Wake County Tour
Wake County real estate is dominated by North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh, which is the largest city in the Triangle with over 400,000 residents. Recent population movement has been towards the city center inside the Beltway of Raleigh, where historical homes tucked beneath tall oaks and new condo buildings with upscale amenities are in high demand. The old dilapidated Warehouse District has been transformed into a vibrant night life scene with art studios, galleries and restaurants, breathing new life into downtown Raleigh.
Also the cultural hub for Wake County, Raleigh has numerous performance centers, museums and universities. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, which is home to the North Carolina Symphony and the Carolina Ballet, is located in Raleigh. Outdoor concerts are popular events at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, and small funky venues like Kings abound. Museums include the North Carolina Museum of Art, CAM Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the North Carolina Museum of History. The student vibe is alive and well in Wake County, with North Carolina State University, the largest public university in the state, Shaw University, the first historically black university in the American South, and Meredith College, a women’s liberal arts college.
Considerable growth is happening outside the Beltway of Raleigh also, not just in the city center. Wake County real estate is exploding with recent growth. The towns of Cary, Morrisville, Garner, Clayton, Wake Forest, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell, and Zebulon are Wake County towns that are experiencing rapid growth and development. Compared to Raleigh, these towns are much smaller and each has its own particular character.
As in much of the South, most people rely on private autos to get around in Wake County. Older neighborhoods were built-in suburban style, with insular neighborhoods separated from the commercial shopping areas. But the development trend for Wake County is to build homes, whether they are single family homes or multi-family homes, within walking distance to stores, restaurants, and amenities and there is public support for expanding mass transit systems. Wake County real estate market is doing just fine.