Located in the area around Brooks Elementary School and the streets of Northbrook Drive, North Hills Drive, and Yadkin Drive, and just off Exit 8 from Rt. 440, lies the neighborhood of North Hills. The one neighborhood in Raleigh that is technically “outside the beltline,” but considered “inside the beltline” in regards to home prices and desirability. North Hills has emerged as Raleigh’s trendy yet mature “Midtown.”
Originally built in 1967, North Hills Mall was completely overhauled by Kane Development 2007. Kane is also known for having built the beautiful Capstone Building that commands some of the highest office rent prices in Raleigh. The company has future plans to build three more high rises in the North Hills area. What is so attractive about this area that continues to attract a healthy mix of developers and homeowners?
North Hills has a desirable neighborhood mix
Most of the homes in North Hills were built in the 1960’s and many of them are still occupied by the original homeowners. Recently, an influx of young professionals are moving into the area, resulting in a great neighborhood mix of both mature and young families.
North Hills homes have something for everyone
The neighborhood includes many split level and ranches along with a wide-range of other home styles such as southern plantation, French chateau, and traditional colonial. While the majority of homes were originally built between 1955-1970, most have undergone significant renovations or if you prefer new construction, a few neighborhoods have been built in the past few years such as Ramblewood Hills. A gorgeous new retirement community, The Cardinal at North Hills, also recently opened.
North Hills is a suburban-setting around the corner from the growing “Midtown” area
One of North Hill’s most alluring features is its slightly more suburban atmosphere coupled with the convenience of being located within minutes of top-notch retail areas and downtown Raleigh. The lots are larger than most downtown neighborhoods and the homes are well-maintained and come in a variety of styles. North Hills makes it easy for you to enjoy the quiet streets and slightly slower paced suburban feeling while still being only minutes from a lively and trendy area of the city.
North Hills has copious amenities
North Hills open air shopping area is a great example of a Live, Work, Play community that is becoming akin to Buckhead in Atlanta. It offers almost every kind of retail shopping and a wide variety of daily conveniences in a very central location – including Target, Harris Teeter, and a Fitness Connection – along with a generous mix of casual to fine dining restaurants, hotels, office buildings, and over 100 stores. The Renaissance Raleigh is 223-room 4 star hotel that often accommodates celebrities when they visit town.
North Hills has access to many free events
Along with the great retail and business options are all the fun events! North Hills is the place to be in Raleigh on Thursday nights in the summer for free live bands at North Hills Beach Music on The Commons located in front of Cinema 14. Newly built in 2014, Midtown Park is another venue for great free events. Located behind Chuy’s and across the street from the original mall, Midtown Park hosts free concerts, fitness classes, kids’ events and more. On Saturday morning, head to the Commons located at Cinema 14 for a local farmer’s market, kids classes, and live music.
North Hills is in an extremely convenient location
Getting around town from the North Hills Neighborhood is especially convenient. This neighborhood is so closely located to the beltline that it makes it easy to get anywhere in Raleigh and the whole Triangle Area. Downtown Raleigh is just 10 minutes away and Research Triangle Park is a quick 20 minutes on 440 and 40.
The North Hills Club
The North Hills Club is a beautiful club in a lovely setting and its tennis courts are among the best in all of Raleigh. Built in 1961, the Club is essentially a country club without the golf course. It includes 22 tennis courts and a new clubhouse built in 2007 with a ballroom, kids’ activity room, fitness center, casual dining restaurant, and a snack bar as well as a very large pool with a water-slide. Fun social events also take place throughout year, creating a close community for all age groups.
North Hills has abundant recreational opportunities
You can run in a 5k or take your dog for an evening stroll at North Hills Park. This 32 acre park has tennis courts, a playground and abundant greenways. The Capital Area Greenway system has over 100 miles of trails with multiple access points within North Hills.
North Hills offers strong long-term investment potential
As “Midtown” – the North Hills shopping area and the surrounding streets – continues to grow, buying a home in this neighborhood is solid long-term investment as property values are only going to increase. It is common today to see multiple offers and above listing price sales prices on homes in this neighborhood, and builders have started buying older, worn homes to tear them down for new infill construction.