Moving to Durham, North Carolina

by Graham Marlette, Prudential York Simpson Underwood, Durham, North Carolina

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When I first moved to Durham, North Carolina from New York City, I did not know what to expect so I held onto my apartment in Manhattan for several years.

Durham did not disappoint. It’s a great city in which to live and work. In addition to a gay-friendly welcome, newcomers to Durham quickly learn that we are an arts mecca with the largest performing arts center (DPAC) between Atlanta and Philadelphia. That’s right – larger than the Kennedy Center – which brings Broadway to downtown Durham where I live. Everything from “Wicked” to “Cirque de Soleil”.

The acclaimed American Dance Festival moved here from Connecticut and have just opened their new performance space across the street from the East Campus of Duke University.

There’s also the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at the restored Carolina Theatre every August – opening this year with a screening of “Tennessee Queer”, a comedy about being gay in small town America.

Durham is home to Duke University, a world-class institution and Medical Center with its own vast and diverse offerings, from classical music such as the Tokyo String Quartet, whom I have hosted, to professional theatre groups performing in any of four different venues.

The ultra modern Nasher Museum of Art regularly mounts traveling exhibits of the highest order, open to the public and located close to downtown. Eight miles to the west is Chapel Hill, a charming contiguous village and home to the state’s flagship university, the University of North Carolina.

Research Triangle Park (RTP) has been called “Silicon Valley South” where over 100 international firms have research and manufacturing facilities providing employment for more than 40,000 workers.

Durham’s large LGBT community has been instrumental in the urban pioneer movement, renovating and restoring “Grandma’s house” to its former glory, complete with green updates of course.

Early twentieth-century prosperity in Durham gave rise to hundreds of Tudor, Georgian, and Colonial style mansions, many of them still awaiting the creative touch of a new owner. My own 1895 Victorian would be right at home in San Francisco.

We are also home to literally thousands of authentic bungalows, great and small.

About Graham Marlette: As an urban pioneer realtor, I have successfully represented buyers who have given me high ratings on Angie’s List. Durham welcomes you with open hearts and open minds and affordable real estate. Contact for service is [email protected] or (919) 688-9026.