Archive for April, 2010

Walking the Walk, Art Walk Spring 2010

by Susan Herst

At Urban Durham Realty, we are “all about Durham!”  That’s why hosting two artists for Art Walk last weekend was so fab!  You could feel the artistic pulse of the city as guests milled through our warehouse office space on Foster Street, enjoying the works of our two awesome guest artists, Wendy Kowalski and Kathleen Batson!  The beautiful weather, great artists on display, and excellent marketing by the Durham Arts Council brought record numbers out for Art Walk 2010 both Saturday and Sunday!

We love being a supportive member of the thriving Durham arts community!  Don’t you?!

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Urban Living

This article referencing Karl Case of the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller home price index discusses recent home pricing trends and how to ensure a good value in your home.  This article was a great encouragement for me considering I live walking distance in downtown Durham to almost everything I need.

My husband and I moved last year from our bungalow in Old West Durham to a loft downtown. Leaving the great community in Old West Durham was a hard decision but we have been very happy in our new home.

In the mornings I run through town, past my favorite restaurants and shops, and back home through Trinity Park. My morning jog allows me to feel connected to our city and watch changes as they happen. I also take yoga a couple times a week a Patanjali’s Place only a few blocks away.

When not showing houses, I can walk to the office and walk back home for lunch. If I don’t want to pack I can then walk downtown for lunch at any one of the great downtown lunch options including Rue Cler, Toast, Beyu, Bull McCabes, Dos Perros, Ninth St. Bakery and more.

After work we often meet friends for a drink at the Federal, Whiskey or West End Wine Bar.  And again at dinnertime we have many options all within walking distance. Our biggest challenge is keeping our food budget in check- but who could blame us?

If it’s walking to a Bulls game, DPAC or the Farmers Market it’s hard not to feel like the luckiest people in the world. My husband’s favorite walkable activities are the Triangle Brewery Tour and the Skatepark.

Between King’s opening back up, Fullsteam and The Geer on Rigsbee, and the new Morris Ridge Condos, there is a lot of activity downtown.

As our friends know, we love to explore Durham food & drink and if you ever need some advice, you know where to find me. If you’ve been considering a move closer to town, I’d love to tell you more about our experience.

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Durham, Oh Durham…I love you so.

By: Mariana Byrd

Some more reasons why I, and so many others, love Durham:

  1. 4th Best Fun and Affordable City in the Nation – Durham (all by itself and without it’s neighboring cities, no less) was ranked 4th in the nation by the Today Show with real estate expert Barbara Corcoran.
  2. National Champions – The Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team once again brought the trophy back to Durham!
  3. Concerts Galore – last week I saw Los Lobos perform at Paige Auditorium at Duke and then two days later saw a sold out Wilco show at DPAC.  Both were absolutely amazing.
  4. The Farmer’s Market – I love the farm fresh eggs, juices, breads, soaps, and everything else they have to offer.
  5. Beach and Mountains –  I have family visiting NC for the first time this week and besides thoroughly enjoying Durham, on Tuesday we enjoyed a wonderful day trip to the beach and now, it’s Thursday, and we’re enjoying the magnificent views in the mountains.
  6. Food – delicious…what more can I say?!
  7. Housing – There’s a style, a price, and a neighborhood for everyone.
  8. Diversity – it’s everywhere and it’s wonderful to have my children grow up with such a rich culture.

Oh, the list can go on and on but I’ll stop here…for now.  What are some of your Durham favorites?

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