Posted June 6, 2007 2:44 p.m. EDT
The city of medicine
Durham no longer is simply a place with potential. Indeed, this city has arrived as a colorful, entrepreneurial, city of achievement.
Durham has invested in creating a gravitational pull towards downtown, a wonderfully welcoming place for its residents and visitors. This city adopted the American Tobacco Historic Campus, once home to the biggest tobacco company in the world, as North Carolina’s biggest renovation project ever. This one million plus square feet campus exudes historic pride with its ornate brickwork, towering ceilings, and breathtaking windows. The American Tobacco Historic Campus is the best place to live, work, and play as home to Tyler’s Tap Room, Symposium Café, Mellow Mushroom, along with the southeast’s largest advertising agency and other top companies, condos, and apartments.
Just across the street is the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, some of the best baseball you’ll find outside the majors. The Carolina Theatre offers world-class film and festivals, such as the annual Full Frame Documentary Festival, along with great theater and concerts. The American Dance Festival, held at Duke University, offers elite training for starving artists from all over the country and is home to one of the most fascinating and exhilarating summer concert series pulling the best of the best from all over the globe.
Inspired restaurants and cafés are popping up all over town, with cool coffee shops, funky nightspots and primo shopping tucked in between. Starlu and Grasshopper have joined longtime “institutions” like Nana’s and Magnolia Grill, both featured in national culinary and lifestyle magazines as among the best in the nation. Southpoint Mall has 1.3 million square feet of top-notch shopping, making it one of USA Today’s “10 great places to spend it all in one place.”
But don’t feel enclosed by the Durham city lifestyle, because Mother-nature opens her arms to you here.West Point on the Eno City Park, located on the Eno River, is home to Durham’s annual Festival for the Eno. It features a photography museum, picnicking, hiking, rafting and canoeing. Nearly 8,000 acres in Duke Forest comprise 30 miles of wide trails open to the public for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Cultural events such as CenterFest, the Bull Durham Blues Festival, and Light Up Durham dot the downtown landscape as well.
In addition to trendy downtown condos, Durham has plenty of single family living options from which to choose, from the beautiful homes in historic Trinity Park and treefilled Forest Hills to the more contemporary Woodcroft area.
Durham offers more than just living; it offers a lifestyle of education, creativity, and a respect for its amazing history.