Tuesday, October 26, 2021

“Front Porch Give Back, A Community of Giving Back”

We have spent a lot of hard work on making this dream turn into reality here at Front Porch Realty. Front Porch Give Back, once just an amazing idea in Laura’s mind, once just a bunch of boxes filled with unused household supplies, once just a basement to store supplies for the business…now a place for those in need to come shop free of charge for household items.

What can you donate? Kitchen tables & chairs, coffee tables & end tables, working lamps, dressers & nightstands, small working kitchen appliances (toasters, coffee pots, microwaves, blenders, etc.), dishes, cutlery, pots & pans, glasses, gift cards, light bulbs, cleaning supplies.

Where can you donate? You may drop off at our office anytime during business hours; Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm located at 604 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

I asked Laura Moody a few questions regarding Front Porch Give Back –
1. Where did the idea come from?

“I have always wanted to “give-back” to the youth of my community as I am an adoptee myself.  My twin brother and I (as well as our older adopted brother) could have easily grown up in foster care if we had not been adopted into a loving home.  When young adults age out of our Wake county foster care system they are set up in an apartment and given only a bed and an alarm clock.

We wanted a way to be able to connect the unwanted household items of our sellers with the needs of our community’s young adults and families.  Our recipients are by referral only from our local schools, churches and anyone else wanting to help.”


2. What is a long term goal with FPGB?
“My long term goal is to keep a fully stocked office basement full of furniture and household goods so that anyone that needs help can receive it.  I would also love to have it stocked with basic cleaning supplies and other household needs a lot of us take for granted;  new sheet sets/towels, batteries, lightbulbs, flashlights, etc.”
3. How are you getting the word out?
“We are getting the word out with social media but would also love to be able to put our brochure out at other local Fuquay-Varina businesses.  We do want donors to realize we are not a “thrift shop”, we are only asking for what is listed in our post.  Recipients “shop” our household goods free of charge.”
4. Anything extra we should know about Front Porch Give Back?
“Drop off at our office Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm!”
Monday, October 25, 2021

Located at 121 Raleigh St. in Downtown Fuquay-Varina you will come across a quaint little store that holds not only a Family Optical, but also possibly the cutest gift shop around! Wild Hare Gifts consists of high-end, quality, unique, hand-made gifts and home décor. What’s even better than one cute, unique gift shop? TWO unique gift shops! For All Things Southern is another gift shop located inside the Family Optical that offers high-end, locally and regionally sourced gifts along with some beautiful vintage goodies.

When you arrive at Wild Hare Gifts, you are greeted with full smiles and OUTSTANDING customer service. The store is set up perfectly, just the right amount of space with tons of fun things to look at I will be honest, your eye could wander for days! They have all local and regional products marked with a label that says “Made In NC” for easier findings. They keep us up-to-date with their seasons; fall time equals tons of pumpkins, apple scented candles, and some fun fall-time treats! I cannot wait to visit during Christmas time, I can only imagine how majestic the store will be decorated.

One of the coolest things I ran across while inside the store browsing was coffee roast from 321 Coffee. 321 Coffee was founded by a group of NC State students who had a passion for creating employment for adults with IDD. From pop-ups at the student union serving Starbucks coffee to now running a coffee shop at the NC Farmer’s Market, they employ over 30 adults! This is SUCH an awesome cause and so glad to be able to support 321 Coffee at Wild Hare Gifts.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Nestled right outside of Fuquay-Varina’s city limits heading towards Lillington, you will find Naylor Roadside Market and right next-door is family fun zone Naylor Family Farm & GIANT Corn Maze. The Naylor’s started off with the Farm & Corn Maze back in 2011 and since have added a Farm Market Barn including a concession stand, produce stand, indoor/outdoor picnic area, and restrooms.

The Market consists of goodies throughout all seasons. In the spring/summer you will find a beautiful array of flowers and delicious juicy watermelon. In the fall time, pumpkins for miles and produce to match the season! They sell locally made NC products including jams & jellies, candles, salsas, honey, and so SO much more!

When the sun is shining in the spring and summer months, Naylor Roadside Market offers a variety of food trucks for you to enjoy! Be sure to follow their social media pages to keep up to date with all the family fun to be had at both Naylor Roadside Market and Naylor Family Farm & Corn Maze.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

It’s no wonder our sales prices are soaring, at this time there are only 124 homes active on the market in Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs. This includes our Coming Soon status! Wake county Register of Deeds just reported our median sales price jumped a whopping 25% in September to $390,000. In our SW Wake market; median days on market is 4, and median sales price to list price is $110%. There are currently no new construction single family homes under $400,000 being built in our area of the county, all are attached townhomes or condos and are being sold as they barely break ground.

Front Porch Realty just finished the numbers for our Q3 Market Update and we had to check all them twice. We are at SUCH a low inventory it is getting scary, no pun intended I promise! I am sure you have a heard a little buzz of our housing market beginning to “catch up” a little, well not here locally in Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs.


How long is this going to last, and can our re-sale homes get any higher priced?
Good question! I do think our prices will continue their swift upward trend, however I do believe they will slow somewhat. Did we ever think our homes would be selling $10,000-$100,000 over list price regardless of appraised value?

FRONT PORCH REALTY offers the residents of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs a LOCAL professional real estate firm to handle their real estate transactions. We love moving our residents into, and across town, and showing off all these towns have to offer.

We are here to help you, your relatives, co-workers, employees, and neighbors. We are extremely invested in our local market, if you have not followed us on social media, please do to stay up to date to date on our LOCAL happenings. If you don’t receive our monthly e-newsletter yet, let us know and we will sign you up!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Fuquay-Varina’s very own indoor Biergarten with southern hospitality! The owners, Mike and Anne moved to the area in 2017 and surely enough agree it is the BEST decision they have ever made. They opened TCB with much knowledge in brewing their own beer and running a similar spot prior. Inside you will find plenty of games, beautiful seating areas with low-lighting, coolers full of all types of beers and in case you get a craving for something salty, they offer a gigantic Bavarian pretzel, YUM! The Biergarten will often have local food trucks so be sure to follow their social media pages to see when your favorite will be visiting!

TCB is passionate about being dog-friendly! Bring in your pup and enjoy the surroundings. We support local K-9 rescues and are dedicated to providing a safe and unique experience for our “fur-baby” patrons, inside and outside of our venue. In fact, we even have a selection of “beers” & treats crafted for our four-legged friends.”

They also have a special donation box for any extra doggie supplies! Follow RoarNC for more information, they also have a Facebook page!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Fuquay-Varina is filling up with all sorts of fun activities for date night out, family night out, team building outings, etc. The newest addition to activity based venues that are popping up is family-owned Inner Beast Hatchet House. The newest axe throwing spot is right here in wonderful downtown Fuquay near shopping, food, and breweries.

What all should you expect at Inner Beast Hatchet House? TONS of excitement, that is for sure! They offer projection based games for throwing your axe at such as Zombie Shootout, Tic-Tac-Toe, Cornhole, and so many more! Never thrown an axe before? Not to worry, they have AXEperts that will check you in and demonstrate the safe and proper way to throw your axe. If you need to quench your hunger or thirst during this time, not to worry! Inner Beast Hatchet House offers canned beer, water, and snacks!

When you go to their website to sign up for a time-slot, ensure you properly fill out your waiver before you head over there! You may book either a 60 minute slot or a 90 minute slot, this will be timed for you while you are throwing. They also offer bigger party bookings such as birthdays, work social events, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc. Be sure to check them out, YOU DO NOT want to miss this new fun edition to Fuquay-Varina.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Offered at $789,900 – 4 BED/3 1/2 BATH

ALL BRICK custom beauty with lots of space to spread out, inside and out! Open LR/Kitchen/Dining with hardwoods and corner fireplace. Kitchen boasts quartz, center island with prep sink. Split bedroom plan, Master with walk-in shower/2 shower heads, and garden tub. Large Bonus/Media room plus 2 Offices! Large screened porch plus deck for enjoying private yard and pond. Full daylight conditioned basement for all kinds of possibilities. Oversized main 2 car garage PLUS boat garage and an additional 1.5 car garage/shop. Only 4-miles away from lovely Downtown Fuquay-Varina!

CLICK HERE for more information!

Your very own pond to enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Growing up in North Carolina is a unique and wonderful experience, ask anyone. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the crystal coast beaches you have the best of both worlds. Right in the middle of it all is the State capital, Raleigh which is just outside of our town of Fuquay-Varina.

One thing North Carolina is big on is tradition. Every year the North Carolina State Fair is held in Raleigh at the Fairgrounds. Crowds gather at the fair grounds to enjoy rides, food, free entertainment, and plenty more. Last year was an unprecedented time for everyone and unfortunately the State Fair could not be held as usual. They did find a way to continue the tradition by offering a small variety of the usual fair food vendors but it was nothing like we are used to. This year the N.C. State Fair is back and better than ever!


The 2021 N.C. State Fair will be held from Oct. 14 – Oct. 24, tickets are on sale now, click here! Whether you are a thrill seeker or a teacup rider or just enjoy eating copious amounts of food it is a fun-for-all-ages event! With over 90 rides this year including tons of new ones, NEW FOOD VENDORS, and tons more, don’t miss the fun in 2021! 


Monday, September 20, 2021

EXCITING NEWS FOLKS! Cleveland Draft House off of E. Broad Street will be opening September 27th! If you have been following along since they announced Cleveland Draft House some time ago you know it has been a long wait but we are finally in the home stretch! The restaurant chain currently has two other locations located in Clayton and Garner, NC. If you have had the pleasure of stopping by one of their 2 other locations before, you know we are in for a treat here in Fuquay Varina.

Specializing in Burgers, Ribs, and pretty much all American Cuisine you are sure to find a tasty bite to eat to curve your hunger. Cleveland Draft House is a full service restaurant and Bar with 50 beers on draft. The atmosphere offers the best of both worlds. During the daytime you can catch families of all ages enjoying a meal together, companies grabbing lunch together, but head over at nighttime and you can enjoy trivia nights (TBD), play pool, or throw some darts with friends. Starting next Monday September 27, 2021 enjoy the Cleveland Draft House experience we have all been patiently waiting for!

They are still hiring line cooks, please click the link below to fill out an application if interested.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Craving authentic Italian cuisine but can’t find the time to make it to Italy? You are in LUCK! Just around the corner in Fuquay, Assagio’s Pizzeria and Ristorante is a classic Italian restaurant with specialty pizzas, Stromboli’s, gyros, calzones and so much more more.

Tom and Amy McGrath, the owners of the Fuquay-Varina Assagio’s, met here in North Carolina and married in 2000 later having 2 kids. Opening their first owned restaurant in 2004, Tom was eager show off the skills he has been acquiring since working in the restaurant industry in High School. Tom and Amy love what they do, how could you not when working with pizza?! As Tom stated when asked why he decided to open an Italian restaurant? The answer was simple, “I LIKE PIZZA”! Assiago’s takes pride in their family-friendly atmosphere including wonderful food and great service.

Assaggio means ‘taste’ in Italian and this wonderful pizzeria certainly lives up to their name. Have guests coming over? Assagio’s does catering as well! Be sure to take a look at their MENU and stop by for a bite!

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