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.

FIVE POINTS

Five Points is so named for the confusing intersection of Glenwood Avenue, Fairview Road and Whitaker Mill Road -- just northwest of downtown, where a cluster of small neighborhoods converge. It has urban flavor. The intersection features bars, funky restaurants, boutiques and an independent movie theater. Pockets of shops featuring restaurants and services such as dry cleaners are scattered amongst homes. Skyscrapers can be seen from some backyards; multistory condo projects are planned. But its tree-lined streets offer easy access to downtown and North Raleigh.

To the west of the intersection, there's the tony Hayes Barton section, where the elite vie for 90-year-old homes with big porches, spacious lots and lavish landscaping.

To the north is Bloomsbury and Vanguard Park, which feature more modest bungalows and cottages, of which many have been expanded and extensively renovated.

To the east are Roanoke Park and Georgetown. Georgetown features tiny ranch houses built in the late 1940s and 1950s and cottages on generous lots, where young couples are renovating, expanding or building anew.

For retirees, there's the Whitaker Glen continuing care retirement community and the Whitaker Mill Senior Center.

NORTH HILLS

Once a far-flung Raleigh suburb, North Hills has emerged as the city's new "Midtown." And while some crusty locals refuse to accept that recently adopted moniker, it aptly describes what is the edge of old Raleigh to the south and the gateway to the new subdivisions to the north.

Situated at Interstate 440 and Six Forks Road, the area rose to prominence in the 1960s with ranch homes surrounding an enclosed regional shopping mall. In the past decade, developers tore down North Hills Mall and replaced it with a walkable, open-air mix of offices, shops, restaurants, hotel rooms and homes. The renewal has sprouted on its edges. Ramblewood, a new-home community that includes townhouses, flats and garden homes, featuring terra cotta roofs and price tags pushing north of $1 million, took the place of a wilting apartment complex. Meanwhile, a continuing care retirement community, The Cardinal, is under construction. The activity has spurred renaissance in nearby neighborhoods, where spacious ranch houses on generous, tree-filled lots from the 1960s-70s Brady Bunch-era are being renovated or replaced with bigger homes.


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