If you’re looking for a place to live where you can do less driving and enjoy more convenience, you might want to consider the growing trend toward the Live-Work-Play lifestyle in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area. These communities blend the best of suburban (or even country) living, with the convenience and energy of a more urban setting.
It’s not exactly new—the idea has been gathering steam nationwide for several decades in the form of designed, or “Master Planned Communities.” You’ll find sidewalks and front porches, meandering paths that create easy, casual, connections between people’s homes and schools, churches and cafes, shopping and working—yet make an escape to nature easily accessible too.
In these designed communities, the focus is on creating a sense of place, of home and community for all ages and stages of life. And as our population continues to grow, and become increasingly time and health conscious, as well as environmentally protective, the benefits of having everything close together is encouraging developers—and even city planners—to incorporate more of this approach.
Not all communities offer the full lifestyle in one place. Search for Master Planned Communities or Live-Work-Play Lifestyle in Raleigh and you’ll often find developments that bring neighbors together in beautifully landscaped settings, but without shopping or work spaces, like 12 Oaks in Holly Springs. Or those built strategically close to, but not physically integrated with, their shopping and work opportunities, like The Townes at North Salem in Apex, for example.
Three planned communities offering the full Live-Work-Play Lifestyle in Raleigh
Sweetwater in Apex broke ground in 2016 and is nearing close out on new homes. If you’ve ever worried about getting lost in a sea of cookie-cutter homes, you won’t find that here. At Sweetwater they worked hard to prevent that by offering 37 different architectural types and an abundant mix of apartments and single-family homes up to 7500 sq ft.
Adults and children will find plenty of play spaces, including 10 pocket parks, bocce ball courts, sand slides and gazebos. Plus, a compelling 4200 sq ft resort-style community center boasts a 6-lane pool, wading pools, 2 playgrounds and an outdoor fireplace. On the grounds now is Lightbridge Academy for educational childcare.
Sweetwater is already fairly close to historic downtown Apex and many other shopping and dining centers, but a planned 45-acre commercial center here will house the essential grocery store, dry cleaner, bank, medical center and more.
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The massive Chatham Park, just outside Pittsboro, which first broke ground in 2014 and has many more sections planned, also fulfills the all-in-one community dream. It’s an expansive 7,000 acres, including almost 2,000 acres for parks and open spaces, splash pad, rock-climbing wall and dog park.
A wide variety of neighborhoods and homes, including age-targeted and age-restricted areas, are planned, along with a performing arts theater, black-box theater, 8 movie screens and an outdoor pavilion stage. The community will include significant work space too, including a tech park, medical village and innovation park as well as co-working space for smaller companies. Thales Academy is already open here, and there are plans for a church and medical facilities.
More established is Flowers Plantation, bringing a 3,000 acre “small village” approach to the live-work-play lifestyle in Raleigh’s neighboring town of Clayton. This community offers townhomes, single family homes and estate homes, and includes both age-targeted and age-restricted neighborhoods as well.
The community houses the new East Triangle YMCA—and shopping options aren’t limited to adorable boutiques; there’s a Harris Teeter, CVS, ABC store now, among other commercial ventures, and a Publix on the way. four private lakes and over 100 acres of wildlife preserve and 20 miles of trails.
If you’re curious about whether this type of live-work-play lifestyle in Raleigh might be something to consider for you and your family, contact us. We’d be happy to help you find the ideal place to settle down and home to call your own.