Chapel Hill Home & Community Information
Chapel Hill is a large, growing town with an estimated population of approximately 60,000 residents. The population here skews younger thanks to the University of North Carolina; its average resident age is 26 years. Chapel Hill enjoys a median household income and home values that both outpace state averages with an affordable cost of living that checks in below the national average. Education is a major priority here, and 74 percent of adults in the community have earned a college degree.
The homes here are sure to impress whether you're shopping the luxury market or looking for an affordable home with room to grow. One of the first things you'll notice is that it is very green with ample tree coverage and scenic views making it an ideal place to home shop if you enjoy an urban lifestyle with a taste of the great outdoors. You'll find a variety of architecture from sleek, modern designs to classic styles that still look as beautiful as ever.
Foodies & Franklin Street
If you’re a foodie, Chapel Hill is the place for you. In fact, according to Bon Appetite magazine, it’s one of the US’s “foodiest small towns
.” Franklin Street, the town’s notorious food destination, features both upscale and affordable restaurants, bars, pubs, and coffee shops. A vibrant college hangout, Franklin Street also offers clothing stores, galleries, UNC outfitter shops, and a fair share of charming boutiques. Rounding out the options is Carolina Square, the newest addition to Franklin Street. Here, you’ll find a Target, Ivy and Leo, Alumni Hall, B. Good, and Pizza Press. When you’re done, check out the museums—Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Kidzu Children’s Museum, and the Ackland Art Museum—or the latest live entertainment options, beckoning in those from all walks of life. All of this can be just minutes from your Chapel Hill home.
UNC – Chapel Hill
Do aesthetics speak to you? The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked by Buzzfeed as the number one most beautiful college campus in America,
beating out University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Notre Dame. But the accolades don’t end with aesthetics. According to usnews.com, UNC Chapel Hill ranked #28 in National Universities, #10 in Best Value Schools, and #5 among national public universities (an achievement repeated annually for 21 consecutive years
Located within a few miles from UNC Chapel Hill, Southern Village offers a plethora of restaurants, coffee shop and gelato cafe, movie theater, and year-round events, all along a Market Street. Come listen to live music on the Village Green or watch an outdoor movie under the stars.
Chapel Hill Real Estate
With prices ranging from around $500,000 to over $1 million, Meadowmont offers everything from luxurious estate homes to Craftsman-style cottage homes, all within a wide range of budgets. Many families move here for the top-rated public school systems of Chapel Hill and Carborro. Enjoy an abundance of space and modern architecture, with front porches and sidewalks, all designed to encourage neighborly interaction.
Originally constructed in the 1970s as Chapel Hill’s premier gold community, the Oaks offers both new construction and mature homes, all within close proximity to pristine golf courses, such as the Finley Golf Course. Recommended frequently among locals, the Oaks feeds into a variety of great schools in both the Chapel Hill/Carborro district and the Durham/Jordan High school district. When you own a home in the Oaks, the school your child will attend will be determined by which street you live on, within the neighborhood, so make sure you do your research.
Located only ten minutes from Downtown Chapel Hill and UNC Chapel Hill, Winmore homes are often recommended to those who prefer a neighborhood that isn’t cookie cutter, but has tranquil walking trails, a community pool, and excellent schools. Though spaced somewhat closely together, due to the town of Carborro’s clustering guidelines protecting the environment and preserving as much green as possible, homes offer their own custom exterior charm, as well as surprisingly spacious interiors. Enjoy walking trails that meander around Bolin Creek, several village greens, two playgrounds for the kids, and a paved walkway leading to the Chapel Hill Greenway.
The Preserve at Jordan Lake
The Preserve at Jordan Lake is a master-planned golf community nestled on the sparkling waters of 14,000-acre Jordan Lake. Here, you’ll be immersed in rolling woodlands, tranquil brooks, and preserved forest, not to mention a wide array of boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities. For the golf enthusiast, the Davis Love III signature 18-hole golf course provides world-class golfing opportunities. As a bonus, it’s an Audubon International Certified Sanctuary Golf Course. All of this, including desirable Preserve at Jordan Lake real estate, is only minutes from top medical facilities, an airport, universities, and unending employment opportunities.
Developed in the 1990s and 2000s, Southern Village homes are reminiscent of older, more simple times, with front porches and garages behind homes, accessed through alleyways. If you’re looking for a place where it’s easy to meet your neighbors, this is it. Head to the community pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, and soccer fields; they’re always bustling with people and activity. You’ll also find a farmer’s market out on the commons, as well as an outside movie night in the warm summer breeze. A neighborhood elementary school offers the unique opportunity for parents to walk their kids to school – something so rare in this day and age. As far as real estate, Southern Village offers something for everything: 230 condos, 150 townhomes, and 530 single family homes.
One of the firsts of its kind in the Triangle area and Chapel Hill, Briar Chapel is a spacious green community featuring NAHB-certified green homes and 900 acres of preserved open space. The neighborhood spans 1600 acres, with over 1650 residents, two schools within the community, a community college, resort-style pool with dual water slides and a splash pad, more than 20 parks, and tranquil trails across 24 miles. And that’s not even counting the Veranda, a shopping, dining, and retail hub. For all of these features, it’s no surprise Briar Chapel has ranked as Best Neighborhood in Chapel Hill multiple times over the years. If you’re looking for an active lifestyle, a sense of community, and endless things to do, look no further than Briar Chapel real estate.
Located within close distance to Downtown Chapel Hill, Dunhill homes feature award-winning floor plans over 2+ acres of wooded lots surrounded by lush trees and sprawling meadows. Once a horse farm, this scenic community is conveniently located near 1-40, which is just a short drive to luxury shopping and dining at The Streets at Southpoint. Downtown Chapel Hill and Durham are also just minutes from your doorstep.
Schools and Education
Since Chapel Hill puts such a big focus on education, it's no surprise that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District consistently receives great reviews from students and parents alike. The district serves more than 12,000 students in the area. Colleges nearby include the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina Central University. Find homes for sale in Chapel Hill by school district.
Education is a huge part of the Chapel Hill employment market with nearly 30 percent of adult residents working in educational services. The community is also a hot-spot for healthcare, professional services, computer science, and mathematical careers. The wide majority of Chapel Hill residents commute less than 30 minutes for work each day.
Things to Do in Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina is a central part of life in Chapel Hill and that extends to entertainment. Home football and basketball games are always important events. The campus offers a full calendar of activities for residents. The community is filled with dining spots, from casual family restaurants to craft breweries. You can visit local staples like the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center throughout the year. Get more information about what to do in Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill, NC Real Estate Services
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