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National Hot Breakfast Month: Start Your Morning at These Restaurants in the Triangle

Raleigh Breakfast

National Hot Breakfast Month is celebrated in February, and our real estate agents know where to go!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. No matter how you feel about it, you can find a treasure trove of places for a delicious breakfast near Raleigh homes for sale. All your old favorites are ready to go, along with some surprising breakfast innovations you can only encounter here in Raleigh.

Let's drop in on some of the best places for a full breakfast spread and a steaming cup of coffee:

  • Big Ed's Restaurant – 5009 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
    With three locations throughout Raleigh (including a market), Big Ed's Restaurant wins kudos for its hearty breakfast menu. The "Farm Fresh Country Breakfast" means every breakfast selection comes with fresh local eggs cooked however you like them. That's paired with your choice of toast or Ed's famous buttermilk biscuits, one side, and one meat. It will leave you raring and ready for the day!

  • Simply Crépes – 8470 Honeycutt Road #110, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Simply Crépes is found in Raleigh and four other major cities. The Héroux family's craft kitchen, established in 2003, serves up a heartfelt, handcrafted culinary experience every time. Pairing the signature dish with coffee and cocktails, it's no surprise breakfast is one of the best times to visit – and there's even catering for those who can't get enough.

  • The Shiny Diner – 1550 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, NC 27606
    With a history dating all the way back to 1997, The Shiny Diner has served more than two million patrons so far – and you can be the next! Known as Raleigh's "only" diner, it carries forth that great American tradition with long hours and a menu packed full of classics. Although lunch and dinner win rave reviews at The Shiny Diner, you are welcome to enjoy breakfast at any time of the day or night.

  • Brigs Restaurant – 1225 Northwest Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27513
    Brigs Restaurant has expanded to four North Carolina locations on the strength of its breakfasts. It has been voted the top breakfast spot in Raleigh over and over again. Taste it for yourself starting at 7 a.m. on any day you care to visit. Weekday breakfast specials run until 11 a.m. and include mainstays such as the Hot Cake Combo, Waffle Combo, Breakfast Croissants, or the Omelet of the Week. You'll love having it just a few minutes from Cary properties for sale.

  • Famous Toastery – 316 Colonades Way #201C, Cary, NC 27518
    Famous Toastery is a celebration of all things breakfast. Touting cage-free eggs, house-roasted turkey, and so much more, its delights are available for breakfast or brunch. From lavish stuffed French toasts to a curated selection of crisp salads, there is something for everyone at the Famous Toastery. Just as the name suggests, you'll discover a fabulous array of toast from freshly baked bread, too.

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Healthy Dining Around the Triangle

Dining Raleigh

There are plenty of reasons to love life in the Triangle, but our real estate agents' favorite might just be the food. Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill are home to some of the best restaurants in North Carolina, including these great eateries that serve delicious, health-conscious cuisine.

  • Happy + Hale - 200 Park at N Hills St #101, Raleigh, NC 27609
    A beloved local chain that has grown to include half a dozen locations in the Triangle area, Happy + Hale can always be counted on to provide a healthy meal that is bursting with flavor. They're known for their rice and salad bowls, as well as fresh juiced and smoothies. We're particularly fond of their North Hills Location, where you can enjoy a tasty ahi poke bowl or coconut curry bowl just minutes from these Raleigh homes for sale

  • Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe - 7 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The folks at Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe are all about providing natural, unprocessed food for the local community. They got their start delivering raw, organic cold-pressed juices throughout Raleigh in 2013 before eventually opening a brick-and-mortar cafe where customers can sit and enjoy their juices and smoothies in a warm, welcoming setting. Raw Juice Bar & Cafe also offers great soups and salads. Most items on their menu are vegan, and all are gluten and soy-free. 

  • Pure Vegan Cafe - 8369 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613
    Serving up a menu of healthy, hearty, 100% plant-based fare, Pure Vegan Cafe is the perfect place to go when you want a wholesome, nutritious meal that's also filling and delicious. They're open for every meal of the day and offer great breakfast options like avocado toast and chicken and waffles, as well as next-level vegan burgers and sandwiches.

  • Pomegranate Kitchen - 5504 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707
    Serving vegan and vegetarian Middle Eastern fare inspired by the travels of its globe-trotting chef and founder, Pomegranate Kitchen offers delicious healthy food with a casual grab-and-go atmosphere. In addition to its main location near these homes for sale in Durham, Pomegranate Kitchen also sets up at local Farmers' Markets throughout the Triangle Area. 

  • Farmside Kitchen - 5431 Page Rd, Durham, NC 27703
    The folks at Farmside Kitchen create some of the healthiest food around, crafting rich, nutritious Farm Bowls using vegetables, grains, and proteins sourced from local and regional farmers. Each of their bowls highlights a unique range of flavors, like the Southwest-inspired Rancher, the umami-rich Root Veggie Bowl, and the hearty, tangy, and herby Pitchfork. 

  • Sage Vegetarian Cafe - 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd X, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Sage Vegetarian Cafe is the perfect place for a healthy dinner in Chapel Hill. Their unique Persian-influenced menu offers a wide range of dishes bursting with Middle Eastern flavor. Sage Vegetarian Cafe is within walking distance of many Chapel Hill properties for sale and is open Wednesday through Saturday 4-8:30 pm. They use as many local and organic ingredients as possible, and every dish is completely vegetarian (many are also vegan and gluten-free). 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle region of North Carolina. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill. 


Raleigh Cafés: Where to Order Hot Chocolate

Cafes in Raleigh

Hot chocolate might just be the tastiest way to warm up during the winter months! And thankfully, there are plenty of Raleigh cafés serving up fantastic versions of this delightful drink. Our real estate agents warm up with a toasty cup of cocoa at these great restaurants and coffee shops around Raleigh.

  • Hereghty Heavenly Delicious - 2603 Glenwood Ave., Suite 123, Raleigh, NC 27608
    Hereghty Heavenly Delicious adds a touch of European elegance around homes for sale in Raleigh. Art-filled walls frame the seating area, while chandeliers add just the right lighting. Their housemade hot chocolate comes in three different sizes, and when you spot the selection of stunning baked goods in the pastry case, you won't be able to resist. Hours are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

  • Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery - 2000 Fairview Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608
    Located in the historic Five Points neighborhood, Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery features nostalgic photos on the wall that create a retro feel. The theme carries through to the menu, with items such as Sid "Caesar" Salad, Three Stooges Beans & Rice, and the Bogey Burger. Of course, dessert is the star of the show at Hayes Barton. The eye-popping assortment includes a rotating selection of pies and cakes sold by the slice. Hayes Barton is open Wednesday through Saturday, with lunch served 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Hours are extended to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

  • Heirloom Brewshop - 219 S. West St., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Lofty ceilings and minimalist decor turn Heirloom Brewshop into a sanctuary of serenity. That's the intent of Chuan Tsay and Anna Phommavong, the husband-and-wife team who wanted to pay honor to the traditions of their Asian ancestors. In addition to hot chocolate, Heirloom Brewshop has a wide variety of specialty coffee and tea. The food menu melds Thai, Taiwanese, and Japanese flavors in dishes such as chicken rice porridge and slow-roasted Kurobuta pork belly. Heirloom Brewshop is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Benelux Café - 402 Oberlin Rd., Suite 118, Raleigh, NC 27605
    Steven Halaszi, the founder of Benelux Café, was inspired by a trip to Belgium and the Netherlands with his soccer team. In fact, the culture of "Benelux," which refers to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, influences everything from the coffee and food to the decor. Be sure to try the Brussels-style waffles with toppings such as Nutella, cookie butter, and caramel sauce. Coffee is brewed in small batches from beans sourced from a family-owned importer working directly with farmers. Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends.

  • Berré Claire - Raleigh, NC
    Ordering from Berré Claire is like being part of the greatest secret club ever. This home-based dessert shop produces all your favorite sweet treats, along with many that have existed only in your dreams. Luscious hot chocolate bombs, decked out in specialty or seasonal touches, are one of their signature items. Other creative desserts include strawberry cheesecake egg rolls, brownie walnut-stuffed waffle cones, and candied grapes. Place an order online or via text and a pick-up address will be provided.

Nothing beats the warmth of a home all your own. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for experienced help with all your real estate needs.


Raleigh and Durham: Why Young Professionals Move Here

Raleigh Young Professionals

As traditional workplaces continue to give way to virtual offices, young professionals have the freedom to live just about any place with electricity and WiFi. So why do Raleigh and Durham frequently turn up on lists of top cities for young professionals? Our real estate agents share the reasons. 

  1. Raleigh Is Growing
    Numbers tell the story: with a 17.4 percent increase in population since 2020, Raleigh is the second-fastest growing large metro area in the United States. The only city surpassing them is Austin, TX, another hot draw for young professionals. This feature becomes even more attractive based on the mix of cultures and lifestyles. Best Neighborhood, a website that compiles and quantifies extensive data about cities, gives Raleigh a score of 94 out of 100 on their diversity scale. 

  2. Raleigh/Durham Is a Hub of Higher Education
    Young professionals often find that a resume demonstrating academic achievement gives a great boost up the career ladder. Whatever your field of interest, you can pursue it at one of the higher education institutions around Raleigh and Durham properties for sale. Forbes once ranked Raleigh #2 on the list of the Most Educated Cities in America. Duke University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University all have national reputations for academic excellence.

  3. Raleigh Has an Affordable Cost of Living
    People in their 20s and 30s are saving money to buy a home, start a family, and attain other major life goals. In Raleigh, they get to keep more of their paycheck. According to the nationwide apartment listing service Rent Cafe, the cost of living in Raleigh is two percent lower than the state average and six percent lower than the national average. The largest savings come in the categories of food, healthcare, and goods and services.

  4. Raleigh/Durham Is a Hotbed of Technology
    Today's young professionals have never known a time without cell phones, computers, and other high-tech tools. As home to 4,000 tech companies employing more than 60,000 people, the Triangle is the second-fastest growing tech hub in America. Epic Games, Red Hat, Pendo, and K4 Connect are just a few of the companies that make their home in the Triangle, giving rise to the nickname "the Silicon Valley of the metaverse." 

  5. Raleigh Is Close to Nature
    People who work hard usually play hard as well. The sophisticated urban cityscape of Raleigh is just minutes away from an outdoor playground offering a wide range of activities and adventures. In fact, you barely have to leave the city to reach Umstead State Park, a dog-friendly oasis for hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddling, and fishing. Yates Mill County Park provides a glimpse into the area's history, while Pullen Park is a family-friendly spot where you can ride a carousel, swim, or ride a pedal boat.

  6. Raleigh Has a Strong Economy and Job Market
    In addition to technology, major opportunities are available in the medical field, thanks to three major medical centers and nearly 500 healthcare companies. Another good sign: a joint study by Wall Street Journal and identifies Raleigh as one of the Top 20 Emerging Housing Markets in the United States

Raleigh homes for sale are a great value for young professionals and anyone who's seeking a balanced and satisfying lifestyle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for more information.


Holiday Markets Near Raleigh

Raleigh Holiday Markets

The holidays are upon us, and our real estate agents are excited for festive fun around Raleigh!

When you choose Raleigh homes for sale, you can rest assured you will be smack dab in the midst of some of the region's best holiday markets. Holiday markets are typically a grassroots affair where you find artists and crafters from around the state, leading to truly unique holiday gift ideas.

Let's visit just a handful of the amazing holiday markets you can find near Raleigh:

  • Merry and Bright, A North Pole Market – 1 Mimosa Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
    Merry and Bright, A North Pole Market is a local tradition that is free to the public. Taking place at historic Mordecai Park, there will be crafts, music, food, and lots of handmade goods. Children will delight in the opportunity to meet Santa and his elves. A professional photographer will be on hand, allowing you to enjoy a unique memento. It all happens at 10 a.m. on December 10.

  • The Scandinavian Christmas Fair – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
    Raleigh-Durham is well known for its bustling community of people with Scandinavian ancestry. The Scandinavian Christmas Fair harkens back to the rich traditions of the "old countries" on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artisans and vendors will be in attendance with crafts and gifts, traditional folk dances and songs will be performed, and there will be plenty of homemade food!

  • Durham Holiday Market – 1920 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707
    Found at The Honeysuckle at Lakewood, Durham Holiday Market can get you started on your holiday season shopping early. How early? It'll be open on Saturday, November 26, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Browse the wares of dozens of local vendors with glee! Santa Claus is the guest of honor here, and there'll also be games, face painting, and music. Guests of all ages can rejoice!

  • The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market – 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701
    The Durham Art Walk is a renowned place to see public art for residents and visitors alike, not far at all from available Durham properties. In December, The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market takes the experience to a new level of holiday cheer and excitement. There will be visual artists and vendors aplenty on the weekend of November 19 and November 20, just a few days ahead of Thanksgiving.

  • The Durham Craft Market Holiday Show – 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Last but surely not least, The Durham Craft Market Holiday Show will be returning this year on Sunday, December 11. Running from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., it is known for attracting a wide range of hobbyist and professional crafters working in all sorts of media. Sponsored by local boosters and welcoming the whole family, it is a terrific way to spend an afternoon and maybe pick up a gift or two.

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National Pizza Month: Where to Order in the Triangle

Raleigh Pizza

There's never a bad time to enjoy pizza – one of America's favorite foods since practically the day it was introduced by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. But our real estate agents have some good news: National Pizza Month is celebrated in October, and that's all the more reason to savor a slice or two!

An outstanding culinary culture is one of the many things that makes the Triangle great. While you're visiting Raleigh homes for sale, you'll be within minutes of dozens of small local restaurants, including pizzerias, to suit any taste. From classic flavors to new twists on the old favorite, you'll find it all here.

Let's drop in on just a handful of the pizza places that help keep the Triangle's pie spinning:

  • Assaggio's Italian Restaurant – 3501 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27613
    Open for dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Assaggio's Italian Restaurant is the place for your authentic thin crust, gluten-free, or specialty pizza craving. With wares available through pickup or delivery, this pizza parlor is loved for its creative combinations of ingredients and a wide-ranging appetizer catalog with everything from French fries to wings to fried calamari. There are even veal and seafood dishes!

  • Max's Pizza & Grill – 5609 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
    Max's Pizza & Grill stands out for its gourmet pizza selection. Try such chef-led creations as the Garlic Steak Supreme Gourmet Pizza or the Hawaiian. Pizzas may be the main attraction, but you can also enjoy fresh salads, robust side orders, zesty wings, and satisfying stromboli. Hot subs, cold subs, and wraps round out the experience and are perfect for a snack later that night or the next day.

  • Brothers of New York Pizza 3450 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518
    Brothers of New York Pizza says, "life is too short for bad pizza!" With its comfortable, family-friendly space, it has made a name for itself as a lovely place for a family outing near Cary homes for sale. Replete with recipes passed down through the generations, its menu goes beyond pizza, with special surprises in store for any birthday or memorable occasion. Dine-in, pickup, or delivery are all available.

  • Hutchins Garage – 402 West Geer Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Hutchins Garage is the kind of restaurant you really will want to follow on social media, as seasonal selections enliven the menu at any time of year. Often, these are available for dine-in only and last a limited time. Aged, fine mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil energize each pizza with Neapolitan flair. Why not try it out to relax after your day full of Durham homes for sale?

  • Big Sergio's Pizza – 2127 Ten-Ten Road, Apex, NC 27539
    Big Sergio's Pizza is a welcoming neighborhood pizzeria where the service is as warm as the signature pies. Just as the name suggests, Sergio's goes big with a vast and growing assortment of 18" pizza pies, featuring more than a dozen to choose from. Some popular picks include Sergio's own take on the stuffed crust (Garlic Knot Pizza) and the 18" Greek Pizza with feta cheese, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and red onions. Don't miss it when you're out looking at Apex homes for sale.

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Get Ready for the 2022 N.C. State Fair

2022 State Fair

Calling all Raleigh residents — and those looking at homes for sale in Raleigh! One of the year's best events is coming up soon. The N.C. State Fair is scheduled for October 14 - 23rd, 2022. After a couple of quiet years, this year's fair promises to be better than ever, offering everything from rides to animal exhibits. If you'd like to attend the fair, here's the key information you need to know.

  • Location and Parking
    The N.C. State Fair takes place at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd. in Raleigh. This is in the West Raleigh and N.C. State University area. 

    The fair offers parking at the corner of Edwards Mill and Reedy Creek. There are shuttles that will take you from this free lot to Gate 8, where you can enter the fair. Free Parking is also available at the PNC Arena and Carter-Finley Football Stadium.

  • Tickets and Admission
    Tickets will be sold at the gate for $13 per adult and $7 per child. There are discounts available for senior citizens and military members. Children ages 5 and younger enjoy free admission.

    If you'd like to save a little cash, look for advanced tickets on sale at many Raleigh businesses leading up to the fair. Advanced tickets will be priced at $10 per adult and $5 per child.

    If you plan on riding a lot of rides, consider a Dizzy Pass. For $38, you get one admission ticket plus one unlimited ride wristband.

  • Key Events and Entertainment
    The N.C. State Fair is known for its unique performances and entertainment. One such event is the Folk Festival, which takes place at Heritage Circle inside the fairgrounds. Each day, folk dancers and musicians will compete for prizes. You'll hear bluegrass, square dancing music, and modern folk.

    Another fun attraction is the Antique Farm Machinery exhibit. Featuring a range of old-fashioned tools and machines, this display will teach you a lot about how farmers used to work.

    Of course, you can't miss the Flower & Garden Show. Here, you can walk along winding pathways, admiring stunning plants grown by local gardeners. See flowers, herbs, and even potted trees.

  • Food and Drinks
    Would it even be a fair without fair food? Walk through the fair, and you'll find it hard to resist options like deep-fried Oreos, gator kabobs, and fruit smoothies. Of course, you'll also see plenty of the classics: roasted corn, turkey legs, funnel cakes, and snow cones.

    Don't forget to buy some salt water taffy or fudge to take home for later. There are several candy booths to visit.

  • Grandstand Shows
    The N.C. State Fair also presents several grandstand shows for which you must purchase separate tickets. 

    There are Tractor Pulls presented by United Pullers of the Carolinas on October 14, 15, and 16th. Another big event is Motor Sports Mayhem, held on October 21, 22, and 23rd.

    And, of course, you can't go wrong with the Draft Horse Pull, which will take place at 7 pm on Friday, October 21st. Proceeds for the Draft Horse Pull go to benefit Duke Children's Hospital CPRP Clinic.

Whether you're new to Raleigh or have lived here for many years, our real estate agents highly recommend spending a day at the N.C. State Fair. It's such a thrilling way to experience the best of North Carolina's culture and history. Contact us if you're new to the area and would like to learn more about our real estate services.


Vendors at Morgan Street Food Hall

Morgan Food Hall in Raleigh

The Morgan Street Food Hall is one of the most exciting places to eat near our homes for sale in Raleigh. No matter what dietary restrictions you have or what type of food you're craving, there's a vendor for you. Let's take a look at some of the vendors currently serving up dishes in this unique dining space.

  • The Bowls
    Want a tasty, quick meal that will fill you up? Head over to The Bowls for, you guessed it, bowls of delicious East Asian cuisine. Each bowl is named after a different Asian city depending on its ingredients. 

  • Makus Empanadas
    Makus Empanadas is run by two Argentinian brothers and one of their best friends from childhood. Together, they bring the humble empanada to a whole new level. Get these flavor-packed pockets stuffed with chicken, bacon and cheese, sweet corn, and all kinds of other fillings for a tasty meal you can take on the go. 

  • The Katsu
    If you're in the mood for extra-large sandwiches, The Katsu has you covered. Choose from options like the Ninja Chicken Katsu, the Monster Katsu Sandwich, and the Bulgogi Cheese Steak Sandwich – each one features fried katsu meat and fresh vegetables and can be topped with extra fixings like avocado, kimchi, or eggs. 

  • Bella's Wood Fired Pizza and Tapas
    Bella's Wood Fired Pizza and Tapas serves warm, mouth-watering pizzas made in a real brick oven as well as some pasta options, including spaghetti and meatballs and chicken alfredo. They also offer a small seasonally-rotating selection of tapas plates, usually featuring some of the cheeses they use when making their pizzas.

  • CowBar Burger and Fries
    CowBar Burger and Fries is much more than your typical burger joint. Here, you can order gourmet burgers by chef Dan Yeager, a graduate of the famous Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy. Try out specialty sandwiches like their luxurious truffle burger or their vegan Beyond Burgers. 

  • Curry in a Hurry
    Curry in a Hurry is run by chef Alaksha Surti and offers a multitude of different curry dishes with authentic Indian flavor profiles. Their menu changes daily, but they always make sure to have several vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options available so more people can enjoy their food.

  • Oak City Fish and Chips
    When your next seafood craving hits, check out what's on the menu at Oak City Fish and Chips. Patrons can feast on fried fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and calamari, all coated in Oak City's proprietary spice blend.

  • Amitie Macarons 
    Amitie Macarons makes just one thing – macarons, of course! These goodies come in all kinds of flavors, including Dark Chocolate Pomegranate, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, and Matcha Green Tea. Try them alone or in a variety pack for even more sugary goodness.

  • Boba Brew
    There's always something good to sip on at Boba Brew. Their naturally sourced milk and fruit teas can be topped with boba pearls, popping jellies, and other fun additions. They also serve smoothies in many of the same flavors that their teas come in, giving you the same great taste with a smoother and richer texture.

  • The Raleigh Popsicle Company
    Grab a light, refreshing dessert at the Raleigh Popsicle Company. This small company makes all of its popsicles by hand using fresh local fruits. The result is a subtly sweet treat with unbelievable natural flavor. 

Food halls are a growing food trend, and it's no surprise you'll find fantastic options here in the Triangle. Why not see what else the Raleigh area has to offer? Contact us today to begin browsing or listing with one of our real estate agents


Dine al Fresco at These Raleigh Restaurants

Raleigh Dining

A delicious meal often tastes just a little bit better when you can enjoy it outdoors on a beautiful Raleigh day, and there are plenty of great restaurants that offer al fresco dining around the city. Whether you're in the mood for an elegant night out, a family meal, or a quick, creative bite from a local favorite, you're sure to find something to love at the many outstanding restaurants in the Triangle. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some of the excellent al fresco dining options around Raleigh and beyond.

  • Gravy Italian-American Cuisine – 135 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    What could be better than enjoying some of the best authentic Italian dining near Raleigh real estate in an outdoor courtyard that feels like it was transported straight from Italy? That's just the start of the experience that you can expect when you visit Gravy Italian-American Cuisine. Ingredients for every dish are sourced from a long list of local farms, and the delicious, flavorful pasta sauce that complements most meals is prepared fresh every day. The result is one of the best Italian-American dining experiences that the Triangle has to offer.

  • Humble Pie Restaurant – 317 S. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC 27603
    With a menu designed for sharing and served on a covered outdoor patio, Humble Pie Restaurant is a great choice for a date night or a group dinner with friends. The chef-inspired menu here is built around meals that are designed to share, with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Chef Josh Young oversees everything on the menu and is passionate about creating seasonal meals that change throughout the year. Humble Pie also boasts one of the most scenic and atmospheric outdoor dining spaces of any restaurant on our list.

  • Local 22 Kitchen – 2200 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27705
    Whether you're in the mood for a sandwich, salad, artisan pizza, or elegant entree, Local 22 Kitchen has you covered at its convenient location near Durham real estate opportunities. When you walk through the door at Local 22 Kitchen, you will see chalkboards detailing all of the fresh ingredients that have just arrived. Each meal on the menu is prepared with those fresh ingredients to create unique spins on your favorite dishes.

  • Tazza Kitchen – 600 Ledgestone Way, Cary, NC 27519
    A mix of gourmet salads, starters, brick oven pizzas, tacos, and tempting entrees are all on the menu at Tazza Kitchen, which you can find around the corner from homes for sale in Cary. The menu here is built around wood-fired cooking and partnerships with local suppliers. Reservations are recommended for this popular dining spot, especially if you plan to enjoy your meal on the patio.

  • Abbey Road Tavern & Grill – 1700 Center St., Apex, NC 27502
    The award-winning burgers at Abbey Road Tavern & Grill go perfectly with the live entertainment that you can often enjoy while dining outdoors at this local establishment near Apex homes for sale. When you're in the mood for something simple and delicious, it's hard to top the selection at Abbey Road. In addition to the burgers, the salads and sandwiches here are always great choices.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to visit your favorite restaurants around the Triangle? Our local team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Raleigh, NC, area.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


Plan a Day Around Downtown Cary

Downtown Cary

You could call it a small city, or you could call it North Carolina's largest small town. Whatever you choose to call it, Cary is one of the most charming, vibrant communities in the Triangle. 

Our real estate agents always love getting to spend some time in Cary, and if you're in the area looking at Raleigh homes for sale, we highly recommend you do the same! These are some of our favorite spots for a fun day in Cary, NC.

  • BREW Coffee Bar - 122 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Every great day starts with a great cup of coffee, and BREW Coffee Bar is the best place to get one in Cary. They serve an ever-changing selection of gourmet coffee from around the world. BREW Coffee Bar is within walking distance of these Cary homes for sale and many other local attractions, making it a great place to begin your day in Cary.

  • Cary Downtown Farmers Market - 135 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    If you have the good fortune to be in town on a Saturday, be sure to check out the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. It's much more than a place to buy produce (although it definitely is a great place to buy produce). You'll also find everything from local honey and handmade soap to crafty jewelry and live plants. The farmers market is open every Saturday year-round, from 8 am until noon, and all the vendors are local. 

  • 'All Aboard' Mural - 122 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Downtown Cary is home to a growing collection of murals and street art. The 'All Aboard' Mural (a nod to the historic 1871 train that once frequented the city) is a favorite. It's the work of Triangle-area mural artist Sean Kernick and makes for a very Instagram-worthy photo-op in Cary. 

  • Pizzeria Faulisi - 215 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Hungry? Grab lunch at Pizzeria Faulisi! Their wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is the best in town, and they have beautiful indoor and outdoor seating areas. Pizzeria Faulisi is known for using the freshest seasonal ingredients, and they have a great wine and beer menu too. 

  • Page-Walker Arts and History Center - 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513
    Housed in a former hotel built in 1868, the Page-Walker Arts and History Center offers a fascinating opportunity to learn more about Cary's storied past. The historic building is open to walking tours and displays educational exhibits and the work of modern local and regional artists.

  • Fred G. Bond Metro Park - 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513
    Less than 10 minutes from downtown Cary, Fred G. Bond Metro Park is the city's largest park, spanning 310 acres. The park features 4.2 miles of trails and a lake that's popular for fishing and kayaking. It's a great place for a walk, a picnic, or to simply enjoy a lovely green space a stone's throw from the city.

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 Cary and the surrounding areas. 


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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! 


5 Ways to Support Small Businesses in the Triangle

Small Businesses Raleigh

Like so many people living in our community, our REALTORS® are adjusting during the coronavirus crisis. We are still here to help, but we're practicing social distancing and hygiene measures when showing Raleigh homes for sale – after all, safety comes first.

Just like our team, many businesses throughout the Triangle are doing everything possible to keep our local area going strong. Some companies have had to close their doors for now, but there are still ways to support your local Triangle business owners.

Working together, we can get through the challenge of coronavirus safely!

Here's how you can give small businesses a boost – even if you can't visit:

  1. Order Something for Delivery
    Many restaurants are still operating on a delivery-only or curbside basis. When you choose a delivery, it means you get the meal you want, and you can also help a local delivery driver with your tip. If you're worried, write in special instructions for your driver to stay at a distance. Don't forget to check online for the special delivery deals many businesses are offering this month.
  2. Buy a Gift Card for Later Use
    You know how it is: It can take months to remember to use that great gift card you got. For consumers, it's a convenience. For a business owner, it's immediate cash. Think of it as a promise to get yourself something nice in the future. You can also send gift cards to friends and family members who are stuck at home to brighten their day.
  3. Connect With Local Businesses Online
    Before you go to an online "big box" store to meet your needs, check out local businesses first. With so many millions of people flooding familiar online brands, you might just find that an essential item will get to you sooner from a local source. Have some extra time? Sending a local business a quick comment on social media helps them know you are still interested in them, a nice morale boost.
  4. Leave the Cash (and Checks) at Home
    One of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of infection is to wash your hands regularly. Well, even at the best of times, cash is pretty dirty: It can pass through hundreds of hands. Keep a trusted credit or debit card with you and wipe it off after use. If accepting a delivery or similar service, pre-pay the tip through the website or app rather than using cash.
  5. Don't Forget that Kindness Counts
    If you're going out to buy supplies, remember that the people behind the counter are stressed and worried, just like you. Many of them, including small business owners, have to accept the serious risk of working with the public at a dangerous time just to make ends meet. When you choose to be kind, you're doing your part to make a difficult situation easier for everyone.

The Triangle community is strong, and it'll come through this with North Carolina spirit.

Even if you're staying put a while, we invite you to contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to learn about local homes.


Get Your Caffeine Buzz - Raleigh Coffee Shops to Try

Raleigh Coffee Shops

Coffee lovers know it's more than a beverage: it's a way of life. Residents of the Raleigh area have several great coffee shops where they can grab a pumpkin spice latte or linger over a cup of java with a good book. Stop in at one of these top coffee shops recommended by our real estate agents.

  • BREW Coffee Bar - 122 E. Chatham St., Cary 27511
    BREW Coffee Bar recognizes a shared love of coffee as a foundation for creating connections. Their location near Cary homes for sale is designed to promote a sense of community. Pair your coffee with a toasted bagel, PB&J or one of the other light menu offerings. Hours at BREW are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Bean Traders Coffee Roasters - 105 W. North Carolina 54, Durham 27713
    Dave and Christy, the team behind Bean Traders Coffee Roasters, have a passion for java that they roast their beans. The couple's commitment to the area around Durham homes for sale shows through in the locally sourced food products, sustainable practices, and charitable donations. Bean Traders is open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Black & White Coffee Roasters - 314 Brooks St., Wake Forest 27587
    At Black & White Coffee Roasters, their approach is as basic and straightforward as their name. B&W's year-round coffee blends are named the Natural, the Classic and the Original. Take a break from viewing Wake Forest homes for sale and let their friendly, knowledgeable baristas suggest your next favorite drink. Hours are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Jubala Coffee - 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh 27615
    The folks at Jubala Coffee want your experience to be as first-rate as the product. Every element of Jubala Coffee, from the partnership with Counter Culture Coffee to the comfortable seating area and dedicated baristas, is aimed at providing the best customer experience possible. Be sure to try one of the irresistible Liege waffles, made with pearl sugar for a perfectly crispy exterior around a soft, doughy interior. Heading out to tour Raleigh homes for sale? Order online and your drink will be waiting for you. Jubala is open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a second Raleigh location at 2100 Hillsborough St.

  • Ugly Mug Bean & Brew - 51-E Technology Dr., Garner 27529
    With its steampunk vibe, Ugly Mug Bean & Brew, down the street from Garner homes for sale, is as quirky and delightful as its name. The extensive list of specialty coffees includes the Thingamabob with chocolate, hazelnut, and toasted marshmallow, not to be confused with the Thingamajig featuring white chocolate. Ugly Mug's food menu, featuring waffles, breakfast tacos, and flatbread pizzas, earns as many raves as their coffee. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

If you're buying or selling a Raleigh area home, any of these wonderful coffee shops would be great to meet with one of our real estate agents. Contact us at Coldwell Banker HPW.


6 Ways to Spend the Day with Your Girlfriends in the Triangle

Spend the Day with Friends in the Triangle

Are your best girlfriends coming to North Carolina for their first visit to your new home? Our REALTORS® have some suggestions about how to introduce them to some of the best things about living in one of our Triangle communities.  

Once they start exploring our area, the Triangle is certain to exceed their expectations. Delectable meals, exciting attractions, and some of the best shopping in North Carolina are here.

Here are six of our top picks for a day with your friends:


  1. Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium – 219 South White Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Sugar Magnolia Cafe is a great way for ladies to start any weekend out. A full range of 18 teas from traditional English Breakfast to Vanilla Mint and Oolong refresh you in the traditional tea room. Visit the adjoining emporium for local arts and crafts on two floors. In the evening, if you choose, you can catch live music in the lounge – all minutes from Wake Forest homes for sale.

  2. Blissful Journey Day Spa – 114 West Corbin Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
    Blissful Journey Day Spa is where you want to rejuvenate and revitalize after a day of looking at Hillsborough homes for sale. It has one of the fullest selections of any spa in the Triangle. From facials to massage therapy, body treatments to reflexology, you'll be invigorated in ways you never imagined. You can even get a complete makeover.

  3. Alley Twenty Six – 320 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701
    Alley Twenty Six is a classy restaurant featuring upscale dining perfect to cap off one evening of your special weekend. The menu is known for its delightful small plates. Larger meals include pan-seared Scottish salmon and seared cauliflower "steak." Don't miss the decadent desserts. It's just one more reason Durham homes for sale are some of the sweetest in the Triangle.

  4. Salon Blu – 6617-103 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Salon Blu is one of Raleigh's leading salons and will have you looking your best in no time, even if you've been putting in hours comparing Raleigh homes for sale. Choose a full suite of services to cut, texture, color, and treat your hair. Blu is famous for its blowouts! Plus, the salon staff will cheerfully accommodate your entire ladies' night party – just ask.

  5. Tanger Outlets - 4000 Arrowhead Blvd., Mebane, NC 27302
    Allow time in your schedule for "retail roving" with your friends at Mebane's Tanger Outlets. With more than 70 stores to choose from, you and your gal pals can shop 'til you drop at any of the well-known outlet stores.  Don't forget to stop by the outlet's Shopper Services office to pick up your Little Red Book of Big Savings to make the most of your shopping experience. Tanger Outlets are just around the corner from some of the best Mebane homes for sale.

  6. Downtown Chapel Hill – 308 West Rosemary Street Suite 202, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    For the ultimate shopping around the Triangle, it's downtown Chapel Hill to the rescue. Although there are many shopping plazas in the region, the selection and service near Chapel Hills homes for sale stand in a class by itself. From clothes and shoes to jewelry and florists, downtown will wow you with dozens of shops and nearly 100 eateries.

The fun never has to stop once you find your ideal home right here in the Triangle.  Once your friends decide to make North Carolina their permanent home too, tell them to contact us for the help they'll need to get started.


5 of the Best Cooking Classes in the Triangle

North Carolina Triangle - Cooking Classes
Whether you're already experienced in the kitchen or you're looking to sharpen you're cooking skills for the first time, there are a ton of great reasons to consider taking a cooking class. It's a fun way to meet new, like-minded people when you move to a new community and develop skills that you can use for the rest of your life. Cooking classes are also great places to learn about healthy eating options, find new recipes, and enjoy some delicious food while you learn. Our real estate agents are here to help you pursue your passions, with a guide to the five best places to take a cooking class in the Triangle.

New Friends, New Flavors, New Ideas

  1. Flour Power 201 Park at N Hills St #101, Raleigh
    Raleigh homes for sale make it easy to enjoy a wealth of great dining options, and to develop your cooking skills at local classes. At Flour Power Studios, even the kids can get in on the cooking action! Flour Power has been offering kids cooking classes for more than 10 years, in a supportive, engaging, and fun environment. Schedule a class at Flour Power, and help your kids develop skills that will last a lifetime.

  2. Sur La Table – 4421 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh
    Don't worry, there are plenty of great cooking classes for adults in Raleigh, too! At Sur La Table, you'll find in-store classes on a wide range of popular culinary topics, from making your own pasta to cooking the perfect meal for a date night. It's also a great place to schedule a private cooking class for a special event.

  3. Capri Flavors – 867 Bass Pro Ln., Cary
    If you're shopping for homes in Cary, a cooking class will be an excellent way to meet people in your new community. Capri Flavors brings the classic flavors of Italy to your table in Cary and offers the chance to learn from true culinary experts. Proprietors Costanzo and Titina Vuotto, who spent most of their lives in Capri, Italy, are happy to teach you the secrets of traditional Italian cuisine.​​​​​​​

  4. Taste Buds Kitchen Apex – 1475 Beaver Creek Commons Dr., Apex
    Whether you're shopping for Apex homes for sale or already live in the community, cooking classes at Taste Buds Kitchen are a great way to pass the time. From kids cooking classes to adult cooking events, Taste Buds Kitchen Apex offers something for every member of the family. Take a semester class, enjoy a private lesson, or participate in a class designed for the whole family. Taste Buds is a kids kitchen by day, and a BYOB adult kitchen by night, which makes for a great atmosphere no matter when you visit.​​​​​​​

  5. Chapel Hill Cooking Classes – 11312 US Hwy 15 501 N #107, Chapel Hill
    Homes in Chapel Hill offer much more than great scenery, with plenty of fun, local activities including cooking classes. Head to Chapel Hill Cooking Classes to enjoy expert instruction from chef Amanda Cushman, who is happy to share the secrets she's picked up from a long culinary career. Chapel Hill Cooking Classes offers private, public, and team-building cooking classes, with a busy schedule of classes available every month.

Still searching for the perfect home in the Triangle, where you can put all of those cooking skills to work? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle.


Have You Visited Fearrington Village in Pittsboro

Pittsboro - Fearrington Village
Tucked away a short drive south from the city of Chapel Hill near Pittsboro, you will find Fearrington Village, a unique community that transports you to a different place and time. Fearrington Village is patterned after the quintessential English village and has been built up around a historic dairy farm. Whether you're enjoying a meal at one of the multiple elegant restaurants, spending an evening in the inn, or simply exploring the charms of this historic destination, Fearrington Village is the type of attraction that always keeps you coming back for more. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on why so many love visiting Fearrington Village.

Fearrington Village: A Historic, English-Inspired Village in Pittsboro 

Delicious Dining at Unique Destinations

Pittsboro - Fearrington House

No matter what time of day or year you visit Fearrington Village, you'll find a unique dining destination suited to your needs. The Fearrington House restaurant is the crown jewel of the property, whether you're looking for an elegant dinner or the perfect place for a spot of afternoon tea. At the Belted Goat, you can enjoy Fearrington's famous coffee, sample other local beverages, and start your day with an excellent English breakfast. You'll find even more great food throughout the premises, including wood-fired pizza that you simply have to taste to believe.

The Fearrington House Inn

Pittsboro - Fearrington

While you won't find it on the list of Pittsboro homes for sale , there's no doubt that the Fearrington House Inn will definitely make you feel right at home. Choose from one of 32 uniquely designed rooms, each with their own feel and story. Rooms are decorated antiques, fresh flowers, and beautiful artwork, while your every need is attended to by a friendly, welcoming staff. The Fearrington House Inn provides easy access to all of the other attractions on the premises, and the perfect place to unwind after a fun day of exploring the village.

The Spa at Fearrington

Pamper yourself or your special someone with a trip to the elegant Spa at Fearrington, which features a friendly staff, excellent amenities, and the latest in English luxury skincare products. Enjoy a facial, manicure, pedicure, or massage, all overseen by an expert staff that will always make you feel welcome. If you want to visit a spa that leaves no stone unturned in its quest to provide maximum relaxation, then this is the place to be. Reservations are a good idea for trips to the spa, and you can also pick up gift certificates that are sure to be a hit around the holidays.

Shop 'Til You Drop at Fearrington Village

No matter what brings you to Fearrington Village, you'll certainly want to explore the property's many boutique shops while you're here. Dovecote Style is a boutique with an ever-changing selection and the latest in luxury styles from designers across the world. Nest, on the other hand, is all about the latest in luxury for your home, including artwork and accessories. The Spa Boutique is the perfect place to shop for a gift or your own favorite treats for unwinding after a long day. McIntyre's Books is one of the most popular independent bookstores in North Carolina, drawing visitors from near and far to shop the store's excellent selection. You'll also find ample opportunities to meet some of our favorite authors at McIntyre's Books, at both book signings and unique special events.

Are you ready to find the perfect home close to Fearrington Village and all of the other great attractions in the Pittsboro area? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout Pittsboro, NC.


Discover Hillsborough One of America's Favorite Small Towns

Hillsborough NC Living
Hillsborough, NC was established in 1754, and in recent years the community has gotten recognition as one of the best small towns in America to call home. Hillsborough was ranked number three on CNN Travel's list of the coolest small towns in the country, and the community always has a presence on lists of the best small towns in North Carolina to visit. Wondering why Hillsborough is such a popular place to call home? Our real estate agents have all the details of what life is like in one of America's favorite small towns.

A Slice of Heaven in Hillsborough: Learn Why the Locals Love Living in Hillsborough, NC

History Meets Present Day in Hillsborough

The town of Hillsborough has a history that dates back more than 250 years, and that history is preserved in the downtown Hillsborough historic district. Downtown Hillsborough has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to the many historic homes, businesses, and public places in the community dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Exploring local history is a great way to get in touch with the lifestyle of Hillsborough, and learn how the community became such a great place to call home. Be sure to make a trip to the Hillsborough Visitor's Center while you're downtown, to learn more about the community from local experts.  The center of Hillsborough sits on the banks of the Eno River. Frequent historical re-enactments commemorate the town's role as a political hub during the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.

Outdoor Fun Around Every Corner

Whether you're strolling down the scenic streets of Hillsborough or looking for a more intense outdoor activity, there's plenty to do for fun outdoors around town. Visit the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area to explore three miles of trails, drop a line in a pair of great fishing spots, or set up a picnic with beautiful, natural scenery all around you. Shopping for Hillsborough homes for sale means you'll never be far from your next outdoor adventure.

Events like the Sunday History Hike combine the community's love of history and nature, with scenic strolls lead by diverse local experts. You'll also find a ton of great parks around Hillsborough, from the massive Eno River State Park to the many parks and playgrounds spread throughout the community.

Entertainment, Culture, and Art in Hillsborough

The natural scenery, unique history, and bright future of Hillsborough make the community a popular place for writers, artists, and lovers of history. Throughout the community, you'll find loads of popular art galleries, where you can get in touch with the artistic side of Hillsborough. There are also excellent opportunities to explore the historic culture of Hillsborough, like the Occaneechi Village Replica Site, which replicates an Occaneechi village on the banks of the Eno River, in the same place that a real Occaneechi village stood more than 300 years ago.

Festivals, Events, and Family Fun

No matter the time of the year, you're sure to find some fun events and festivals on the schedule in Hillsborough. The annual Hillsborough Hog Day BBQ Festival draws visitors from every corner of North Carolina and beyond with some of the best barbecue, you'll ever taste. The Last Fridays Concert Series, which runs from April through June, is a free event from the Hillsborough Arts Council that always features fun for the whole family. There are events for all of the big holidays on the calendar, along with special opportunities to explore the historic homes, gardens, and buildings throughout the Hillsborough area.

Heard enough, and ready to find out first-hand why the town of Hillsborough, NC is such a special place to call home? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Hillsborough, NC area.


HPW Open Houses | June 9-10

HPW Open Houses June 9-10

We're pleased to introduce you to Raleigh and the greater Triangle region, which will become a foodie paradise this weekend. The Triangle will host a trifecta of food events including Triangle Restaurant Week, Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo and Raleigh's International Food Festival. There will be no shortage of amazing food for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

After you're done touring the world through food, take a tour through the beautiful homes our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed. Located in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods across Central NC, our agents will be hosting hundreds of open houses this Saturday and Sunday.

Start your house search online at You can scroll through a complete list of our open houses to see which ones you'd like to view in person.

Summertime is underway, and it's time to find your new home!


Featured Open Houses


160 Oak Alley Trail, Clayton, NC 27527


Sq Ft: 3,025 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 9 from 12 to 2 p.m.

160 Oak Alley Trail, Clayton, NC 27527

1025 Settlers Ridge Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614


Sq Ft: 4,501 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.

1025 Settlers Ridge Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614

7 Piedmont Forest Court, Durham, NC 27703


Sq Ft: 3,230 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.

7 Piedmont Forest Court, Durham, NC 27703

50 Carlson Ridge Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596


Sq Ft: 3,150 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.

50 Carlson Ridge Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596

111 Merestone Circle, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526


Sq Ft: 3,425 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Sunday, June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.

111 Merestone Circle, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

302 Fieldstone Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312


Sq Ft: 4,122 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 (full)

Open House: Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

302 Fieldstone Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312

7613 Wingfoot Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615


Sq Ft: 4,200 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Sunday, June 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

7613 Wingfoot Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

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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.


Foodies Unite in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh Foodies Unite
Whether you're aiming to sample fantastic, unique cuisine from around the world or searching for a flavorful homestyle meal, Raleigh, NC has a restaurant to suit every taste.   

There's fabulous food around every corner in Raleigh, and the city has earned more than its share of awards for its unique culinary creations. Foodies will love getting to know the dining scene in the city, and shopping Raleigh homes for sale provides the perfect home-base for discovering the many hidden gems that await throughout the city. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your search, with a list of eight must-see dining destinations in Raleigh, NC. 

Enjoy Unique Flavors at Eight of the Best Dining Spots in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh - Saint Jacques
1. Saint Jacques French Cuisine, 6112 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh
Chef Restaurateur Serge Falcoz-Vigne and the Saint Jacques team bring authentic French fine dining to Raleigh. Ranked as one of the Top 100 restaurants in the U.S. by, Saint Jacques uses only the highest quality ingredients sourced locally from North Carolina farmers to serve classic French fare to their Raleigh clientele.  Enjoy unique seafood dishes, delightful desserts, an extensive wine list, and a fantastic atmosphere at Saint Jacques French Cuisine. 

Raleigh - Crawford and Son

2. Crawford and Son, 618 N. Pearce Street, Raleigh
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a great meal in a casual atmosphere at Crawford and Son, where comfort food is always on the menu. While the atmosphere is laid back, Chef Scott Crawford and his crew are serious about bringing the best flavors of Raleigh to your plate. Sample fish, fowl, and fabulous seafood, with unique takes on your favorite dishes as a part of the Crawford and Son menu

Raleigh - Garland

3. Garland, 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh
Garland is the hybrid of combining flavors of India and Asia with locally sourced foods to deliver a distinctively different culinary experience to Raleigh locals.  You'll discover great food, delicious cocktails, and an unbelievable wine menu in a comfortable--but funky--atmosphere.

Raleigh - Beasley's Chicken and Honey

4. Beasley's Chicken and Honey, 237 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh
Looking for a truly local way to celebrate the unique food scene in Raleigh? Stop by Beasley's Chicken and Honey to enjoy the best fried chicken in the city, in a fun, friendly atmosphere that's perfect for families. Beasley's offers a diverse menu of fried chicken creations, seasonal Southern sides, and savory sandwiches, all close to home in Downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh - luttegrace

5. lucettegrace, 235 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh
lucettegrace describes itself as a "contemporary patisserie" in the heart of downtown Raleigh. A patisserie it definitely is serving patrons everything from strawberries and cream mousse to a ham and cheese croissant with just the right amount of bechamel sauce.

6. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Sweet 100 Raleigh
We've covered food, drink, and flavors from around the world, so now all that's left is to tie the meal together with the perfect dessert. Visit Videri Chocolate Factory to enjoy some of the best chocolate in Raleigh, and see first-hand how gourmet chocolate is created. Enjoy watching the experts in action, then settle in on the outdoor patio to taste the delicious results of all of that hard work.

7. Bida Manda, 222 South Blount Street, Raleigh
Ranked as one of the 100 best restaurants in the U.S. by OpenTable, Bida Manda offers Laotian cuisine in an elegant, thoughtful setting. Enjoy a meal in the beautiful indoor dining area, or head out the deck to sample fantastic flavors with a gorgeous Raleigh sunset in the background. If you're looking for an example of Raleigh's unique culinary culture, Bida Manda is a great place to start.

Raleigh - Brewery Bhavana

8. Brewery Bhavana, 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh
One visitor to Bida Manda was so taken by the food that he wished to create his own Laotian dining spot in the city, and on that day the concept for Brewery Bhavana was born. Located next door to Bida Manda, brewery Bhavana aims to create community by serving complex, craft brews paired with meals that emphasize the unique flavors of the Southeast Asian cuisine.

When you're ready to find your next home and start enjoying the fabulous flavors of Raleigh, our experienced, local real estate team is here to help. Contact us when you're ready to buy or sell homes throughout Raleigh, NC. 


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