Cary NC Real Estate
Over the years, Cary, North Carolina, has earned its reputation as a great place to live and work. With a wealth of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities, it's no wonder Cary has been nationally-recognized for its high quality of life. Favored by an attractive year-round climate, beautiful landscape, and its proximity to both the mountains and the sea, Cary has become an attractive community to relocate to.
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Residential neighborhoods are one of Cary's greatest assets. This is mostly due to the welcoming nature of Cary's master-planned communities or PUDS - Planned Urban Developments. PUDs provide a wide selection of homeownership opportunities in a variety of price ranges, from entry-level townhomes for the first-time buyer to large estate home sites for the most discriminating buyer. These master-planned communities boast of elegant entries, beautifully landscaped sidewalks, tree-lined streets, and urban amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and golf courses. Some of Cary's most desirable master-planned communities include:
- Amberly, a master-planned community
- Bishop's Gate
- Cary Park, a master-planned community
- Carpenter Village, a master-planned community
- Kildaire Farms
- Kitts Creek, a master-planned community
- Preston, a master-planned community
- Lochmere, a master-planned community
The prices on Cary, NC real estate have remained quite reasonable given that the median price for a Cary, NC home is about $260,000, while the average property taxes are only $2,600. Cary NC offers the perfect combination of location, lifestyle, amenities, and recreation; so, if you’re considering moving to the Triangle, then you might want to give Cary a closer look.
About Cary, North Carolina
Located in the heart of the Triangle region, Cary offers convenient access to all points of the Triangle – Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill – and is within close proximity to Research Triangle Park (RTP) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).
Situated in both Chatham and Wake County, the Town of Cary is one of the largest municipalities in the Research Triangle area. Preceded only by Durham and Raleigh in terms of municipality size, Cary still boasts an impressive population of over 100,000 residents. It's not just the size of Cary that makes it such an extraordinary town, however, as it is also known for its highly-educated population, its low crime rates, and its numerous recreational opportunities. It's no wonder so many people are interested in learning more about Cary, NC homes for sale!
Enjoying Prosperity in Cary
In 2008, Cary was proudly listed in the number 16 spot of CNN Money's top 100 list of "Best Places to Live" - and for good reason! Thanks to its close proximity to numerous institutions of higher learning, approximately two-thirds of Cary's residents have a college degree. Since Cary's residents place an emphasis on education, it comes to no surprise that the median family income of $104,858 is much higher than the national average. With a 24.5% increase in job growth from 2000 to 2007, the Town of Cary has also been quite prosperous in terms of employment available to its residents.
Enjoying Safety in Cary
Many newcomers are also interested in Cary, NC real estate because of the relatively low crime rates when compared to other municipalities of the same size. In 2007, CQ Press and Morgan Quitno, two major research firms that study crime statistics, awarded Cary NC as the fourth safest city in the country when compared to other cities whose population lies between 100,000 and 499,000. During 2008, Cary continued to climb the ranks and now holds the position of the third-safest city in the nation when compared to other cities of similar size. The Town of Cary, the Cary Police Department, and Cary’s community members encourage a proactive environment and maintain a strong partnership in ensuring that all residents have a safe place to live, work, and play.
Enjoying Life in Cary
Cary residents enjoy access to a wide variety of great things to do in and around the town. Not only are there over 2,000 restaurants and 30 movie theaters within a 15-mile radius of the town, there are also numerous parks, sporting venues and other forms of recreation available to Cary residents. Some of these include:
- William B. Umstead State Park, a 5,579-acre park that offers bridle, biking and hiking trails as well as picnic areas, educational programs, boat rentals and camping facilities.
- Fred G. Bond Metro Park, a 310-acre park that features a lake, boathouse, hiking trails, a ropes course, playgrounds and athletic fields.
- Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve offers a wealth of nature education programs and, it features three miles of nature trails with scenic observation platforms to encourage wildlife watching.
- Thomas Brooks Park, home of the USA Baseball Training Center, offers Cary residents an oasis of sports entertainment. The outdoor sports complex features 4 lighted baseball fields, 2 batting cages, 2 lighted basketball courts, 2 soccer fields, picnic shelters, and a walking trail.
- Middle Creek School Park, a 105-acre park in southern Cary, features Cary’s only frisbee golf course. The 18-hole disc course allows players of all ability levels to enjoy a variety of challenges. Additionally, the park has 4 lighted baseball fields, 2 lighted soccer fields, 8 lighted tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, acres of open fields, and a paved greenway surrounding the fields.
- The Cary Ice House, an ice skating facility that operates year-round, offers hours of open skating, figure skating and hockey.
- Sk-8 Cary Skate Park, a 12,000 square foot outdoor skate park that features quarter-pipes, rails, grind ledges, banks and half-pipes, as well as a concession area and a pro shop. Located in Cary’s Godbold Park, Sk-8 Cary is the first public skate park in Wake County and offers inline skaters, skateboarders, and BMX bikers the opportunity to sharpen their skills. Instructional sessions are available for young or inexperienced athletes.
- WakeMed Soccer Park is home to North Carolina’s professional soccer team - the Carolina RailHawks.
- Cary Tennis Park caters to tennis players of all ability levels. The facility features 30 championship courts and offers an array of tennis programs, ranging from private and group instruction to competitive leagues.
- Triangle Aquatic Center, the largest aquatic center in North Carolina, is a 72,000 square foot facility with three pools, a swim shop, a café, and seating for 1,000 people.
- Prestonwood Country Club, a 54-hole golf course that is comprised of three, 18-hole courses – The Meadows Course, The Highlands Course, and The Fairways Course – all of which are challenging. Prestonwood hosts nationally televised events such as the Senior PGA Tour’s SAS Championship. Prior to 2009, Prestonwood was also the site of the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, a weekend dedicated to raising money for cancer research.
In addition to the parks and sporting facilities listed above, the Town's Parks and Recreation Department maintain 21 parks and more than 30 miles of Cary greenway trails that are available for recreation and public use. Cary’s parks, greenways, and trails provide its residents with endless hours of recreation with friends, family members, or their canine crew.
Entertainment Abounds in Cary
Cary is home to numerous live music concerts, entertainers, festivals, and events, many of which take place at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in the southern part of town. In addition to the eclectic mix of entertainers that perform, the amphitheater is also home to the NC Symphony Summerfest Series and Movies by Moonlight, which both take place during the summer months. Located on 14 acres of land, the amphitheater is adjacent to Symphony Lake and is surrounded by a lush wooded setting of pine and hardwood trees. With the ability to accommodate nearly 14,000 attendees, concert-goers can choose between standard or lawn seating.
During the month of August, the Town of Cary hosts one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast – Lazy Daze Festival. The festival draws nearly 60,000 attendees who are in search of handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, and clothing. The festival features live entertainment, music, food, and drinks.
Cultural events and other activities also occur regularly at the Page-Walker Hotel, which is located in Cary's downtown area and is also known as the Page-Walker Arts and History Center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel contains numerous exhibits, an education center, a garden and even a smokehouse.
Cary, NC - A Great Place to Live
Each day new residents relocate to Cary to pursue their passions and goals most important to them. By offering an abundance of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities, Cary has solidified its reputation as a great place to live, work, and play.
For more information about Cary NC or Cary NC real estate, please contact a member of the Greater Raleigh Realty Team.