If you are looking for mild weather, friendly people, and access to some of the best education and healthcare in the country, search homes for sale Durham, NC.  Durham is ranked one of the best places in the US to live, work, and retire.  Below are just a few of the reasons that so many people choose to make Durham home.

A Welcoming Community:

This is a community that is proud of its diversity and of the way it welcomes newcomers who want to join the community. With innovative research and entrepreneurialism a growing number of artists and creative people call Durham home. Durham is the kind of place that interesting, progressive, passionate people want to call home.

Jobs and a Thriving Economy:

With resources like Research Triangle Park, housing many Fortune 100 companies, as well as a booming startup culture, institutes connected to Duke University and North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and organizations like the National Humanities Center, Durham is able to offer opportunities to businesses and newcomers in a variety of fields. Durham has been named America’s eighth leading high-tech metro, as the small city with the second most economic potential and as one of the best cities to start a career in and great which makes homes for sale Durham a hot commodity.

An Emphasis on Education:

Duke University brings leading professors, scholars, researchers, and writers to Durham. Duke was named the seventh best college in the country by the U.S. News & World Report in 2014.  NCCU was the first publicly support liberal arts college for African Americans in the country, and it carries on that legacy today, training new leaders in a variety of fields. Durham also offers a wide variety of primary and secondary education options, including the North Carolina School for Science and Math and the Durham School of the Arts.  Durham is known as the City of Medicine. Healthcare is a major industry, including more than 300 medical and health-related companies and medical practices with a combined payroll that exceeds $1.2 billion annually.

A Unique Combination of Urban and Rural:

duke university in durham ncDowntown Durham is the historic soul of a vibrant, diverse, and creative southern city. Home to several landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places and alive with food, arts, culture, and many events throughout the year, it’s an area that offers something for everyone! Durham is a small city nestled into a small county, but it offers all of the benefits of a large urban environment. Durham has culture, restaurants, and industry but it also keeps the small-town feel and the convenience that are lost in big cities – not to mention the lower cost of living. And you can easily escape the urban environment on quick trips out to the Eno River or Falls Lake. Downtown is comprised of seven unique districts, each with it’s own personality. They are easily explored by foot or by a free ride on the Bull City Connector, a bus route connecting downtown and Duke University. In 1892, Trinity College moved from Randolph County to Durham.  Washington Duke and Julian Carr donated money and land to facilitate the move. Following a $40 million donation by Washington Duke’s son, James Buchanan Duke, Trinity College expanded into Duke University  in 1924.

A Full Calendar of Events & Things to Do:

Downtown Durham has flourished recently, and new, exciting developments are popping up all the time.

  • There’s the art and entertainment scene, full of museums, music clubs, and theaters.
  • There are sports, with collegiate teams and the Durham Bulls.
  • Durham’s Celebrated Cuisine. Durham was named the South’s Tastiest Town by Southern Living magazine, Durham also continues to rack up dining accolades.  Downtown serves as a mecca for unique, local restaurants.
  • Durham is home to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, one of the most popular theaters in the country, as well as the historic Carolina Theatre, drawing national touring acts in music, comedy, and theater. It is also home to the American Dance Festival, the most important modern dance festival in the country, and Duke Performances, curating a season full of eclectic music, dance, and other performances from locally grown and international acts.
  • You can also find an array of shopping, nightlife, museums and sports and recreation amusements.
  • The American Dance Festival or ADF as Durham calls it is heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” by the New York Times and as “The world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post. The American Dance Festival’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance. Since 1934, ADF has remained committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, and professionals. Remaining true to the goals of its founding artists, ADF’s programs are developed based on its mission:
    • to encourage and support the creation and presentation of new modern dance work by both established and emerging choreographers
    • to preserve our modern dance heritage through continued presentation of classic works as
      well as through archival efforts, to build wider national and international audiences for modern
      dance
    • to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its cultural and
      historical significance
    • to provide a sound scientific and aesthetic base for professional education and training of
      young dancers
    • to maintain a forum for integrating and disseminating information on dance education
  • You can learn more about ADF’s programs, performances, education, awards, community outreach, humanities and media projects and national and international initiatives on their website.
  • homes for sale DurhamYou can also find shopping, with two malls, including the super-regional Streets at Southpoint, and a thriving group of unique local shops and boutiques with everything from antiques, to foodstuff, to books and music.
  • There’s also over a century’s worth of history – both in the museums and on the streets. You can find the Museum of Life + Science, an experiential museum that’s been acclaimed for its family-friendly programming as well as almost 5,000 annual events. And more keeps coming every day.  Located just blocks from downtown Durham, the Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations. Their interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits. Families can view rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves.  With 84-acres of outdoor exhibits and many other indoor activities,  there is always something to explore. Plan a visit to the Museum of Life and Science!
  • Durham Central Park is an exciting downtown destination that offers a venue for cultural activities and is part of a 24-hour, authentic, walkable neighborhood for arts, recreation, and locally-owned businesses. Durham Central Park offers open green spaces and hidden gems—from artistic seating to beautiful gardens. The Durham Farmers market and Food Truck Rodeo in January are just some of the many events that are held here throughout the year. You can learn more about Durham Central Park and upcoming events on their website.

Durham CVB Visitor Services:

The Durham Visitor Information Center is located at 101 E. Morgan St. (at the corner of Morgan and Mangum Streets). Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday.  Official Durham Visitor and Relocation Guides, maps, and an after-hours lobby display and internet kiosk are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can view more information on Durham here .  Please use the Quick Search above to find homes for sale Durham today.

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