You may think of Southern living meets the big city when you envision Raleigh. While this is a good generalization of the town, there is also much more to Raleigh. From small town exurbs and hip urban areas to country club suburbs, there is a diverse variety of neighborhoods that are sure to fit your needs. There is sure to be a neighborhood that is perfect for you in the “City of Oaks” whether you are a retiree or an empty nester.
Raleigh’s Warehouse District was recently rated one of the top 10 art districts by USA Today. Located in downtown Raleigh, it is a booming area of restaurants, art galleries, clubs, and shops. Some of the top attractions in this neighborhood are the Contemporary Art Museum, Visual Art Exchange, Brewmasters Bar & Grill, Videri Chocolate Factory, and more.
Boylan Heights is another uniquely Raleigh neighborhood. This historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and encompasses more than 250 contributing buildings developed in the early 20th century. It includes notable examples of Colonial Revival, Bungalow / American Craftsman, and Queen Anne style architecture.
Each year, Forbes puts out a list of the best suburbs in the United States for retirees. In the most recent top 25 list, there was one Raleigh suburb. Cary made the list because of its great climate, quality health care, mass transit to Raleigh, a strong economy, and an extremely low crime rate.
Movoto is another good website for finding suburbs to retire to near the country’s big cities. They recently released a list of the five best places near Raleigh for retirees. At the top of the list is Clayton. This small town has a low cost of living, affordable housing prices, plenty of senior amenities, and excellent health care. There is also plenty to do. Popular community events include the Town Square Concert Series, Millstock Art & Music Festival, and the Clayton Farm and Community Market.
Other towns on the list include Wendell, Garner, Zebulon, and Wake Forest, which features a historic downtown full of dining, a farmers market, and boutique shopping. Wake Forest also has plenty of golf with Brevofield Golf Links, Paschal Golf Club, and Heritage Golf Club all in town.
Some of us prefer to live in a community with people in our age group since they have had similar life experience. Others prefer to surround themselves with youth. Whatever your personal preferences may be, there are tools to help you find your ideal piece of Raleigh. Casamatic created a fun little 8 question quiz to find the right Raleigh neighborhood for you. It is geared toward a younger crowd, but it gets the job done. For instance, if you like public transportation, and gardening, they recommend the North Raleigh neighborhood with its many golf courses and shopping destinations.
No matter what your lifestyle may be, Raleigh is sure to cater to it. Have fun as you search for your perfect neighborhood and explore the city.
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