Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2019

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2019 21 PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB KARP Surveying the stairway turn ahead, movers Antwon Cooper, left and Alexander Verrill prepare to escort a mattress to the second floor. goings-on from his cushioned bedding, among them a monogrammed one reading "Hobbs" in script. "He's spoiled rotten. Sweet little boy. We primarily got the house for the dog," she said. en after a brief pause, she adds, "And for the kids." eir daughter, 20-month-old Brynlee, is safely tucked away offsite at daycare, but a copy of her "God Gave Us You" book by Lisa Bergren is in-house. "She is a little bookworm, which is a good thing, being a teacher," said Kristen, a Wake County school administrator. eir yet-to-be-born son is "in waiting," with a May 20 due date. e Walsh clan is just one of many moving to and about the Triangle, the hot- growth region that has helped keep North Carolina on the list of the Top 10 destination states since 1993. In their case, it's an intra- region move, but they're hardly native-born North Carolinians. Kristen Walsh hails from Colorado and landed in-state to attend UNC-Wilmington and, like so many others, stayed. As for Michael Walsh, a business analyst, he emerged from just outside Boston and, she said, followed his parents' relocation to the Old North State. e two met via a dating app, Michael Walsh said. ere's no shortage of transplants in the 27587 region, with native-born North Carolinians trailing those born in other states, 41.2 percent to 51.2 percent. And this being a Top 10 destination state, it has been largely immune to the national falloff in people pulling up stakes in search of a new place. "Every year we've been in business," we've increased in volume," said Jared Crabtree, poring over stats on his laptop at Crabtree Family Moving & Storage in Raleigh, now with a fleet of 12 trucks. "At least 1,500 (moves a year), somewhere in that ballpark. We're moving a lot of folks." Jay and Melinda Hemphill's journey to their new home started in Raleigh and — like the Walsh clan — ended in Wake Forest. eir search was very much in the public's eye via HGTV's House Hunter's Family show. But the cameras stopped there. Continued on Page 24 ❱❱ What year did you move in? See BY THE NUMBERS, on Page 68. Kristen Walsh plugs in security codes amid the setup of her new security system.

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