Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2013 Holiday Events in Downtown Raleigh

2013 Holiday Events in Downtown Raleigh

October, November and December are definitely some of our favorite months of the year. Especially living in North Carolina, we get to enjoy the beautiful change of seasons as the leaves put on their show and then make for piles and piles of leafy fun. Although, I have to say, we don't miss raking leaves since we moved into our downtown Raleigh loft!

Now that we are permanent residents downtown, we have been researching various ways we can become part of the community and experience true downtown Raleigh living. What better time to do that than during the holiday season?

Here are some fun upcoming events and activities we will be exploring. Hope to see you there!

Family Fun Night Spooktacular
Marbles Kids Museum
October 25- 31, 2013
Wear your costume and participate in fun Halloween themed activities.

Halloween Safe Night
NC Museum of History
October 31st from 6-9 pm for Ages 12 and under with Adult
Kids and parents trick or treat through the Story of North Carolina exhibit and collect various goodies, and tons of candy.

First Friday Gallery Walk
First Friday Holiday Schedule
November 1st and December 6, 2013 from 6-9 pm
This is a great place to do your holiday shopping and pick up something unique while supporting local artists. Make an evening of it and try one of downtown Raleigh's great restaurants.

2113 Collectors Gala
Art Space
A delightful evening of art, friends, food, music, and fun! The annual Collectors Gala benefits Artspace artists and exhibitions, educational programming and community outreach.

Holiday Open House and Family Night
Logan's One Stop Garden Shop
Open House - Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 5 - 8:00 pm
Family Night - Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 5-7 pm
For the open house, enjoy an elegant evening celebrating the holidays with hors d'oeuvres, Christmas music, door prizes, and more.  Get inspired by beautiful themed trees and holiday displays. On Family Night kids will enjoy a visit with Santa, a holiday craft, treats, story time with Santa's Elves, Christmas karaoke, and other holiday activities.  Bring your camera to take a photo with Santa.

Raleigh Christmas Parade
Downtown Raleigh Parade
Saturday November 23, 2013 at 9:40am
Known as the largest Christmas Parade between Washington, DC and Atlanta and fun for the whole family.

Frosty the Snowman
Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center
November 29 to Dec 24, 2013 Various Times
Frosty, the beloved snowman, known to melt everyone’s hearts comes to life in a holiday show for the whole family.

Holiday Pops
NC Symphony
November 30, December 10 & 19, 2013
This family-friendly program features traditional Christmas carols, an audience sing-along, a visit from jolly old St. Nick and "snow" to get you in the holiday spirit.

A Colonial Christmas Open House
Joel Lane Museum House
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm
The house will be decorated with traditional greenery and will reflect the very different way in which colonists and early Americans celebrated the Christmas holiday.

Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes
Historic Oakwood
December 7 & 8, 2013 from 1 - 7 pm
Take a walk through the past this holiday season as eleven properties in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood open their doors to visitors.

New Year's Eve Celebration
First Night Raleigh
December 31, 2013 from 2pm to Midnight
Schedule of Events:
Children's Celebration 2 pm-6 pm
People's Procession 6 pm
Early Countdown with Fireworks 7 pm
Evening Performances 7 pm-11:30 pm
Main Stage Performances 6 pm to 12 midnight
Fireworks and Acorn Drop at 12 midnight

If you feel like taking a weekend getaway you have to take a trip to Asheville, NC to the Biltimore Estate during the holiday season. Candlelight Christmas Evenings at the Biltmore are an unforgettable experience for the whole family. We highly recommend it.

We hope you enjoy all this season has to offer here in the Raleigh area. Let us know if there are any fun family traditions you have that we can share with everyone!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ramblewood Neighborhood - Inside the Beltline - Raleigh

Ramblewood Neighborhood - Inside the Beltline - Raleigh

Why it's a great place to live!

The Ramblewood neighborhood is just around the corner from the acclaimed North Hills district, known as “Raleigh’s Midtown”. The upscale North Hills Raleigh shopping area offers three city blocks filled with every shopping, dining and entertainment experience you desire, at your fingertips. The Annual North Hills Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony is a Raleigh tradition. The area showcases a weekend Midtown Farmers Market from April until November, free Beach Music Concerts on the Commons every Thursday from April until August, 4th of July Celebrations, art festivals, fashion shows, 5k Races, and more throughout the year. See all Events here.

There are some excellent restaurants near this neighborhood. Coquette Brasserie is a French inspired bistro with a unique offering of dishes. The Cowfish, a recent addition, has been attracting a lot of attention for their unique fusion menu of sushi and burgers. For a complete list of restaurants and shopping in the midtown area near the Ramblewood neighborhood, CLICK HERE.

This neighborhood offers great convenience to some of the areas best places to go to take in some live music, see in a move at Regal North Hills, dine at one of the area’s many great restaurants and participate in a wide variety of community events.  Situated just minutes from downtown Raleigh, with it’s own vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene, Ramblewood is a really perfect location.

And don’t forget another perk, world class golf awaits you at one of the nation’s best private clubs, Carolina Country Club.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Downtown Raleigh News

Downtown Raleigh News 

What's Happening in Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh is definitely on the upswing. It's not hard to see that the prospect for an improving economy have been in the works for quite a while. There are several new apartment buildings under construction as well as hotels, restaurants, condos and other improvements. Projects like these take years to plan and generally don't move forward unless there is certainty about the future. These are just some of the reasons why we believe now is the time to invest in downtown Raleigh.

Major employers are also relocating corporate office to the downtown area which is bringing more jobs. The tech sector is leading the growth.  HQ Raleigh is a unique concept where tech entrepreneurs can share work space.

The increase in employers and employees has also put a larger demand on the housing market. Downtown Raleigh Neighborhoods, Inside the Beltline, have always been desirable, but with the trend in Urban Living and the development and job growth downtown, prices are on the rise. Downtown Raleigh Real Estate, both residential and commercial have become a hot ticket. Home Search.

Here are just some of the projects underway in downtown Raleigh.

Aloft Hotel Project - Planned opening 2015, this upscale 135 room hotel will be built near the NC State bell tower area on Hillsborough St. 

LexisNexis - The company announced they are moving their Business of Law Software Solutions division from Cary to the Centennial Campus, near NC State.

Citrix - The warehouse District of downtown Raleigh in undergoing major transformations.  One of the largest projects is the new Citrix offices that will be completed in 2014.

Andrew Davidson & Co. - A New York-based analytics firm has opened a satellite office in Raleigh and will be moving into its more permanent space at the Wells Fargo Capitol Center building in mid-November.

Charter Square Office Building - An 11-story, 236,000-square-foot office building is slated to begin construction at the corner of Lenoir Street and Fayetteville Street, in the heart of Raleigh’s downtown business district. Expected completion 2015.  

New Pedestrian Malls - Landscape architects from Durham-based Lappas + Havener have been tasked with redesigning both the Exchange and Market plazas to boost pedestrian traffic and encourage businesses to take advantage of Raleigh’s outdoor space.

Union Station - Raleigh received a $10 million grant to complete its Union Station project, an Amtrak train station slated for downtown.  The project has been ongoing, with this $10 million serving as the final funding needed to complete it.

The Lincoln - Plans are to build a 224 unit apartment building called The Lincoln.  These rental units will further add to the growing popularity of living downtown.  The project is expected to break ground later this year.

Follow our Blog or Follow Us on Facebook to stay on top of what's happening in downtown Raleigh.  We live and work in downtown Raleigh and keep current on future plans.  Contact Us today if we can help you live and invest in Downtown Raleigh Real Estate.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

1300 St. Mary's - New Luxury Condos Inside the Beltline

Cameron Village Area - 1300 St. Mary's Luxury Condos

This area of downtown Raleigh is desirable because of the close proximity to shopping at Cameron Village as well as the close proximity to NC State University. With easy access to Wade Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and I440, it makes for an excellent location within the city. Tree lined streets, sidewalks and friendly neighborhoods appeal to many people seeking to live in this part of of downtown Raleigh - Inside the Beltline.

Designed by JDavis Architects and developed by White Oak Properties, 1300 St. Mary's is a beautiful addition to the neighborhood. Residents will enjoy manicured common areas, a pool with a sun deck, BBQ area, and a fitness room. The condos are located within walking distance to shopping, parks and transportation. Glenwood South, just minutes away, offers a wide variety of nightlife and restaurants. Cameron Village offers boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, a library, and grocery store - within walking distance.

One and Two Bedroom units are available on the ground floor as well and 1st and 2nd level and 3rd and 4th level units. Units will feature private balconies, optional garage and storage, hardwood floors, granite counters in kitchen, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, tile floors in bathrooms, washer/dryer hookups, and much more.

1300 St Mary's offers the best in urban living in a walkable Inside the Beltline location with easy access to all areas of the Triangle.

If you are interested in the new downtown Raleigh Luxury Condos at 1300 St. Mary's, please CONTACT US for more information.