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Welcome to Durham!

Durham is a historical haven, a sanctuary for the spectacular, and a rough-cut gem waiting to be unearthed. Durham’s been a destination on the move for more than 150 years. Perhaps it’s time you discovered it too.

Maybe you’ve heard about the awesome food scene, award-winning universities or super cool culture. There’s just something special that awaits you in this city. 

Before our sidewalks were lined with award-winning eateries, they were traversed by our first generation of industrious entrepreneurs. Seeds of equality and justice were planted here long ago, and they have blossomed into a colorful community where murals tell our proud story of inclusivity. We are where inspiration is found, where all are welcome and where the wild, wonderful, bold and beautiful come together in unexpected ways.

A Neighborhood for All Tastes

Durham might be one of the Raleigh area's most unique & vibrant areas—and if you're looking to find a home here, Property Specific Realty would love to help. As your Raleigh area experts, we know all the insider details—feel free to contact us with any other questions you might have.

Durham by the Numbers

Getting Around

Raleigh Durham Int'l Airport: 15 miles, about 18 minutes
Research Triangle Park: 8.7 miles, about 12 minutes
The Mountains: 175 miles, about 3 hours
The Beach: 150 miles, about 2.20 hours

Demographics

Population: 300,060
Zip code: 27503, 27517, 27560, 27701, 27703, 27704, 27705, 27707, 27709, 27712, 27713
County: Durham, Orange & Wake
Number of Parks: 68

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Higher Education

Durham is one of the most educated cities in the US. From world-class academic programs at Duke University and North Carolina Central University (NCCU), to the specialized offerings found at schools like Durham Technical Community College, the Bull City offers a wealth of educational options, all with their own unique perspectives.

Charm and Rich Hisotry

From tobacco and textiles to Black Wall Street, Durham’s history has been crafted by a community of entrepreneurs. Our namesake Dr. Bartlett Leonidas Durham led the way, granting four of his 100 acres to be used by the North Carolina Railroad and “Durham Station.” Over time, Durham became known for healthcare innovation, earning us our ‘City of Medicine’ moniker. We are home to Duke University Medical Center, a hub for life-saving treatment, information technology and biotechnology!

Food Scene

Durham is increasingly recognized for its abundance of nationally-acclaimed chefs. There are dozens of restaurants that have earned national or regional acclaim. Many specialize in the adaptation and evolution of regional neo-American (Southern) cooking, but Asian, African, European, and Central and South American styles are represented as well. Durham is also home to several restaurants well-known for North Carolina barbecue.

Getting Close to Nature

When it comes to hiking and biking trails, Durham is rich with a variety of options. The American Tobacco Trail is a 22.6-mile trail, 12 of which are in Durham, that runs along an abandoned railroad bed originally built for the American Tobacco Company in the 1970s. Beginning just across from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park at Morehead Ave, it is a must for bicycling, hiking, walking and running. .

Eno River State Park

Nature lover? Eno River State Park features hiking and biking trails along winding rivers and hills. The Eno River flows through Durham for 33 miles before eventually ending up in Falls Lake on the eastern edge, with entry through one of five access points. Little River Regional Park & Natural Area boasts 391 acres of park and natural area developed from tobacco farmland with seven miles of hiking trails, eight miles of single-track mountain biking trails, and a birding trail taking you through hardwood forest and around the flowing waters.

Research Triangle Park

Research Triangle Park (RTP) is the leading and largest high technology research and science park in North America. Founded in 1959, this 7,000-acre namesake for the entire Triangle region is two miles wide and eight miles long. Research Triangle Park is based in Durham with an extension now spilling into Wake County toward Cary and Morrisville.

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