If you’re new or relocating to the Triangle region in North Carolina, you may find yourself confused by the mix of communities that make up the area. Research Triangle Park, the key research & employer hub that Bradford Luxury Apartments is perfectly positioned to enjoy, is made up of the three “Triangle” cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, with Cary (close neighbor to Raleigh) as a vital component as well. This region is known for its strong business community, multiple universities and the two million people who call it home. Yet each of these four cities offers its own unique vibe, and it’s worth to get to know them a little so you can know where to spend your time:
Raleigh: The State Capital
As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh, the City of Oaks, is a thriving business center. It is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities and home to North Carolina State University. In spite of its size and role as the capital, Raleigh has a decidedly suburban feel when you get away from the city’s center and skyline. Downtown Raleigh is home to Fortune 500 employers, museums, and abundant nightlife.
Durham: Distinctively Urban
Durham is also a large urban center, but it has a more eclectic & urban vibe than greater Raleigh, although it has its share of suburbs in the southwestern portion of the city. Durham is perhaps best known for being the home of Duke University, but it’s also home to North Carolina Central University. Durham’s downtown has recently seen a revitalization that organizers hope will breathe fresh life into the city. Here you’ll find plenty to explore, from funky shops along Ninth Street, the American Tobacco District entertainment hub, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham Performing Arts Center, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Cary: Affluent and Suburban
Cary is the third largest city in the Triangle, second only to Raleigh and Durham. Cary boasts low crime rates and a highly educated population, with over half of its adults holding a bachelor’s degree or beyond. It is known for its luxury housing options, upscale retail centers and strong business opportunities in close proximity to RTP. Downtown Cary is hope to cobblestone streets, community activities, and unique neighbors, including the Cary Farmer’s Market, Cary Theater, coffee shops, beautiful inns, and more. This close-knit community is also home to a great schools.
Chapel Hill: Quiet, Small-Town Atmosphere
Chapel Hill is the smallest of the Research Triangle Park cities, and it has a quieter, more suburban feel — but don’t let that fool you. As home to prestigious state school University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill is home to students, professors, and university staff. This is the place where Triangle residents go when they want to escape the big city feel without traveling far from home. Chapel Hill-ians loves organic and local fare, unique boutiques, catching a movie at the cozy Varsity theater or a historic movie theater in The Sorrell Building on Franklin Street.
Whether you love the eclectic urban vibe of Durham, want to do some shopping in Cary, wish to explore the capital in Raleigh or want to escape the city scene in Chapel Hill, your new home at Bradford Luxury Apartments & Townhomes in Cary will make it easy to explore all four of these charming Triangle area communities.