With mild temperatures, fantastic food and plenty to do, Durham, North Carolina, is the very definition of good living. A mere 23 miles from the Virginia border, Durham is often lumped in with sister cities Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Although distinct in personality, the trio does know how to work together. Collectively, they’re known as the “Triangle” because they boast an impressive roster of major universities, which joined forces in the 1950s to establish Research Triangle Park, often referred to as the country’s second most important tech hub (behind San Francisco, of course). As a result, the area is renowned for its educational opportunities and research impact. In addition, Durham’s 300-plus healthcare-related companies and practices have earned it the nickname “City of Medicine, USA.” Durham homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $285,000. Homes for sale in Durham can be found in neighborhoods like the American Tobacco District, a number of eclectic, fully refurbished former tobacco factories and warehouses, as well as homes in Research Triangle Park.

When you move to Durham, arrive hungry. Known as the “Tastiest Town in the South,” the city is renowned for its cuisine. Southern cooking is a particular specialty, but a range of high-quality foreign cuisine is also available, from French to Mediterranean and Jamaican. North Carolina barbeque is king, with restaurants serving up all types of styles and sauces to suit individual palates.

Everyone is welcome in Durham, North Carolina’s most ethnically diverse city. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in their spare time, from visits to the Durham Distillery in downtown to outdoor pursuits for people of all ages. Eno River State Park is a hugely popular spot for camping, fishing, canoeing and hiking. Culture also abounds in Durham, with gems like the Nasher Museum and the Museum of Life and Science serving as hot spots for art enthusiasts. Of course, stop by Durham Central Park to stroll the grounds, enjoy some sunshine and take in any of its full roster of concerts or festivals.