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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.

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