TRIANGLE NC

VOL16ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 16 — ISSUE 2 14 THE TRIANGLE Durham clinched the top position on MoneyGeek. com's list as the "number one best mid-sized city to make a living." Cities with relatively low cost of living and high salaries made the list. The city of 251,893 has transitioned from an economy once dependent on tobacco and textiles to one with an entrepreneurial spirit. Much of the city's success is also tied to RTP, start-up tech hubs like American Underground (called by CNBC the "the Startup Capital of the South"), along with the presence of Duke University. Durham's cost of living and housing prices fall below the national average while offering an exceptional lifestyle. Choices for dining, shopping, entertainment (see a Durham Performing Arts Center show), recreational and cultural opportunities are numerous. Libations are a cut above in the city that prides itself on serving up an exceptional adult beverage. Durham Distillery is bringing back a gin renaissance to city and is one of USA Today's "10 Best Craft Gin Distilleries." Try a Conniption gin and tonic, or a chocolate martini. Neighbor city, Chapel Hill, placed number five in Entrepreneur's "Top 50 cities for entrepreneurs "to live and launch." Factors such as livability, access to venture capital and small business loans, and population also helped determine the rankings. The college town home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is tied to technology and science sectors and entrepreneurs in all industries. The city boasting everything from quiet streets to business accelerators is rated on Livability.com as one of the best 100 places to live in the U.S. for three years in a row. Franklin Street is Chapel Hill's main drag where locals, students and visitors go to shop, eat (bars, diners, or upscale such as The Lantern), drink and listen to live music. Make a toast at Crunkleton, one of the "Top Bourbon Bars in the South" according to Bourbon Review, or take a tour at Top of the Hill Distillery to learn about the only fully local and USDA certified organic distillery in the Deep South. Museums are plentiful with the Ackland Art Museum, Kidzu Children's Museum and Morehead Planetarium. Sports fans go to the Carolina Basketball Museum (free admission), next door to the Dean Dome, to pay respects to the legacy of Dean Smith who passed away in 2015. Landscaped gardens are a visual treat at Carolina Botanical Garden (CBG). The gardens are popular for weddings and those who enjoy the manicured grounds. Pose beside the giant chessboard with toddler-size pieces fashioned from recycled metal, and then take a hike on the Piedmont Nature Trails in the surrounding woods. CBG celebrated its 50th birthday in 2016. Tucked around the Triangle anchor cities are smaller towns loaded with charm, adventure and plenty of Southern hospitality. The towns with "boro" in their names are worth checking out. The Boro's – Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro: each small town has a distinctive personality and adds to the creative flavor of the Triangle. Carrboro is Chapel Hill's next door neighbor and is slightly more laid back. >> www.BlockRealty.com www.BlockRealty.com The Triangle Area's Largest Agency Specializing in Single Family Rental Homes and Townhomes Sharon L. Schovain Broker / Owner SSchovain@BlockRealty.com Direct 919-459-6319 WEBSITE UPDATED HOURLY 919-459-6300

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