Work, Live, Play, Love. Raleigh
Raleigh is a little slice of heaven for the career-minded, the park-lovers, the urbanites, the social and the reclusive, the parents, the young individuals, the retired… Everyone. From sprawling estate homes on quiet streets overhung with mature oaks to cheerful suburbs of classic brick architecture to posh urban high-rises, Raleigh, NC is a little bit of everything. Here, there's a taste of the good life for anyone seeking affordable, comfortable living in one of America’s top career hotspots.
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Why Do Residents Love Raleigh?
An Abundance of High-Paying Employment Opportunities
Business is booming in Raleigh and the opportunities for employment are nearly endless. Forbes List recently ranked Raleigh as the #2 city in America for careers, and it’s not just for the three major universities within the area and low unemployment rate. Easy access to the Research Triangle Park, several major hospitals, and many top-notch businesses and companies presents jobseekers with a world of possibilities, especially in the industries of technology, healthcare, and education.
A Wealth of Attractions
After work, it’s time to play! And once again, the options are nearly endless. Downtown Raleigh is a hotspot of activity and attractions, and with five unique districts that range from quaint and quiet to urban and exciting, there’s sure to be the perfect spot for everyone. Museums, theatres, live concerts and events, bars and clubs, restaurants and shops… It’s only just beginning. Raleigh is also home to the North Carolina State Fair and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. And don’t forget PNC Arena, where you can watch the NHL Hurricanes play, and Carter-Finley Stadium, where you can enjoy NC State football games.
Beautiful Parks & Recreation Throughout
It’s not all about big-city bustle! Raleigh is known for its lush greenery across the city, from downtown pocket parks and tree-lined streets to private neighborhood parks to acres of lush land and lakes. Miles of hiking and biking trails can be found throughout, plenty of lakes welcome boaters and anglers, and just outside the city, Jordan Lake and Falls Lake State Recreation Area offer even more opportunities for a lakeside weekend retreat.
Affordable Homes & Amenities
Affordable living is one of the major draws of Raleigh. The jobs are aplenty and many of them pay prettily, but the homes are still very comfortably priced. Here, you can enjoy the paycheck of a high-tech job, without the hefty mortgage payment that often accompanies such an income in other high-paying job markets such as the Silicon Valley or Washington, D.C. Average home values of Raleigh sit comfortably at just over $200,000, but there are plenty of homes available below $150,000 and even $100,000.
Wake County Public Schools is not just the largest district in North Carolina—it’s also one of the most acclaimed, with many top-rated schools found throughout Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, and Knightdale. In fact, it’s one of the reasons Forbes List ranked Raleigh as the #1 City for Raising a Family. And don’t forget higher education—Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University and Meredith College, and just minutes away are the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham.
Want to know even more about residential life in this outstanding city of beautiful homes, friendly faces, and big opportunities? You don’t have to look far! As your Raleigh experts, we know all the insider details! Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!
Population (2014): 439,896
Population Growth Since 2000: +59.3%
Median Home Value (2013): $202,800
School District: Wake County Public Schools
Durham: 15 – 30 min
Charlotte: 2.5 hrs
Wilmington, NC: 2 hrs
Asheville, NC: 3.5 hrs
Highways: I-40, I-440, US-401, US-70, US-1, US-64, NC-540
Raleigh's Best Activities
- Take a Hike and William B. Umstead State Park
- Explore Downtown Raleigh
- Attend an Event on Fayetteville St.
- Spend a Day Boating Lake Jordan
- Attend a Hockey Game at PNC Arena
- Check out the NC State Fair
Raleigh Real Estate
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