As part of an ongoing series to highlight the contributions of North Carolinians, we would like to shine a spotlight on the Arts. In the past year, visual and performing arts and artists, institutions and individuals, suffered from the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. As we are finding new and creative ways to go about our day to day, from five star takeout celebrations to zoom happy hours, we can also support the arts in new ways. We will feature some ways to support artists throughout this blog, if they are living, and ways to support creators and arts institutions online. If you have any suggestions, please let us hear it and we will try to update this list!

Thelonius Monk 

American Jazz legend Thelonius Monk was born in Rocky Mount…

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12 Famous NC Women on our list represent a cross-section of entertainers, pioneers, and politicians. Many of the uninitiated think of the South and North Carolina as home to the provincial and polite, hardly a breeding ground for big thinking, however the Raleigh Durham area and North Carolina are home to some of the brightest and most notable women of our time. This list includes some contemporary notable women and the most famous. Some were born in North Carolina, and some CHOSE North Carolina as their home. If you are choosing North Carolina as your home, contact My NC Homes today to start your home search.


  1. Maya Angelou 

Maya Angelou was not born in North Carolina but called North Carolina home and her presence was formative in…

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Fine Dining in The Triangle is some of the best in the south. North Carolina chefs have access to incredible variety seasonal fruit and vegetables, proximity to the low country and shellfish, and incredible farms providing fresh poultry, beef and pork of every variety nearby, offering the advantage of locally sourced ingredients, regardless of the cuisine. This sets the stage for a truly vibrant, exciting, nationally recognized and awarded dining scene. Whether you are looking for local American or Southern cuisines or local ingredients fashioned into international cuisine, there is something for all distinguished tastes. Since 2020, most of these restaurants also offer take-out menus, which is a great option for those who wish to sample the foods at…

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My NC Homes covered the Tiny House craze previously in our blog and we continue to get questions and find applications for tiny house design that are in demand throughout The Triangle. We will focus a bit on pros and cons of building tiny homes, as opposed to just hiring contractors and building out additions on existing homes, and some of the many fun applications for the concept in 2021.

Note: it is important that before building anything you check with your local zoning department and confirm whether you can build a tiny home or addition on your property. The vast majority of cities and town within the Research Triangle have "impervious surface" restrictions or other zoning restrictions that may impact your ability to add an addition to your…

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Gardening is a pastime steeped in Triangle tradition. From award-winning floral garden designs to award-winning vegetables grown and recipes derived from the fruits of North Carolina soil, we are fortunate to have incredibly fertile earth in Central North Carolina, and a  moderate climate, supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna. With such diversity however come pests in the summer.

Throughout history,  plants have been used in garden design, agriculture, and landscape design for certain properties, in fact, combining certain plants is commonplace for the benefits they confer. My NC Homes would like to offer practical tips for designing and adding plants that repel summer pests and add curb appeal. My NC Homes would be remiss not to mention…

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Ahhhh the smell and feeling of North Carolina BBQ has no parallel. BBQ's and Cookouts in the summer are quintessentially American and it is hard to describe 4th of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day, in terms of what people love to do, without mentioning a BBQ or cookout. In North Carolina, especially, with its rich history of delicious BBQ, cooking outside for long periods of time and enjoying the fruits of your labor around a pit are part of the culture. As long time Realtors in The Triangle and cooking afficandos, we have seen lots of trends come and go in terms of trends in homes and amenities, but some things are always going to be big sellers, and the outdoor kitchen with BBQ is one of the top amenities in the South. Here are some of the…

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As the temperatures rise and schools let out, we are all itching to be outside, enjoying summer fun, and are truly relishing all that is back open and a lot of new additions to The Research Triangle. While some families are hitting the open road, or flying to see relatives, many are simply enjoying the numerous local options availbe in the summer. We hope this guide is useful for those summer residents as well as visitors to the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area. Here are some of our top events and things to do in The Triangle this summer, from Fireworks on The Fourth of July to newly opened attractions and event.

Apex Red, White, and Blue Drive Through 

The Town of Apex is hosting aDrive-Through Red, White and Blue Car Processional on July…

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Summer 2021 is looking a lot more normal in The Triangle with new restaurants popping up, live music bookings, baseball games, and much more. North Carolina is one of the best places to enjoy summer from the Outerbanks to The Blue Ridge Mountains, and of course the varied culture and events throughout the Research Triangle area. People are keeping closer to home this summer, but most have an itch to get outside, so these events are focused on enjoying the outdoors, food and drink, sports, and music. If you have a suggestion, please leave us a comment! Whether you are a summer resident coming to town from Cashiers, or you are heading in for a Bulls game from Cape Hatteras, here are some of the best events "in town."

Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh

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Memorial Day is the first holiday where we will likely see many people out and about in The Triangle, and it is a beautiful time of year in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Many will honor those fallen in conflict and in service of our country, we also use it as a day to celebrate what makes our country worth fighting for. Here are some of the events in the area and ideas for enjoying the long weekend. We also have included some venues that have recently reopened for enjoying live music and sports!

Learning about Memorial Day at Lake Benson Park 

The Garner Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 2013 to honor veterans and its design includes rows of tall engraved concrete around a  Walkway of Honor in Lake Benson Park. The pathway has names of…

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Apple's $1 Billion Investment in The Research Triangle is an overview of the pledged investment by tech giant Apple in North Carolina and our relocation guide for those moving to the Research Triangle. As if real estate values were not increasing fast enough with the current Chapel Hill/Durham/Cary market, this announcement from Apple will witness even more demand for the already constrained local inventory. The tech industry experienced a boom in 2020 and as North Carolina benefits from the Apple investment, home owners and developers can expect increases in property values. My NC Homes explores the implications and predicts which areas will see the most growth.

Overview of Apple's $1 Billion Investment 

In total Apple is investing $430 billion…

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