Chapel Hill at a Glance
Close proximity to RTP (Research Triangle Park) and award-winning schools make this eclectic town one that many like to call home.
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Get to Know Chapel Hill, NC
Anyone heard of the little Chapel on the Hill? It used to sit where the Carolina Inn now resides. Chapel Hill was formed to help support the nation’s oldest university (UNC Chapel Hill), which began in 1793. This community is rooted deeply with traditions and stories. Some to check out: the old well, the stone walls, Old East (the original building for the campus), Franklin Street (named after Benjamin Franklin), the Morehead Planetarium (one of 6 planetariums nationwide when it was built in 1949) and so many more.
Today, Chapel Hill is a bustling university town with over 50,000 residents. There are many high-tech and health businesses located there. The University still remains the largest employer.
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Getting Around Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill has one of the best bus systems in the Triangle. GPS allows for riders to know locations and arrival times. Plus, riders get to use this system for free.
Must-Visit Chapel Hill Attractions
Chapel Hill has a little bit of something for everyone: Botanical gardens, museums, distilleries, performing arts venues, the planetarium, golf courses and the infamous Franklin Street. There are great guided tours that are filled with history and great food venues to fill your belly. Visit for a day and you will be completely filled in all ways.
Arts & Culture in Chapel Hill
There are so many museums and cultural venues that it's hard to know where to begin! If you love art, be sure to visit UNC's Ackland Art Museum. Another great museum on campus is the Carolina Basketball Museum, which is dedicated to university athletics. For hands-on fun, the Kidzu Children's Museum is popular with Chapel Hill's youngest residents. And if you can't get enough of the theater, be sure to catch a performance at Memorial Hall and PlayMakers Theatre.
Other Local Hot Spots
Here are highlights for some of our top picks for Chapel Hill things to do and see:
- UNC Campus
- NC Botanical Gardens (including Coker Arboretum and the Forest Theatre)
- Finley Golf Course
- Weaver Street Market
- Meadowmont Village (for eateries and shops)
- Wilson Library
- Maple View Farm (in nearby Hillsborough)
- TerraVITA Food and Drink Festival (held in October)
- Homegrown Halloween (held on Franklin Street)
- Nutcracker Ballet at Memorial Hall (held in December)
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Travel & Commute
Raleigh: 28 miles (40 min.)
RTP: 14 miles (25 min.)
RDU Airport: 17 miles (25 min.)
Major Highways: I-40, US-501, NC-54
Let's Talk About Your Plans
We know Chapel Hill like the backs of our hands, from what's happening on UNC's campus to what's happening on the real estate market. Whether you're buying a home or selling a home in Chapel Hill, we'll be your guide to the entire process. Call us at (919) 589-7110 — we would love to get to know you!
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