Orange County Homes for Sale
Orange County is located in the Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metropolitan Area in the Piedmont region of NC. It is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the flagship institution of the University of North Carolina University System and the oldest state-supported university in the entire United States.
Towns in Orange County are Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. Part of the cities of Mebane and Durham are also located in the county. The county seat is Hillsborough, which was once merely a sleepy little community but today it is a higher-priced sleepy little community.
Many cultural, historic, and educational institutions are associated with the university, including several libraries housing important historical collections, the Carolina Playmakers, the Morehead Planetarium, and the Ackland Art Museum. Non-university-related cultural institutions in Orange County include the ArtsCenter in Carrboro and the Jewish Heritage Foundation. Orange County hosts several popular annual events, such as the Festifall street fair in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough Hog Day, the Hillsborough Candlelight Christmas Tour and the Occaneechi-Saponi Spring Festival and Pow Wow.
Orange County is close to an area called Research Triangle Park (RTP), the largest research park in the world. Even though the majority of RTP is found in Durham County, it is also a part of Orange County due to the involvement of Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, together with Durham and Raleigh, are the three major cities that make up RTP. They are joined by Duke University in Durham, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the North Carolina State University in Raleigh. These three universities and the three cities are the pillars of the Research Triangle Park.
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