7 reasons to love Wake Forest, NC
7 reasons to love Wake Forest, NC
August 17, 2022
The Research Triangle region of North Carolina is a great place to live. You have plenty of choices for your new hometown. Baker Residential builds new homes in Raleigh and the Raleigh suburbs, and we’d like to share the 7 reasons to love Wake Forest, NC.
#1. It’s so close to everything!
You could mark out another triangle in this region, with Wake Forest at one point. Raleigh is 17 miles southwest and Durham is 25 miles west. You have an easy drive to either city to take advantage of all the urban energy flowing through Raleigh and Durham. Night life, events, entertainment, dining, shopping, and sports are easy to find, and the entire region boasts a vibrant job market. When you’re ready for relief from city living, head home to the peaceful surroundings of Wake Forest.
#2. Wake Forest is a small big town.
About 49,000 people call Wake Forest their hometown, nearly four times as many as in 2000. By town standards, that’s a lot of people. But there’s a small town atmosphere here that resonates among the people and places. The active Downtown District is a hub of social gathering, and offers a variety of locally owned shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, and services. The community spirit is alive and thriving at the Wake Forest Farmers Market, a Saturday event where locals flock to get fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses, plants, and hand-crafted specialties. The Concerts in the Park Series and Family Movie Nights are other popular community events that boost the small town feeling. With so much happening, you can easily spend a day or evening making and meeting friends in Wake Forest—another good reason to love Wake Forest!
#3. Education is top-notch.
Families love the added benefit of the exceptional education presented in Wake Forest. GreatSchools gave many of the town’s schools an outstanding rating, and Heritage High School earned the College Success Award, making the move to Wake Forest a very smart choice.
#4. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love Wake Forest, NC.
Wake Forest is known for truly great outdoors. Recreational choices are endless here.
Let’s start with Falls Lake and the recreation area. The reservoir spans 12,000 acres, a welcome venue on hot days. Take to the crystal water for fishing, water sports, boating, paddling, and swimming. The park has 300 campsites spread around the shoreline, which leads to the Beaverdam Recreation area’s mountain biking and hiking trails. Forest Ridge Park opened just a few years ago on Falls Lake, and the area quickly became another sought-after outdoor recreation area for fishing, hiking, biking, disc golf, picnics, and playgrounds.
You’ll also enjoy quality outdoor time at the 157-acre Annie Louise Wilkerson MD Nature Preserve Park on Falls Lake and the 146-acre Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve on the Neuse River.
E. Carroll Joyner Park presents a different type of outdoor experience. Stretching across 117 acres in Wake Forest, Wake County’s largest park offers a unique collection of activities. Explore the restored farm buildings, wander through the Walker Garden or the 3 miles of walking trails, or catch an outdoor performance at the 1,000-seat amphitheater or the smaller performance garden.
Wake Forest also has a variety of golf courses, parks, playgrounds, tennis court, sports fields, and an aquatic center, so you can find your own kind of outdoor fun.
#5. Sunshine is a given.
Sunshine is a natural source of vitamin D, a mood-booster. Wake Forest residents can expect 220 sunny days a year, which is probably why they’re so happy! Summers are warm, winters are moderate (and short), and the average annual temperature is a very comfortable 60 degrees.
#6. The lifestyle experts agree on Wake Forest.
Another reason to love Wake Forest is the quality of life. Experts who study the lifestyle in cities and towns around the country agree with us at Baker Residential that Wake Forest is a great place to live. AreaVibes gave Wake Forest an impressive livability score of 88, ranking it #4 on the Best Places to Live in North Carolina, including an A+ for Amenities and an A for Schools and Safety.
Wake Forest earned an A+ from Niche.com, which also rated the town as #6 on its list of “Best Places to Buy a House in the Raleigh Area”. Like AreaVibes, Niche gave high marks to Wake Forest for the quality of its public schools, good for families, housing, diversity, and safety.
In 2022, HomeSnacks placed Wake Forest in the 8th position on its list of “10 Best Places to Live in North Carolina”. The site’s experts gathered data on home values, income, unemployment rate, education levels, commuting time, and crime levels to find the top cities and towns in North Carolina.
#7. There’s nothing like lakeside living in NC.
You have so many choices of where you will live. When you decide to make your home near a lake, you give yourself a wonderful mix of outdoor activity, natural beauty, and serenity that you just don’t get in a suburban neighborhood..
Imagine you’re sitting on your patio or porch. Are you watching cars go by or catching the sun set over the lake? Do you hear the sound of your neighbors so close that they might as well be in your yard?
Instead, you look out past the trees to the lake. It’s quiet at the end of the day, and you remind yourself that this home was the best decision you ever made.
Baker Residential is building a select few homes at LakeStone at Wake Forest. These luxury lakeside homes are situated on spacious lots. The curated portfolio of floor plans offers an eye-catching array of home designs—single-level and 2-story—from 3,110 to almost 6,400 square feet of gorgeous living space, enhanced with the quality details that Baker Residential is known for.
If you’re ready to reward yourself with the lakeside lifestyle, contact us at Baker Residential to take advantage of this limited, unique opportunity to live at LakeStone at Wake Forest. We have new homes for sale that will be ready for quick move-in this fall