North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh is in Wake County, which rests on what Sir Walter Raleigh called, “the goodliest land.” Although the area has an agricultural history, the fairly recent transition to a suburban environment has been rapid. Filled with comfortable neighborhoods, nearby golf courses and greater Raleigh’s 46-mile greenway system that connects the area’s 156 parks and lakes, the Raleigh area is one of the most popular real estate markets in the nation. The commitmentto well-managed development, sensitivity to its citizen’s needs and a pro-business stance help the region live up to its slogan, “the most promising corner in the Triangle.”
In 1994 Apex was designated as a Historic District, and it is considered one of the most intact railroad towns from the turn-of-the-century. Commercial and residential buildings that date back to the late 1800s fill the Downtown Historic District, and they represent many architectural styles. Apex has been listed as one of the top 100 small towns to live in the country, and the best small town to live in North Carolina. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is less than 10 miles from Apex, allowing for easy travel for the residents of Apex. Bicycles are a popular form of transportation in the area, and U.S. Bicycle Route 1 goes through downtown Apex.
Downtown Fuquay-Varina is a North Carolina Main Street Community. Two vibrant business districts are in Fuquay-Varina, and they were built by adding to the unique characteristics that the town already had. Projects have been devoted to improving the sidewalks in the business districts, and new parking has been added. The town is working on a Downtown Center Plan that is intended to provide design guidelines and tools for those moving to the business districts.
With almost 26,000 residents, Garner is a fast growing community with many amenities. Garner is only 8 miles from Raleigh and located on the intersection of U.S. 70 and I-40. The city retains its small-town appeal while being extremely close to the capitol city of North Carolina. Over 350 acres of parkland fill Garner with natural beauty and many recreational opportunities. Garner provides its residents with a thriving business economy, safe neighborhoods, great schools, community events, shopping outlets, and entertainment venues. The town motto in Garner is “A Great Place to Be!”
Rapidly growing due to its prime location near Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park, Holly Springs is a lovely town next to Apex, Cary, and Fuquay-Varina. Over 25,000 residents are in the city that only had 1,000 residents just 20 years ago. Leaders of the town make sure to carefully place new developments so that they preserve open space and public areas. Commercial development has been a focus for downtown Holly Springs in recent years as the town continues to grow. To draw people to the area and make the quality of living higher for the residents, the town built a Town Hall in the heart of downtown Holly Springs. The architectural style imitates that from the 19th century, when Holly Springs was founded.
Situated between Raleigh and Durham, Morrisville is a great location with many amenities. With easy access to I-40, I-540, and US-1, residents of Morrisville can travel outside of the city easily for commuting, entertainment, or whatever they would like to do. The city has great schools, a close proximity to Research Triangle Park, and a good quality of life. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Coast are relatively close to Morrisville, making it a great location for taking frequent day trips.
Raleigh is the largest city in North Carolina, the state capitol, and the county seat of Wake County. Known as the “City of Oaks,” the city is filled with beautiful oak trees for all to enjoy. In 2010 the population in Raleigh was 403,892, making it the 43rd largest city in the nation. The Research Triangle Park is made up of Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham, and the area includes three major research universities: North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University. The economy in Raleigh thrives off banking services, electrical equipment, clothing, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and paper products. The Research Triangle is a major center for biotech and high-tech research in addition to advanced textile development. Many museums and arts and cultural attractions are in the area, as well as various entertainment opportunities such as professional and collegiate sports.
Rolesville is a small town in Wake County that was originally incorporated in 1837, making it the second oldest town in Wake County after Raleigh. The town started as a farming community and it still retains some of its family tracks that are cultivated. Many of the family farms have been developed into commercial or residential subdivisions, which led to Rolesville becoming one of the fastest growing communities in North Carolina. The town has about 3,800 residents, and it has a small-town atmosphere in close proximity to big city amenities.
The ethnic and cultural diversity in the region of Wake Forest contribute to the area’s success. Many historical and cultural attractions are in Wake Forest, adding to its originality and appeal. The area is very festive with many celebrations throughout the year. The American Dance Festival and the Walnut Creek Amphitheater host many events, in addition to the annual “Meet in the Street” festival and “Six Sundays in Spring” that Wake Forest coordinates. The housing market in Wake Forest offers a variety of choices, including architectural classics in the historic districts and modern homes built in the many well-planned neighborhoods. Located close to the mountains and the coast, Wake Forest offers many recreational opportunities in the state that is often referred to as the “Variety Vacationland.”
Wendell has a small town community charm partnered with the advantages of a big city. The town borders the busy US 64 corridor, and it is just a few minutes from Raleigh. Many economic incentives are in the area for those wishing to relocate to Wendell, as well as easily accessible transportation. Land is affordable in the region for new development and redevelopment. Housing opportunities are vast in Wendell for any type of person. The area has supported growth with commercial, industrial, and residential development.
Zebulon is a relatively small town with about 4,400 residents. The Wakelon School, the George and Neva Barbee House, and the Bennett Bunn Plantation are all properties in Zebulon that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The largest employer in Zebulon is GlaxoSmithKline, which employs over 1,500 people. Other employers in the area are US Food Services Inc., Devil Dog, and Nomaco, Inc. Agriculture is also an important contributor to the economy with corn, wheat, tobacco, cotton, and soybeans. Little River Park is a great recreational attraction along the Little River, and a dam, a waterfall, picnic areas, and hiking trails provide great entertainment for residents and visitors.
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Apex, Cary, Fuguay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon.
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