Beautiful Home with 1st Fl Master Suite!

216 Okamato St, Raleigh, NC

Welcome to this beautiful home located in the Raleigh neighborhood of Eagle Mountain.  Plush landscaping leads to the covered front porch.  The foyer greets you with a decorative glass front door with above and side transoms, crown, and hardwood floors that carry throughout most of the main level.  To the right of the foyer is the formal dining room wrapped with crown and wainscoting featuring a trey ceiling and a wall of windows. The two-story family room boasts a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and a French door to the screened porch.  Cooking is a delight in the spacious kitchen that offers stainless steel appliances, granite counters, a tile backsplash, and a breakfast bar.  Enjoy your morning coffee in the breakfast area that also hosts a vaulted ceiling and a wall of windows.  The morning room is open to the kitchen and offers a second fireplace and lots of windows to let in plenty of natural light.  Sleep well in the first floor master suite that boasts a trey ceiling, carpet, and a wall of windows.  The luxury master bath has a double marble vanity, jetted garden tub, a tile surround shower, separate water closet, tile floors, and a large walk-in closet.  Journey upstairs and you’ll find two spacious secondary bedrooms and a bonus.  The bedrooms are a nice size and each has a walk-in closet.  The bonus is perfect to use as an office or a playroom. Relax after a long day in the screened porch while enjoying the peaceful wooded surround.  The back deck is perfect for grilling your favorite meal.  The yard has plenty of space for playing your favorite outdoor sport.  The wooded views add to the privacy of the home.  This neighborhood is located near the Eagle Ridge golf course with various memberships available.  Combined with a neutral color scheme, this home is move-in ready!

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Priced at $269,900

MLS# 1851400

Updated End-Unit Townhome in North Raleigh!

4434 Still Pines Dr, Raleigh, NC

Welcome to this newly updated townhome located in the North Raleigh neighborhood of Crabtree Pines.  The foyer greets you with new floors that carry through-out the entire first floor.  Cooking is a delight in the bright kitchen that offers new stainless steel appliances, a new sink and faucet, a pantry, and breakfast area with a double window.   The dining area offers an updated fixture, a triple window, and is wrapped with crown.  Stay warm next to the fireplace in the living room also wrapped with crown and includes a French door to the back patio.  Journey upstairs and you’ll find two bedrooms and a laundry closet.  The master bedroom boasts a trey ceiling, a double door closet, and new carpet.  The master bath offers a double marble vanity, garden tub, separate shower, and new tile floors.  The secondary bedroom is also a good size and has crown, laminate hardwood floors, a walk-in closet with custom shelves, and attached full bath.  Relax after a long day on the back patio with a wooded surround.  There is also a storage closet perfect for holding your outdoor equipment.  Combined with a new neutral color scheme, this townhome is move-in ready!

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Priced at $129,900

MLS#1830780

Raleigh Among Fastest Growing Urban Areas

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows in the past decade, Raleigh’s population increased over 60 percent from 2000 to 2010, ranking N.C.’s capital the 21st fastest growing urban area in the country.  The Raleigh area added more than 343,000 residents in the decade ending 2010, a 63.4 percent increase to nearly 885,000.  The Bureau defines “urban areas” as “densely developed residential, commercial or other nonresidential areas.”  The other NC urban city to make the list was Charlotte which came in at #1 for urban areas with 1 million or more residents with a population growth of 64.6 percent.

Source: News and Observer

Raleigh in Top 10 List of Cities for Wedded Bliss!

Getting married soon?  If you live in Raleigh, you’re in luck!  Rent.com conducted a study measuring newly wedded couple’s attitudes and researched cities across the country, looking at cost of living, mean annual income, the unemployment rate, and rental inventory to identify 10 great cities for Newlyweds.  The first five cities on the list are all performing better than the national average for unemployment rate, annual mean income and cost of living.

Coming in at number 2 is our fair city of Raleigh!  Here’s what the study showed:

Raleigh/Durham, NC –  Young professionals and new families are drawn to Raleigh for its affordability, friendliness, and favorable climate. Livable residential neighborhoods with the cultural benefits of a larger city make Raleigh/Durham the perfect place to settle down.

Source: Rent.com

Raleigh #1 on Inman’s List of Top Real Estate Markets to Watch!

In it’s second annual report, Inman News recently published its list of the Top Real Estate Markets to Watch for 2012.  At the top of the list: Raleigh, NC!

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To create this list, Inman News examined housing, economic and demographic data for metropolitan areas nationwide.  Other factors included above-average price appreciation, a flourishing job market, a high rate of sales in proportion to population, a high level of home affordability, low foreclosure activity, a below-average share of distressed sales, a low vacancy rate, and other characteristics indicating a healthy housing market.

The 10 markets are, in order: Raleigh-Cary, NC, Wichita, KS, Rochester, NY, Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa, Chattanooga, TN, Peoria, IL, Amarillo, TX, Binghamton, NY, Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Bloomington-Normal, IL.

Raleigh, NC:

Despite a steep drop in sales, the Raleigh-Cary market saw considerable price appreciation last year, with its median sales price for single-family homes jumping 7.3 percent from third-quarter 2010 to third-quarter 2011.

At $224,300, the Raleigh-Cary metro had the highest median sales price among the 10 markets on this list and was the only market with a median sales price above the U.S. median. Nonetheless, its affordability rate stayed above the national level, with 73.6 percent of its homes affordable to households earning the area’s median income, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.

Source: Inman News

Raleigh ranks #3 for Best Place to Raise a Family

In a recent study by 24/7 WallStreet, Raleigh was ranked the third Best Place to Raise a Family.   Some of the factors used for the study included good schools, health care, and nearby recreational opportunities.  The only other North Carolina city to make the list was Greensboro, coming in at number 10.

3. Raleigh, N.C.

Acres of parkland per 1,000 residents:         30.8 (14th highest)
Playgrounds per 1,000 residents:                     2.2 (49th highest)
Violent crimes per 1,000 residents:               4.1 (24th lowest)
Unemployment rate:                                                 7.2% (17th lowest)
Adults with at least a high school degree:   91.7% (12th highest)

Raleigh is one of the strongest cities in North Carolina, economically speaking. Its high-tech and biotech industries are growing quickly, keeping unemployment low. The city has a top-notch school system that includes the highly ranked Raleigh Charter High School. Children are also surrounded by highly educated adults, as Raleigh was recently named the third-most educated city in the United States by Men’s Health. Children have ample opportunities to enjoy activities, especially basketball: The city has one of the highest rates of basketball hoops per resident in the country.

Source:  DailyFinance

Raleigh, NC nominated as one of the South’s Tastiest Towns!

 

Southern Living magazine has nominated Raleigh, NC as one of its Top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South”.  The magazine has asked its readers to cast their final vote which starts on Wednesday, December 23 and continues through Tuesday, January 31.  The magazine will profile each town and announce the winner in its April 2012 issue. Click here to cast your vote! 

Source: Southern Living