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History, Fun and Food on Raleigh Area Walking Food Tours

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Raleigh’s walking food tour is a guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all 5 downtown districts to sample a cross-section of some of Raleigh’s unique local restaurant s. You will also learn about some of  the forgotten historical tidbits about your town. On the tour, you will be walking and using the R-Line circulator as you make your way through each district. It’s fun, informative and delicious.

There are several different delicious, food tasting, walking tours: Downtown Raleigh (the original), Chapel Hill & Carrboro, Downtown Durham, Downtown Cary.

On any of these tours you can explore and discover a culinary and historical perspective of downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill & Carrboro, Durham and Cary that only an insider might know.

If you live in apartments in Raleigh, NC here is more information on the Raleigh Food Tour:

You can expect an interesting, informative, delicious and fun filled 3 hour guided walking food-tasting tour through downtown Raleigh like nothing you've experienced before. Two very different tours are offered, depending upon your interests and time schedule. Saturday afternoon's walking food tour features Raleigh's Global Gastronomy . We have carefully selected several stops along the way to create an international culinary tasting experience at a cross-section of unique Raleigh establishments. The Comfort Food Edition of the tour focuses more on Raleigh's past so you can step back in time and experience what it was like when things were not quite so hectic.

More information - trianglefoodtour.com

Great Festivals and Events Around Raleigh this Fall

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Fall is almost here and that means cooler weather and tons of events in the Triangle. If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC here is a list of five favorite events coming up starting in September.

SparkCon - The week following Hopscotch, downtown Raleigh will celebrate music, art, comedy, film, poetry and more during this annual festival in downtown Raleigh. With so many interests being celebrated, there really is something for everyone. SparkCon runs Sept. 11-14.

CenterFest - Held this year Sept. 20 and 21, this annual event celebrates the arts in Durham. The event features 140 juried visual artists representing 17 states, more than 70 performing acts on six stages and a special creative kids' zone.

Wide Open Bluegrass festival - The International Bluegrass Music Association hosts its annual Wide Open Bluegrass festival in downtown Raleigh. This will be the second year the festival has called Raleigh home. Our favorite event held during this two-day celebration is the free street festival that includes more than 50 bands on four stages, vendors and a dance tent. Wide Open Bluegrass is Oct. 3 and 4 this year.

N.C. State Fair - This annual event brings together great food, entertainment and people! We love to hang out and enjoy all the fried food and meet the WRAL viewers who stop by the tent! This year, the fair is Oct. 16-26 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Honorable mention: Bull City Race Fest - A morning of running and a post-race festival that includes food trucks help make this one of our favorite fall events. All races start next to American Tobacco Campus in Durham and end at the post-race festival on the lawn of the Durham Performing Arts Center. The festival also includes a beer garden, kids' zone and entertainment. The entire event raises money for Habitat for Humanity of Durham. This year's festival is Sunday, Oct. 19.

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International Festival for Everything From Around the World - Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The International Festival, a celebration of the rich variety of cultures that make up our region, returns to downtown Raleigh Sept. 19-21. If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy everything from around the world all in one place.

The festival features music, dancing, drinks, exhibitions and, of course, a plethora of food from around the world. The festival annually brings tens of thousands of visitors to the Raleigh Convention Center.

On Friday night, the main stage will feature the Elikeh group, an Afro-pop band with Togolese origins.

Throughout the event, different acts will be on the main stage singing and dancing and celebrating their cultural heritage.

  • Watch authentic ethnic dances from over 30 different cultures performed on the Main Stage.
  • Stroll through the many Cultural Exhibits to learn about the rich history and traditions of different cultures.
  • Be a part of the action! Learn from some of the areas best global dance teachers how to Belly Dance, Bollywood and Salsa.
  • Learn about traditional cooking from international teachers at the Cooking Demonstration booth.
  • Taste your way around the globe with delicious food from our Sidewalk Cafes.
  • Shop the World Bazaars for crafts and items from across the globe.
  • Visit the IF Global Grinds to relax over a warm beverage, enjoy your favorite desserts, and listen to traditional ethnic music.  
  • Bring the kids to Sophia's Courtyard for face-painting, storytelling, games and other fun activities.
  • Witness the spirit of America as new citizens take their oath at the Naturalization Ceremony.

Want more information? Watch the video below and go to internationalfocusnc.org/festival. Article from wncn.com

Raleigh Is One of the "Best Cities for Millenials"

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you’re 24, buried in college loans and looking for a job in a city that’s affordable but not completely depressing, you’re probably wondering where to start. On the other hand, if you’re in your early 30s and New York or Los Angeles is grinding you down into a quivering husk of financial and emotional instability, it might be time to get out. Either way, with new data showing that 36% percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 31 are currently living at home with mom and dad (the highest number in 40 years) it is high time to figure out where you can actually live these days and still retain some self-respect.

Thus a semi-exhaustive, mostly scientific guide to America’s most livable cities was created.

It started with the 50 most populous cities in the country, and pared down results using Open Internet sources. The Livability Index takes into account 20 essential indicators for those between 18 and 35, like average salary, employment rates, and the cost of rent and utilities measured against everyday factors like bike lanes for commuting, low-cost broadband and the availability of good, cheap takeout. All-important lifestyle metrics were also considered, like the price of a pint of beer and the level of access to live music and coffee shops.

As a result, Raleigh, NC came in number  17 out of the top 35 cities in the US for Millenials. One of the main reasons is that Raleigh has the highest percentage of single young people, and  perhaps even more important, it also has the cheapest pint of beer!

For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC, contact Auston Grove  Apartments.

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Labor Day Weekend African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy the The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County over Labor Day weekend, August 30 and 31. This is an annual Labor Day Weekend celebration of African American culture as expressed through art, music, dance, food and community. Explore the work of visual artists; music & dance performances; and interactive family activities!  Celebrate The AACF’s 5th Year Anniversary of teaching, sharing, and celebrating the traditions of African Americans here in NC and from around the world.  This event is free and open for all to enjoy!

The Main Stage

The Main Stage is the performance venue in City Plaza full of extraordinary local and nation-wide talent. This is the stage where The Bar-Kays, A Taste of Honey – Featuring Janice Marie, and the Zapp Band performs, along with the other fabulous local entertainment North Carolina and the Triangle arts scene has to offer. There is something for everyone on this stage - jazz, reggae, blues, rock, hip hop, gospel, neo-soul, funk and much more!

Family Village

The African American Cultural Festival Family Village is a great place for festival goers of all ages to have a fun, educational, hands-on experience. Enjoy engaging performances on the Family Village stage by storytellers, dance troupes, drum circles, and much more. Enjoy creating something of your own in the Make-and-Take craft tents, and bring home your very own artwork. Learning about African American culture is a unique experience in the Family Village - bring the whole family!

Vendor Marketplace  

The Vendor Marketplace lines both sides of Fayetteville street with tents full of unique products sold by individual market vendors.  Browse the variety of clothing, accessories, jewelry, natural bath products, home decor and much more.  The African American community has a long history of entrepreneurship - come support small business owners and see what the Vendor Marketplace has to offer.

Art Gallery Walk

The Art Gallery Walk lines both sides of Fayetteville Street with tents displaying original art created by artists from North Carolina and across the country.  Stroll along the street; be inspired by the plethora of paintings, jewelry, photography, sculptures, and mixed media art that the festival has to offer.  Meet the artists, learn about their techniques, and purchase an original creation to enjoy for years to come.

More information - aacfralwake.org

It May NOT Be Time to Buy a Home - Raleigh

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 14, 2014

You may be hearing others talk and thinking it’s time for everyone to buy a home. Not necessarily.

A house is one of the biggest purchases you will likely make in your life. Calculating how much house you can afford may seem like the most overwhelming part, but first you must decide if you should be buying in the first place. Check out the signs you should hold off on buying a home.

1. Plans to Move

There are costs associated with selling a home as well as buying one, so if you are thinking about switching jobs, moving in with someone, having kids or other major life changes that may uproot your life, it may be a good idea to hold off on buying that home. Homeownership can complicate the process of relocating.

It is difficult to know exactly when your home will sell, and selling a house from another state or country can be stressful. If you don’t think you will be sticking around for at least a few years, it may be best to rent until your plans are more certain. If you are new to an area, it can be beneficial to explore the place and rent until you find the right neighborhood for you.

2. No Extra Cash

Owning a home requires a lot of cash. In addition to the down payment and regular mortgage payments, there are often other costs. To be a homeowner, you must be financially prepared for emergencies such as broken appliances, flooding or pest infestations. Having enough money in the bank to hold you for months or even years can save you from losing your home in the event of a sudden change. If you do not have plenty of extra cash saved up or if you would rather build your savings toward a trip instead of new shutters, buying is not likely a good idea, at least for now. Even if your monthly rental cost is equivalent to what a monthly mortgage payment might be, homeownership also means you must pay for maintenance and repairs.

3. Not Ready for Responsibility

While that extra cash we were talking about can go toward hiring others to do maintenance around the home, you still have to be responsible when you own a home. Not everyone has the time and inclination to manage a home’s upkeep. If you do not want to do repairs and maintenance yourself, you have to search for and retain reliable, trustworthy workers. Owning a home is a lot of work, while renting usually means you are not responsible for most of the maintenance and repairs. If you do not want to worry about every little thing involved in home maintenance, you may be better off holding off on buying a home.

4. Your Credit Isn’t in Shape

One of the first things you need to do before buying a home is checking your credit reports and scores. A good credit score can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of a loan, so if you need to take an extra month or three to get your credit in shape, it could be extremely beneficial. You can get free copies of your credit reports once a year from the three major credit reporting agencies. You can check two of your credit scores for free every month on Credit.com, plus get tips for how to build your credit.

When it comes down to making the decision on buying a home, you have to consider what is best for your finances and your lifestyle. Even if everyone else you know is buying, renting may be the right option for you. It’s important to consider important factors like price, credit and upkeep before you decide whether to rent or buy.

For more information on renting an apartment in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove Apartments.

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If You are Looking for an Apartment in Raleigh, Choose One with Great Service

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Are you looking for an apartment in Raleigh, NC?  There is a great advantage to living in a reputable, well-run and well-maintained apartment community. It is very important that you are not ignored by your landlord, and that you can be certain that your needs and requests will be addressed. At Auston Grove Apartments, we would like to share with you a survey and comments from a resident upon their recent request for service in their home at our apartment home community:

Was your service request completed within 24 hours?
Yes

Was the repair or replacement completed to your satisfaction?
Yes

Did the Service Team leave your apartment in good, clean condition?
Yes

Was a Service Survey Card left in your apartment?
Yes

Comments:

Derek, as usual, did a fantastic job in securing the wall shelving in my master bedroom today. I have come to expect quality, precise, prompt, and neat workmanship from him and the team ... they have yet to disappoint. Thanks, Derek ... a job well done. Helen

Apartment Hunting in Raleigh, NC? Consider Resident Reviews

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Are you looking for an apartment in Raleigh, NC?  There is a great advantage to living in a reputable, well-run and well-maintained apartment community. It is very important that you are not ignored by your landlord, and that you can be certain that your needs and requests will be addressed. At Auston Grove Apartments, we would like to share with you a survey and comments from a resident upon their recent service request at our apartment home community:

Was your service request completed within 24 hours?
Yes
Was the repair or replacement completed to your satisfaction?
Yes
Did the Service Team leave your apartment in good, clean condition?
Yes
Was a Service Survey Card left in your apartment?
Yes

Comments:

Maintenance has always been done promptly and correctly. I love Auston Grove and that is why I've lived here for over 10 years.

If You Are Looking for an Apartment in Raleigh, NC Consider Resident Reviews

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 21, 2014

Are you looking for an apartment in Raleigh, NC?  There is a great advantage to living in a reputable, well-run and well-maintained apartment community. It is very important that you are not ignored by your landlord, and that you can be certain that your needs and requests will be addressed. At Auston Grove Apartments, we would like to share with you a survey and comments from a resident upon their recent move out of our apartment home community:

Ease of move-out process
Very Satisfied

Professionalism with which you were treated during move-out process
Very Satisfied

Likelihood that you would return if circumstances changed
Very Satisfied

Overall experience while residing at community
Very Satisfied

Would you recommend us to a friend?
Yes

Comments:
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Auston Grove apartments. It was a rewarding experience. Your staff is very friendly, courteous and professional; ready to help in any way they can and giving a lot of information as to how one can maneuver their way around Raleigh, get to the shops, entertainment centers, e.t.c. The premises are kept very clean and fresh. I would love to come back and stay longer given the chance!

Looking for an Apartment in Raleigh, NC? Count on Resident Reviews

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Are you looking for an apartment in Raleigh, NC?  There is a great advantage to living in a reputable, well-run and well-maintained apartment community. It is very important that you are not ignored by your landlord, and that you can be certain that your needs and requests will be addressed. At Auston Grove Apartments, we would like to share with you a survey and comments from a resident regarding their recent service request for an apartment in our community:

Was your service request completed within 24 hours?
Yes

Was the repair or replacement completed to your satisfaction?
Yes

Did the Service Team leave your apartment in good, clean condition?
Yes

Was a Service Survey Card left in your apartment?
No

Comments
The service request was handled immediately. My health and welfare was the top consideration and I greatly appreciated the quick response. While I could have handled things for a while, thanks to the Auston Grove Team I was not subjected to any delay in the solution to the problem. HHH, we have the best staff at Auston Grove.


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