What Makes Durham a Great Place to Call Home

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By Kendra Stowe

If you’re already living in Durham, NC, you know why people from all over the country are flocking to the city despite a competitive real estate market. From its performing arts scene to its booming job market, there are plenty of reasons why one would want to call The Bull City home. With new home communities popping up throughout Durham, now is a great time to consider establishing roots here. Not that you need convincing, but here are several reasons why finding Durham could be the right move for you and your family.

Friendly Neighborhoods

While downtown Durham has become a hotspot for lots of new breweries, coffee shops, and a growing music scene, there are plenty of suburban communities that function as the backbone of the city! Whether you’re buying your first home, or downsizing as an empty nester, Durham has something for you.

Belgreen built by Lennar is located in Central Durham – right near plenty of shopping, restaurants, and The Streets at Southpoint for easy access to everything you need. Choose from three different floorplans ranging from three to four bedrooms and enjoy the convenience of Smart Home Automation features throughout.

If low maintenance living is what you’re seeking, Enclave at Leesville by HHHunt Homes might be the community for you. These single-family homes start in the low $300s and are the perfect choice if you desire amenities like walking trails, a pool, and even spaces for entertaining. Don’t forget to check out the brand new, first floor living floorplans that were designed with those in mind who want to retire in Durham.

Shepard’s Square; Photo courtesy of Dan Ryan Builders

The townhomes at Shepard’s Square in Durham offer everything you need when you’re choosing a community to call home. Located only a short drive to Research Triangle Park and the Raleigh-Durham Airport, these new Dan Ryan Builders townhomes give a new meaning to the word convenience. Choose from a variety of 3 BR, 2 BA plans. These townhomes are great for millennials buying their first home, or the couple whose kids might be down the road at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

Employment Opportunities

Thanks to top-ranked universities like Duke and UNC, employers have flocked to the Research Triangle Park to tap into this talent. Some of the largest employers in the tech and research space have decided to call Durham home, with more than 55,000 working at RTP. The attractive job market is viewed as one of the top reasons people move to Durham in the first place.


When moving from places like the Northeast and West Coast, people find that they can buy homes double the size for the same price. Beautiful homes with plenty of space are a common theme in Durham, able to accommodate families of all sizes – even multigenerational families living together!

Robust Food Scene

For all the foodies out there, Durham doesn’t disappoint. With small businesses located throughout the city, residents often cite the thriving food scene as one of the things they love most about The Bull City. If you’re a barbeque fan, local chefs serve up some of the best – along with plenty of other Southern staples. Satisfy all of your taste buds with plenty of other options from cuisines all over the world, along with an incredible craft brewery selection as well.

Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham includes restuarants and shops located in renovated tobacco warehouses.


Sports fans won’t ever have to say they don’t have anything to watch in Durham. Whether you’re cheering for the always-famous Duke Blue Devils in ACC Hoops , Durham Bulls Baseball or watching the Carolina Hurricanes down the road in Raleigh, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re into professional football, the Carolina Panthers are a short day trip away in Charlotte for endless entertainment.

You can check out all of our new home communities in Durham here. Still not convinced? Check out why living in Durham is the city you’ve always dreamed of here.