Southern Wake County
The great thing about Southern Wake County is its location. Close to Raleigh for the large city amenities, but far enough away to enjoy the charm that only a small town can provide. Encompassing Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs and Morrisville, this area is a paradise that is close to work, and close to the heart. With highways running through, it is not very hard to get to where you need to go. If you’re looking for the ideal location, there is a very good chance you’ll find it in southern Wake County!
Apex, North Carolina is a growing city with all the amenities of a big city incorporated into the comfort of a small town. Previously named the state’s #1 Small Town in Economic Vitality, it is no surprise that an average of six residents move into Apex on a daily basis. However, the city has maintained a strong sense of community and small town values.
The City of Apex puts on many annual events to entertain the children and residents of the community, including the “Peak Week Festival” in May which celebrates “The Peak of Good Living” (the town’s motto); the “Today and Yesteryear Festival” in September, and a huge Christmas Parade. Apex also boasts 10 parks and community centers, and a variety of recreational opportunities.
Cary is a thriving community in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina, between Raleigh and renowned Research Triangle Park. The Triangle area repeatedly has ranked among the top regions in the country to live or work, to find a home or start a business, to raise a family or retire.
On the whole, Caryites are a blessed, hard-working group with one of the highest median household incomes in the state. And being no further than 20 minutes from major universities such as Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina, it’s no wonder that education is an important part of Cary life. More than two-thirds of adults hold a college degree. Nearly 9 in 10 citizens have access to the Internet in this, the Technology Town of North Carolina.
Cary schools are part of the Wake County Public School System. The county Board of Education operates the system, deciding where to build schools and where to assign students. The Wake County Board of Commissioners provides most of the money for construction and also supplements what the state pays teachers
Adjacent to Research Triangle Park, and only minutes away from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the state’s capital. Cary, the 7th largest city in North Carolina, has been named one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
Welcome to the Town of Garner! In May 2005, Garner celebrated its 100-year Centennial. We also recently adopted a new slogan…”Garner, a Great Place to Be,” because it is a great town and a great place with great homes! We invite you to visit us!
Garner is located at the interchange of I-40 and US Highway 70, approximately 8 miles south of Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina. This community offers quick access to the Triangle’s first class universities, The Research Triangle Park, Atlantic Coast Conference athletics, professional sporting events, and world-renowned golfing events. Along with quick access to everything the Triangle area has to offer, Garner residents can be at the beach, on the eastern coast of the state in approximately 2-3 hours. They can also travel to the mountains in the western part of the state in approximately 4-5 hours. Ask our residents what they like about Garner and you will find that many say they enjoy the small town atmosphere, that the area is less congested, and that they have all the benefits of city living in its many parks, recreational activities, arts and entertainment right here in their community.
So, come visit Garner and find out for yourself why it’s a great place to live and work!
Located in central North Carolina just 30 minutes from the capital city of Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina is a lovely, historic town with plenty to offer its visitors. Famous for the Fuquay Mineral Spring discovered in the area in 1858, both the town and spring are located on the National Historic Register. The town offers such activities as Ashley’s Art Gallery, an award-winning gallery in town, the Fuquay-Varina Historic Park, and countless specialty shops and restaurants to enjoy. Located in such close proximity to Raleigh, there is ample opportunity for exciting day trips to sites such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the Exploris Interactive Museum. You can enjoy whatever pursuits capture your attention during the day, while spending your nights in the peace and quiet only found in small towns.
Fuquay-Varina has unmatchable homes and unmatchable location with its convenience to Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary, Durham, and Fayetteville. From these short trips one can enjoy the best that each of these cities has to offer such as museums and art galleries, as well and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Whatever you want to do, Fuquay-Varina is just a stroll away.
Our temperatures are moderate, generally ranging from a wintertime low in the 20s to a summer time high in the upper 80s to low 90s.
Holly Springs is a small town with small town charm. Along with the ample amount of forests, this town has also restored Bass Lake and created a park that includes a walking trail with scenic overlooks, free fishing gear for children, a disabled-accessible fishing pier, environmental programs, canoe rentals and more. If you’re a fisherman, Holly Springs is the ideal spot. A great place to raise a family, Holly Springs offers small town peace and quiet with city amenites a short trip away.
The Town of Morrisville is approximately 10 square miles in area. Except for a small 11-acre portion of the town located in Durham County, all of the town’s corporate limits are within Wake County. Not so long ago, a multi-screen movie theater turned Morrisville from a strictly daytime town into a little pocket of country night life.
In the past, Morrisville had a reputation as a great place to work but not to live. While homes were being built in Cary, Morrisville officials were busy attracting thriving businesses such as USA Today, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T, Radian and MCI. But the 16-screen Carmike Cinema draws folks to Morrisville from across the Triangle, especially on nights and weekends. And new homes, apartments, and hotels are going up all over town.
Just off I-40, Morrisville’s commercial growth includes Triangle Factory Shops, a mall with more than 50 manufacturer-owned outlet stores. The Northern Wake Expressway, a new highway that will move traffic from Raleigh-Durham International Airport around the capital faster, also promises to add further polish to Morrisville’s image as a hub of business.
But Morrisville is not all business. With Raleigh-Durham International Airport a neighbor, has five parks on 51 acres providing the town’s 2,123 residents the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities. And for those who like flowers, there is a greenhouse close to downtown where orchards bloom year-round. Civil War buffs can gaze at two shells displayed in the town’s newly-renovated town hall. And in the Shiloh area, visitors will find a spirited community founded by freed men and women after the abolition of slavery.
The population of Morrisville continues to increase rapidly, from 251 citizens in 1980 to 3,644 in 1999. As a result of a recent special census, our current population stands at 11,915. This growth is due in part to the town’s central location in the Triangle near Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park, and serviced by I-40 and Highways 54 and 55. Construction has begun on an outer loop expressway around the City of Raleigh. In the future, this expressway will pass through the northern portion of Morristown, with two exits located within the town’s corporate limits. Over the years, Morrisville has become a major employment center with a growing residential community in the “Heart of the Triangle.”
Given its location, Morrisville is expected to experience continued commercial/industrial investment as well as increased residential developments. The abundance of commercial/industrial interests in Morrisville provides increased economic activity, more jobs, and a larger tax base that allows it to maintain the quality and quantity of services offered to a growing citizenry and business community.
Johnston County is in the central region of North Carolina, close to Raleigh. The communities included in Johnston County are Benson, Clayton, and Four Oaks. These small towns have the charm and beauty of America, each retaining its uniqueness, but still having the similarity of Johnston County towns. Also included are the many golfing attractions found in this region. Johnston county towns have a home built with you in mind!
Clayton is located near I-40 and I-95 on the western edge of Johnston County. Clayton is convenient to several major cities: Raleigh (15 minutes to the west), Research Triangle Park (30 minutes west), and Durham (35 minutes west). It is close to the North Carolina mountains (approximately 3 hours) and the North Carolina beaches (approximately 2 hours). Because of the soil and climate conditions in Clayton, agriculture is a mainstay of the community. Several research farms and laboratories have been established in the area because of Clayton’s proximity to North Carolina State University, the NC Department of Agriculture, and Research Triangle Park. Clayton also features Pine Hollow Golf Course.
The Town of Four Oaks’ namesake is four actual oak trees which are growing from a tree stump in this area. Although this is a special attraction, the community is even more unique. Four Oaks has access to Raleigh that many people need, but still retains its small town feel. For the avid golfer, there is the Four Oaks Golf Course. This course reveals a different aspect of its personality with each hole. Homes in Four Oaks are considered reasonable priced.
For a slice of the Americana, Benson is your destination.
Benson, North Carolina is a unique community where the downtown still thrives and bustles with traffic. Storefronts are 90% filled and one can walk anywhere to shop, eat or just visit. Benson sits at the intersection of I-95 and I-40 and is a primary location for those wishing to live a quiet quality way of life while having access to Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Research Triangle Park, all within a one hour drive. Carolina beaches are just 1.5 hours away, and the mountains approximately 3 hours away so you are never very far from great vacation spots.
There are more than 30 churches which indicate a strong spiritual value in the Benson community. The Benson Area Chamber of Commerce is very active in promoting the area through activities for the family and encouraging businesses to prosper.
Benson is Americana – a small town where is it quiet and safe to raise children. Neighbors know neighbors, people walk and jog the streets and the historical district is very attractive. It is a community dedicated to family and a neighborly way of life.