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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 2 52 SURROUNDING TOWNS Surrounding Towns When someone mentions North Carolina, the images that immediately come to mind are sandcastles on sunny beaches, rustic mountain homes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and, of course, college basketball. But there's so much more to North Carolina, as the residents of the Piedmont Triad area will be quick to tell you. The region is tucked halfway between the capital of Raleigh and the North Carolina mountains and hugs the Virginia border. The area is approximately 6,000 square miles and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point, known as the Piedmont Triad. But not far from these cities are many attractive and welcoming small towns that reverberate with charm and history. The Triad's towns and villages include the communities of Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Thomasville, Lexington, Advance and Asheboro. They offer a reprieve to those who work in one of the Triad's major cities but long for a more idyllic home setting with small-town ambience. Residents of these hamlets prefer awe-inspiring views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from an expansive front porch over views of high-rises from apartment balconies. Four major interstates within the region mean convenient commute times (usually about 20 to 35 minutes) and easy access to big-city shopping. Flights taking off from the local Piedmont Triad International Airport will take you anywhere you want to go. The geography of the Triad region guarantees four distinct seasons, a good excuse for an extensive wardrobe. Fall is glorious with its own wardrobe of oranges, reds and yellows, and winter brings some snow but not to the extent where it sticks around long enough to turn that dingy gray. Spring brings the proverbial flowers and showers that keep the area's prominent golf courses lush and beautiful. Summers are hot, and the area's many lakes offer a welcome break, but proximity to the mountains keeps the humidity at a manageable level. The region and its cities even made the list of the country's most comfortable cities of the summer according to Sperling's Best Places. Real estate in the small towns of the Triad runs the gamut. Whether your choice is a cozy cottage built in the early 1900s, a modern apartment close to the action, a large estate in a gated neighborhood or a bargain fixer-upper, you'll find it within these communities. The average price for a home is about $200,000 with the best bargains found further east. Demand for newer homes in the foothills has driven prices up in these towns, but the average household income tends to be higher here, as well. These are just some of the reasons that more and more people eager to set down roots are venturing to the Triad's small towns, which have seen dramatic growth in the last two decades. Advance, pronounced with an emphasis on the 'Ad' like any self-respecting Southerner would, is a small unincorporated community outside of Winston-Salem and Clemmons. This formerly rural area with miles of farmland has transformed itself into a suburban bedroom community to accommodate people living in the western Triad area who are looking for a simpler life and more affordable housing. As a result, numerous housing developments have popped up or expanded in recent years, like Oak Valley with its golf course and a group of neighborhoods known as the Underpass Road Communities. Residents here take to the water and launch their canoes, rafts and kayaks into the Yadkin River, which forms the eastern edge of Advance. Advance is home to the BB&T Sports Park, a large multi-field complex complete with stadium and where weekend soccer leagues take center stage. But don't be surprised if you see a pick-up ultimate Frisbee game or a picnic happening on the well-manicured grounds. After the game, head to nearby Snook's Old Fashion Bar-B-Cue or Venezia, the area's premier Italian restaurant. festive, picturesque, and barbeque BY VERA WILSON

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