Wake Forest

Wake Forest Market Stats

Selected as the first location for Wake Forest University in the 1830s (the school relocated to Winston-Salem in 1956), Wake Forest, NC continues to grow and prosper while maintaining its Southern charm and small-town values. Today, Wake Forest is a thriving community filled with possibility for fun and entertainment, for outdoor recreation, for top-notch employment, and for good living. The town's close proximity to US-1 and I-540 places it within a quick drive of the big-city amenities of Raleigh and the employment opportunities of the Research Triangle Park. If you’re looking for a community with big-town possibilities and a small-town feel, then Wake Forest might be the spot to start your search. Come and explore.

A Snapshot of the Area


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Top Schools

90ºF / 65ºF

Summer Climate

51ºF / 30ºF

Winter Climate

Selling Your Home?

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Wake Forest at a Glance

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Quick Facts

Population: 40,159
County: Wake
Median household income: $85,155
Median home value: $285,000

Travel & Commute

Raleigh: 30 min
Durham: 35 min
RTP: 35 min
Major Roads: US-1, US-401, I-540

Explore the Area

Everything You'll Love in Wake Forest

Local shopping & dining

Wake Forest's quaint downtown features a diverse collection of local restaurants, boutiques, and historic attractions. Take a scenic stroll Downtown, catch up with friends over coffee, or peruse the shop windows for the latest trends. On Saturdays, the Wake Forest Farmers Market (held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre) is a great place to shop fresh and local.

If you're looking for big-box stores or conveniences, you'll find plenty of those, too. Wake Forest is home to a number of commercial shopping centers, including Capital Plaza, Wake Forest Crossing, Gateway Commons, Wakefield Commons, and The Factory.

Scenic outdoor recreation

With more than 500 acres of public parkland and 50 miles of trails (not including those at Falls Lake State Recreation Area), Wake Forest offers adventures for all ages. Joyner Park hosts the annual Six Sundays in Spring concert series on the grassy lawn of the amphitheater. On hot summer days, Holding Park Aquatic Center and the Taylor Street Park sprayground are perfect places to cool down.

An active community calendar

Wake Forest offers no shortage of fun events to keep the community connected. Meet in the Street kicks off the summer with a full day of food and live music. Art After Hours is a great way to enjoy the local art scene, Friday Night on White highlights bands from around the region, and the Lighting of Wake Forest ushers in the holiday season in style. There is always something happening in Downtown Wake Forest, too, whether that's local live music, a quiet farmers market, or a major city-wide event.

A thriving job market

Since Wake Forest offers easy access to the rest of the Triangle area—including Raleigh, Durham, and the Research Triangle Park—you'll find that there are plenty of employment options available. Within Wake County, the largest employers include Duke University and Health System, the State of North Carolina, Wake County Public Schools, Wal-Mart, and IBM Corporation. Around Wake Forest, you'll also find major employers such as CenturyLink, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Rex Healthcare, Ultra Electronics, Franklin Academy, and Southern Coastal Solutions.

Ready to Find Your Home?

Modern residential developments, including the master-planned Heritage community, have blossomed in recent decades with the area's continual growth. For those searching for new construction, there are plenty of options available. However, Wake Forest also features plenty of established subdivisions.

No matter what you're looking for in a home, we can help you find the perfect property. Contact us today to learn more about Wake Forest real estate.

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