During the search for homes in Raleigh, you’ve likely come across a wide assortment of price points, with variances dependent on specific neighborhoods.
Each offers a selection of recreational activities, restaurants and nightlife hotspots, but first assess the median housing prices and match your budget accordingly.
Check out the following five neighborhoods that have sold the most homes in Raleigh recently.
Almost 6 percent of all homes in North Raleigh have sold in the past year, making it a top neighborhood for sellers, and also buyers looking for variety.
Parents of young children have many options for outdoor entertainment without having to leave the city limits, making North Raleigh a convenient option for families.
North Raleigh is home to many recreational attractions, including the Williams Park Community Center, Durant Nature Park, Greystone Recreation Center, multiple golf programs and stores.
Additionally, FUNdamental Playgrounds is a full-service park and recreation center located in North Raleigh. The median home value in North Raleigh is $244,400, up 5 percent year-over-year.
Falls of Neuse
Falls of Neuse is located in North Raleigh, just south of Route 540. About 5.8 percent of all homes in Falls of Neuse have sold in the past year, with a median home value of $258,200, representing an increase of 3 percent in the past year.
Just south of the neighborhood is North Ridge Country Club, which offers 400 acres of outdoor space, perfect for avid golfers. There’s also a 70,000-square-foot clubhouse, family-size pool, fitness center, tennis court and an advanced golf maintenance facility.
Buyers looking for a community feel in a capitol city might consider Falls of Neuse as a top contender.
Nestled between the Northern Wake Expressway and Wade Avenue, Northwest Raleigh is home to the North Carolina Museum of Art, Crabtree Valley Mall and the community of Leesville.
Northwest Raleigh is also one of the closest neighborhoods to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, in case you’re keen on travel. Prices in Northwest Raleigh are fairly comparable to other neighborhoods in the city, with a median home value of $249,900.
Homes in Northwest Raleigh have increased in value 3 percent year-over-year, and 7 percent of all homes have sold in the past year.
The Glenwood South District in Downtown Raleigh is known for being progressive, energetic and trendy. In fact, 900 new condos and apartments are being built in Glenwood over the next few years in order to accommodate high demand without risking surging housing prices.
Currently, the median home value in Glenwood is at $553,900, up 4 percent year-over-year and 5.5 percent of homes have sold in the past year. Don’t let high home prices deter you if you’re looking to move to Glenwood on a tight budget.
Try searching for rentals in Raleigh instead. The median rent list price in Glenwood is $710 per month, making it a popular neighborhood for leaseholders.
Northeast Raleigh is located just east of Falls of Neuse. The median home value is below the city median at $151,600, which is a 2 percent increase from last year.
Good news for upcoming sellers: 5.9 percent of all homes in Northeast Raleigh have sold since the July 2014, indicating the area currently has a strong housing market.
Thoughts on Selling a House in Raleigh
Whether renting or buying in the City of Oaks, assorted price points and neighborhood attractions make Raleigh a practical, exciting place to call home.
For readers in the area – what are your favorite spots around Raleigh?
I admit that I have been guilty of vegging out in front of the screen. Not the TV, but the computer. But I realized that after getting sucked into a game or Netflix, I wasted too much of my time.
A few years ago we decided to try and home brew our own beers and eventually meads. If you haven’t done it, I want you to know it’s not complicated (just watch your temps and make sure everything is properly sanitized) and it was a fantastic way to unwind.
And the best part was at the end of the process, we had something we could sit back and enjoy by ourselves or with friends. (People tend to like free beer!)
I want you to find a new (or rediscover an old) hobby that you love and will make you some money on the side. (Sorry while I highly recommend home brewing as a hobby, you can’t sell your brews )
I’ve came up with some hobbies you can try out where you can tap into your creative powers, provide something useful, and make some money on the side. I narrowed them down to skills that you can learn online or with a short weekend class in town.
When my mom told me how much those big box tech services were charging her to get programs installed and removed, it drove me crazy. Fortunately she was in that windows of free coverage, but I worried about what would happen after that.
Since we’re not in the same town, we can’t help out sometimes. Using YouTube though, my mom has gotten much better with computer maintenance and she now helps others with their tablets and laptops. Go mom!
It goes to show that there is a need for technical help and you can teach yourself the essentials.
Besides software, there are also hardware repairs like cracked screens on phones that can be terribly expensive that you can do at home at a fraction of the cost.
If you know some basics, you can be a neighborhood tech guru and earn some cash being a hero.
Where to Hone Your Skills
Upgrade your own computer and extend its life as you get some practice. There is so much available online that you can pretty much get everything you need without leaving your home. Sites like IFixIt can be an incredible resource for you.
Restoring and Refinishing Furniture
Furniture can be pricey so if you can help others keep their stuff lasting longer and looking good, you’ll be saving them a ton of money.
While you may think that you have to be a master craftman or woman, some pieces, especially wood furniture just need a little TLC.
You can start with small projects around your house to update your space. You can offer your help with neighbors or you can pick up pieces from yard sales or buy them cheap, restore, and sell on Craigslist.
Where to Hone Your Skills
The great news for those starting out is that there a ton of free and cheap resources you can tap into when it comes to DIY furniture restoration. Many home improvement stores have classes throughout the year. YouTube has lifetime amount of video tips to give you ideas and techniques on home improvement. I also like subscribing to channels like Mike and Lauren and see what projects they come up with.
Are you a pretty decent cook? Can you get great deals on groceries? You might want to combine those two skills and make some cash.
Since eating out every day can drain wallets, offering some gourmet style meals that your neighbors can take to work is a win-win for everyone.
Buy and cook in bulk and you can cut costs down, allowing you to make a profit with your convenient meals.
Where to Hone Your Skills
Practice and improve your skills right in your own kitchen. There are also a ridiculous amount of cookbooks, videos, and sites you cna borrow or buy to learn more. If you’re looking at mastering the essentials fairly quickly, try out the Meta and Domestic section of The Four Hour Chef.