Homes for Sale in Carrboro, NC
Cozy is the word many use to describe real estate in Carrboro, a town often referred to as the Paris of the Piedmont or the Seattle of the South or Chicarrboro. No matter what you call this southern town, it may be one of the best-kept secrets around.
Located in the southeastern region of Orange County, west of Chapel Hill real estate and west of the University of North Carolina, Carrboro is a lively place--nothing like a sleepy, southern town. A population of approximately 20,000 resides on about 5 square miles of quaint Carrboro streets. Homes in Carrboro make up what some call the most densely populated town in North Carolina and people like it that way. Residents of Carrboro homes enjoy free buses, meter-free parking, widely used bikeways and a wide array of community-based activities with something for everyone.
Known for its excellent schools, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School system serves one of the most highly educated populations in the United States. Only a stone's throw from UNC (the University Near Carrboro), the community is located near two additional major universities (Duke University and NC State University), in addition to the Research Triangle Park.
When settled in about 1882, the location was originally known as West End because it was located about a mile west of Chapel Hill. It was far enough away to prevent students from leaving campus to hop a train out of town. In 1898, the area grew after the Alberta Cotton Mill was built next to the railroad depot. Some of today's distinctive architectural treasures were built between 1910 and 1930, including approximately 150 mill houses for the workers and their families. Some no longer exist but many have been restored.
The city is known for the daylong Carrboro Music Festival in September. Music on stages setup indoors and outdoors, fills the town. A wide range of musical styles and aggregations, ranging from soloist to perhaps a 20-piece jazz orchestra, offer many more than a day's worth of performances. It's free and it's good.
Saturdays bring neighbors and visitors out to the fantastic Farmers' Market where producers sell locally grown flowers and produce. There's an understood standard: If they didn't grow or produce it, they don't and won't sell it. Expanded during the summertime, this farmer's market is open all year long on Saturdays.
The annual fishing rodeo is reminiscent of days gone by when there was more fishing going on. It is the place to bring your pole or use one of the poles provided and spend the morning fishing for the big one. Finish the morning with a hotdog lunch, equipped with enough fish tales to share for years to come. Ages 3-15 with parents. Bait provided. It's free and it's good.
Living next door to the University of North Carolina may sometimes feel like living in the shadow of giants. The community makes its own statement, however, and benefits from being near the giants that it has no interest in emulating.
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