Homes for Sale in Durham, North Carolina
Homes for Sale in Durham
Whether you know of Durham as the “City of Medicine” or the “Bull City” it’s easy to see why so many residents and businesses call this city home. Durham is one of the three points making up what is known as the Triangle, with the other two being Chapel Hill and Raleigh. The eastern side of the city encompasses Research Triangle Park.
The city has a long and rich history. The Eno and the Occoneechi, related to the Sioux and the Shakori, originally lived and farmed in the this area . In 1701, the area’s beauty was chronicled by the English explorer John Lawson, who called the area “the flower of the Carolinas.” Prior to the arrival of the railroad, the area was the eastern part of present-day Orange County and was almost entirely agricultural, with a few businesses catering to travelers (particularly livestock drivers) along the Hillsborough Road. The community of Durham Station grew slowly before the Civil War, but expanded rapidly following the war. Much of this growth attributed to the establishment of a thriving tobacco industry. As Durham Station’s population rapidly increased, the station became a town and was incorporated on April 10, 1869. It was named for the man who provided the land on which the rail road station was built, Dr. Bartlett Durham. Twelve years later, on April 17, 1881, a bill for the establishment of Durham County was ratified by the General Assembly. The rapid growth and prosperity of the Bull Durham Tobacco Company, and the W. Duke & Sons Tobacco Company, resulted in the rapid growth of the city. The city was very active focus of the Civil Rights movement. Widely credited as the first sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement, on June 23, 1957, Douglas Moore and six others assembled at the Ashbury Temple Methodist Church to plan the protest. The young African Americans moved over to the segregated Royal Ice Cream Parlor and took up whites-only booths. All were arrested and eventually convicted of trespassing.
In recent years the city of Durham has stepped up revitalization of its downtown and undergone an economic and cultural renaissance. Partnering with developers from around the world, the city continues to promote the redevelopment of many of its former tobacco districts. As a result, the city has a new re-energized downtown night life. Located in the middle of this renovation, is the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, originally constructed in 1994 and home of the Durham Bulls, ( AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) made famous by the movie Bull Durham starring Kevin Costner. The nearby Durham Performing Arts Center, affectionately known as the DPAC attracts top performers from across the world and features the Suntrust Broadway series with the traveling versions of hit Broadway shows. This area also houses many new restaurants, shops and small businesses.
Durham is also the home of Duke University, well known for it’s excellence in education. It also has a pretty fair basketball team headed by legendary coach Mike Kryzewski. Duke is among the top of the ACC and NCCA in many other sports as well and a big rival of nearby University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the NC State Wolfpack in Raleigh. Basketball and football seasons are always a lot of fun in this area.
Durham Real Estate
You can find housing in wide variety of prices, sizes and home styles. Where you chose to call home will depend on the amenities you want , HOA vs. no HOA , property size or proximity to work or family. The median list pricing for homes is $250K .
For more information, please contact area real estate professional Ernie Behrle with BuySmart Realty
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Durham County Public Schools are part of the North Carolina School System. Schools assignments are based upon your property address. Use the following link to see what schools your address is attached to: http://gisweb2.durhamnc.gov/durhammaps/DPS/viewer/index.html
Private schools for Durham County can be researched using the following link: http://www.greatschools.org/north-carolina/durham/schools/?st=private