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Living in Wake Forest, NC

With plentiful sunshine, lakes, beaches, a dash of snow here and there, and a rich cultural and ethnic heritage, Wake Forest has it all. It offers small-town life in the midst of the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, which is formed by the bigger cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

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Out and About in the Wake Forest Area

Downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina strikes a perfect balance of historic charm and modernity. A farmer's market along with casual and high-end dining satisfies any pallet, and if you need to lighten your wallet, there's plenty of shopping in the area. Downtown also has a thriving art scene, and residents enjoy the many studios and galleries.

Nature lovers can't go wrong in Wake Forest. For one, there's plenty of golfing. For another, the town prides itself on its green space, and its greenways are a shining example of this approach to recreation. For example, the Wake Forest Reservoir Soft Trail offers natural surfaces in a forest setting, while the trails at H.L. Miller Park offer more typical paved pathways for greenway users. Beach lovers flock to coastal Wrightsville Beach, which is only about two and a half hours from Wake Forest. Much closer to Wake Forest, NC, is the Falls Lake State Recreation Area, just 12 miles away. You'll find plenty of swimming and beaches here as well, along with loads of fun with camping, hiking, swimming, and more.

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Housing in Wake Forest

Wake Forest real estate meets a wide range of tastes. Homes for sale in Wake Forest include historic homes, architectural marvels, modern homes, townhouses, condos, and apartments. Live in a Wake Forest neighborhood near the downtown area to get in on the action, or settle farther out where you'll have lots of space to roam. As for public transportation, a circulator bus enables Wake Forest residents to hop aboard to reach shops, grocery stores, and more.

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The Triangle

One of the best things about living in Wake Forest, NC, is the town's proximity to Raleigh (18 miles away), Durham (23 miles away), and Chapel Hill (37 miles away). Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located in Raleigh and offers convenient flights throughout the United States and the world. Wake Forest residents can ride the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express throughout the day; 31-day passes are available.

In the region as a whole, Wake Forest residents find a diverse mix of employers, recreational opportunities, entertainment offerings, and higher education institutions to bolster all that Wake Forest provides. When you move to Wake Forest, you really do get the best of many worlds.


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  • Take a stroll through downtown Wake Forest to see the area’s historic charm, do some shopping, take in the local art scene, and have a delicious meal.
  • More than 10 golf courses can be found in Wake Forest and the surrounding area, which make it easy to get in a little time on the green.
  • Visit the Falls Lake State Recreation Area, where fun can be had by the whole family while camping, hiking, and swimming at the beach.


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