5 Top Neighborhoods in Apex, NC (suburban living near Raleigh)

If you’re interested in living in Apex, North Carolina, in this post we are sharing helpful insights on the best neighborhoods in Apex to call home whether you are a family, a couple, or you live alone.

A row of colorful shops in a main street
Charming downtown Apex, NC

Is Apex NC a nice place to live? The charming town of Apex offers a wonderful lifestyle. It has seen rapid growth in recent years for a reason and is considered one of the most popular Raleigh neighborhoods. It’s only a 25-minute drive from the Raleigh downtown area and has a prime Southwest Raleigh location!

Don’t just take my word for it, in 2015 Money Magazine named Apex as the top place to live in the USA, and in my mind has only improved since then!

About Apex?

A row of shops in a main street
Historical Salem St in downtown Apex

Established in 1873, Apex, North Carolina is currently celebrating its 150th birthday. The town is centered around the charming and historic downtown area that is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

What is Apex NC known for? It is an historic railroad town, and it got its name from a location at the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad and is the reason for its slogan “the peak of good living.”

Aerial view of a main street with shops
Downtown Apex, NC

Does Apex NC have a downtown? Absolutely, and I believe the highlight of the town is the historic downtown area.

Park your car and explore on foot. Wander up and down the quaint and pedestrian-friendly Salem Street and you will discover colorful buildings, beautifully restored specialty stores, and terrific locally owned restaurants, cafes, bars and taprooms. Just strolling around downtown Apex is a timeless experience.

Regarding schools, Apex is served by the highly regarded Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) that includes 2 high schools, 4 middle schools, and 5 elementary schools. There are also 4 private schools.

Where is Apex, North Carolina?

Google map showing directions from Apex to Raleigh, NC
25 minutes Southwest of downtown Raleigh

Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina. It is located 14-miles Southwest of downtown Raleigh with direct highway access via US-1. 

It is conveniently located near the I-540 which connects you to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in approximately 20 minutes, and to Research Triangle Park (RTP), also in approximately 20-minutes.

Approximate drive times from downtown Apex to popular places include:

  • Downtown Raleigh: 25-30 minutes
  • Raleigh Airport: 20 minutes
  • RTP: 20 minutes
  • NC State University: 20 minutes
  • PNC Arena, home of Carolina Hurricanes in 25 minutes 
  • Duke University in Durham: 35-40 mins
  • UNC in Chapel Hill: 35-40 mins

Immediate neighboring towns include Cary to the north and northeast, Holly Springs to the south, and of course Raleigh to the east and northeast.

Two story brick home
Popular for families

As you can see, Apex is in one of the prime locations in Wake County, and while traffic can be a little challenging during peak rush hour, you’re never too far away from the best that the Triangle area has to offer.

While Apex has experienced tremendous growth, and with around 60,000 residents is now the 3rd largest area in Wake County after Raleigh and Cary, you can still find small town charm with easy access to big city amenities.

Best Neighborhoods in Apex NC

Home with mail box and pink flower tree
Stratford & Abbington neighborhood

Let’s talk about some of the best places to live in Apex, NC, including well established neighborhoods and master planned communities.

NOTE: If you are interested in buying a home in Apex, as a licensed realtor we have partnered with one of the top real estate teams in the Raleigh area to help make your move as seamless as possible. Get more details here.

Snapshot of Apex Real Estate (June, 2023)

  • 118 resale listings in the last 30 day period
  • New construction added an additional 52.
  • This is up from the extremely low inventory at the end of 22 Q4/ 23 Q1 of 46 listings.
  • Days on Market Average is 4
  • This is under 1 month of housing supply
  • Average sale price is $600k which is up 9% year over year
  • Average % of list price is 100.6% on resales and 99% on new dev
  • On average there were 10 showings per listing

Bella Casa Neighborhood

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Bella Casa

Bella Casa is one of the best Apex neighborhoods and one of the most sought after. This is a family-friendly community consisting of over 1,000 homes located just 4-miles west of downtown Apex and 2.5 miles from I-540.

Drive times from Bella Casa include:

  • Downtown Apex: 9 minutes
  • Downtown Raleigh: 25-30 minutes
  • Research Triangle Park (RTP): 20 minutes
  • Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU): 25 minutes

Neighborhood snapshot:

Aerial view of a neighborhood with homes and a pool
Pool and tennis court

Bella Casa has home sizes ranging from 2200 sqft up to 6500 sqft, and prices from $600K to over $1.5million.

Amenities include 3 pools (one with a waterslide) and 2 clubhouses. And the community has a social committee that organizes fun events such as pool parties, masquerade balls, trunk-or-treat, food truck schedules, new neighbor gatherings, and neighborhood clubs.

A brick home with trees and green grass
Nice range of prices and sizes

Here you’ll find younger trees and nice landscaping, plus surrounding forest and wooded areas. And Bella Casa is adjacent to Seymour Athletic Fields consisting of soccer fields, tennis courts and a kid’s playground.

Soccer fields and tennis courts surrounded by forest
Seymour Athletic Fields

Apex Nature Park is close by and home to a natural amphitheater, a short nature trail, dog park and disc golf. And the main shopping center of Beaver Creek Crossings is only 7-minutes’ drive away. 

Schools zoned to Bella Casa include:

Haddon Hall Neighborhood

Pool and tennis courts near a lake and neighborhood homes
Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is one of the well-established Apex neighborhoods and community of 800 single family homes, townhomes, and condominiums. It is located only 1.7 miles Northwest of downtown Apex.

Drive times from Haddon Hall include:

  • Downtown Apex: 4 minutes
  • Downtown Raleigh: 25 minutes
  • Research Triangle Park (RTP): 20 minutes
  • Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU): 20 minutes

Neighborhood snapshot:

Brick house with columns

Haddon Hall has home sizes ranging from 1,800 sqft to over 5,000 sqft, and prices from the $400s to over $800k

Amenities include a pool (which is staffed by certified lifeguards during the busiest pool hours), a playground for kids up to 12 years old, two lighted tennis courts, and a clubhouse which is used for community meetings, functions and social events.

White house with trees

House with a garden out the front
Prices from the $400s to over $800k. 

Here you’ll find tree lined streets, walking trails that wind through wooded areas of Haddon Hall which are maintained by the Town of Apex, and a quiet pond that’s popular for walking, jogging, biking, or fishing.

Lake with houses around the edge
Nice water aspect

You’re only 3-minutes’ drive from the Beaver Creek Crossings shopping mall, and you have close access to I-64, I-540 and major area employers.

Schools zoned to Haddon Hall include:

Sweetwater Neighborhood

Neighborhood [pool surrounded by homes

Sweetwater is one of the newer planned communities conveniently located right off Hwy 64 and I-540 with good access to Apex and western Wake County. There is a mixture of single-family homes and townhomes of varying sizes and prices to choose from.

Drive times from Sweetwater include:

  • Downtown Apex: 10 minutes
  • Downtown Raleigh: 30 minutes
  • Research Triangle Park (RTP): 20 minutes
  • Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU): 20 minutes

Neighborhood snapshot:

Row of houses with a pool in background

Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, an amazing pool, playground and BBQ area, plus 10 small parks and 2 dog parks.

Property sizes range from around 1,900 square feet to over 4,700 square feet, with prices from the $500s to over $1.2 million. You will find smaller lots here, but a cool variety of townhomes inspired by Charleston, Savannah, Beaufort, and Jamestown, plus larger single-family homes and lots towards the back of the community.

Yellow two-story house with white columns
Charming Southern style homes
Cream colored house with green grass
Large single-family homes

Beaver Creek Crossings shopping area is only a 5-minute drive away. And there’s a 45-acre commercial and entertainment complex on site including shopping, dining, and entertainment coming soon!

Schools zoned to Sweetwater include:

Abbington (and Stratford) Neighborhoods

Aerial view of neighborhood homes with trees

Abbington is a custom-built home subdivision with over 400 homes in the western part of Apex. Located right off I-64 and I-540, it’s just a 4-mile drive west of downtown Apex and minutes from Beaver Creek Crossings, so everything is at your fingertips.

Drive times from Abbington include:

  • Downtown Apex: 8 minutes
  • Downtown Raleigh: 30 minutes
  • Research Triangle Park (RTP): 20 minutes
  • Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU): 20 minutes

Neighborhood snapshot:

Aerial view of a pool and tennis courts

There are two sections here, Abbington and Stratford at Abbington. The area is built out with single-family homes and private community boasts amenities which include a competition-sized swimming pool, two tennis courts, and a children’s playground.

Two story home with green trees and a drive way
Custom-built homes

Abbington offers custom-built homes in a wide variety of sizes and prices, with square footage ranging from 2,200 sqft up to 5,500 sqft, and home prices from the $700s and up. Homes were built in two stages from the late 90’s until about 2012.

Aerial of neighborhood homes and streets
Brick home with trees
Well established neighborhood

Beaver Creek Crossings shopping area is about a 5-minute drive away, the excellent Kelly Road Park kids’ playground is just a 3-minute drive away, and the Beaver Creek Greenway is also just 5-minutes away.

Schools zoned to Abbington include:

Destin Neighborhood

Aerial view of two homes surrounded by forest

Destin is a premier luxury custom estate neighborhood. Its location is 11-miles Northwest of downtown Apex and about halfway between Raleigh and the Pittsboro area. This premier no-maintenance luxury estate sits among the peace and serenity of the Chatham county countryside. 

Drive times from Destin include:

  • Downtown Apex: 20 minutes
  • Downtown Raleigh: 35 minutes
  • Research Triangle Park (RTP): 20 minutes
  • Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU): 20 minutes
  • UNC-Chapel Hill: 30 minutes

Neighborhood snapshot:

Aerial view of neighborhood homes and street

Destin lies in the watershed of Lake Jordan, an area known for its gentle rolling hills and the largest population of American Bald Eagles on the east coast. Perfectly positioned for future growth, its location on Lewter Shop Road is being integrated into the I-540 corridor via a new interchange. 

Amenities include paved greenways, pickleball courts, wooded dog walking trails, pet washing facilities, and a common gazebo area.

Large two story home of grey colored bricks

Over a century of combined custom home design-build experience culminates in Destin’s highly desirable floor plans and simplified luxury. Choose from 40 wooded lots.

Two story home with green grass and trees

Beaver Creek Crossings shopping area is about 15-minutes away. And your only 15-minutes from Jordan Lake Recreation Area for access to beaches, boat landings, and several campsite areas. And 20-minutes from Umstead State Park which offers terrific nature trails for walking, biking, and horse riding.

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In summary

This is just a short-list of some of the best neighborhoods in Apex. If you’d like more information on living in Apex and to be put in touch with our expert realtor partner, be sure to fill in the short form on this page and we’ll put you in touch with our vetted and qualified realtor partner!

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