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by | Apr 11, 2017 | The Triangle | 7 comments

When I first told my friends in Wilmington that I was going to be moving to Durham, the reaction I received was hesitant to say the least. I had only been there a couple of times before I made the decision to move, so I did not understand where this hesitation was coming from. Not being a native of North Carolina, like so many of us who now call this state “home,” I was unaware of the real history. After moving here and becoming more familiar with Durham’s history, I guess it’s easier to understand why my friends reacted the way they did. I know that a visit here would change their minds. Durham is not the city that it was perceived as being.

In 2004, the birth of the American Tobacco Campus paved the way for great changes in the Bull City. What was once a dilapidated old tobacco warehouse of the famous Washington Duke, originally belonging to W.T. Blackwell & Company, is now a thriving and popular destination for locals and tourists alike.  At the Tobacco Campus you can find restaurants, museums, office spaces, theaters, the new Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and the Art Institute. The campus is the perimeter of an innovative water feature that encompasses the whole campus and surrounds the brick platform that holds the iconic water tower. When a family member visits and they tell me they want to see what Durham is all about, I start with the American Tobacco Campus.

Just beyond the campus, you can find a new and beautiful Downtown Durham with places like Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), The Golden Belt, and Brightleaf Square. DPAC is one of the top performing arts centers in America. I actually got to see a performance of my favorite musical, The Phantom of the Opera, at DPAC. The Golden Belt is full of upscale condos, shops, and event spaces such as The Cotton Room – a former textile warehouse turned event space. How quintessentially Durham! Brightleaf Square is just another example of the renovation from former warehouse to the new home of shops and restaurants.

Downtown Durham is paved with cute and iconic restaurants, some even made it to television shows on Food Network and The Cooking Channel. The birth of new condos and apartment buildings, and new Victorian style houses being built also contribute to the revitalization of our great city. Shortly after moving to Durham, I did a haunted walking tour and learned so much about the history of downtown and of Durham. I have also enjoyed going to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and stopping by a few food trucks. No matter what you’re into, you can’t be bored in Durham.

In Durham, brick walls meet crystal chandeliers and sophistication meets imperfection. The old is combined with modern and upscale, creating this shabby-chique, industrial look that is becoming incredibly popular. You would be hard-pressed to go to a restaurant whose walls and ceilings were just drywall and paint. In order to be quintessentially Durham, we want to see the brick and the exposed ductwork or pipes. Charm is what it’s all about and Downtown Durham is incredibly charming. Pay us a visit or put down roots here, you won’t be sorry!

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About Kyle Miller.

Kyle Miller is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Croasdaile office.

Kyle has an aptitude for education. He loves to learn and he loves to teach what he has learned. That’s why he loves working with first-time home buyers. They often need a lot of patience, guidance, and education, which Kyle loves to give. His hope is that first-time buyers enter a transaction fully aware and educated on the whole process.

Outside of his volunteer work, Kyle enjoys bowling with his league. He also really enjoys going to Jordan Lake and hiking on the numerous trails there and has a strong interest in sailing.

Kyle is actively involved with his church in Durham, serving as an ambassador to visitors and potential new members and serving on the Board of Christian Services. One of his favorite things to do with his church is walk in the CROP Hunger Walk, helping raise money for starving children. He also volunteers with the Human Rights Campaign of North Carolina.

Kyle is a member of the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region.  FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit