Durham Properties

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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As you look across the available Durham properties in search for a home, perhaps your dream home, you may initially be daunted. Durham--known as the "city of medicine"--has character and charm and distinct class. It also has the briefest formal history of the three major hubs of the university triangle in central North Carolina's Piedmont.

The state capital of Raleigh was founded in 1792. Chapel Hill was incorporated in 1819 but settled and thriving when its university was established in 1789. Durham did not arise from a railroad junction until the 1860s. It has a rich history nonetheless, and a world-renowned university originally established early in the 19th century. You'll be looking across this history for Durham properties you will eventually call home.

Things to Know About Durham and Durham Properties

Occupying 299 square acres and stretching 25 miles by 16 miles, Durham is both city and county. One of North Carolina's most compact counties, it encompasses 98,000 acres of forest that includes the only surviving old-growth bottomland forest in the Piedmont. It has 7,800 acres of farmland and is home to 26 rare plant species and several species of rare birds and animals. The surroundings for the Durham properties you will decide among are almost idyllic.

Durham's population is approximately 198,400. Some five million tourists bring about $521 million to the city each year. Healthcare is the major industry with a combined payroll of approximately $1.5 billion yearly. It is flanked by two major corporate and business parks. One is the famous 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park to its southeast. Another is the 5,300-acre Treyburn corporate park, country club and residential community.

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