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The Heart of the Triangle

Welcome to the Bull City.

Home to tobacco, Durham Bulls baseball, world-class educational and medical centers, and an unmatched college basketball rivalry, Durham has been impacting the world for more than 150 years.

Our beautiful home in the heart of North Carolina is known as the “City of Medicine,” famed, in part, for outstanding clinical services and research facilities. Boasting Duke University, one of the nation’s top institutions for continuing education, and North Carolina Central University, the country’s first public liberal arts institution for African American students, ours is an exciting city to live, grow, and learn.

Packed with more than 1,800 acres of parkland, 29 miles of paved trails, and plenty of recreation centers and golf courses, Durham is a hub of activity. GQ said it best: “from March through October, you can hike, bike, swim, kayak, canoe, and check out varying sports teams pretty much any day of the week.

Our quickly growing cultural arts and music scene is one for the books; be sure to check out the DPAC, consistently ranked in the top 10 worldwide theatre venues for ticket sales by concert-industry trade magazine Pollstar. And don’t miss the Carolina Theatre, one of Durham’s most beloved venues for shows, films, and more since 1926.

Vogue Magazine called us “North Carolina’s hippest city,” and we don’t disagree. Visit the Nasher Museum of Art to see thoughtfully curated exhibits of art, created by celebrated artists from Carlo Dolci to Ed Ruscha to Barkley Hendricks. And the famed American Dance Festival, hosted by Durham since 1978, has been heralded as “one of the nation’s most important institutions” by The New York Times.

Growing steadily more renowned for its great food scene, Durham has been called “one of the country’s most vibrant—and most walkable—dining, drinking, and shopping destinations” by Bon Appétit Magazine. In fact, James Beard Foundation Award finalists and winners have chosen to open restaurants here. With the city’s burgeoning collection of more than 300 restaurants and 40 annual festivals, you’re certain to find something to satisfy your taste buds.

There’s a reason U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Durham as one of the Best Places to Retire and Best Places to Live. This extraordinary place is full of personality, and we think you’ll love it just as much as we do at The Forest at Duke.

skyline of Durham, North Carolina
Minutes away from The Forest, downtown Durham blends the old with the new. 100-year-old tobacco warehouses mix with modern high rises to create a unique and eclectic experience.