Stonehenge is a popular, family-oriented North Raleigh neighborhood established in 1977. This large neighborhood is positioned between I-440 and I-540, to the south of Strickland Road, east of Lake Lynn, west of Lead Mine Road, and north of Lynn Road. Stonehenge recently landed a spot on HGTV’s “5 Great Neighborhoods in Raleigh” article. How did it make the cut? In addition to its convenient location, this tight-knit community has some unique attributes which make it stand out from many surrounding neighborhoods.
Stonehenge homeowners do not pay Raleigh city property taxes!
Many homes in the oldest part of the neighborhood, which also happens to be where the lot sizes are among the largest, don’t have to pay City of Raleigh taxes. The older area of Stonehenge is located within one of Raleigh’s zoning ‘donuts’– an unincorporated area of the county that has become surrounded on all sides by property annexed by the City of Raleigh. Residents of this area benefit from not having to pay a high tax bill every year while still having access to all necessary utilities and services.
Stonehenge has an active HOA with voluntary membership
Most suburban neighborhoods require you join the homeowner’s association and pay an annual fee – Stonehenge does not. Property deeds do still have covenants that are enforced by the HOA, but membership is voluntary. Many residents do still decide to join the HOA to participate in the large number of clubs and events planned by the association. The HOA distributes the Stonehenge Living newsletter, coordinates a Supper Club, Bridge Club, Book Club, and Women’s Club, and plan neighborhood events including a Spring Children’s Party, Stonehenge Night Out and a Halloween Parade.
Stonehenge has homes on spacious lots
Stonehenge features sizeable lots with mature trees and lush landscaping. In the spring, azaleas and dogwoods are abundant. The large, quiet lots give residents a sense of privacy as well as the option to expand, which has been a popular trend in the community. Williamsburg, traditional, and ranch style homes are most popular, many with brick exteriors. Mostly built in the late 80’s, interior renovations are common in these houses that typically are priced from the low $200’s to the upper $500’s.
Around the corner from Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club
While membership is not limited to Stonehenge residents, many families from the neighborhood are members of Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club. Located along Creedmoor Road, which runs through Stonehenge, Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club features three 10-lane swimming pools with diving wells, a large water slide, a fenced baby pool and one adults-only pool, a racquet club, and 20 lighted tennis courts. During the summer time, a few small local produce stands set up across the street. Pop by for some delicious North Carolina strawberries and watermelon after enjoying a hot day outside!
Lake Lynn Park and Community Center
To the west of Stonehenge lies Lake Lynn Park and Community Center. Chosen as Carolina Parent’s Family Favorites 2011 Place to Walk, this City of Raleigh Park pretty much has it all: a 2.8 mile greenway around Lake Lynn, a batting cage, four tennis courts, two bocce courts, a youth baseball field, and a playground. The community center has basketball courts, a meeting room, art room, dance studio and warming kitchen. As a popular spot for a stroll after work or a run in the morning, the greenway trail is ideal for enjoying the waterfront and its wildlife. You might even catch a glimpse of a Great Blue Heron!
Stonehenge has many shopping options
Stonehenge is mere minutes from many popular shopping centers including Stonehenge Market, Brennan Station, Greystone Village, and Towne North Plaza. Greystone Village features two top North Raleigh local restaurants/cafés – Sola Coffee Café and Gonzas Tacos y Tequila. Sola is known for its high quality ingredients, fresh café menu (including brunch and mini donuts), ample seating (both indoor and outdoor), and drive thru window. This spot has a true “coffee shop” vibe and features live music every Friday & Saturday night. Gonzas Tacos y Tequila is among the best Mexican restaurants in the entire Triangle. The ambiance is very fun – the wait staff typically has their faces painted in luchador style arrangements, when you wait for a table you are given a bobble head of celebrity instead of your run of the mill restaurant buzzer, funky décor fills the walls, and there are also outdoor seating options.
Stonehenge is a convenient, safe location with easy access to employment hubs and surrounding areas
Positioned between I-440 and I-540 in North Raleigh, Stonehenge’s location near major thoroughfares makes getting around the Triangle very easy. Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport are both less than 15 miles away and downtown Raleigh is approximately a 10 mile drive.