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31 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 raleigh One of the newest and up-and-coming "places to be" in Raleigh is a thriving residential and commercial district known as Midtown. Centered on North Hills and Crabtree Valley Malls, Midtown is roughly framed by Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road to the West, Wake Forest Road to the East, and Millbrook Road to the North. "I think a lot of it has to do with convenience. You can now get to two great malls, North Hills and Crabtree, within fve minutes, so you always have options and things going on. There is live music at North Hills almost every week and the Farmer's Market is great during the summer. There are many neighborhoods, schools, and things for families to do. Shelley Lake is popular and the Greenways make it nice for walking, biking, and getting out in nature," said Marshall. Perhaps the center of Midtown Raleigh is North Hills Mall, an outdoor shopping area that includes a variety of stores and restaurants, entertainment options, commercial ofces, residential living and a continuing care retirement community. Anchored by Target, the North Hills mall features an underground parking deck, a 14-screen movie complex, and an open- air environment centered on North Hills Commons. Restaurants and stores are easy to access on foot, making it a great place to take the family for the evening. Upscale dining options include Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Black Cat Cafe, Firebirds, Vivace, Mura, Coquette and Fox & Hound Pub. Casual dining eateries include Zoe's Kitchen, Moe's Southwest Grill, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Panera Bread. Another phase of development was the opening of North Hills East across Six Forks Road. It features a new two-story Harris Teeter, Kings, an upscale bowling alley, Cowfsh, The Yard House, World of Beer, Chuy's, and the CapTrust Tower, as well as more restaurants, shops and residential living. A recent addition was the Bank of America Tower, an impressive skyscraper which will provide room for more class-A ofce space. Midtown's forward-thinking North Hills area also ofers upscale living options including the 4-star, 223-room Renaissance Raleigh Hotel, North Hills Apartments, Park and Market North Hills Apartments, and The Alexan. Convenience is a huge contributor to quality of life so grocery stores, banks and a pharmacy are right out your door. The other dominant commercial and residential section of Midtown Raleigh is the Crabtree Valley Mall area. Crabtree Valley Mall was once the largest indoor mall in North Carolina and still attracts massive crowds around the holidays. At 1,326,000 square feet, it is the largest enclosed mall in the Triangle. Crabtree Valley Mall ofers more than 220 stores and is anchored by Belk, Sears, and Macy's. Upscale restaurants located in the mall include The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Kanki, Brio, Red Monkey Tavern, and McCormick & Schmicks. "Crabtree is a unique area with a lot to ofer everyone in the family," said Marshall. "You don't always think about it as Midtown, but it defnitely is a factor as far as quality of life in the area. Between North Hills Mall and Crabtree Mall, you pretty much have an endless amount of options for shopping, dining or a night out on the town." Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks for a reason. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors especially at the city's many parks and along the award- winning greenways. Raleigh boasts more than 4,300 acres of parkland and ofers 1,400 acres of water and recreational activities year round. The nationally acclaimed greenway system spans 41 miles, providing 24 walking, jogging and hiking trails that connect many of the city's 150 major park areas. The greenway is a network of public parks and recreational trails that provide the perfect backdrop for activities like walking, jogging, bird watching, fshing, picnicking, and biking. The project, dubbed the Capital Area Greenway in 1974, has developed into a 68-mile, 3,700-acre system that continues to expand. If you are a sports fan, you are defnitely in the right place, especially if you enjoy college basketball and football or hockey. Located near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina State University athletic teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). College rivalries are strong in the Triangle, with the Wolfpack, the nearby UNC Tar Heels, and the Duke Blue Devils vying for the ACC and NCAA championships each year in both basketball and football. For hockey lovers, you might not be aware that Raleigh's Carolina Hurricanes captured the Stanley Cup in 2006. Not too shabby for a hockey team in the South! Raleigh's PNC Arena is always rocking when the 'Canes hit the ice. Located on the eastern edge of Raleigh, the Walnut Creek Amphitheater is also home to many exciting concerts and events. Catching a great concert while lying on the lawn is a great way to spend a summer evening in Raleigh! Raleigh is also home to many performing arts centers, including the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, which houses the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, the Fletcher Opera Theater, the Kennedy Theater, and the Meymandi Concert Hall. You can also catch many theater performances at Raleigh Little Theatre, Long View Center, Theatre in The Park, and Stewart Theater at NCSU. In addition, the Capital City plays host to the North Carolina Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina, Burning Coal Theatre Co., the North Carolina Theatre, Broadway Series South, and the Carolina Ballet. The city pays tribute to history, art and culture with two exceptional museums, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. So, if you are looking for all the best that life has to ofer, look no further than Raleigh, North Carolina's capital city. With a great economy and an accommodating infrastructure, Raleigh is now one of the best cities to put down roots in the entire country. []

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