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July
14

In and around the Triangle area, there are several beautiful luxury listings available for sale. What exactly differentiates these properties from the standard market? Is it the square footage, the features, or the technology? Some would say it is all of the above. Ultimately, luxury buyers are not looking at the price tag in their search for their next dream home but the amazing amenities that come with the property. Here are the top 6 must-have features in luxury homes!

1. Indoor / Outdoor living

Indoor/outdoor living seamlessly extends your home's great room or dining quarters. This trend tends to keep cohesion in design from the interior to the exterior of your home. Typically indoor/ outdoor living has always been a primal commodity when searching for a new home. With the new normal consisting of being at your humble abode more these days, the amenity has become a necessity. What makes an outdoor living space luxurious is the ability to provide comfort through all seasons while also allotting multiple entertainment options. High-end features include retracting screened porches, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, and sometimes a type of water feature. This CBHPW luxury listing checks off each box on the list! With its large covered porch and a wood fireplace, the immaculate outdoor kitchen has a top-of-the-line grill station, jacuzzi, and extensive acreage for sporting events or games. One thing for sure is that you may yearn to host any occasion with this property as your next home. To view more of this listing, click here.  

2. Theatre Room 

Entertainment becomes the next level when a luxury property contains an in-home theater. The ability to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to your fingertips is a sought amenity many buyers search for when hunting for their next home. What makes an in-home theater top-notch is its ability to incorporate features similar to an actual movie theater. This includes a top-of-the-line av-system, projector, large screens, recessed lighting, and comfortable loungers. The goal of the theater room is to immerse yourself in what's on the screen, whether that be the newest megahit movie or the exciting rival sports game. The cinema room pictured above is from none other than one of our CBHPW luxury listings. This glorious in-home theater offers stadium seating, a high-tech projector, and even mimics the groovy movie theater carpet. To view more of this property, click here. 

3. Large Garages

The standard two-car garage does not cut it for luxury properties. Buyers are looking for substantial space when envisioning the housing of their precious automobiles. Typically, luxury properties have at least a 3-car garage! To any car buff, the garage is not just a space for storing your vehicle. This part of the property could be turned into a luxurious showroom, man cave, or workshop. This beautiful CBHPW luxury property comes with a three-car garage with gorgeous rustic wood garage doors. To view more of this property, click here.  

4. Intricate Ceiling Designs

Raised ceilings and other intricate ceiling styles are quite the fanbase for luxury homes. A room turns from basic to compelling when there is a ceiling feature that adds depth, sophistication, and style. In most luxury dwellings, at least one space must contain a styled ceiling. One of these rooms can be the living room, sitting room, primary bedrooms, and or dining rooms. What exactly are some styles of these ceilings? They are cathedral, tray, beamed, suspended, and coffered. One would love to have any of these exquisite designs in their home!  For example, in this CBHPW luxury listing above. The sitting room contains a beautiful coffered ceiling. The coffered ceiling consists of sunken panels accented by molding, creating a waffle-like appearance. What works well in this room is the brilliant addition of recessed lighting. For more on this property click here

5. Massive Walk-In Closets

Typically an owner of a luxury home tends to live a complete life of luxury. Meaning everything about them is high-end, like their fashion sense. Closets in a luxury home are an extension of the main room and need to boast space and means of organization. Closets these days are not just for hanging clothes. They can be an area to lounge in after using the spa bathroom or a place to put on that fashion show after shopping in the streets of London. For sure, luxury home buyers are looking for closets that encompass organization and can show off their beautiful wardrobe. In this CBHPW luxury home, the primary closet is genuinely massive. This closet incorporates different levels of custom built-in shelving and an island dresser to accommodate all buyers' attire needs. To view more of this property, click here.

6. Relaxing Spa baths

When buyers search for their next home, kitchens and bathrooms are the most focused rooms, which is why main bathrooms in luxury homes are genuinely upping the ante in their need to give that spa-like aura. Features include a jacuzzi bathtub fit for a king, a large walk-in shower that doubles as a steam room, neutral colors, beautiful stone or tile, and lots of space for minimal clutter. In this CBHPW luxury listing, this bathroom truly exuberates comfort and relaxation. The large window allows natural light to encase the room, making the white pop against the darker grays. The unity in neutral colors creates a calming sensation. One can relax in the free-standing tub or use the shower with multi-shower heads in this bathroom. To view more, click here

When buying or selling in the luxury market, we are sure you have seen one or more of these features within the properties. To view, all of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walstons' luxury homes for sale, visit our website at https://www.hpwluxury.com













July
20

Raleigh Arts

Enjoying art is a great way to momentarily escape the stresses of the day and experience something new. Art in the form of music or theater is important because it allows us to open our minds and connect to different perspectives and mindsets. Public art also helps add to the character, uniqueness, and identity of a city or public space.

Raleigh is such a unique place, and it's actually one of the best places in North Carolina to experience art and culture. Whether it's local performance venues or public street art, our culture and entertainment make this city such an enjoyable place to live. Here are 5 examples of ways our real estate agents experience art around Raleigh.

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June
1

Raleigh Museums

Regarded by many as the birthplace of aviation, North Carolina is packed with historical sites and grand museums. Some of the best of these are only minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, right in the heart of the Triangle. History buffs will love it, and there are plenty of options for kids and families, too.

Our real estate agents know that it's easy to have a fun and educational time in the Raleigh area, no matter if you're visiting or moving in to stay. Let's look at just a few of the many high-quality museums you can explore when you are in the local area this summer:

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February
9

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.

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January
5

Gen Z

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

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September
29

Fall Activities Raleigh

Fall may bring a drop in temperature, but the social scene around the Triangle doesn't miss a beat. Here are some of the lively activities and events our real estate agents are looking forward to as the season changes. 

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August
18

Raleigh Theaters

Live theater is alive and well in the Triangle! Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area are home to a wealth of art and culture. It's a great place to call home if you enjoy theater and the performing arts, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite performance venues in the area.

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August
9

Raleigh Books

Reading is a wonderful way to gain new perspectives on familiar topics. Not only is the Triangle a desired location that people want to move to, writers often use this area as a backdrop for their novels. See the Triangle through new eyes in these books that our real estate agents will be reading to celebrate Book Lovers Day on August 9th

  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
    Young adult fiction isn't just for kids anymore. Relatable themes and engaging stories have made these books popular with readers of all ages. In Legendborn, author Tracy Deonn draws on her childhood in North Carolina, along with her love of fantasy. Main character Bree Matthews, reeling after the death of her mother, escapes to a residential program for gifted high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill. After witnessing an attack, Bree uncovers the existence of the titular secret society, which may have a link to her mother's death.

  • Cabins in the Laurel by Muriel Earley Sheppard
    Get an intimate look at mountain life in the early 20th century in Cabins in the Laurel. After the author and her husband moved from New York to the Toe River Valley in 1928, she set out to become acquainted with her neighbors, and these friendships form the basis of the book. Adding to the realism are 128 breathtaking pictures from noted Chapel Hill photographer Bayard Wooten.

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August
4

Raleigh Summer

Summer isn't over yet and the Triangle is ready to party! There are so many fun community events coming up this season. Community fairs, farmers markets, film nights — the possibilities are endless. Here are some of the top local events our real estate agents recommend checking out this summer.

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July
7

Joel Lane HouseWhether you're a newcomer to the Raleigh area or have lived in Wake County for a long time, a visit to the Joel Lane Museum House lets you take a step back in time. You'll learn about local, state, and national history as you get a glimpse into life in the late 1700s.
  
Our real estate agents share what you can expect when visiting Raleigh's oldest house.
  
About Raleigh's Oldest Home

The Joel Lane Museum House was built in 1769, making it the oldest home in Raleigh and even older than our country. Built by Colonel Joel Lane – who is known as both the Father of Wake County and Raleigh – the house is now a museum that's a Raleigh Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  
In 1771, he introduced legislation to found Wake County, and the Colonial Assembly approved it. Lane's home was the site where the decision was made in 1792 to buy a 1,000-acre parcel of his land for the state's new capital city of Raleigh.
  

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June
2

Raleigh Summer Learning

Looking for ways to keep your kids happily occupied while they're continuing to learn this summer in Raleigh? The area has plenty of places where you can spend the day with them or enroll them in a fun summer program.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following places where your kids can learn and have fun this summer in Raleigh:

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May
12

Memorial Day Weekend RaleighMemorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer! Plan a weekend getaway near the Triangle to these destinations that are only a short drive away.

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March
10

Raleigh Crafts

Our real estate agents love spreading the Luck O' the Irish! This year, consider taking a short break from exploring the beautiful Raleigh homes for sale so you and your little ones can enjoy a fun St. Paddy's Day-themed craft party! Here are a few easy ideas to help you plan your day. 

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March
3

Raleigh Outdoor Retreats

"Can you hear me now?" Electronics and social media often drown out the sounds of actual connections. Our real estate agents know that the Raleigh area has plenty of nature retreats perfect for a visit on Friday, March 5, for the National Day of Unplugging. Recharge your "batteries" by getting back to nature at one of these fabulous spots around Raleigh.

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March
4

Triangle Festivals March

As spring arrives in March and the weather gets warmer, festivals of every type get underway in our vibrant area.

See all the Triangle has to offer this March!

Our real estate agents suggest going to the following festivals to get a glimpse into some of the fun residents can enjoy when living in the Triangle.

  1. BrickUniverse - March 7-8 - Raleigh Convention Center, S. Salisbury St., Raleigh 
    LEGO lovers won't want to miss BrickUniverse, one of the largest LEGO fan events in the world. Builders will showcase huge creations as well as small, intricate ones and will share their tips. You'll also be able to browse through vendors' tables and buy everything LEGO-related, from new and old sets to jewelry. It's the perfect place to stop along the way as you look for Raleigh homes for sale.

  2. International Festival of Raleigh - March 5-8 - Jim Graham Building and Exposition Center, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh 
    The International Festival of Raleigh celebrates global culture, cuisine, arts, and education, with over 50 international groups from around the Triangle. Spend some time with your cross-cultural neighbors and enjoy traditions, art, music, dance, and food from other cultures. You'll also be able to shop at booths from different countries for jewelry and many other items that showcase each country's unique culture.

  3. YogaFest NC 2020 - March 28 - McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh
    Explore a wide variety of yoga classes, styles, and levels at YogaFest NC 2020. You can choose from among 35 diverse classes, attend holistic healing and wellness mini-seminars, shop the health and wellness marketplace, and enjoy a plant-based luncheon that accommodates all diets.

  4. Art in Bloom Festival - March 19-22 - North Carolina Museum of Art, 2100 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh 
    The Art in Bloom Festival makes the North Carolina Museum of Art come alive with flowers each year. Florists are asked to interpret a piece of art in the museum's collection in the form of a floral display, and the results are wonderfully creative. Classes, workshops, and special tours are also offered as part of the festival. 

  5. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour - March 23 - Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham 
    If you're into adventure, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is worth your time as you look at Durham homes for sale. The festival features the world's best mountain sport, culture, and environmental films. You'll see new landscapes and remote cultures while being exposed to new adventures and adrenaline-fueled sports. The films are entertaining to watch and will inspire your own adventures.

  6. Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival - March 14 - Lane and Wilmington Streets, Raleigh
    Whether you're Irish or are Irish just for the day, the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival offers plenty of fun. Watch the parade and stay to enjoy plenty of Irish-themed entertainment and food.

Contact us to learn more about homes for sale in the Triangle area of North Carolina. It's a wonderful place to call home throughout the year, with plenty to do and see! 

November
6

North Carolina's Triangle area has rightly gained a reputation as a hub for art, culture, and history. This fall is a perfect time to check out some of the museums in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area, and our REALTORS® are excited to share their favorites. 

  1. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The oldest established museum in North Carolina, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. The museum offers four floors of exhibits, with live animals, gift shops and cafés to keep you busy. A highlight of the collection is the world's most complete skeleton of Acrocanthosaurus, the dinosaur known as the "Terror of the South." Just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, this museum is also home to a spectacular Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center.

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October
30

Yoga in the Triangle

Do you wish you could find your center and your dream home in the Triangle? Well, grab your yoga mat and get ready to say 'om' — our real estate agents are here to share the best yoga studios in the Triangle.

  1. Element Hot Yoga — 6909 Glenwood., Raleigh, NC 27612
    While we can't show you many Raleigh homes for sale with their own hot yoga studios, we can recommend Element Hot Yoga. Hot yoga classes will nourish your mind, body, and soul over approximately 60 to 70 minutes. You'll increase your strength, enhance your flexibility, and ease your mind alongside others seeking serenity. This 1,000 square-foot heated space will bathe you in natural light as you work on your breathing control and achieve inner balance. Voted one of the top yoga studios in Wake County, Element Hot Yoga is ready to bring you into their calming community.

  2. Bikram Yoga Durham —103 Belt St., Durham, NC 27701
    There are many types of hot yoga classes, but the original version brought from India is available at Bikram Yoga in Durham. This 90-minute class is based around a 26 posture sequence designed to loosen your muscles and normalize the functions and systems of your body. Along with Bikram Yoga, the studio also offers Yin Yoga, which focuses on relaxation and flexibility, and Inferno Hot Pilates, which is a High-Intensity Interval Training class formatted around Pilates. If looking for Durham homes for sale ever leaves you feeling like you need to refocus your mind, head over to Bikram Yoga.

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October
16

North Carolina State Fair

It's almost time to enjoy one of Raleigh's most popular annual events, the North Carolina State Fair. The fair provides the perfect chance to connect with the community, learn about agriculture, participate in fun family activities, eat fantastic, local food, and ride exhilarating carnival rides on the Midway. Our real estate agents are ready for the festivities, and we've got the information you need to enjoy this year's North Carolina State Fair.

North Carolina State Fair Visitors Information

Dates: October 17 – 27, 2019 – Gates Open 8:00 AM Daily

Location: NC State Fairgrounds – 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607

  • 10 Days of North Carolina Heritage and Family Fun
    Shopping for Raleigh homes for sale, and new to the area? The North Carolina State Fair provides the perfect place to get to know your new community, and have a great time in the process. The fair provides 10 full days of fun for all ages, drawing visitors from throughout the state. The NC State Fair is so large that it would be impossible to experience it all in one day!

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September
25

Things to do in North Carolina - Coldwell Banker HPW

Living in North Carolina offers residents amazing access to some of the best-hidden gems in the region. Our real estate agents love discovering new and exciting activities around the state. With so many great natural spaces, museums and sites to explore, you can spend weekend after weekend falling in love with everything the Triangle and surrounding towns have to offer. Here are ten of our favorite hidden treasures.

  1. Apex Nature Park & Seymour Athletic Fields — 2600 Evans Rd., Apex, NC 27502
    Get up and active at Apex Nature Park & Seymour Athletic Fields near Apex homes for sale. There are over 160 acres of space featuring a playground, multi-use trails, a dog park, picnic area and various courts for soccer, tennis and other sports.

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September
11

North Carolina Opera - HPW

Are you ready for a night out at the opera? Our real estate agents love to experience all of the arts and culture our area has to offer. Each year, the North Carolina Opera brings an exciting treat to residents of the City of Oaks. Throughout the 2019-20 season, their company will once again bring select performances to schools with the Triangle to give children educational and engaging exposure to the wonders that the opera has to offer. Internationally recognized performers, as well as local talents from the Triangle, will perform in schools throughout Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

North Carolina Opera

Celebrating ten years since the union of the Capitol Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina, the North Carolina Opera is committed to bringing exceptional operatic performances to men, women, and children throughout the Triangle. As the center of culture of Raleigh's performing arts, this company showcases the brilliant talents and stories that have made Triangle residents fall in love with a night at the opera. The North Carolina Opera puts on many performances throughout the year, including the following for 2019/2020 season:

  • Wagner — Siegfried Act III: Sung in German, this opera tells the story of young Siegfried as he falls in love with the daughter of the god Wotan.

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September
4

Fall Festivals Near the Triangle

Summer is coming to a close, and although our real estate agents have enjoyed the warm weather and bright sunlight, we're excited for the arrival of autumn. The fall season is a spectacular time of the year in North Carolina. Our locals welcome the changing leaves and cool breeze as we prepare for outdoor fun. To celebrate the season, here is a list of the Triangle's best fall events you can't miss.

  1. The North Carolina State Fair — 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607 | Oct 17 — 27
    The North Carolina State Fair is one event that you can't miss. For 11 days, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds hosts this family-friendly festival offering something for everyone. Exciting rides and carnival games, live music, livestock shows, antique farm machinery exhibits and so much more await you. Just around the corner from Raleigh homes for sale, N.C. State Fair is the best fall festival the Triangle has to offer!

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April
10

Cary Spring Dave Arts Festival

Are you ready to celebrate spring, support local artists, and remind yourself why Cary is such a special place to call home? Then we've got just the event for you! The Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, one of Cary's big annual events, returns for its 26th edition this year, with food, art, music, and fun for all ages. Whether you're shopping for Cary homes for sale or you're already a long-time resident, the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is a great chance to form a deeper connection with your favorite community. Our REALTORS® are here to help you prepare for the event, with details on Cary's popular Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival for 2019.

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March
13

Triangle Museums and Galleries
No matter what you love to do for fun, living in the Triangle makes it easy to pursue your favorite activities. Interested in great art? The Triangle is home to a diverse collection of museums, art galleries, and learning facilities. No matter which Triangle community you choose, you'll find cart and culture are never far from your front door when buying a home in North Carolina's Triangle. Our REALTORS® have the key info on six amazing art destinations located within Triangle communities.

Local Museums, Galleries, and More in the Triangle

  1. North Carolina Museum of Art – 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
    The North Carolina Museum of Art is a unique facility, which aims to help you learn about art, see art in nature, and connect with new people. The permanent collection at NCMA includes both European and American art, with collections from ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, and so much more. Explore the outdoor Museum Park to see large, spectacular sculptures in a natural setting.

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