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March
23

Take a Walking Tour of Downtown Durham

Downtown Durham

Exploring a new city on foot gives you the best chance to absorb the wonderful local culture. You also never know what new shops, restaurants, or public art you'll stumble upon.

Our real estate agents always suggest taking a walk around downtown Durham, as it's an excellent way to see everything this beautiful city has to offer. Durham isn't too large, so you won't get too overwhelmed. You can see so many facets of this city in just a couple of hours. Here are a few attractions you should make sure to include on your walking tour:

  • Stop By Central Park
    Start your day with a stop by The Pavilion at Durham's Central Park, where you'll find one of the best farmers markets in the area. More than 50 vendors can be found there serving fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, art, knick-knacks, and more. The market is every Saturday morning in the spring, summer, and fall. After shopping, take a rest on The Great Lawn or have a peaceful stroll through the nearby Butterfly Garden and Nature Trail. 

  • Explore Rigsbee Avenue
    One of the best things about Rigsbee Avenue is it provides some great views of the Durham skyline. There is also tons of green space, so it's an excellent destination to relax in the sun. While you're nearby, check out the Durham Bulls stadium. There are also several great restaurants around Rigsbee, not to mention some spectacular Durham homes for sale.

  • Check Out The American Tobacco Campus
    The former headquarters of the Lucky Strike has been transformed into a great downtown destination with shops, restaurants, and theater space sprawled over 1 million square feet. It's easy to spend a whole day at The American Tobacco Campus. There is also tons of Instagramable-local art, and the space even hosts free live concerts on the lawn during the summer. 

  • Visit The Museum Of Durham History
    If you aren't familiar with Durham's history, a stop by this local museum might be worthwhile. The Museum of Durham History offers rotating exhibits which tell the story of the city's beginnings, economy, politics, and sports. Best of all, admission is free. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.

  • Take A Selfie With "Major"
    "Major" is the city's 10-foot-tall bronze bull statue, which is located at a plaza on W Parrish Street. The bull is a great public art piece and looks spectacular in the evening when the city lights reflect off of the bronze. The bull symbolizes the strong nature of the city of Durham and its residents.

  • Shop At Brightleaf Square
    This quaint, walkable section of town offers a variety of locally-owned retailers, so it's a great place to shop and support Durham's economy. You'll find plenty of gift shops and many opportunities for outdoor dining when the weather permits.

  • Catch A Show At The Carolina Theater
    If you're ready for a break, catch a show at The Carolina Theater. Not only is it an excellent entertainment venue, but the building is also one of the most beautiful in Durham and has a rich history. There is also an outdoor amphitheater, which hosts performances in the spring and summer.

Once you start walking around Durham, it's hard not to fall in love with this wonderful city. If you're interested in checking out some of our wonderful nearby homes, contact us today.

January
5

Durham: One of the Top Cities for Gen Z Homebuyers

Gen Z

With its booming local economy, affordable living, and fantastic culture, it's not hard to see why Durham has become such a popular destination for Gen Z. Our real estate agents love telling clients about the great aspects of Durham. It's truly a great place to go to school, start a career, and raise a family. In fact, the Durham area was named one of the Top 30 Best Cities to Live in for Gen Z. If you're thinking about relocating, here are some reasons why the Bull City continues to grow year after year and attracts Gen Z homebuyers:

  • It Has A Great Job Market
    Recent college grads looking to settle down and start their career can benefit from Durham's booming job market. Research, development, finance, and medicine are top industries in the area with major employers including Duke University, Research Triangle Park, Fidelity, and IBM. The city is also appropriately nicknamed "City of Medicine" due to its 300+ medical and health-related companies, so it's a great location for medical professionals to start their careers. Additionally, both Google and Apple have announced new locations in the area.

  • It's Affordable
    Despite the area's population growth over the last several years, Durham remains an affordable place to live. The median home price in Durham has remained anywhere from 10 to 16% lower than the national average. Therefore, it couldn't be a better time to check out these stunning Durham homes for sale. Groceries, utilities, and transportation costs are also less than the national average. 

  • There Are Plenty Of Things To Do
    Catch a concert, Broadway performance, or comedian at the Durham Performing Arts Center, which hosts over 200 shows a year. In the spring and summer, it's a lot of fun to see a Durham Bulls Minor League Baseball game. The stadium is located right in town, so it's easy to make a night of it. Looking for something a little more relaxing? The Sarah P Duke Gardens is a beautiful, serene oasis in the middle of the city and the perfect place for a walk.

  • The Weather Is Perfect
    If you're looking to escape the cold, you'll enjoy short, mild winters in Durham. December temperatures are often warm enough to wear a t-shirt or play golf. The area gets minimal snow each year, and spring usually begins in early March. The city sees 220 sunny days per year, which is well above the national average. Summers are hot but tolerable.

  • It's Accessible
    Durham is a great place to live in and of itself, but young people love the convenient access to both Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Both cities are less than a 30-minute drive away. You could easily commute to Durham from one of these beautiful Raleigh homes for sale. Charlotte is also just a couple of hours away. Durham's convenient access to multiple cities makes it a desirable location for many Gen Z homebuyers.

It's no wonder people from all over the world move to Durham each year. For more information on living in our area, contact us today.

April
3

It's Nearly Easter in Durham - Events for Your Family

Durham Easter Events
One of the sweetest things about moving to a new home is the opportunity to start new traditions with your family. Easter will be here soon, but if you're already eager to get festive and usher in spring, don't worry! Durham won't wait until April 21 to start celebrating. As you look for Durham homes for sale, check out some of our annual Easter activities too. The holiday fun lasts all month in Durham, so there's no shortage of family-friendly festivities to fill your weekends.

Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate Easter around Durham: 

  • Spring Egg Dive, 2000 S Alston Ave, Durham 
    If baskets are a little too basic for your family, take a plunge for your eggs instead. This year's Spring Egg Dive takes place Saturday, April 6 from 5:30-7 pm, at the Campus Hills Pool. Instead of scouring a park, kids and adults alike are invited to splash around the Durham pool looking for eggs.

    This unusual Easter event gets everyone in the water for an evening of swimming, diving, and winning fun prizes. Durham Parks & Recreation provides life vests for swimmers who need them, but adults must accompany kids younger than 10.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza - Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Rd, Durham
    Rain or shine (inside if it rains), Epworth United Methodist Church will sponsor their 2019 Easter Eggstravaganza on be Saturday, April 13 from 3-5 pm.  Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, a bounce house, crafts, games, and more!

  • West Point Egg Hunt and Dog-Gone Egg Hunt, 5101 N Roxboro St, Durham
    Want to watch your kids and dogs scramble for prizes in a historic riverfront park? Bring the whole family to the West Point on the Eno Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13. The kids' hunt starts at 10:30 am, and believe it or not, the dogs take over at 1 pm.

    This is the park's 32nd annual egg hunt, and it has grown throughout the years to include photo-ops with the Easter Bunny, interactive games and crafts, face-painting stations, and more. Of course, it's the canines-only egg hunt that will truly make your day. Here in Durham, Easter goes to the dogs in the most adorable way.

  • Campus Hills Egg Hunt, 2000 S Alston Ave, Durham
    As kids scramble across West Point on the Eno, another egg hunt will take place across town. Come to the Campus Hills Egg Hunt at 10 am for a festive search party that's open to kids 12 and under. Each participant gets a fake tattoo, a picture with the Easter Bunny, and a chance to collect eggs with special prizes inside.
  • The Eggcellent Easter Eggperience, Twin Lakes Park, 435 Chandler Rd, Durham
    Join Teens with Dreams on Saturday, April 20 at Twin Lakes Park from 1-4 pm as they give back to the Durham community by hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Basket giveaway! Bring your child(ren) to enjoy an EGGcellent Easter.

Are you ready to start your search for a home in Durham? Our REALTORS® will help you navigate our real estate market and learn more about your family's options. Contact us today to find an agent who can help you get started. 

December
12

9 Favorite Spots for Sunday Brunch in Durham

Durham Restaurants for Brunch
What could be better than heading out for a relaxed Sunday brunch with some of your favorite people? Durham homes for sale make it easy to enjoy a wealth of excellent dining options, and Sunday brunch is no exception, with many unique dining spots to try. Whether you're looking for a traditional brunch or something new, you'll find it in the city. Our real estate agents have the details on nine of their favorite spots to enjoy a lovely Sunday brunch in Durham.

Savoring Sunday Morning: Durham's Best Sunday Brunch Spots 

  1. Parker and Otis – 112 South Duke Street, Durham
    Featuring a menu filled with smart, simple food made from fresh, local ingredients, Parker and Otis is a great place to stop for a delicious Sunday brunch. Choose from the breakfast or lunch menus to find the perfect morning meal.

  2. Monuts Donuts – 1002 Ninth Street, Durham
    If you're looking for a friendly atmosphere and delicious, handmade food, look no further than Monuts Donuts. What started as a small donut stand has grown into a popular restaurant. At Monuts, you'll find a full breakfast/lunch menu, soups, salads, and of course some of the best donuts in Durham.

  3. Foster's Market – 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham
    Enjoy a Sunday brunch on the outdoor patio at Foster's Market, where everything is made from scratch and the menu always features something unique. Foster's coffee bar is a nice place to spend time before or after brunch, while the market makes for a great stop to pick up some specialty foods to bring home.

  4. True Flavors Diner – 5410 Highway 55 Suite AJ AK, Durham
    With warm hospitality and an accessible, upscale menu featuring unique takes on your old favorites, True Flavors Diner is a popular brunch destination. Be sure to try the Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles, only available during brunch.

  5. Rise – 8200 Renaissance Parkway, Durham
    Rise began as a small breakfast spot in Durham and has since become a growing chain stretching beyond the Carolinas. Of course, you can still visit the original Rise in Durham for a delicious Sunday brunch, prepared with the freshest ingredients.

  6. Guglhupf Bakery and Patisserie – 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham
    Celebrating 20 years as a Durham staple, Guglhupf Bakery and Patisserie offers a diverse, delicious menu, filled with nods to classic German cooking. Best of all, you can now enjoy the brunch menu at Guglhupf every day of the week!

  7. Elmo's Diner – 776 Ninth Street, Durham
    Stop by Elmo's Diner for a relaxed brunch in a casual, inviting atmosphere, with a staff that makes everyone feel like a regular. Elmo's has been serving up Durham's favorites for more than 20 years, and everything is made from scratch.

  8. Geer Street Garden – 644 Foster Street, Durham
    Located in downtown Durham on the corner of Foster and Geer Streets, Geer Street Garden offers a menu filled with home-cooked favorites every day of the week. The brunch buffet, available on Sundays, features breakfast favorites, salads, quiche, fruit, and banana pudding for dessert.

  9. NOSH - 2812 Erwin Rd, Durham
    NOSH Eclectic Foodstuffs is the go-to place for Durham locals, students, and visitors. Wendy Woods and Piper Lunsford, owners, offer their guests highest quality, affordable food, and quick, friendly service.  Their breakfast menu serves up everything from "a little something to get your day started" to a full-blown, most important-meal-of-the-day medley of pancakes, maple-pepper bacon, and taters.

Still searching for the perfect home, so that you can enjoy all that Durham has to offer? Our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Durham, NC area.

September
19

Durham Neighborhoods: American Tobacco Historic District

Durham American Tobacco Historic District
In the 1800s, the American Tobacco Company was one of Durham's biggest businesses, with a large factory complex located in the heart of the city. The factory complex, located in downtown Durham, featured a large, diverse group of buildings, all designed to accommodate the thriving business of the American Tobacco Company. Today, that same factory complex – now known as the American Tobacco Historic District – is a destination for dining, entertainment, and special events. It's an excellent example of the attractions in downtown Durham, and our real estate agents are here to tell you all about what to expect from the American Tobacco Historic District.

The American Tobacco Historic District: Attractions for the Whole Family in Downtown Durham

The American Tobacco Historic District
Location: 300 Blackwell St. #104, Durham, NC 27701

The American Tobacco Historic District is an excellent example of the attractions you can expect when you shop for Durham homes for sale with a mix of history, food, entertainment, and family fun. You can live in the American Tobacco Historic District, or stop by to visit the restaurants, public places, and entertainment venues that make the district such a unique part of the city. There are three parking decks available so that you can always find a spot close to the action.

Delicious Dining at the American Tobacco Historic District

No matter what you're craving, there's a dining spot in the American Tobacco Historic District with your name on it. Within the district, you'll find food from across the world, along with popular local favorites. Grab a truly unique slice of pizza at Mellow Mushroom, enjoy fabulous flavors at Cuban Revolution, try a light meal at Saledelia, or sample some of the best steaks in Durham at NanaSteak. The American Tobacco Historic District is also home to popular chains like Moe's Southwest Grill when you're in the mood for something quick and easy.

Sight-Seeing and Entertainment

There's always something new to see and do when you visit the American Tobacco Historic District, whether you're looking to dine, see the sights, or simply be entertained. The old American Tobacco factory complex is the center of the whole district, so there's unique history to explore around every corner. Catch a concert or show at one of the great venues located in the district. The Durham Performing Arts Center and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park are a short walk from the district.

Enjoy Special Events All Year Round at the American Tobacco Historic District

You're likely to find a special event going no matter when you visit the American Tobacco Historic District, and there are also tons of great options for hosting an event of your own. Wedding venues in the district are a favorite place to tie the knot, and there are a total of 43 sites in the district available for events of all types.

The American Tobacco Historic District is always filled with events, from fresh farmers markets to free live music. Look for free performances on the lawn on summer weekends, enjoy exciting festivals throughout the year, or sample unique culinary creations on Food Truck Fridays.

Are you ready to find your next home close to all of the exciting attractions in downtown Durham, including the American Tobacco Historic District? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy, sell, and learn about homes throughout the Durham, NC area.

August
22

Enjoy a Saturday at Sarah Duke Gardens in Durham

Durham NC Duke Gardens
Duke University is one of Durham's most celebrated institutions, and locals love visiting the scenic, historical Duke campus throughout the year. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, located on Duke's western campus, is a great example of why the university is such an important part of the community. With more than 50 acres of gardens, along with a gift shop, cafe, and busy schedule of special events, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens are a beautiful place to spend a day. Our real estate agents have all the details on one of Durham's most popular outdoor attractions. 

Enjoy Spectacular Scenery and Beautiful Blooms at Durham's Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Location:
Duke Western Campus, 420 Anderson St., Durham, NC 27708
Hours: 8 am to Dusk Year-Round

Tour Gorgeous Gardens Throughout the Year

Whether you're still shopping for Durham homes for sale or already have a place of your own in the city, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens offer the perfect opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule. The gardens are broken down into four zones: the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, Doris Duke Center Gardens, and the Terraces & Historic Gardens. Each zone features a spectacular collection of colorful plants, with unique blooms to enjoy throughout the year.

There is so much to see that it will likely take more than one visit to experience all that the gardens have to offer, and that's not a bad thing. Stopping by at different times of the year is the best way to experience the many seasonal plants at the gardens. Admission is free, so there's never a bad time to take in the stunning scenery of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Classes for Kids and Adults at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

As you might expect from one of Durham's most well-known educational institutions, there are also ample opportunities to learn when you visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Programs at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens include classes for kids and adults, gardening forums, teacher training, Japanese Tea gatherings, and a horticulture certificate program. There are also learning opportunities geared specifically toward families, as well as programs that make for the perfect field trip for young students.

Visit the Terrace Shop and Cafe

Exploring the gardens is an easy way to work up an appetite, and you won't have to travel far to enjoy a great meal. The Terrace Cafe, located in the Doris Duke Center, is the perfect place to stop for a light lunch with the gardens as your backdrop from March through November. You can also stop by the Terrace Shop to purchase a souvenir, chat with the staff, and even pick up some attractive plants for your garden at home.

Special Events at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Keep an eye on the schedule of special events at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and enjoy fun, educational events geared toward every member of the family. There are live performances throughout the year, Nature Adventure Camps for the kids during the summer, and tons of opportunities to volunteer at the gardens. There are even trolley tours available, allowing you to take in the beauty of the gardens from the comfort of a trolley car during warm-weather months.

Are you searching for the perfect Durham home that allows you to easily enjoy all of the outdoor attractions that the city has to offer? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Durham, NC area.

April
3

Distinctively Durham - Brightleaf Square

Durham NC - Brightleaf Square
Great food with a distinctly Durham spin? Check. Shopping at unique, local businesses that you won't find anywhere else? Check. A place where local history meets modern amenities and every member of the family can have a good time? Check. If you're looking for a great place to spend a day in Durham, you won't find many better locations than Brightleaf Square, the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex located between Downtown Durham and Duke University. Brightleaf Square prides itself on being "Distinctly Durham," and our real estate agents have all of the details on this delightful Durham destination.

Distinctly Durham: Enjoy Fabulous Food and Spectacular Shopping at Brightleaf Square

One of the first things you'll notice when shopping Durham homes for sale is the way that the city--and each neighborhood--has its own unique atmosphere, history, and amenities. Brightleaf Square is a great example of why that's the case and provides the perfect place to spend a day no matter which corner of Durham you call home.

A Convenient, Historic Durham Location

Brightleaf Square first opened in 1981, aiming to provide a fun, convenient place to shop between Downtown Durham and Duke University. It was a hit from the start, in part thanks to the two historic buildings that the complex was built around. Brightleaf Square is housed in two large former tobacco warehouses, which were built in the earliest years of the 1900s. The complex has grown ever since, with a host of great shopping spots and dining destinations. In addition to the two main buildings, the courtyard between both warehouses has been redesigned to provide a scenic, outdoor setting while you enjoy all that Brightleaf Square has to offer.

Shop 'Til You Drop in Brightleaf Square

Do you love scouring local businesses for unique, hidden gems, and supporting the small businesses that make Durham such a special place to call home? Well, Brightleaf Square is full of them! You'll find an eclectic selection of shops throughout the complex, whether you're searching for the latest fashions, hunting for interesting antiques, or trying to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything. Businesses like Bull City Art & Frame offer a culture-rich shopping experience and work hard to make children feel welcome as you explore the sights, sounds, and flavors of Brightleaf Square.

Durham - Brightleaf Square Dining

A Distinctly Durham Dining Experience

You're sure to work up an appetite from all of that shopping, so why not enjoy a fabulous meal and recharge right in Brightleaf Square? The complex is home to eight unique dining destinations, including a craft brewery, fantastic seafood spots, ice cream made with the freshest local ingredients, and flavorful Asian cuisine close to home in Durham. If you're looking for a fun, convenient place to grab dinner and drinks with your friends, you'll have no trouble finding what you seek in Brightleaf Square.

Special Events for Every Season

There's always something interesting going on in Brightleaf Square, and special events are a common sight around the complex, especially during the summer. The warm-weather season includes the free summer concert series, which regularly draws big crowds for fun outdoor concerts. The local businesses that create Brightleaf Square also put on plenty of events throughout the year as well, and this is always a fun place to shop during the holiday season.

Are you searching for your own home that's "distinctly Durham" and looking for a local real estate team that truly knows the city? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Durham, NC area.

March
13

Durham Ranked as Best City for Millennials

Durham-Best City for Millennials
The Millennial generation now makes up the largest demographic of home buyers, but which cities are the best for Millennials to call home? Money management website Growella recently took a well-researched shot at identifying the best cities for Millennials based on objective factors like job availability, commute, and cost of living. Our corner of North Carolina fared very well on the list with Durham ranked as the number one city in the country. Our real estate agents are here to make sense of the rankings and take a closer look at why Durham is so appealing for Millennials.

Before Growella could rank the best cities for Millennials, they had to put together an algorithm based on what a Millennial audience wants from a city. The most important factors they arrived at include minimal commute time/an easy commute, widespread availability of good jobs, a cost of living that allows for an enjoyable lifestyle without compromising savings, and the opportunity to enjoy social activities. Durham ranked very well in each category in order to earn such a high place on the list.

Why Durham Is Ideal for Millennial Homeowners

Durham - Centerfest Arts Festival
So, why should Millennials be interested in Durham homes for sale? According to Forbes, Durham offers three times the job opportunities of the average city, along with a cost of living that's six percent below the national average. Mix in a ton of cultural attractions, a dynamic, walkable city, and an exciting downtown, and you can start to see the big attraction of Durham.

  • Many Millennials are entering the housing market for the first time, and Durham offers affordable home prices compared to many other major cities. Most technology centers have a high cost of living, but Durham is an exception.

    Duke University Chapel
  • Durham is a diverse city with a young vibe and a welcoming place for residents of all ages. The presence of Duke University has a big influence on local culture and helps make the city an inviting place for young residents.

  • How have we gotten this far without mentioning the food? Ranked by Southern Living as the "South's Tastiest Town," Durham is a city where fabulous flavors wait around every corner. The city is characterized by its artisanal chefs, who bring both local dishes and flavors from around the world to the dinner table each night.

  • Durham values small businesses and local artisans. You'll find so many unique places to shop, dine, and be entertained throughout Durham, thanks to the hard work of so many city residents.

    Durham - Bull City Connector

  • One of the great things about living in Durham is that you don't necessarily have to hop in your car to reach your destination. The city's public transportation system is strong and Durham has also earned a high walkability score of 87, so getting around the city is a breeze.

While Durham ranks as a great city for Millennials, it's important to remember that the same qualities that make the city rank so highly among that demographic also apply to anyone who lives here. Residents of all ages love Durham for many reasons, and each resident finds their own reasons to love living in the city. The future is bright in Durham as well, which is a big reason why we expect the city to remain a popular place to settle down for Millennials – and everyone else – for many years to come.

Durham has something to offer for homeowners of every generation. Contact Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Durham, NC area.

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