Morrisville: Tech in the Triangle
A Realtor’s Guide to Experiencing the Best Morrisville Has to Offer
Morrisville is located just south of the Research Triangle Park (RTP), offering one of the closest proximities to RDU International Airport and thus making it a desirable location for frequent travelers. It has become a top relocation destination for techies across the country who are fleeing larger, more expensive cities for the housing affordability, recreational activities, and job opportunities offered by companies like SAS, Cisco, IBM, Red Hat, Lenovo, GlaxoSmithKline, Epic Games and more. Apple just announced that they will be building a $1B campus in RTP, bringing 3,000 additional jobs to the area in the near future. Like much of the Triangle, Morrisville has been undergoing significant growth due to the influx of companies and talent moving into the area, and that trend shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Despite all its growth, it remains one of the safest towns to raise a family; SafeWise listed Morrisville as the 10th safest city in North Carolina in 2021. Erica Anderson, a top REALTOR® and owner of Team Anderson Realty, has been serving the real estate needs of the community since 2014.
Morrisville has developed into a boomtown over the last 10+ years thanks to the tech companies who decided the Triangle area was a great destination to set up shop and attract talent from around the world. However, that has not always been the case; before the tech boom of recent years, Morrisville had remained largely unchanged for over a century. In 1852, Jeremiah Morris, the town’s namesake, donated land to build a rail depot in hopes it would bring business and people to the area. However, by 1880, the town had only 165 residents, so Morris’ idea of a major railroad hub had not developed as planned…at least not yet. During the Civil War, the Battle of Morrisville Station in April, 1865, was a watershed moment, ending with the largest surrender of Confederate troops nearly two weeks later at Bennet Place in Durham. Today, the site of this historic battle and the land it was fought on is more commonly known as Park West Village. Morrisville used to be the place you wound up in if you took a wrong turn leaving the airport, however, the turning point for the town becoming a leading destination in the Triangle began in the 2000’s when the population grew a staggering 256%. Today it is a tech city, rich in diversity, job opportunities, housing, and recreation.
Shopping and Dining
While job opportunities and population have increased in the area, so have the dining and shopping options Morrisville offers. Park West Village is one of the most popular hubs in the area. It’s a mixed-use complex featuring apartments, retail shopping, and dining. Some of the shopping options include Target, HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Ulta, Chico’s, Soma, Loft, White House / Black Market, Versona, Michael’s, Buy Buy Baby, Bath & Body Works, and plenty more. If you want to satisfy your tastebuds after shopping, there is a great selection of restaurants in Park West Village, including, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, which offers a mouth-watering selection of juicy burgers and fries; Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill, a fine-dining option with a delicious menu (you don’t want to miss the wood-fired salmon- it’s amazing!); Full Moon Oyster Bar, a popular seafood restaurant and bar, shucking the best oysters in town; Hickory Tavern boasts a loaded menu; Blaze Pizza offers customized pizzas and gluten-free options, and Another Broken Egg serves “egg-ceptional” breakfast and lunch items. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Kilwins is a confectionary delight, offering a variety of fresh, made-in-store chocolates, caramels, fudge, caramel candy apples, ice cream, and more. Park West Village is also home to Stone Theaters Park West 14, which in addition to regular showtimes, offers special sensory-friendly showtimes for children with Autism or other developmental delays.
Meeple’s Brew is the first boardgame café in Morrisville with over 250 board games for patrons to play, and they host fun, specially-themed events. They offer delicious craft coffee beverages, tea, craft beer, cider, and wine, as well as a food menu that boasts play-on-words, game-themed options like, “Cards Against Hummus,” “Take Oat to Ride,” “World of Yog-hurt,” “Munchicken,” and “One Night WereWolffle.” Babymoon Café serves authentic Italian cuisine and is a favorite among locals for lunch and dinner. ZenFish Poke Bar offers fresh ingredients, from local farmers whenever possible, and provides customers a guilt-free, healthy, fast-casual dining experience. Mi Cancun serves delicious Mexican food and drinks, and Guasaca bases their menu on South American dishes while embracing some elements of American cuisine, offering customers a unique dining option.
The Triangle area offers some of the best recreational activities in the state. There is an abundance of natural parks sprinkled throughout the area, many centered around beautiful lakes. Lake Crabtree County Park, located in Morrisville, is a sprawling 215-acre shaded park nestled beside the 520-acre, serene Lake Crabtree. The park offers plenty to keep visitors busy and happy, including hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, boating (a variety of free boat rentals are available seasonally, as well as public boat launch areas for your own non-gasoline powered watercraft), playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, and an open play area, great for flying kites or playing frisbee. Morrisville Community Park provides visitors multiple athletic fields, a concession stand, playground, picnic shelter, open play space, and it connects to Crabtree Hatcher Creek Greenway.
If you like a physical challenge, Triangle Rock Club has you covered; with 27,000 sq ft of Eldorado climbing walls, spanning 55ft in height, they offer the greatest indoor climbing experience in all of North Carolina. They also offer a 6,000 sq ft, freestanding, top-out bouldering experience, 7 Auto Belay systems, 200+ climbing routes and boulder problems, and they also provide fitness and yoga classes for members. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis is a 30,000 sq ft facility with 9 badminton courts and 27 table tennis courts that caters to all levels of play and offers coaching from some of the top professional coaches in the country. If challenging your brain is more your speed, look no further than Cipher Escape, the #1 live escape game in the area, where you will have 60 minutes to set yourself free from one of their mind-bending escape rooms like, “The Baker Street Mystery Escape,” “The Brewery Escape,” “The Geek Escape,” or “The NC Photo Hunt Escape.”
Real Estate in Morrisville
Morrisville real estate is one of the hottest markets in the Triangle. There are a number of housing options to choose from, whether you prefer condo living with lots of amenities, a townhome, or a single-family home in a great subdivision. Kitt’s Creek is located in the heart of RTP and is comprised of 845 homes and townhomes; they offer residents great amenities including a clubhouse, pool, fitness facility, tennis courts, a dog park, and community garden ($300s-$500s). Preston is a luxury home and private golf community that is situated on the border of Morrisville and Cary; one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the area, they provide residents a host of world-class amenities and offer single-family homes, townhomes, and condos ($200s to over $2M). Breckenridge is one of the largest communities in Morrisville, comprised of townhomes and single-family homes; they offer residents a pool, clubhouse, tennis and basketball courts, and playground. ($200s-$500s). Hampton Place is a new-construction townhome community offering a 2-car garage and beautiful interior design selections; additionally, all homes meet or exceed green Energy Star standards. ($400s). Weston Estates is a premier community with luxurious, well-appointed homes situated on large lots ($600s-$900s). Carpenter Park is a pool community that offers a variety of condos, as well as single-family homes, and it is adjacent to Morrisville Community Park with easy access to Hatcher Creek Greenway (high $100s-$300s).
Ready to Buy a Home or Sell a Home in Morrisville?
Homes in Morrisville sell lightning-fast due to the fact it is one of the most desirable locations in the Triangle. If you are serious about buying, it’s imperative in this competitive market that you have an experienced, dedicated REALTOR® working for you to make sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to buy your dream home.
Team Anderson Realty is an independent 5-star, concierge-style real estate firm that has been serving Morrisville and the surrounding areas since 2014. We take time to get to know our clients in order to best serve them, and provide a tailored experience for each individual home buyer. If you are looking to buy a home in Morrisville or the surrounding area, we would love the opportunity to show you what’s available and help you purchase that perfect home! Likewise, if you have ever thought to yourself, “What do I need to do to sell my home?” then we can help with that too! We are a top seller’s agent in Morrisville and the greater Triangle, and we would be delighted to put our expertise to work for you in getting you top-dollar for your home. If you’re in the market to either buy a home or sell a home in Morrisville or the surrounding areas, please let us help make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Call our team of Realtor experts today at: 919-610-5126 and let us show you what we can do for you!