5 Great Neighborhoods in Raleigh

Where will you feel most at home in Raleigh, NC? Check out this guide to the city's most popular neighborhoods.


The historic Oakwood District east of downtown has everything from grand Victorians to modest bungalows.


OAKWOOD

This neighborhood rose east of downtown after the Civil War. Today, it is a historic district featuring hundreds of homes -- from grand Victorians built in the late 1800s to modest bungalows of the 1920s. Many have been carefully restored. The neighborhood is popular among movers and shakers in city or state politics, and with a growing core of private-sector downtown employees.

Oakwood's popularity has spurred renovations and teardowns just outside the historic district, which have become popular with first-time homebuyers and young couples looking to move into something bigger -- not farther -- from downtown. Some of those areas, however, come with the stigma of high crime.

STONEHENGE

This North Raleigh community features a broad stock of newer, modest single-family homes and townhouses, built in the early 1980s and later. It's a tight-knit community, including a supper club, bridge club and book club. There's a Halloween parade and a Christmas light contest. Amenities include the Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club.

It's a sensible choice for two-income families with jobs in and around Research Triangle Park and Raleigh. And it's particularly popular with families who may have a retiree relocating to the area. There are several nearby options for seniors, including retirement communities such as The Cypress of Raleigh, Abbotswood at Stonehenge and Springmoor.


BRIER CREEK

This section of northwest Raleigh is emblematic of how -- and how quickly -- Raleigh has grown. The area was mostly a bunch of trees in the 1990s. But since then, thousands of single-family homes and condominiums have sprouted along with offices, shops and amenities. The centerpiece is Brier Creek Country Club, where condominiums and townhouses mingle with multimillion-dollar estates. They are surrounded by an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course and amenities including a swimming pool with lap lanes and clay tennis courts. Its newness deprives it of some of the charm found in the neighborhoods closer to downtown. But what it lacks in history, it makes up for in utility. It's close to interstates 40 and 540, which provide easy access to other parts of the region.

The neighborhood is popular with young, upwardly mobile families primarily because it is spitting distance from Research Triangle Park, the region's employment hub, but it's still in Wake County, home to what many consider to be the area's best schools.

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