By Eric Chetwood, CFP®
As we’ve shared before, we’ve been lucky enough to call Raleigh-Durham home for many years. The area has amazing food, lots of opportunities for both relaxation and excitement, and is centrally located and close to many world-class universities, cities, and weekend escapes. In fact, US News ranked Raleigh & Durham the second best place to live and the 22nd best place to retire. (1)
After serving the area for so long, we feel like we’re uniquely qualified to give some pointers on where to move in the area if you’re considering relocating.
Let’s look at some of the best neighborhoods to consider relocating to in the Raleigh-Durham area!
Hope Valley (Durham)
Hope Valley has been a staple of the Durham community for a long time, and recently we’ve seen new houses pop up that extend the area’s original roots. Now we have Hope Valley, Hope Valley Farms, Hope Valley Green, and Hope Valley Downs, just to name a few. Hope Valley itself is centrally located and has a beautiful, historic area to explore with world-class restaurants, bars, and entertainment.
Hope Valley is also home to a beautiful country club with a golf course designed by Donald Ross as part of the neighborhood, and is accessible to Duke University. The area is full of young families with children and is extremely welcoming and friendly. If you have a pup, good news! Hope Valley is also extremely pet-friendly with tons of dog parks and places to walk your dog around the neighborhood. Currently, the median home price in Hope Valley is $784,659. (2)
Croasdaile Farm (Durham)
If you’re looking for a beautiful home set on a larger lot with more space and greenery, Croasdaile Farm might be a good bet. The area is a little more rural, but is also conveniently located to Downtown Durham, Duke Hospital, and more. Croasdaile Country Club and golf course provide fun and entertainment. Another great benefit of Croasdaile Farm is that the area is home to Croasdaile Village, a highly sought-after retirement community that boasts great care, upscale facilities, and inviting residents. Croasdaile Farm could be a great setup for a family with kids as well as aging parents because everyone could live close by and enjoy the beautiful area together.
When people think of moving to North Carolina, they often think of beautiful stone homes set on acres of lush greenery; this is what Stonebridge offers and what draws many people to the area. Like some of the other neighborhoods on this list, Stonebridge provides a convenient location to metropolitan areas and universities but is rural enough to have space to breathe. As of right now, the median home price in Stonebridge is $615,250. (3)
MacTavish is a newer community in Raleigh and offers luxury single-family homes for those looking for a customizable Southern-inspired design. The homes are located in a prestigious wooded cul-de-sac and are perfect for families with children that love exploring the outdoors and letting their imaginations run wild. MacTavish has beautiful views as well as local amenities including shopping, dining, Falls Lake, and easy access to the airport and freeway.
The Raleigh lifestyle is often called a taste of country living with all the conveniences of a major metropolis, and that’s one of the reasons more and more families are moving to the area. Incredible views, spacious parks, and the beautiful downtown skyline—what more could you want?
Compared to some of the more historic options on the list, Preston is a relatively new neighborhood (founded in 1993), and today it consists of many smaller pockets and is one of the largest neighborhoods in Wake County. Of course, the area is known for its beautiful golf courses and is home to the notable SAS golf tournament. Country clubs, walkable neighborhoods, and a convenient location in the beltline make Preston a great place to live.
Thinking of Making NC Your Home?
Moving (no matter the destination) requires a lot of planning, details, and organization. Because this beautiful area continues to grow in popularity, you may be met with a hot housing market, so prepare accordingly.
If you’re considering moving to North Carolina, either for retirement or just a change of pace, we’d love to talk with you about the big move! Schedule a complimentary introductory meeting online or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 287-5660 to discuss all the important considerations when planning a move.
About EricEric Chetwood is managing partner and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional at Adams Chetwood Wealth Management Group, a faith-based Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm located in Durham, North Carolina. Eric graduated from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has been on the Adams Chetwood team for over 15 years. Eric spends his days helping clients with comprehensive financial planning and portfolio construction and helping them navigate the opportunities and challenges of each stage of life. Away from the office, Eric enjoys effecting change in the local community. He was chosen to participate in the 2007 Leadership Durham program and the 2009 Leadership Triangle program. Currently, Eric serves as a directional Elder at the Summit Church. He also serves on the board of directors for the NC Study Center at UNC-CH and previously served on the board of Samaritan Health Center, an organization that provides medical care to uninsured and low-income families in Durham. He and his wife, Allison, have two sons, and are passionate about adoption advocacy as well as leveraging their gifts and resources to alleviate physical and spiritual poverty through microfinance and social businesses. To learn more about Eric, connect with him on LinkedIn.