Cary Placed in Top 5 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

Citing an incredible public school system, and placing them tied for the highest overall possible grade in their in depth analysis of all municipalities state wide, the team of experts at niche.com placed the town of Cary once again in the top 5 among 100 North Carolina cities analyzed in ranking the 2018 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC.

“The 2018 Best Places to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for families at the place level,” was the explanation of the system used by Niche in ranking the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. The explanation continued, “This grade takes into account key factors, the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for families.”

Maybe the most accurate description of Cary’s lofty ranking among the 2018 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings was voiced by a resident, who was one of 35 community members who weighed in with their comments about the town on niche.com, saying, “Cary is a GREAT place to live especially if you have kids. The schools are fantastic. It’s near RTP which is a plus if you’re in need of a job. The diversity is amazing. We have a lot of people coming in from different countries as well as many first generation families. It’s also near a lot of technology companies, which again is a plus if you’re looking for a job or wanting to go into that field. The only downside of Cary would be that you really need a car. It’s not a very walkable area. Many establishments are spread out. Speaking of establishments, major hangout spots include Park West Village and Parkside Commons. Keep in mind that many of the residents of Cary are part of the upper-middle class. If someone comes of as pretentious they are most likely not meaning to. Cary citizens really do have your best interest at heart.”
Cary not only was listed as one of the number 3 overall town among Best Places to Live in NC by Niche, but they also received the highest overall grade the website gives out, an “A-Plus,” with great public schools, high resident education levels, and a low unemployment rate noted as some of the factors behind the grade.

Niche.com, which was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the largest content startups in the country, researching and providing reviews, insight, and studies that result in content to aid in major life decisions such as the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings.

To view the entire listing of the 2018 Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina as well as detailed statistics on the Town of Cary accumulated in their in depth research aimed at helping families and individual find the best choices in location, schools, and many other aspects of life, visit niche.com.

Cary Cracks Top Ten Most Affordable Cities in NC

Adding to the lengthy list of accolades that the Town of Cary seems to consistently get showered with on a state wide and national level, and again supporting your decision to move to the new standard in luxury new home living communities, Preston Retreat, movoto.com has recently placed Cary at number nine on its list of the Top 50 Most Affordable Cities in NC.

Explaining how they arrived at Cary becoming 9th among the Most Affordable Cities in NC, Natalie Grigson of Movoto noted, Cary is a a veritable veteran to the Movoto blog. We first saw Cary as one of the best places in North Carolina, not just for safety and schools, but also for its high median household income. This certainly comes into play again in this list, because even with a cost of living well above average (116), with a median household income of $89,542, residents still make a median income of $77,191; one of the highest in the state.” Grigson added, “Cary also has a low unemployment rate of just 7.5 percent, compared to places like Newton, Hickory, and Morganton, where it is over 11 percent.”

In describing how they actually compiled the statistics and arrived at their final Top 50 Most Affordable Cities in NC, the moot blogger said, “We use the U.S. Census to find all of the places (towns, villages, cities, and Census Designated Places) within North Carolina with populations over 10,000 people. This left us with a total of 83 places. We ranked each of these 83 places across the criteria below, using data from the U.S. Census, with the lowest number being the best; and then averaged these ranks for an overall final score.”

The criteria she noted they used was in six main categories: food costs, utility costs, median home price, unemployment rank, adjusted median income, and miscellaneous costs.

To read more on Cary’s number nine ranking or to see the full details and listing of the Most Affordable Cities in NC, visit movoto.com.

Fly into Summer at Cary Freedom Balloon Fest

An annual Spring tradition, falling on Memorial Day weekend, just minutes from your new home in the luxury new home neighborhood that is changing the standards in the Triangle area, Preston Retreat, is the Freedom Balloon Fest. This year taking place on Friday, May 25- Monday May 28, the Cary Freedom Balloon Fest offers a little something for family members of all ages, whether their preference be music, great food and fun, or the obvious…balloons!

The Cary Freedom Balloon Fest is one of the nation’s premier hot air balloon festivals. Many events are planned at Fleming Loop Recreational Park with other activities included throughout our town’s vibrant downtown district over the Memorial Day weekend. The schedule of the events fot the Cary Freedom Balloon Fest according to the official Town of Cary website is as follows:

Friday, May 25, 2018

2:00pm – Festival Grounds Open to the Public.  Food Vendors and Craft Beer & Wine Garden Open
2:00pm – Merchant, Arts & Crafts Vendor Village Opens – courtesy of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce
2:00pm – Fun Zone Opens: Children’s Area featuring Games & Rides
3:00pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
5:00pm – Opening Ceremonies, Presentation of the Colors, National Anthem, Commissioning of Field of Flags performance by Danny Perdieu
6:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
6:300pm – Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension*
6:45pm – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Glow*
9:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
10:00pm – Festival Grounds Close

 Saturday, May 26, 2018

6:00am – Festival Grounds Open
​6:15am – Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
6:30am – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:00am – Breakfast Food Vendors Open – Biscuits,  Juice, Coffee & More!
8:30am – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
9:00am – Merchant, Arts & Crafts Vendor Village Opens
9:00am – Community Stage Opens in the Heart of the Merchant, Arts & Crafts Village
10:00 – Fun Zone Amusements & Displays Open
10:30am – Food Vendors Are Open for Lunch
11:30am – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
12:00pm – Craft Beer & Wine Garden Open
2:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
3:30pm – Pilot Meet & Greet courtesy of members of Carolinas Balloon Association
3:30pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
5:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
6:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
6:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension* or Fly-in Event
6:45pm – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:15pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Glow*
8:30-10:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
​10:30pm Festival Grounds Close

 Sunday, May 27, 2018

6:00am – Festival Grounds Open
​6:15am – Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
​6:30am – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*​
7:00am – Breakfast Food Vendors Open – Biscuits,  Juice, Coffee & More!
8:30am – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
9:00am – Merchant, Arts & Crafts Vendor Village Opens
9:00am – Community Stage Opens in the Heart of the Merchant, Arts & Crafts Village
10:00am – Non-Denominational Church Service on RE/MAX Stage
10:00am-3:30pm – Statewide American Legion Car Show & Competition (Awards at 3:00pm)
​11:00 – Fun Zone Amusements & Military Displays Open
11:00am – Food Vendors Area Open for Lunch
11:30am – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
12:00pm – Craft Beer Open
2:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
3:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
3:30pm – Pilot Meet & Greet courtesy of members of Carolinas Balloon Association
4:15pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
5:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
6:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
6:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension* or Fly-in.
6:45pm – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:15pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Glow*
8:30-10:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
​10:30pm Festival Grounds Close

 Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day Events at Fleming Park

6:00am – Festival Grounds Open
6:15am – Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
6:30am – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
11:00am – Closing Ceremony and DeCommissioning of Field of Flags
11:30am – Field of Flags Honor Caravan Departs with Flags for Area Military Cemeteries to Decorate Gravesites
12:00pm – Festival Closes

For further information on the events and actually participating in the Cary Freedom Balloon Fest in any way, visit the Town of Cary’s official website for full details.

Beer and Bacon Take Center Stage in Upcoming Cary NC Events

Koka Booth Amphitheater is the back drop for many fantastic Cary NC Events throughout the warmer months, but this upcoming weekend, the scenic venue located just a short drive from your new dream house at  home at the neighborhood setting the new standard in new luxury home neighborhoods in Cary, Preston Retreat, promises to provide the town’s “Porkiest Playtime,” as the wildly popular Beer and Bacon Fest returns this Saturday, May 19 for a day of “all-you-care-to-taste” fun.

This years Beer and Bacon Fest will be the fourth year running that the “tastiest” of all Cary NC Events at Koka Booth takes place, with over 75 different international beers and wines being represented for sampling. The VIP Beer and Bacon Session runs from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. and the Regular Beer Tasting Session begins at 2 p.m. and also goes until 6. This year will see the widest selection of beers and bacon of any of the Cary NC Events to date.

Overall according to the official website for the Cary NC Events to take place at Beer and Bacon Fest, exactly what you will get with your admission (depending on which ticket you opt to purchase) is as follows:

  • A souvenir glass plus over 75 of your favorite international beers and wines
  • VIP Beer and Bacon Admission will host over 15 restaurant tasting stations (until 2 pm) featuring the best restaurants from around the Triangle area (Food Tastings are included with VIP, Regular Sessions, food is ala carte
  • 2 tons of gourmet bacons will be griddled on-site (until 3 pm)
  • Live Music on the Main Stage the entire day

In addition to the VIP and Regular Admission tickets there are also VIP and General Tickets available for designated drivers at a slightly discounted price and a portion of the proceeds from the Cary NC Events on Satrurday at Koka Booth will go to the Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation. Koka Booth Amphitheater is located at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary. For more information on the Beer and Bacon Fest and all upcoming Cary NC Events at this spectacular venue visit the Beer and Bacon Fest website here, or go to boothamphitheater.com.

Spring Daze Artists are the Core of the 25 Years of the Festival

The 25th anniversary of the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Cary has grown into the seasonal tradition that it has become, starting a quarter century ago by the event being created to showcase and allow local artists and vendors to put their work and products on display for all to see. This year is certainly no different, with “Vendors Row” set to showcase Spring Daze Artists in a wide array of mediums and styles. 

As an example of the wide range of diversity that will be on display and for sale by the Spring Daze Artists on “Vendors Row,” there will be upwards of 15 different categories of arts and crafts according to the Town of Cary website. Items and art pieces in the following mediums will be seen on Vendors Row, for anyone interested in candles, clay art, drawings, fiber and leather, folk art, furniture, glass, graphics, jewelry, printing, photos, sculpture, soap and wood. At townofcary.org, details on items and artists in each of these areas can be found.

Another group of the Spring Daze Artists to be featured will be the musicians on hand, and the town’s website has yet to announce the full lineup, but explained the tradition of the local musicians and them being a part of the 25th anniversary celebration. “Spring Daze features a variety of local and regional entertainment including live music, dancing, storytelling and roving entertainers,” the event page notes. ” Small, intimate stages are nestled throughout the festival, so you’re never too far from quality entertainment! Best of all, all of our entertainment is family friendly.”

For full details on the entire festival and all of the Spring Daze artists, visit townofcary.org.

Children’s Village at Spring Daze Has Been 25 Years in the Making

In our second installment celebrating this, the 25th anniversary of the Town of cary’s favorite, fun, family festival of the season, we will take a look at the activities and options for the youngsters in your family, as we take a walk through the Chidren’s Village at Spring Daze.

According to the event’s official page at townofcary.org, “The Children’s Village at Spring Daze is a fun and interactive area providing a place for parents and their children to hang out and have a fun time, whatever their age. This section of the festival will feature interactive exhibits and hand-on crafts especially geared towards the younger set. Exercise your imagination in the woodland wonderland and enjoy making fun crafts to take home with you.”

Likewise, explained at the town website promoting the The Children’s Village at Spring Daze is located in and around the Lazy Daze Playground. The Lazy Daze Playground was dedicated in 1985. An $8,000 grant from the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival Committee and a matching grant from Wake County were included in the funding.

Children’s Village Activities

  • Become part of the performing arts by joining the Atlas International School to make maracas out of toilet paper rolls and beans
  • SCOTS will get you moving with a children’s castle and mini-golf strip
  • Test your fine art skills with Kids Together as you make paper tree collages
  • The Girl Scouts of the North Carolina Coastal Pines Council will be assisting in making a classic Girl Scout craft
  • Get your face painted with Paint Savvy (fees apply)
  • Get to know your community Chick-fil-A as they lead you through a kid-friendly activity

For more information and details on the Children’s Village at Spring Daze, visit the official Town of Cary website.

Spring Daze Festival to offer Activities For the Whole Family

On Saturday, April 28 , the town of Cary will celebrate the 25th year of the most family friendly, fun community event that has become as much a part of the new season as flowers blooming and the warming of the temperature, when the Spring Daze Festival kicks off in Fred Bond Metro Park.Boasting the best local arts and crafts, in addition to countless activities and themes throughout the park at the festival, there is surely a little something for everyone in your household to enjoy at the “Spring Daze.”

In this, the first of a three part series showcasing all that will be on display at the historic 25 annual Spring daze festival in Cary. This first installment looks at the numerous activities too be enjoyed at Bond Park during the event, with each activity area described in detail by the Town of Cary at their official website as follows.

Big Birds

Environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck has been working with students at two West Cary Schools, Mills Park Middle School and Green Hope High School, to complete an environmental artist residency project entitled Big Birds. Holsenbeck has guided students in a process to create four large birds from primarily recycled materials while engaging students in lessons about the environment, the social practice of artists working in communities, Earth Day, and Cary conservation practices. The birds will be completed at the festival with assistance from guests.

Project Linus

The Project Linus Chapter of Wake County, NC was started in 1996 by Susie Holmes. Over 36,000 blankets have been delivered to many local groups and agencies that help seriously ill or traumatized children who need a hug from a blanket. Guests of the festival will have the opportunity to decorate a quilt square with springtime drawings or messages of inspiration. The decorated quilt squares will then be assembled onsite by Project Linus and festival volunteers. At the conclusion of the festival, all of the quilts made will be donated to Project Linus to be distributed to local organizations in need.

FloraFFiti

FloraFFiti is a public art place making project that has been developed by Cary Visual Art and Cary High School students working with artist Carter Hubbard. During the past few months, Carter has been working with students to develop this project for mulched areas in the vicinity of the Bond Park Boathouse. This spring, words will emerge from seeds that the students planted in March and students will perform text during intervals at the Festival. Listen for announcements from the Boathouse stage for performance times.

Fit Cary

April is Fit Cary Month. The Town challenges you to Get Fit, Be Fit, and Stay Fit – and we’re glad to help you along the way!
WakeMed Wellness Challenge

Do you know what it takes to live a fit and healthy lifestyle? Your passport to wellness awaits you at Spring Daze. Travel the festival with your very own WakeMed Wellness Entry Bib – available at the Spring Daze festival entrances or at any Wellness Station. Each station includes fun activities suitable for all ages. After successfully completing each activity, tear off a number from your Entry Bib to be entered for grand prizes Enter at all 5 stops to increase your chances to win a grand prize. Grand prize winners will be drawn at the end of the day.

Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day the Cary way! Join us for free trees, a compost bin giveaway, recycling tips, garden ideas, greenway maps and much more. So take a stroll down Earth Day Lane and enjoy family-friendly booths, Q&A with experts, and exciting giveaways all about living green in Cary.

SportsZone

The SportsZone at Spring Daze is a dedicated space where kids and families can kick, hit, swing, run, shoot, and throw their way to better health with their favorite local teams and organizations. The SportsZone is free to all as part of the Wellness Challenge in Spring Daze.

For more info on the upcoming 25th anniversary of Spring daze in Cary, visit the Town of Cary website.

Spreading the “Luck of the Irish” at Preston Retreat

A holiday at the neighborhood that is setting the new standard in luxury home community means an outlet for us to show our thanks to those who have made Preston Retreat the smashing success it has been to this point. This past week, St. Patrick’s Day was no different, as our “resident leprechaun,” (a.k.a. Builder Sales Representative, Jay Upchurch) made his rounds to make those who have worked so hard to bring perspective home buyers that feeling of the “luck of the Irish.”

As a small token of thanks from Jay and the entire team at Preston Retreat, the sweet treats pictured were distributed  to our favorite Cary realtors, whose hard work and dedication to their craft have helped make prospective home buyers find their own personal “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” in the form of their family’s new dream home at Preston Retreat.

We thank all of our Cary realtor friends for their support of Preston Retreat and hope they all had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Poll Names Cary Among Best US Cities for First Time Homebuyers

Taking a look at almost 450 municipalities across the entire country, the real estate experts at Nerd Wallet have released their final 2017 rankings for the Best US Cities for First Time Homebuyers, and in what would come as no surprise to you and your family given your recent decision to move into the most sought after luxury home neighborhood in the Triangle area, Preston Retreat, Cary was listed among the top 25 nationally and was highest ranked among any towns and cities in NC.

The rankings and final listing of Best US Cities for First Time Homebuyers is determined annually at the end of each calendar year by Nerd Wallet using the most recent data that is available from the United States’ Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, with some assistance from both the online data provider Neighborhood Scout, and Down Payment Resource and as noted by the website’s blog writers, Emily Starbuck and Daniel Tonkovich, the information these sources provide allows the site to assess the availability of homeownership assistance programs that are able to help first time buyers in each of the 448 markets studied.

In addition to those statistics, it was also noted that as a side note, each of the towns and cities in the top 25 of the Best US Cities for First Time Homebuyers poll also were among the top in other important categories which a young family may look for including crime rate and schools and education. The three major numbers that were calculated, putting Cary at number 221 among the 448 municipalities across the country ere affordability, livability, and stability.

For affordability, which accounted for 40 percent of the overall scoring to decide the final listing, the final numbers were calculated using the ratio of average household income compared to home price ratio with the access residents would have to some type of assistance program also considered. Cary’s highest scoring area was its “Livability index”, which saw the town in the 82nd percentile, and was based on the aforementioned crime rankings and the overall rankings of the educational systems and public schools. The stability factor was based on employment data and year-over-year housing prices and also accounted for 30 percent of the overall rankings.

To read the entire article on the Best US Cities for First Time Home Buyers, including the entire statistical chart on all 448 municipalities analyzed, visit nerdwallet.com.

Showing the Love at Preston Retreat for Valentine’s Day

Our resident “cupid,” (a.k.a. Builder Sales Representative, Jay Upchurch) is once again sharing in his spirit of the holiday, which in this case would be Valentine’s Day. As a small token of thanks from Jay and the entire team at the neighborhood that has set the new standard for luxury new home communities in the Triangle area, Preston Retreat, the sweet treats pictured below will be handed out to our favorite Cary realtors, whose hard work and dedication to their craft has helped make prospective home buyers “fall in love” with the spectacular new homes at Preston Retreat.

  

We thank all of our Cary realtor friends for their support of Preston Retreat and wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day.