What is North Raleigh like?
That’s a question I get a lot. My clients typically are moving to the Triangle from another state and have heard the best places to live are Cary, Chapel Hill, Apex and North Raleigh.
North Raleigh in 2019 is usually considered to be an area of Raleigh north of the outer I-540 beltline and sometimes the area between the inner I-440 and outer beltline. There are three distinctly different areas of North Raleigh. The Falls Lake watershed, East of Falls Lake and Old North Raleigh, now called Midtown.
Old North Raleigh-Midtown
North of I-440 and south of I-540 is now called Midtown. Several years ago I had clients from out of town visiting and when I asked them where they were staying they replied Midtown. I had no idea where that was. It had always been North Raleigh to me! Developers renamed the area and it stuck.
The North Hills area has been redeveloped from an old mall to a shopping and restaurant destination that gave Midtown its name.
Falls Lake Watershed
In the Falls Lake watershed, the west side of N. Raleigh, there isn’t city water and sewer. Septic systems require a minimum of one acre and land is expensive so this area of Raleigh has big lots and big expensive homes. Shopping and commercial is restricted to a few areas. It’s a beautiful area with an upscale rural character.
East of Falls Lake
This area has a totally different look and feel. Think large well planned neo traditional neighborhoods with mixed use development. Walking trails, neighborhood pools, parks and playgrounds. Lots of shopping plazas hidden behind tree buffers. Good schools. Homes very close together with front porches to encourage outdoor living and socializing.
What is the best area to live in N. Raleigh?
Something for everyone!
Midtown if you want to be close to downtown Raleigh and don’t mind a 60’s to 80’s home.
Falls Lake watershed if you want a big lot and have a big budget.
East of Falls Lake if you want a family friendly suburban experience.
Call email or text me if you are interested about learning more about North Raleigh.
Marianne Howell Wright, Realtor Broker NC Broker licence B146786
Broker/Owner Triangle Area Real Estate NC firm licence C8533