Five Things To Do In Chapel Hill!

things to do in chapel hill, best things to do in chapel hill, best local places chapel hill nc, family activities in chapel hill ncThere are so many free and cheap things to do in Chapel Hill NC this summer! Chapel Hill always has something going on! These are just some of our favorites!

1. Ackland Art Museum - With a permanent collection of over 15,000 art objects from Asia, Africa, Europe and America, including a significant collection of Asian art, the Ackland Art Museum offers everything from painting and sculpture to contemporary art. Free admission.

2. Carolina Basketball Museum – This interesting museum honors the rich tradition of Carolina Basketball through interactive displays, memorabilia collections, uniforms, game paraphernalia, photos, and more. Open Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat 9 am-1 pm. Continue reading

Fourth Of July Activities in Chapel Hill NC

Durham NC FireworksJuly 4th in Chapel Hill and Carrboro is a day-long celebration. The festivities start Carrboro’s July 4th Celebration. The morning kicks off with music and a patriotic costume contest. Then around 11 a.m. there’s a people’s parade featuring decorated bikes, wagons and walkers. The parade starts at on the lawn of Weaver Street Market and proceeds to Town Hall. The afternoon events include more music. There’s also a fun zone with silly performances including the whistler of the year, a magic show and a pie eating contest. The watermelon seed spitting contest is a highlight.

The bounce house, rock climbing wall, face painting, toddeler square, fortune telling and food court round out a full day of family fun. The fireworks at Kenan Stadium have been canceled due to budget constraints. The closet fireworks display is at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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How To Scout A Neighborhood in Chapel Hill

homes in chapel hill ncThere’s an art to knowing if a neighborhood in Chapel Hill is a great one, and it goes far beyond tree-lined streets or summer block parties.

Let’s assume you stumble upon what appears to be your ideal Chapel Hill neighborhood. It’s close to the things that matter to you and it’s filled with the things you love. Fantastic. But even if it seems to tick all your boxes, you shouldn’t be sold on it just yet. Continue reading

Windsor Park

Windsor Park Subdivision Chapel Hill, NC

Windsor ParkThe Windsor Park neighborhood is located north of downtown Chapel Hill, NC off Airport Road.  Windsor Park is a quiet wooded community. .  I-40 and and highway 54 are just minutes from your door.  Some of the homes in the Windsor Park Subdivision in Chapel Hill overlook a small pond.  There is a homeowner’s Association with charges of $120 annually to cover the maintenance of the common areas.

Windsor Park neighborhood homes were originally built between 1990 and 2002. Many of these homes feature popular upgrades, and several of them have recently been renovated.  Homes range in size from 2112 square feet to 3474 square feet.  Most of the lots are slightly less than .25% acres.  Most of the homes in Windsor Park have some outdoor entertainment areas, including porches, decks and / or a patio/. Continue reading

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Downing Creek Neighborhood

chedThe Downing Creek neighborhood is located south and west of downtown Chapel Hill. Downing Creek is a quiet wooded community. . I-40 and and highway 54 are just minutes from your door. Many homes have a view of water and every resident can enjoy the amenities of a playground, walking trails, and a swimming pool.

Downing Creek neighborhood homes were originally built between 1980 and 1999. Many of these homes have seen major updates. Homes range in size from 1500 square feet to 2500 square feet. Most of the lots are slightly less than .25% acres. Most of the homes in Downing Creek have some outdoor entertainment areas, including porches, decks and / or a patio/. Continue reading

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Chapel Hill Market Trends March 2013

This Chapel Hill Market Trends report is a general indication of the strength of the market in Chapel Hill, NC – specifically in the 27517 zip code area, and homes just South and West of the UNC Campus… homes for sale in Chapel Hill, NC in the area which lies closest to RTP. Many of these homes are single family homes owner occupied.  Continue reading

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In Search Of The Perfect Burger!

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Best Local Places in Raleigh NC

Who’s got the best burger in Chapel Hill? In Durham? How about Raleigh? Sure it’s a matter of taste, but with the thought of warming days and a bad case of spring fever, I decided go on a quest for the best. First the criteria: Go local, or go home. In my world, great burgers come from small venues.

Sorry Five Guys fans, no franchises in this league. Oh, and no designated hitter or aluminum bats either. 

Mojo. The French would call it terroir, but these are burger joint reviews. Mojo seem fitting. Think possessing a sense of place; a magical, confident charm. I like it in a person, and a burger place.

With these two rules serving as a guide, the search began:

Chapel Hill, Sutton’s Drug Store, 159 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill: Every good journey should start in your own backyard. Celebrating it’s 90th anniversary, odd’s are you’ve been to Sutton’s. Owned by the ever charming pharmacist John Woodard, Sutton’s emphasis is on simple, fresh ingredients. If you’ve not had their burger, you’re missing out. Continue reading

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Chapel Hill Biking and Jogging Trails: Battle Branch Trail

battle_branch_park_chapel_hillOn Chapel Hill’s Greenways site, you will notice that The Bolin Creek Trail links to The Battle Branch Trail.  Each span 1.5 miles- so 3 miles 1 way, 6 miles round trip.

Before you head out – remember that while The Bolin Creek Trail is paved and is well maintained, the Battle Branch Trail is rugged, natural, and unpaved.

That said, it’s beautiful! Nicely canopied, with lots of interesting terrain and stair steps built into the steeper climbs.

In the winter, the trees are sparse, so neighboring houses were clearly visible on part of the path, though it doesn’t detracted much from the “out in the wilderness” feel of Battle Branch Trail.

Bicycle use on the University-owned section of the trail is allowed only on the trails that follow the cleared OWASA easement.   All other trails within Battle Park are pedestrian only. Please check the University maps before bicycling on their trails.

Battle Branch Trail is located near great neighborhoods in Chapel Hill! See information about Windsor Park, and homes we have available in Chapel Hill.
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Chapel Hill Bike and Jogging Trail: Bolin Creek Trail

bolin creek trail chapel hill ncThe trail starts at the Community Center where there’s a large playground, a rose garden, and some cool outdoor art. I think the playground aspect makes this trail especially great for families with young children. The main trail is paved and winds through 1.5 miles of woods, ending on Airport Rd. near the police station.

There is a detour you can take that leads you to UNC’s campus. There’s a nice little creek that runs alongside the trail in certain parts and all diverging paths are well-marked. Shortly after the trail begins. It has access to Franklin Hills Neighborhood.

The trails goes for 1.5 miles and connects the Community Center Park and the Battle Branch Trail. It is fairly wide in parts and goes through both open meadow areas and wooded areas (that can stay damp after rain). Continue reading

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Multiple Offers

buying a home in chapel hill ncThe Chapel Hill Real Estate market continues to be strong and with low inventory, shortened days on the market, and lots of buyers multiple offer situations happen every day.  Of course, the Real Estate market is local – so you might find that the best neighborhood in Chapel Hill is already moving to a multiple offer situation – and the best neighborhood in Durham (for example) is completely different…

As a buyer it can be frustrating when your offer isn’t the one the Seller accepts.  Not having an offer to purchase a home in Chapel Hill “selected” can even be downright discouraging… especially when it happens more than once. Continue reading