I am a carnivore. I’m not proud of it. But I do love a good burger. And while Summertime is the right time to burn some ground beef on the George Foreman, I still prefer seeking out my burgers somewhere on-the-road in the Carolinas. Here are my 5 picks:
In Charlotte and Raleigh, I am a fan of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Their Classic Southern Burger, topped with chili, American cheese, relish, mustard, and slaw, is a winner … but be sure to ask for plenty of napkins. I also enjoy the basic (and I mean basic) cheeseburger at O’Malley’s Pub in Raleigh. Basic…cheddar cheese…lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard (no mayo) … and a side of onion rings. Oh, and a pint of Guinness. Perfection.
I’ve mentioned numerous times that the Carolinas were fortunate to be among the last in to the housing downturn – and among the first out.
Last week, my remarks were further validated when four Allen Tate markets in North Carolina made the list of America’s 25 fastest growing cities since the recession.
The cities included Charlotte (No. 4), Greensboro (No. 9), Raleigh (No. 12) and Durham (No. 14). Each experienced double-digit population growth between 10.3 and 15.8 percent from 2007 to 2012.
Interestingly, 17 of the 25 ranked cities (population greater than 200,000) are located in the South and are largely suburban cities and lower density, spread-out municipalities. In comparison, major cities in the Northeast experienced only minimal growth during this time period, with Washington, D.C. as the best survey performer (No. 27) with 7.8 percent growth. New York has only grown 0.3 percent since 2007, while Chicago’s population has dropped 3.4 percent.
In January 2008, Allen Tate Company entered the Upstate market, opening offices in Greenville and Easley/Powdersville. Just one year later, Allen Tate enhanced its Upstate reach with an office in downtown Greer.
We’ve enjoyed four great years serving the greater Greer community and all points to and including the vibrant city of Spartanburg. We are most appreciative of the wonderful buyers and sellers who have given us the opportunity to help them achieve their homeownership goals. And we’re very excited about growth in the area, especially the $35 million inland port slated to open in September.
While we have enjoyed our home in historic downtown Greer, we simply began to outgrow our space as more and more great agents chose to hang their hat with Allen Tate. Like a growing family, it was time to find a new home.