Raleigh is and has remained a popular destination for quite some time now. Frequently making appearances in many Top 10 style lists as one of the best place to live, it should come as no surprise that folks are moving here from all over! Raleigh has a metro population of nearly 1.4 million, which makes it the second-largest city in all of North Carolina. The population of Raleigh is projected to grow by nearly 125,000 people over the next 15 years. All these newcomers are going to need homes, but where are some of the most popular and "best" neighborhoods in Raleigh? Due to the size growth of Raleigh, we are going to break this topic down into different sections of town. Today's focus is on 17 of the best neighborhoods to check out in North Raleigh in 2021!
1. North Hills
Often referred to as Raleigh's "Midtown" area, North Hills is a diverse community that features a hearty mix of commercial districts, highly rated schools, new construction, and established single family homes. Many of the existing homes were built in the 60's and 70's, often taking the form of ranches, split levels, traditional and transitional homes. Some even featuring full basements, which can be rare in our market. Located just outside of the I-440 beltline and near the revamped North Hills mall, this highly desirable neighborhood gives a great mix of parks, entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and housing options.
2. Inman Park
Located just outside of the I-440 beltline near Crabtree Valley Mall is Inman Park. Also being in close proximity to the North Hills area, the two share many overlapping perks. Close proximity to the Capital Area Greenway System and Carolina Country Club, as well as shopping and entertainment, will leave you with no shortage of options close to home. This well established neighborhood offers 156 custom single-family homes, as well as condos, in various shapes and sizes to suit whatever your housing needs might be. With great community amenities like the pool & cabana, it is a walkable neighborhood that makes socializing with your neighbors a natural occurrence.
3. Valley Estates
Located off of Lynn & Creedmoor Roads, Valley Estates is an established neighborhood of single-family homes built primarily in the late 70's and early 80's. With Leadmine Lake tucked on the neighborhoods interior, it is only a short distance to both Shelley Lake Park and Lake Lynn nearby. Easily reach Crabtree mall or downtown Raleigh in minutes by cruising down Creedmoor Road for tons of shopping and dining options.
Glenlake South is a small neighborhood of mid to high end homes located off of Blue Ridge Road, close to Crabtree Creek & Mall. Built by Ashton Woods, many of these homes offer enhanced fit & finish as part of the Power House Green and Environments for Living programs. Close to Rex healthcare facilities, the RBC sports arena, and many more amenities, this neighborhood is sure to impress.
Greystone Village is an established community of over 830 homes across 16 neighborhoods in North Raleigh. The Homeowners Association includes a Swim & Racquet Club on an 8 acre site that has a 10 lane swimming pool, 4 tennis courts, and 2 sand volleyball courts which is open to both Greystone HOA members and non-Greystone HOA members alike. The Greystone Village Shopping Center has a variety of options for retail & restaurants. It also features the Greystone Recreation Center, which is the first recreation center in Raleigh with an indoor playground and rock climbing wall. Outside of the area's impressive list of amenities, there are also three lakes and thousands of old growth trees throughout the neighborhood. A definite "must see" when considering places to live in North Raleigh.
Tucked away off of Ebenezer Church Road & Westgate Road, Wyngate features single family homes built in the mid to late 90's. With easy access to I-540, as well as shopping & dining on Leesville Road, Wyngate is a great neighborhood to consider in the Northwest Raleigh area. Just down the road from William B. Umstead State Park, you have quick access to 5,599 acres of pristine outdoor recreations while being less than 15 minutes from RDU international airport.
Another consistently popular neighborhood is Harrington Grove, which is located in Northwest Raleigh on Leesville Road. With 400 wooded acres and a detailed design, these neighborhoods are laid out to be accessible, functional, and aesthetic. Offering a variety of both townhouses and single family options, there is something to suit all sizes and needs. Amenities include a volleyball court, picnic area, playground, fitness trail, and a membership based swim club that houses a junior olympic swimming pool, wading pool, and tennis courts. Leesville Road schools are close-by and sought after by many in the area. Easy access to I-540 let's you quickly head to RDU International Airport, Brier Creek Commons, or commute to Research Triangle Park.
Another Northwest Raleigh favorite is the Woodlawn neighborhood. This established neighborhood with landscaping and mature trees serves as a quiet enclave outside the busy Brier Creek Commons area. These single-family homes were built between the mid to late 90's and offer traditional layouts on decent sized lots. With a community pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground, and clubhouse, this neighborhood has everything you need to feel right at home. Easily hop on I-540 to access all the Triangle area has to offer!
9. Dominion Park
Located right next to Woodlawn is the ever popular Dominion Park neighborhood. With 497 homes on manageable sized lots with mature tree growth, this area has a classic hometown feel. Featuring a community clubhouse, swimming pool, and tennis courts, you have convenient recreation close to home. Boasting all of the same easy access to amenities that Woodlawn and Harrington Grove offer, this is another neighborhood to keep on your radar if you are looking to buy in the Northwest Raleigh area!
Are you looking for a quiet community in Northwest Raleigh? Barton's Creek Bluffs might be just what you're looking for. The neighborhood boasts large, rolling lots and earth-tone aesthetics that complement the lovely natural surroundings. Tucked between Norwood Road & Carpenter Pond Road, you get a reprieve from city sprawl without being more than a few minutes away from everything Northwest Raleigh has to offer. With most of the homes being built between the mid 90's to mid early 2000's, there is a variety of both traditional and transitional style of home options. Take a drive through the neighborhood and see for yourself why folks love Bartons Creek Bluffs.
We couldn't make a list of best neighborhoods in Raleigh without including the ever popular Stonehenge area! Located conveniently between the cusp of Midtown & North Raleigh, Stonehenge is more of a collection of neighborhoods rather than one continuous subdivision. This neighborhood was established in 1977 and has grown to nearly 1400 single family homes! This community's non-profit homeowners association is very active in organizing community events, neighborhood projects, and community initiatives, which makes this a great neighborhood for those who want to feel connected with an active group of homeowners & neighbors. Close by is the Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club, a private enterprise which many i
Adjacent to Bartons Creek Bluffs is the Hawthorne neighborhood, which also boats much of the same aesthetic, including a covered bridge, two gazebos, parks, outdoor common areas, walking paths, two tennis courts, and a neighborhood swim team! If you're looking for a quiet neighborhood in Northwest Raleigh that still has access to great amenities and shopping options, Hawthorne is one to keep on your radar.
The well established neighborhood of Brookhaven spans a large area between Glenwood Avenue and Lynn Road. Offering a mix of homes build between the 60's and early 2000's, these houses blend in with the wooded terrain and rolling hills. The Brookhaven Nature Park can be found off of Rembert Drive and offers a scenic overlook in addition to walking trails.
This luxury enclave of custom built homes offers a unique blend of nature and modern living. Located across from Umstead Park off of Ebenzer Church Road, this neighborhood offers all the high end fit and finishes you love to see in custom homes, all while being located on sizable lots in a natural setting, close to all the modern conveniences you could desire. Their multi-level clubhouse is equipped with a fitness center, lap pool, and children's play area that also hosts community events and seasonal activities.
Established in 2001, this master planned development boasts 607 acres and over 1750 diverse homes ranging from townhouses, single family, custom builds, and estate styles. One third of the development is dedicated to open & green spaces, which can be seen in the 4 parks, greenway trails, tennis, basketball, volleyball courts, two pools, picnic areas, and 26 miles of landscaped sidewalks.The iconic Bedford Clock Tower stands 60 feet high over the neighborhoods square. The Shoppes at Bedford Square also provide a variety of mixed use commercial spaces featuring dining, retail, and other small businesses. A truly unique community that offers an inclusive, small town feel, while still being close to all the Raleigh has to offer.
16. Falls River
Established in 2000, this planned development of close knit neighborhoods offers a unique small town feel similar to that of its neighboring community of Bedford. Offering a variety of home styles ranging from Craftsman homes with rocking chair porches to traditional Southern Charleston style, Falls River has something for everyone. This active community hosts regular events at one of the several parks or the Falls River Clubhouse & Pool. With greenway trails located right inside this neighborhood, keeping things walkable and natural was a definite focus. Falls River Town Center is located just up the road and provides options for groceries, shopping, dining, healthcare, and more.
Seated at the edge of North Raleigh and Wake Forest, Wakefield is an impressive development that offers both traditional style homes and high end custom builds. One of the few luxury golf course communities in Raleigh, the Wakefield Country Club boasts an impressive estate style clubhouse with a par-71 18 hole course designed by Hale Irwin. Falls Lake is right around the corner, which provides options for swimming, hiking, camping, and boating. Offering all types of shopping, dining, healthcare, and recreation makes this a popular option among buyers looking to be a little further from the busy city center of Raleigh.
Raleigh has so many amazing neighborhoods, and we wish we could list them all, but here are some honorable mentions when looking at the North Raleigh area!