Steeped in history but focused on the future with its tech- and startup-fueled industry, Raleigh is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

Named after Sir Walter Raleigh, the English adventurer who attempted to start America’s first colony, Raleigh boasts more than 100 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, but it also attracts modern innovators in business, the arts, science, and sports.

There is never a dull moment in the city. National acts regularly play concerts at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, the Red Hat Amphitheater, and the venues at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Raleigh homeowners can also enjoy more than 25 craft breweries and the word’s largest draft beer selection at the Raleigh Beer Garden, as well as frequent sporting events like Carolina Hurricane NHL hockey games and NC State college football games.

Despite these metropolitan amenities, the homes for sale in Raleigh are always close to outdoor recreational sites, whether it is the 27.5-mile Neuse River Greenway Trail, the trails and sports complexes at Lake Lynn Park, and Umstead State Park and its three manmade lakes.

With its job creation stemming from companies in Research Triangle Park, low cost of living compared to other major U.S. cities, and excellent public schools and nearby universities, Raleigh regularly ranks among the top cities in which to live in America.

Downtown Raleigh, NC

Downtown Raleigh, NC (Inside the Beltline).

Raleigh, NC Real Estate Overview

The real estate in Raleigh is generally divided between the listings located “inside the Beltline” formed by I-440 and I-40 around the city’s downtown, and the listings in North, Northeast, and Northwest Raleigh.

Among the homes for sale inside the Beltline, popular choices include the Cameron Village master planned community between downtown Raleigh and North Carolina State University, as well as the more suburban real estate off Ridge Road to the northwest.

Closer to downtown, older homes and townhomes can be found in the historic Cameron Park and Boylan Heights neighborhoods, while many newly developed condos and apartments are available for sale in the Capital District and Glenwood South.

Outside the Beltline in North Raleigh, the real estate in Bedford at Falls River offers a variety of price points for gaining access to the community’s numerous playgrounds, tennis courts, and very own farmer’s market – from townhomes priced around $150,000 to luxury homes costing more than $1 million.

Meanwhile, the newer homes and townhomes for sale in the Brier Creek community in Northwest Raleigh place buyers close to Research Triangle Park, several box stores, and golfing at the Brier Creek Country Club.

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