Archives: April 2009

A Great Place To Hike and Camp – Right Down The Street In Raleigh!

I love the outdoors and especially the outdoors close to water – lakes, river, ocean, you name it!  Some of my greatest childhood memories are when my entire family would load up the family roadster and go camping for the weekend.  When I look back on it now I realize how great the bonding time was with my brother and sister as we would play for hours and not complain once – okay well maybe when the bugs would attack but that was about it.

With all that said I want to make sure that when my girls are old enough we take them camping so they get to experience the great outdoors, camping and that all important bonding time.  All this leads me to a great “find” I made Monday afternoon.  I was driving from Durham to Wake Forest on HWY 98 (a drive I do numerous times on my neighborhood research stops) and it was a perfect spring day.  I had passed a sign on the side of the road about 100 times that says fishing access area turn right and I always wondered what that was….so today I decided to stop and I was sure glad I did.

What I stumbled across only 15 minutes from my house in Bedford at Falls River was the Hollypoint camp site along Falls Lake.  It was awesome as I am only sorry I did not have my flip camera (I learned my lesson but never again) with me so that I could of shared the views with you but I will be sure to go back, snap some pictures, take some video and share it with all of you outdoor enthusiasts.  Hollypoint on Falls Lake features over 80 campsites with many of them overlooking Falls Lake through the tree line.  When I got out to roam about I found many great hiking trails, campsites, play areas, bathroom facilities and of course awesome views and access to Falls Lake.  I could not believe that 15 minutes from my house was this beautiful spot and camping area.  I immediately thought of how much fun it will be to pack up the entire family, call the cousins to join us and go camping along Falls Lake.  It will be a great time to bond not only with the outdoors but with each other without the interruption of cell phones, lap tops, television and video games.  I know my girls will love it and I hope someday they look back and remember the family camping trips much like I did.  The best part about the entire thing – we literally would make a 15 minute drive from our house and instantly be lost in the wilderness!

I wanted to share this experience because it is another reason I love living where I do.  The Triangle is so lucky to have great culture, shopping, dining 15 minutes in 1 direction but then 15 minutes in the other direction and you can be hiking and camping the many trails and areas of Falls Lake.  If you love the outdoors then there are many many great spots for you to explore right down the street from where you live here in the Triangle.

Stay tuned as I can’t wait to report back on my camping adventures – who knew…15 minutes down the street….well now I know and you do too!

“Walking (or hiking) With You Every Step Of The Way”

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh Realtor/Broker

Raleigh is Nation’s Fastest Growing Metro Area!

As a real estate agent and a resident of Raleigh and the Triangle, I never get sick of all the awards and honors that this area wins – especially when it is great news about the economy.  See the article below from and Forbes as it really drives home why this area is a great place to work, live and play. When times are tough you want to live in a area that is hopeful and opportunistic.  Well 4% economic growth in this day and age is definitely reason to celebrate.   If you are thinking about moving to Raleigh and Triangle area then there is no time like the present as along with showing economic growth the real estate market remains a buyers market – but this will not last too much longer as my fellow real estate agents and builders I work with are reporting good traffic and more contracts coming in.

Enjoy the article below and  if you want to be like recent transplant Edward Appel then let me know as I am always available to help buyers learn more about the area and find their next dream home.

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh Realtor/Broker


Despite the economic downturn, the Raleigh-Cary area grew by more than 4 percent last year, making it the nation’s fastest-growing metro area, according to Forbes magazine.

The magazine rated Raleigh as the No. 1 city where Americans are relocating. Charlotte was third on the list, behind Austin, Texas.

“In the last five or six years, Raleigh has been recognized with a lot of accolades,” said Ken Atkins, senior vice president for economic development for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.  Atkins said rankings like Raleigh’s three straight years atop Forbes’ annual list of the Best Places for Business and Careers have attracted people as well as attention.

Edward Appel, who recently moved to the Triangle from California to work with HCL Technologies, is one of the latest transplants.

“I first heard about Raleigh from the article in Forbes,” said Appel, a senior systems engineer with the software and information technology development firm. “The fact that there are so many large universities here in close proximity was a great selling point.”

HCL is setting up an office in Cary that officials expect to employ 500 people within a few years. Appel said the area’s low cost of living also helped the Triangle beat out 19 other locations for the new office.

“On the West Coast, we all know that (the) Silicon Valley of the East is the Research Triangle,” he said, adding that he knows people who have moved to Raleigh without jobs expecting to find work in the area.

The Raleigh-Cary area had an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent in February, with a net loss of 700 jobs, as the recession deepened across North Carolina. Statewide, the unemployment rate was a record 11.3 percent in February.

Atkins said other technology companies also are looking to locate or expand in the area, but he declined to elaborate.

“My feeling is that this market is at the bottom. I think that we are going to see some significant new announcements in growth coming up in probably … (the) third quarter of this year,” he said.

Check out Avalon Springs and then Tour Fuquay Varina’s Historic Landmarks

Fuquay Varina is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing towns in the Triangle and they continue to celebrate the town’s 100th anniversary this year.  Looking for something to do on Saturday April 25?  Well go take a look at a great little community I am representing with Ashley Wilson by Triangle custom builder Homes By Dickerson called Avalon Springs.  Avalon Springs features 7 great inventory showcase homes and many pre-sale opportunities in the $200-$300k price range.

When you are done touring Avalon Springs then go take a tour of Fuquay-Varina historic landmarks which will offer a rare inside look at some of the town’s architectural gems including the old schoolhouse.   Tickets cost $5 to $12 and admission includes the Wake County Preservation Celebration.  The tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April25.  To get more information on the tour and other corresponding events please click here to view the News and Observer article.

I am always reminded of how many great events the Triangle features on any given weekend regardless of what Triangle town you live in!

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Congratulations To The UNC Tarheels – 2009 College Basketball National Champions!

Okay so I have to admit that this post is dedicated to my husband who is a very passionate (sometimes crazy) UNC Tarheel college basketball fan.  I being a good wife help support the Tarheels but at the end of the day I don’t lose sleep like he does on who wins and loses in college basketball.  What I do love is living here along Tobacco Raod and in the mecca of college basketball.  For those of us who already live here then you know what I mean as nothing I write will give justice to the passion, dedication and craziness of the fanbase of the Tarheels, Wolfpack or Blue Devils.

For those of you who are thinking about relocating all I can say is – What the heck are you waiting for?  Along with the hundreds of other reasons why the Triangle is one of the countries best places to live college basketball here may be the icing on the cake.  The list could go on and on why but it includes intense rivalries, college and NBA superstars, bombfires, Hall of Fame coaches, crazy fans, numerous National Championships, ACC Tournament Friday, March Madness, historic gyms and lots of amazing history.  Just be sure to do your research as when you move here you will need to pick one of the three teams wisely and then get ready to battle!  Don’t worry though as for 90% of us it is a lot of fun as at the end of the day we all enjoy cheering on our team all while enjoying each others company.  The other 10%…well that is another story!

So the bragging rights currently lie with the 2009 Carolina Tarheels so in honor of them and in hopes of making my husband very happy here is their own One Shining Moment:

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Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

PS – When we look for houses I would be happy to give you the inside scoop on the 3 different fan bases as it will be fun to see where you fit in!

Great News For Those Of You Who Love To Hike Outdoors

I love spring time as I espcially love spending times outdoors with my husband, 2 girls and our 2 dogs – I think the dogs love it the best.  Living in North Raleigh is a great place to play outdoors as we have easy access to all the trails and open areas of Falls Lake and the Neuse River.  I recently read an article and was excited to hear that a new 8 mile section of green way in North Raleigh will be open in the future thanks to the new stimulus package.  Whether you agree with the stimulus package or not we can all enjoy improvements like this.  My 2 dogs Jeter and Brady are especially thankful.  See below for some more information on the green way expansion from the News & Observer article.  Click here to read the entire article.

Hope to see you on the trails – current or new!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REATOR.Broker
RALEIGH — A new section of the popular Neuse River Greenway will soon grow by nearly eight miles, from the Falls Lake dam to the WRAL soccer fields off Perry Creek Road, becoming a link in the emerging Mountains-to-Sea Trail — and the American taxpayers are helping to pay for it.
Raleigh expects to receive about $3.25 million in federal economic stimulus money to help pay for the project, which city bond voters approved two years ago. The greenway eventually will meander south 28 miles to the Johnston County line.  A group called Friends of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail hopes some of the state’s share of federal stimulus funds can be used to expand parts of that statewide trail and others across North Carolina.