Chapel Hill

Overview

Nicknamed “the southern part of heaven,” Chapel Hill is a vibrant college town with diverse cultural attractions and a commitment to education. With a population of 59,376, Chapel Hill offers the best of both worlds with a small town feel, but big city culture. The town has an inseparable bond to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dating back to 1789 when the cornerstone of Old East, the first campus building, was laid. Because of the University, residents in Chapel Hill enjoy the perks the institution has to offer. Attend a play, concert or dance performance on the University’s campus. UNC’s PlayMaker’s Repertory Company performs at the Center for Dramatic Art and the Paul Green Theatre.

For those interested in world-renown acts or a wide array of world music and dance, Memorial Hall is the place to go. Shows at Memorial range from jazz musicians to the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic. Lecturers and well-known speakers are also brought in to speak on campus, and many of those lectures are open to the public. In 2010, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel; New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, and CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien, among others, spoke to students and community members. While you’re exploring, make sure to stroll through the North Carolina Botanical Gardens or the galleries of the Ackland Art Museum.

 

You can also enjoy stargazing at the Morehead Planetarium.

Sports enthusiasts shouldn’t fret either. UNC is Michael Jordan’s alma mater, and a love for basketball runs deep in Chapel Hill. Make sure to attend a Tar Heel basketball game in the Smith Center – better known as the Dean Dome, and check out the UNC Basketball Museum while you’re there. If you’d rather play hoops, you can find a court at one of many local parks or at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA. But basketball’s not for everyone, and Chapel Hill has other activities covered too. Golfers can enjoy the public A.E. Finley Golf Course at UNC or one of Chapel Hill’s semi-private or private courses.

Foodies have plenty of eating choices in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham and Raleigh area. Many restaurants embrace the farm-to-table philosophy and sustainability. Some of my favorites include Crooks Corner and The Lantern.


 

Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools

Chapel Hill is served by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system (CHCCS). The system is one of two public systems in Orange County, NC, and has benefitted tremendously from its proximity to the University and world-renown Research Triangle Park. Serving more than 12,000 students, the district runs three high schools, four middle schools and 11 elementary schools. CHCCS also operates a school for young patients at UNC Hospitals and an alternative high school program.

The district boasts North Carolina’s highest SAT score at 1201 or 1776 if the writing component is included. The state average is 1,008 and nationally students earn an average 1006. These high scores were earned with over 80 percent of the district’s eligible students taking the test. Advanced Placement courses are offered and utilized by more than 1200 high school students in the district. Those courses have helped two of the district’s high schools earn spots in Washington Post’s list of top high schools. Students educated in the district continue on to two- or four-year institutions at a rate of 92 percent. The district also has North Carolina’s lowest dropout rate at .95 percent. In a new study, Orange County schools were ranked 9th in the United States.

Educators in the district play a major role in the success of students. Roughly 200 teachers in the district hold the prestigious certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Within the district, 42 percent of teachers hold master’s or doctorate degrees, and many choose to stay in the district. The turnover rate for teachers in the district is 13 percent compared with the state average of 17 percent. Chapel Hill also offers many private pre-schools to get children ready for kindergarten and four additional private schools.


 

Business

Franklin Street is the hub of the central business district in Chapel Hill. Teaming with small, locally-owned businesses and recognizable regional and national brands, the area has an exciting mix of clothing boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and, of course, plenty of places to by UNC memorabilia. Downtown Franklin Street is also street fair central – the planned ones such as Festifall and the impromptu ones sparked by an NCAA basketball championship victory — which happens to occur fairly regularly in these parts.

The modern focus on mixed use development downtown also ensures a future where more downtown residents are within a short walk of the nearby businesses, which should provide a strong economic future for the town. Chapel Hill is also located just outside Research Triangle Park, a 7,000-acre home to 170 companies along Interstate 40 straddling the Durham and Wake County lines. RTP employs more than 39,000 people. Of the 10 largest employers in Chapel Hill, six are related to the University, University medical center, local government and the school systems.

For great shopping, University Place has emerged as one of the best places in the Triangle. Anchored by A Southern Season, and Silverspot Theatre, a high-end luxury movie theatre, University Place is home to almost everything you can ask for.

Chapel Hill was ranked 36th in Money Magazine’s best places to live in 2014.  The median family income for the metro area is $95,902. The town is hoping to expand business opportunities with its economic development plan. The goals of the town are to focus on locally owned/oriented businesses, collaborate with the University and analyze the retail market to find room for expansion. Chapel Hill is served by four major newspapers: The Chapel Hill News, The Daily Tar Heel, the Durham Herald-Sun and the Raleigh News & Observer. It is also the home of 1360 WCHL AM, the flagship station for UNC Tar Heel football and basketball broadcasts.

 

Listings in Chapel Hill

105 Majestic Court

SOLD-Majestic aptly describes this 5 bedroom, custom-built home in the Reserve. Includes pool, hot tub, Cherry cabinetry, and wonderful wraparound porch

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108 Worsham Dr.

SOLD- Open floorplan and private backyard in the heart of beautiful Parkside. First floor bedroom with bathroom, fluid living, and a beautiful screened porch!

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4211 Taylor Hall Place

SOLD-Only one word describes this Executive home in Trenton Subdivision….PRISTINE! Rarely do you see a house this well put together. Hardwood floors on main level. Cherry Cabinets, Granite Countertops, etc

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1118 Blackwood Mountain Rd

SOLD- Special Updated John Hartley home in Beautiful, Sustainable Heartwood Neighborhood. Countless living spaces and lofts in every bedroom!

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43 Woodcreek Court

SOLD Fabulous Jim Henry home on a private, wooded lot. Fully updated kitchen, master bathroom, and new carpet for you. Transitional floor plan with plenty of windows & cathedral ceiling in Family room.

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30130 Porter Dr

SOLD – Move In Ready home on Cul de sac! Spacious open floor plan with freshly painted interior providing a formal Living Room and Dining Room. Main Floor Master and en­suite with Whirlpool tub, separate Shower, dual sinks...

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1388 Great Ridge Parkway

SOLD- Pristine living with a gourmet kitchen, open floorplan and first-floor bedroom! Located in Briar Chapel, this 2008 home has been updated to meet anyone’s standards.

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209 The Glades, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

SOLD-Custom Built “Contemporary Saltbox” by Mark Hance perched upon 7.74 acres with winter views of Jordan Lake. One of a kind peaceful woodland retreat only 16 miles from Chapel Hill. Special Features Include: Cedar...

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190 Serenity Hill Circle

SOLD- MOVE IN READY Nandina plan on one of best lots for villa homes in Briar Chapel. Hardwood floors on main level. Study could be a 4th bedroom on main level. Great updates on this villa, as well as a perfect view from the back...

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102 Chesapeake Way

SOLD- Homestead Village, single-floor home with updated kitchen and great access to shopping! One level living with easy access to shopping, schools, Homestead Park, Senior center and busline. Laminate floors in living areas,...

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103 Timber Lane

SOLD Beautiful Highland Forest home with flexible floor plan on fantastic cul de sac lot! Garage has great workshop cabinetry and utility sink. 8 miles to downtown Chapel Hill and low Chatham County taxes.

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106 Claris Ct.

SOLD- Best of both worlds! Suburban style living, but a half mile to Timberlyne movies, groceries and restaurants and just over a mile to I-40. New Granite in kitchen just installed 7/15, which opens to breakfast area and family...

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3801 Hawk Ridge Rd

SOLD- The perfect Home for your Circle of Life on 1.1 acres. Completely renovated unique home with Raised Garden Beds and Chicken Coop. Bamboo floors on main level, Kitchen with Granite counters & stainless appliances. Wood...

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16 Frances St

SOLD – 16 Frances St is Transitional Ranch home with wooded back yard close to shopping, UNC. Lots of updates and a private back deck on 0.3 acreas in Chapel Hill! Ridgefield pool near by available for a fee. Close to...

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35 Winkler Way

SOLD – Move in Ready Townhome in popular Briar Chapel Neighborhood. Hardwood Floors on Main level. Kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances including refrigerator. Nice large deck off family room for outdoor...

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108 Locust Ct.

SOLD-Live in this cute home and enjoy being just steps away from UNC, Chapel Hill and Carrboro! Go through the back yard fence which opens onto McCauley Street for walk or bike to campus, or enjoy the beautiful Carolina mornings...

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524 Aberdeen Drive

SOLD-Move-in ready Southern Village condo with fantastic view of Greenway from back deck! New Paint, and Carpet, stove and microwave. Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator included. Fare free bus will take you right to UNC and Franklin St....

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304 Summerwalk Circle

SOLD- Beautiful condo with countless updates Simply the best unit in Findley Forest! HVAC, water heater, fridge, washer, dryer and microwave all updated in last three years!

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