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The Triangle is comprised of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. The name originated in 1950s with the creation of Research Triangle Park, home to numerous high-tech companies and enterprises. Though the technology hub still resides in “RTP�, the Triangle now includes surrounding towns such as Pittsboro, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, and Carrboro. Traditionally, North Carolina and the Triangle have been known for Pepsi, Krispy Kreme, and vinegar based barbeque. However, any local will tell you we are so much more! With a unique blend of cultural and regional residents, the Triangle now reflects this diversity in a wide array of restaurants, shops, art, and activities while maintaining its southern charm.

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ENTERTAINMENT North Carolina was the first state to purchase works of art and fund a symphony with public funds. Raleigh is home to the NC Museum of Art featuring a permanent collection of Classical, Contemporary, Egyptian, African and American art. In Chapel Hill, the Ackland Art Museum is ranked one of the best university art museums. Medieval sculpture and pre-Columbian art can be found at Duke University’s art museum. Raleigh Little Theatre near NC State’s campus is one of the country’s oldest community theatres. Theatre in the Park produces Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, a local favorite for over 40 years! Touring productions of Broadway plays can be seen at the Durham Center for Performing Arts as well as Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium. The North Carolina Symphony was the first state-supported symphony in the country and offers the most extensive education program of any other symphony in the United States. The symphony is comprised of 66 full-time musicians and performs at the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh as well as Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary and beyond. The Carolina Ballet has received international acclaim since its founding in 1998 and is designated as one of America’s premier arts organizations. Presenting a wide array of works like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Macbeth, the Carolina Ballet performs throughout the Triangle area. A family favorite, Durham’s Museum of Life and Science covers 84 acres near downtown Durham. Exhibits include a black bear, lemur and red wolf sanctuary for rescued animals and a large butterfly conservatory. Kid favorites include the dinosaur trail and the treehouse village. Raleigh’s Museum of Natural Sciences houses the world’s only real Acrocanthosaurus skeleton in its prehistoric exhibit. The coastal habitat exhibit features a whale skeleton and recordings of whale songs. The snakes and bugs on display are both fun and educational. With several venues large enough to accommodate crowds, many of the country’s most popular musicians can be seen a Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek or Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh. Indie bands and local musicians frequent the Triangle’s college clubs. ERA Triangle Real Estate Group | 3


EVENTS Wide Open Bluegrass Festival The International Bluegrass Music Association’s early fall festival is relatively new to Raleigh, but already a favorite. See performances at Red Hat’s downtown amphitheater along with many smaller stages on Raleigh’s downtown streets and clubs. This is the premier event for bluegrass professionals and fans to meet new people and discover new music.

NC State Fair This wildly popular event started in 1853 and has been held at its current location in western Raleigh since 1928. The first thing fairgoers notice is the enticing aroma of food. Everything from Twinkies to pickles can be found deep fried. While the younger crowd gathers in the Midway lining up for rides, others prefer the slow pace of antique farm machinery, livestock competitions and the flower and garden show. The state fair truly entertains people of all ages.

Brewgaloo This downtown Raleigh festival in early spring features craft beers and live music. It began as a city block with twenty breweries and now features ninety breweries from across the state. The addition of local bands and food trucks rounds out the entertainment for a full day of fun.

Krispy Kreme Challenge 2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour No, it’s not just about eating doughnuts! It is about being able to eat an entire dozen of doughnuts and running 5 miles. A challenge between friends has become a nationally publicized event that has raised over $1 million for the UNC Children’s Hospital. Popular with NC State students, it has become a tradition to complete this race before graduation.

Artsplosure: Raleigh Arts Festival Raleigh’s spring arts festival, Artsplosure, consists of artwork by over 170 fine artists and craftspeople displaying their original works in 10 categories. Featuring a variety of work from painting and photography to jewelry and woodworking, this annual festival takes place on downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street and includes live music, art installations, food trucks, and entertainment for the kids.

Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival Recognized as one of the top arts festivals in the nation, Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival features over 300 artists from 16 states. This unique festival features artist demonstrations, exhibits, a beer garden, live music, and more. 4 | ERA Triangle Real Estate Group


EDUCATION North Carolina is home to some of the best colleges in the country. UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Duke University are well known across the US. Each of these schools specializes in different areas of study. UNC Chapel Hill is known for its journalism, pre-law and business programs while NC State is recognized for outstanding science and engineering programs. Students should not overlook smaller schools such as Meredith College and St. Augustine’s college which are also known for academic excellence.

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RECREATION Even if you do not consider yourself the outdoorsy type, you will want to check out North Carolina’s state and county parks. Jordan Lake State Park, near Durham and Chapel Hill, features 150 miles of shoreline perfect for camping, fishing, andboating. Bald Eagles are often spotted flying over this lake. Also in Durham, the Eno River State Park is popular for hiking, canoeing and kayaking. The river rolls past mature forests, historic mill and home sites covered with flowering shrubs and across fords used by early settlers. In Raleigh, Falls Lake State Park has seven access areas for fishing, swimming, camping and mountain biking. The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail winds through parts of the recreation area and is a centerpiece of a network of hiking trails. William B. Umstead State Park is on the west side of Raleigh and can be accessed from Cary. This 5,000 acre habitat for wildlife hosts a few campsites and a bridle trail for horse enthusiasts. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent during temperate months. This park is popular for people looking to spend the day outdoors picnicking and hiking. Public parks and playgrounds are abundant in our area. No matter where you live, you will not have to venture far to find one. The oldest is Pullen Park in Raleigh which was founded in 1887. Always a hit with the kids, it features a Dentzel carousel purchased in 1920, an authentic caboose, and a miniature train that circles the park. Recently renovated, Pullen Park still retains its old-fashioned charm.

Our State One of the benefits of living in the Triangle area is the proximity of both the mountains and the coast. Beautiful scenery and rich history can be found throughout North Carolina. The Outer Banks are famous for being the birthplace of flight by the Wright brothers. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a great place to see the dunes where the brothers tested their craft. And if you’ve never been dune sledding, you’re in for a treat. New Bern and Beaufort are historic coastal towns with a lot of character within a short distance from the Triangle. New Bern’s Tryon Palace is a replica of the mansion built in the late 1760s for the Royal Governor of the Province of North Carolina. The palace is available for tours and houses a museum.

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Further south in Wilmington, the USS North Carolina Battleship is a popular tourist destination. The town of Wilmington has become a hotspot of boutiques, cafes and nightlife. For a more rustic experience, visit the natural open areas of Oak Island and Holden Beach. For a different type of getaway, visit the western side of North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway was specifically designed for scenic views. With so many charming towns to choose from, you will have trouble deciding where to visit first. Asheville is perhaps the most popular tourist destination attracting visitors from all over the US. The Biltmore Estate is a spectacular home built by the Vanderbilt family and is the largest private home open to the public for tours. Asheville is also home to countless boutiques, restaurants and breweries. Home to Appalachian State University, Boone NC attracts many tourists seeking outdoor adventure yet maintains a small-town feel. Hiking, biking, and skiing are popular activities among students and visitors alike. Nearby Blowing Rock and Valley Crucis also offer shopping, dining and lodging. Grandfather Mountain’s mile high bridge has been a favorite destination for generations. You may want to stay close to the gift shop of you are afraid of heights! Charlotte, known as the “Queen City”, has the largest downtown area in the state and offers plenty of entertainment. Many highly rated breweries and restaurants can be found here as well as museums and art galleries. The Queen City is home to the Carolina Panthers who attract sports fans from across the state. Just outside the city, the amusement park Carowinds entertains thrill seekers of all ages. Most towns in our state offer unique cultural attractions such as museums, historical tours or outdoor activities. Asheboro’s zoo is a great day trip for animal lovers. Winston Salem is home to Old Salem featuring gardens, tours, artifacts, workshops, events and shopping. Experience early American history in this unique Moravian settlement. Golfers enjoy the world-famous Pinehurst Resort which has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments. Non-golfers will delight in the spa, fine dining, lawn sports and kayaking. From the mountains to the coast, you will always be met with Southern hospitality. One of our best features is the kindness and graciousness of our people. No matter where you travel in our state, you will feel at home.

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ATHLETICS Although North Carolina is home to professional sports teams, college sports rule here. And Triangle residents are passionate about basketball. One of the nation’s most famous rivalries is between UNC and Duke, but rivalries exist between all North Carolina teams.

Everyone in the Triangle has a favorite team and will happily explain why their team is the best.

A beloved tradition during football season is tailgating. Sure, you will find kegs of beer and burgers, but team spirit and enthusiasm is the main attraction. Whether it is cold, hot, sunny or pouring rain, devout fans will be partying in the parking lot in anticipation of the game. The Durham Bulls were made famous by the movie Bull Durham with Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner. A new stadium was built in 1995 to accommodate more fans and sits in the middle of downtown Durham in the Tobacco Campus. A 10,000 square foot social space along the 1st base line with vendor kiosks that allows fans an uninterrupted view of the game. The Tobacco Campus is part of the American Tobacco Historic District where tobacco production began in the 1800’s. Today, visitors will find restaurants, eclectic shops and green outdoor spaces. The aptly named Carolina Hurricanes came to Raleigh in 1997. They quickly found devoted hockey fans to cheer them on and even won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Cary is home to the Carolina Railhawks, a professional soccer team. The attendance record was broken in April 2016 when over 10,000 fans cheered on the Railhawks in a match against Britain’s West Ham United.

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Raleigh’s Cameron Village was the first and only shopping center between Atlanta and Washington DC when it opened in 1949. Over the years, it has hosted Sears, K&W Cafeteria, and a public library. Today, shoppers will find The Great Outdoor Provision Company, Pendleton Woolen Mills, and boutiques offering unique and trendy merchandise. Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills, and Triangle Town Center malls are always hot spots for shopping. Anchors include Belk, JC Penney, and Macy’s but shoppers will find just about any store imaginable. Shoppers will find specialty stores featuring soaps, candles and tea as well as fashion apparel and furniture.

Large outdoor shopping centers can also be found in the Triangle. Sporting goods, big box stores, home décor, crafting supplies and clothing stores can be found at these locations. Consumers shouldn’t worry about going hungry as there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. In the heart of Downtown Durham, Brightleaf Square is a delightful shopping area reminiscent of old times. In warmer months, bands play in the evening while shoppers dine al fresco under the vintage strung lights. Perhaps the Triangle’s most distinct shopping experience is across the street at Morgan Imports. Hungry shoppers will find equally unique eateries in this area as well. If bargain shopping is more your style, take a short trip to Mebane or Smithfield to the Outlet Malls. Designer and high fashion boutiques offer stylish finds at discount prices. Stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, Coach and Vera Bradley.

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INFORMATION Our capital city of Raleigh is named for famed colonist Sir Walter Raleigh. In 1792, a beautiful wooded area in Wake County was purchased by the General Assembly to establish the city. Far from its humble beginning, Raleigh has become one of the most popular cities in the US to relocate and always ranks high on top cities to live in.

Durham was originally world renowned for its tobacco and textiles. Today, Durham is often called the City of Medicine. Nearly one third of Durham’s residents work in a healthcare related field. Duke University Hospital brings patients from all over the country looking for the most innovative and advanced treatments available. When visiting Durham, be sure to tour the gothic inspired architecture of Duke University’s campus. Duke Chapel is one of the most visited places in the city. Then take a stroll in the Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens with amazing botanical displays you will not soon forget.

Chapel Hill is a quintessential college town with coffee shops, bars, boutique shops and a vibrant music scene. Morehead Planetarium has been on the college campus since 1949 and still thrills its visitors with sky shows. Other famous sites include the historic Carolina Inn and Gimghoul Neighborhood Historic District. Our area is consistently ranked in the top US cities to live in based on quality of life steady job growth. Women’s Health named Raleigh “Healthiest City for Women, and Southern Living named Raleigh one of the “Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South.” Whether you are a fitness fanatic or a foodie, you will be happy in the Triangle.

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Pittsboro’s mayor, Cindy S. Perry, describes this smaller town as agricultural, academic, and artistic. Located on the western side of Raleigh, Pittsboro was once considered as a potential site for the state capitol and UNC. Residents are proud of their diversity and friendly nature. There are many unique shops in the downtown area, and nearby Jordan Lake provides plenty of outdoor activities. Pittsboro features a prime location a short, 20 minutes from Research Triangle Park, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, and 30 minutes from Raleigh and Greensboro. Conveniently located with easy access to Raleigh-Durham Airport and some of the state’s finest universities including UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University, Elon University, UNC Greensboro, and more.

Chatham County is known as “The Heart of North Carolina.” Situated at the center of the state, Chatham County is located between two of the state’s largest and most populated areas, the Triangle and the Piedmont Triad. The county consisting of four incorporated towns, Pittsboro, Siler City, Goldston, and Cary, as well as a number of unincorporated communities throughout. Chatham County offers access to organic, locally grown vegetables and unique nurseries as well as its artistic population. Artists throughout the county can be found producing highquality goods from pottery and sculpture to metalwork and fiber arts. Home to Jordan Lake, Rocky River, the Haw River, and the Deep River, Chatham County boasts plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty that the state of North Carolina has to offer.

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Carrboro’s population consists of a vibrant and diverse community. Noted as one of the most progressive communities in the South, Carrboro’s community has continued to flourish in recent decades. This charming town offers access to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market, the ArtsCenter and Cat’s Cradle (music venues that host nationally recognized musical acts), and the DSI Community Theatre. Maintaining a great appreciation for the arts, Carrboro takes pride in hosting annual community events including the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Carrboro Music Festival, Carrboro Film Festival, and more.

Hillsborough’s downtown historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hillsborough is a small town with a big history. The downtown historic district features more than 100 structures from the late 18th and 19th centuries. Today, Hillsborough is a haven for artists and writers, and a wonderful place to live. The town is located west of the Triangle; Interstate 85 runs through the town, and Interstate 40 is just south of its limits. Filled with parks and outdoor spaces, many festivities take place to engage residents and tourists alike. One popular event is annual Hog Day in May and the downtown comes alive Friday evenings with arts and entertainment during Last Fridays celebrations.

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FIGURES Emergency Numbers Central Emergency for Rescue-Fire-Police-Sheriff: 911 Poison Control Center: (800)222-1222

Community Information Durham County Community Information & Referral: (919) 560-0525 Wake County Community Information & Referral: (919) 250-1100 Chatham County Community Information & Referral: (919) 542-8202

North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (919) 715-7000 | https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/

North Carolina State Parks http://www.ncparks.gov/

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For more detailed information on utility providers, taxes, planning and zoning, and parks and recreation, see your city or town’s website:

Chapel Hill Visitors Bureau https://www.visitchapelhill.org/

City of Durham http://durhamnc.gov/

City of Raleigh https://www.raleighnc.gov/

Town of Apex http://www.apexnc.org/

Town of Cary https://www.townofcary.org/

Town of Holly Springs http://www.hollyspringsnc.us/

Town of Wake Forest https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/

Town of Carrboro http://www.townofcarrboro.org//

Town of Pittsboro http://www.pittsboronc.gov/

Town of Hillsborough http://www.hillsboroughnc.gov/

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AG E N T B IO After calling the San Francisco Bay Area home for a number of years, Karen heeded the call to relocate to the Triangle area. Today, she is well versed in the many amenities that the Triangle area is able to offer, including top-notch medical care and universities, great theater, year-round recreation and sports, and excellent music and dining. Add in the fact that the Triangle area is home to some of the friendliest people around, and it is easy to see why so many people have been drawn to this part of North Carolina from all around the country. Karen recognizes that buying and selling a home is often one of the most complex and largest financial transactions most people will ever undertake. The purchase or sale of a home is also frequently the cornerstone of a client’s financial security. As a result, it is imperative to work with a Realtor who is not only knowledgeable but who will also provide honest advice and who truly has your best interests at heart. In light of all of that, Karen takes a simple philosophy when it comes to the real estate industry, “Put the client’s needs first, and offer quality service that goes the extra mile.” That is precisely what you will receive when you choose to work with Karen. Whether you are buying your first home, moving up or downsizing, relocating to the Triangle, or interested in investing, you will not find a more committed partner to help you meet your goals in the Triangle area. While she may be a transplant, Karen has become an active member of the Triangle community and enjoys the varied and fabulous array of activities offered by the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. When she is not working with her clients, Karen can typically be found enjoying time with her partner, Cath, and their beloved Shepherd-Lab mix, Mallie. Karen also enjoys spending time shopping at the local Farmers Market, munching on a slice of pizza at Pizzeria Toro in Durham, hiking at Umstead Park, and enjoying a local craft beer with friends. Whether you are in the market to buy or sell, contact Karen today to find out how easy it can be with the right Realtor at your side.

CLI E N T R EVIEWS “Agent Karen Huckabay with Triangle Real Estate Group was such a delight to work with. She has such great enthusiasm and amazing realism about her, which made our house hunt even more exciting. We trusted that her advice and insights were genuine and in our best interests, truly. She helped us through the entire process, was very much involved, and ensured that we understood everything along the way. Karen is very detailoriented, and she does not miss a single thing! She takes care of everything from home inspections to finding your perfect first or next home! Working with Karen was a pleasure and we highly recommend her to anyone buying a home! Thanks a million Karen!” – Gaby & Alex “It was a joy working with Karen Huckabay! As a first-time homebuyer, I felt secure and confident knowing that Karen took my wants and needs seriously, and mapped out every detail of the home-buying process with my best interests at heart. Her high level of expertise and skill gave me a great advantage in the house-hunting and negotiation process. I was amazed by her dedication to ensuring that I made a wise investment.” - Corrine

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