Raleigh Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in Raleigh

1 North Hills

Another of Raleigh’s small, affluent neighborhoods, North Hills is home to huge houses, expensive town homes and a central hub of activity. That hub, aptly named the North Hills Shopping Center, is home to several major retailers and smaller and smaller boutiques, a large-scale movie theater and several restaurants. In the middle of the shopping center is a community plaza, where outdoor events, such as concerts and wine tastings, are held regularly.

2 Brier Creek

Nestled near the Raleigh Durham International Airport, most people consider Brier Creek to be sort of a “mini-town” of its own. It’s home to some of the Triangle’s most expensive homes, and the shops and restaurants in the area are homage to this fact. Featuring one of the Triangle’s largest and most upscale shopping centers, Brier Creek is also home to a golf and country club. While the residents tend to be middle-aged families with or without kids, pretty much everyone in the Triangle ventures there to do their holiday shopping and check out a music festival or one of the many other events in the area.

3 Downtown

Downtown Raleigh is where all the action is. The downtown area encompasses the city’s four major higher learning establishments: William Peace University, Shaw University, Meredith College and, of course, North Carolina State University. It’s also home to the area people often call “the little New York,” which includes performing arts and nightlife destinations, street vendors, fine dining establishments and shops peddling everything from vintage records to the most chic clothing. It’s hard to find a more perfect or unique mix of college town meets big city atmosphere, and the interesting dynamic ensures that there’s something to suit every person and every taste. On any given night, one can find college kids mingling alongside thirty-something business executives. Plus, there’s always something new, from an eclectic arts festival to a museum or gallery showing, going on during the weekends. [Photo Credit: ShutterStock by American Spirit]