Welcome to Chapel Hill
We're going to warn you right from the start—Chapel Hill is a charmer. Whimsical winding streets leading to Colonial-style historic homes and stone-walled small businesses are just two contributors to the town's unmatched charm. From Southern-style events like Fridays on the Front Porch to a riverwalk open daily to take you through the awe-inspiring downtown area, there tends to be an all-consuming giddy feeling whenever you're exploring this quaint community. Equal parts traditional and trendy, Chapel Hill is the perfect place to call home for people of all ages.
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There's So Much to LOVE in Chapel Hill!
Small businesses in Chapel Hill will have you wanting to empty your wallets solely due to shop owners' Southern hospitality and unsurpassed customer service. Franklin Street and Southern Village are two of the town's most popular shopping destinations, where you can peruse through stores that you won't find anywhere else. If you want to proudly represent the local University, Alumni Hall, Classic Carolina, and Johnny T-Shirt are some go-to spots for UNC–Chapel Hill apparel.
Anchored by Franklin Street's strong historical roots, Downtown Chapel Hill is a centerpiece for the community's outdoor happenings. Outdoor dining against the backdrop of live, local music is a frequent in the downtown streets. With more than 200 restaurants and retail shops, and an energetic night life scene, the downtown area is always hopping with UNC-Chapel Hill students.
We couldn't talk about Chapel Hill and not go into detail about the University it was built around—The University of North Carolina. When the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees chose the New Hope Chapel area as the site for the first University in NC, they then planned out a town adjacent to the site, which is now Chapel Hill. The Bell Tower and the Old Well are two must-see staples on the University's campus.
While there are many things that make Chapel Hill so special, the town's restaurant scene is definitely its secret ingredient. Bestowed the title of "America's Foodiest Small Town" by Bon Appetit magazine, Chapel Hill is overflowing with sweet and savory flavors. From traditional Southern-style barbecue to progressive fusion flavors, there are plenty of options to satisfy your palate here. Sunrise Kitchen's chicken biscuit, Bin 54 Steak and Cellar's fine dining, and Hawker's Asian street fare are all local favorites.
Chapel Hill Attractions
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He's Not Here
A legendary bar among University students and area locals, He's Not Here has long been Chapel Hill's go-to hangout spot. Many may wonder how the bar got its name and there's really three different explanations—the original owner often avoided calls, people always call asking for famous UNC-Chapel Hill athletes, and worried wives and girlfriends call the bar, all to which the answers are "He's not here." He's Not Here »
Honeysuckle Tea House
When you just want to get away from it all, you can take refuge at this open-air farm stand that's surrounded by 225 acres of wide-open farmland. Built on shipping containers and other repurposed materials, this tea house is an innovative way for residents to escape the mundane and make the most of what's already around them. Here, you'll find blueberry patches and herb gardens, plus hammocks to hang out in all day long! Escape the Mundane »
Ackland Art Museum
Art enthusiasts thrive at this museum, where you can find a permanent collection of more than 19,000 works of art. From curated collections of Asian art to signature European masterworks, there are a rich variety of cultural resources to be found here. You can take a piece of the Ackland's permanent collection home with you from the Museum Store, which features a large selection of craft kits, design books, and handmade jewelry. Visit the Museum »
Find Your Chapel Hill Home
With so many things to do in Chapel Hill, there's a million different ways you can experience this one-of-a-kind community—but we believe the best way is to live here yourself! If you're thinking about buying a home in Chapel Hill or have any questions about the home-buying process in general, we'd be happy to help! Contact The Helbert Team for more information or to schedule a showing today.