Morrisville NC homes are popular for good neighborhoods and a prime location. However, since Morrisville real estate is less familiar than the larger cities, homebuyers tend to begin relocation to central North Carolina by searching through nearby Chapel Hill homes, Durham real estate, and properties in Raleigh first. Eventually, they realize that Morrisville homes offer more for the dollar.
Located in Wake County with a population of over 15,000, the Town of Morrisville is a small area of less than 7 square miles. A small portion of the town extends into Durham County. Morrisville NC real estate is part of the Research Triangle metropolitan region.
The regional name originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, which is located midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. The town's location adjacent to the Research Triangle Park (RTP), RDU, and I-40 also makes it an attractive location for offices, light industry and hotels. Companies based in Morrisville include Lenovo (U.S.A. headquarters), Lulu.com, Tekelec, and ZC Sterling among others.
The central Piedmont location is about three hours west of Atlantic Beach by car and four hours east of the Great Smoky Mountains of the Appalachian range. The North American Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain regions meet in the area known as the "fall line". That marks the place where waterfalls begin to appear in creeks and rivers resulting in gently rolling hills that slope eastward toward the state's flat coastal plain.
There are also five parks and a community center, including Morrisville Community Park with the Hatcher Creek greenway, Shiloh Community Park & Luther Green Community Center, Crabtree Creek Nature Park, Ruritan Park, Cedar Fork District Park. Several youth sports groups, such as youth soccer, basketball, and baseball and most recently, cricket.
The central downtown core is located essentially along the upper portion of Crabtree Creek, which then feeds into Lake Crabtree, located in the southeastern part of the town. In 1852, Jeremiah Morris, the namesake, donated land to the North Carolina Railroad for a depot, water tower, and other buildings. In 1865 during the Civil War, Federal cavalry skirmished with retreating Confederate horsemen at the Battle of Morrisville.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located in northwestern Wake County on I-40, just to the north of Morrisville. Interstate 40 is the closest Interstate to town and is accessible by driving northeast on Aviation Parkway. To the west of town, Interstate 540 offers access to I-40, North Raleigh, RDU airport and eastern Wake County. Additionally, NC 54 serves the town.
Ask resident why they like living here and you'll get answers that often come back around to "location, location, location--because it's bull's-eye in the middle of everything we need." Morrisville enthusiast even pull-up maps to show how it's bull's-eye, as they like to put it.