Top 5 Listing of Most Affordable Cities in NC Places Cary at Number Two


With many of the real estate/living blogs releasing their year-end polls for 2018, it comes as no surprise that the highly decorated town that you now call home at Preston Retreat, Cary, is among many of these listings. This includes the recent study on, placing Cary as the number two town state wide among the Most Affordable Cities in NC

With just one town/city ahead of Cary on the Most Affordable Cities in NC list, and only 5 featured in the article at, the reasoning for Cary’s lofty positioning is explained. “Low unemployment rates are almost as important to a city’s affordability as cheap housing costs. (You need an income to pay for that mortgage!) Cary’s unemployment rate is at 5.6%, the lowest of all the cities on the list.” They go on to say, “…Those who are employed enjoy a significantly high income, with the median household income at $90,250. The city also provides plenty of ways to cut costs, such as multiple public transit options, and numerous parks and nature preserves for free entertainment.”

The blog posting that details the new ranking was written by Livability expert, Stephanie Inman, who gets into the research and analyzation process, stating, “North Carolina is consistently among the top 10 most populated states in the U.S. With excellent job opportunities and a number of outdoor attractions, the state is a huge draw for families, young couples and singles. But higher population usually means higher living costs.”

Inman continues to say, “We considered a number of factors in composing this list, such as earning potential, quality of life, the city’s cost of living compared to the national average, attractions and much more.” She concludes, “…We don’t just mean the cheapest places to live in North Carolina: These are places you will actually want to move to…”

According to their official website, “Livability explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live.” Going into further detail, they state, “Through proprietary research studies, engaging articles and original photography and video, we examine topics related to community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy. We then leverage that expertise to develop city rankings for a range of topics.”

For further specifics on Cary’s ranking among the top 5 Most Affordable Cities in NC and to view the entire listing, visit

Deck the Halls and Do it Local at Cary Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

On Saturday, November 17 frim 9:00 am until 3:00 pm the Senior Center will once again give you a chance to get an early start on your Christmas shopping lists getting taken care of, as the Cary Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will take place just minutes from your new dream home at Preston Retreat, at 120 Maury O’Dell Place in the Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary.

Hosting a wide array of local vendors in many genres of art, the Cary Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is your outlet to cross of name after name on your holiday shopping list and support the bustling local artists scene in town while doing so. There will be many options to purchase original, one-of-a kind works of art directly from the artists who crafted them at the event.

As a nice twist to the Cary Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, all of the vendors/artists that you will be viewing the pieces made by are your creative and innovative friends and neighbors all of which are over the age of fifty. The Town of Cary at their official website posting detailing this event invite you to “Make a morning of relaxing shopping and sipping hot coffee, all while finding great gifts and decorations that are made with love and care.”

In addition to the fantastic crafts and pieces you will be able to view and buy at the Cary Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, there will also be refreshments being sold at the event by the Cary Teen Council, who once again will be on hand to show their support of the local artists from the Senior Center.

For any further details on the Cary Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, visit the events page at

Photo Credit: Town of Cary

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 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, 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., 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

Preston Retreat Offers a Thank You to Our Hard Working Friends

A great time was had by all recently, as the Preston Development Company reached out to share in their celebratory mood, inviting relators and friends of the new trend setter in Triangle area luxury home communities, Preston Retreat, hosting an afternoon of fun, food, and drink on November 16 as a show of their appreciation.

With record home sales in addition to being heavily decorated with honors and awards at the Parade of Homes, MAME, and STAR awards, the folks at Preston Development not only welcomed the incredible realtor professionals to join in the festivities, but also rewarded them with an exclusive sneak peek at four brand new inventory homes that with the same unique and unquestionable craftsmanship and quality that has garnered such praise already for Preston Retreat, will no doubt continue the trend of sales that has folks calling the Cary neighborhood, “million dollar homes in a million dollar location.”

A fantastic time was had by all at the celebration and all left with much optimism that the new luxury home offerings at Preston Retreat will continue in the same trend of changing the landscape of the Raleigh area luxury home building game.

The Temperature Drops, But the Cary NC Live Events at Koka Booth Amphitheatre are Heating up for the Fall

While many in the area ready themselves for the temperatures to drop as the blistering summer air cools into the change of the season, the upcoming Cary NC Live Events at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre, located just a few miles up the road from your new home in Preston Retreat, are just getting heated up.

Heading into October, the array of talent in all genres set to take the stage as a part of the Cary NC Live Events at Koka Booth offers a bit of something for everyone under the roof at your new Preston Retreat dream home.

The annual fall tradition that so many look forward to most among Cary NC Live Events, the “Triangle Oktoberfest will take place on both October 6 and 7, with “Picking in the Pines” returning on the 11th with the popular “plucking” sound of the Longleaf Pine Nuts taking the stage at the beautiful amphitheater.

In what is sure to bring the house down with some good old fashioned classic southern style rock-n-roll, the Carolina Uprising show will be maybe the most anticipated of any Cary NC Live Events this fall, when the “Carolina Uprising” concert, boasting such world-famous acts as The Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Pure Prairie League, Poco, and the Scooter Brown Band on the same bill will take place on October 21 with a special 12:00 pm start for a day full of fun.

Rounding out the month of October and the great Cary NC Live Events schedule at Koka Booth Amphitheatre this Fall will be Chris Tomlin, who brings his “Good, Good Father Tour” into town on October 22.

The world class music, food, comedy, and all Cary NC Live Events at Koka Booth amphitheater always provide a great and affordable entertainment option that can be enjoyed by the whole family, right here in Cary, just minutes from the Triangle area’s new standard bearer in luxury home neighborhoods, Preston Retreat. For more information on these and all upcoming shows at Koka Booth, visit their website at For more information on all the incredible new homes currently available at Cary’s Preston Retreat luxury home community, you can visit their website here.