Insider's Guide to North Carolina Neighborhoods

Trish Lowe  |  May 11, 2023

Insider's Guide to North Carolina Neighborhoods

North Carolina is home to a number of stunning communities that draw homebuyers from across the country for their suburban beauty and vibrance. The quaint community of Chapel Hill has become the site for some of the state’s most sought-after communities. The town offers a unique blend of suburban charm and city access. Ideally located next to Durham and just 35 minutes from Raleigh, the town is perfect for commuters.
 
With a top-rated school district, quiet streets, and ample outdoor space, many families looking to relocate to North Carolina often choose Chapel Hill. Outdoor enthusiasts can access hundreds of acres of pristine wilderness in the surrounding area with plentiful hiking, fishing, and biking destinations. Vibrant downtown Chapel Hill offers a bustling shopping district filled with unique shops and upscale restaurants.
 
This sprawling town is home to a number of distinct, small communities that come with their own set of amenities, real estate options, and lifestyle. The town has an eclectic selection of neighborhoods, including a number of affordable and family-friendly options. However, Chapel Hill is best known for its posh, upscale neighborhoods.
 
Defined by natural beauty, stunning real estate, and world-class amenities, those looking to live in luxury have several prominent neighborhoods to choose from. If you are looking to move to the Chapel Hill area, learn more about the numerous gorgeous, upscale communities that set the region apart from others around Durham.

Briar Chapel

Briar Chapel offers residents the unique opportunity to live in a more sustainable way. The neighborhood is the triangle area’s largest green community, giving homeowners what they need to live more eco-friendly. Ample green space, spacious lawns, and stunning real estate give this community a posh feel as it blends seamlessly with the natural world.
 
This neighborhood attracts many looking for a tranquil, natural oasis where they can live in harmony with the environment and escape the bustle of the city without leaving it behind. Despite being quiet suburbs, downtown Chapel Hill and Durham are both just a short drive away, putting endless amenities in Briar Chapel residents’ backyards.

Real estate

Briar Chapel is made up of NAHB-certified green homes. This certification tells homebuyers looking at homes for sale in Chapel Hill that the property was designed and made with sustainability in mind. Often this means sourcing material sustainably and designing the community in a way that limits the destruction of the ecosystem.
 
Homebuyers looking at Briar Chapel can feel good about buying one of these stunning certified green homes. Each home is blended perfectly into the environment with over 900 acres of open space throughout, giving residents ample spaces to get outside and enjoy nature. Briar Chapel’s real estate market is defined by luxurious, green homes and sprawling outdoor spaces.

Amenities

The number of things to do at Briar Chapel is nearly endless. Residents get to enjoy a selection of lavish resort-style amenities without leaving the neighborhood. Shopping, dining, and socializing at the clubhouse are all within walking distance in Briar Chapel. Those that lead an active lifestyle have ample outdoor space to move around.
 
The community is home to a number of beautiful parks, a swimming pool, athletic courts, and trails, making it the ideal home for those looking to get outside. Just outside of the community is the stunning nine-hole Twin Lakes Golf Course, putting a quick game just minutes away.

The Preserve at Jordan Lake

The Preserve at Jordan Lake is a stunning master-planned golf community and one of Chapel Hills' most desired living destinations. With an effortless small-town feel and modern amenities, this highly sought-after neighborhood offers the ideal blend of antique charm and contemporary allure.
 
This gorgeous community has been named among the best in the nation, putting a world-class community inside Chapel Hill. With quaint tree-lined streets, numerous parks, and proximity to Durham, this neighborhood attracts many families and commuters looking for a luxurious place to call home.

Real estate

This posh community offers a wide variety of stunning upscale homes. Whether you are looking for a place to raise your family or a sprawling estate with lakeside views, The Preserve at Jordan Lake has just the piece of Chapel Hill real estate for you.
 
Many of the homes are equipped with modern amenities, stunning designs, and ample room for the whole family to spread out. Enjoy hours outside in a spacious backyard and take a walk down quiet, suburban streets to the exquisite 14,000-acre Jordan Lake.

Amenities 

The Preserve at Jordan Lake puts pristine woodlands and bustling amenities in your backyard. The community was planned with outdoor recreation in mind and offers trails for hiking and biking throughout. Residents can head over to the massive lake for boating and fishing.
 
The real show stopper is The Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club which features a Davis Love III-designed 18-hole golf course allowing golf enthusiasts can live among one of the best courses in North Carolina.

Montclair

Montclair is one of Chapel Hill’s newest neighborhoods, providing homeowners with a modern experience and breathtaking real estate. Located along the eastern border of Chapel Hill, this quaint neighborhood serves as a quiet suburban retreat for commuters looking to escape the stress of city living when not on the clock.
 
Just 10 minutes away is bustling downtown Chapel Hill, giving residents easy access to a vibrant string of amenities so residents do not have to miss out on access to live in a quiet suburban community. This posh neighborhood offers a quaint small-town feel and the quintessential suburban experience.

Real estate

Designed by David Weekly Homes, this elegant neighborhood offers a stunning selection of traditional Cape Cod and colonial-style homes with two stories, open floorplans, and large lots. Each home is outfitted with stunning hardwood floors and tall ceilings, giving a high-end and spacious feel to each property. Those looking for a refined and stylish home should check out Montclair’s stunning real estate options.

Amenities

Residents of Montclair can easily access numerous shops and restaurants in the area. Just minutes from downtown Chapel Hill and 25 minutes to Durham, locals can easily head into town on a whim to enjoy an endless selection of things to do. Those looking to get outside can find both the Mason Farm Biological Reserve and UNC Finley Golf Course just minutes away, providing ample opportunities to enjoy leisurely recreation.
 
If you are interested in calling one of Chapel Hills’ vibrant communities home, hire a local Realtor that knows the area. The Trish Lowe Group specializes in Chapel Hill’s distinct neighborhoods and has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to help match you with your dream home. Give her a call today to get started learning more about buying in Chapel Hill.





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