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An eclectic small town with lively offerings

Population: 59,653+ 
County: Orange County (some portions extend into Durham County) 

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About Chapel Hill

Located on the western edge of the Triangle area, Chapel Hill is a relatively small, but budding town with a charming atmosphere that appeals to residents of all ages. It is situated a convenient distance from Durham, Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park technology center, making it an ideal suburb for those commuting to the larger Triangle cities.  

The home of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Chapel Hill is a popular college town with an abundance of history. Originally created in 1793 to serve the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the town developed a unique personality that has attracted intellectuals and creatives who favor the eclectic landscape and good quality of life it offers. 

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Homebuyers will discover an array of houses in well-established, historic neighborhoods and new lifestyle communities as well as condominium and townhouse offerings throughout. Those who may be seeking a different, more walkable way of life, often are drawn to Chapel Hill’s nationally recognized Southern Village, a “new urbanism” neighborhood with a wide range of housing options as well as retail, office and civic space. Designed to promote an environmentally friendly habit and offer additional conveniences to residents, Southern Village is often called Chapel Hill’s “new old neighborhood.” 

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Things To Do in Chapel Hill

A drive down Franklin Street reveals a lively social scene with a variety of local restaurants, bars and cafés, specialty shops, museums and more that draw visitors from throughout the area and even the state. Besides the lush university campus and The Old Well, the town’s must-visit destinations include the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, 1870 Farm and Chapel Hill Creamery. The popular Southern Seasons specialty food store is another Chapel Hillian favorite with gourmet groceries and bakery items, houseware products and Weathervane, its award-winning restaurant with distinctly Southern menu.  

Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the town’s zest for its Tar Heel sports teams and enjoy attending collegiate sporting events at the Dean Dome, Fetzer Field and the Kenan Football Center. The town of Chapel Hill also offers numerous outdoor parks and green spaces as well as indoor recreational facilities for the public to enjoy. Quality education is also an offering in Chapel Hill with some of the very best public schools in the state.  

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Weaver Street Market

Community owned cooperative grocery store which specializes in the best local, natural and organic foods. Sustainable farming, fair trade, local focus, recycling and supporting other co-ops is the objective of the Weaver Street Market Cooperative.

UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina is often referred to as UNC - Chapel Hill and the two are often synonymous in the minds of North Carolinians. Since 1795, the University has been as much a part of the town as the town is the University. It’s often hard to tell where one begins and the other ends.

Franklin Street

Chapel Hill’s downtown of sorts, has as much history as the famed University that surrounds Franklin Street’s retail shops and restaurants. A favorite among students and locals, this bustling thoroughfare is considered the social heart of Chapel Hill.

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