5 Triangle Suburbs Everyone Is Moving To

Raleigh and the surrounding area known as The Research Triangle (or the Triangle, for short) has ranked among the best places to live in the U.S. for years.

With three research universities, miles of rolling greenery, and a thriving cultural scene full of food, art, and entertainment, it’s easy to see why so many families are flocking to the area.

But if you’re new to the area, how do you know which neighborhood best suits your family’s needs? We can help. In this blog, our real estate experts lay out the five best suburbs in the Triangle area so you can find the home of your dreams in a neighborhood that’s right for you.


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Average home price: $250,000

About the area: Just nine miles east of Raleigh lies Knightdale — a thriving, family-friendly suburb with the perfect balance between city living and quiet greenbelt. With a median age of 34, this is the ideal place for young families looking for affordable, single-family homes in one of the fastest-growing communities in North Carolina.

Things to do: This former railroad town features kid-friendly activities and parks, including the railroad-themed Knightdale Station Park. Need a date night away from the kids? Grab a beer at Oak City Brewing Company.

North Hills

Average home price: $650,000

About the area: One of the more affluent areas of the Triangle, North Hills is another fast-growing community with plenty to offer. This suburb features public art, free concerts, farmers markets, and shopping galore, leaving few things to be desired. With a median age of 38, it’s an excellent community for established families to lay down their roots.

Things to do: Head to Midtown Park to watch a free concert or walk the trails at Shelley Lake for peaceful reflection. If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, check out the bowling alley at Kings Dining & Entertainment.

North of 540

Average home price: $400,000

About the area: A bit further north of the 540 beltline is North of 540. Featuring plenty of spacious homes on estate-style lots, this is a perfect suburb for those seeking peace and quiet. It stretches through Stonebridge, Harrington Grove, Falls River, Bedford, and Wakefield. Each community includes unique amenities, including lake access and golfing. With a median age of 51, this area best suits those entering the empty-nester stage.

Things to do: Join the Wakefield Plantation Country Club to enjoy all the golf you can handle or explore one of the many local parks and nature preserves. Outdoor enthusiasts will always find something to do close to home.


Average home price: $274,000

About the area: Meet the suburb of Wendell — where small-town Southern charm meets downtown city living. Conveniently located within 20 minutes of the city, families get the best of both worlds. Here you’ll find a healthy mix of old homes featuring historic architecture and newly built communities such as Wendell Falls, Foxborough Crossing, and Brighton of Wendell. With a median age of 37, families will find all the comforts of home in the Wendell suburbs.

Things to do: The vibrant Wendell Farmers Market will tempt you with fresh produce every Saturday. After spending some time at the market, take a stroll through Historic Downtown Wendell to enjoy the shops. Finish up the afternoon by kayaking through the Robertson Millpond Preserve.


Average home price: $255,000

About the area: Home of the Carolina Mudcats minor league baseball team, Zebulon is a fun community of sports fans and young families. This area is 25 minutes from Raleigh and offers a balance between downtown living and suburban solitude. There’s a housing option for virtually every family, from single-family homes and townhomes to apartments and condos. With a median age of 38, it’s an excellent location for families to carry out their legacy.

Things to do: Obviously, you can’t live downtown without attending at least one Mudcats game. After cheering on your favorite minor league team, enjoy Southern home-style cooking at McLean’s Ole Time Café or check out the furniture selection at Whitley Galleries.

Find Your Next Home in the Triangle’s Top Suburbs

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No matter which suburb feels most like home, Block & Associates has the real estate professionals you need to make the match official. Our team has helped people find their ideal home in the Triangle area for years, working closely with each client to find the perfect location for their family’s unique needs.

Let us help you find your dream home in one of the Triangle’s most popular suburbs. Contact Block & Associates at 919-459-6300 to get started today.

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