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Raleigh

Your guide to the Triangle City.

Welcome to Raleigh - the capital of North Carolina. This city is well known for its vibrant history, as well as its world-class museums, live music, best of Broadway shows, sports venues, and it vast options for shopping. More than just a Southern metropolis, Raleigh is a collective heritage of yesterday meeting today.


Raleigh, North Carolina, is actually one of the fastest growing cities in the United States - and for many good reasons. Home to North Carolina State University, Raleigh also houses Research Triangle Park - and thus acquired its nickname as Triangle City. It is also the site to a multitude of cultural, entertainment, arts, and sporting venues. Similar to much of the southeast United States, this city also has a temperate climate, with mostly warm days throughout the year. This provides residents with the ability to take part in many outdoor activities. This city provides ample opportunity when it comes to business and employment - primarily in the banking and financial services sector. Voted as the best place for businesses and careers by Forbes in 2015 may have helped to drive its economy. Just some of the large companies that have chosen to call this city their home include First Citizens BancShares, BB&T Insurance Services, and Capitol Broadcasting Company. While millions of people come to visit Raleigh every year, there are many who choose to stay and call it home. Knowing more about Raleigh will make it easy to understand why.


What to do in Raleigh

There is never a lack for things to do in Raleigh. If you love the outdoors, this could be an ideal location for you, as the temperature rarely dips below 40 degrees, even in the winter months. You can take a hike along the American Tobacco Trail, or simply relax in many of the local parks. For those who are more into museums and the arts, there are a wide variety of options here, too, such as the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the Red Hat Amphitheater. If you're a sports fan, you won't be disappointed either, as Raleigh is home to the Carolina Hurricanes NHL hockey team, Cary's Carolina RailHawks pro soccer team, and the Carolina Mudcats minor league baseball team. The city is also filled with a wide array of dining - from the ultra fancy to the extremely casual - and you can pick and choose just about any type of food that you can dream of here, day or night.


How to Get Around in Raleigh

Getting around in Raleigh can be fairly easy - especially once you have the right map or app. While the city does not have a subway or rail system, its GoRaleigh program provides bus service throughout the area. For example, the R-LINE is downtown Raleigh's free bus service that connects people to various venues in the Central Business District. These buses are blue and green, and they are clearly marked with the R-LINE logo. Due to the mild year-round climate in Raleigh, the area is also quite walkable and friendly for bicyclists.


What it's like to live in Raleigh

Living in Raleigh can be full of opportunity, while at the same time a wonderful experience that is rich in history. Young professionals can find a great deal of employment possibilities here, along with a fairly lengthy list of affordable housing options. On your off time, there are plenty of things to do to keep you busy - as well as ways to relax. Arts and entertainment venues, sports teams to cheer on, and a variety of natural wonders to explore. While it continues to makes its way into the 21st century, Raleigh has also done a fantastic job of hanging on to its past. In doing so, you will find many of its well-preserved homes that segue in with the newer options that are available. Whichever you prefer, you are bound to find it right here in Raleigh.


Where to find apartments in Raleigh

There are many different neighborhoods in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area. These can be found both directly in the downtown vicinity, as well as in the surrounding suburbs. Yet, before setting out to find the best one for you, it is a good idea to conduct a bit of research first. When securing an apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina, it is typically required that you first put down a security deposit, as well as the amount of the first month's rent. This will usually also need to be accompanied by proof by your employer that you have stable income, and that your income is well above the amount that you will need for your apartment rent. Also, it is usually required that you provide proof of a good credit history, and at least one or two good credit references. In terms of finding that perfect downtown apartment for rent in Raleigh, you will want to first decide just exactly what types of attractions that you'll want to be near. For example, is it important that you be close to a part, downtown, or to your employer? Also, do you want to be in close proximity to any type of public transportation? Once you have nailed down your ideal apartment location, there are other items that you should think about, too. For example, do you want to have other conveniences such as laundry facilities in your apartment unit, or will you will willing to pay a little bit les in monthly rent and instead go somewhere else and wash your clothes? You will also want to consider other factors, as well, such as whether you would want to have amenities such as a garage and / or a workout facility onside. While these, too, will likely cost you more in your monthly rental amount, they could cost you less in your overall monthly expense budget - and could also save you time in your weekly schedule. After you have come up with your short list, you will then be ready to begin looking for your ideal Raleigh rental apartment unit.


Neighborhoods in Raleigh

Boylan Heights


Boylan Heights offers a nice, peaceful feel with its tree-lined streets. There are many historical structures here, and residents can also find a number of cute local shops and eateries - including a wonderful bakery. There are a wide variety of events that take place here each year, including the annual Boylan Heights ArtWalk. The nearby Raleigh Amtrak station provides residents the option to go in and out of downtown for their commute. This can be a nice neighborhood for young professionals, as well as growing families.

Cameron Park


Cameron Park may also be a consideration for those young or growing families, as it has more of a neighborhood, residential vibe. Here you will find some excellent school options, as well as close proximity to North Carolina State University. There are also several parks, shops and dining establishments in the vicinity, including Edna Metz Wells Park, and David's Dumpling & Noodle Bar.

Brier Creek


Brier Creek offers a variety of newly constructed options. There are also many nice places to shop - including big box stores and shopping centers. Those who love the outdoors may find this area attractive, as the Brier Creek Country Club is in the vicinity.

Cameron Village


If you're into shopping and entertainment, then Cameron Village could be a potential spot. Here you will find good, affordable living options that are close to the Cameron Village Shopping Center, as well as numerous entertainment venues and restaurants for residents to enjoy. There is also a local library in the area.

Capital District


If city living is more your style, then you may want to check out Capital District. That's because this is in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Here you will find a plethora of eating and entertainment venues - all within easily walking distance. There are also other amenities to enjoy such as parks and museums. There is always something to do here - day or night.

Fayetteville Street


Also in the downtown Raleigh area is Fayetteville Street. Filled with a myriad of eateries and entertainment venues, you will never be at a lack of things to do or places to go here in this centrally located and extremely walkable locale. There are numerous art galleries to enjoy, as well as many local fairs and festivals that take place throughout the year. A great place for young singles and professionals.

Glenwood South


Once a thriving warehouse district, Glenwood South is now considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan areas in Raleigh to reside. There are a multitude of restaurant and shopping options here, including nightlife venues - all within walking distance for its residents. There are literally new apartments popping up in this area regularly.

Moore Square


Even though located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, this historic neighborhood is a bit quieter than some of the other hubs. Here you will find a nice variety of quaint little sidewalk cafes and shops. Cobblestone streets greet residents and visitors - and there are many outdoor activities and festivals that are held here year-round.

North Hills


If you're looking for a spot that is close to downtown, but yet just far enough away from the hustle and bustle, then North Hills may be worth a good look. Here you will find a nice array of amenities, including dining and shopping establishments, as well as nightlife options. This area also plays host to a number of live outdoor events each year.

Oakwood


Oakwood is a historic neighborhood that features many structures with beautiful architecture. Bordering downtown, living here offers an easy commute for those who work in the city of Raleigh.

Wade


Wade offers a nice, quiet feel. It is near the Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena, as well as the North Carolina Museum of Art. If you like the outdoors, the Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest is also nearby - which is a great place for hikes on nice days.

Fairmont


For those who are students or recent grads, you may want to check out the Fairmont area. Here you will find affordable housing in this nice cozy, historic neighborhood. There is plenty of activity - both indoors and out - including the Isabella Cannon Park, and the Rose Garden. This area is in close proximity to both North Carolina State University and Meredith College.

Five Points


Five Points is actually a combination of several suburban neighborhoods that all meet at Glenwood Avenue. There are many dining and shopping options for residents and guests of this area to take part in - including The Point Restaurant and Bar, and Hayes Barton Cafe. This locale is considered to be the central hub in the suburbs, and it can be a great area for young professionals, as well as young families. It also offers excellent options for coming and going via public transportation.

Lassiter Mill


If you're more into outdoor activities and being surrounded by green space, then Lassiter Mill may be an option for you. This beautiful area of Raleigh is situated along Crabtree Creek and was once the site of an old saw mill. While there may not be quite as many dining and shopping options here as there are in other locations, this area makes up for it with its natural beauty and views.

Mordecai


Considered to be the oldest neighborhood in Raleigh, Mordecai is a charming place where many families and young professionals call home. This area hosts a beautiful park as well as a highly rated elementary school for its younger residents. It is also near William Pence University.

Northeast Raleigh


In Northeast Raleigh you'll find a number of parks and shopping centers, including Buffalo Road Athletic Park, Spring Forest Road Park, and Green Road Park and Community Center, making this an excellent locale for young professionals, as well as growing families. The area also has Goose Creek and its surrounding ponds, which can be a wonderful place to go during the warm summer weather.

Umstead


Just outside of the downtown Raleigh area, you will find Umstead - and for those who love the outdoors, this could be considered your paradise. Umstead State Park offers tons of things to do, such as hiking and biking in its more than 5,400 acres. This is a great area for young singles and families alike.

Warehouse District


The Warehouse District has become a trendy area of Raleigh, featuring a new life for this location's red brick warehouses of yesterday. Here you will find many hip restaurants and bars, including the Pit BBQ and The Saturday Market. Just a short distance from downtown Raleigh, this could be a great locale for those who commute into the city for work. It could also be a consideration for creatives who need space to work.

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