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March
30

Donation Centers in the Triangle for Your Spring Cleaning

Durham Donation Centers

Feeling that wonderful satisfaction that comes from a good spring cleaning? Share the happiness by donating your gently used clothing, furniture, and other items to these deserving centers around the Triangle as suggested by our real estate agents

  • Dress for Success - 1812 Tillery Pl., Suite 105, Raleigh, NC 27604
    The clothes you no longer need could make all the difference for another woman and her search for self-reliance. Dress for Success helps to empower women by providing a network of support, including professional attire for job interviews. Since its establishment in 2008, the Triangle chapter has served more than 18,000 women near Raleigh homes for sale, making it one of the top affiliates in the worldwide Dress for Success network. Visit the website for information about donations, including schedules.

  • The Green Chair Project - 1853 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Inspired by spring cleaning "leftovers" of their own families and friends, Jackie Craig and Beth Smoot founded The Green Chair Project in 2010. Still-useable furnishings and home accessories are collected and made available to Wake County residents coping with homelessness and other crises. Items accepted include sofas, dining tables and chairs, dressers and nightstands, small kitchen appliances, and decor items. Items may be dropped off Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or you can schedule a free pickup.

  • WAKE Up and Read - 1820 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Literacy is a precious gift that opens personal and professional doors throughout a lifetime. WAKE Up and Read wants to start children on this path with access to resources promoting early literacy. The organization also participates in Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national initiative dedicated to helping kids from low-income families achieve success in school and prepare for college and beyond. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday.

  • Helping Hand Mission - 623 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh, NC 27610
    Inspired by the vision of "joining hands" to support families in need, Sylvia Wiggins founded Helping Hand Mission in 1973. You can still find Sylvia lending her own helping hand as she serves meals to the hungry. The mission assists the disadvantaged of all ages who are in need of food, clothing, and shelter. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday.

  • Cause for Paws - 1634 S. Saunders St., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Cause for Paws believes all our four-legged friends deserve a loving home. Their thrift stores, which are often listed among the top consignment shops in Wake County, provide a source of funds for the organization to conduct its care and adoption services. Accepted items include clothing, furniture, appliances, building materials, electronics, sports equipment, tools, jewelry, and computers. Cause for Paws is also in need of any extra dog food, collars, and leashes you may have. Drop off your donations between 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or schedule a pickup. A second thrift shop is located at 1657 N. Market Dr., not far from Durham homes for sale

  • Note in the Pocket - 4730 Hargrove Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609
    Kids outgrow their clothes before they have time to wear out. Give these items a second life by donating them to Note in the Pocket, which helps kids build self-esteem by providing them with appropriate school clothing. Donate in person or at one of the organization's off-site donation locations. Note in the Pocket is open weekdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Triangle maintains a strong sense of community that's unmatched in many other places. Have questions about buying or selling a home? Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston.

December
22

Suburbs in the Triangle You'll Want to Move to

Raleigh Suburbs

Does a mix of great home values and a desirable lifestyle sound like the impossible dream? The Triangle has many wonderful suburbs that consistently gain national recognition on "Best Places to Live" lists. Let our real estate agents explain what makes these suburbs so special.

  • Apex
    The aptly-named Apex earns an overall A+ rating from Niche, a top-ranking and review site. In reality, the name comes from the fact that the town was formed on literally the highest point along the Chatham Railroad. Despite two devastating fires during the early 20th century, downtown Apex retains much of its original charm, with many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Apex homes for sale gain appeal from the town's numerous family-friendly activities, such as the annual spring Apex PeakFest. 

  • Wake Forest
    Wake Forest is as beautiful and serene as the name implies. With a population of just over 45,000 and its proximity to the Triangle, Wake Forest offers a perfect blend of urban and suburban life. Falls Lake State Recreation Area, just minutes from Wake Forest homes for sale, provides year-round opportunities for outdoor fun such as camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. Families also congregate at the Factory, a lively one-stop sports, and entertainment complex where you can shop while the kids play soccer or baseball.

  • Cary
    Why does Cary regularly appear on lists of "Best Places to Raise a Family?" Education is a priority. Cary is also the third-safest municipality in its size group across the United States. The League of American Bicyclists has named Cary a "Bicycle-Friendly Community," while a network of greenways, sidewalks and paved trails maintain a park-like atmosphere around Cary homes for sale.

  • Holly Springs
    Holly Springs conjures up visions of winter holiday activities, but this delightful town is a great place to live all year long. Yes, there is a Happy Holly Days Parade, but the other seasons are equally festive, with Spring Fling, Independence Day Celebration, and HollyFest. The Holly Springs Farmers Market, rated #1 in North Carolina, has expanded to every Saturday during the year except holidays. Both historic houses and new developments can be found among Holly Springs homes for sale, with something to suit any preference and lifestyle. 

  • Fuquay-Varina
    In 2015, Fuquay-Varina debuted a new logo and slogan, "A Dash More." While the motto is a clever play on the town's unique name, it also makes the point that Fuquay-Varina offers residents and visitors something extra. The town was first known as Piney Woods, and with 20 parks located on 55 acres of land, nature still surrounds Fuquay-Varina homes for sale. When you want to shop or stop for lunch, downtown is only minutes away. The current population is just over 27,000, but many families have resided in Fuquay-Varina over several generations, which is a testament to the town's livability. 

Our team can help you find just the right place in one of these amazing suburbs. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

January
20

Where to Find Family Grab and Go Meals Near Raleigh

Raleigh Family Meals

When you're always on the go, cooking at home can be a real challenge. If you're like most people, you've probably settled for pizza or a drive-through burger far more often than you would like to admit. 

Our real estate agents completely understand the struggle! Luckily, we've found some excellent area restaurants that offer grab-and-go meals. Next time you're hungry and exhausted, try one of these local restaurants. 

  1. Bartaco: 201 S. Estes Dr., Ste. E3, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Everybody loves tacos, but shopping for all the ingredients and making them yourself can be a hassle. After a long day of showing clients some of the best Chapel Hill homes for sale, our agents love the taco packs from BartacoThey offer packs of four or eight tacos with exciting options like Baja fish, mojo pork carnitas, portobello, ahi tuna, falafel, pork belly, ribeye, duck, and more. 
  2. Apex Wings: 518 E. Williams St., Apex, NC 27502
    Whether you're getting ready to watch the big game or you want to bring home a tasty treat that the whole family will love, you can't go wrong with Apex Wings. They offer chicken wing packs of up to 100 pieces and boneless wing packs of up to 50 pieces. Add some sides, and you're good to go! On your way home, we recommend taking a few minutes to drive around and check out some of the great Apex homes for sale
  3. bu*ku: 1228 Heritage Links Dr., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Located in the heart of Wake Forest, bu*ku offers a wide selection of global street food. If you're looking for a top-notch restaurant meal you can enjoy in the comfort of your home, this is it. They currently offer Thai, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, and Latin family meals to-go. If you're thinking about moving into one of the beautiful Wake Forest homes for sale, you'll definitely want to frequent this amazing restaurant. 
  4. Big Al's BBQ & Catering: 2920 Forestville Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616
    Whenever our agents are in the area showing Raleigh homes for sale, we love to stop by Big Al's BBQ & Catering. They have incredible grab-and-go family packs that include your meat of choice, two pints of sides, bread, and a half-gallon of tea. If you bring one of these family packs home, we promise you'll be your family's dinnertime hero. 
  5. Daniel's Restaurant & Catering: 1430 W. Williams St., Apex, NC 27523
    In the mood for Italian food? Look no further than Daniel's Restaurant & Catering. They offer an incredible family meal with three courses. It's enough to feed up to four people and only costs $50. On Tuesdays, you can also get a take-out Family Pack that includes a 16-inch pizza with two toppings, a family-sized baked ziti, and a family-sized salad for just $30! 
  6. Dicky's Barbecue Pit: 1102 Parkside Main St., Cary, NC 27519
    If you happen to be in the area looking at Cary homes for sale, we recommend bringing home dinner from Dicky's Barbecue Pit. They have a Family Pack that includes a choice of two types of meat, three sides, sauces, and bread. We love the jalapeno cheddar kielbasa, sliced beef brisket, and the pulled pork. This is sure to become a family favorite. 

When you're super busy, having the right professionals by your side can make a huge difference. If you're thinking about buying a home this year, don't make the mistake of trying to do it on your own. Our real estate agents will save you time and help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

December
19

HPW Open Houses | December 21-22

Open House Dec 21-22

Are you planning to spend the weekend baking, wrapping, and welcoming houseguests in for Christmas? Perhaps you should also add house hunting to that to-do list.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed beautiful homes that are sure to put a twinkle in your eye.

We're confident that you'll feel like a kid discovering Santa's surprises under the tree as you tour these unique properties and uncover all that they hold.

Take a look at all of our agents' open houses and do your best to fit some of them into your weekend plans. If you do, you may be able to fulfill your New Year's resolution of buying a home well before the ball drops.

 

Featured Open Houses

 

199 Beech Slope Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

$750,000

Sq Ft: 4,028 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

199 Beech Slope Ct


1700 Southwell Court, Raleigh, NC 27614

$450,900

Sq Ft: 3,484 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

1700 Southwell Court


101 Rondelay Drive, Durham, NC 27703

$289,900

Sq Ft: 2,562 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

101 Rondelay Dr


330 Stephens Way, Youngsville, NC 27596

$301,000

Sq Ft: 2,012 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., and

Sunday, December 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

330 Stephens Way


2120 Camber Drive, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$1,425,000

Sq Ft: 4,845 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 2 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and

Sunday, December 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

2120 Camber Drive


2224 Pierce Creek Circle, Wake Forest, NC 27587

$825,000

Sq Ft: 4,175 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)

Open House: Saturday, December 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and

Sunday, December 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

2224 Pierce Creek Circle


9209 Meadow Mist Court, Raleigh, NC 27617

$559,900

Sq Ft: 4,470 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 1/2

Open House: Sunday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

9209 Meadow Mist Court


January
23

Spend a Saturday in Apex, NC

Apex NC Saturday Things to Do
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.

  1. Belgian Cafe - 1232 W. Williams St. 
    Start your day with some European flair at Belgian Cafe. The highlight of the breakfast menu is their signature petit dejeuner français, which includes two croissants with butter and jelly, fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee. Don't forget to pick up some delicious macarons or tartelettes to take home.

  2. Apex Farmers Market - 220 N. Salem St. 
    For your next stop, head to the Apex Farmers Market and savor the bounty of fresh, locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. Their selection of artisanal baked goods, cheese, sauces, and salsas add punch to any style of cooking. 

  3. MGC Boutique - 219 N. Salem St. 
    Take your BFF along to browse the stylish and versatile clothing and accessories at MGC Boutique, which is short for "My Girlfriend's Closet." The industrial-chic space features brick walls dating back to 1909 and large, warehouse-style skylights and windows. You'll see why MGC Boutique calls itself "Anthropologie at a more affordable price point."

  4. The Provincial - 119 N. Salem St. 
    The Provincial is just down the block from MGC Boutique, making it a perfect stop for lunch. Choose from a menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches that satisfy any appetite, large or small. If you want to try something new, check out the rotating selection of small and big plates. Beer and wine specials are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

  5. The Red Canvas - 127 N. Salem St. #A
    Whether your interest in art involves doing or just looking, the Red Canvas is a great spot to immerse yourself in the creative spirit. The Red Canvas is a working studio for owner Catherine Martin, and works on display are painted by Martin and her students. Martin likes to promote a true community feel by featuring paintings designed to inspire awareness of social issues.

  6. Common Grounds Coffeehouse and Desserts - 219 N. Salem St.
    Housed in a historic Apex building called the Promenade, Common Grounds is an ideal spot to chat with friends or enjoy a good book over a cup of coffee. Tables, lounge areas and free WiFi encourage leisurely visits. Specialty flavors like Snickers and Coco Mocha are treats by themselves, but feel free to choose one of the decadent desserts supplied by Cary's Custom Confections.

  7. Mamma Mia Italian Bistro - 708 Laura Duncan Rd.
    Cap off a delightful day by meeting a friend for some traditional Italian favorites at Mamma Mia Italian Bistro. Classic preparations such as Marsala, Parmigiana, and Piccata are offered with your choice of chicken or veal. Try one of the chef's specials or build your own dish by selecting your favorite pasta and sauce. And what's an Italian restaurant without pizza? House wines are available by the bottle or glass.  

\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.

May
9

Taking a Peek at Apex

Taking a Peak at Apex, NC

From special events to daily delights, there are a ton of reasons to love calling the community of Apex, NC home. You'll find something fun to do in Apex during every season, with activities that every member of the family will enjoy. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on ten things you definitely won't want to miss in Apex, NC.

10 Things Not to Miss in Apex, NC

  1. Apex PeakFest
    Every year, the people of Apex come together to celebrate PeakFest, and Salem Street is transformed into one big festival. Shop from local vendors, grab some great food and enjoy family-friendly entertainment throughout the day at PeakFest.

  2. Halle Cultural Arts Center
    The Halle Cultural Arts Center is the place to be for arts and culture in Apex, with classes, performances, and plenty of opportunities to get involved first-hand. Enjoy a show with the family, or volunteer at the Center to support the arts in Apex.

  3. Saturday Morning Farmers Market
    Have a craving for something fresh, or searching for the perfect ingredients to create a meal of your own? The Apex Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday morning during the spring and summer, as well as one Saturday per month during the winter.

  4. The Maynard-Pearson House
    There is history to be found everywhere you go in Apex Hill, and the Apex Historical Society does a fantastic job of bringing that history to life. The Maynard-Pearson House is the home-base of the Apex Historical Society, with a unique history of its own and fascinating exhibits to explore.

  5. Holiday Historic Homes Tour
    During the holiday season, the Apex Historical Society offers the opportunity to tour some of the community's most historic homes. While these homes won't be popping up on the list of Apex Hill homes for sale anytime soon, exploring them is a great way to enjoy some quality time with the family during the holidays.

  6. Apex Nature Park
    Explore the outdoors, get in a great workout, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights at Apex Nature Park. The park includes an amphitheater, trail system, disc golf, and a dog park for your four-legged friends.

  7. Knights Play Golf Center
    In most towns, you can go golfing in the day, or not at all, but Apex is a bit different thanks to the Knights Play Golf Center. This brightly lit, 27-hole course is open until midnight, and playing golf under the lights is a truly unique experience that you won't find in many other communities.

  8. Moon & Lola
    Searching for the perfect gift, or the perfect treat for yourself? Stop by Moon & Lola to shop for unique, personalized jewelry that you won't find anywhere else.

  9. Historic Downtown Apex
    Not sure what you're in the mood to do? No problem! Just head to Historic Downtown Apex, where you'll find local businesses, historic buildings, special events, and the Apex Train Depot, which doubles as a historical museum.

  10. Anna's Pizzeria
    You'll find plenty of excellent places to grab a meal throughout Apex, and Anna's Pizzeria is a great example of why that's the case. In addition to delicious, New York-style pizzas, Anna's offers the sort of friendly, thoughtful service that you'll find in so many of Apex's local small businesses.

Ready to start shopping for homes near all of the great attractions in Apex with the help of an experienced, local real estate team? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Apex, NC area.

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