Craft Beer and Breweries in North Raleigh

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Beer in the Triangle

Our in house beer geek, Steve Kruger, is the founder of TriBeer, a local beer lovers’ group in the Triangle. According to Steve, North Raleigh was once a barren wasteland for quality craft beer, but that is no longer the case. As the craft beer revolution heats up, it has spread out to all areas of the Triangle and there are plenty of great options for the craft beer enthusiast. Here are some of his suggestions:

Bottle Shops

Bottle shops also serve draught beer. These are great places to purchase beer to take home, but also enjoy a pint while you’re there. Most of these places will also fill growlers (typically a glass jug) with the beers they have on draught for you to take home.

The Hop Yard
D’s Bottle Shop
Crafty Beer Shop
Lincoln Brewing and Bottle Co.
Bottle Revolution
Bottle Mixx

Raleigh Breweries

There haven’t been any breweries in North Raleigh until now. Compass Rose Brewery located off Gresham Lake Road recently opened its doors and has a beautiful tasting area. They also have frequent visits from food trucks and a family friendly vibe going on. Check out their Facebook page for updates.

Another craft beer establishment worth mentioning is Sawmill Taproom on Leadmine Road. For many years this was the only place in North Raleigh for quality craft beer and they still have a nice lineup of craft beers on tap and good food for your enjoyment as well.  They deserve a lot of love for being at the forefront of this glorious revolution. Cheers!

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

Public, Private, and “Mini” Golf Courses in the Triangle

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Based on “The List” from the Triangle Business Journal here are the best mini-golf, private, semi-private, and public golf courses in the Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Cary area. Where is your favorite? Are there others that we are missing?

Mini Golf (Putt Putt) 
Adventure Landing – Just north of the beltline
Frankie’s Fun Park – Brier Creek area

Public and Semi-Private Golf Courses (all in Raleigh)
Lonnie Poole Golf Course -Raleigh
Eagle Ridge Golf Club -Raleigh
River Ridge Golf Club – Raleigh
Wildwood Green Golf Course– Raleigh
Riverwood Golf Club – Clayton
Heritage Golf Club – Wake Forest

Private Golf Courses
North Ridge Country Club – Raleigh
Raleigh Country Club – Raleigh
Prestonwood Country Club – Cary
The Hasentree Club – Wake Forest
Wakefield Plantation – Raleigh

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

 

RTP – The Frontier

AU-BunkerResearch Triangle Park – RTP
The “Park” is managed by the Research Triangle Foundation of NC, which is a private nonprofit with a very public mission of serving, supporting education, creating meaningful work and jobs through economic development and lifting up the people in the state of NC. Research Triangle Park is a place to live, work, play, and collaborate.

The Frontier
“The Frontier” center at RTP is still under construction, but will have 5 levels with the first floor serving as a public convening space. Anyone will be welcome to come to The Frontier and work, host a meeting, or have a conference call. They will have different work areas and various setups. Free conference rooms will be open to the public with free coffee, internet, and sometimes free beer. The other floors will have more space and be open to tenants needing 5000 square feet or more. Short leases, variety of sizes, and affordable flat fee rent will allow networking and easy interaction among new companies. It will be a great way to become a part of the RTP community.

Learn more about RTP or The Frontier
Work at The Frontier
Drop-In Space
Events at The Frontier

Quick facts about RTP

  • started in 1959, it borders Wake & Durham Counties
  • geographical size is 7000 acres (MAP)
  • 190-200 businesses are located in RTP
  • 40,000 to 50,000 employees work in RTP
  • more than half of the companies in RTP have 25 employees or less
  • Chemstrand was the first company to locate to RTP, in February 1961

*Details taken for this blog post from the 919 Magazine Spring 2015 article, “Inspiring the Future” – an interview with Mason Ailstock, VP for Business Development

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

Triangle Area Experts : Hot Air Balloons in Raleigh

Freedom Balloon FestFreedom Balloon Fest – Memorial Weekend

If you are in North or East Raleigh from May 22-May 24th you’ll notice a lot of hot air balloons! You’ll have several opportunities for viewing, rides, and great family fun. The activities will be held in North Raleigh at 4203 Spring Forest Road 27616 (close to Triangle Town Center) and also in Zebulon at 1915 Old Bunn Road 27597. Both venues have FREE admission for all but you may have to pay for parking depending on location. Balloons are quite sensitive to weather so keep your eyes open for potential scheduling changes.

Friday, May 22 – Mass Ascension from 3pm to 9:30pm, at Zebulon location only.

Saturday, May 23 – Tethered rides & balloon glow from 3pm to 9:30pm, both locations

Sunday, May 24 – Tethered rides & balloon glow from 3pm to 9:30pm, both locations

We know our city and we know real estate! For your home buying and home selling needs, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS is your Triangle area expert. Call us today for a free consultation today! 919.235.0007

 

Raleigh Area Experts : May is Bike Month

May is “Bike Month” Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in the middle it feels great to ride a bike! Over time Raleigh has become more and more bike-friendly as the trail system grows, bike lanes increase, and cycling events gain interest. May is National Bike Month and there are local events to support this initiative.

Bike Events Around Raleigh

Whether you’re looking for an event to celebrate Bike to Work Day or other various opportunities through an organization called BikeRaleigh you have many events to choose from. If you do participate in any of these events or create your own, share a pic with us on the comments or thorough our Facebook page. We’d love to see your cycling success. To look more closely into areas around where you work and live, click on the interactive BikeRaleigh Map to zoom into certain areas.

 

 

Big and Little Bike Bike Shops in Raleigh

Performance – North Raleigh All-Star – 3 shops in the Raleigh and Cary Flythe Cyclery Trek Raleigh  – North Raleigh Linda Craft & Team is your Triangle area expert. We know our city and we know real estate! For your home buying and home selling needs, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS is your Triangle area expert. Call us today for a free consultation today! 919.235.0007

Supporting “Transforming Hope” through Dance

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Transforming Hope Ministries

Linda Craft and Team, Realtors supports numerous charities in the area, and last month we were a proud sponsor of the Transforming Hope Ministries’ Father/Daughter Night Out. Their mission is to educate the public about and prevent human trafficking through education, prevention, and restoration of those who have been exploited. Transforming Hope opened in 2010 and their first safe house called “Emma’s Home” opened in 2013.

Father/Daughter Night Out

Transforming Hope held an event to support their mission and Linda Craft & Team supported the event as a sponsor. Nogui Aramburo, our broker and closing manager, sponsored DJ services through his personal company Triangle DJ. To learn more about the event, see pictures, and get a recap on the festivities, please visit their blog below for details. https://atenaglia.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/fatherdaughter-night-recap/

Supporting the Community

Linda Craft and her team believes in supporting local initiatives. One of our core values is “Service” and our mission statement begins with “Helping people…” We make an effort to stay connected to various charities in the area.

Linda Craft & Team is your Triangle area expert. We know our city and we know real estate! For your home buying and home selling needs, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS is your Triangle area expert. Call us today for a free consultation today! 919.235.0007

 

 

 

5 Baby Boomer Housing Market Trends to Watch

boomersRegardless of where you live, experts are expecting that Baby Boomers will have a major impact on the local housing market.

That’s because this sizeable portion of the population is comprised of 76.4 million individuals. And many of them are expected to make major moves over the next several years as they continue to retire.

To that effect, we wanted to share with you the top 5 Baby Boomer real estate trends to watch for in the coming months and years.

The Top 5 Real Estate Trends for Baby Boomers

Although many Baby Boomers plan to move to the Sunbelt when they retire, others may be motivated by different factors.

For instance, some may be motivated by staying closer to families. Others may be looking for the least expensive place to live. Still others may be more interested in moving to a place with a high quality of life for seniors.

Thus, regardless of where you live, it’s important to consider the following Baby Boomer trends:

Boomers want to pay off their mortgage. Many Baby Boomers own their own home. They’ve been paying a mortgage for decades. Thus, one of their primary goals is going to be to finally pay off the mortgage and own their home outright. In fact, for many, paying off the mortgage is a crucial consideration before they’re willing to retire.

They want more convenience. This may look like a smaller home with less maintenance and less work, but it may not. Baby Boomers also care about living in homes that have modern appliances, energy-efficient doors and other features that will make their life easy. As such, many are also opting for one-story homes because of their bad knees, bad hips, etc.

Baby Boomers want a walkable neighborhood. They’ve already spent a lot of time in their car, what with commuting to work, taking their kids to and from hobbies, etc. So now they’re trying to get back to simpler times, where they lived just a couple of blocks from the grocery store or the local restaurant. They want to be able to access the amenities they want and need without having to always get in the car.

They want to remain on their own. In fact, according to a Merrill Lynch survey, only 10 percent of Baby Boomers say they want to move into any kind of retirement or age-restricted community. Instead, they want to stay in their own homes, in their own neighborhood nad have their own friends.

Baby Boomers want to stay close to their loved ones. This is also a high priority for residents. They not only want to be close to their children, but also their grandchildren as well. Proximity to loved ones is certainly key with this segment of the population.

We’re Your #1 Source for National Real Estate Trends

We hope you’ve learned something new after reading today’s real estate blog. The Baby Boomers will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the real estate market as they prepare for where they want to live their Golden Years.

Please check back here soon to learn about more trends that may impact your local housing market.

Raleigh Area Experts : Farmers’ Markets in Raleigh and Cary

Where and when can you find local fresh farm food here in the Raleigh area? There are several local markets located throughout Raleigh and Cary. It’s a  great way to support local farmers and seasonal food. Do you know of any other fresh food stands we should know about? Let Linda Craft & Team know!

Farm Fresh Raleigh Veggies

Raleigh – State Farmers’ Market – Open Year Round
1201 Agriculture Street
Mondays & Saturdays 5am – 6pm
Sundays 8am – 6pm

Raleigh – Midtown (North Hills) – Open April 18 – October 31
4150 Main at North Hills Street
Saturdays 8am – Noon

Raleigh – Downtown – Open Wednesdays, May 6 – September 30
City Plaza, downtown Raleigh
Wednesdays 10am – 2pm

Cary Farmers’ Market – Open since April 4th
135 W. Chatham Street
Tuesdays 2pm – 6pm
Saturdays 8am – 12:30pm

We have several clients who have bought homes in the North Hills area and are able to walk to the weekly Farmer’s Markets! Check out this link for North Hills homes for sell : North Hills Homes For Sell!

Linda Craft & Team is your Triangle area expert. We know our city and we know real estate! For your home buying and home selling needs, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS is your Triangle area expert. Call us today for a free consultation today! 919.235.0007

Raleigh Real Estate Blog : Pick Your Own Strawberries!

strawberry picStrawberry Season

It’s time to pick strawberries! You only have a brief window of time between mid/late April and through the end of May to pick fresh, sweet strawberries here in the Triangle area. Take advantage of this opportunity as it won’t last long! It’s family fun and provides a great photo-op with kids. Check the websites below for times and details.

Page Farms – 6100 Mt. Herman Road; North Raleigh, 27617

Hunt’s Strawberry Farm – 4505 Watkins Road, North Raleigh, 27616

Phillip Farms – 6701 Good Hope Church Road, Cary 27519

Porter Farms – 7615 Ten Ten Road; Raleigh 27603

Pope’s Strawberries of Raleigh –  1305 Fayetteville Street; Knightdale  27545

 

Linda Craft & Team is your Triangle area expert. We know our city and we know real estate! For your home buying and home selling needs, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS is your Triangle area expert. Call us today for a free consultation today! 919.235.0007

 

 

Yoga in Raleigh : April 2015

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Dame website
Photo Courtesy of Downtown Dame website

Raleigh offers a lot of opportunities for people to start or continue yoga classes. There are a variety of options such as day-long workshops or ongoing opportunities being held downtown that include more than just yoga. If you have a favorite yoga place, please comment and share your experience with others. We are always looking for great connections and want to share the best offered in Raleigh.

Shape Up Downtown Raleigh

FREE classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in April at 6pm at City Plaza on the green turf.  Not only do they offer yoga, but they offer Combat, Instanity, and Zumba. Classes are being organized by O2Fitness and taught by their professionals.

Yogafest April 11, 2015

Yogafest is a one-day event, offering multiple levels of classes and options. It’s held at the McKimmon Center near NCSU’s campus. They have 25 different sessions you can plug into – you can take a gentle, beginning class or if you’re an instructor you can sign up for continuing education. There is something for everyone!

Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS Are Your Triangle Area Experts

 Linda Craft & Team is your area Triangle expert! We know our city and we know real estate! For your home buying and home selling needs, Linda Craft & Team REALTORS is your Triangle area expert. Call us today for a free consultation today! 919.235.0007