Orange County, NC | Land for Sale and Real Estate Information. Located in the larger North Carolina Capitol metro area among the rolling hills of the central Piedmont, is home to historic Hillsborough, its county seat, and UNC-Chapel Hill, the nation’s oldest public university. Because of its prime location and access to airports, major highways, and the Research Triangle Park, many people prefer the more suburban lifestyles Orange County can offer. Over the last several years, the number of acres per individual land owner has retreated about 12%, and some large pieces of property have been sold off completely to make way for a growing local population. The number of people permanently residing in the county total approximately 135,000, keeping it more rural than urban.
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One other factor working in the favor of land owners and investors in the area is the recent recession. Within the past few years some property owners who sold their land or farm to real estate developers have turned around and repurchased the farm for half of what they sold it, helping local land owners who want to return their land to at least some farming operations to do so. In light of recent trends in organic farming, placing priority on local produce, and the popularity of farmer’s markets, several once-urbanites have quite literally bought the farm – and are making it pay off in a big way. Many local restaurants have joined up with the Orange County, NC’s Cooperative Extension as “eat local” supporters, meaning that they buy at least a portion of their produce from local farmers. (For a list of Orange County restaurants who support the “eat local” initiative, visit the County’s government web site which hosts this list here: http://www.orangecountyfarms.org/eatlocal.asp.)