Living in Durham
Housing options are plentiful and affordable — new apartment complexes, renovated mill-village houses, wonderful old houses in turn-of-the-twentieth-century neighborhoods, modern condominiums, and suburban choices. Downtown Durham has undergone major renovation, and many people—especially young professionals and retired individuals—are making homes in loft apartments, old cotton and tobacco warehouses, revamped commercial buildings, and new condominiums.
Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) attracts national touring artists and Broadway shows. The annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival brings together people from all over the world to showcase the work of new and established filmmakers. And Duke Performances brings in world-class musicians every season.
Food and Dining
Durham has become a national trendsetter for its food scene. Restaurants are popping up and making a lively nighttime scene throughout the downtown area, which has prompted Livability to continuously rank Durham in the “top 100 places to live.”
Numerous local restaurants have been featured in many notable gourmet food magazines for their locally produced food, traditional Southern cooking, and food trucks. Durham was recently ranked as The South’s Tastiest Town by Southern Living and America’s Foodiest Small Town by Bon Appétit. Gourmet Magazine.
There are multiple different farmers markets open during the summer months—Raleigh farmers market is open year-round.
College basketball season is always an exciting time at Duke. Sports fans will revel in the achievements of our Blue Devils in basketball, lacrosse and more.
It wouldn’t be summer without a Durham Bulls baseball game. Made famous by the Hollywood movie, Bull Durham, this minor league baseball team offers family-friendly baseball experiences throughout the summer.
Outdoor Enthusiasts and Weekend Explorers
With more than 60 parks, an extensive network of running and biking trails, and several major waterways, the city offers an abundance of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.
Duke Forest and the American Tobacco Trail are great places to run and bike. Eno River offers a scenic place for canoeing, fishing, camping and hiking. Jordan Lake and Falls Lake are nearby and are convenient settings for boating and swimming.
For a quick weekend getaway, choose from a variety of popular destinations within a 3-hour drive, including the North Carolina beaches as well as Asheville, NC, home to the famous Biltmore Estate. Additionally, Charlotte and Washington, DC are within easy driving distance of Durham.