impersonal. Instead, incorporate a few pieces in a complementary hue or with different textures. This will add depth and visual appeal to the room. 
    1. Neglecting to Incorporate Enough Lighting
      Raleigh homes for sale that lack ample lighting aren't as appealing to potential buyers as their well-illuminated counterparts. A well-lit room is inviting and shows off your gorgeous pieces. In addition to a central source of lighting (like a chandelier or overhead lighting), add floor lights, table lamps, and desk lamps to integrate additional layers of light. Your lighting should be functional (making it possible for you to accomplish all the tasks you do in the room) and visually appealing (lending a cozy touch to the space, like wall sconces do in the dining room). 

    Now that you've addressed these interior design mistakes, are you ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to start the process!

    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.

    May
    5

    National Shrimp Day: Seafood Restaurants in the Triangle

    Raleigh Seafood

    Did you know that May 10th is National Shrimp Day? There's no better way to celebrate than to head to your favorite seafood restaurant and place an order. Whether you prefer your shrimp battered and fried, tossed in Cajun seasoning, or made into scampi, the following are some of the top seafood restaurants our real estate agents recommend in the Triangle area.

    1. NC Seafood Restaurant: 1201 Agricultural St., Raleigh, NC 27603
      If you happen to be looking at Raleigh homes for sale, then NC Seafood Restaurant is a delicious spot to check out. This restaurant is located within the North Carolina Farmers Market, so you can shop for local produce and other specialties while you're there, too. NC Seafood Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining areas, and they've been around since the early 1990s. 

      The perfect order for National Shrimp Day is the large shrimp plate, which comes with hushpuppies, coleslaw, and home fries. The spicy peel & eat shrimp are another favorite; you get a half-pound per order. Finish your meal with a slice of the delicious lemon or chocolate pie.

    2. Locals Oyster Bar: 530 Foster St. Suite 1, Durham, NC 27701
      Locals Oyster Bar is the place to celebrate National Shrimp Day near Durham. You may enjoy it so much that you decide to look at Durham homes for sale. It's located inside the Durham Food Hall.

      While you might assume oysters are the star of the menu here, they do have an entire section just for shrimp dishes. The in-shell shrimp are incredibly fresh and delicious. Another top choice is the shrimp sausage roll, which is topped with caramelized onions and horseradish aioli.

    3. Hook & Reel: 2608 Erwin Rd. Ste 104, Durham, NC 27705
      Hook & Reel is a lively seafood bar with upbeat music and a friendly atmosphere. They make all 6 of their signature sauces in-house, and they're known for their Cajun flair. 

      If you're in the mood for a classic Cajun seafood boil, then you can custom-order one to your liking, adding your own seafood selections, sauces, and extras. Shrimp and crawfish with garlic butter and corn on the cob is exceptional. Another great choice is the shrimp po'boy, which is served in a lovely, fluffy bun.

    4. Capt. John's Dockside: 11550 US Highway 15 501N, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
      Capt. John's Dockside is a welcoming, family-owned restaurant to visit if you're looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale nearby. They really welcome families here; there's even a play area for the kids!

      On National Shrimp Day, your go-to order at Capt. John's Dockside really should be the fried jumbo shrimp. They're perfectly crispy and served with hush puppies and your choice of potato. 

    5. The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail: 413 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
      Looking for a fresh spin on the seafood flavors you love? Stop by The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail for a memorable meal that highlights international flavors. The menu features small plates and dishes that rotate regularly based on seasonality and what Executive Chef Oscar Diaz's finds at local farmers markets. Guaranteeing your seafood is as fresh as possible! 

    If you'll be in the Triangle area on National Seafood Day, there are plenty of delicious spots to celebrate. Contact us if you're still looking for a real estate agent in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill.

    April
    29

    Take the Family to these Mini Golf Courses Near Raleigh

    Mini Golf Raleigh

    As the saying goes, the family that plays together stays together. Our real estate agents love sharing quality time with their families in some good-natured competition at these entertaining mini golf courses around Raleigh.

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

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

    When it comes to buying or selling a home in Raleigh, our cheerful and experienced real estate agents are your ace in the hole. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

    April
    21

    National Prime Rib Day: Steakhouses around the Triangle

    Raleigh Steak

    There's never a bad time to enjoy a delicious slice of prime rib. If you need an excuse, however, you'll be glad to know that April 27th is National Prime Rib Day!  

    Our REALTORS® each have their own opinions about which local steakhouse is the best. We've created this list of some of their favorites, so you check them all out and decide for yourself!  

    1. Angus Barn Steakhouse: 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27617
      Located not far from some of the best Raleigh homes for sale, the Angus Barn Steakhouse is incredibly popular among locals. This fine-dining restaurant serves a variety of steaks that are aged in-house, fresh seafood, and more. It also has an award-winning wine cellar and a smoking lounge. You'll love the 10, 14, or 22-ounce cuts of prime rib. You can also choose a combo and pair your prime rib with a half rack of ribs, marinated shrimp, or a lobster tail. 
    1. The Peddler Steakhouse: 6005 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612
      When you have dinner at The Peddler Steakhouse, you can expect to enjoy a delicious steak that has been aged to perfection. All of their steaks are aged for a minimum of 28 days and cut at the table upon request. They're then grilled over charcoal, resulting in an amazingly flavorful meal. The prime rib at Peddler Steakhouse is seasoned with their special blend of spices and slow-roasted to ensure that it stays both juicy and tender. Try it for yourself, and you'll quickly see why this dish is the restaurant's house specialty. 
    1. Nantucket Grill: 1145 Falls River Ave., Raleigh, NC 27614
      If you enjoy dining in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, then you'll want to pay a visit to Nantucket Grill. This restaurant serves up classic New England-Style cuisine like lobster rolls and crab cakes. They serve prime rib after 4 pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays. Kids also eat for free on Sundays, making this the perfect day for a family outing. 
    1. NanaSteak: 345 Blackwell St., Durham, NC 27701
      Well known as one of Durham's best steakhouses, NanaSteak offers upscale dining in a high-energy environment. The restaurant features three dining rooms, a well-appointed bar, and an award-winning wine list. They offer both 8-ounce and 12-ounce cuts of slow-cooked Black Angus Prime Rib that are sure to please your palate. NanaSteak is located in downtown Durham. While you're in the area, we highly recommend taking a drive around to get a look at some of the beautiful Durham homes for sale nearby. 
    1. Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill: 201 S. Estes Dr., Space 100-A, Chapel Hill, NC 2751
      An upscale restaurant with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, Stoney River Steakhouse specializes in fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks. Their Certified Angus Beef® prime rib is aged and slow-roasted to perfection. Next time you're in the area looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale, plan to stick around and enjoy an amazing meal you won't soon forget. 

    When it comes to living in the Triangle, great restaurants are just the beginning! We would love to show you around the area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started. 

    April
    14

    Paint Color Psychology: What Colors You Should Use Before Listing Your Home?

    Paint Color Tips

    Have you ever noticed how some rooms entice you into settling back and relaxing, and others make you feel energetic and ready for fun? Understanding the effects of your choice of colors will help you send the correct message to potential buyers. Our real estate agents can tell you that painting your home will probably bring the greatest return on investment of any upgrades you make when selling your home. Keep in mind the psychological effects of these colors before starting to paint. 

    1. Classic white
      Not only does white evoke calming effects, but it also opens up the space, making it appear larger. We often equate white with cleanliness. These are the primary reasons that white has been the most common choice of sellers for decades. Potential buyers also see white as the easiest color to paint over later.

    2. Black
      Often regarded as sophisticated and elegant, too much black can be somber and depressing. It's best used as an accent to bring drama to a classic white interior without interfering with the expansive visual effects. Consider black rugs or small accessories to add interest to what might otherwise be a boring environment.

    3. Gray
      Eliciting the same feelings of calm serenity white brings to the table, it adds versatility, matching any color scheme. gray lends a comforting feeling of warmth to a cool room. This adaptability has made gray the new "go-to" color of many interior decorators, edging white off the pedestal as number one. 

    4. Blue
      From the sky above to the deep blue sea, this color brings a cool calm, making it a good choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. Psychologists tell us it actually lowers blood pressure, and who doesn't need that after a busy day? Available in so many shades, blue can accent a home's architectural style, such as slate blue for a Craftsman or light shades for a beach house. 

    5. Green
      Another cool color, green, also reduces stress and provides a restful environment appropriate for bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms. Like blue, green is soothing and harmonious, reminiscent of the beauties of nature. Think of how a lush lawn calls to us to take off our shoes and walk across it with bare feet. 

    6. Red
      Of all the warmer colors, red is the most intense, creating energy and stimulating emotions. That can be either good or bad, depending upon where it is used. Increasing energy is great for a recreation room but can be uncomfortable when you are trying to relax in the living room. When painting, consider where you want a stimulating space.

    7. Orange 
      Like red, orange increases tension and excitement, great when you're watching a football game, but not conducive to settling back with a good book. Used carefully, it can encourage enthusiasm, but too much of it can create a feeling of chaos. Used carefully, it can make a dining area feel lively and fun but might be more appropriate to a breakfast bar than a formal dining room.

    The most important thing to remember when you are preparing your house for sale is that you want to make it attractive to buyers, not make it a personal statement. You may find it better to stick with neutral colors of paint and, if you are showing it with furniture, add colors with pillows, bedspreads, and other accessories that can be easily removed. 

    Looking at other Raleigh homes for sale will help you see how a fresh coat of paint can make a difference! Contact us for assistance listing your house. 

    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
    26

    HPW Open Houses | March 27-28

    The spring market is in full swing which means there are houses in every shape and size listed for sale across the Triangle area. Your dream home is out there, now it's time to go find it.

    Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be hosting open houses this Saturday and Sunday in some of the most sought after neighborhoods. Most likely there will be a few that will that catch your eye and turn your head – if so, go see them.

    Open Houses This Weekend

    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    3041 Eden Harbor Court
    Raleigh, NC 27613

    $755,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

    404 Cedar Pond Court
    Knightdale, NC 27545

    $457,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    4104 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $789,900

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    4128 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $875,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    2709 Trifle Lane
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $750,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

    4133 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $900,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

    4105 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $800,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    301 Get A Way Lane
    Bahama, NC 27503

    $479,900

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

    208 Cotten Drive
    Morrisville, NC 27560

    $625,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

    150 Cotten Drive
    Morrisville, NC 27560

    $534,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

    156 Cotten Drive
    Morrisville, NC 27560

    $498,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
      from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

    152 Cotten Drive
    Morrisville, NC 27560

    $494,000

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    10621 Cahill Road
    Raleigh, NC 27614

    $649,900

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    5605 Stonemont Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27603

    $469,900

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    5124 Doughtymews Lane
    Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

    $650,000

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    1216 Ladowick Lane
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $949,900

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    211 Telluride Trail
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    $949,900

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    509 Longfellow Street
    Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

    $195,000

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    4108 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $800,000

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    190 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $524,975

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
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    4126 Lady Slipper Lane
    Durham, NC 27704

    $240,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
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    190 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $524,975

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
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    230 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $585,975

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
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    195 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $579,500

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
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    200 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $595,600

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    6004 Fordland Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27606

    $570,000

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    • Saturday, March 27th'
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    8026 Hogan Drive
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $465,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    3041 Eden Harbor Court
    Raleigh, NC 27613

    $755,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    404 Cedar Pond Court
    Knightdale, NC 27545

    $457,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    4104 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $789,900

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    4128 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $875,000

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    2709 Trifle Lane
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $750,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    4133 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $900,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    4105 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $800,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    301 Get A Way Lane
    Bahama, NC 27503

    $479,900

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    208 Cotten Drive
    Morrisville, NC 27560

    $625,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    150 Cotten Drive
    Morrisville, NC 27560

    $534,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    156 Cotten Drive
    Morrisville, NC 27560

    $498,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    152 Cotten Drive
    Morrisville, NC 27560

    $494,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    5605 Stonemont Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27603

    $469,900

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    5124 Doughtymews Lane
    Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

    $650,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    1216 Ladowick Lane
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $949,900

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    211 Telluride Trail
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    $949,900

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    509 Longfellow Street
    Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

    $195,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

    4108 Green Chase Way
    Cary, NC 27539

    $800,000

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    190 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $524,975

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
      from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    230 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $585,975

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    • Sunday, March 28th'
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    195 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $579,500

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    200 Meadow Lake Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596

    $595,600

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    6004 Fordland Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27606

    $570,000

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    March
    25

    HPW Luxury | Stunning Cape Cod

    Located off of Glenwood Avenue in the desirable Haywood community, this stunning cape cod exudes Southern charm and sophistication (and beautiful site-finished hardwood floors) throughout its nearly 4,900 square feet of living space.

     An open concept floor plan allows for easy entertaining of family and friends. Enjoy cooking in the gourmet kitchen which overlooks the family room and its detailed coffered ceiling. A large master suite with a spa-like bathroom and freestanding tub is accompanied by four additional bedrooms and full bathrooms in this breathtaking home.

     Downstairs you will find a partially finished, walk out basement with a huge recreational room, wine fridge and a guest suite. Head outside from there to relax on a covered patio or climb the stairs to the large deck above to catch some rays. Adjacent to the sprawling deck is a cozy screen porch where you can enjoy the upcoming spring days and summer nights.

     

    View the full property listed by Mary McCrery of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Midtown-Falls office.

     

    For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

    March
    31

    Movie Night: Try These Home Theater Improvements

    Raleigh Home Theater

    Whether you enjoy binge-watching your favorite shows or like to host at-home movie nights, a home theater system is an excellent addition to your home. Our real estate agents find that a home theater system is also appealing to potential homebuyers and helps define your home's unused spaces. Here are a few ways you can take your home theater to the next level.

    1. Select the Right Space
      When deciding where to place your home theater, opt for a room that's removed from the hustle and bustle of your household. This should be a space that's used only for viewing media. Ideally, you should be able to close the room off from the rest of the household when it's time to catch a movie to minimize noise and light pollution. 
    1. Place Your TV or Screen the Correct Distance from Your Seating
      For the best viewing experience, your TV or screen should be the proper distance from your home theater's seating. If your space has a TV, multiply the length of the screen's diagonal size by 1.5 to 2.5 to know where to place the seats. For example, assume you have a 60-inch TV. This means that you'll place your seats anywhere from 90 inches to 150 inches from the screen. However, if you have a projector in your home theater, multiply the width of the screen by 2 to 5 to figure out your seat placement. This makes it comfortable for you to see the whole screen. 
    1. Paint Your Walls a Dark Hue
      Your home theater is the perfect place to embrace a dark color for your walls. Lighter colors can reflect light in the room and cause a glare. Dark hues will absorb light and help you better control the lighting conditions in the room. Raleigh homes for sale with a fresh coat of paint will also show better with prospective buyers. 
    1. Invest in a Home Audio System
      Even top-notch TVs frequently have less than stellar sound quality. Add to your viewing experience by investing in a home audio system. This will ensure that the sound tones are crisp and clear. For a smaller space, a soundbar may be sufficient. You don't want to overwhelm the room with too much sound. If you have a larger home theater room, a surround sound system is an excellent choice for an immersive viewing experience.
    1. Keep Decorative Items Away from Your Screen
      Movie posters and souvenirs are cool, but they can distract you or your guests when you're watching a movie. Instead, position them so that they're behind your seating. 
    1. Opt for Tiered Seating
      Tiered seating is the gold standard for home theaters because it prevents someone from inadvertently obscuring the view of the person behind them. Fortunately, tiered seating doesn't have to be expensive. You can add platforms to your seats to raise them a few inches. Or, you might opt to add a few cozy floor seats; these are often popular with kids who like a little extra space to fidget during a movie. 

    Want a home with more space for your home theater? Contact us today to explore your options!

    March
    18

    HPW Luxury | Contemporary Estate

    Tucked away in North Raleigh's Chatsworth, 1117 Baslow Brook Court is an architectural gemstone. 

    This one-of-a-kind contemporary estate is skillfully oriented on 2.2 acres of property thus maximizing views of nature and meandering creeks. Proceed up the long driveway and you will be greeted with natural stone, solid maple doors and glass encompassing this stunning masterpiece.

    Inside you will find more stone walls, custom cabinetry, soaring 20-foot ceilings and an abundance of windows to let the natural light flow freely throughout the 7,800+ square feet of living space. Each space within this estate holds a level of detail that is unmatched. 

    With a lower level gym, theater and a completely enclosed, private pool and cabana, this home has the quintessential entertainment options for everyone to enjoy.  

    View the full property listed by Kimberly Conroy of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston North Raleigh office.

    For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

    March
    24

    5 Helpful Tips for Introducing a Pet to Your Home

    Raleigh New Pet

    If you feel your home isn't complete without a four-legged friend, you're not alone. Many homeowners have at least one pet. Whether you're thinking about getting your first pet or adding yet another to your pack, introducing a new pet requires some planning and finesse. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for bringing a new fur-buddy into your home.

    1. Get your home ready.
      Before your new four-legged friend comes home with you for the first time, make sure you have everything you need and that your home is ready for their arrival. Get all the pet supplies you need, such as food, bowls, a kennel or carrier for a larger pet or a cage if it's a small animal, and a collar and a leash if necessary. Also, be sure your home is ready to receive a new pet. Pet-proof and put anything away that could be hazardous for your new pet.

    2. Make new introductions slowly.
      Keep introductions stress-free for your pet by slowly introducing them to other household members. For a dog, meeting on a leash in a neutral area, such as outside instead of in the house, can take some of the pressure off. A new cat may need to be kept confined to a single room for a few days while getting used to the new home.

    3. Plan a quiet few days at home.
      The last thing you want is a lot of activity while you're letting a new pet adjust to unfamiliar surroundings, so keep introductions to just the immediate household for now. Remember, this is a new member of your household, so friends and family will have plenty of time to get to know them later on. For now, plan to spend a few days at home while they get to know you and their new home.

    4. Establish routines.
      These first few days at home are a good time to start establishing routines with your new pet: when mealtimes are when bedtime is, and if it's a dog, walk schedules and outdoor routines.

    5. Plan for the future.
      As you and your new pet settle in together, remember to plan for the future. For instance, if you plan to move soon, maybe you don't want to cut through that exterior wall to make a doggy door. House training is important at this point so that you keep your home in good shape, minimize repairs, and maintain the value for when you sell one day. Keep in mind things that you notice would be nice, such as a larger yard for your dog, so that you know what to look for when you start browsing Raleigh homes for sale.

    Adding a pet to the family is exciting, but it may also remind you of the features you want in your next home, such as more space, a larger yard, and close proximity to parks or walking trails. If you're ready to start looking for a new home for you and your family, both two-legged and four-legged family members included, contact us today.

    March
    10

    St. Patrick's Day Crafts Your Kids Will Love

    Raleigh Crafts

    Our real estate agents love spreading the Luck O' the Irish! This year, consider taking a short break from exploring the beautiful Raleigh homes for sale so you and your little ones can enjoy a fun St. Paddy's Day-themed craft party! Here are a few easy ideas to help you plan your day. 

    1. Leprechaun Paper Plate
      It's easy to make an adorable leprechaun using a paper plate, a little bit of paint, and some construction paper. Begin by turning a plain white paper plate upside down and painting the outside edge with orange paint. While you're waiting for the paint to dry, use green, yellow, and black construction paper to make a hat and glue it to the top of the plate. Draw a face with a black Sharpie marker, and you've got an adorable leprechaun to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day! 
    1. 3-D Shamrock
      Want to make a shamrock that pops? Try this fun 3-D paper shamrock. Start by cutting green construction paper into six hearts that are the same size and a piece in the shape of a shamrock stem. Fold each heart in half vertically, making a strong crease. Glue the stem at the bottom of the page and the bottom four hearts over the stem, directly across from each other. Now use the last two hearts to make the top of the shamrock, and you're done! This is a great way to make a 3-D card that your child can give to a loved one.
    1. Leprechaun Handprint Craft
      Handprint crafts create a memorable keepsake you can treasure for years. To make this fun handprint leprechaun, start by painting your child's fingers orange and the palm a skin color. Then, have them press their hand hard on a piece of white paper. For this craft, the fingers will point down, as they will make the beard. Use paint, markers, or construction paper to make a tophat and add some orange paint underneath to look like hair. Finally, add some googly eyes and draw a nose and mouth -- and you've got a happy leprechaun to celebrate the day with you. 
    1. Rainbow Chain Necklace
      Kids love crafts they can wear, so this rainbow chain necklace is always a big hit! It's easy to make and will keep them busy for a while. All you need is colored construction paper, tape or a stapler, and some gold glitter. Start by cutting red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple paper into small strips. Then, show your child how to make each piece into a circle, interlocking them together. Hold each piece together with a staple or a dot of glue. Finally, make a pot of gold with construction paper and your gold glitter. Staple or glue it to the front of the wreath, and it's ready to go. 
    1. Fabric Wreath
      If you have an older child or you're willing to help, this DIY fabric wreath is another fun project. Start with a 12-inch wire wreath frame and 1 yard each of lime green, polka dot, and shamrock-patterned fabric. Cut the fabric into 1.5 x 7-inch strips. Then tie each piece of fabric to the frame, one at a time, creating a pattern. Start from the outside edge and work your way in. When you're done, hang it on your door with a piece of green ribbon. 

    You don't need luck to find a great home in the Raleigh area. The home of your dreams is out there waiting for you, so don't delay! Contact us today to get started.  

    March
    3

    National Day of Unplugging: Nature Retreats Around Raleigh

    Raleigh Outdoor Retreats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February
    18

    HPW Luxury | Grand Estate in North Ridge

    Breathtaking views of the North Ridge golf course and over 12,000 square feet of living space are just two of the many appealing luxuries of 1412 Hedgelawn Way.  Inside you will find unique design, the finest quality craftsmanship and numerous upscale amenities.

    With a wall of windows overlooking the golf course, the two-story great room provides the perfect space for entertaining. Nearby is the gourmet chef's kitchen with an enormous walk-in and well-equipped butler's pantry as well as the breakfast area and wine bar. 

    The entertaining continues on the lower level within the recreational room where you can enjoy a game of pool or have a seat at the pub whose abundance of detail will make you feel as though you are sitting at an authentic public house in England. You can also browse for your favorite bottle of merlot in the wine cellar then head outside to enjoy a glass on one of the covered patios or near the stone fireplace.  

    After entertaining, catch a movie in the theater room to end the evening before retreating to the elegant master suite with a picture-perfect spa bath that looks like something out of a magazine.  

    View the full property listed by Leslie Young out of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Midtown-Falls office.

    For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

    February
    17

    Raleigh Bookstores Every Bookworm Will Love

    Raleigh Bookstores

    Have you run out of books on your reading list? Our real estate agents don't have that problem, thanks to these delightful book shops around Raleigh homes for sale. Stop in and find your perfect read!

    1. Quail Ridge Books - 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609
      Among the many awards bestowed upon Quail Ridge Books is "Bookseller of the Year" from Publishers' Weekly. One of the reasons cited in the recognition was their commitment to the local community, especially in promoting reading with kids and teens. Events include more than 20 virtual book clubs in a variety of topics, along with appearances by noted authors such as Neil Gaiman. Quail Ridge is currently offering free shipping and contactless pickup. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 6 p.m.

    2. Reader's Corner - 3201 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607
      Find a new home for your used books at Reader's Corner, a cozy shop with a devoted following due to its friendly, knowledgeable staff. Reader's Corner offers cash or credit for used and rare books along with vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, and comic books. Collectors, take note: science fiction and fantasy is one of their specialties. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

    3. Read With Me - 111 E. Hargett St. #110, Raleigh, NC 27601
      Owner Christine Brenner opened Read With Me as part of her mission to share her childhood love of books with younger generations. The selection of high-quality books is curated to promote families reading together, and their virtual book club gathers once a month to discuss the selected title. While the shop currently has an in-store limit of 10 customers, private appointments are available. Order online for pickup or free dropoff to addresses in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and Garner. Read With Me is open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday and noon - 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

    4. Dog-Eared Books - 4027 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh, NC 27604
      Every book lover is familiar with the meaning behind the name of Dog-Eared Books. What they may not know is that the term also pays tribute to the equal love of dogs shared by the female duo that owns the shop. Dog-Eared Books features a wide selection of used books at affordable prices. In the mood for something new? For only $5, opt for the Surprise Selection and let the staff make the choice. Their book subscriptions make great gifts for friends, family, or yourself. The shop is currently accepting online orders only for pickup weekdays from 8 a.m. - noon and Saturday from 10 - noon. 

    5. Nice Price Books & Records - 3106 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607
      Treat your eyes and ears with a purchase from Nice Price Books & Records. Their selection is so intriguing and prices so reasonable that the store has gained loyal customers from out of state. Shoppers also appreciate the fair price they receive on used books and records. Browsers are limited to five at a time, but curbside pickup is available. Hours are noon - 7 p.m. seven days a week. 

    Let us help you start a new chapter of your life in Raleigh. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for experienced help with all your real estate needs.

    February
    11

    HPW Luxury | Modern Luxury Brownstone

    When it comes to location, it doesn't get much better than 2101 Cameron Manor Way.  Located within the sophisticated and elegant 904 Oberlin, this stunning brownstone style home is just steps from the Village District where your options for dining and shopping are nearly endless.

    Inside are clean lines and sleek, modern design seamlessly blended with timeless charm. Voluminous ceilings and oversized windows allow for an abundance of natural light to flow through this spacious open floor plan. Thermador appliances and custom cabinetry highlight the beautifully designed kitchen.

    From the two-car attached garage on the lower level to the rooftop terrace, all levels of this home are accessible by staircase or the personal elevator thus providing everyone the ability to enjoy the private rooftop terrace and amazing views of downtown Raleigh.

    View the full property listed by Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston New Homes & Land.

     For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

    February
    10

    Valentine's Day Takeout Options in the Triangle

    Raleigh Valentine's Day Restaurants

    Are you looking for a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day without the crowds? This year, why not enjoy a romantic dinner at home? It's easy to re-create an intimate restaurant setting. Just set the table, dim the lights, and light some candles. Put on some romantic music, and you're ready to go!

    Our real estate agents often order takeout meals from the area's top restaurants. Here are a few you can rely on to send you home with a meal that will make your evening super special. 

    1. Beasley's Chicken & Honey: 237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
      A special Valentine's Day doesn't have to be fancy, and it doesn't always have to involve dinner! Beasley's Chicken & Honey offers a brunch menu that you and your loved ones are sure to enjoy. From the Hot Chicken Eggs Benedict to the fresh-made Churros, there are plenty of decadent options to start your weekend off right. They also offer excellent comfort food like Fried Chicken with Honey, Pork Shoulder Meatloaf, and Crispy Carolina Catfish. Don't forget to add some of their tasty sides, like Pimento Mac-N-Cheese Custard, Sea-Salt Brined Fries, and Mini Waffles with Honey Butter and Syrup. 

    2. Lantern: 423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
      When restaurants use local ingredients you can taste the difference! Lantern is committed to using ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries near Chapel Hill homes for sale. Their menu is always changing to highlight what's in season. Be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest takeout options they have available and impress your valentine with a farm to table meal. 

    3. Caffe Luna: 136 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
      For tasty Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair, you can't go wrong with an order from Caffe Luna. Their take-out dinner menu features a large selection of pasta dishes and entrees, including veal, chicken, steak, seafood, and more. Don't forget to add dessert! They have incredible Tiramisu, traditional Philadelphia-style Cheesecake, and the "Irish Bash," a chocolate-crusted cheesecake swirled with Bailey's Irish Cream flavoring and drizzled with chocolate syrup.
       
    4. Bleu Olive Mediterranean Bistro: 1820 Hillandale Rd., Durham, NC 27705
      Popular Greek and Mediterranean restaurant Bleu Olive has pleased Durham residents since 1994. They hand-craft each meal they serve using fresh, local ingredients. If you've been thinking about buying one of the great Durham homes for sale, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with this excellent restaurant. Make sure you save room for the Baklava, Orange Dark Chocolate Torte, or the Goat Cheese & Honey Cheesecake!

    5. Chef's Palette: 3460 Ten Ten Rd., Cary, NC 27518
      Known for being a friendly neighborhood restaurant, Chef's Palette offers a delicious menu that's perfect for a special occasion. The food is always excellent, and the portions are quite generous. We recommend the Brie Bites, Duck Rolls, Canadian Salmon, and Chicken Francese. No matter what you choose, you definitely won't be disappointed. Chef's Palette is located near many of the best Cary homes for sale. On the way to pick up your meal, consider taking a drive around so you can see some of the beautiful neighborhoods nearby. 

    Now is the perfect time to find a home you can really fall in love with! There are so many beautiful Raleigh homes for sale, and we can't wait to help you find the perfect one. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.

    February
    4

    HPW Luxury | Grand All Brick Estate

    This stately, all brick estate, is located in one of North Raleigh's premier neighborhoods, Chatsworth. Sitting on over an acre, 1116 Longstone Way has a private backyard with a park-like setting and beautiful English arbors.

     Inside hardwoods cover all living areas along with heavy molding throughout. A two-story family room is adorned with a wall of windows and stunning white columns. This great room opens up to the fabulous chef's kitchen complete with a six-burner Viking range, Subzero refrigerator, butler's pantry, wine fridge and wet bar.

    Conveniently located on the first floor, the master suite is equipped with a fireplace, a gorgeous spa bath with dual vanities, a whirlpool tub and a European walk-in shower.  Rounding out the main level is a solarium and exercise room.

    Upstairs are four bedrooms, an executive office and a bonus room. And certainly, one of the highlights of this estate is the wine cellar found on the very bottom level. Follow the wooden and winding staircase down to the brick-lined walls and decorative display that looks like it came straight from a vineyard.

    View the full property listed by Kathy Beacham of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston North Raleigh office.

    For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

    February
    3

    Zoom Towns: Why Raleigh is an Excellent Choice

    Zoom Town Raleigh

    2021 is the year of the "Zoom town" – a great shakeup where professionals are exploring their home options. As more jobs go remote, fewer people are tethered to their old neighborhoods. Now's the time to go exploring and find a place where you'll feel truly enthusiastic to live.

    For many people, that place is Raleigh, North Carolina.

    There are so many reasons to consider Raleigh homes for sale. We decided to share a few!

    For example:

    1. Raleigh Has a Low Cost of Living
      A study by Payscale showed that average housing expenses in Raleigh are 30% lower than the U.S. average. Its overall cost of living is estimated at 5% lower than the U.S. national average, placing it among America's most inexpensive big cities. Many buyers have the chance to purchase not only a house but ample land.
    2. It is Emerging as Another Tech Hub
      Perched between three major universities, Research Triangle Park has become the epicenter of an all-new tech boom for the South. More than 200 companies operate within the Triangle, and it has attracted the talents of some 50,000 workers in areas like microelectronics, biotechnology, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, among others.
    3. A Regional Leader in Higher Education
      Few other places in the U.S. can match Raleigh's three major colleges, including Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University. It's a phenomenal place to start or continue with higher education, and about 43% of locals hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Wake Forest University is also nearby.
    4. Mild Winters Perfect for New Englanders
      While the summer weather can be humid, Raleigh winters are a pleasant departure for many people who are used to wind, rain, hail, and snow. The average winter temperature is a balmy 43 degrees, well above what's needed for snow. In the summer, the average temperature "soars" to 78 degrees – hardly sweltering heat.
    5. Surrounded by Natural Beauty
      No matter what interests you, Raleigh has the diverse geography you need for plenty of outdoor adventures. Weekend trips to the mountains or the beach are each about two hours away. Carolina Beach offers you the beautiful shore without the crowds, one of the top-ranked Pacific beach areas outside of Florida.
    6. The Smithsonian of the South
      History buffs will have plenty to love when they choose Raleigh for their new home. Some of the most beloved museums in the country are right here, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and dozens of historic sites.
    7. Exceptional Shopping and Dining
      There are three major shopping malls in the Raleigh area, providing everything from handmade local goods and colorful boutiques to all your favorite chain stores. The culinary scene is on the rise, too: Southern comfort food is on the menu, but so is innovative, sustainable cuisine suitable for foodies and locavores.
    8. A Welcoming, Friendly Community
      In a word, Raleigh is neighborly. It has a sense of community you'll be hard-pressed to find in many other large cities, as well as distinctive neighborhoods with their own character. Oakwood, Five Points, Brier Creek, and the rest all offer unique charms, including differing tastes in architectural style.

    Our real estate agents are here to help. Contact us to learn more about Raleigh real estate.

    January
    27

    All About Raleigh's Historic District

    Raleigh Historic District

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

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

    Capitol Area Historic District

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

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

    Boylan Heights

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

    Moore Square Historic District

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

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

    Oakwood Historic District

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

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

    Five Points Neighborhoods 

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

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

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

    Explore Raleigh-Area Homes Today!

    If you're looking for a beautiful home in or around Raleigh, we're here to help. Our real estate agents would love to show you around and help you find your dream home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

    January
    21

    HPW Luxury | 5212 Wynneford Way

    Timeless style and casual sophistication sum up everything 5212 Wynneford Way has to offer.

    Spread out and enjoy all 9,345 square feet of this remarkable estate. Located in Devon, one of North Raleigh's most desirable luxury neighborhoods, this Steve Dilger built home exudes class. From its fine craftsmanship to its thoughtful design, this home provides upscale living throughout.

    A gourmet kitchen complete with premier appliances, custom cabinets and a butler's pantry, opens up to the breakfast room and outdoor patio. A large family room with a beautiful coffered ceiling and the owner's retreat are both found on the main floor of this estate.

    Four bedrooms plus an office, bonus room, loft and balcony round out the second level. The third floor offers a full guest retreat and the basement has been exceptionally finished with a bar, kitchenette, wine tasting room, media room, exercise room and sauna.

    And finally, enjoy immense privacy as you soak up the sun in a luxurious saltwater pool with a spa.

    View the full property listed by Kimberly Conroy of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston North Raleigh office.

    For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

    January
    13

    Why Open Houses Are Here to Stay in 2021

    Raleigh Open Houses

    Traditionally, the open house has been one of the most valuable ways for sellers and their agents to invest their time. Our real estate agents are veterans of hundreds of open houses, using them to ensure properties get the attention they deserve. That's crucial when putting Triangle homes for sale on the market.

    In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many areas barred open houses and similar events. Virtual showings have had a heyday, and they will continue to be part of strategy for sellers and buyers alike. However, the open house is picking up steam once again – and it's here to stay.

    Despite all the efforts that have been made to master virtual and video technology, there will always be some people who simply prefer a face-to-face experience. 

    Here's why open houses are poised to bounce back in 2021:

    1. Open Houses Couple Well with Virtual Tours
      For most buyers, the open house is step one in deciding if a property meets their needs. Nowadays, the process can be reversed: They could start with a video tour and then decide to attend an open house. This means that attendees will be more enthusiastic and better qualified, saving time for busy sellers.
    2. Open Houses Build Buyer-Seller Relationships
      Sellers want to work with people who are motivated to get to closing. The perfect buyer is prepared to check all the boxes and see things through. An open house is an opportunity for a meeting of the minds. Sellers have a role to play in recognizing less serious buyers and choosing any they are eager to work with.
    3. An Open House Can Accelerate the Sale
      It's not a sure thing, but an open house can lead to a much faster-selling process. Buyers who are already all set to move love open houses because they can put in an offer quickly. If a buyer already has financing or cash in hand, you could find yourself with a formal sales contract just days after your open house.
    4. Open Houses Lead to More Exposure
      The more showings you are able to commit to, the more potential buyers you will meet. While buying a home "sight unseen" has not been unknown in 2020, most people will focus their efforts on an in-person visit in the future. Even when an open house doesn't produce immediate results, it generates valuable buzz for a home.
    5. Open Houses Help Move Buyers to Action
      The ideal buyer might be someone who has all their homework done already, but that's not necessarily the person who will end up buying your property. It often takes the right open house at the right time to galvanize a buyer who may have been on the fence for months. Seeing is believing, and an open house can inspire.
    6. Open Houses Are Fun
      When all is said and done, open houses are fun and exciting for buyers. Virtual tours can be interesting, but they're simply not everyone's cup of tea. Part of making a sale is helping someone envision their life in a new home, and stepping through the door really primes buyers' imagination to soar

    There's a reason why open houses have remained popular through thick and thin: They work! It may get easier and easier to hold an open house in the coming months, but it has to be done right. Planning, staging, and marketing the event are all crucial. Contact us today to learn more or view our upcoming open houses.

    January
    6

    Small Design Details That Make a Difference

    Raleigh Design Details

    When you think about changing up your home decor, you may assume that only big projects can have an equally big impact. But small design details can have a much greater effect on your home's appearance than you think.

    Our real estate agents love the following small design changes that can make a big difference in your home's appearance:

    1. Upgrade your doors    
      You may not immediately think of your doors when it comes time to get creative with your home decor. But new doors can add a unique sense of style and a new architectural dimension to your home. For a simple change, paint your doors in a new color. For a greater impact, replace existing doors with something special, like one made from reclaimed wood or a reused barn door.
        
    2. Give your fireplace a boost
      If you have a fireplace that looks blah, paint its mantel in a contrasting color. You can also frame your fireplace materials like bricks. And even if you don't already have a fireplace, talk to a contractor about your options for installing one.
        
    3. Add some statement pieces
      Statement pieces can have a big impact on any room. Try looking in antique stores for items like artwork or a centerpiece bowl. This way, you'll find unique treasures that add a big dose of personality and visual interest to your home.
        
    4. Change up your lighting
      Having different types of lighting helps you create different moods, so try options like string lights, a table lamp, and a floor lamp. Turn on the string lights when you're hosting friends, use the floor lamp for everyday activities, and switch on the table lamp if you're cozying up with a book. You can also give your lamps a boost of style by adding bulbs in different shapes or designs.
        
    5. Create a gallery wall
      Strategically place photos and art on a wall to make a big visual impact in any room. You can also add a picture rail for a more permanent option that adds a polished detail all on its own. As a bonus, a picture rail also lets you avoid putting holes in your walls.
        
    6. Add texture to your walls
      Color isn't the only way to change up your walls. You can also hire a painter to use techniques that create texture on a plain wall. Or, if you'd rather, add an accent panel of stonework or mosaic tiles.
        
    7. Replace your hardware
      For a quick change, pick out new hardware on your cabinets and drawers. You'll have a large variety of options, ranging from sleek, modern-looking silver handles to intricate bronze knobs.
        
    8. Paint a focal wall
      Choose a focal wall and paint it in a color that sounds out from what's used on the other walls. For example, paint a focal wall in a striking navy blue to stand out among white walls in the room. The key is to choose a color that sharply contrasts with what's used on the other walls while making sure that the colors complement one another.
        
    9. Don't forget the simple things
      If you're stuck figuring out what changes to make, keep things simple. Add some striking throw pillows, blankets, candles, or photo frames to your decor. It's easy to change or add these items as you find new ones you love, and they can help spark further creativity.

    Contact us to learn more about small changes that can make your home stand out among other Raleigh homes for sale

    December
    30

    Real Estate Trends to Know in the New Year

    Raleigh Real Estate 2021

    Predicting the real estate market is tricky. Case in point: 2020 did not look the way our real estate agents expected it to, but the pandemic brought about a surprising real estate boom. The big question everyone seems to be asking is, will 2021 follow suit? 

    Of course, if you plan to list your Raleigh home for sale soon, you probably have a more pressing question: will 2021 be a good time to sell?

    Where We Are Today

    It's impossible to overstate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the housing market and how widely this impact continues to be felt. In a market that already had a high demand for housing and a lack of inventory, this year has seen that trend skyrocket as many sellers de-listed their homes amid pandemic fears. 

    At this point, many of those homes are appearing on the market again, leveling things out somewhat. In fact, home sales increased sharply during the autumn months (up 9.4% in September alone, according to CNBC), and the median purchase price has risen by nearly 15% year-over-year. 

    We head toward the end of 2020, still in a strong seller's market. And even as the inventory of available homes creeps upward somewhat, home prices continue to rise, and demand appears to be as strong as ever. 

    Looking to the Future

    Keeping in mind what we've seen over the past year, we expect the year ahead will continue to offer great opportunities for sellers. Although demand can't sustain forever at its current level, we expect it to level off slowly. Here's what else we predict for the 2021 housing market:

    • Home prices will continue to rise.
      It seems certain home prices will continue their trend upward in 2021, at least in most U.S. cities. That includes Raleigh, where the average home sale has increased 10.5% year-over-year according to Redfin, and most homes sell for up to 3% above listing price. 

    • Inventory will remain tight.
      Inventory is the "supply" side of supply and demand. It essentially refers to the total number of homes on the market at any given time. That number declined over the course of 2020, and although we expect to see it rebound slightly in the next year as many sellers re-list their homes, inventory will almost certainly remain tight in 2021, fueling high prices. 

    • Demand will remain high.
      Many people who wanted to buy a home in 2020 weren't able to do so because of the pandemic. Expect a lot of those individuals to resume their efforts in 2021, leading demand to remain high, at least for the time being. With strong demand, we expect home sales to increase, or at the very least remain steady. 

    • Mortgage rates will hover around 3%.
      We expect to see mortgage rates remain fairly consistent going into the next year. When you consider that we left October 2020 at a record low of just 2.8% for a 30-year fixed home loan, that puts buyers in a pretty healthy place. We may see very slight increases but expect mortgage rates to remain around 3%. 

    Contact us today to learn more about buying or selling a home in 2021. We understand that we're living through uncertain times, and we're here to help every step of the way. Whether you're on the hunt for your dream home or are getting ready to sell, we think 2021 will offer an amazing opportunity. 

    December
    18

    Gift Local From These Shops Near Raleigh

    Local Gifts Raleigh

    The holiday season is in full swing — have you checked everyone off of your gift list yet? If you're still shopping for that special someone, our real estate agents are here to help. This year has been challenging, and though we're about to swap out our calendars for 2021, the struggles of our local businesses will continue into the New Year. Now more than ever, it's vital that we support our mom-and-pop businesses. Buy something special for those you love while supporting our community by gifting local from these shops near Raleigh.

    1. Crowemag Toys — 3721 Lynn Rd. #110, Raleigh, NC 27613
      Crowemag Toys will make you feel like a kid again with their collection of retro and gently used collectibles. New and old-school brands fill their shelves, including Care Bears, Funko Pops, Ghostbusters, Halo, Marvel, Voltron, Street Sharks, and Star Wars. Trust us, one trip to Crowemag Toys is enough to make everyone on your list happy, the young at heart included.


    2. Reader's Corner — 3201 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607
      If there's a bookworm in your life, who could use a few new titles on their shelf, head over to Reader's Corner. This used bookstore carries a handful of rare titles that will delight any avid reader. They also stock comic books, movies, vinyl records, and CDs, all of which make for great stocking stuffers.


    3. Designed For Joy — 2409-117 Crabtree Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
      Support not only our local shops, but our neighbors in need by shopping Designed For Joy. This shop hires transitional employees who are rebuilding their lives. Their selection of handmade artisan goods includes gifts for him, her, and even pets, such as purses, jewelry, dog collars, and home décor.


    4. Trading Card Co-Op — 3801 Hillsborough St. Ste. 143, Raleigh, NC 27607
      If there's a card collector in your life, there's a good chance that they're still searching for a few elusive cards to add to their collection. Let the folks at Trading Card Co-Op find you the cards that will complete the set. They have both sports cards and trading card game cards. There's also a ton of memorabilia in the store, so if you can't find the specific card you're searching for, you'll surely find an item for someone on your gift list.


    5. Bailey's Fine Jewelry — 415 Daniels St., Raleigh, NC 27605
      Every holiday is an appropriate occasion to give the gift of stunning jewelry. Bailey's Fine Jewelry has multiple locations throughout the area to help you gift something extra sparkly this holiday season. Browse their selection of rings, bracelets, and necklaces, or have their team help you design something one-of-a-kind! 

    Do you have quite a lot of shopping to get done? Be sure to add these local Holiday Markets to our calendar:

    Searching for a house this holiday season? Let us help! Contact us today to schedule private tours of our Raleigh homes for sale.

    December
    11

    HPW Open Houses | December 12 - 13

    A train set for Brooks. Check. A bag of tennis balls for Pugsley. Check. A new grill set for Uncle Hank. Check. A spa gift card for Grandma. Check.

    You've found gifts for all of 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 listing 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' open houses to map out your weekend house-hunting plans and let the spirit of the season lead the way!

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

    Featured Open Houses

    414 Hanson Walk Lane, Apex, NC 27539

    $600,000

    Sq Ft: 3,225 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, December 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    2629 Trifle Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $829,900

    Sq Ft: 4,178 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, December 12 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, December 13 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    1700 Fordyce Court, Raleigh, NC 27615

    $675,000

    Sq Ft: 2,736 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, December 12 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, December 13 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    5520 Fantasy Moth Drive, Garner, NC 27529

    $393,500

    Sq Ft: 2,952 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, December 12 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, December 13 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    91 Cliffdale Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    $415,000

    Sq Ft: 2,371 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, December 12 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, December 13 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    3036 Eden Harbor Court, Raleigh, NC 27613

    $699,000

    Sq Ft: 3,707 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, December 12 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, December 13 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    9519 Dellbrook Court, Raleigh, NC 27617

    $344,900

    Sq Ft: 2,532 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, December 12 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, December 13 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    December
    22

    5 Ways to Give Back in Raleigh This Holiday Season

    Raleigh Nonprofits

    The holiday season seems to fly by, and it's easy to get caught up in all of the festivities. Unfortunately, between the shopping and parties, many of us lose sight of the real spirit of the season. This is a special time of the year symbolized by good tidings and cheer. Our real estate agents encourage you to give the gift of compassion, kindness, and charity this holiday season by giving back to our Raleigh communities.

    1. Donate Gifts
      Make someone's holidays extra special by donating gifts to local children and families. There are plenty of families living paycheck to paycheck that cannot afford to purchase gifts for their family members. Make sure everyone has a gift to unwrap this holiday season by donating a special gift or wrapping paper to these organizations:
    1. Donate to a Food Pantry
      As you sit down for dinner with family and friends, please remember that there are those in our community who go to bed hungry each night. While it might not seem like much, small pantry or cupboard staples like canned veggies, bread, rice, and toiletries are vital necessities that many are left at home without. Before filling your own plate, consider feeding the hungry with donations to these local food banks:
    1. Don't Forget About Animals
      There are many residents throughout the Raleigh area that need our love and support. Unfortunately, some of these residents also include animals. Our local animal shelters are full of cats, dogs, and other pets who deserve loving homes and support.
    1. Give the Gift of Life
      Now more than ever, it's important that we come together to preserve the health of every resident of Raleigh. There are many sick and injured men, women, and children in our hospitals who are in dire need of blood transfusions. Consider donating blood to one of our local donation centers. Your blood can save up to three lives and be used to combat a variety of diseases.

    2. Volunteer
      If you can't afford to give any possession or monetary donation to those in need, you can still help by donating the gift of your time. Countless organizations throughout the Raleigh area need volunteers to serve our community. Consider canceling a shopping trip and instead spend an afternoon volunteering:

    We hope you take a moment this holiday season to express your kindness to those in need. Remember, every act, no matter how small, can make a huge impact on someone's life. As always, feel free to contact us if you need assistance selling or buying Raleigh homes for sale.

    December
    9

    What Kind of Christmas Tree is Best For Your Home?

    Raleigh Christmas Trees

    With the holiday season in full swing, it's time to select a Christmas tree for your home. A real Christmas tree is a charming option that instantly lends a festive touch to your space. Our real estate agents know that a home with gorgeous decorations appeals to potential buyers. 

    Not only does a real Christmas tree fill your home with the seasonal smell of pine, but it helps support the local businesses who grew, transported, and sold the tree. Here are some guidelines to follow to help you pick the best Christmas tree for your home. 

    1. Know Your Options
      There are a few different varieties of trees commonly sold as Christmas trees. The Balsam Fir is a popular choice in many households; this variety is the most fragrant alternative, and it only sheds a small number of its needles. If you have lots of space and want a full Christmas tree, consider a Douglas Fir. The Douglas Fir boasts a lovely pyramid shape and soft needles. Make sure that you're ultra committed to watering your tree, as the Douglas Fir requires more water. Maybe you like to add a lot of ornaments to your tree. The Frasier Fir is preferred for it's stiff, strong branches capable of holding a tree full of decorations. If a green tree doesn't quite suit your aesthetics, check out the Colorado Blue Spruce. Its needles are a bluish-silvery hue and look fantastic in a room adorned with winter-themed decor. The Eastern White Pine is a great choice if you're sensitive to smells and prefer a tree with minimal fragrance. However, it also has soft needles that aren't capable of supporting many ornaments and decorations.
    1. Measure the Space Where You Plan to Put the Tree
      Your next step is to measure the space where you plan to set up the tree. When choosing your tree's home, make sure that it's away from any heat sources (like a radiator or open window) or open flames (such as a fireplace or candle display). Once you've selected your spot, measure the height (leaving room at the bottom for the tree holder and at the top for the tree topper), width, and depth. Jot these measurements down and take them with you so you can ensure that any potential trees are a suitable size. If you're adding your home to the inventory of Raleigh homes for sale, make sure that you don't overcrowd the space. Having too much decor or furnishings in one area will actually make the room appear small. 
    1. Understand What to Look for at the Tree Lot
      Besides meeting your preferences for size and variety, there are some other requirements your tree should meet. Look for a tree with bright, shiny needles; steer clear of trees that have brown, dull needles. Give the branches a shake. If a lot of needles fall off, move onto the next tree. Take a few of the needles in your hands and crush them. They should have a fragrant, fresh smell. 
    1. Keep Your Tree Hydrated
      Regardless of which type of Christmas tree you choose, ample hydration will ensure that it looks amazing the entire season. Once you get your tree home, give it plenty of water, and check the water frequently. Most trees are a little dehydrated when you get them home and will initially use more water until they can stabilize their water levels. 

    Want a home with more space for holiday decorations? Contact us today to explore your options!

    December
    2

    How to Take Care of Indoor Plants This Winter

    Indoor Plants Raleigh

    Indoor plants are a good way to liven up your living space, but taking care of them can be tricky in the wintertime. Changing temperatures, humidity, and exposure to sunlight all play a role in your plant's overall health. If you recently bought some new indoor plants or are simply bringing your outdoor plants inside to escape the cold, our real estate agents have some recommendations that can help you keep them healthy and vibrant this winter:

    • Prepare Them For The Indoors
      Before bringing your plants inside, you'll want to take the time to clean and trim them. If you're buying new indoor plants, it's also a good idea to at least give them a good rinse after bringing them home. Your plant may play host to insects or pests that you probably don't want to bring inside.
    • Water Them Less
      Some people are surprised to hear that plants actually require less water in the winter. Outdoor conditions are conducive to rapid growth, but inside, plants grow much more slowly, and in some cases, they remain completely dormant. As a result, they don't need too much water to survive. To determine if your plant is ready for some hydration, try to stick your finger in the soil as a test. If the soil is dry one to two inches beneath the surface, then it's likely time to add a little bit of water.
    • Limit Fertilizer
      Since your plants aren't going to grow much in the winter,  you really don't need to add any fertilizer. The only exception is if your plant appears to be browning or dying, in which case, it's a good idea to add a small amount. You can resume regular fertilizing in the springtime once you start to see some signs of growth.
    • Increase Humidity
      A dry home is going to present numerous problems for indoor plants. Once the furnace is on, make sure you have your plants situated near a good humidifier. If you don't have one, there are a few other things you can do: Plants naturally release moisture, so try to group all of your plants in the same location, so they're able to benefit mutually. You can also try placing your plants near or on a tray of water.
    • Maximize Light Exposure
      Since sunlight decreases in the winter, you may need to put in a little extra work to help your plant capture some rays. Move your plants as close to windows that receive a good bit of direct sunlight. Consider cleaning both your plant and the windows to maximize light accessibility. 
    • Maintain Consistent Temperatures
      Plants do not like changing temperatures, so keep them away from any areas of the home that are susceptible to cold air drafts. An ideal daytime temperature for your plants is around 70 degrees, while an adequate nighttime temperature is above 55.

    Many owners of these beautiful Raleigh homes for sale use indoor plants as a way to revitalize their interior during the winter months. However, taking care of them often requires a bit of planning and preparation. For more tips on how to decorate your home, contact us today!

    November
    20

    HPW Open Houses | November 21 - 22

    We may be heading into the winter real estate market, but there are plenty of houses to see and tour. In fact, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have planned numerous open houses over the next two days.

    From Guilford County in the West to Wayne County in the East, our team has listed the homes today's buyers seek. You'll see new construction homes, ITB properties, downtown condos, front-porch bungalows, Craftsman-style designs, luxury townhomes, and so much more.

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

    Featured Open Houses

    106 Royal Club Drive, Cary, NC 27513

    $528,000

    Sq Ft: 2,578 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, November 21 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    208 Cotten Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560

    $595,000

    Sq Ft: 3,335 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, November 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    3724 Farmstone Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

    $359,900

    Sq Ft: 2,169 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, November 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    4116 Green Chase Way, Cary, NC 27539

    $935,000

    Sq Ft: 4,292 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 (full) 1 (1/2)

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

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


    101 Sheffield Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

    $1,099,900

    Sq Ft: 3,626 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, November 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    1491 Fireside Lane, Creedmoor, NC 27522

    $335,000

    Sq Ft: 3,053 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

    Open House: Sunday, November 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    204 Shillings Chase Drive, Cary, NC 27518

    $512,000

    Sq Ft: 3,388 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, November 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    November
    25

    5 Free Things to do in the Triangle

    Raleigh Free Things to doOur real estate agents know that when you pick a home, you're not just thinking about a house or even about the neighborhood: You also want to join a thriving, lively community. When you're looking at Raleigh homes for sale, you need to know there are plenty of exciting amenities!

    As you explore the Triangle, you'll see that not only does it have world-class attractions for you to enjoy, but many of them are free. Whether you decide to settle in Raleigh, fall in love with Durham homes for sale, or choose any other great Triangle community, you'll never be far from a fun and free day out.

    There are so many things to do around the Triangle that one blog post couldn't do justice to all of them. But here are a few popular ideas to whet your appetite as you consider whether the Triangle is right for you:

    1. Raleigh Artspace – 201 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
      Raleigh Artspace is a unique studio space where members of the public can connect with artists and see the creative process up close. Professional artists are always at work in this place, offering some of the area's most innovative exhibitions as well as art education programs. The facility is also used as a venue for weddings and business meetings. Special Creativity Workshops are even available for groups.
    2. North Carolina State Capital – 1 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
      The North Carolina State Capital is an iconic sight that would fit in right at home with any of the most awe-inspiring architectural marvels in Washington, DC. Completed in 1840 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark, it was the first site of the state governor's office, cabinet offices, legislative chambers, official library, and a variety of other important facilities. It is now open for tours Monday through Saturday.
    3. Durham Farmers' Market – 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
      Durham Farmers' Market opens for its main season every Saturday from 8 a.m. sharp to 12 noon. Orders of fresh produce, meats, honey, and other farm goods can be made in advance for curbside pickup. Found right in the heart of downtown Durham, the market welcomes about 65 vendors every weekend. It's been a beloved part of the downtown area since 1999 and sponsors several community food programs.
    4. North Carolina Botanical Garden – 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
      Only just a short way from Chapel Hill homes for sale, you'll find the North Carolina Botanical Garden. A conservation garden featuring more than 1,100 cultivated acres, it enables you to witness and experience the immense biodiversity of North Carolina all in one place. Many rare and endangered plant species have been protected from extinction here. You can join a full guided tour or explore on your own.
    5. Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve – 316 North Academy Street, Cary, NC 27513
      Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve is a picturesque oasis just a short drive from Cary homes for sale. With the eponymous preserve and the Children's Nature Trail open for visits, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Three miles of nature trails are yours to discover, with plenty of scenic vistas and countless opportunities to watch birds and wildlife. The Preserve's Eastern Hemlock trees are unique in the region.

    All these amazing places are free throughout the year, and this is only the beginning. To learn about the Triangle or get started, contact us today.

    November
    13

    HPW Open Houses | November 14 - 15

    It's time to make your weekend to-do list! You may want to start gathering items for your Thanksgiving feast, scoping out Black Friday deals and then head out on a hunt for your next home!

    Our HPW agents will be hosting open houses all across the Triangle on Saturday and Sunday and with the way the real estate market has been over the past few months (HOT!) you won't want to miss some of these amazing properties. From executive homes to starter homes to townhomes, there is bound to be one that catches your eye.

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

    Featured Open Houses

    178 Colvard Park Drive, Durham, NC 27713

    $875,000

    Sq Ft: 3,806 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, November 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    4202 Virginia Colony Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $215,000

    Sq Ft: 1,572 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, November 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    1010 Beringer Place, Apex, NC 27502

    $335,000

    Sq Ft: 1,727 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, November 14 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    114 Lochinvar Court, Cary, NC 27511

    $1,900,000

    Sq Ft: 5,430 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    6504 Ravensby Court, Raleigh, NC 27615

    $700,000

    Sq Ft: 3,000 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

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

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


    92 Bella Casa Way, Clayton, NC 27527

    $694,900

    Sq Ft: 4,218 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, November 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    7713 Dover Hills Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $725,000

    Sq Ft: 3,435 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, November 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    November
    18

    Where to Order Holiday Pies in the Triangle

    Holiday Pies Raleigh

    The holiday season has arrived, and with it has come a wonderful excuse to order up pies from your favorite bakery. If you're searching for the best pies in North Carolina, our real estate agents encourage you to check out these bakeries in the Triangle.

    1. Slice Pie Company – 17 E. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601
      Family-owned, Slice Pie Company is the home of the State Fair Blue Ribbon Pie. Each pie is made from scratch and made with love from recipes handed down from generation to generation. Ten different pies are made to order, allowing you to bring a double chocolate chess pie to your office holiday party or double up with a sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving Day celebration. Although you can purchase pies directly from their shop, you can also find Slice Pie Company pies around Raleigh at places like The Butcher's Market and Sir Walter Coffee.


    2. Bittersweet – 16 E. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601
      When you move into one of the newly constructed Raleigh homes for sale, you'll be happy to learn that Bittersweet is the city's earliest opening bar and latest open coffee shop. Whether you're in the mood for coffee or cocktails, Bittersweet is the perfect place to grab a slice of their Derby Pie. This chocolate-bourbon pecan pie is drizzled with salted caramel sauce, handmade in-house with the finest ingredients. 


    3. Mad Hatter's Café & Bakeshop – 1802 West Main St., Durham, NC 27705
      You'd be mad not to visit Mad Hatter's Café & Bakeshop for a slice of pie after moving into one of our Durham homes for sale. Their made to order pies with hand-rolled flaky crusts include apple, pumpkin, pecan, cherry, blueberry, key lime, and French silk. Make sure you order some of their locally roasted Counter Culture coffee to-go as well!


    4. Weaver Street Market – 716 Market St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
      With multiple locations throughout the Triangle, you'll love shopping Weaver Street Market for your weekly groceries. Their bakery is stocked with a rotating selection of handmade pies, each baked with local, high-quality ingredients. Depending on the season, you'll see their shelves stacked with classics like cherry pie and blueberry pie or holiday pies such as plum pie and sweet potato pie. With local produce, meats, and dairy products, you can plan a whole holiday dinner with North Carolina ingredients when shopping at Weaver Street Market.


    5. Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café – 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
      Over the last twenty years, Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café has whipped up stunning desserts that taste as good as they look. A favorite local bakery for wedding cakes, lunch favorites, and everything in between. With 22 delicious pies, it can be difficult to choose. We recommend the Vegan Pumpkin Pie, the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, or the Wild Blueberry Pie with Lattice Crust. Of course, you're free to try a different one each time you're in town browsing Cary homes for sale.

    Are you looking for a new home for the holidays? We can help! Contact us today to schedule tours of our Triangle homes for sale.

    November
    6

    HPW Open Houses | November 7 - 8

    Are you team "Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving" or team "No Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving"? If you're on team "Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving" you can start pulling out the lights and the tree stand, blast some Christmas music then go house hunting for the home with the perfect place to display your Christmas Tree. If you're on team "No decorations" you can start planning your Thanksgiving feast, buy some new sweatpants for the big day then go searching for the perfect house where you can host Thanksgiving dinners for years to come.

    With houses, townhomes, and condos in all shapes and sizes in highly demanded locations and neighborhoods, our agents' open houses are worth a visit!

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

    Featured Open Houses

    11312 Hickory Grove Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27613

    $899,900

    Sq Ft: 5,248 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, November 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    4105 Green Chase Way, Cary, NC 27539

    $800,000

    Sq Ft: 3,600 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, November 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 8 from 7:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m.


    2620 Cherry Circle, Raleigh, NC 27603

    $228,000

    Sq Ft: 1,056 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 1 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Open House: Saturday, November 7 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 8 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    209 Chieftain Drive, Holly Springs, NC 27540

    $393,000

    Sq Ft: 3,000 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, November 7 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, November 8 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    8300 Covington Hill Way, Apex, NC 27539

    $699,000

    Sq Ft: 2,250 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 3 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    85 Cole Creek Way, Franklinton, NC 27525

    $339,900

    Sq Ft: 2,250 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    214 W Barbee Chapel Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

    $795,000

    Sq Ft: 3,903 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    November
    11

    New to Raleigh: Businesses that Opened this Year

    Raleigh Local BusinessesLiving in Raleigh means that there will always be new experiences to explore waiting close to your front door, in a city that is constantly growing. This year has seen quite a few exciting new businesses open in the city, offering food and fun for family members of all ages. There are new restaurants with healthy, locally sourced ingredients, a new coffee shop bringing flavors from around the world to Raleigh, and new studios where you can learn to create your own art. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 5 of the great new businesses to open in Raleigh this year.

    1. Origin Hotel Raleigh – 603 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27603

      Whether you're in town to shop for Raleigh homes for sale or already a resident of the city, you're sure to find something to love on the menu when you visit the new restaurant at Origin Hotel Raleigh. The menu offers a diverse selection of plant-based meals with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and protein-based meals with sustainably sourced meat. Origin Hotel Raleigh is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with brunch on weekends.

    2. Iris Coffee Lab & Cafe – 725 Tucker St., Raleigh, NC 27603

      For delicious coffee and so much more, be sure to check out the new experience at Iris Coffee Lab & Cafe. This is so much more than your average coffee shop, with a selection of expertly brewed coffee, espresso, and cold brew that you can enjoy with your breakfast or lunch. And it's not just about the coffee! This shop also stocks a lovely selection of teas, which have been aged to perfection and are ready for you to enjoy hot or cold.

    3. Wine & Design – 510 W Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601

      Looking for a fun, fresh way to relax and unwind with your favorite people? An art class at Wine & Design is just the thing! You can book a private party, where you'll enjoy a two-hour class directed by a local artist and create a unique piece of art to bring home. Wine & Design also has regularly scheduled classes, open to anyone, so you don't have to plan a party to enjoy some painting. There are even classes for painting with your pet and online classes that allow you to create art in your own home.

    4. Bean Sprouts – 201 E Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601

      When you're in the mood for a fun family outing and a healthy meal, you'll love visiting the award-winning Bean Sprouts restaurant. This unique, kid-focused dining spot is located in the Marbles Kids Museum, so it's the perfect place to enjoy a break during your visit. Kids love all of the unique flavors on the menu, and parents are sure to love that everything is made with fresh, healthy, organic ingredients.

    5. Sugar & Spice Kitchen – 227 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601

      In the mood to indulge your sweet tooth? Sugar & Spice Kitchen is a new dessert destination that fuses the flavors of India and North Carolina to create a menu of sweet treats that you won't find anywhere else. This family-run bakery offers a delectable collection of handmade pies, jams, and cakes, all created with love in Raleigh.

    Ready to find your next home in a city that is always evolving to provide new experiences for your family to enjoy? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.

    October
    30

    HPW Open Houses | October 31st - November 1st

    This weekend is going to be chilly, so why not join our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents indoors and visit one of our many open houses this weekend. 

    Whether you're looking for three bedrooms or five, our agents are ready to help you get an up-close look at these properties. Not sure what you're hunting for? Start by checking out a complete list of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open houses to figure out which homes you'd like to tour this weekend.

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

     


    Featured Open Houses

    11312 Hickory Grove Church Rd, Raleigh, 27613

    $899,900

    Sq Ft: 5,248 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 

    Open House: Saturday, October 31st  from 2:00 to 4:00 pm


    1520 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705

    $840,000

    Sq Ft: 6,386 | Beds: 6 | Baths: 5 (full) 

    Open House: Sunday, Novmber 1st from 1:00 to 4:00 pm


    106 Royal Club Dr, Cary, 27513

    $535,000

    Sq Ft: 2,578 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 31st from 12:00 to 4:00 pm

    Sunday, November 1st from 12:00 to 4:00 pm


    100 Sweetbay Park, Youngsville, 27596

    $385,000

    Sq Ft: 2,610 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 31st from 2:00 to 5:00 pm

    Sunday, November 1st from 2:00 to 5:00 pm


    2208 Oak Stream Ln, Apex, 27523

    $377,899

    Sq Ft: 2,278 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 31st from 12:30 to 3:30 pm


    3501 Old NC 86 Highway, Hillsborough, 27278

    $290,000

    Sq Ft: 1,794 | Beds:3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 31st from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

    Sunday, November 1st from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

     

    November
    4

    Pet Owners: Do These Things Before a Showing

    Pet Owners Raleigh

    When you're selling your home, you want it to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. Even though 67 percent of households have pets, our real estate agents know that properties that appear to be pet-free show better than those with a lot of pet supplies scattered and pets running around. Here are some things pet owners need to do before a showing to ensure their pets and home are prepared.

    1. Talk to Your Pet's Vet
      Selling a home isn't just stressful for human family members; it can stress your furry and feathered family members as well. Talk to your pet's vet to determine how you can best minimize your pet's stress while your home is for sale. Your pet may have to spend more time than they're used to away from their home in your car or a crate. Some pets may benefit from temporarily taking anti-anxiety medication. If your pet is prone to UTIs, disrupting their bathroom habits may trigger a flareup. Your vet might recommend preventive measures to keep your pet healthy during this stressful time. 
    1. Devise a Plan for Relocating Your Pet During Showings
      When it's time for a showing or open house, you need to remove your pet and any evidence of your pet. This includes items like litter boxes, pet beds, toys, and feeding and watering bowls. Help the process go as smoothly as possible by devising a plan to deal with impromptu home showings. You might have one family member responsible for gathering pet equipment while another family member rounds up your pets and puts them in crates or on leashes. Don't forget to sweep up litter or spilled kibble before you leave!
    1. Borrow an Impartial Friend's Nose
      Before you add your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale, you want to ensure that it smells fresh and clean. If your home has a bad odor, this can cause homebuyers to form unfavorable opinions about your property. Since you've lived in your home for so long, you're likely immune to many of its odors. Have an impartial friend stop by and let you know if they can smell any evidence of your pet. Even if you've promptly cleaned up Fido's accidents, old urine stains and odors might still linger. These tough odors might require professional cleaning or even require you to completely replace the soiled materials. 
    1. Give Your Yard a Once Over
      Don't forget to inspect your home's outside areas. Prospective buyers will want to explore your yard; you don't want them stepping in a hole or a pile of dog scat. Make sure to fill in any holes and scoop any pet waste. Just like the inside of your home, your home's exterior should look as if it belongs to a pet-free family. Check your home's exterior for any damage that your pet may have caused. Look for holes in your fence and claw marks on outside furnishings and wood trim. Repair any damage and replace any items that can't be salvaged. Even if the buyer doesn't spot the damage before making an offer, your home inspector is likely to detect the issues during the home inspection.

    Have additional questions about preparing your home to sell? Contact us today for assistance!

    October
    23

    HPW Open Houses | October 24 - 25

    Join our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents across Central North Carolina, while they host numerous open houses this weekend.  

    From starter homes to luxury estates, our agents are ready to open the doors to let you get an up-close look at these properties. Start your house hunt by checking out a complete list of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open houses to figure out which homes you'd like to tour this weekend.

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

     


    Featured Open Houses

    278 Atkinson Farm Circle, Garner, NC 27529

    $279,900

    Sq Ft: 2103 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 24 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. 


    60 Newton Dr, Durham, NC 27707

    $325,000

    Sq Ft: 1775 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 

    Open House: Sunday, October 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    6013 Lennox Place, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $750,000

    Sq Ft: 4625 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 24 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.


    211 St Jiles Dr, Clayton, NC 27520

    $430,000

    Sq Ft: 2700 | Beds:3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


     

     

    October
    29

    5 Ways to Improve Your Fall Landscaping

    Fall Landscaping in Raleigh

    Autumn is here, and Mother Nature is ready to put on a show with colorful leaves, crisp cool nights, and the bounty of the harvest. The vibrant fall season is the perfect time to make your home stand out and prepare for what lies ahead. Our REALTORS® know that a home with curb appeal is much more attractive to buyers, so it's important for those with Raleigh homes for sale to give their landscaping some extra love. These tips and fabulous fall landscaping ideas can help you make the most out of your outdoor spaces this autumn.

    1. Give Your Lawn Some TLC
      Taking proper care of your lawn in the fall can help your grass survive the cold winter weather to look lush and healthy in the spring. Use an aerator spike or pitchfork to create small holes in your lawn before fertilizing. These holes enable water, oxygen, and fertilizer to seep in, which is great for your grass. Fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn and plant new grass seed in any areas that need shoring up. 
    2. Clear Leaves from the Ground
      Speaking of raking, those pretty leaves will eventually fall to the ground. Raking the leaves on your property not only makes it look neat and tidy, but it's also good exercise and keeps your grass healthy. Mildew can easily grow under a blanket of leaves and damage your lawn. If you have a compost pile, put dead leaves in it, and you'll enjoy rich fertilizer for your yard in the spring. While you're at it, you might as well pull any weeds and throw them on the pile, too.
    3. Do Your Fall Planting
      Autumn is the perfect time to plan ahead and plant bulbs for vibrant flowers in the spring. Make sure to plant deep enough in the ground to prevent freezing.  If you're unsure of what types of bulbs thrive in your area and the best time to plant them, ask your local nursery for recommendations. When they pop up in the spring, you'll be in for a colorful surprise! It's also an excellent time to transplant any perennials you want to move. If you're planting any new bushes or trees, putting them in this time of year gives them months to get rooted before the hot North Carolina summer arrives.
    4. Decorate
      Letting the beauty of nature's bounty showcase your home and yard is super easy to do in the fall. Visit a local farmers market and pick up some pumpkins, gourds, hay, and any other outdoor fall décor you like. Colorful mums in planters or boxes on a porch or along walkways also add a nice touch of color. Putting an eye-catching fall wreath with red, orange, yellow, and brown hues on your front door can really make your house stand out from the crowd. 
    5. Keep Watering
      Unless it's a very rainy fall season, it's important to keep watering your lawn, trees, plants, and flowers. Even though the weather is starting to cool down, roots need to stay hydrated into the winter. An easy way to keep track of how much water you're getting is by using a rain gauge. Unless your lawn is getting more than an inch of water a week, keep sprinklers and irrigation systems going. When it's time to close up shop, make sure to disconnect hoses, shut off water sources to outdoor faucets, and flush sprinkler or irrigation systems.

    Ready to buy or sell a home in Raleigh this fall? Our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to get started.

    October
    16

    HPW Open Houses | October 17 - 18

    Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed some of the most stunning homes across Central North Carolina and will be hosting numerous open houses this weekend.

    From starter homes to luxury estates, our agents are ready to open the doors to let you get an up-close look at these properties. Plan your house hunt by checking out a complete list of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston open houses to figure out which homes you'd like to tour this weekend.

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

     

    Featured Open Houses

     

    9004 Louisburg Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $430,000

    Sq Ft: 2,368 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    3200 Hickory Road, Raleigh, NC 27616

    $650,000

    Sq Ft: 4,711 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    7809 Dover Hills Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $830,000

    Sq Ft: 4,632 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, October 17 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    2700 Stonewalk Court, Zebulon, NC 27597

    $434,500

    Sq Ft: 3,241 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 17 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    2201 Dewland Court, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

    $399,000

    Sq Ft: 2,547 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    205 Lake Manor Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    $699,000

    Sq Ft: 3,930 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full)

    Open House: Sunday, October 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    10529-102 Sablewood Drive, Unit 102, Raleigh, NC 27617

    $334,900

    Sq Ft: 1,700 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full)

    Open House: Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    October
    21

    World Pasta Day: Italian Restaurants in the Triangle

    Pasta in Raleigh

    There's never a bad day to enjoy delicious Italian food! With World Pasta Day right around the corner, now is a great time to start exploring some of the amazing Italian restaurants in the area.

    Our REALTORS® love trying out local hot spots! 

    1. Southern Pasta Company: 6621 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615
      Can't get away for a romantic dinner? A visit to The Southern Pasta Company is a great way to enjoy restaurant food at home! They offer fresh, chef-prepared dinners in aluminum baking trays that are ready for you to pop in the oven. They're made with handmade pasta, top-quality meats and cheeses, and fresh produce from nearby farms. This is a delicious and convenient alternative to fast food that will taste so much better. You can choose from a variety of ravioli, kinds of pasta, and sauces, creating your perfect meal. In addition to all the classics, you can also find delicious non-traditional options like pumpkin ravioli and pecan & sage pesto sauce. They also offer a variety of Italian entrees, lasagna, mac and cheese, and more. 
    1. Cafe Luna: 136 East Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
      Located in downtown Raleigh, Cafe Luna offers Italian Cuisine with a Tuscan flair. The menu features a wide variety of pasta dishes with separate dine-in and pick-up menus. If you can get out during the week, you'll want to check out their $20 three-course mid-week menu. It includes a salad, entree, and dessert. There are also amazing $20 wine deals!
    1. Assaggio's Italian Restaurant: 3501 Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
      After a busy day of running around looking at Raleigh homes for sale, you might not feel like doing anything. This is a great time to pop into Assaggio's Italian Restaurant for a tasty takeout meal. They have tons of pasta options, including lobster ravioli, pasta primavera, baked ziti, fettuccine alfredo, baked manicotti, and more! With plenty of other options, including amazing pizza, calzones, stromboli, and hot subs, you're sure to find something on the menu to please everyone. 
    1. Melina's Fresh Pasta: 2717 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707
      If you've been looking at Durham homes for sale, you'll definitely want to acquaint yourself with Melina's Fresh Pasta. This is another great option for picking up dinner when you're busy and still want to enjoy an amazing meal. Options include a variety of fresh-made sauces and baked meals. The menu changes frequently, so you'll want to follow them on Facebook and check out their page before you go. 
    1. 411 West: 411 West Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
      Next time you're in the area looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale, plan to take a break and visit 411 West. This unique restaurant is located right in the heart of West Franklin. The menu combines Italian and Mediterranean dishes with a healthy California twist. You'll love the creative pasta dishes that are made fresh on-site. Some of our favorites include the Lemon Linguine with shrimp and scallops and the Basil Pesto with zucchini, squash, spinach, arugula, tomato, and goat cheese. Make sure you save room for dessert! 

    No matter what kind of food you enjoy, there are excellent dining options in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. This is just one of the many things to love about living here. Want to explore some of the beautiful homes in the area? We can help. Contact us today to get started! 

    October
    14

    5 Packing Tips to Make Your Move Less Stressful

    Packing for Raleigh Move

    Moving is a major life event, and an unorganized packing process can add stress to what is already a stressful situation. Organizing a move can present challenges for even the most experienced of planners, but crafting effective packing and unpacking strategies can help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. If you're in the market for one of these beautiful Raleigh homes for sale, consider these packing tips from our real estate agents when planning your move:

    1. Declutter Ahead of Time
      The golden rule of packing: the less you have, the easier it will be to move. Start the decluttering process a good 2 or 3 months before your actual move date. Go through all of your belongings and determine what can go. Many people struggle when it comes to parting with their stuff, so it can be helpful to consider how frequently you use an item and whether or not it brings you joy. Once you've determined what you can part with, consider donating your items to a local thrift store, have a garage sale, or you can even try selling them online for a little extra cash.

    2. Pack A Little Bit Each Day
      Waiting until the last minute to pack can add a lot of extra stress. However, packing too soon may leave you without some things you need in your day to day life. The trick is to pack a little bit each day leading up to your move. Consider setting aside 1 to 2 hours per day to work on the packing process. This strategy will help you to feel like you're making good progress over time. 

    3. Labels Are Key
      Labeling your boxes will make the moving and unpacking process significantly easier. Make sure each box has a labeled with the contents of the box and the room it belongs in. This will help inform the movers where to place the boxes in your new home. Using color-coded labels will make the process even easier.

    4. Save Room For Your Clothes
      Clothing always takes up more room than you'd expect, so if you're using a moving truck or have limited space, keep this in mind when packing. Any clothing you hang in the closet cut a hole in a garbage bag and place it over a group of hangers. If your dresser is light enough to move, you may be able to get away with leaving clothes in the drawers; however, be careful your dresser isn't too heavy.

    5. Don't Leave Empty Spaces in Boxes
      Avoid half-packed boxes when possible. If your items have room to move around, they can easily become damaged during the move. Pack your boxes, so they are full, but not too heavy. If you do end up with extra space, consider adding newspaper or packing peanuts to keep items secure. Also, don't forget to add extra padding to any boxes that contain fragile items.

    Moving doesn't need to be a stressful process. With a bit of planning, you'll be into your new home in no time. Contact us for more tips on how to make your move less stressful.

    October
    9

    HPW Open Houses | October 10 - 11

    Wondering what to do this weekend? Pull out your rain boots, grab your umbrella and then go find your next home!

    Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have planned open houses in the beautiful homes they've listed and are ready to show you around. With houses, townhomes, and condos in all shapes and sizes in highly demanded locations and neighborhoods, these open houses are definitely worth a visit!

    Don't forget that this is the last weekend for the Triangle Parade of Homes so be sure to set aside some time to view these spectacular homes, too.

    If all goes, you could be toasting at Thanksgiving in your new home!

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

     

    Featured Open Houses

     

    1605 Wildhurst Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $774,900

    Sq Ft: 5,156 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    6728 Queen Annes Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613

    $222,400

    Sq Ft: 1,523 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    1524 Rock Dove Way, Raleigh, NC 27614

    $1,850,000

    Sq Ft: 5,625 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 10 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 11 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    5 Brookshire Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596

    $466,980

    Sq Ft: 2,798 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 10 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 11 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    128 Abbeville Lane, Holly Springs, NC 27540

    $489,700

    Sq Ft: 3,659 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    1445 Old Ivey Road, Apex, NC 27523

    $625,000

    Sq Ft: 1,745 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

    Open House: Sunday, October 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    4805 Cornoustie Court, Holly Springs, NC 27540

    $480,000

    Sq Ft: 3,659 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, October 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    October
    2

    HPW Open Houses | October 3 - 4

    New month, new house! Or at least that's the goal, right?

    Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed fantastic homes in cities and suburbs all over the Triangle region.

    Take advantage of the weekend ahead to plan visits to our agents' area open houses. You're going to want to see the homes you've been eyeing online up close to get a better idea of what they hold.

    Plan to set aside a chunk of time at each house so that you may tour it inside and out at your own pace (twice if you like) and then take a drive around the neighborhood and community. Knowledge is the name of the real estate game, and you're going to want to gather as much information as possible to decide if you will make an offer.

    Also, don't forget the Triangle Parade of Homes is still underway granting you access to a fantastic collection of newly built area homes.

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

     

    Featured Open Houses

     

    2941 Lake James Drive, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

    $329,900

    Sq Ft: 2,200 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    3413 Rock Creek Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609

    $1,075,000

    Sq Ft: 4,011 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 3 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 4 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    7217 Waterlook Way, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $825,000

    Sq Ft: 3,800 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 3 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 4 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    10657 Cardington Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614

    $519,900

    Sq Ft: 4,867 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    4409 Queenstown Court, Raleigh, NC 27612

    $429,900

    Sq Ft: 2,606 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, October 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, October 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    43 Crimson Oak Drive, Durham, NC 27713

    $1,199,999

    Sq Ft: 6,685 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, October 4 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    475 Cliffdale Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    $599,625

    Sq Ft: 3,195 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, October 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    October
    7

    Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: Animal Shelters in the Triangle

    Animal Shelters in the Triangle

    October is officially "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month", and with so many people spending more time at home this year, there couldn't be a better time to welcome a new furry friend into your family. There are several great dog shelters in and around the Triangle and dozens of new pets that need to be adopted today. Looking to add a shelter dog to your family? Our REALTORS® went ahead and pulled together a list of options:

    1. Saving Grace Animals For Adoption13400 Old Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587
      A wide selection of breeds of all ages, Saving Grace has dozens of loving pups in need of a home. In addition to adoption services, they also offer a temporary foster program and a "host a dog weekend" service. There is an adoption fee, which covers vaccinations, spay/neuter, parasite prevention, and other services. While you're in the area, there are several great Wake Forest homes for sale with beautiful backyards for your new dog to run and play.
    2. Cause For Paws - 1634 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC 27603
      Cause for Paws has a number of cats and dogs available for adoption. While cats are housed at their two Raleigh thrift stores, dogs are actually kept at foster homes throughout the Triangle, so it's usually best to call ahead in order to schedule a visit with a particular dog. While you're in town, schedule an appointment to visit one of these Raleigh homes for sale.
    3. Second Chance Pet Adoptions - 6003 Chapel Hill Rd. #133, Raleigh, NC 27607
      Helping dogs find good homes in the Triangle area since 1987, Second Chance Pet Adoptions has a wide range of dogs that need homes today. They charge a $300 adoption fee that covers about $500 worth of veterinary care. Applications are available on their website along with information about their dogs available for adoption.
    4. Wake County Animal Center - 820 Beacon Lake Dr., Raleigh, NC 27610
      Owned and operated by the county, The Wake County Animal Center takes in thousands of strays and abandoned pets every year, and partners with fosters and volunteers to help find them a loving home. Dog adoption fees are only $95. While they don't provide spay/neuter services, they do make recommendations for reputable local veterinary clinics.
    5. Orange County Animal Services - 1601 Eubanks Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
      Not only does Orange County Animal Services provide intake services for abandoned animals, but they also offer spay/neuter programs and manage pet licensing for the county. Additionally, they take on the responsibility of enforcing animal cruelty laws across the county. The adoption fee for a dog is $125 and the fee for a puppy is $175, and the fees include a wide range of veterinary services including health screening, vaccinations, and microchipping. After you pick-up, your new pup, be sure to cruise by these Chapel Hill homes for sale.

    Getting a new pet is a big decision! In return for opening up your home to them, dogs will provide you with long term companionship, fun, and they may even help you to reduce stress. For more recommendations on local pet shelters in the Triangle, contact us today.

    September
    25

    HPW Open Houses | September 26 - 27

    Can you believe it's the last weekend in September? That means two things: (1) we're one step closer to 2021 and (2) it sounds like a good weekend to find your next home.

    Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be hosting open houses in the hottest areas of the Triangle this weekend. So, go get that pumpkin spice latte (or whatever basic beverage you prefer), pull out your fall décor then plan out which homes you're going to go visit.

    And don't forget, this weekend marks the first weekend of the annual Triangle Parade of Homes!

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

     

    Featured Open Houses

     

    1505 Malta Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27610

    $435,000

    Sq Ft: 1,700 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 26 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    7200 Summer Tanager Trail, Raleigh, NC 27614

    $1,350,000

    Sq Ft: 4,763 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 6 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 26 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    1520 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705

    $840,000

    Sq Ft: 6,386 | Beds: 6 | Baths: 5 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, September 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    6815 Holly Springs Road, Raleigh, NC 27606

    $799,000

    Sq Ft: 4,623 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 4 (full) 2(1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    1117 Eva Street, Durham, NC 27703

    $305,000

    Sq Ft: 1,380 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, September 26 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    627 Brookview Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    $559,800

    Sq Ft: 3,838 | Beds: 6 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, September 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    7309 River Glen Court, Raleigh, NC 27614

    $550,000

    Sq Ft: 3,800 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, September 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    September
    24

    HPW Luxury | 1405 Barony Lake Way

    What comes to mind when you think of luxury living? Is it massive amounts of space? Or is it having exceptional views? What about elegance?

    If you nodded your head in agreement to all of the questions above, then look no further than say hello to 1405 Barony Lake Way. Located in one of North Raleigh's exclusive, gated communities, The Barony, HPW luxury listing sits on two acres of land and provides the perfect combination of comfort and elegance.

    This beautiful estate boasts soaring ceilings and extensive moldings throughout it's nearly 10,000 square feet of living space. Enjoy cooking and hosting get-togethers in the gourmet kitchen that features top of the line Thermador appliances and two huge walk-in pantries. The first floor also features a guest retreat that can also serve as a second master bedroom.

    Downstairs you will find an exceptional finished basement with a second kitchen, recreational room, gym and media room. Additionally, there are two home offices, a library, a second-floor bonus room and a five-car garage.

    If that wasn't enough, enjoy unbelievable views from the large terrace that overlooks the outdoor oasis which includes an in-ground saltwater pool and cabana.

    View the full property listed by Kimberly Conroy of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston North Raleigh office.

    For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury Magazine.

    September
    30

    As Seen on TV: Raleigh Restaurants that Have Been Featured on TV

    Raleigh Restaurants

    It's no secret that North Carolina has some of the best food in the country, but many residents of the Triangle are surprised to discover just how many times Raleigh's restaurants have been featured on TV. From local news to international programs on Food Network and Travel Channel, our favorite places to dine are given primetime slots on television. Next time you're headed out to eat, our real estate agents encourage you to check out these Raleigh restaurants that have been featured on TV.

    1. The Roast Grill – 7 S. West St., Raleigh, NC 27603 
      As Seen On Man v. Food

      Opened in 1940, The Roast Grill has been serving up hot dogs on the same grill they used 80 years ago. When Man v. Food's Adam Richman came to town, Raleigh residents knew he'd be taking on the Hot Dogger Eating Challenge. Richman dominated the challenge, downing 17 hot dogs, a half-pint of mustard, and a pint of chili sauce, which caused the challenge to be renamed as the Man v. Food Hot Dog Challenge. Whether you're going in to take the challenge or a single dog, don't ask for ketchup!

    2. The Pit – 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
      As Seen On Throwdown with Bobby Flay

      The Pit serves up the tastiest pork this side of the Smoky Mountains, but when celebrity chef Bobby Flay came to town, things got messy. Thankfully, the pitmaster defeated the grill master, winning a rib challenge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The Pit has been featured time and time again on other shows like Chopped, Man v. Food, and The Today Show, which is all the more reason to see what all the buzz is about. Grab a plateful of barbeque, a fine bourbon whiskey, and taste why The Pit just can't stay out of the limelight.

    3. Original Flying Burrito – 4800 Grove Barton Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
      As Seen On Food Paradise

      The Southwest meets the Southeast at Original Flying Burrito, which was featured on an episode of Food Paradise's episode "Burrito Paradise." To taste what you've seen on TV, order up the Carolina Burrito. Made fresh from scratch each day, the delicious sauces, salsas, and other sweet and savory menu items are sure to make your mouth water. They even have a separate vegan menu for those who prefer their burrito meat and dairy-free.

    4. Azurelise – 702 Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27605
      As Seen On Road Tasted with the Neelys

      With so much savory barbeque in town, Azurelise offers a sweet alternative. While they received great reviews on Road Tasted with the Neelys, Azurelise's chocolate truffles let their flavor do the talking. The minute you let of one, these delectable chocolates melt on your tongue, you'll know why Azurelise is a standout confectioner in the city. Order up at least two batches; you'll likely devour the first on the car ride home!

    If you thought Raleigh's restaurant scene was impressive, wait until you see our housing market! Contact us today to begin touring the best Raleigh homes for sale.

    September
    18

    HPW Open Houses | September 19 - 20

    It is finally going to feel like fall this weekend! Also known as sweater weather, it's the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy all that autumn has to offer. While many may reach for a pumpkin spice latte, others will be searching for the perfect Halloween costume and some will be house hunting for a new home.

    Those in the last category are in luck! Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be hosting open houses all across the Triangle this weekend. We think there are bound to be a few that you will fall in love with.

    At HPW, we are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients, while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes and more.

     

    Featured Open Houses

     

    103 Futrell Ridge Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

    $959,900

    Sq Ft: 3,532 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 

    Open House: Saturday, September 19 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 20 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    211 St Jiles Drive, Clayton, NC 27520

    $430,000

    Sq Ft: 2,700 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    329 Roberts Ridge Drive, Cary, NC 27513

    $390,000

    Sq Ft: 2,239 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    3200 Hickory Road, Raleigh, NC 27616

    $650,000

    Sq Ft: 4,711 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    4137 Green Chase Way, Apex, NC 27539

    $989,000

    Sq Ft: 3,800 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 19 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 20 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    7801 Dover Hills Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

    $800,000

    Sq Ft: 3,920 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 5 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, September 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 20 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    210 River Birch Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    $539,900

    Sq Ft: 2,910 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)

    Open House: Sunday, September 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    September
    11

    HPW Open Houses | September 12 - 13

    Football season is back! Both the NFL and NCAA kick off their seasons this weekend. While it may take some getting used to, given the circumstances, it's a sport loved by many to watch and play. For those of you who have been teetering with the thought of a new home, maybe it's time to kick off your own season: house-hunting season!

    Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed some beautiful homes that are sure to catch your eye. We think one of them is bound to be a touchdown (aka your dream home).

    Check out a complete list of our open houses so that you can game plan which homes you'd like to tour on Saturday and Sunday.

    We are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes.

    Featured Open Houses

     

    11917 Sycamore Grove Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614

    $365,000

    Sq Ft: 3,030 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    208 Cotten Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560

    $595,000

    Sq Ft: 3,335 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 12 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 13 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    807 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605

    $899,900

    Sq Ft: 3,274 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    1216 Hannahs View Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

    $1,075,000

    Sq Ft: 4,220 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 12 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.


    8300 Covington Hill Way, Apex, NC 27539

    $699,000

    Sq Ft: 4,105 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, September 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


    2700 Stonewalk Court, Zebulon, NC 27597

    $434,500

    Sq Ft: 3,241 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 2 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, September 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    2607 White Cross Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    $514,900

    Sq Ft: 2,220 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, September 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    September
    10

    HPW Luxury | 12324 Birchfalls Drive

    This HPW luxury listing takes us to the private gated community of Bay Leaf Farm in North Raleigh. Surrounded by soaring trees and resting on 3.86 acres, this $3.1 million, custom-built estate is designed to impress.

    And impress it does! Featuring a 16,000 square foot interior, this extraordinary residence boasts attention to detail around every corner. Its 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 6-car garage, gourmet chef's kitchen, full guest suite, private gym, and sophisticated sitting room are among the amenities found within this immaculate estate.

    The extravagance of this home extends outside to a backyard that allows for entertaining on a grand scale. Complete with a veranda covered private oasis, outdoor kitchen, heated pool, jacuzzi and pagoda, there is no shortage of first-class fun to be had all year-round.

    View the full property listed by The Ida Terbet Group of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Midtown-Falls office.

    For more information on HPW Luxury listings, check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury magazine.

    September
    4

    HPW Open Houses | September 5 - 6

    Can you believe this weekend marks the start of September? Fall is right around the corner which means sweaters and pumpkin spice everything. And then after that, it's on to Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas. What better way to enjoy all of these upcoming holidays than in a new home? Maybe you want a big front porch to sit out on and hand out candy to all of the trick-or-treaters. Or maybe you want a bigger dining room, so you can finally host Thanksgiving dinner at your place. Or maybe you want a two-story living room, so you can get the biggest and tallest Christmas tree ever.

    No matter your reasons for wanting a new home, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents are ready to help. In fact, you can start by visiting them at their open houses this weekend!

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

    We are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses. And if attending an open house still isn't in the cards for you then have no fear, we have numerous virtual tours of these amazing homes.

     

    Featured Open Houses

     

    827 Bankston Woods Way, Raleigh, NC 27609

    $429,900

    Sq Ft: 2,569 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    211 N Church Street, Louisburg, NC 27549

    $275,000

    Sq Ft: 2,7168| Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full)

    Open House: Saturday, September 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    1804 Lodestar Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

    $449,900

    Sq Ft: 2,765 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    50 Kathleen Court, Youngsville, NC 27596

    $317,000

    Sq Ft: 2,084 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    1201 Hannahs View Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

    $1,475,000

    Sq Ft: 4,724 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, September 5 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and

    Sunday, September 6 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    11917 Sycamore Grove Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614

    $375,000

    Sq Ft: 3,030 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Sunday, September 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


    August
    28

    HPW Open Houses | August 29 - 30

    School's back in session, pumpkin spice is in the air, and there are only three weeks until Fall.  But just like the remaining Summer days, our real estate market is still a hot one!

    So whatever plans you may have this weekend, make sure to stay cool by visiting some of our HPW Open Houses. With the most comprehensive real estate website in the state, HPW.com is the perfect place to find your dream home. Browse the numerous listings our HPW agents have on the market right now and take a virtual tour through these fantastic homes.

    Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents know the market inside and out and are ready to help you with your next move. So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our open houses now to see all of the properties available, and visit them this weekend!

    We are committed to maintaining reliable service to our clients while doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19. In order to protect both our clients and agents, we are asking everyone to please take precautionary measures when visiting our open houses.

     

    Featured Open Houses

     

    2001 Eagleton Circle, Raleigh, NC, 27609

    $315,000

    Sq Ft: 2,134 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (half)

    Open House: Sunday, August 30th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


     

    607 Phar Lap Lane, Bahama, NC, 27503

    $384,900

    Sq Ft: 3,362 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 

    Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    & Sunday, August 30th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


     

    172 Michaux Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    $845,000

    Sq Ft: 4,318 | Beds: 6 | Baths: 4 (full) 

    Open House: Sunday, August 30th, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


     

    55 Kathleen Ct, Youngsville, NC, 27596

    $317,500

    Sq Ft: 2,041 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 

    Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    & Sunday, August 30th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


     

    1223 Renshaw Ct, Unit 2nd Fl Right, Cary, NC, 27518

    $191,000

    Sq Ft: 1,274 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 

    Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

     & Sunday, August 30th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


     

    108 Balsam Lane, Clayton, NC, 27527

    $318,000

    Sq Ft: 1,823 | Beds: 2 | Baths: 2 (full) 

    Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


     

    202 Old Franklin Grove Dr, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514

    $735,000

    Sq Ft: 3,488 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

    Open House: Saturday, August 29th, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    & Sunday, August 30th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


    August
    26

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