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Most outsiders know Chapel Hill, North Carolina for being the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — the school’s flagship campus. While there’s certainly much more to Chapel Hill than just the university, the community was founded specifically to serve the University of North Carolina.

Since its founding, the city itself has grown around it. According to the latest population estimates, 58,424 people now call Chapel Hill home on a full-time basis. During the school year, however, the city swells with students.

Chapel Hill makes up one of the 3 corners that define the Research Triangle, with Durham and Raleigh being the other two. Although it’s one of the central cities for this renowned part of the state, Chapel Hill is still only the 16th largest municipality in North Carolina.


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333
Listed
142
Avg. DOM
$196.58
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$540,000
Med. List Price
333 Properties
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$895,000
Subdivision: Governors Club
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,896
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
4
Days on Site
2292677
MLS
WOW! Architect designed, modernist home in gated Jack Nicklaus Golf Course community. Mahogany front door, chefs kitchen:granite, gas cooktop, dbl ovens, custom island with seating, living room a la...
$616,515
Subdivision: Chandler Woods
6
Beds
4
Baths
4,407
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
4
Days on Site
2285863
MLS
The Edison E is a 6BR-4BA home w/Guest Suite w/Full Bath Downstairs. Finished Basement w/BR & BA & Bonus & Patio. Tray Ceiling in DR. Gaslog FP in FR. Gourmet Kitchen w/Gas Cooktop Vented Out. Gray...
$620,515
Subdivision: Chandler Woods
6
Beds
4
Baths
4,396
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
4
Days on Site
2285870
MLS
The Edison C is a 6BR-4BA home w/Guest Suite w/Full Bath Downstairs. Finished Basement w/BR & BA & Bonus & Patio. Tray Ceiling in DR. Gaslog FP in FR. Gourmet Kitchen w/Gas Cooktop Vented Out. White...
$349,900
Subdivision: Downing Creek
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,183
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
4
Days on Site
2292725
MLS
Loads of Updates in this Charming First Floor Master Transitional! Bright Open Floor Plan, Formal Dining Area & Wet Bar! Spacious 2 Story LR with FP. Granite Counters in Kitchen, SS Appliances,...
$275,000
Subdivision: Kirkwood
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,384
Sq.Ft.
1987
Year Built
3
Days on Site
2292776
MLS
Hard to find ranch townhome located in convenient Chapel Hill location. Beautiful hardwoods throughout main living area, plus 3 carpeted bedrooms. Master has relaxing bath w/oversized jetted tub....
$360,000
Subdivision: Ridgefield
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,450
Sq.Ft.
1956
Year Built
3
Days on Site
2292780
MLS
Rare find in Ridgefield! You can feel the love in this family home. This charming 4bd 2 bath has been dutifully maintained. Ranch style living with open concept lives large and has lots of light!...
$713,000
Subdivision: Governors Club
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,854
Sq.Ft.
1996
Year Built
3
Days on Site
2292784
MLS
Must See WATER FRONT home with European charm in Governors Club. Sitting on .79 acres this rare water front estate lot features great privacy while being able to enjoy expansive water views year...
$379,000
Subdivision: Briar Chapel
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,596
Sq.Ft.
2010
Year Built
5
Days on Site
2292504
MLS
Easy living in beautiful Briar Chapel. Villa Magnolia floorplan with convenient ADA features throughout. Step inside and discover the soaring 10ft ceilings, gleaming hardwoods, granite countertops,...
$495,000
Subdivision: The Legacy At Jordan Lake
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,898
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
5
Days on Site
2292507
MLS
Beautiful ranch home 4 yrs young w/ split bedroom plan on lg/private oversized lot. Kitchen w/center island, granite, stainless, tile backsplash, walk in pantry & mudroom. Open floor plan, gorgeous...
$334,500
Subdivision: Columbia Place
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,921
Sq.Ft.
1996
Year Built
5
Days on Site
2292571
MLS
Location, style, and condition in exemplary form combine to make this 3 BR, end unit townhouse a perfect new home.Cathedral ceiling in LR/DR,coupled w/abundant natural light fr. many windows,...
$795,000
Subdivision: Blackwood Forest
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
4,203
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
4
Days on Site
2292610
MLS
Gorgeous architecture, immersed in nature and surrounded by the peaceful trails and creeks of the Duke Forest Korstian Division. The hardwood floors throughout the home have been beautifully...
$315,000
Subdivision: Highland Forest
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,793
Sq.Ft.
1992
Year Built
6
Days on Site
2291442
MLS
Updated home on a spacious corner lot in Highland Forest! Featuring hardwood flooring throughout with custom built-in bookshelves and mantle in the bright living area. Renovated spa-like master bath...

You'll Probably Love Chapel Hill If You're Looking For...

  • An Array of Housing Options: From urbanist villages to luxury estates, Chapel Hill has something for everyone.
  • College Sports: In the Triangle, there is a heated rivalry between NC's four ACC teams. No where is this more apparent than Chapel Hill... Tar Heel Country. Even the fire trucks here are Carolina Blue.
  • Excellent Schools: Known as the best-educated city in NC, Chapel Hill residents enjoy highly rated schools.
  • Delicious Food: Since it has many nationally noted and award winning restaurants, Chapel Hill is where Triangle foodies go when they want really good eats.
  • Coffee: Chapel Hill is known locally for its fantastic coffee shops. If you love your coffee, you'll love Chapel Hill.
  • A Vibrant College Town: Since the city grew up around the university, Chapel Hill has that college town feel.
  • Things to do: From arts to parks, it's easy to find something to do in Chapel Hill.
  • A Fantastic Place To Retire: With access to great healthcare services, it's no wonder Chapel Hill has been named as one of the best places in the South to retire.

Where is Chapel Hill, North Carolina?

Chapel Hill is located primarily in Orange County NC, but a small eastern portion is located in Durham County NC.

The cities and communities near Chapel Hill include: Cary, Durham, Hillsboro, Carrboro, and Fearrington.

Since it is part of the Triangle area, which is centrally located in NC, Chapel Hill is within driving distance of gorgeous mountains and beaches.


Top Tips For Chapel Hill NC Real Estate

Given its history as home to UNC, one of the major upsides to living in Chapel Hill is the culture. The downtown area still has a quaint small-town feel, but many of the buildings have unique murals painted on the side. A host of events, festivals, and fairs are held around downtown all year.

In addition, Chapel Hill has new urbanist village communities that promote walkability and eco-friendly green space. These include Southern Village and Meadowmont.

Many Chapel Hill, NC homes for sale offer home buyers a broad range of desirable options. In fact, Newsmax Magazine ranked Chapel Hill number 3 on the list of “Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns," so its appeal is definitely off the charts.

The estimated median home or condo value here is well above the state average. The median home value in Chapel Hill is $354,300, which is considerably more than the North Carolina median home value of $157,800.

Some of the area’s premier subdivisions include Briar Chapel, Gimghoul, Governors Club, Stoneycreek, and Franklin Hills.

There’s also a wide variety of communities and condominium/apartment complexes that offer more affordability. If it’s an attached, maintenance-free property you’re truly after, we recommend checking out Abernathy Place, Columbia Place, or the townhomes at Claremont.

The Chapel Hill, NC real estate market is one of the most diverse in the state. If you’re in the market for a new place to call home in Chapel Hill, contact Triangle housing expert Brandon Duncan with Duncan Prime Realty at (919) 808-2001. He'll gladly help you navigate all your real estate options!


Your Chapel Hill School Guide

As NC's best-educated city, Chapel Hill offers phenomenal schools. Families with school age children are served by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS).

"(This mindset believes) that all children can learn at much higher levels, that intelligence is not stagnant, and that there can be growth – significant growth – of all of our children given the right kind of instruction, with effort on the part of the students, effort on the part of our teachers, and the right amount of time to learn" ~ Dr Tom Forcella, former Superintendent of CHCCS on the Growth Mindset

Parents may also choose private education, or one of the highly rated charter schools in the area.


Easily Travel Anywhere

Though still considered "car-dependent" Chapel Hill is one of the highest scoring cities in North Carolina for walkability. The most walkable neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are Downtown and Meadowmont.

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Biking is a popular transportation option in Chapel Hill, which has an extensive greenway system connecting neighborhoods and destinations.

Chapel Hill Transit offers free bus service to Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC.

The main highways that connect Chapel Hill are I-40, Hwy 501, Hwy 54, and Hwy 86.

Chapel Hill is only about 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, so you can go anywhere in the world!


Working In Chapel Hill NC

A number of companies call Chapel Hill, NC home. The biggest employers are:

  • UNC
  • UNC Health Care System
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

There's also a lot of small businesses in Chapel Hill. Entrepreneur Magazine has named Chapel Hill as one of the Top 10 Places To Start A Business.


Chapel Hill NC Parks

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"Our Mission: To provide exceptional recreational and cultural opportunities in beautiful, sustainable environments." - Chapel Hill Parks & Rec

Nationally regarded for excellent quality of life, Chapel Hill's Parks department is a big part of what makes living in Chapel Hill desirable.

Not only do they maintain many parks, pools, greenways, and green spaces, but they also offer cultural activies and recreation programs for all ages.


Don't Miss These Chapel Hill Attractions

As a college town, Chapel Hill has a lot of unique and interesting things to do. Whether you're looking for something romantic or fun, there's activities for all ages to enjoy.
These three attractions regularly top "best things to do in Chapel Hill" lists. Note that they, and many things to do in Chapel Hill, are at or near the university.


Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

One of the largest and oldest planetariums in the country, the Morehead Planetarium is home to exhibits, the Science Stage, and the fulldome theater. Plus, it's on Franklin Street, which is a great place to visit on its own.
Location: UNC | 250 E. Franklin. St., Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514
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Ackland Art Museum

Showcasing a permanent collection of over 17,000 works of art, the Ackland Art Museum features European masterworks, contemporary art, Asian and African art, and local pottery. There are also programs for all ages throughout the year. Best of all, admission is FREE!
Location: UNC | 101 S. Columbia Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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The Carolina Basketball Museum

Whether you're a Tar Heels fan or not, if you enjoy college basketball, you will enjoy the Carolina Basketball Museum. Even reviewers who aren't big sports fans rave about the basketball museum. Plus, it's FREE!
Location: UNC | 450 Skipper Bowles Dr. Chapel Hill NC
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Chapel Hill's Best Restaurants

Named one of "America's Foodiest Small Towns" by Bon Appetit, Chapel Hill offers an eclectic mix of delicious eateries and nationally acclaimed restaurants. People move here just for the food, so as you can imagine there are a lot of phenomenal, award-winning restaurants here. These are the most highly rated by onine reviewers:

Mediterranean Deli

You can't go to Chapel Hill and not stop at the Med Deli. It's a local favorite... for good reason. The food is fresh, healthy, and consistently delicious.
Location: 410 W. Franklin St Chapel Hill NC 27516
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Kitchen

Kitchen is a highly-rated restaurant in Chapel Hill offerring traditional French bistro fare. The dishes people rave about the most are their hanger steak and mussels.
Location: 764 MLK JR BLVD Chapel Hill NC
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Al's Burger Shack

You know it's a dive when "shack" is in the name, but some of the world's best eats can be found in dives like this one. Of course, online reviewers rave about their burgers, including the veggie burger.
Location: 516 W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill 27516
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Chapel Hill: Then & Now

Founded in 1819 to serve the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill grew up around the university and maintains a small college town vibe.

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Chapel Hill Stats:

  • Population: 59,568
  • Median Age: 25.8
  • Median Family Income: $112,977
  • Average Commute: 20.2 Minutes

Chapel Hill Accolades

Chapel Hill is routinely rated as a great place to live, work, and play. Here are a few of the town's most recent accolades:

  • March 2017: Named #1 Best City For College Basketball Fans by WalletHub
  • February 2017: Named #7 Best Place to Live in the USA for 2017 by US News & World Report
  • December 2016: UNC named Top Callege Value for 2017 (for the 16th year in a row) by Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • September 2016: Durham-Chapel Hill Named #10 on Best Place For Women Entrepreneurs by Goodcall.com
  • September 2016: UNC Named in Top 5 National Public University by US News & World Report
  • September 2016: Named #6 of Smartest Towns by Topvaluereiews.net
  • September 2016: UNC Named one of Cool Schools by Sierra Club
  • August 2016: UNC Named #9 Top Public University by Forbes
  • July 2016: Named #5 of best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live & Launch by Entrepreneur Magazine
  • July 2016: Named #4 Most Educated City by WalletHub
  • July 2016: Named #11 Best College Town by Niche.com
  • July 2016: Named #11 of Great Places in 2016 to Follow Your Passions in Retirement by Forbes.com
  • June 2016: Named One of 10 Best College Towns in Nation by Athlon Sports Experts Poll
  • March 2016: Named one of 16 Under The Radar Southern Food Destinations by Zagat

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