School Guide Magazine

Living in the Triangle

Posted June 6, 2007 2:00 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2007 2:44 p.m. EDT

What’s the best thing about living in the Triangle? Kind of hard to narrow it down to just one thing. It truly is one of the best places in the nation, if not the world, to call home. But don’t just take our word for it.

The Triangle has been found at or near the top of “Best Places” lists for years, and its success continues. Most recently, the Triangle, or a city or combination within the area, has been considered to have the No. 1 Hottest Job Market (Business 2.0), the No. 2 Best Place for Business (Forbes) and the No. 6 Most Fun City (Cranium).

Let’s face it, what’s not to like? You’ve got world-class cuisine, arts, music, culture and practically every recreational activity imaginable right in your own backyard, in one of the mildest overall climes year-round anywhere. And you can afford a lot more of a backyard here than in many cosmopolitan areas around the country. But don’t let reasonable real estate values fool you into believing luxurious living is scarce. It isn’t.

In fact, amply sized, custom built single- family homes are being constructed in numerous conveniently located communities, along with upscale condos in the Triangle’s downtown areas. You’ve got suburbia without the sprawl, or urban life without the congestion and claustrophobia. The Triangle is situated between the captivating coast of North Carolina, with its sapphire-blue waters and clean, wide beaches. Coastal towns brimming with rich history await you for exploration, all within a two- to four-hour drive. And the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, with the East Coast’s highest point, are just a few hours in the other direction.

Staying “home” is its own adventure. Spend a Saturday at one of the many museums in the area. Play golf or tennis, go skiing on one of several nearby lakes. Dozens of miles of wooded trails offer premium options for biking or hiking.

Take in a professional hockey game or bear witness to some of the best college basketball anywhere, with four NCAA division teams – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Central University —within a 30-mile radius of one another.

Go out! A number of restaurants feature gourmet offerings prepared by nationally renowned chefs. Try Second Empire in Raleigh, Four Corners in Durham, or Elaine’s in Chapel Hill. And the nightlife rivals any in larger cities. Glenwood South in Raleigh and the newly gentrified downtown Durham have become the hot spots for high-end clubs and a thriving music scene. So, what’s the best thing about living in the Triangle? Darn near everything!