Those home buyers looking for a city that's not too big, but not too small need look no further — Raleigh is just right for people at all ages and stages of life. At a population of just under a half million, Raleigh has everything a person could want, but without a lot of the headaches that come with living in a huge city. The capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who in the 1580s attempted to set up the first English colony.
Raleigh homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $350,000. Homes for sale in Raleigh can be found in popular neighborhoods like ultra-affordable Stonehenge, diversely priced Brier Creek Country Club and up-and-coming hotspot North Hills.
Generally speaking, North Carolina is a mecca for outdoorsy types, and Raleigh continues the trend. The city has over 9,000 acres of parks to offer its locals and visitors, as well as nearly 1,300 acres of water. Its beloved greenway system boasts 152 miles worth of jogging, walking and hiking trails, most of which connect to other parks. Use of these amenities is made possible by a delightfully mild climate. Although summers can be hot and winters cold, seasons are short-lived when compared to many other parts of the country.
Raleigh also takes outdoor events to the next level, with a deluxe roster of festivals and races in the lineup every year. Particularly popular are Brewgaloo, North Carolina’s biggest and baddest craft beer festival, which is held every April, and Memorial Day weekend’s hot air balloon celebration, Freedom Balloon Fest. When the party’s over, hit up any of the area museums for a bit of culture and insight, such as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Museum of History or the Marbles Kids Museum.
Entertainment options don't end there, however. Raleigh's shopping scene offers something for everyone, whether that be bargain hunting at the Raleigh Flea Market or window shopping at any of the high-end specialty shops. Finish off a long day of retail therapy by visiting any of the area's nearly 30 craft breweries, three wineries or two distilleries for the beverage of your choice. Cheers!