As a North Carolina native, I’ve been living in Raleigh for about eight years ever since I moved from Winston-Salem to attend N.C. State University. Raleigh has grown so much since I first came here and I’ve fallen in love with this city.
Right now we live in a strange, unprecedented time with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been incredible to see how people and businesses in the Raleigh community have adapted to this major disruption to their lives. So much has changed, including how we are able to interact with each other. It’s all been virtual, with countless Zoom and FaceTime calls. It’s now the norm to pickup our groceries and takeout curbside, and to wear a mask when going out.
As a realtor in Raleigh, the way we do business in our industry is rapidly evolving. We are going virtual, offering video tours of homes and conducting online consultations. There is still a great demand for homes, and we are working our hardest to be innovative and adapt to meet the needs of homebuyers and sellers.
During more normal times, the Raleigh I know is a place where you can go out to dinner or to an event and see an entire group of new people yet still see a familiar face or two. It’s a city that always feels like home, and at the same time feels exciting and different with there always being something new to do.
For those who know me, you’re well aware that most of my conversations revolve around talking about a new Raleigh restaurant or a recent event that happened. Raleigh is host to so many local restaurants and amazing small businesses my friends and I frequent. There’s a growing food scene that’s been attracting celebrity chefs with innovative, upscale cuisine. But at the same time, there are places with southern classics with the best mac and cheese and fried chicken around.
Any day of the week you could find an event to go to, whether that’s a local band playing, an art show, or a festival downtown which is just naming a few things going on. There’s always something new to do.
There are also great places to get outdoors and most of these activities are totally free. We have beautiful parks and lakes like Lake Johnson and the Umstead State Park. You could spend a day at the N.C. Art Museum, then go for a walk on the Greenway right nearby.
It’s going to take time, but we will get back to being able to enjoy life in Raleigh with all these activities and events.
With my career in real estate, I’m passionate about giving home buyers and sellers the best experience possible. And right now, I’m able to start a blog to help people get to know the Raleigh I’ve come to love virtually by reaching out to readers online.
I hope that from my posts, Raleigh residents will discover new areas to explore or consider a new neighborhood to move to. I also want to tell people who are moving to Raleigh or thinking about moving here about what this city has to offer and show how resilient we are in the face of such uncertain times.
I’m available anytime if you have questions about real estate or Raleigh in general. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out via call or text at 336-354-3090.
Jacqueline Lee, Realtor