3-Story Townhome in Inside Wade!

1321 Rembrandt Circle, Raleigh, NC

1321 Rembrandt Circle, Raleigh, NC

Welcome to this beautiful three-story townhome located in the Raleigh neighborhood of Inside Wade!  Plush landscaping leads to the double-stacked covered front porches.  The foyer greets you with warm hardwood floors.  The first floor has a guest bedroom with a walk-in closet.  There is also a full bath on the first floor with a single vanity and a shower.  Journey upstairs to the second floor and you’ll find a spacious living room that hosts a fireplace.  A French door opens onto the covered front porch that overlooks the community pool.  Cooking is a delight in the kitchen that offers stainless steel appliances, granite counters, a tile backsplash, and a breakfast bar.  The dining area is wrapped with crown and wainscoting.  There is also an area perfect to use as an office space.  Up on the third floor is the master suite that is grounded with plush carpet and includes a walk-in closet and a uniquely trimmed ceiling.  The master bath has a double granite vanity, tile surround shower, and a garden tub.  The two secondary bedrooms are each a nice size with large closets.  The secondary full bath has a single vanity and a tub/shower.  There is also a laundry room conveniently located next to the bedrooms.  Inside Wade offers its residents many amenities including a clubhouse with saltwater pool, a playground, a dog park, and two pocket parks.  Located close by is the PNC Arena and the NC State University Stadium.  Combined with a neutral color scheme and central location, this townhome is move-in ready!

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Priced at $298,000

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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 Voted #1 Place to Live by BusinessWeek.com!

Raleigh was recently voted the #1 Place to Live by BusinessWeek.com!

From BusinessWeek.com:

Raleigh, N.C.  #1

Population: 377,487
Mayor: Charles Meeker

Why it’s ranked: Taking more than a dozen data points into account, Raleigh ranks as the best place to live in the U.S. The city sports a high number of bars, restaurants, and cultural institutions as well as a thriving social scene, great parks, and good schools. Raleigh reflects the cultural graces that go along with anchoring the so-called research triangle, home to North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Of course, it’s also much more. The city offers a great deal on nights and weekends, from concerts and opera to the 30,000-sq.-ft. State Farmer’s Market. North Carolina’s state capital is tops in our book.

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor’s degrees: 47.5
Percent under poverty level: 13.9
Median household income: $53,370
Violent crime rate: 492.9
Property crime rate: 3,403.2
School score: 74.4
Pro sports teams: 1
Foreclosure rate: .0056
Percent Unemployment: 6.9
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 30.8
Bars: 110
Restaurants: 867
Museums: 51
Colleges: 10
Libraries: 18
Air Quality Index: 83

Source: BusinessWeek.com