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March 2012 vs. March 2013 comparison for Durham County, closed sales/all residential sales

 

2013

Closed Listings: 280

Average Sales Price:$202,742

Average Size in Square feet: 2023

Average Days on Market:  107

 

2012

Closed Listings: 257

Average Sales Price: $190,098

Average Size in Square feet: 2040

Average Days on Market: 131

I’m going to just say WOW, not for the number of sales or days on market which both are improvements but for the spice in pricing.  Let’s hope that this is a housing recovery.

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2810 Dogwood Rd. Durham NC 27705

Designed by noted and acclaimed architect William Van Eaton Sprinkle, 2810 Dogwood Road has been lovingly updated by its current owners while keeping the property in character with its midcentury modernist roots.

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Sited on 1.4 acres atop a gentle knoll 2810 Dogwood Rd. respects its geography. The homes red brick compliments the lush ever blooming green landscape and the sleek roof and window lines nicely juxtapose natural vertical elements. This harmony with landscape flows nicely into interior spaces.???????????????????????????????

This home has a genuine feel of relaxed elegance so reminiscent of the mid-twentieth century. At every turn, the formal living room, dining room, breakfast room, sun room, office, library, family room, bedrooms and exterior living spaces there are intimate niches ideally suited to conversation, thought or grander scale entertaining. Formal and informal spaces are generously sized and arranged in unexpected ways to promote flow and ambience. One of the homes three fireplaces is always close at hand and ready for use.

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At 2810 Dogwood Rd. there is a beautiful integration of traditional elements and modern features. Throughout the home there are vintage built in cabinets made of knotty pine, darkened by age and highlighted nicely by gleaming oak hardwood flooring.  The baths have blended lovely marble floors with reclaimed wood vanities, décor sinks and fixtures and custom beaded glass tile tub walls. Each bath has a monochromatic color theme that soothes the senses and invites one to linger.???????????????????????????????

The kitchen in this home is indeed the center and heart of the house. Natural light spills in from the wall of windows in the adjoining sunroom. The floors have been taken back to their original oak, modern appliances have been upgraded and granite counter tops have been added to sleek Kitchen Maid cabinets. A bountiful amount of counter space provides nicely for any type of entertaining and meal preparation. Just steps away from the kitchen are secluded rear yard deck spaces for outdoor entertaining or the formal dining room with French doors that also opens to the backyard decking.???????????????????????????????

With four bedrooms, each arranged to be en-suite if needed and three and a half baths and just at 4000 square feet the configuration of this home is flexible and suited to nearly any circumstance.???????????????????????????????

Interested in learning more or a private tour, call Michael Sullivan, REATOR/Broker 919-608-2372 you can learn more at our web site, www.TeamMichaelSullivan.com

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Bangkok54 Café, Hwy 54 Chapel Hill NC

If you’re looking for excellent, unpretentious and great Thai food, then look at Bangkok54. 

On my last visit I started with a fresh roll, two priced at $4.95. The rolls were just the right mix of boiled shrimp, pork and other delicate surprises wrapped in rice paper. The pineapple sauce with a bit of tang was a great juxtaposition to the cool wraps.

My entrée was Bangkok chicken. At first I was concerned about the potential for this to be too spicy hot for me. Make no mistake this dish is red, very red and one can see flecks of red pepper in the sauce.  The boneless chicken breast is deep fried and then covered with this amazing red sauce. The menu calls the sauce, spicy sweet chili and garlic sauce. It is indeed a pleasant surprise, the heat is minimal and offset nicely by the sweet and a pleasant compliment to the lightly battered chicken breast. The sauce is less thick than traditional sweet and sour sauce; it is more of a compote.

When you go to Bangkok54 and you should, be patient. Typically there is two wait staff in this storefront bistro which seats maybe 40 people. The staff is friendly but they run, checks can come slowly and meal tickets are tiny little yellow post it notes with the total written on them. There seems to be a decent selection of Asian beer and the un-sweet iced tea that I drink has a hint of something floral and didn’t require any sweetener.

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