What Makes the Triangle Great? Reasons to Love Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

You would succumb to infinite scrolling if we posted every “Best Places” list that named Raleigh and other parts of the Triangle. The greater Research Triangle region is consistently ranked as a top place to live, work, raise a family, start a business, and more. I’m happy to start my family here!

As a Realtor I notice buyers need little convincing about relocating to the area, and sellers know exactly where they want to stay when they upgrade. Low crime rates, many opportunities for community involvement, careers in Research Triangle Park, award-winning museums for children—these only touch the surface.

Raleigh markets

We have so many markets to explore!

The Triangle has grown considerably in just the past few years, but looking back a decade well before I relocated to Raleigh—the population nearly doubled—it’s hard to imagine what was here, who was here, and where they shopped and dined.

Raleigh kid activities

My son making friends in Raleigh.

  1. Festivals, festivals, and more festivals. Every weekend there are multiple events competing for calendar space. A few upcoming festivals include Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts Festival, Raleigh’s SPARKcon, and Durham’s CenterFest.
  2. Farmers’ markets galore. Raleigh have an enormous selection at the State Farmers’ Market off Lake Wheeler Road, plus each community has their own market usually on Saturday mornings and one day during the week. (Check out our post about finding local produce.)
  3. Colleges and universities. Not only do educational institutions attract students, but job seekers too. Outside of NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke, the area supports Meredith College, Shaw University, Peace University, and dozens of other higher education programs.
  4. Hospitals. WakeMed, Duke University Hospital, UNC Health Care, and Rex Health Care (check out my guest post for RexConnect on outdoor toddler activities) offer thousands of job opportunities, and attract families to the area who want top health treatments.
  5. Dine. When I moved to the Triangle in 2005, fine dining was scarce. It feels like a new restaurant or two is opening every week here—and it feels that way because it’s true! Just a few recently opened and soon-to-be open restaurants in downtown Raleigh include Gringo-a-Go-Go, Bittersweet Dessert & Cocktail Lounge, and Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. One that opened last year that our family enjoys and where we take out-of-town guests to impress them is Cowfish in the North Hills area of Raleigh. Cowfish operates on a sushi-burger-fusion concept and originally started in Charlotte. We spoke with the owners last time and I’m happy to tell my sisters and family in Florida that Cowfish is opening up a location in The Sunshine State!


cowfish raleigh

Love The Cowfish bento box!

Plus, living in Raleigh means we are about halfway between the mountains and the coast, with just a two-hour drive to see the ocean.

cape hatteras lighthouse

Getting a North Carolina beach fix is easy from Raleigh–simple drive for a day trip!

Do you live in the Triangle? What do you love about it?

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