The Triangle

The Don Johnson Real Estate Team understands how difficult and stressful it can be to relocate to another area.  We are here to be your resource for everything local.  Feel free to ask us anything you want to know about the area.

If you are considering a move to Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill | Cary | Research Triangle (RTP) North Carolina, then we hope that this page will give you a window on the lifestyle of this great area and what it has to offer.


The Raleigh NC area has a wonderful subtropical climate with moderate seasonal temperatures and a visible change of all four seasons.  Winter will have two or three snow days to bring out the child in you and day time temps average 50 degrees with fronts of frigid temps here and there, mainly in January and February.  Spring blooming trees and flowing plants put on a real show here, starting in late March.  The pollen can be thick for a short period.  The Summer daytime temperatures can be really hot and humid, but if you are indoors or in the pool during the hottest part of the day, it’s really easy to cope. The warm, balmy evenings are always magic in the Summer with fireflies and chirping cicadas.  Mosquitos are an annoyance, so screened porches are very desirable here.  This Piedmont region has the most most beautiful Fall season, with the trees shedding their leaves in beautiful colors of burgundy, reds, orange, yellows and browns. The reflections of the trees off the lakes around this area are so enchanting.  Spring and Fall it’s easy to plan a cook out or picnic and be sure the weather is perfect for the occasion. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly through out the year.  Most people in this area appreciate the mild climate combined with the change of seasons.  Although there is a local joke that you can experience all four seasons in one day here sometimes!


The Triangle area boasts some of the top schools, colleges and universities in the Country.  NC State is located in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  The Universities are well known for their medicine and technology programs.  There is a good mix of private schools, public schools and colleges here.  Many families relocate to this region for this reason alone. View Links to Local Schools.


The Raleigh | Cary area offers the most incredible lifestyle. If you enjoy water sports, camping, walking and fishing, Lake Jordan, Johnson Lake and Falls Lake offer a wide variety of options.   If you are looking for hiking trails, cycling paths or horsetails, then the American Tobacco Trail is something for young and old. The pathways are even and comfortable and it’s also a wonderful way to expend energy with your 4 legged friends. William B. Umstead Park near Cary offers beautiful hiking and biking trails and there are many, many more parks and play parks in and around the area.  The restaurant scene in this area is also booming with hip, urban fare and good ole Southern staples.  With all the local Museums, Parks, Gardens, Fairground events, local festivals and community events, there is always something to do.

Things to Do:

If you enjoy the arts then you will love the Raleigh | Cary area. There are many museums and art galleries, theaters, writing studios, quirky book shops and superb performing arts theaters. The area lends itself to a great cultural history experiences and it’s all wrapped together in this vibrant bustling City. If you enjoy dining, then eat at restaurants boasting cuisine to suit every palate. There are sports stadiums with every conceivable sport being played. Joyful (and not so joyful) sport camaraderie in every corner of this city, such diversity, that you would just be drawn into this wonderful mecca in a moment, finding yourself a team to support, grabbing your hat, jacket and paraphenalia and off to a local game in no time at all! Summer concerts in the park, movies in the park, wine festivals, cheese festivals – just so much to do!  Another positive is that we are only a couple hours from Atlantic beaches, a couple hours from the NC Mountains and 4 hours to Washington DC.  An abundance of day trips will keep you busy for a long time.

Work Opportunities:

The Research Triangle boasts jobs in IT, Pharmaceuticals, Research, Universities, Medical Health and Hospitals, Government Jobs, and loads of service industry opportunities – it was one of few Cities less affected by the loss of jobs in the downturn in the economy and it has over the years been known as one of the top ten cities to live in in the USA.

The People:

With the many universities and international companies in the area, the local population is diverse and ever changing.  Whichever neighborhood you choose to live, friendships will soon be formed. Church communities, Book Clubs, Hiking Friends, Birding groups, Cycling mates, Sports fanatics, Party goers, Camping friends, Kiddie playgroups, Moms and Tots, Dads and more.. it’s a fantastic mix of friendly Southern charm mixed with a worldly multi-cultural vibe.
On that note – We welcome you to North Carolina and welcome your questions and your thoughts.