Wake Forest offers proximity to Raleigh while maintaining the charm of a small Southern town. Named for the hardwood forests that flourished north of the Neuse River, Wake Forest got its start when the Baptists purchased a plantation and converted it to a school to educate ministers in 1832. The lovely brick buildings on the downtown campus still set the tone for historic Wake Forest, although Wake Forest University relocated to Winston-Salem in 1956.
The campus area is surrounded by picturesque neighborhoods and a walkable commercial district featuring locally-owned shops and restaurants, as well as a growing arts community. Residents and visitors look forward to “Meet in the Street”, a family-oriented event held in May showcasing a variety of crafts, singers, dancers, artists and specialty food vendors. Today the campus serves as the Southeastern Theological Seminary.
Wake Forest has been one of the fastest growing Triangle communities during the past decade, and today offers many newer communities in all price ranges. Heritage Wake Forest is the crown jewel, voted the best master-planned community in North Carolina, and topping the sales charts year after year. Featuring two swim centers, greenways, soccer fields, playgrounds and even a fishing pond, Heritage offers an idilic lifestyle. Golfers can join the award-winning Heritage Golf Club, and homebuyers love the many opportunities for golf course views.
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