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Fantastic Investment Property Sold - Looking To Invest or Sell?

by AH for Masha Halpern

This beautiful end-unit condo was just SOLD by Masha! Our team’s marketing highlighted the fantastic location in downtown Chapel Hill and the great investment potential of this property. This one didn’t last long -  ONLY 10 DAYS on the market! Take a tour at 113ConnerDrive108.com.

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Durham’s Connection to the Hit Netflix Show, Stranger Things

by EM & AH for Masha Halpern

Amid much anticipation & excitement, Netflix’s Emmy-winning show Stranger Things returned July 4, 2019 for its third season. Watch the trailer here!

The series follows a group of adventurous middle school-age friends that encounter supernatural forces and government secrets. Inspired by 80’s books and movies like “The Goonies,” “E.T.,” and “It,” the show pays homage to pop-culture classics from that era to create a nostalgia-filled, action-packed fan-favorite. 

As some local watchers have noticed, the show also pays tribute to Durham, North Carolina. The fictional town of Hawkins, where the story takes place, is laced with references to Durham. This is no coincidence as the hit sci-fi show is written, directed, and produced by Durham natives, Matt and Ross Duffer. 

The Duffer Brothers, as they are professionally known, attended Duke School from elementary to middle school and later Charles E. Jordan High School. Growing up, they made videos in their neighborhood during the summer using a camera their parents gave them and attended films at the Carolina Theater. Drawing inspiration from their own childhoods in Bull City, the characters are seen trick-or-treating in Lochn’ora neighborhood and riding their bikes along Cornwallis and Kerley Roads. The Eno Rock Quarry, Jordan Lake, Lover’s Leap, Mt. Sinani Road, and even their neighbor growing up gets a mention! 

Joining in on the fun, the Durham Bulls will host a “Stranger Things” night for the second year in a row. This year, it will take place on July 11 and fans are encouraged to wear ‘80s clothing or dress up as their favorite characters. The team will sport uniforms that reference the character Eleven’s, proclivity for flannel shirts and waffles and they will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds benefiting Children’s Flight of Hope. More info about the event can be found here

However you choose to experience the Upside Down, whether you are starting from season one, bingeing season three, or headed to the Bulls tribute game, a strange adventure awaits you this summer! 

Festival for the Eno - 40th Anniversary

by EM for Masha Halpern

“Like a giant backyard barbecue for the creative class: it’s homey and raucous, full of music, dancing, crafts and sweaty kids slurping giant glasses of lemonade.”

                                -The New York Times
 

The Festival for the Eno is a celebration that brings the community together through music, art, food, and mutual love and respect for the Eno River! Held annually by the Eno River Association in Durham, the festival raises awareness and funds to protect and preserve the wildlife and natural areas in the Eno River Basin. 

 

This Independence Day weekend marks the event’s 40th anniversary and takes place over the course of two days - Thursday July 4th and Saturday July 6th from 10am to 6pm.
 

So what draws more than 20,000 people to the banks of the Eno for the festival each year? It is one of the premier art and folk festivals in the Southeast. This year alone there are over 70 bands located across 5 stages playing a mix of contemporary and traditional music, 80 regional craft and artisan booths, and 20 local food trucks and vendors attending the event.

 

There are also hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy like learning to “throw” a pot on a potter’s wheel, face painting, canoeing and kayaking, weaving, gardening, Old Time and ukulele jam sessions, and much more! 
 

For more info, check out the festival’s website here

Another Falconbridge Townhome Just Sold by Masha!

by AH for Masha Halpern

Masha Halpern had the pleasure of representing her buyers in their purchase of this adorable townhome with beautiful finishes in the popular Falconbridge community.  With private views of a lush lawn and hardwood border, this 3 bedroom townhome is located at a cross-section of Chapel Hill & Durham, just minutes away from the shopping, restaurants & cultural scenes of both towns.

Masha's extensive knowledge of the current local real estate market & supply of homes (i.e. inventory), and our team's exhaustive efforts in locating potential homes for sale in a low inventory market led to the result our buyer wanted - her new home!

 

Take a tour and call us today if this sounds like the home you've always wanted - we'll help you find it!
 

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Triangle Area Fourth of July Firework Celebrations

by AH & EM for Masha Halpern

It’s almost America’s birthday!  Get in on the fun with these local celebrations. Our list includes fireworks & non-fireworks events - there’s so many ways to join in the fun!
 

Southern Community Park- Chapel Hill

The Town of Chapel Hill’s annual firework display is moving from its old location in UNC’s Kenan Stadium to the green in Southern Village. You can bring a blanket and chairs starting at 6:00pm- Market Street merchants will have food and drinks as well as live entertainment from the Idlewild South band and fun activities for kids. The fireworks display begins around 9:15 p.m. Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as one of America’s Top 10 Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration- so you don’t want to miss it! Get more information here!
 

Durham Bulls Athletic Park- Durham

Kick off your Independence Day Weekend with a baseball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park! The Durham Bulls will face the Charlotte Knights on July 3rd at 6:35 p.m. Tickets start at $9 and gates will open for the public at the end of the 7th inning for free. After the game, there is a fireworks extravaganza but entrance is based on availability, so if you want to guarantee a seat for the display, consider purchasing a ticket to the game. Viewing areas outside the park include the grassy area behind Diamond View 3, the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Ponysaurus, and outside of the North Deck by Burt’s Bees. Get more information here!
 

Koka Booth Amphitheater- Cary

Gates open at 3 p.m. for people to lay down blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets and the fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Enjoy the ferris wheel ride with a stunning view of Symphony Lake, lively music, ice cream eating contests, scavenger hunts, and more. General lawn admission tickets are free but tickets for special reserved seating must be purchased. Get more information here!
 

Brier Creek Commons 4th of July Fireworks Show- Raleigh

This event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Carolina State Capitol. There will be plenty of food, musical performances, carriage rides, quill writing, and other Revolutionary era activities for all ages to enjoy. An outdoor naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a reading of the Declaration of Indepence will also occur! Get more information here!


Other Fourth of July Celebrations in the Triangle Area
 

Festival for the Eno - Durham

This Independence Day weekend marks the event’s 40th anniversary and takes place over the course of two days - Thursday July 4th and Saturday July 6th from 10am to 6pm. Check out the festival’s website here

 

Independence Day Celebration- Durham

On July 5th at 11 a.m. there will be a free community reading of Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” This event is open to people of all ages and is taking place at Historic Stagville. Copies of the speech are provided! Get more information here!
 

Carrboro Town Hall- Carrboro

This event starts at Weaver Street Market Lawn at 9:30 a.m. and parades to the Town Hall at 10:50 a.m.The Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage will be back as well as plenty of activities, food, live music, and games. Get more information here!

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July- ApexThis event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Apex’s historic downtown rain or shine. The morning is filled with fun activities like carnival games, inflatables, ice cream, karaoke, a climbing wall and a giant slide. At noon, children 12 and under can participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street (note: helmets are required). Get more information here!

Picnic in the Park- Hillsborough
Located at the Eno River Farmers Market Pavilion, this community picnic offers an array of activities for people of all ages. There will be an American Blues and Roots outdoor concert in collaboration with The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Food trucks, games, children’s activities, crafts, and more! This event is free to the public and takes place on Sunday, June 30th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get more information here!

Cary’s Independence’s Eve Celebration

This free event takes place on Wednesday, July 3rd starting at 6:30 p.m with performances by Applause! Cary Youth Theater and the Cary Town Band. Get more information here!

 

Remarkable Modernist Home in Morgan Creek Neighborhood - Just SOLD!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This remarkable modernist home in the sought-after Morgan Creek neighborhood was just SOLD by Masha! We focused our marketing to highlight this home’s panoramic views and zen-like quality. This one didn’t last long - only 4 days on the market! Take a 360 tour at 310AzaleaDrive.com.

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Urban Gardening - Tips To Get You Started

by EM for Masha Halpern

Think gardening is reserved for rural and suburban communities? Well, think again! As long as you have water and light, joining the urban gardening movement is easy. Don’t let city or metropolitan living stop you from experiencing how rewarding gardening can be!
 

Container Gardening

Want to garden but don’t have soil to plant in or space for raised beds? If so, container gardening is perfect for you. Container gardening, or pot gardening, requires little space, making it ideal for urban environments. While many plants flourish in containers, some types are more suitable than others. Check out this article to find out the best vegetables to grow in containers. Whether your vegetables are grown in the ground or in a container, they need at least six hours of sunlight per day. This may be difficult to achieve in an urban setting, which is why using caddies or casters is recommended. This way, containers can be moved during the day or later in the season as the angle of the sun changes.

 

Fertilizers

Finding the right fertilizer is essential to the growth of plants. When plants are not rooted in the ground, like with container gardening, it’s crucial. Every time you water, nutrients are washed away from the soil, making it very difficult to add the nutrients back. Filling containers with soil from the ground or bagged topsoil are not advised. Instead, fill the containers with a “soilless” potting mix that will absorb moisture and withstand compaction. Then, mix in a liberal amount of granular organic fertilizer. And if you have some, add in a shovelful of compost.
 

Watering

Providing a consistent supply of water is vital to the success of your garden. This is especially relevant in rapidly growing urban areas where water has become a fragile and scarce resource. While hand watering is still a viable option, self-watering planters are a great way to ensure your plants are getting the correct amount of water. Self-watering planters force plants to absorb moisture as they need it, which is a good way to conserve water while also combating the moisture problems that often come with container gardening. Also, consider saving water by harvesting your rain with a rain barrel. Here’s an article that shows you how to make one yourself!
 

Know your Microclimate Conditions

If you’ve gardened before, you may be familiar with hardiness zones and frost dates. These factors determine when and what to plant according to the general area where you live. While they are extremely helpful, they don’t take how conditions differ within the same zone into consideration. Urban environments can be affected by factors that rarely affect rural or suburban gardens like the number of paved surfaces such as roads and parking lots, buildings, acid rain and more. Because of this, urban areas often deviate from zone predictions, making it vital to know your microclimate conditions.


Hydroponic Gardening

Urban farming is quickly adapting to find innovative ways to grow plants with limited space and resources. For many, the solution is a method of soilless gardening known as hydroponics. In hydroponic gardening, plants absorb their nutrients through water and light through low energy LED lighting. This allows plants to be grown year-round and have significantly higher yields. In addition, it requires less water and labor than traditional gardens. Hydroponic systems can be assembled relatively cheaply and are easy-to-use. Learn to build your own, using these articles.

Community Gardens

With increased access to fresh foods and improved mental and physical health, it’s not hard to understand why community gardens are gaining in popularity. Discover the many benefits for yourself by joining or starting a community garden today. If you’re located in the Durham area, check out Seeds for workshops, volunteer opportunities, summer camps, and after-school activities.
 

Looking to get involved? Meet farmers and local vendors, search for events, programs and more at Raleigh City Farm’s website!

What is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist?

by AH for Masha Halpern

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions.

Learn more about how Masha's designation as an SRES can benefit you by visiting the Senior Living section of our website and watch this helpful video...

 

Remarkable Home Offered at New Price - It Has It All!

by AH for Masha Halpern

Now offered at $630,000, this stunning Zinn Design Build home presents timeless designer elegance in the Kent Woodlands neighborhood.  Luxurious modern livability extends throughout the home with 6 bedrooms, a bonus room, and a fully finished basement with flexibility for recreational or in-law spaces. Rounding out this home’s special appeal is its access to excellent public schools and convenient location for commuting to UNC, Duke or RTP.

View more photos & floorplan and take a 360 walk through tour or contact us to find out more or to take a private tour.

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern Boutique Real Estate is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-951-1780 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Our Marketing Put a Sold Sign in the Yard of this Incredible Property!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This incredible property with 1.7 acres in the Chapel Hill Carrboro school district was just SOLD by Masha! Our team's marketing highlighted the property's unique features, the fantastic location and wonderful community. With widespread coverage, this home went under contract in ONLY 5 DAYS! Take a 360 tour at 1720PriceCreekRoad.com.

 

 

Call us today if you want to experience superior marketing for your home or investment property and get the most recent market statistics here.

Ready to begin your home search? Start by seeing what’s currently on the market in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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