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Known as the City of Oaks and the Capital City of North Carolina, Raleigh is the second largest city in the state--second only to Charlotte. Raleigh homes for sale today offer a wide range of choices for newcomers who have decided to make Raleigh NC home and the place to put-down roots. Raleigh real estate offers good values and good choices in what some have thought of as seven major areas.

Downtown Raleigh, also known as Old Raleigh, is located inside the Beltline. The area offers wonderful historic Raleigh NC real estate and is highly desirable for those who want to be near the heart of the city. Prospective buyers often must decide between inside the beltline and its pricey real estate and outside the beltline with more affordable prices. Neighborhoods include Belvidere Park, Cameron Park, Country Club Hills, Five Points, Hayes Barton, Mordecai, and Historic Oakwood among others.

East Raleigh NC homes near the town of Knightdale include areas such as New Hope and Wilder's Grove. West Raleigh, the site of North Carolina State University, extends along Hillsborough Street and Western Boulevard. It borders suburban Cary homes to the west.

One of the areas attracting growing attention is North Raleigh, an expansive, diverse, and growing suburb of the city that is home to established neighborhoods to the south and many newly built subdivisions along its northern fringes. The area generally follows North of Millbrook Road and is primarily suburban with large shopping areas. Some of the primary neighborhoods and subdivisions in North Raleigh include Bedford, Bent Tree, Brentwood, Brookhaven, Cross Gate, Crosswinds, Falls River, Hidden Valley, Lake Park, North Ridge, Six Forks Station, Stonebridge, Stone Creek, Stonehenge, Wakefield, Windsor Forest, and Wood Valley. The area is served by a number of primary transportation corridors including Glenwood Avenue (U.S. Route 70), Wake Forest Road, Millbrook Road, Lynn Road, Six Forks Road, Spring Forest Road, Creedmoor Road, Leesville Road, and Strickland Road, as well as the Interstate-540 Expressway.

With the growth of North Raleigh, there is an area that has splintered-off in reputation from North Raleigh, and now is often called Midtown, a residential and commercial area just north of the I-440 Beltline. It is roughly framed by Glenwood/Creedmoor Road to the West, Wake Forest Road to the East, and Millbrook Road to the North. It includes shopping centers such as North Hills and Crabtree Valley Mall. It also includes North Hills Park and part of the Raleigh Greenway System.

The least developed area lies to the south in South Raleigh, extending along U.S. 401 south toward Fuquay-Varina and along U.S. 70 into suburban Garner. Bordered on the east by Garner, on the west by Cary, and on the southwest by Holly Springs, neighborhoods in south Raleigh include Swift Creek, Riverbrooke, Enchanted oaks, and lake Wheeler.

Southeast Raleigh is bounded by Garner on the southwest, downtown on the west, and rural Wake County to the southeast, including neighborhoods such as Chavis Heights, Raleigh Country Club, Southgate, and Biltmore Hills.

The City of Raleigh has the distinction of being one of the few cities planned and built with the purpose to serve as a state capital. Named after the sponsor of the Colony of Roanoke, Sir Walter Raleigh, the original boundaries of the downtown were different from the ones of today. North, East, West, and South streets were the original boundaries of the downtown--a much smaller, perhaps, sleepy southern town.

Now a vibrant city, some people laud the big-city amenities without the big-city hassles. There are restaurants to satisfy a multitude of tastes and price points, world-class museums aplenty, great collegiate basketball (North Carolina State University), professional hockey (Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Club), biking paths, hiking trails, lakes, parks, music, theatre, and excellent schools. The list of "great reasons to call Raleigh home" goes on-and-on.

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