The Best Places to Live in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh can be quiet and suburban, with access to city parks and great schools. Or, it can be a city with thriving nightlife, unique history and architecture, and unique culinary options on every corner.

Raleigh was named by Time Magazine as the second most educated city in the country. Forbes named it as the second best city in the United States for business and careers. The City of Oaks was also named by Fortune Magazine as “No. 1 of the 50 Best Places for Business and Careers and No.2 of the Next Big Boom Towns in the U.S.”

Clearly, Raleigh is a great place to live. If you’re thinking of moving there, here are some of the best neighborhoods to check out.

1. Six Forks

Six Forks is a suburban neighborhood located in Raleigh. With a median home price of just under $500,000, Six Forks is undoubtedly one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Raleigh.

According to Neighborhood Scout, the Six Forks neighborhood is better than 99.6% of neighborhoods in the state of North Carolina. Also, it’s wealthier than 99.2% of the neighborhoods in the United States.

And unlike any other neighborhood in America, Six Forks neighborhood has a significant number of people of British and Welsh ancestry comprising its residents.

2. Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a beautiful established subdivision located in Midtown Raleigh. There are nearly 1,400 single-family residences in this popular North Raleigh community.

There are plenty of local events in the neighborhood like the Christmas lights contest and a Halloween parade. Amenities include tennis and racquetball courts, local clubs, and swimming pools.

The Stonehenge neighborhood particularly offers lots of options for seniors in the area. Retirement communities include Springmoor, Abbotswood at Stonehenge, and Cypress of Raleigh.

3. Bryson Village

Bryson Village is minutes from Downtown Raleigh and US-64. The Raleigh neighborhood offers fantastic homes with reasonably priced and good-sized lots.

The neighborhood is surrounded by rushing creeks and rivers, and scenic mountains.

4. Brier Creek

Brier Creek is a luxurious golf course community in Raleigh. It’s located only minutes from the Research Triangle, 1-40, 1-540, 1-540 and Route 70. Residents include families, young professionals, and older adults.

The centerpiece of the neighborhood is Brier Creek Country Club, where townhouses and condominiums mingle with multimillion-dollar estates.

5. North Hills

North Hills is a mixed-use development located in midtown Raleigh. This innovative, multi-faceted district offers many options to live, work, shop, dine, and play.

North Hills neighborhood is Raleigh’s fastest growing area.

Residents include families and young professionals, and older adult families. The area is home to countless parks, great restaurants, live entertainment, and great schools.

6. Oakwood

Historic Oakwood is a 19th-century neighborhood. The neighborhood includes hundreds of homes constructed in an assortment of architectural styles.

Oakwood is loaded with incredible oak trees hence the name. Residents include young families and professionals. Because of its proximity to downtown and historic culture, it’s one of Raleigh’s more expensive neighborhoods.

7. The East Raleigh-South Park Historic District

Located south of downtown and covering approximately 30 square blocks, the historic district is very desirable neighborhood to live in.

It’s densely packed with small gardens and well-kept yards. It also offers restaurants, groceries, churches and working and middle-class housing stock.

8. Midtown

Nestled geographically between Downtown Raleigh and North Raleigh, Midtown Raleigh is situated just above the Interstate 40 beltline. Raleigh’s Midtown boasts everything you’d ever want in a neighborhood.

You’ll find neighborhood perks like public art, free concerts and farmers markets ranging from massive sidewalk murals to simple interactive pieces. Plus, you’ll enjoy top of the line shopping, dining, parks, and entertainment.

9. Chapel Hill

With a population of 59,246, Chapel Hill is the 16th largest community in the Raleigh area. The neighborhood is part of the Research Triangle. Its home to the nation’s oldest public university – the University of North Carolina.

Because of the natural beauty of the area, its historical significance in American history and the University, Chapel Hill neighborhood is a very appealing neighborhood to live in.

Chapel Hill also features a multitude of entertainment, shopping and dining options.

10. Five Points

Five Pints has an urban flavor. The intersection features an independent movie theatre, boutiques, funky restaurants, and bars.

To the east are Georgetown and Roanoke Park. Here, you’ll find houses built in the late 1940s and 1950s and cottages on generous lots.

To the north is Vanguard Park and Bloomsbury, which feature modest cottages and bungalows.

To the west of the intersection, there’s the tony Hayes Barton section, where the elite view for 20th century homes with lavish landscaping, spacious lots and big porches.

11. Capital District

The Capital District is the power center of North Carolina featuring 3.5 million square feet of government office space, Governor’s Mansion, the State Capitol, and excellent museums.

Residents include young professionals and families.

With dozens of entertainment and dining options, the day doesn’t end after work is over. The streets are always vibrant and alive with residents and tourist alike.

12. Cameron Village

Cameron Village is the first planned community to be developed in Raleigh.

Cameron Village is a little less historic but a little more affordable. Some of the area hotspots include Village Draft House and the Cameron Village Shopping Center. The Shopping Center provides access to public transportation and plenty of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping for residents to enjoy.

A majority of residents are young professionals and families.

13. Cameron Park

Cameron Park is a historic neighborhood just west of downtown Raleigh.

The gorgeous historic homes draw architectural enthusiasts of all ages while the proximity to the Edna Metz Wells Park and North Carolina State University draw families to the area.

According to a recent WalletHub’s study, Raleigh was No.6 in a list of top 20 state capitals to live in. If you are thinking of moving to the City of Oaks, these 13 neighborhoods should get you started. If you need help finding or managing rental properties in the Raleigh area don’t hesitate to contact us here.

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