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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













June
24

Located in Serenity Lake Sudivion of Wake Forest, this stunning HPW Luxury listing offers seclusion and sophistication. As you take the private drive, you will be welcomed by the all-brick custom home that is 1617 Curly Hill Court, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Walk through the beautiful wooded double door and embrace the elegance of the two-story foyer. Gleaming, marble floors accentuate the twinkling lights of the grand candle chandelier. The class continues in this area with an alluring hardwood winder staircase accompanied by a wrought iron railing. 

Rounding out the first floor, you will find the sitting room with a french door entryway. This room was built for winter days due to the addition of a charming fireplace. Across the way through the arched doorway is the fanciful dining room. The large tray ceiling gives this room a wide open effect. If the ceiling didn't catch your eye, the dazzling chandelier with a decorative medallion piece sure will! 

The state-of-the-art kitchen adds to this home's luxury title with the extensive range of unique features equipped in this space. Features include a sizable sub-zero refrigerator, stainless steel Viking gas range, and butlers pantry. Plus, the cream-colored french country-style cabinetry pops against the dark granite countertops and black accents that run throughout. 

With the introduction of the summer solstice, take advantage of the long, warm days in the floor-to-ceiling windowed sunroom. Bolstered with multiple skylights, one can enjoy those bird singing bright mornings or the cotton candy sunsets North Carolina is known for. 

This 5,782 square foot home includes two master bedrooms, two respectably large bedrooms on the second floor, and an enormous bonus room. Making this property perfect for working from home or the potential for a growing family. 

View 1617 Curly Hill Court by clicking here. This property is listed by Cindy Glass of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Cary Office. For more information on the HPW Luxury listing, please check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury Magazine or visit https://www.hpwluxury.com.

July
29

Raleigh Tech Careers

If you're shopping for a home in the best cities for growing your tech career or launching your own startup, then there are only a few American cities that make the cut... and most of them have a cost of living that will stretch even a robust personal budget to the max. Only one city can claim to be a true tech hub, while still offering a cost of living close to the national average. Raleigh, NC has one of the best tech scenes in the eastern half of the country, and an affordable cost of living to match. Our real estate agents know Raleigh, so let's take a closer look at why the city is the perfect place to launch or grow your tech career.

Raleigh, NC: A Hub for Tech Centered Careers

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July
1

Beaches in North Carolina

When our real estate agents get some precious downtime, they can't resist the stunning scenery and relaxing atmosphere of North Carolina's beaches. Since July 1-7 has been designated as Clean Beaches Week, celebrate with a trip to one of these delightful beaches within easy access of Raleigh homes for sale

  1. Wrightsville Beach - 23 E. Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
    Wrightsville Beach
    is the closest location to Raleigh, clocking in at a relatively quick two-hour drive. Once you arrive, the crystal blue waters and vast expanses of sand on this four-mile island will make you feel worlds away from everyday life. National Geographic named Wrightsville Beach one of the world's top surfing spots, and stand-up paddleboards are a frequent sight on the water. 

  2. Carolina Beach State Park - 1010 State Park Rd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
    Spectacular views of Cape Fear River help make Carolina Beach State Park,  about two-and-a-half hours from Raleigh, one of the more popular sites in North Carolina. The park's limesink ponds are home to some unique plant life, including carnivorous forms such as the famous Venus flytrap. More than eight miles of easy hiking trails follow the river and loop through wetlands and forests. The boat ramp and marina are open, along with the wheelchair-accessible fishing pier. Park hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily through September.

  3. Kure Beach - 117 Settlers Lane, Kure Beach, NC 28449
    At a distance of less than three miles away, Kure Beach is something of a "sister" site to Carolina Beach. But the two beaches offer different experiences, making it worth a visit to compare. Family-friendly Kure Beach is smaller, in a tranquil setting marked by stretches of white sand, which many people feel creates a more laid-back vibe. The beach's main attraction is the 711-foot fishing pier, oldest on the Atlantic Coast. If fishing isn't your thing, just enjoy a leisurely stroll with miles of coastline on display. Kure Beach Pier is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

  4. Atlantic Beach - 177 New Bern St., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
    When you set eyes on Atlantic Beach after the two-and-a-half hour drive from Raleigh, you'll understand why it's part of the "Crystal Coast." Dubbed the "Family Playground of the South," Atlantic Beach is situated on a barrier island between Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Rent a jet ski, paddleboard or kayak to explore the waters or hike the AB Loop trails that range from one to three miles. Cast a line from the Oceanana, the only fishing pier on the beach, extending 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. 

  5. Topsail Beach - 820 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28445 
    Legend has it that Topsail Beach was named for the pirate ships that hid behind the island, and to this day the community works to maintain an unspoiled, natural ambiance. High-rise developments are forbidden and the environment is a main priority, with initiatives such as the Topsail Turtle Project. Activities such as a recent craft market give Topsail Beach a pleasant small-town charm. If you head that way, plan on a two-and-a-half hour drive from Raleigh.

With its balance between urban amenities and outdoor activities, Raleigh accommodates nearly every lifestyle. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston for experienced help with your real estate needs.

January
2

Gyms Near the Triangle

We all know how hard it can be to stay active in the wintertime. But if your New Year's resolution involves getting in shape—or staying in shape—then you're in luck. The Triangle area offers an endless assortment of gyms and fitness centers, and our REALTORS® are thrilled to share some of their favorites.

  1. Capital Strength & Conditioning - 2422 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604
    With a focus on strength training and nutrition coaching, it's not hard to see why Capital Strength & Conditioning is one of the highest-rated gyms in Raleigh. The 4,200 square-foot gym offers semi-private and one-on-one personal training to help you transform your body and achieve top performance. Plus, you'll find numerous Raleigh homes for sale near Capital Strength's convenient location inside the beltline of Raleigh. 

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December
12

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

Savoring Sunday Morning: Durham's Best Sunday Brunch Spots 

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

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October
31

Chapel Hill Briar Chapel Neighborhood
Are you shopping for Chapel Hill homes for sale, and searching for the perfect neighborhood to call your own? Finding the right neighborhood is one of the biggest keys to choosing a home that you will love long-term, and Chapel Hill has a community to suit every taste. Briar Chapel, a relatively new neighborhood in Chapel Hill, has been earning great reviews from the day that the first residents moved in, and has grown into one city's most appealing areas for a wide range of homeowners. Our real estate agents are here to help you get acquainted with Briar Chapel, a Chapel Hill, NC neighborhood.

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June
11

Goldsboro Living
Whether you're looking for the perfect place to test your skills, learn the game of golf, enjoy warm, summer days outdoors, or grab a great meal, you'll find it close to home in Goldsboro. The Lane Tree Golf Club in Goldsboro, NC offers 18 holes of world-class golf, and that's just the start of what you'll find at the facility. There's also an elegant clubhouse with excellent food, a pool that's perfect for cooling off after a hot round, and a schedule of special events that will appeal to every member of the family. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details about the Lane Tree Golf Club in Goldsboro, NC.

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April
11

Fuquay-Varina NC
Fuquay-Varina, NC is located in Wake County, just a short drive southwest from the city of Raleigh. While you'll have easy access to the big city, you'll also find everything you need to live, work, and play close to home in Fuquay-Varina. The community is home to two dynamic downtowns, a healthy economy, loads of unique local businesses, and more than enough attractions to keep every member of the family entertained. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Fuquay-Varina is such a popular place to call home.

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January
10

Raleigh Ranks Among Hottest Housing Markets for 2018  Don't let the cold weather fool you, Raleigh and the greater Research Triangle area are hot and getting hotter. We're talking about our local real estate markets, of course.

National real estate website Zillow just ranked the City of Oaks as the second hottest housing market in the nation. With routine reports of high demand and low inventory, a tremendous number of job opportunities, excellent quality of life, and increasing home values across the numerous counties that make up the prospering area, the top 10 designation shouldn't come as a surprise.

Raleigh quickly rose to the top of Zillow's 50-metro research list thanks to its strong population growth and a healthy 9 percent increase in average household income over the previous year. The City's close proximity to the fast-growing Research Triangle Park tech hub was another important factor thanks to the giant corporations and well-known businesses anchored there. According to one of Zillow's research analysts:   

"This list shows that just because a market is smaller or more affordable doesn't mean it isn't dynamic," said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas. "Growing cities in the Sun Belt, places like Raleigh, Charlotte and Nashville, offer plenty of opportunities healthcare and finance, while providing a less-expensive, but still-convenient, alternative to the larger and pricier markets in the Northeast."

Buy a Home in Raleigh

Think that living in or around Raleigh may be for you? We can help you find out.

Conduct Online Research

Start by taking a tour of the area on our real estate website. Read about the different parts of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all of the lauded towns in between and just beyond. Learn about area events, restaurants, and cultural offerings. Take a look at the homes available in zip codes near and far.

Request an HPW Home Valuation Estimate

What's my home worth?Would you like to know what your home is worth before you consider selling it? A home value estimate is only a few clicks away at HPW.com.

Not only can we give you an idea of what your home may be worth, but we are also able to provide details about recent area home sales, local market home values and more.

Hire an HPW Real Estate Agent

Our local Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Realtors are ready and willing to support you throughout your real estate journey.

No matter where you want to buy in the Triangle region, you can trust an HPW real estate expert to work hard on your behalf from "for sale" to "sold."

All of our agents are well trained and able to provide superior sales and marketing services, offer advanced knowledge and insight into the local communities and neighborhoods that interest you, and navigate a successful real estate experience.

December
14

For the second time this year, Vogue Magazine has spotlighted one of our Triangle cities on its highly-trafficked website and inside its well-read pages. 

So, whether you prefer to say "en vogue" or "in vogue," you'll be right when you're talking about living in Raleigh. 

Together with real estate website Trulia, Vogue named the City of Oaks among the top three places in the nation to buy a home in the coming year. According to Vogue:

If everyone you know seems to be moving to Raleigh, there's a reason: North Carolina's capital is often listed as one of the best places in the U.S. to live and, thanks to a booming tech industry, boasts one of the best employment markets in the country. The influx of jobs and money means the city has become pretty vibrant over the last few years—and some say the culinary scene is one of the most underrated in the country. That's thanks in part, no doubt, to 2014 James Beard Award–winner Ashley Christensen, who owns six highly acclaimed local restaurants (including Death & Taxes, Beasley's Chicken and Honey, and Poole's). Foodies will also love the 30,000-square-foot State Farmers' Market, which sells produce, meats, cheese, and specialty items from local growers and makers. To soak up the city's balmy southeast weather, take a stroll through Duke Gardens. With 55 acres of specialty gardens—including a moss garden, peony garden, and carnivorous plant garden—it's no wonder locals consider it one of the city's gems.

The study Trulia commissioned reviewed the 2017 housing market to provide forecasts for the upcoming 2018 market including buyer and seller behavior, homeownership rate predictions, and real estate market review.

Not surprisingly, Trulia's in-the-know research team revealed Raleigh to be among the top "Markets on the Move" based on job growth, low vacancy rates, affordability, inbound website searches for the city and surrounding area on Trulia.com, and population. Raleigh was the only North Carolina city to make the list which was whittled down from the 100 largest U.S. real estate markets.

 

Raleigh, A Great Place to Live

Raleigh has long been lauded as a great place to live, work and play.

From recent features on Inc.com and HuffPost to Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and too-many-to-count business and lifestyle publications and websites, you can trust that our Capital City is simply that, a capital choice to call home.

Made up of a thriving downtown with an ever-growing cityscape, historic neighborhoods, established communities, and newly built homes with an abundance of retail, restaurant and cultural hotspots in between, buyers will likely find all that they seek in Raleigh.

The Triangle city's convenient location just beyond the Research Triangle Park business hub is another popular perk with big businesses like IBM, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Fidelity and Credit Suisse.

 

Vogue Named Durham the "Hippest City in North Carolina"

Raleigh isn't the only Triangle city to gain affection from Vogue this year—Durham felt the love as well.

This spring, the Bull City strolled away with the fantastic claim of being the "Hippest City in North Carolina" thanks to its cultural offerings, award-winning chefs and local restaurants, and must-visit hotels.

According to Vogue writer and Durham day-tripper Jennifer Rice: Durham is perhaps known first and foremost as the home to Duke University (and its famed basketball team), but it's becoming a destination for much more than just Blue Devils games. In recent years, a bustling and creative culinary scene has emerged. The Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, Brightleaf Square, and Durham Bulls games—where you can watch a home run while noshing on empanadas and peach cobbler with ice cream—are also noteworthy attractions.

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