Monday, January 20, 2014

Best Neighborhoods in Raleigh to Walk to Shopping & Dining

Best Neighborhoods in Raleigh to Walk to Shopping & Dining

Walkable Raleigh Neighborhoods

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlthough there are a lot of fantastic and affordable neighborhoods in Raleigh, finding one that is walkable, like in most growing metro areas, can be a challenge. In general the closer you get to the city center, the more chances you will have for walkability. Inside the Beltline of Raleigh, there are several great areas to choose from.

One of the most popular areas is Cameron Village. Conveniently located near NC State University and downtown Raleigh, this downtown Raleigh neighborhoods offers excellent walkability to most things you need for daily living. Of course this convenience comes with a price. Homes in this area can be pricey, but there are some excellent values for condos here. See Listings. With a Walkscore of 68, it's well above the overall Raleigh Score of 29.

Five Points is another walkable neighborhood. Although there are no major grocery or retailers nearby, you can easily walk to get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat at a locally owned shop. With a Walkscore of 49 it is somewhat walkable. Downtown Raleigh with a walkscore of 71 is the most walkable place to live in Raleigh. The Moore Square, Historic Oakwood and Glenwood South areas are walkable for boutique shopping, coffee, nightlife and dining options.  Single family homes in this area tend to be older, even turn of the century, and pricier than suburban homes of the same size. The are some new developments in the works and the majority of Luxury Condos are in these two areas. See Listings.

North Hills is a newly revived and somewhat Walkable Raleigh Neighborhood, although the walkable areas consist mostly of a luxury apartments. It is a nice place to call home if you are new to the area and want to get a feel for the City before you commit to buying. There is a movie theater, nice restaurants, major retail and grocery walking distance from some apartments.

If you are looking for a Walkable area that is more affordable and less urban, you could also consider downtown Cary, NC and downtown Apex, NC. Both are nice towns within the Raleigh metro area.

All in all, the Raleigh metro area is pretty much car dependent. The good news is that parking is rarely a problem here, except a few areas near the University. Even in downtown Raleigh the abundance of public parking garages makes parking a breeze. And traffic, outside of peak office hours, is fairly mild compared to many metro areas in the country.

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