About Raleigh, NC
Many relocate to Raleigh from out-of-state not only because of the numerous employment options, but also the affordable cost of living. Homes are a fraction of the cost of those in states such as California and New York and Raleigh’s cost of living is five percent below the national average. Raleigh has many new construction communities as well as established neighborhoods with generous acreage all within reasonable price ranges.
With a population nearing 440,000, and the lure of jobs in nearby Research Triangle Park and in Raleigh itself, Raleigh has accelerated a growth rate of 59 percent since 2000. Home values and household income outperforms the state averages and rivals many national ones.
Raleigh has four colleges and universities within the city limits and universities like Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill just a few miles away. NC State University is located close to downtown and is the hub of much research activity in agriculture, engineering, and other sciences.
Architecture and Style in Raleigh, NC
In Raleigh, each neighborhood has its own unique style. The older established neighborhoods have large lots and homes of character and history. You may find a mid-century modern home beside a Craftsman-style home. Some neighborhoods are very high-end like those in the North Hills and other north Raleigh areas. Some are more historic like those downtown. Cameron Village is one of the unique areas of town with a mix of architecture from the present and past. On one road, you’ll find a beautiful historic townhome and on the next, you’ll find tall brand new condominiums with mixed-use living features. The best part of living in Raleigh is there’s something for everyone’s taste.
History and Culture in Raleigh, NC
Being North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh sports plenty of culture as well as history. The historic downtown section has Victorian architecture while a couple of blocks away lie a thriving business district with a popular dining district.
Visit the Natural Science Museum for popular exhibits like the “Dinosaurs in Motion” or “Beyond Curie”. The NC Museum of Art hosts world-renowned art and even loans out in-house pieces to other museums throughout the United States.
Dining and Recreation in Raleigh, NC
Raleigh is a foodie mecca with many restaurants serving savory fare from a variety of cuisine types such as French, Southern/American, seafood, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, and, of course, BBQ. If you want a small bite, try popular Tapas bars like Vinos Finos and Uninhibited. Vinos Finos is located in the widely popular Lafayette Village in North Raleigh. The whole outdoor shopping center is styled after pre-WWII French architecture. It’s like truly stepping back in time to provincial France. The site is also a popular gathering place for community events like Oktoberfest and live music festivals to name a few.
Enjoy a plate of the infamous hotcakes at Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant on Wolfe Street. Big Ed’s has been around for decades and is known to be the place to be for local politicians and celebrities.
Want to feel like you’ve gone back to the 1940s in an Edward Hopper masterpiece like Nighthawks? The Mecca on Martin Street is the place to be for dimly lit nostalgia and traditional Southern cuisine with a little Greek fare thrown in.
Raleigh also has its share of modern flare restaurants like Caffe Luna or Death & Taxes. Downtown, you’ll also find plenty of breweries and bakeries, too.
Glenwood South is the place to be for great food and nightlife.
For outdoor recreation, enjoy one of Raleigh’s 200 parks. Children love the Sassafras playground at Laurel Hills Park off of Edwards Mills Road. Pullen Park is also a favorite for families.
Getting around Raleigh is easy with a variety of public transportation options such as the GoRaleigh, GoCary, NC State’s Wolfline bus, and the downtown Raleigh R-Line. If you need public transportation to the RTP, you can use the GoTriangle bus service. Bus rides are affordable, and there’s free Wi-Fi to use as you ride.
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