Best Neighborhoods in Raleigh For Families

Raleigh is a city exploding with growth and opportunity, so it’s no wonder people are moving here – especially families. In fact, it was recently ranked as the #1 city to live in the state. With a population of 464,000, Raleigh is a great place to lay down some roots. On average, about 40 people move here every day.

Not only is it a hotspot for tech companies, academic institutions, and agriculture jobs, you’ll also find that Raleigh has some of the best restaurants in the country. Plus, there’s always a downtown event going on for families with kids. If you’ve made the decision to move here, your next thought may be: which neighborhood is best? Here are a few to consider for family-friendly living.


Oakwood is located downtown in a historic district dating to the 1800s. As indicated by its name, Oakwood is line with majestic oak trees, popular among professionals who work downtown. The homes here range from restored Grand Victorians to new construction homes. Your family will love the close proximity to downtown, where you can walk there, go out to eat, grab a coffee, or participate in one of many festivals or farmer’s markets.

Cameron Village

There’s lots to do within walking distance of Cameron Village. West of downtown, this community is located close to North Carolina State. You will enjoy access to the area’s largest outdoor shopping center. This hub of shops includes amazing brunch places, locally-owned boutiques, fitness centers, and library. You’ll enjoy some incredible city skyline views from here, too.

Homes start at $550,000, with choices ranging from ranches to plantation properties. These are all great for young professionals, young families and investors who want to buy properties to rent out to college students.

Boylan Heights

One of the most sought-after areas in the city, Boylan Heights is rich in history and culture. Home styles include Queen Anne, Dutch Colonials, and Craftsmans. This neighborhood is home to the Dorthea Dix Central Regional hospital, a local landmark of sorts.

Hayes Barton

One of the more popular places to live in Raleigh, Hayes Barton is not cheap to live in. In fact, the homes will cost you at least over a million dollars. But it has a great location near downtown, a rich history, neighborhoods with mature trees and large lots, many excellent restaurants, and scenic parks to bring the kids.

North Hills

Raleigh’s fastest-growing area, North Hills is home to top-rated schools, the Crabtree Valley Mall, eclectic restaurants, live entertainment, and lots of parks. You can catch live music here, as well as go to the movies and shopping. Restaurant options range from fine dining to fast food, with plenty of farmers’ markets to hit up on a Saturday morning.

With easy access to major highways, centralized entertainment, and the Carolina Country Club, you will also enjoy access to the Greenway if you love to run, walk your dog, or bike. Ranch and luxury style homes start at $450,000, with characteristics that are unique to this neighborhood. Whether you plan to rent an apartment or buy a single-family home, you can’t go wrong living in North Hills.


A relatively small neighborhood, this historic area in Raleigh is the birthplace of Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. President. Mordecai has a livability score as the 5th best neighborhood in Raleigh due to its many amenities, low crime rates, and good schools.

South Park

This up-and-coming neighborhood is close to downtown yet is a peaceful area in its own right. Punctuated by fast-paced new residential construction and new commercial developments, homes here are relatively affordable, starting at $200,000 for older homes and $400,000 for new construction.

A well-established neighborhood, most homes here were built in the 1930s, but you’ll also find your share of new two-story, three and four bedroom houses. This neighborhood hosts Shaw University, the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center, the Chavis Pool, Little Rock Trail, and the Transfer Co. Food Hall.

Brier Creek

Located smack dab between Raleigh and Durham, north of the Cary-Apex area, this is a fast-growing neighborhood, home to thousands of homes and condos. If you travel a lot, you’ll love that it’s close to RDU – Raleigh’s international airport. If you’re an avid golfer, you can hit the links at the Arnold Palmer-designed course Brier Creek Country Club. This luxurious golf community is home to million-dollar houses perched along the greens. Older adults, young professionals and families all tend to gravitate to Brier Creek, with its access to interstates 40 and 540. If you’re looking for top rated schools for your kids, take note that Brier Creek is located in Wake County, known for its quality schools.


Stonehenge is made up of single-family homes and townhouses, close to local amenities like the Seven Oaks Swim and Racquet Club. It’s a close-knit community, offering annual Halloween parades and Christmas light contests. If you are an adult child of a senior citizen, you may want to check out the nearby retirement communities here where your parent may be happy, such as The Cypress of Raleigh, Abbotswood at Stonehenge, and Springmoor.

Six Forks

If you have some cash to spend, check out Six Forks, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Raleigh. Homes go for $500,000 and up, and most are three- to five-bedrooms built between 1970 and 1990. Neighborhood Scout ranks Six Forks better than 99% of neighborhoods in the state!

Time to make a move to Raleigh? We know all the neighborhoods listed here and can make sure you get there with no fuss.

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