Wide Open Bluegrass | Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Get ready for some knee-slapping, foot-tapping, good music as the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival returns to Raleigh tomorrow and Saturday.

This popular event offers a ticketed Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater as well as a free StreetFest with performances across seven stages and numerous activities staggered throughout downtown Raleigh. 

The festival’s Main Stage event will host well-known talent including the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, the Del McCoury Band, and more. One-day and two-day ticket passes are still available to purchase online.

Out on the city’s streets, festival attendees will enjoy lively performances by 90+ local and regional bluegrass bands, tasty foods from area vendors and Triangle food trucks, an art market, and an assortment of other fun activities. The International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass Expo will also take place at the Raleigh Convention Center. 

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival event details:

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
– Main Stage: Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell Street
– StreetFest: Fayetteville Street

When:
Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 from noon to 11 p.m.

Music Schedule:
Make a plan to see your favorite bands and performance groups before you go. Download the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival music schedule here.

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Cary Named Among Best Places to Live… Again

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Cary recently received not just one, but two major nods from national news and real estate sources naming the Triangle town among the top places to live in the nation. Money Magazine touted the Raleigh suburb as one of the Best Places to Live in 2016 and Realtor.com added it to its list of the Top 50 Hottest ZIP Codes. These designations add to the numerous accolades Cary has received throughout the years recognizing the town’s livability, safety, and proximity to the Research Triangle Park.

If you haven’t added Cary to your list of places to consider for your next home, you should.

Money Magazine, Best Places to Live 2016
The Town of Cary was the only North Carolina location to make Money Magazine’s elite list of the Best Places to Live this year. Honed down from 823 U.S. cities and towns, Cary ranked 37th on the list based on results from 60 variables reviewed including income growth, housing affordability, projected job growth, healthcare options, education, and more.

Money Magazine spotlighted Cary’s appeal reporting:

“Situated just outside of Raleigh, Cary is a bedroom community with easy access to the shops, sports, and entertainment of a bigger city. And while living outside and away from the city might seem like a hassle, this distance comes with perks. A solid schooling system, a safer community, and increased opportunities for job growth mean living in the smaller town pays off. As part of the Research Triangle of NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, there are also major employers based in the smaller town, like SAS, which employs over 5,000, or sectors of companies like Fidelity or Verizon.”

Realtor.com, Top 50 Hottest ZIP Codes
Of course, one of the nation’s best places to live should also have one of the hottest ZIP codes, right? It sure does. According to Realtor.com, Cary’s 27511 ZIP code is in high demand scoring 28th on the real estate resource’s list of the 50 top U.S. ZIP codes for 2016.

Realtor.com shared:

“Homes for sale in this year’s hottest ZIP codes are selling almost as quickly as they hit the market,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®. “While millennials are usually a significant presence in most markets, their sheer size and buying power have made them a force to be reckoned with in these hot ZIP codes and given them the power to shift supply and demand dynamics.”

Do these special accolades peak your interest in Cary? Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents can tell you more about the popular Triangle town. Search for a real estate agent on our website or contact our Cary sales office at (919) 380-8585 for more information.

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HPW Open Houses | Sept. 24 – 25

It’s officially fall—time for football, foliage, and for sale signs. Yes, there are still great homes on the market that you need to see.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston listing agents would love to host you at their area open houses this weekend. Take a peek at the homes we’ve spotlighted below to see some of the awesome houses you can tour and then visit our open house website to find a complete list.

Wake Forest

1309 Heritage Club Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$415,000
Sq Ft: 2,863 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, September 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.

1309 Heritage Club Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587

 

 

 

 

 


Rolesville

617 Cresstar Drive, Rolesville, NC 27571
$339,900
Sq Ft: 2,846 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, September 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

617 Cresstar Drive, Rolesville, NC 27571

 

 

 

 


Fuquay-Varina 

1506 Hinchliff Court, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
$244,900
Sq Ft: 2,183 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1506 Hinchliff Court, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

 

 

 

 

 


Chapel Hill 

100 Manora Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
$469,999
Sq Ft: 3,500 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, September 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

100 Manora Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

 

 

 

 

 


Holly Springs

129 Desert Orchid Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540
$325,000
Sq Ft: 2,485 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, September 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

129 Desert Orchid Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540

 

 

 

 


Raleigh

4413 Keswick Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609
$449,900
Sq Ft: 2,591 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

4413 Keswick Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609

 

 

 

 

 


Hillsborough

1401 Starmont Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278
$464,900
Sq Ft: 3,732 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Sunday, September 25 from 2 to 5 p.m.

1401 Starmont Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278

 

 

 

 

 


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Money Magazine Names Raleigh Best Big City in the Southeast

Money Magazine Names Raleigh Best Big City in the Southeast

Raleigh just scored a significant accolade from Money Magazine being named the best big city in the Southeast to call home.

The national publication conducted a review of the nation’s metro areas with 300,000+ in population throughout each region of the country to determine the “hottest spots for urban dwellers now.” Consideration was given to livability and benefits including strong job growth, affordable housing, school ranking, and low crime.

With a population of more than 430,000, a median home price of $208,250, and an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, Raleigh offers a compelling real estate and job market that is drawing people to the Triangle at a fast pace.

According to Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live 2016 “Best Big Cities” report:

Raleigh has become a magnet for young families: The number of children between the ages of 5 and 14 grew more than 55% from 2000 to 2013, roughly 10 times the national average.

Meanwhile, the local economy is booming. Between 2010 and 2015, job growth in Wake County was a whopping 20%. Raleigh has a strong employment base of its own, anchored by government jobs, and many residents commute to nearby Research Triangle Park, home to more than 200 companies, including Cisco, IBM, and Fidelity.

… The area benefits from the presence of three top educational institutions: Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And there’s no shortage of culture, with more than 80 live-music venues and two fine-arts museums.

… Real estate, too, remains within reach. Raleigh ranks in the top 25 of major metro areas on housing affordability, a measure of home prices relative to household income.

This recognition spotlights the multitude of reasons graduates, entrepreneurs, families, and retirees are choosing the Triangle area as their home. In fact, research conducted by Wake County Economic Development shows that Wake County grows by 63 people daily, 21 of whom are born here, with the additional 42 having relocated to the area.

Is the Triangle for you? Let us help you find your home. Visit our website to access a list of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents and search through all active residential listings available in the many cities and towns that make up this prospering area.

HPW Open Houses | Sept. 17 – 18

The weekend forecast is rain-free making for the perfect conditions to hunt for a house.

Visit our open house website to find a complete list of the HPW homes you can tour this Saturday and Sunday and check out some of them spotlighted below.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agents have listed beautiful homes that you will want to see up close. Plan to visit one or two each day!

Youngsville

65 Kilkee Lane, Youngsville, NC 27596
$276,500
Sq Ft: 2,101 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open House: Saturday, September 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

65 Kilkee Lane, Youngsville, NC 27596

 

 

 

 

 


Fuquay-Varina

312 Springtree Circle, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
$489,000
Sq Ft: 3,028 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.

312 Springtree Circle, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

 

 

 

 


Cary

102 Glen Hearth Court, Cary, NC 27518
$349,900
Sq Ft: 2,155 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, September 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

102 Glen Hearth Court, Cary, NC 27518

 

 

 

 

 


Rolesville

 716 Turleygreen Court, Rolesville, NC 27571
$270,000
Sq Ft: 2,050 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, September 17 from 2 to 5 p.m.

716 Turleygreen Court, Rolesville, NC 27571

 

 

 

 

 


Raleigh

8509 Briarthorne Place, Raleigh, NC 27613
$699,900
Sq Ft: 4,286 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open House: Sunday, September 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

8509 Briarthorne Place, Raleigh, NC 27613

 

 

 

 

 


Durham

336 Westgrove Court, Durham, NC 27703
$209,900
Sq Ft: 1,515 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, September 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

336 Westgrove Court, Durham, NC 27703

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chapel Hill

100 Celtic Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
$519,900
Sq Ft: 3,418 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, September 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

100 Celtic Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

 

 

 

 

 


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SPARKcon Street Festival | Sept. 15 – 18

SPARKcon Street FestivalA creative weekend lies ahead for downtown Raleigh as the annual SPARKcon event rolls out across three city blocks. Described as a “creative potluck” of more than 200 activities and events, the multi-street festival is organized by the Visual Art Exchange and touts several creative themes including art, music, film, fashion, and more.

From street-side art installations and interactive exhibitions to live circus, dance, and musical performances on four outdoor stages and a packed bazaar of local vendors with foods, fashions, and artwork, there truly is something that will interest everyone.

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[Photo by Dan Hacker]
[Photo by Rachel Berbec]

SPARKcon event details:

Where:
Downtown Raleigh

When:
Thursday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 18

Cost:
FREE 

Parking:
Street parking around the footprint of SPARKcon will be free on Saturday and Sunday. Meter rates will still apply on Friday. Parking decks will also be open, but may require parking fees.

Event Info:
A complete schedule of the SPARKcon “SPARKS” available for you to enjoy can be found here.

– artSPARK: 700 streetpainters, art galleries, art installations and kids activities.
– bazaarSPARK: Street bazaar of 50+ artists and designers.
– circusSPARK: Acrobats, aerialists, firedancers, jugglers and parkour acrobats perform and host workshops.
– comedySPARK: Comedy and improv showcases and stand-up on the R-Line public bus.
– geekSPARK: Interactive media showcase of local game design, art, and tech.
– danceSPARK: Performances and workshops showcasing a wide variety of local dancers and styles.
– designSPARK: Exhibitions and interactive street programming showcasing local architectural, graphic, industrial, interior, furniture, and landscape designers.
– fashionSPARK: Runway show, featuring 15 local fashion designers and an accessories trunk show.
– filmSPARK: Film short screenings, a 48-hour film challenge and a celebration of a popular film.
– ideaSPARK: Presentations from local leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs in a fast-paced format.
– musicSPARK: Four outdoor stages and a variety of local venues to host more than 150 musical acts.
– theatreSPARK: Performances by local theatre groups, including NC Theatre, Bare Theatre, Nickel Shakespeare Girls and Burning Coal Theatre.

Photo Credits: (L to R) SPARKcon, Dan Hacker, and Rachel Berbec

Turkeys for the Triangle | Get your tickets today!

2016 Turkeys for the Triangle

It’s turkey time, friends! That’s right, our HPW Foundation 2016 Turkeys for the Triangle program is now underway.

This special program distributes thousands of holiday turkeys to more than 60 local charities and active military and veterans annually. In operation for over a decade, Turkeys for the Triangle has donated 24,000+ turkeys to anchor holiday meals for more than 100,000 people.

“Our organization started the Turkeys for the Triangle program years ago to help feed our Triangle families in their time of need,” said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Founder and Chairman. “Every raffle ticket we sell brings us one step closer to nourishing our neighbors this holiday season.”

Turkeys for the Triangle is made possible by the collective effort of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston agents and staff who sell raffle tickets to raise money to fund the purchase of the special birds.

You can support our cause too! Simply buy a Turkeys for the Triangle raffle ticket from your real estate agent or visit our TurkeysfortheTriangle.com to purchase tickets online. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Remember, every ticket you buy advances our goal to feed food insecure families and will better your chances of winning one of these terrific raffle prizes:

– One Year Lease on a 2017 Lexus Sedan from Johnson Lexus of Raleigh
– One Year Membership to Massage Envy
– iPad
– Big Green Egg Grill
– $500 Gift Card to Target
– $500 Gift Card to Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
– 55” Flat Screen TV
– $250 Gift Certificate to the restaurant of your choice
– $100 Gift Card to Rodan and Fields
– 4 Tickets to DPAC
– 4 Tickets to a NC State Basketball Game
– 4 Tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes Game
– Landscaping Voucher
– Mobile Car Detailing Gift Card

Turkeys for the Triangle

 

HPW Open Houses | Sept. 10 – 11

Are you ready? It’s time to get that house hunt underway.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be hosting open houses all throughout the Triangle this weekend. You should go see them and the homes they’ve listed.

Take a look at the HPW homes we’ve spotlighted below and visit our open house website to find a complete list of the homes you can tour this Saturday and Sunday.

Raleigh

 9408 Oglebay Court, Raleigh, NC 27617
$282,900
Sq Ft: 2,393 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, September 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

9408 Oglebay Court, Raleigh, NC 27617

 

 

 

 


Youngsville 

100 Carriden Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596
$300,000
Sq Ft: 2,375 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, September 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.

100 Carriden Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596

 

 

 

 


Wake Forest 

1300 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$639,999
Sq Ft: 3,875 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full)

Open House: Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.

1300 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587

 

 

 

 


Durham 

2414 Vintage Hill Drive, Durham, NC 27712
$699,000
Sq Ft: 5,651 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

2414 Vintage Hill Drive, Durham, NC 27712

 

 

 

 


Chapel Hill 

112 Jones Creek Place, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
$435,000
Sq Ft: 3,453 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

112 Jones Creek Place, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

 

 

 

 


Holly Springs  

101 Settlecroft Lane, Holly Springs, NC 27540
$595,000
Sq Ft: 3,692 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open House: Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

101 Settlecroft Lane, Holly Springs, NC 27540

 

 

 

 

 


Clayton

103 Kelsey Court, Clayton, NC 27520
$289,900
Sq Ft: 2,700 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, September 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Open House 103 Kelsey Court, Clayton, NC 27520

 

 

 

 

 


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Hopscotch Music Festival is Here

This is the weekend for you, Triangle music lovers. Not only is the Bull Durham Blues Festival taking place in Durham tonight and tomorrow, the nationally recognized Hopscotch Music Festival has taken over downtown Raleigh.

Known to be one of the most eclectic music festivals in the nation, Hopscotch draws top-tier musicians and bands to play during the three-day affair. Event-goers can see more than 120 performers in all genres including hip-hop, R&B, folk, metal, electronic, and more at an assortment of Raleigh venues.

According to music and arts website CLTure.org, “In its seventh year, Hopscotch Music Festival continues to bring some of the freshest and most exciting national acts to North Carolina, situating them alongside a host of homegrown and soon-to-be-buzzed-about talent. The festival, which will be held in downtown Raleigh this Thursday through Saturday, remains an event that isn’t for the masses, but rather for the die-hard enthusiasts.”

With names like Erykah Badu, Gary Clark, Jr., and Beach House taking the stage, you’ll need to get a festival pass or tickets to take part in the fun. Visit the Hopscotch Musical Festival website to purchase you tickets today and get ready for a rockin’ good time.

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Bull Durham Blues Festival | Sept. 9 – 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Hayti Heritage Center near downtown Durham will host the 29th annual Bull Durham Blues Festival this Friday and Saturday.

Featuring blues, gospel, and jazz talents from the Triangle and throughout the nation, this event is a must-attend for music lovers.

Get your ticket passes today to attend performances on one or both days. You’ll also want to make sure to arrive early to grab a bite to eat from your favorite Triangle area food trucks before the festival concerts begin.

Good music awaits you in Durham!

Bull Durham Blues Festival event details:
Where:
Hayti Heritage Center Performance Hall
804 Old Fayetteville Street in Durham 

Performance Lineups:
Friday, Sept. 9, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m.             Bobby Hinton
8 p.m.            Beverly Guitar Watkins and The King Bees
9:15 p.m.       Barbara Carr
10:30 p.m.     Roy Roberts
*Food trucks and vendors will be onsite starting at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.             Checkerboard Suede
6:40 p.m.       Joe B. Cutchins, Jr.
7:30 p.m.       The Luxuriant Sedans
8:45 p.m.       Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues
10 p.m.          Grady Champion
*Food trucks and vendors will be onsite starting at 5 p.m.

Cost:
$35 for one-day pass or $60 for two-day pass
Purchase tickets online here.

Bull Durham Blues Festival