Pittsboro, NC – If you’re looking for small village charm in the heart of the Triangle, look no farther than Pittsboro.
An Historic Downtown
Founded in 1787, Pittsboro was incorporated as the seat of Chatham County government. One hundred twenty five lots were laid out surrounding a public square bisected by four streets. Today, the downtown Historic District spans 59 acres and lists 92 principal buildings, 39 outbuildings, 3 cemeteries and a civil war monument.
The streets are punctuated with historic markers and the old buildings each have a story to tell.
The big news in the recent past was a fire that severely damaged the historic Chatham County Courthouse in the center of town. The Board of Commissioners immediately voted to restore the building to its former glory. That work is already under way.
Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Shopping, services and restaurants radiate out from the courthouse, giving Pittsboro a truly vibrant downtown.
There’s Urban Sampler, home to chic design and Virlie’s Grill, a local eatery where everybody knows your name. Old Pittsboro Antiques affords shoppers a chance to own a small piece of history, musicians flock to Sullivan Music, Bizu sells fine handcrafted jewelry and Antonella’s pampers customers looking for a European salon experience. Blissful!
One of the most popular destinations in downtown Pittsboro is the General Store Cafe. Locals prize the healthy, inventive, casual dining experience in an old-fashioned general store. From art to gardening and home furnishings, GSC delights visitors with things for sale and things to eat. They also have one of the best musical stages in the area making GSC a popular night spot.
I’d be remiss not to mention S&T Soda Shoppe, a Victorian charmer that’s the favorite haunt of my kids.
One more gem in downtown Pittsboro: French Connection. No, not the trendy clothing store. This is the place to go for fine imported furniture and antiques, plus some truly dramatic collectibles. You’re not going to find any of this stuff at the mall.
Getting Back to Nature
In addition to one of the most vibrant historic downtown districts in the State, Pittsboro is fortunate to be close to many of the area’s premier outdoor recreational attractions.
The Haw River rushes and bubbles to the east of town. It’s one of the best rivers in the Piedmont for canoeing and kayaking.
Then there’s Jordan Lake. The state-run recreation area encompasses almost 47,000 acres and offers boating, swimming, beaches & picnic areas, fishing, wind surfing, kayaking, water skiing, camping and bird watching. It’s also one of the region’s largest summertime roosts of the bald eagle.
One of the reasons Pittsboro has continued to thrive over the generations is its location as a hub of area roads.
15-501 connects the center of town to Chapel Hill, a mecca of sports, culture and excitement.
US-64 also runs through town, affording easy transportation to Raleigh, Cary and Apex. It’s just a short drive to professional sports, world-class concert venues and the big-city vibe of the State Capital.
See Pittsboro on a map.
Living in Pittsboro
Wooded subdivisions dot the landscape around the town. There’s Henry’s Ridge, The Preserve, Legacy and my own neighborhood, Monterrane.
Real estate and homes around Pittsboro appeal to people who like the woodsy serenity of being surrounded by nature.
My Take on Pittsboro
What’s not to love? A cute, vibrant downtown, proximity to the best outdoor activities in the Triangle and good value, high-quality homes and neighborhoods.
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Existing-home sales increased last month as buyers responded to improved housing affordability conditions, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – rose 5.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.18 million units in September from a level of 4.91 million in August. Home sales are 1.4 percent higher than the 5.11 million-unit pace in September 2007.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said more markets are seeing year-over-year gains.
“The sales turnaround which began in California several months ago is broadening now to Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Rhode Island,” he says. “The South was hampered by much lower home sales in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.”
NAR President Richard F. Gaylord says low home prices and low interest rates have helped attract buyers.
“This is the first time since November 2005 that home sales have been above year-ago levels,” Gaylord says. “Credit tightened at the end of September, but the improvement demonstrates that buyers who’ve been on the sidelines want to get into the market to make a long-term investment in their future.”
According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 6.04 percent in September from 6.48 percent in August; the rate was 6.38 percent in September 2007.
Yun says there may still be market disruptions.
“The credit markets are not settled yet, although the mortgage market stabilized with the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Yun says. “Inventory remains high, and price declines are pressuring owners.”
Yun says that an additional housing stimulus would stabilize prices more quickly and help bring faster stability to Wall Street.
“Removing the repayment feature on the [$7,500] first-time buyer tax credit and permanently raising loan limits would bring more buyers into the market and further reduce inventory,” Yun says.
A Closer Look at the Numbers
- Total housing inventory: at the end of September fell 1.6 percent to 4.27 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 9.9-month supply at the current sales pace, down from a 10.6-month supply in August. This marks two consecutive monthly declines since inventories peaked in July.
- National median existing-home price: $191,600 in September, for all housing types. That’s down 9 percent from a year ago when the median was $210,500.
“Compared to a fairly small share of foreclosures or short sales a year ago, distressed sales are currently 35 to 40 percent of transactions,” Yun says. “These are pulling the median price down because many are being sold at discounted prices. The current market is not being dominated by speculative investors. Rather, 80 percent of current buyers are purchasing a primary residence, which is a bit higher than historic norms.”
- Single-family home sales: increased 6.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million in September from a pace of 4.35 million in August, and are 3.8 percent above the 4.45 million-unit level a year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $190,600 in September, which is 8.6 percent below September 2007.
- Existing condominium and co-op sales: were unchanged at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 560,000 units in September, but are 15.7 percent below the 664,000-unit pace in September 2007. The median existing condo price was $199,400 in September, down 10.2 percent from a year ago.
Here’s a breakdown across the country of existing-home in September:
- West: sting-home sales in the West jumped 16.8 percent to an annual rate of 1.25 million in September, and are 34.4 percent higher than September 2007. Median price: $253,600, down 18.5 percent from a year ago.
- Midwest: sales increased 4.4 percent to an annual pace of 1.19 million in September, but are 2.5 percent below a year ago. Median price: $152,500, which is 7.9 percent lower than September 2007.
- South: sales rose 2.2 percent in September to a pace of 1.9 million but remain 7.8 percent below September 2007. Median price:$167,200, down 4.1 percent from a year ago.
- Northeast: sales slipped 1.2 percent to an annual pace of 840,000 in September, and are 7.7 percent lower than a year ago. Median price: $246,800, down 5.4 percent from September 2007.