Wake Forest, North Carolina

Wake Forest NC Real Estate, Wake Forest area and Community Information

Wake Forest, North Carolina, is a fast growing suburb of the state capital of Raleigh. In fact, Forbes magazine has named it one of the 20 fastest growing suburbs in America. In 2000, less than 13,000 individuals lived here. Today, the population is about 34,000. Wake Forest lies to the north-northeast of Raleigh and directly to the east of Durham.


The area was only sparsely settled when Dr. Calvin Jones purchased 615 forested acres here in 1820. He later sold the land to a Baptist organization that developed Wake Forest College on the site. The school and the surrounding community received a boost when the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad arrived in 1840. The town of Wake Forest College was incorporated in 1880. In 1909, the word "college" was dropped from the name.

Parks and Recreation

The Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a 30,000-acre state park that offers those with Wake Forest NC homes a great escape. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built a dam across the Neuse River to control flooding. After construction concluded in 1981, Falls Lake began to form. Today, those that invest in Wake Forest NC real estate can come to the park to enjoy a host of recreational activities on and around the 12,000-acre reservoir.

Mountain bikers can take on a variety of trails rated from easy to intermediate in difficulty. Anglers can pursue bass, panfish and big catfish. Hikers will occasionally encounter varied wildlife like deer and osprey. The trails on the south side of Falls Lake are a part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that stretches from the Great Smokey Mountains all the way to the outer banks.

Attractions and Activities

Avid golfers will never tire of the variety of excellent courses available for play in this part of the state. One is the semi-private Heritage Golf Club. The course here has been award the coveted four-and-a-half star rating by Golf Digest. It has also been consistently ranked among the top 25 courses in the state. Well-designed holes meander across the rolling terrain. The errant shot may find its way into a water hazard or a deep pot bunker.


Residents living in Wake Forest properties have the unique Herbfest to look forward to at the end of April. This special event allows attendees an opportunity to get organic herbs, tomato plants and heirloom vegetable plants that are appropriate for the local climate. Herbfest offers the largest selection of non-genetically modified herbs across the Piedmont. Live music, face painting and pony rides add tomthe fun at this family-oriented event.

The prospective Wake Forest home buyer will find many newer homes for sale in Wake Forest because of the recent rapid growth of the community. Select from two to four-bedroom homes with 1,700 to 3,000 sq-ft of living space. A young family interested in a starter home will find a number of nicely renovated bungalows in town. This affordable real estate in Wake Forest may be popular among those on a budget.

Alex Rivers can also show anyone interested in more upscale Wake Forest real estate a series of interesting Wake Forest homes for sale. Some of these Wake Forest properties that your Wake Forest real estate agent can show you will include more than 4,000 sq-ft of living space, all-brick construction, gourmet kitchens and in-ground pools.

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