Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week Starts Monday

The much-anticipated Great American Eclipse isn’t the only thing that people are looking forward to on Monday—it’s also the start of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week. Sure you have your NASA-approved solar eclipse glasses ready, but have you made your reservations yet?

Starting Monday, you’ll be able to eat at some of the Capital City’s finest and most popular restaurants for a steal. Each participating restaurant will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for either $21 or $31 per person. Some restaurants will even offer $5 and $10 lunch specials for the week.

Where should you eat in downtown Raleigh?

There are more than 60 new and well-rooted Raleigh restaurants taking part in the semi-annual restaurant week.

With upscale establishments like Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar, Provenance, and Buku to longtime food favorites including 42nd Street Oyster Bar, Irregardless Café, and Five Star, there are plenty of palate pleasing menus to pick from, foodies. There are so many, in fact, you may want to make reservations at more than one.

Giving Back

Not only will you enjoy good food at a great price during Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, but you’ll also be supporting the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

This year, one dollar from every restaurant week dinner sold will be donated to the Food Bank to support its local efforts to curb hunger. Every dollar donated will allow the Food Bank to provide five meals to feed neighbors in need.

9th Annual Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week event details:

Where:
Throughout downtown Raleigh

When:
Monday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 27 

Menus & Specials:
Take advantage of $5 and $10 lunch specials and three-course prix fixe dinners for $21 or $31. 

Participating Restaurants: Find a full list of participating restaurants here.

HPW Open Houses | August 19 – 20

Beat the weekend heat by spending some time inside in the cool A/C at our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents’ open houses.

It’s time to take your online house hunt to the streets and get into the homes that catch your eye. You’ll be able to see the rooms you’ve been clicking through on your screen up close to get a better idea of how they all flow together within the homes.

Think that granite kitchen counter looks sleek on your screen? Wait until you see it in person. Like that large front porch? Grab a rocking chair and sit for a bit. Aren’t sure how big the master bath really is? See for yourself.

Our listing agents will be onsite at the homes ready to share their real estate expertise. Ask them about the home you’re touring and be sure to inquire about other properties they have listed as well. A simple conversation may lead you to the house you’ve been dreaming of just before the highly anticipated solar eclipse on Monday.

Featured Open Houses

Visit our Triangle area open house website to get a complete list of the HPW homes that will be open for you to tour.

313 Staples Drive, Rolesville, NC 27571
$324,900
Sq Ft: 2,553 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, August 19 from noon to 2 p.m.


1212 Haltwhistle Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$399,900
Sq Ft: 3,937 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open House: Saturday, August 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.


7209 Dunman Court, Wake Forest, NC 27587
$785,000
Sq Ft: 6,023 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, August 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.


427 Cedar Pond Court, Knightdale, NC 27545
$325,000
Sq Ft: 2,430 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, August 19 from 1 to 6 p.m. and
Sunday, August 20 from 1 to 6 p.m.


7317 Liserin Woods Lane, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
$419,900
Sq Ft: 3,261 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, August 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.


528 Grand Prince Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603
$367,000
Sq Ft: 2,539 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, August 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.


3501 Foy Glen Court, Apex, NC 27539
$534,900
Sq Ft: 3,345 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, August 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.


 

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Shorter Term – More Savings

Whether you’re refinancing your current home or buying a new one, something worth considering is a 15-year loan rather than a 30-year term. The payments will be a little higher but you’ll get a lower interest rate and you’ll build equity much faster.30348233-250.jpg

Let’s look at an example of a $300,000 mortgage with the choice of a 30-year term with a 3.92% rate compared to a 15-year term with a 3.2% rate. The payments would be $682.28 higher on the shorter term but the equity would be considerably higher even after you adjust for the higher payments.

Another benefit is that the shorter-term loan creates a forced savings situation where the savings on longer term loan might end up being spent rather than being saved and invested. A conscious decision to pay more in payments could pay big dividends in the future.

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Triangle Area Eclipse Events

We’re sure you’re planning to look at the sky on Monday, August 21st for a star-stellar show that is bound to impress, but have you decided just where you’ll celebrate this celestial event?

Your own backyard or a business parking lot will certainly do, but there are also some area events that may be right up your astrological alley.

Get a pair of safe, NASA-approved eclipse glasses and go!

Area Eclipse Events  

Total Eclipse of the Park
White Deer Park Nature Center
2400 Aversboro Road in Garner
Thursday, August 17 from 10 to 11 a.m.
$6 for residents, $8 for non-residents (children ages 2 to 6 years), pre-registration required

Excited for your little ones to see the solar eclipse? Expand their knowledge by signing them up to attend the Town of Garner’s Total Eclipse of the Park event at the White Deer Park Nature Center. At this pre-eclipse event, your children will learn about the science behind the special occurrence and sun safety tips.

Celebrate Outer Space: Solar Eclipse!
Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh
Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 per person, children under 1 and members free

Space-themed activities and movies await your children at Marbles Kids Museum this Sunday and Monday. A live stream of NASA’s coverage of the eclipse event will play at Marbles IMAX from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

2017 Solar Eclipse Celebration
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
250 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
Monday, August 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
$6 per person, includes solar eclipse glasses

We can’t think of a more appropriate place to watch this spectacular space event go down than the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. Purchase a ticket to take part in solar eclipse activities and games, watch a live stream of the path of totality, eat food-truck grub and more.

Solar Eclipse Celebration
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street in Durham
Monday, August 21 from noon to 5 p.m.
Free event, parking $2 per hour in Duke Garden lots

Sarah P. Duke Gardens will host a fun, outdoor celebration to mark the solar eclipse and “outer-space-sized science” behind it. Guests will find observation stations throughout the garden as well as experiments, crafts and activities in the Doris Duke Center.

Eclipse Day on Brickyard
N.C. State University College of Sciences
The Brickyard
2 Broughton Drive in Raleigh
Monday, August 21 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Meet at the Brickyard to have some eclipse-related fun and watch the moon pass between the sun and the Earth at telescope and pinhole camera stations. Free solar glasses, eclipse buttons and Moon Pies will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.

The Great American Eclipse
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh
Monday, August 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Free for all guests

Head to Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh to grab a free pair of eclipse glasses (while supplies last), discover solar eclipse facts and score a spot on the park’s green space to view the solar phenomenon.

Science of the Eclipse – Downtown Viewing Party
Black Wall Street Plaza
Corner of West Main Street and North Mangum Street in downtown Durham
Monday, August 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Free for all guests

The Museum of Life + Science in Durham will host a downtown eclipse viewing party at Black Wall Street Plaza, free for guests of all ages. Join in the solar science fun with DIY pinhole viewer crafts, snacks provided by Luna Rotisserie around the peak eclipse time, and more. Eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last. 

Eclipse Across America
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
SECU Daily Planet Theater
11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh
Monday, August 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Free general admission

View the total eclipse of the sun via live video from Sylva, N.C. in the Museum’s Daily Planet Theater. 

Area Library Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties
Local libraries throughout the Triangle region will host solar eclipse viewing parties. Find out if your local library will host an event:
Durham County Library Eclipse Events
Wake County Library Eclipse Events

 

Peak Viewing in the Triangle

While the entire event is expected to take a few hours, reports say that the peak viewing time for the solar eclipse in the Triangle is at 2:45 p.m. with approximately 93 percent of the sun covered by the moon.

Make sure you read up on the proper way to view the solar eclipse to ensure you protect your eyes.

 

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HPW Open Houses | August 12 – 13

Shopping for schools supplies this weekend? Fill your cart with pencils, notebooks, binders, and calculators and then scoot out to some area open houses to shop for your new home.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston local realtors are still listing and showing beautiful houses, condos, and townhomes in the Triangle region—perhaps one of them is for you.

Make sure to do a bit of research before you go to ensure you have all of the property details as well as information about recent sales in the neighborhood and area. You may even want to prepare some questions to ask the listing agent while you’re there.

Making the most of your open house visit is a must in a seller’s market with the prospect of multiple offers and limited inventory. The time you spend prepping for your real estate journey will be well worth it when you’re sitting at the closing table excitedly reaching for your shiny new keys.

Featured Open Houses

Find a complete list of our agents’ Triangle area open houses online and then map out your real estate house hunting plans for Saturday and Sunday.

1217 Atticus Way, Durham, NC 27703
$505,991
Sq Ft: 3,494 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, August 13 from 1 to 5 p.m.


3304 Magical Place, Raleigh, NC 27614
$650,000
Sq Ft: 4,004 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, August 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, August 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.


839 Longleaf Pine Place, Mebane, NC 27302
$298,500
Sq Ft: 3,104 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, August 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.


106 Brockton Ridge Drive, Garner, NC 27529
$250,000
Sq Ft: 3,000 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, August 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.


105 Millingport Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
$685,000
Sq Ft: 3,579 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, August 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.


1449 Tacketts Pond Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
$750,000
Sq Ft: 4,029 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, August 13 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.


5516 Furan Court, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
$289,000
Sq Ft: 2,182 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, August 13 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


 

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Home Energy Aware

After the mortgage payment, the largest homeowner expense is for utilities and the major component is energy. Contributing factors include air leaks, insulation, heating and cooling equipment, water heaters and lighting.Where does my money go.png

Computers, monitors, TVs, cable and satellite boxes, DVRs and power adapters are spinning your electric meter even when they’re not being used. Even though they only represent a small percentage of a home’s total energy consumption, about 3/4 of the electricity is used when the products are turned off.

Unplugging devices can actually make a difference in the size of your electric bill. Plugging several of these offenders into a power strip with a single on/off switch may make the task easier. Most computers have options to put them into sleep mode or even turn when not in use.

The Department of Energy has an Energy Saver Guide and do-it-yourself suggestions.

It’s S’Morrisville, Not Morrisville, on Friday

National S’mores Day (yum!) is Thursday, and one of our Triangle towns is taking its celebration of the sweet treat to another level. Not only will the town host a food truck rally and outdoor movie night this Friday, but it will also change its name from Morrisville to S’Morrisville.

Though it will only “stick” for one day, the name change is official and certainly the cookie’s crumble to town officials. Morrisville (soon-to-be S’Morrisville) Mayor Mark Stohlman said, “We’re building community spirit one sweet tooth at a time. Changing the name of the town for one day is fun; I encourage everyone to refer to the town as S’Morrisville this Friday!”

The town’s campfire-inspired evening event is free to the public and will include cookout themed food trucks, a showing of the Scooby Doo Camp Scare movie, fire safety information from the local fire department, and s’mores for all, of course.

Residents and visitors of all ages are welcomed to attend with hungry tummies and low-slung chairs and blankets in tow.

National S’mores Day in S’Morrisville 

When:
Friday, August 11

Where:
S’Morrisville Community Park at 1520 Morrisville Parkway

What:
Campfire inspired community event, free to the public

Activities:
– Food truck fun and outdoor fire safety information beginning at 6 p.m.
– Scooby Doo Camp Scare movie showing starting promptly at 8:30 p.m.

More About Morrisville

Named the best place to live in the state and the fifth-best in the nation by Niche, Morrisville is an emerging town on the border of the Research Triangle Park tech and life sciences hub.

Known to be among the safest places to live in the state with an atmosphere that families in all stages of life will appreciate, Morrisville has a lot to offer and its growing population proves it.

Residents tout the town’s quality of life and developing business scene among the many reasons they choose to call it home. Morrisville’s convenience to downtown Durham and Raleigh proper is also an important asset, especially to commuter professionals.

In a news release issued by the town this spring upon receipt of a National Diversity Award presented by the National League of Cities for its annual East Meets West Festival, the town’s Mayor Pro Tem Steve Rao, said “Morrisville is one of the fastest growing and most diverse towns in North Carolina. The population has grown by more than 200% in the last 12 years, and is on pace to continue to grow at a similar pace for the foreseeable future.” 

If you are interested in learning more about Morrisville and the new communities and neighborhoods that make up its attractive housing market, our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Cary real estate team will gladly help you out.

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HPW Open Houses | August 5 – 6

August is upon us, and cooler fall weather may be less than two months away, but there is still time in the summer selling season for you to find your home, buyers.

Do yourself a favor and step away from your online real estate search to visit area open houses tomorrow and Sunday. We’re confident you’ll appreciate the opportunity to see all that these homes have to offer up close.

Want to live in Apex? Check out the beautiful homes our Builder Services team has listed in the new StillWater community. Seeking a Raleigh townhome? We have some to see. Perhaps Chapel Hill is your pick. Our Chapel Hill real estate team has homes you’ll want to tour.

Our talented real estate agents have listed homes in nearly every Triangle city and suburb. You can trust their local market expertise and insight to successfully steer you through the home buying process.

“REAL Trends named Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston the Triangle real estate market leader for another year, and we just brought home a repeat Triangle Business Journal Best Places to Work award,” said Don Walston, company founder and chairman. “Our realtors truly have the expertise and experience you need on your side as you seek out and buy your next home. Let them lead you to your new front door.”

Featured Open Houses

Visit our HPW open house website to scroll through all of the homes available to tour this weekend.

110 Dalmeny Drive, Cary, NC 27513
$268,000
Sq Ft: 1,706 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Saturday, August 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.


3133 Curling Creek Drive, Apex, NC 27502
$726,000
Sq Ft: 3,842 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, August 5 from noon to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, August 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.


9211 Calabria Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617
$279,900
Sq Ft: 1,968 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open Houses: Saturday, August 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. and
Sunday, August 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.


440 Cedar Pond Court, Knightdale, NC 27545
$375,000
Sq Ft: 2,825 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, August 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. and
Sunday, August 6 from 1 to 6 p.m.


2517 Belvinwood Drive, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
$387,000
Sq Ft: 3,058 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open Houses: Saturday, August 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, August 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.


204 Trayesan Drive, Holly Springs, NC 27540
$239,900
Sq Ft: 1,954 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, August 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.


232 Terrell Drive, Rolesville, NC 27571
$328,000
Sq Ft: 2,985 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, August 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.


2705 Halfhitch Trail, Raleigh, NC 27615
$289,900
Sq Ft: 2,040 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Sunday, August 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.


 

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HPW Happenings | 2017 Best Places to Work

Drum roll, please… Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston is one of the Best Places to Work in the Triangle!

Our full-service real estate company brought home another Triangle Business Journal Best Places to Work award this year, and we couldn’t be prouder.

“This award is a nod to every single one of our agents, staff members, and company leaders on a job well done,” said Don Walston, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston founder and chairman. “We’ve been able to establish a nurturing work environment that serves to empower our team to grow their abilities and do better for themselves and their clients. We truly strive to Help People Win, starting with our own.”

Best Places to Work in the Triangle

The Triangle Business Journal named 50 Triangle-based companies ranging in size from “small” to “giant” on its list this year. Companies were chosen based on an employee-survey process conducted by Quantum Workplace. The top-ranking company in each size category will be announced at a luncheon awards event in September.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston has held this regional Best Places to Work distinction for numerous years as a result of its longstanding commitment to serving others well at all costs.

“We know that an investment in our real estate team is an investment in the communities and clients we serve. It’s something we’ve always done and will always do,” added Walston.

View the complete list of the TBJ’s 2017 Best Places to Work here.

 

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Triangle Towns are Among the Safest in America

You may not have written it on your “must-have” list between an open kitchen and designated laundry room, but chances are that safety is among your top priorities for your next house and the community you will call home.

Fortunately for you, buyers, the Triangle is known to have some of the safest towns and cities in the country with Cary leading the charge.

The Triangle town has recently earned not one, but two separate nods from SafeWise and The National Council for Home Safety and Security touting its safe streets and engaging environment.

Safest Cities to Raise a Child

SafeWise ranked Cary as the tenth best city on its 2017 list of The 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child sharing that, “While parents always strive to closely supervise their kids, it helps to have a community that’s willing to focus on family-friendly initiatives that make the difference.”

The home security provider then went on to offer further insight into its research on the growing Cary suburb, reporting:

Located near the Research Triangle Park, Cary’s award-winning sports and recreation department has a robust approach to youth sports. Dotted with creeks and tree-lined streets, this community outside of Raleigh is one of the most highly educated in America, as 68% of residents have a college degree. 

Safest Cities in the Nation

Cary also snagged a prime position on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s list of the safest cities in the nation coming in 40th out of the top 100 municipalities reviewed based on FBI and local crime reports.

Like SafeWise, the National Council for Home Safety and Security highlighted many of the Raleigh suburb’s recreational amenities and activities to demonstrate the numerous opportunities residents have to enjoy healthy and active lifestyles:

Cary is located between Chapel Hill and Raleigh North Carolina with a population of 160,291. This “Bicycle Friendly Community” is located along the U.S. Bicycle Route 1 along with offering mountain biking in Lake Crabtree County Park. There are also many historic places to visit such as the Page-Walker Hotel, which contains the Cary Heritage Museum to Yates Mill. The area’s many lakes such as Lake Johnson and Crabtree provide trails and water sports for entertainment during the hot summer months.

Safe Triangle Towns

Cary isn’t the only town in the Triangle region to earn acclaim as a safe place to live.

Over the past year, towns all throughout Wake and surrounding Triangle area counties have added safe-city recognitions including:

Apex
  • 3rd safest Raleigh suburb, Niche, 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh
Cary
  • 4th safest Raleigh suburb, Niche, 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh
  • 7th safest city in North Carolina, National Council for Home Safety and Security, The Safest Cities in North Carolina 2017
  • 8th safest city in North Carolina, SafeWise, The 20 Safest Cities in North Carolina – 2017
Creedmoor
  • 9th safest Raleigh suburb, Niche, 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh
Holly Springs
  • 2nd safest Raleigh suburb, Niche, 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh
  • 3rd safest city in North Carolina, SafeWise, The 20 Safest Cities in North Carolina – 2017
  • 3rd safest city in North Carolina, National Council for Home Safety and Security, The Safest Cities in North Carolina 2017
Morrisville
  • 5th safest Raleigh suburb, Niche, 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh
  • 13th safest city in North Carolina, National Council for Home Safety and Security, The Safest Cities in North Carolina 2017
  • 15th safest city in North Carolina, SafeWise, The 20 Safest Cities in North Carolina – 2017
Rolesville
  • 8th safest Raleigh suburb, Niche, 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh
  • 17th safest city in North Carolina, National Council for Home Safety and Security, The Safest Cities in North Carolina 2017
  • 26th safest city in America, Niche, 2017 Safest Cities in America
Wake Forest
  • 7th safest Raleigh suburb, Niche, 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh
Wendell
  • 6th safest Raleigh suburb, Niche, 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh
  • 10th safest city in North Carolina, National Council for Home Safety and Security, The Safest Cities in North Carolina 2017
  • 12th safest city in North Carolina, SafeWise, The 20 Safest Cities in North Carolina – 2017

Access the National Council for Home Safety and Security, Niche and SafeWise safest city reports here:
– National Council for Home Safety and Security: The Safest Cities in North Carolina 2017
– Niche: 2017 Safest Suburbs in Raleigh, 2017 Safest Cities in America
– SafeWise: The 20 Safest Cities in North Carolina – 2017

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