Cary, North Carolina

The Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees

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Young Professionals

Cary has historically been known as a suburb of Raleigh but that reputation is changing as the Downtown neighborhood grows and brings some commercial energy to the city. It’s a wonderful combination of historic homes and theaters and contemporary developments in the new Downtown Park and Cultural Arts Center. The area is filling up with restaurants, pubs and cafes and while it isn’t a large district like Raleigh, or collegiate like Chapel Hill, a young person can find plenty to do when they fell like staying close to home.

  • Downtown



Cary is one of the premier suburbs a family could choose with public schools that are among the best in the country. It’s hard to pick among the many neighborhoods to spotlight but let’s start with Preston. It was built around the Prestonwood Country Club with beautiful estate homes lining the fairways and blocks that surround the club. There are a variety of home styles and price points and all are served by great public schools. Cary Park is another great option. It has a neighborhood pool that serves as a community center of sorts during the warm months of the year. It also has homes on the lake, and its own commercial area with walkable restaurants and boutique shopping for the locals.

  • Preston
  • Cary Park
  • Highcroft
  • Copperleaf
  • The Reserve

Carolina Preserve


North Carolina in general and Cary in particular is hugely popular with retirees. The weather is wonderful and the costs are much lower than other areas of the country. Lots of people from Virginia and throughout the eastern seaboard moving here. Carolina Preserve at Amberly is a wonderful and typical 55+ planned community and beloved for its 35,000 square foot clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis and of course pickleball courts, indoor and outdoor pools and a dozen other activity spaces. Mixed with wonderful homes for independent living-style it’s a great place to start your search.

  • Carolina Preserve at Amberly
  • Corbinton at Kildaire Farm