Spotlight on Chapel Hill

Walk along the streets of Chapel Hill and you'll find delicate, blooming dogwoods, sturdy oak trees and gorgeous Southern houses. Besides being the home of the prestigious University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, there is a lot this town has to offer. It is the perfect place to begin your search for homes for sale in Raleigh-Durham.

It's no wonder Chapel Hill is nicknamed "The Southern Part of Heaven." With approximately 51,000 residents living in 21.1 square miles, there's a true sense of community among the people, families and students living here. What's more, it is fairly affordable to live in the area with the average home price at $342,000, according to the Town of Chapel Hill.

Consider starting off your Chapel Hill home search in one of the neighborhoods near the downtown area. Downtown is as quaint as you'd expect from any charming southern town. Window shop around the little boutiques, dine in chic restaurants and hear little bits of honey-soaked accents as you enjoy living in this part of Chapel Hill. 

Downtown Chapel Hill is comprised of the University and three historic areas Gimghoul, Franklin-Rosemary and Cameron-McCauley. The tree-lined winding streets that make up these historical areas feature a mix of homes, ranging from simple cottages that start around $400,000 to larger, elegant homes priced as much as $2M. Many of the higher priced homes are located on Franklin Street, the main street downtown.

Homebuyers hoping for a little more privacy may wish to live in a neighborhood like The Reserve. Most of the houses in this Chapel Hill neighborhood are situated on at least an acre of land and are priced around $600,000. Built in the late 1990s, the homes here have a more modern look and are larger than most in the town. The wooded properties provide a peaceful setting for anyone who values a little solitude but would still like to be within a short drive from downtown.

Golfers might enjoy living in a neighborhood like The Oaks. It surrounds The Chapel Hill Country Club, the only private golf course and club in Chapel Hill. This is a great spot for families hoping for quiet street where kids can play and ride their bikes in the cul-de-sacs. Homes in this neighborhood are priced $500,000 and upward.

No matter what you're looking for in a home and neighborhood, the lovely town of Chapel Hill is sure to have the perfect property.