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Welcome to Wake Forest!

Nestled north of Raleigh and east of Durham lies a quaint town that embodies the historic charm of North Carolina. Relatively small compared to the state’s capital, Wake Forest boasts a moderate population of over 40,000 residents that enjoy close proximity to Mother Nature’s innate beauty, top-rated schools, warm and welcoming neighborhoods, and a bustling downtown instilled with a small college town feel.

A Neighborhood for All Tastes

Wake Forest is an eclectic town with a variety of neighborhoods and subdivisions sporting many unique styles. Whether you want to live in the shade of timeless trees or amidst colonial-style new builds in feature-rich communities, Wake Forest has a host of options for you. 

Wake Forest by the Numbers

Getting Around

Raleigh Durham Int'l Airport: 24 miles, about 28 minutes
Research Triangle Park: 30 miles, about 25.5 minutes
The Mountains: 188 miles, about 3 hours
The Beach: 144 miles, about 2.20 hours


Population: 44,068
Zip code: 27587, 27588
County: Wake, Franklin, Granville
Number of Parks: 4

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Putting Education First

Wake Forest was born as a college town, and education has always been an important part of its history. That still rings true today as the suburb and surrounding county cultivated one of the best education systems in North Carolina. As part of the Wake County Public School System, the town has three high schools, two middle schools, and six elementary schools. Children can also attend any of the three charter schools or two private schools. Enrollment averages in the hundreds for early education and between 1,500 and 2,000 for high school, ensuring students receive attentive instruction.

The Charm of a College Town

There’s always something going on in Downtown Wake Forest! Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, a delicious meal, or a fun night out, you’ll find it here. Our locally owned shops offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, and our restaurants are perfect for any occasion. Plus, there’s always something happening downtown - from live music to festivals to farmers markets, there’s always something to do! So come on downtown and see what all the fuss is about!

A Short Drive to Downtown Raleigh

Though there is plenty to do in Wake Forest, anyone looking to get away for a few hours can take a quick drive south down US-1 toward Downtown Raleigh. Contrasting the small-town appearance of Downtown Wake Forest, Downtown Raleigh is peppered with towering skyscrapers that cast long shadows on scatterings of historical buildings. Ample dining, entertainment, and exploration await in this beautiful metropolis. Ride rickshaws through the city streets, explore the North Carolina Museum of Art or stop for a quick bite at Pit Authentic BBQ Restaurant in the City of Oaks.

Getting Close to Nature

Wake Forest offers plenty of opportunities for residents that want to connect with the great outdoors. E. Carroll Joyner Park spans 117 acres and blends history with open-air fun through restored farm buildings, miles of walking trails, fishing, a pecan grove, and a vibrant garden. For a bit more adventure in the crisp North Carolina air, travel west to Falls Lake for camping, hiking, biking, and boating across 12,000 acres of preserved land.
The serenity of Wake Forest can be right outside your door, providing you immediate access to everything this peaceful suburb has to offer. Contact us today to discuss your move to Wake Forest and for automatic updates on newly listed properties.

Falls Lake

Open year-round, Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a treasure trove of beaches, camping areas, and biking trails. This 12,000-acre lake with 26,000 acres of surrounding woodlands has six different recreation areas with boating, swimming, fishing, and other fun water activities. If you are a land lover, the woodlands have walking, hiking, and mountain bike trails. Or check out the scenic hiking and camping along the Mountains to Sea Trail. The Recreation area has over 300 campsites with various amenities like primitive tent camping, group camps, and RV hookups. If you are looking for a home close to fun activities for you and your family, check out our listings in the Wake Forest area

Heritage Area

The Heritage area is one of the best housing development areas found anywhere. If you want a master-planned community to live in, the Heritage area of Wake Forest is for you. This 2,000-acre, award-winning, master-planned community is in southeast Wake Forest. Close to Raleigh, Rolesville, Youngsville, and Zebulon, Heritage offers many amenities like a swimming pool, tennis court, golf club, greenways, parks, playgrounds, and more. Eighteen neighborhoods make up the Heritage area with homes for every taste and price, from townhomes to executive luxury homes. Buyers can choose from various styles and floor plans, from established homes to new construction. Call and let us show you the large variety of homes and extensive amenities Heritage offers.

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