How Far is Raleigh From “Insert NC Vacation Destination”

Outer Banks, North Carolina

North Carolina is a vacation destination, a desirable place to live, a great place to work and play, a destination for retirement… and the list goes on and on.

When you live in Raleigh or one of the surrounding towns, you get to take advantage of not only what the Capital city of Raleigh has to offer but also everything that North Carolina has in store.

We get a lot of questions that start with “How long does it take to get to Raleigh from…”  To help answer those questions we put together this page including a Triangle map complete with distances and commute times from Raleigh to surrounding areas.  But what about the distance between Raleigh and the other great locations in North Carolina?

What is there to do in North Carolina?

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How far is Raleigh From My NC Weekend Getaway Destination

Sugar Mountain Ski ResortEndless possibilities!  Below is just a small sampling of some of North Carolina’s highlights and the distance between those locations and Raleigh:

We couldn’t possibly hit all the great locations for day trips and weekends trips around North Carolina – the list is too big!  What we can offer is a list of some of the best North Carolina getaways, in order from East to West and proximity from Raleigh’s city center to the area’s center…

Raleigh to the Outer Banks (Breath-taking beaches, Wright Brothers Memorial)

  • 189 miles
  • 3 hours, 7 minutes

Raleigh to Wilmington (UNC Wilmington, Beach, Restaurants and Bars)

  • 131 miles
  • 2 hours, 9 minutes

Raleigh to Pinehurst (Golf anyone?)

  • 70 miles
  • 1 hour, 18 minutes
Raleigh to Asheboro NC Zoo (ZOO!)North Carolina Zoo

  • 77.8 miles
  • 1 hour 38 minutes

Raleigh to Pilot Mount (Hiking)

  • 133 miles
  • 2 hours, 16 minutes
Raleigh to Blowing Rock (Blue Ridge Parkway, App State, Cool Town)

  • 200 miles
  • 3 hours, 27 minutes

Raleigh to Sugar Mountain (Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, Hiking, Golfing)

  • 208 miles
  • 3 hours, 42 minutes

Asheville, North CarolinaRaleigh to Asheville (Funky shops, Music, Festivals, Biltmore, Grove Park)

  • 251 miles
  • 4 hours, 5 minutes

Raleigh to Lake Lure (Cabins on the Lake, Hiking, Dirty Dancing Movie Set)

  • 244 miles
  • 4 hours, 12 minutes

Hiking

Raleigh to Chimney Rock Park (Trails and Breath-taking views)

  • 247 miles
  • 4 hours, 16 minutes

 

Raleigh to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino (You guessed it – 24 hr casino)

  • 310 miles
  • 5 hours, 4 minutes

Raleigh to the Great Smoky Mountains (Amazing hiking, cool small towns)

  • 337 miles
  • 5 hours, 37 minutes

Do you have other favorite spots in North Carolina?  Let us know ~ we’ll add them to the list!

 

Cary is Hiring & The Real Estate Market Looks Good

Cary, NC is hiring!  If you’re looking to relocate to Cary, North Carolina and are waiting for the perfect opportunity to land the job of your dreams, there just may be one available that’s perfect for you.

Cary, NC Jobs

Cary, NC

The Town of Cary is looking for the perfect candidate and hiring for the following jobs:

  • Athletic Aid for USA Baseball
  • Center Aide
  • Firefighter
  • Lead Softball Instructor
  • Leaf Collector
  • Park Attendant
  • Tennis Professional
  • Track-out Camp Staff

Any of these jobs sound intriguing?  Check for more detail on government jobs for the Town of Cary website and then call us to start the search for your perfect Cary, NC home!

Cary Real Estate Market Report

Cary August 2012 Real Estate RecapIf you’re considering moving to Cary, NC or even if you’re planning on selling, it’s important to have the right information.  Our Cary real estate market reports will give you a good overview of how detached homes for sale in Cary, NC peformed during the month of August.

Note 28% of the real estate activity last month included homes that either sold or went under contract, compared with 21% newly active listings – very impressive activity!

The table below show the break down of the detached homes for sale in Cary NC that are newly active, active, pending or closed in August:  

Newly Active Cary Homes for Sale:

Cary New Active Real Estate August 2012

Take a sneak peak at all the new homes for sale in Cary NC last month (in alphabetical order by subdivisions).  If you’d like a more customized search, you can save a search outlining your unique home needs and get FREE e-mails with onlyhomes for sale in the Triangle that match YOUR criteria.

Active homes for sale in Cary NC last month

Cary Active Real Estate August 2012

*When you’re ready to see homes for sale in Cary, NC or really any homes for sale in the Triangle area contact us, we are here to help every step of the way.

Homes in Cary, NC that went under contract in August

Cary Pending Real Estate August 2012

Cary homes SOLD in August

Cary Closed Real Estate August 2012

For quick comparison:  This month there were 165 closed homes in August compared with only 151 in August 2011!

If you’ve been considering a move to Cary, NC, would like more information on selling a home in Cary, or would simply like to discuss your Wake County real estate needs call or e-mail me.  I’d love to chat!

*Any reference to TMLS data is based on information from Triangle MLS, which neither guarantees nor is in any way responsible for its accuracy. All data is provided ‘AS IS’ and with all faults. Data maintained by Triangle MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

Crawleigh Comes to Raleigh & Cary – Steer Clear!

We’d like to be one of the first to officially welcome the name “Crawleigh” to Raleigh and Cary.  If you’re a resident of Wake County you’ve probably been hearing about the “I-40/440 Rebuild Project” for some time now.

I40/I440 Road ConstructionWhile the name Crawleigh sounds cute don’t be fooled… this might just change the way you get around town for a while.  Slated to begin in the Spring or Summer of 2013, this work is expected to create heavy backups. Before jumping into where to find alternate routes here’s a little background information…

Where exactly is Crawleigh?

Raleigh Cary I-40/I440 Improvement Project

Crawleigh is the new name for the improvement of rebuilding the incredibly busy 11.5 mile stretch from U.S. 1 in Cary, NC to U.S. 64/264 in Raleigh.  The project will be revamping the 30 year old interstate and due to the sheer volume of cars will have traffic crawling as lanes are closed during construction.  The project is expected to last 3 years.

How will Crawleigh Impact my Commute?

Great question!  Lucky for us Wake County residents – the NCDOT is on top of it.  They’re not shutting down our lifeline without giving us recommendations and suggestions for alternative routes.  With a little planning, many commuters won’t be forced to crawl on Crawleigh to get to their destinations.

Map of Raleigh and Surrounding Areas

If you’re not yet local to Wake County and want to know what to expect for your upcoming commute times (without traffic), check out our Triangle map with mileage between Raleigh and surrounding towns.

A handy feature that I know I’ll be using when construction begins is the real-time travel information.  Available through a number of different sources – we will all have access to how the roads are looking throughout the project via twitter, email, the NCDOT customer service phone number, 511, and the web.  There will also be overhead electronic message boards on the roads announcing the estimated travel times to upcoming exits.

Triangle Transit

For a list of the alternative routes and for the details regarding extra travel lanes, rehabilitated bridges, expectations regarding timeline, and answers to frequently asked questions visit the NCDOT website.

The NCDOT urges commuters to plan alternative routes to avoid the work zone.  When possible they also suggest adjusting work schedules to avoid peak hours, or consider alternative methods of transportation such as public transit or car-pooling.

So how did the name “Crawleigh” come to be?

A contest by the NCDOT brought Triangle residents creativity out when submissions were sent for the new name in early August.  Of the top choices, Crawleigh took the #1 spot with almost half the Triangle votes.  Among the other favorite picks were Southern Discomfort, Carmuda Triangle, South-Wake Remake and Wake-Over (all very good suggestions!).

The creator of the winning title Crawleigh is a man named Grant Tew who was born and raised around the Triangle area and was awarded big-time bragging rights for his win… Congratulations Grant Tew!

Be Safe Traveling

It’s not going to be convenient… but it’s necessary.  We are lucky to have great people working hard to lessen the impact and inconvenience it will cause for our days.  We should all travel extra safe while we’re in those areas and stay alert and aware of our surroundings – that goes for traveling any time, but especially in construction zones.  To quote the winner of the re-naming contest Grant Tew, we want “an injury-free, three-year project”.

Moving around Wake County via Public Transportation

Moving around the Triangle is easier than even many of us local residents know!

Wake County has a number of different options for making our way around, to and from the area. We have air, we have public bus transit, and we have rail. Considering ditching the car all together and wondering how to make it work for spontaneous travels or mid-day unplanned needs? We have rental and taxi services.

Here’s a bit about each with links to resources for your traveling convenience:

Air Travel:  RDU Airport

AIR – The RDU Airport: Love flying in and out of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). We’ve been fortunate every time to have a pleasant experience. Recent renovations have not only transformed RDU to have a modern look and easy flow but also provided a serious boost in technology for the safety of passengers and employees.

Traveling at RDU is:

  • easy with a spacious and intuitive layout
  • delicious as the negative connotation that comes with the term airport food is long gone
  • convenient! Forget something? Shopping at RDU is a delightful
  • conducive for work with wireless internet access and convenient charging stations
  • stress free, when it comes time to leave the airport… getting to your car or grabbing a cab is a breeze

For more info about the Raleigh-Durham International Airport check out thier website.

Public Transit:

Triangle Transit Transportation Information

Triangle Transit Authority

The Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) offers a quick, convenient way to travel around the Triangle, offering RDU airport services as well as regular bus schedules for Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Knightdale, Wake Forest, Zebulon, Wendell and RTP.  For routes, maps and information visit the Triangle Transit Authority website.

Raleigh Showtime Trolley

Love this – The Raleigh Showtime Trolley is available free in the around the Triangle. With stops in Apex, Cary, Garner, Hillsborough, Raleigh, RDU and Research Triangle Park we have terrific commuting options.

  • Downtown Raleigh area between 5:30 – 11:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings! The trolley serves locations downtown like the city parking garages, the Progress Energy Center and the City Market area.
Transportation around Wake County

Capital Area Transit

Capital Area Transit (CAT) has terrific options for getting around as well!

  • Going from one downtown location to another? The R-Line is easy and free!
  • Out late? CAT includes an entertainment trolley.
  • Riding the rail? Take the CAT bus to the Amtrack Train Station and leave the car at home.
  • Accessible Raleigh Transportation Program (ART) is a terrific option available to Raleigh residents with a mental or physical disability. Visit the ART website for more info.

For more information, check out the Capital Area Transit website.

Rail Travel

Amtrak

Always busy the Raleigh Amtrak station offers a leisurely option for traveling from Raleigh, NC (RGH) via Railway to pretty much anywhere you might want to go up and down the Eastern United States, with connections to cities across the Continental US and into Canada.  For more information visit the Amtrak website.

NCDOT Rail Division

NCDOT Rail Division offers bytrain.org as well to help North Carolina travelers more easily navigate desired destinations via rail. Check out their website more info.
Want to know more about the Wake County Area?  Contact us, we’re at your service.

Wake Forest Real Estate – May Recap & 100 Years of History

100 years of history wrapped up in a beautiful hardcover book.  History, community, artwork and photos, this 8.5″ x 11″ will sweep you up and carry you through the story of what once was.  Residents and fans of the town of Wake Forest will learn about it’s rich history as a small college town and it’s tranformation into the thriving community it is today.  For more information on how to order, check out the Town of Wake Forest website.

Wake Forest Real Estate May RecapIf you don’t yet live in the area but are considering moving to Wake County or Wake Forest, NC or even if you’re planning on selling a home in Wake Forest, NC, it’s important to have the right information.

The pie chart on the left breaks down the number of detached homes in Wake Forest that were active, newly active, went under contract or closed last month.

The table below shows the break down of the detached homes for sale in Wake Forest NC that went newly active in the Wake Forest Real Estate Market in May:

Wake Forest New Listings - May

Take a sneak peek at all the new homes for sale in Wake Forest, NC last month (in alphabetical order by subdivisions).  If you’d like a more customized search, you can save a search outlining your unique home needs and get FREE e-mails with only homes for sale in the Triangle that match YOUR critieria.

 

Active Detached homes for sale in Wake Forest, NC last month
Wake Forest Active Listings - May
*When you’re ready to see homes for sale in Wake Forest, NC or really any homes for sale in the Triangle area contact us, we are here to help every step of the way.

 

Detached homes in Wake Forest that went under contract (pending) last month
Wake Forest Pending Listings - May


Wake Forest, NC Detached homes that SOLD during the month of May

Wake Forest Closed Listings - May

If you’ve been considering a move to Wake Forest, NC, would like more information on selling a home in Wake Forest, or would simply like to discuss your Wake County real estate needs call or e-mail me.  I’d love to chat!

 

*Any reference to TMLS data is based on information
from Triangle MLS, which neither guarantees nor is in any way
responsible for its accuracy. All data is provided ‘AS IS’ and with all
faults. Data maintained by Triangle MLS may not reflect all real estate
activity in the market.

Morrisville Real Estate Market – May 2012 Recap & Fire Department Ed

We wrote last month about the Morrisville, NC Fire Department offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training free of charge to help educate people about disaster preparedness.  Well keep reading because they’re also offering awesome opportunities for teens between 15 and 18 (grades 9-12) to learn more about what it’s like to become a firefighter! 

The Morrisville Fire Department started an Explorer Post Firefighter Program for those teens who’ve dreamed of becoming a firefighter.  Meetings are about fire safety and will cover fire suppression activities, first aid and CPR, equipment maintenence, basic hazardous materials, station maintenence and more.  Interested?  Join in Monday evenings from 7-9 at Fire Station 1!  For more info visit the Town of Morrisville website.  Thanks to the Morrisville Fire Department for offering this service!Morrisville Real Estate Market Recap - May 2012

If you have plans to move to Morrisville, NC or even if you’re planning on selling a home in Morrisville, NC, it’s important to have the right real estate market information.

Our market report gives a good overview of how detached homes for sale in Morrisville, NC performed during the month of May.

The pie chart on the right breaks down the number of detached homes in Morrisville that were activenewly active, went  under contract or closed last month.

The table below shows the break down of the detached homes for sale in Morrisville NC that went newly active in the Morrisville Real Estate Market in May:

New Listings in Morrisville Real Estate - May 2012

Take a sneak peak at all the new homes for sale in Morrisville NC last month (in alphabetical order by subdivisions).  If you’d like a more customized search, you can save a search outlining your unique home needs and get FREE e-mails with only homes for sale in the Triangle that match YOUR criteria.

Active Detached homes for sale in Morrisville NC last month
Morrisville Real Estate for Sale - May recap 2012

*When you’re ready to see homes for sale in Morrisville, NC or really any homes for sale in the Triangle area contact us, we are here to help every step of the way.

Detached homes in Morrisville, NC that went under contract (or pending) last month

Morrisville Real Estate Under Contract - May 2012

  Morrisville Detached homes that SOLD during the month of May

Morrisville Sold Real Estate - May 2012

If you’ve been considering a move to Morrisville, NC, would like more information on selling a home in Morrisville, or would simply like to discuss your Wake County real estate needs call or e-mail me.  I’d love to chat!

*Any reference to TMLS data is based on information
from Triangle MLS, which neither guarantees nor is in any way
responsible for its accuracy. All data is provided ‘AS IS’ and with all
faults. Data maintained by Triangle MLS may not reflect all real estate
activity in the market.

 

Apex’s “Lookin’ Good” Awards and May’s Recap of Apex Real Estate

Apex, NC Real Estate – May 2012 Recap & The Apex Lookin’ Good Awards

Apex, NC is lookin’ good(!), so naturally the town is honoring those that are good lookin’ by giving good lookin’ awards!  OK…. that’s not really what they’re called, the awards are actually called the “Spring Appearance Awards” and they recognize one commercial property and one residential property for going above and beyond to do their part to make the community beautifully attractive. 

This Spring’s residential winner went to the Village Summit Apartments for the apartments “harmonious and attractive architectural design, colors, and attention to details”.  The commercial award went to Movin’ on Movers for the “meticulously maintained mature plantings and appealing landscape design on site”.  Congratulations to both the winners!  If you don’t look good – we don’t look good (wasn’t that a commercial tagline?).  For more info or to check out photos visit the ApexNC.org website.

Apex NC Real Estate Market Report


If you’re considering moving to Apex, NC or even if you’re planning on selling a home in Apex, it’s important to have the right information ~ we hope you’ll find this months Apex Real Estate Market report helpful.

Our goal is to provide you with a good overview of how homes for sale in Apex are performing.

The pie chart on the left breaks down the number of detached homes in Apex that were active, newly active, went under contract or closed last month.

The table below shows the break down of the detached homes for sale in Apex NC that went newly active in the Apex Real Estate Market in May:

Apex NC Real Estate Market Report

Take a sneak peak at all the new homes for sale in Apex NC last month (in alphabetical order by subdivisions).  If you’d like a more customized search, you can save a search outlining your unique home needs and get FREE e-mails with only homes for sale in the Triangle that match YOUR criteria.

Active Detached homes for sale in Apex NC during May

Apex NC Real Estate Market Report
*When you’re ready to see homes for sale in Apex, NC or really any homes for sale in the Triangle area contact us, we are here to help every step of the way.

 

Detached homes in Apex, NC that went under contract (or pending) last month
Apex NC Real Estate Market Report
  Apex Detached homes that SOLD last month
Apex NC Real Estate Market Report

If you’ve been considering a move to Apex, NC, would like more information on selling a home in Apex, or would simply like to discuss your Wake County real estate needs call or e-mail me.  I’d love to chat!

*Any reference to TMLS data is based on information
from Triangle MLS, which neither guarantees nor is in any way
responsible for its accuracy. All data is provided ‘AS IS’ and with all
faults. Data maintained by Triangle MLS may not reflect all real estate
activity in the market.

Dialing a Phone Number in the Triangle? New Rules Start March 31st

Hold on before you push that speed dial…  you may need to add a few extra digits in order for that call to go through if you live in the Triangle.

As you are no doubt aware from reading all the Cary/Raleigh accolades, this area is growing exponentially!  And with that growth comes change…  There’s been a change in our Wake County School assignments, our roadways, and now our area codes!

New Area Code in Cary, NC - Wake County, NCTo accommodate the need for more telephone numbers the (919) area code area is getting a new 3 digit area code – welcome (984).

Starting in just 10 days, on March 31, 2012 you will be required to dial all 10 digits (area code + the 7 digit phone number) for all calls ~ including local ones.  Wondering just how will you know if you’re dialing a long distance number?  You will be required to add a ‘1’ + the 10 digit phone number.

Now’s the time to start getting ready.  To make sure your calls go through without aggravation you’ll want to start updating and reprogramming all your equipment, auto-dial, and favorites.  More importantly, remember to be sure and include your area code on all correspondence, business stationery, advertising etc.  

If you already have a phone number in the 919 area code – your number won’t change, and what is a local call now will remain a local call.

Emergency numbers such as 9-1-1, are NOT affected.

Now just where did I put those phone manuals…

Triangle Home Sales leaped 35% last month!

It’s 82° today but it’s not the heat that has the Triangle area of NC 
Triangle Real Estate Market
heating up!
The N&O reported that the month of February was a busy one for home buyers and sellers in the region, equating to a whopping 35% increase in home sales last month over February 2011, and marking last month as the strongest February in 4 years.    

We’ll keep an eye out for the trends next month but are happy to report we’re seeing positive trends month over month all over the Triangle area.
To read the full N&O report you can check it out here.

If you would like to discover what is on the market now that matches your unique criteria sign up for your own personlized Gateway and receive new listings straight from our TMLS as they enter the Triangle real estate market.

Should you have any questions regarding the information above or if you would like more detailed information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We’re always happy to answer questions, listen to concerns and work together. Whether you are buying or selling a home, we are here to create a smooth transition and fulfill your real estate needs.

What’s happening on Holly Springs Road?

If you have been driving up and down Holly Springs road for the past few weeks, you may have wondered what in the world are they doing to the road?  

Is it being widened to handle the traffic better?


Holly Srpings Road work

 

 

 

NO…  it’s the Town of Cary constructing nearly 20,000 feet of sanitary sewer pipeline to help carry waste water from the Swift Creek Pump Station to the South Cary Water Reclamation Facility.  



 


Holly Srpings Road work

Well so much for a better traffic flow on Holly Springs Road – but with 17,000 feet of the pipeline being installed near the existing sewer line along Holly Springs Road, Ten Ten Road and Lawdraker Roads I guess we can say the ‘stuff’ in those pipes will move along better.


corner of Penny Road and Holly Springs Road


There will also be 3,000 feet of pipeline installed from Lawdraker Road to an existing interceptor near the Jamison Park subdivision.



Holly Srpings Road work

Also included in the project are three ground mounted, landscaped odor control devices along the corridor.  Glad to hear someone was thinking on that one!



All in all the projects projected cost is about $8.5 million with a projected completion date of September 2012.