RTP and surrounding area


Searching for a home with a quick commute to Research Triangle Park or its surrounds? Here are some Wake County neighborhoods that give you a variety of lifestyle and budget options for places to live near RTP.

Research Triangle Park has been a fixture in our area since the 1960s. And in the years since, all sorts of developments have grown up around it, helping to turn Raleigh-Durham into the sought-after locale it is today.  From urban to rural, exclusive country club and estate communities, to apartments and townhomes in mixed-use settings, there’s a lifestyle for everyone.

Of course, lately, there aren’t too many available at any one time; even new construction is hard to come by! But if the RTP area is where you’ll be working, and you don’t want to suffer a long commute, there are still options.

Clarify your wish list, prepare to be patient, and browse this sampling of places to live near RTP—all in Wake County, and all with a brief, 15-minute commute (or less!):


Downing Glen, off Morrisville-Carpenter Road, features a quiet, suburban lifestyle, and a mix of townhomes and single-family houses in the 1400-2200sq ft range. It’ll feel far from the city, yet you’re just 15 minutes from RTP.  Construction wrapped up in this development in 2007, so while not brand-new, designs will meet the needs of those looking for up-to-date living and homes.

Compared to some developments, you’ll likely have a little space between you and your neighbors—though still less than 1/4 acre. The community pool keeps residents happy, and for those who want more watersports, you’ll be close to boating and fishing at either Lake Crabtree or Jordan Lake. The median list price for homes in Downing Glen, as of Nov 2021, is $445K.


This is among the newer neighborhoods, with about 300 residences—a mix of single-family and townhomes. Just a few townhomes remain as of this writing, though re-sales of all types do come available. The 3- and 4-bedroom attached-home plans are in the 2,200-2,600sq ft range, with 3 stories and 2-car garages. Exteriors are on the modern side of traditional styling.

The neighborhood, developed by popular builder Ashton Woods, certainly has all today’s community must-have amenities: pool, pool house, dog park, playground, walking trails—plus an historic community clubhouse that adds charming personality. The remaining townhomes are starting at $481K.


For the buyer looking to move to one of the area’s most exclusive communities, the Morrisville estate home neighborhood of Weston Estates could be just right. The large homes, most from 3,600sq ft, all built 20ish years ago, are built on generously-sized (roughly ½ acre+) lots. Recent sales closed at $670K to over $1M. It’s a beautifully manicured community, with pool, cabana and wide-open streets. When they come available, homes feature unique amenities from in-home gyms or theaters, to wine cellars and bars.



Want to live really near RTP? Kitts Creek is about as close as you can get, since it’s virtually within RTP’s area. This large (845-home), active neighborhood really puts community at your doorstep. Homes are traditional with some added flair, in part thanks to the wide range of builders that participated. The median list price as of Nov 2021 is also $445K.

This neighborhood has more amenities for residents, including a pool, clubhouse and tennis courts, a dog park, playground and gym, community garden and even a small library. Regular events keep its varied and active residents as busy as they want. Landscaped streets and common areas, and an active HOA helps the neighborhood continue as a standout in Morrisville.


Last but not least, another popular, and very large (2500-residence), neighborhood where you can settle close to RTP is Amberly. This meandering master-planned-community is perfect for those wanting the convenience and energy of having commercial and residential happily co-habit. That said, most people wouldn’t want to walk the distance needed to reach the shops—Amenities like a pretty two-pool complex (complete with waterslides), gym, walking trails, a 16-acre lake and clubhouse all add to the “plus” sides of the neighborhood. Find out more about Amberly in a post we did in Spring 2021.

These are just a few of the many, many options available for places to live near RTP. And, of course, not all homes are in planned communities. If you’re itching for more land, no HOA, or crave a home with historic value, it’s still possible to find hidden gems. So, make your wish list, and give us a call. We’d love to help you find your match.

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