Not sure about your plans for New Year's? Why not spend the night at First Night Raleigh? This event is the city's annual New Year's celebration, and it's one of the biggest end-of-year gatherings in North Carolina. Hundreds of people come from all over the area near our homes for sale in Raleigh to attend!
With such big crowds, you'll want to plan ahead for your visit. Here's everything you need to know about First Night Raleigh and what to expect while you're there.
About the Event
The year is drawing to a close, and a new year is on the horizon. This is certainly an occasion to celebrate! New Year's Eve is the perfect opportunity to party with family, friends or a mix of both. If you're hosting, it's wise to start planning before the holiday season gets too busy. Our real estate agents have tips to help you host a New Year's Eve party for the ages.
The Triangle region of North Carolina offers some truly spectacular nature attractions. Zoos, nature preserves, and arboretums all offer opportunities to explore nature near homes for sale in Raleigh, but few allow you to get up close with wild creatures quite like the Piedmont Wildlife Center.
A safe haven for animals and a unique resource for the local community, the Piedmont Wildlife Center is all about conserving native species and nurturing wilderness connections. Our real estate agents are excited to share this guide to the Piedmont Wildlife Center!
About the Piedmont Wildlife Center
Founded in 2003 by veterinarian Bobby Schopler, the Piedmont Wildlife Center was born out of the need for a wildlife hospital in the Raleigh-Durham area. Over the years, its mission has shifted from being a treatment facility for injured wildlife to becoming a center for education and conservation.
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:
Whether you're in the mood for a scenic hike, an educational nature walk with the family, or a front-row seat to some of the best fall foliage in North Carolina, this time of year is perfect for exploring the natural beauty of the Triangle. There are a number of great nature preserves in Raleigh and nearby communities which are ideal for outdoor adventures this fall. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 nature preserves near Raleigh where you can enjoy fall with the family.
As the weather changes, it's the perfect time to go on a bike ride along the beautiful East Coast Greenway. If you've never had the opportunity to explore the East Coast Greenway before, our real estate agents think you are in for a real treat!
Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy nature while getting some valuable exercise. No matter where you start or end your journey, the East Coast Greenway is a unique setting for it. You'll find top-quality trails just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale.
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.
Looking for a fun way to get to know cities around the Triangle? Whether you're new to the area or you're searching for an interesting, engaging family activity, scavenger hunts are a fun way to spend a day. Search In The City, a business based in Raleigh offers scavenger hunts in the Triangle to suit every taste. Our real estate agents have more details on what to expect when you embark on a Triangle scavenger hunt.
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.
When you look at Raleigh homes for sale, you know you're considering an area known for its strong economy and outstanding research output. But the Triangle is also steeped in history, with a range of cultural institutions that have been in the area for decades. Theater and the arts are crucial to its unique flavor.
Our real estate agents are always glad to help homebuyers discover all the Triangle has to offer. When it comes to the performing arts, Raleigh is surrounded by historic venues. You can have a truly memorable night out with concerts, the symphony, ballet, and dramatic productions of all kinds.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and our real estate agents want to help you make the most of it. Mark your calendar for these exciting holiday events taking place in December around the Triangle.
The weather might be getting cooler, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy fresh-picked produce. In fact, our real estate agents always recommend visiting the local farmers markets this time of year. From pumpkins and potatoes to squash, zucchini, and corn, there are many delicious vegetables in season right now.
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.
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.
Whether 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.
Looking for fun and excitement in Raleigh? Our real estate agents have a suggestion or two!
Many of our clients have been hankering for thrilling action out on the baseball diamond. If you're visiting to tour Raleigh homes for sale, you might have the perfect opportunity: North Carolina is home to ten Minor League Baseball teams. Here's who you might see during a fun day at the ballpark:
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:
Memorial 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.
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.
There are so many things to love about living in the Raleigh area! Not only are there many beautiful Raleigh homes for sale right now, but there are also excellent dining and entertainment options, great schools, and a rich culture and history.
If you love older homes, you'll definitely want to explore some of the designated historic districts in and around Raleigh's downtown area. Some of the historic houses here are open to the public, while others remain private homes. Either way, the area offers excellent opportunities for an afternoon sightseeing tour. Here are a few you'll want to check out.
Is it summer yet? Maybe not quite, but it's finally starting to feel like it, and our real estate agents are more than ready. The warmer weather has us thinking about sitting outside at night, looking up at the stars while a crackling campfire blazes.
After all, summer is campfire season, and these DIY backyard fire pit ideas will ensure that you're ready to take advantage of those warm summer nights! Summer will be here before you know it, so why not go ahead and get started today?
Buy or DIY
A lot of homeowners debate between building their own fire pit and buying one. Sure, you could pick one up at your local Walmart or Home Depot, but there are a lot of advantages to going the DIY route:
DIY Fire Pit Ideas
You have endless options when you build a DIY fire pit. The blank slate your backyard offers can be intimidating, but remember that there's no such thing as a "bad" fire pit design, as long as it's safe and functional! Make sure to do the following:
A Note on Fire Pit Safety
Once you've dreamed up the backyard fire pit you've always wanted, it's time to start building! And when you're done, you can gather your friends for a fun summertime hangout. But before you do any of that, keep a few safety tips in mind:
Have you experienced the pickleball craze? Pickleball has grown in popularity so quickly because anyone can pick up a paddle and play. It's a game suited to players of all ages and athletic levels, combining elements of a variety of popular racket-based games. Communities throughout the Triangle have been quick to embrace the popularity of pickleball, with local parks serving as the home base of pickleball players from around the region.
Our real estate agents know all of the best spots in the Triangle, and we've got the details on five local parks where you can get your pickleball fix.
Brier Creek Park – 10810 Globe Rd., Raleigh, NC 27617
With places to play pickleball and so much more, Brier Creek Park is one of the best spots in Raleigh to enjoy all of your favorite sports. For players who want to enjoy the game indoors, this is the place to be. The indoor gymnasium offers open-play pickleball for all players, along with other athletic programs.
Green Road Park – 4201 Green Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604
There are plenty of great parks to choose from close to Raleigh homes for sale, including Green Road Park, which is located on the Wake County Library premises. The pickleball/tennis courts at Green Road Park feature push-button lighting, available every night year-round until 10 pm. Raleigh is home to an active community of pickleball players, so this is one park where you're sure to find a game.
Hargraves Community Park – 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Hargraves Community Park and the on-site Community Center are popular gathering places near Chapel Hill homes for sale, so you're certain to find other pickleball players here on most days. If you're looking to enjoy some pickleball in the evening, this park features courts with plenty of lights where you can play after dark. It's also one of the largest parks on our list, with indoor/outdoor basketball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Garrett Road Park – 6815 Garrett Rd., Durham, NC 27707
Lined pickleball courts and ample room for outdoor relaxation after your game make Garrett Road Park a popular stop for pickleball fans close to Durham homes for sale. Along with well-maintained pickleball courts, this park features an expansive playground where kids can enjoy some outdoor time while you hang out on the courts. After your game, sit back and enjoy the breeze in the picnic shelter, or fire up the on-site grill to refuel with a hot meal.
White Oak Park – 1216 Jenks Carpenter Rd., Cary, NC 27519
Cary homes for sale are located in a community that loves its pickleball, as you'll see when you visit the brand new pickleball courts at the popular White Oak Park. While nearly every pickleball court is a friendly place for new players, the regulars at White Oak Park take special pride in introducing new folks to the game. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to pick up a paddle and play. With three dedicated pickleball courts and an ever-growing community of local players, White Oak Park attracts players from Cary and beyond.
No matter how you like to enjoy your time outdoors, it's easy to stay active with pickleball and other sports available in the Triangle communities. Contact us to learn more about the Triangle in North Carolina.
The holiday season is prime shopping time, but it's also a great opportunity to discover hidden gems in town. Shopping local for the holidays comes with its rewards—you can get to know small business owners, get a feel for the warm, welcoming Raleigh community, and find amazing, unique gifts for the loved ones in your life. Our REALTORS® share some of their fave holiday shopping spots in Raleigh near Raleigh homes for sale.
These are just a few of the amazing shops you'll find in Raleigh and the Triangle area. Whether you're buying or selling, we can help. Contact us to get started.
Is there ever a bad time to satisfy your sweet tooth with a special treat from your favorite local candy shop? Many Raleigh area candy shops have been producing award-winning treats for decades. You'll also find plenty of newer shops that offer unique flavors you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or want to indulge with your favorite treat, now is a great time to learn more about shops serving up sweet treats. Our real estate agents know Raleigh, and we've got the inside scoop on four great, local candy shops for your sweet tooth.
Sweeties Candy Shop – 143 E Wait Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth close to Wake Forest homes for sale? Head to Sweeties Candy Shop, where you can shop for custom candy baskets and so much more. If you're looking for the ideal candy-themed gift, this is the place to be. Sweeties creates custom candy baskets for every occasion, and you can even include a balloon bouquet with your basket. You can also shop for your sweets here, including some of the best fresh, homemade fudge in the area. Sweeties also hosts birthday parties – perfect for children and kids at heart.
Raleigh homes for sale are smack dab in the middle of a city known for some of the best dining in the region. Raleigh is particularly cheered for its classic American cuisine.
When it comes to the flavors of Raleigh, there's something for everyone!
Good news for dog-lovers: Canine companions are welcome in many Raleigh establishments, and that number is growing every month. Some Raleigh restaurants even have convenient seating and dog-friendly menu options that will make it easy to bring your pup out on an adventure.
Let's look at seven restaurants in Raleigh where your pup is welcome to join you.
Our REALTORS® are excited for a busy August here in the Triangle!
Summer is concert season, and the best venues in North Carolina are warming up to welcome top performers. There'll be live music, shows, and theater for the whole family to enjoy.
Let's check out nine of the coolest events in the Triangle this August:
When it comes to finding the best homes in Raleigh, Durham, and throughout the Triangle, we've got you covered. Contact us today to learn about local real estate opportunities.
Our REALTORS® know kids look forward to summer vacation all year, but by the time July rolls around, they're probably shouting, "I'm bored!"
Fair enough – but there's never a dull moment in the Triangle. With plenty of family-friendly fun around every corner, there's always something new to do.
The biggest question is: Where should you and the kids go first?
That's a tall order, so here are our picks for enjoyable outings:
After a busy week showing Raleigh homes for sale, many of our REALTORS® enjoy spending time outdoors. Good news: On top of its world-class amenities and economy, the Triangle has protected plenty of green spaces for residents to explore.
With National Picnic Month in July, it's a perfect time to visit them.
You'll find the Triangle's great cities are dotted with municipal parks. Not only that, but a number of state parks and other preserved areas are waiting for you. You can stay close to your neighborhood or make a day of it in a forest glen or mountainous vista.
Let's look at some of the best places to picnic all throughout the Triangle:
Our REALTORS® look forward to the annual 4th of July celebrations held in our local communities every year. No matter whether you're looking for family fun, fireworks, athletics, or a more adult social experience, everything is within a few miles. The only problem is choosing just a handful of things to do!
Celebrate America in style this July with these spectacular events in the Triangle:
If your family is moving to one of our Triangle cities this summer, it might help make the move easier by registering your child in one of our area's summer camp programs. Our REALTORS® are here with a quick look at just a few of the Triangle's summer camps for your children.
May is National Bike Month and the perfect time to enjoy the Triangle on two wheels. There are bike trails connecting many Triangle communities, and winding through the beautiful outdoor spaces that make North Carolina such a lovely place to call home. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight bike trails where you can celebrate National Bike Month.
Raleigh is a great city for anyone with a taste for outdoor adventure, and now that spring has fully sprung, our REALTORS® think now is a great time to get out there and explore! If you're looking for a place to reconnect with nature in the Raleigh area, these are our seven favorite places to head outside and take a hike.
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.
Spring has arrived in North Carolina, and our locals are ready to celebrate family, community, and fun at some of the most popular festivals the Triangle has to offer.
When we asked Our REALTORS® about their favorite spring events, the list was pretty long. Whether you're into food, music, science, or culture, something is going on that's sure to appeal to you. Check out these nine festivals, and you'll get a taste of what makes the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area a great place to live.
March 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. After a long winter, it's a holiday that our real estate agents can get behind. We've got a lot of great outdoor spaces here in the Triangle area, and these are some of our favorite places to take a walk in the park in Raleigh, Durham and beyond.
If you're spending time in town searching for Raleigh homes for sale, you'll quickly hear about one of North Carolina State University's treasures: the JC Raulston Arboretum. This nationally acclaimed garden, located just across the street from NC State's West Campus, contains a living collection of over 6,300 diverse plant varieties — touted as one of the largest collections in the Southeast!
Established in 1976, this arboretum and botanical garden provide more than ten acres of spectacular viewing free of charge. It's been internationally recognized and continues to grow, expanding its amazing collection while increasing its space for visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy a stroll through their gardens every day of the year.
Saturdays are full of possibilities, and Apex has a wealth of cultural and entertainment activities to explore. The vibrant pedestrian-friendly downtown area retains its charming ambiance thanks to a number of beautifully restored buildings, some dating back to 1870.
Where do you start? Our real estate agents offer suggestions for their favorite activities that take you from morning to night on a Saturday in Apex.
\Whether you're a social butterfly or you prefer cocooning, Apex homes for sale accommodate any lifestyle and family size. Contact us and let our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents help you find the home of your dreams.
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.
Choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree is a beloved tradition for many families in the Raleigh area, creating memories that last a lifetime. With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to rekindle that tradition at one of our area's Christmas tree farms. Whether you're shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or you're already a resident of the city, you'll find plenty of Christmas tree farms. Our real estate agents have the details on seven Christmas tree farms in the Triangle where you can cut your tree for the holiday season this year.
The holiday season is here, and that means it's time to enjoy all of the Christmas excitement that the Triangle has to offer. Christmas parades are an excellent way to ring in the season and celebrate all of the things that make each community special. No matter where you are in the Triangle, there's a Christmas parade with your name on it. Our real estate agents are here to help you celebrate the season, with our guide to 11 Christmas parades in the Triangle.
Interested in finding a home for the holidays and beyond in one of the many fantastic communities in the Triangle? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle.
November and December bring fun, family-friendly events to Raleigh throughout the holiday season. Whether you're busy shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or enjoying all that your home city has to offer, the holidays feature free events that remind everyone why the city is such a great place to call home. The Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season. Our real estate agents are here to help you enjoy the holidays in Raleigh, with our guide to the Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The Event: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at North Hills
Location: The Commons – 4191 Main at North Hills Street
Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Events from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission/Parking: FREE Admission
Start your holiday season by making memories at the Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with an afternoon filled with fun activities that both kids and parents will love. The fun starts in North Hills at 3:30 pm in the Commons with everything building up to the big Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 pm. Admission to the event is free, and parking is available nearby at the Main District Garage.
Sledding Slopes and Trackless Train Rides – Are your kids dreaming of a white Christmas? While there may not be traditional snow at the Christmas tree lighting, kids can enjoy some sledding on "Snow My Yard" sledding slopes, or take an enchanted, holiday-themed trackless train ride.
Bounce House, Face Painting, and More – The North Hill Christmas Tree Lighting will also feature traditional childhood favorites, including a bounce house and face-painting for the holidays. There will also be arts and crafts for kids, along with balloon twisting to create memorable holiday souvenirs.
Meet Santa and Watch the Lighting Ceremony – The big moment arrives at 6:00 pm when Santa comes to town for the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy Christmas carols, watch the 41-foot tree light up in gorgeous colors, and then stick around so that kids can spend some quality time with Santa Claus himself.
Start Your Shopping at the Vendor Village – Searching for a unique gift for someone on your holiday list? You'll find local vendors offering unique gifts, crafts at Vendor Village during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Don't miss vendors like Shepard's Way Farms, Edible Art of Raleigh, Bee Happy Essentials, Project Picturesque, and many more.
North Hills real estate is popular among Raleigh residents because the neighborhood features everything you need close to home. From fantastic shopping to fun events and cuisine from around the world, North Hills offers a dynamic lifestyle for both work and play. The Commons, the location of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, is a gathering place in the neighborhood, with outdoor green space, ample outdoor dining options, and frequent special events throughout the year.
Still searching for the perfect Raleigh home for the holidays? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Raleigh, NC area.
Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season for many Raleigh residents, and there is no shortage of fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy in the city throughout the weekend. Whether you're shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or you already call our city home, Raleigh is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on seven great Thanksgiving weekend activities in the Raleigh area.
Still searching for the perfect home where you can enjoy every weekend in Raleigh? Our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, NC.
The Halloween season is always one of the most exciting times of the year for Cary locals, and this year is no exception. Whether you're looking for a spooky haunted house, community pumpkin carving, a fall festival, or an opportunity to see local landmarks in a new light, there's an event for every interest around Halloween in Cary. Our real estate agents know Cary, and we've got the details on six exciting, upcoming Halloween happenings in the community.