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How Durham, NC Became One of the Best Places to Live in the Country

How Durham, NC Became One of the Best Places to Live in the Country

By Phil Bost

When was the last time you took a look at Durham? Whether you live here or are just considering it, it’s a town that’s well worth taking a closer look at. In fact, it’s among the top places to live in the United States, and U.S. News and World Report recently listed it as the 4th best place to live in the country! Here are a few reasons why Durham continually outsides the competition.

A Brilliant Transformation
Durham wasn’t always the thriving metropolitan center that it is today. In fact, in the 19th and 20th century, it was home to old tobacco mills. Then, towards the turn of the century, it began a transformation that took those old mills and transformed them into urban lofts and office spaces. Here you can find apartments in what was once an old mill, and this gives the city a distinctive vibe that people love.

Rich Business Center
Durham houses Research Triangle Park, a business center that taps into the graduates of Duke University and the other universities in and around the region. This means that economic opportunities are abundant wherever you look, as the business and industry of Research Triangle Park bleeds into the rest of Durham.

Family-Friendly Entertainment Scene
Durham has entertainment and recreation for everyone. With family-friendly museums, a thriving arts scene, and a rich musical heritage, you’ll find something to keep you and yours engaged as you explore the culture and art of Durham. It’s also packed with green space, with parks around almost every corner.

Varied Real Estate Market
Another reason Durham continues to be one of the best places to live is because of its varied real estate opportunities. Here you can find affordable properties and luxury properties, with everything from estate homes to comfortable flats and apartments. There’s really something for everyone in Durham even in terms of real estate.

Are you ready to experience Durham again? The next time you’re driving around town, take a moment to appreciate all that this city has to offer. You’ll see that it really is one of the best!

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Charlotte vs. Raleigh

Charlotte vs. Raleigh

By Phil Bost

Charlotte and Raleigh are two of the best places to live in the country, both ranking in the top 20 on WalletHub’s Best & Worst Large Cities to Live in. Yet these two cities, though similar, have unique features to consider. If you’re considering one of these metro areas, you may want to know what makes each stand apart. Here’s the low-down about what living in Charlotte vs. living in the Raleigh/Durham area is all about.

Cost-of-Living
Overall, Raleigh has a higher cost of living, with a rank of 102.1 out of 100 (the average in the United States, but Charlotte isn’t much different, raking at 97.2. Raleigh counters this higher cost of living with a higher average salary, with $38,000 being the average salary compared to 36,176 in Charlotte. Interestingly, it’s housing and utilities where Raleigh has the higher costs, as food, healthcare, and transportation costs are equal to or lower than Charlotte.

Similar Population Statistics
Charlotte is slightly larger than Raleigh, with 0.75 people compared to Raleigh’s 0.4 people, but the population density is about the same. Both cities have around 1,000 people per square kilometer. The average age is similar as well, with an average of 33.3 years for Charlotte and 31.9 years for Raleigh.

What Makes Them Unique
Though the cities are similar, they have some unique features as well. One of these is the fact that Raleigh has more universities and institutes of higher education. Raleigh has 12, while Charlotte has 6. Also, Raleigh is more of a metro “area” than Charlotte. When people refer to Raleigh, they may be referring to one of many cities, including Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary, as well as the business district of Research Triangle Park. This means people in Charlotte have one downtown, while those in Raleigh have many centers to contend with. Charlotte has more museums, and it also has a bike-sharing system, which Raleigh does not have.

Overall, the two cities are fairly similar, with their own unique vibes but a similar quality of life. No matter which you chose, whether it be uptown Charlotte apartments, or in the booming suburbs of Raleigh, the economic opportunities are going to be excellent and the quality of life high, so you are sure to enjoy your new home.

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The Best Neighborhoods in Research Triangle Park

The Best Neighborhoods in Research Triangle Park

By Phil Bost

Research Triangle Park is quickly becoming the place to be for people who are looking for work in a community where they want to establish roots. With hundreds of businesses flocking to Research Triangle Park offering good-paying jobs, an established public transportation program, and excellent schools with other amenities for families, it’s no wonder that the communities around the Triangle are growing exponentially. If you’ve been looking for a community in RTP to call your won, you will find a number of excellent neighborhoods and towns to consider, but here are some of the best!

1. Cary
Cary regularly ranks as one of the top places to live in the Triangle, and for good reason. Beautiful tree-lined streets make you feel as if you’ve stepped into another time, and the population is heavily in favor of families with school-aged children. Cary is also within 20 minutes of many of the major metro areas of the Triangle, so your commute into work is rarely going to be a challenge.

2. Morrisville
Morrisville makes the list because of the varied housing options it offers and exceptional location. It’s earned the nickname of the “heart of the triangle” due to its location in the center of it all. It’s also a place where neighbors know one another well, and wave to friends whenever they drive by. The average home price is right around $260,000, which means affordable real estate is possible here, and apartment dwellers will find a number of attractive apartment communities as well. Add to this exceptional schools and you have a nearly perfect place to call home.

3. Apex
Apex makes the list because it’s known for its low crime rates. In fact, it’s one of the safest places to live in The Triangle as well as the rest of the Raleigh metro region, and as such it is seeing a steady growth in population in recent years. The community has a high population of married people and people with families, so it’s a place where folks can set down roots and raise their kids. To round out the benefits of life in Apex, the community has a number of charming older buildings with unique architecture to enjoy.

4. Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill has some of the top schools in the Triangle region. Not only do the schools perform well, but they’re also some of the best funded schools in the region. Kids get a lot of one-on-one attention from their teachers in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill is also known for its low unemployment rates, which is not surprising with the large number of employers nearby. Because of the vast amount of educational facilities in the area, there is also an above average amount of short term lease apartments and housing available to students.

5. Wake Forest
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Best Summer Events in Raleigh, NC

Best Summer Events in Raleigh, NC

By Phil Bost

Summers are hot in Raleigh, but as the temperature rises, so does the vibe of the city. As you’re planning barbecues and picnics, make sure you schedule some time for popular local events. Here are some of the top summer events in Raleigh that you’ll want to fit into your calendar.

1. Independence Day Block Party
Head to the Neuse River Brewing Company on July 2 for the second-annual Independence Day Block Party. A lengthy list of food trucks will be on hand offering everything from gourmet hot dogs to Maine lobster for sale. Enjoy the food and retail vendors, while you enjoy live music from Midlife Crisis and Heads Up Penny. This is the perfect event to kick off the upcoming Fourth of July festivities!

2. The ‘Works!
Downtown Raleigh is the place to go for the Fourth of July, with a fireworks extravaganza taking place along Fayetteville Street. Festivities start at noon with rides and games for the kids, live music, a beer and wine tent, Circus Maximus, street performers, eating contests and more! You can even have a picnic right on Fayetteville Street! Around 9:30, the sky will come alive with fireworks over the Duke Energy Center.

3. SouthEast Crab Feast
Do you love crab? Then head to Lake Wheeler Park at noon on July 2 for the 7th Annual SouthEast Crab Feast event. Here the Low Country coastal tradition of fresh seafood cooked outdoors is celebrated in style. With your ticket you will enjoy all-you-can-eat fresh Blue Crabs, with a side of fish and chips. The family-friendly event also features live music. Bring your own dipping sauce, or simply enjoy the rich seasonings cooked right on to the crab!

4. Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
The original beer and BBQ festival, the Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival takes place in nearby Cary at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on July 28 and 29. With your paid admission you will enjoy all you care to taste samples of beer and bourbon, as well as plenty of BBQ for sale form the on-site vendors. The tasting theater will host seminars about the local brews, and you will enjoy the sounds of live music throughout your visit. Festivities start at 6 on Friday night with a Whole Hog Pig Pickin’, followed by a full tasting session on Saturday at 2.

5. Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park is a free concert series that takes place on Sundays throughout the summer at Fred Fletcher Park and Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. This music series will feature a different genre each week, so you’re sure to find something that matches your tastes. Bring your food, a blanket and your friends or family to enjoy the sounds of jazz, Rhythm and Blues, pop, bluegrass and more! The concerts begin at 6, but come early for the best possible seating. The July 9 concert will feature the four-part vocal jazz ensemble Capital Transit, which performs swing, pop, Doo-Wop and traditional blues for your enjoyment.

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Top Places for Brunch in Durham, NC

Top Places for Brunch in Durham, NC

By Phil Bost

In many ways, brunch is the perfect meal. Breakfast lovers can dine on eggs and bacon, while those who have a hankering for a sandwich can get that as well. If you live in a home or apartment in Durham, you’ll find that the community has quite a large number of brunch restaurants for your consideration. Here are some of the best!

1) Elmo’s Diner
If you want home-cooked, you want Elmo’s. Food here is served in typical diner fashion, but you can get breakfast all day. So, any time of the day can be brunch. The food here is southern inspired, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the waiters get to know your favorite order once you become a regular.

2) Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
Chicken and waffles is a go-to southern brunch faire, and Dame’s is one of the top places to get it, but that’s not the only brunch food you can get here. The Breakfast Buttercup, which features eggs and bacon sandwiched between two waffles, is another popular treat. Of course, you’ll want to taste their Almost World Famous Waffles, and the Shmear at Dame’s is definitely something you need to experience for brunch!

3) Foster’s Market
Foster’s Market is a casual atmosphere with a large selection of muffins, scones, sandwiches, smoothies, and salads. It’s a great option for a lighter brunch meal, and this is a Durham classic that you really need to experience. It opens daily at 7:30, so brunch can be as early as you want it to be!

4) Fairview Dining Room
Located at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, the Fairview Dining Room is an upscale place for brunch. In fact, this restaurant is so upscale that brunch is a three-course meal, and you’ll want to leave the jeans behind in favor of something a little more dressy. You have your choice of meals for your main course, but make sure you leave room for dessert which is to die for!

Yes, the brunch scene in Durham is excellent. The net time you’re looking to dine out around 11 on a weekend, pick one of these restaurants. You will not be disappointed!

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Best Bars in Chapel Hill

Best Bars in Chapel Hill

By Phil Bost

Chapel Hill is well-known for its dining scene, but for those who are looking for somewhere to drink, you’ll find the community serves you well as well. Chapel Hill has a nice list of bars where fun and entertainment are easy to find. If you’re new to the area, or are looking to leave your new apartment to discover a new location for a night out with your friends, then these bars should be on your list.

Linda’s Bar and Grill
Located on Franklin Street, Linda’s Bar and Grill is a place where you can dine on good old fashioned American food while enjoying your favorite drinks. This two-story bar has a game room in the lower level and a dining room on top. Whether you’re there for a game of darts with friends or want to grab a burger and fries for dinner, Linda’s won’t disappoint.

The Cave
Also on Franklin Street, The Cave is located in the oldest tavern in Chapel Hill. Until 2 a.m. every night, you can catch country, folk and rock music being played at the Cave. It has excellent drinks, but no liquor, and some fun drinks for the kids as well. Pinball machines and pool tables make it even more inviting.

Crossroads Bar at the Carolina Inn
The Carolina Inn has recently undergone a massive restoration, and the newly restored building has the historic architecture it was known for, but with modern amenities inside. The Crossroads Bar features rich leather club chairs in a lounge setting surrounded by framed illustrations from Daily Tar Heel. This is a refined space in which to enjoy drinks with friends in a historic Chapel Hill location.

The Crunkleton
If you’re looking for a classic cocktail, the Crunkleton is the place to go. Since its opening in 2008, the Crunkleton has been appealing to both refined business men and college students, who come together over a love of fine cocktails. This unique location gives a shout out to the Prohibition era, when laws mandated drinking establishments required membership. But don’t worry – the lifetime membership is just $5.

As you can see, the bar scene in Chapel Hill is an excellent one, with many choices for residents to enjoy. Take some time to get to know your community, and its drinking establishments, a little better by exploring some of these locations. If you are new to the area and looking for a new apartment community, be sure to check out Carolina Square!

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202 Portsmith pl. Chapel Hill NC #GETMALLARD

202 Portsmith pl. Chapel Hill NC #GETMALLARD


Your New home in Chapel Hill 5 Bedrooms!!!
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$444,000
Single Family Home
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5 Bedrooms
3 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
Interior: 3,052 sqft
Lot: 0.23 acre(s)
Year Built: 1999
MLS #: 2134389
Location
202 Portsmith pl
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
USA

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