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What You’ll Love About Wake Forest
A Historic Downtown
Whether you're in the mood for live music, a quick bite, or drinks with friends, you can do it all downtown.
Mom & Pop Businesses
Wake Forest prides itself in its small-town atmosphere, which comes in part from its local shopping and dining scene.
From imaginative shopping developments to irresistible parks, Wake Forest has everything you could ever want.
Welcome to Wake Forest
Wake Forest was established as a college town in the 1800s, but it didn't take long for the town to earn a name for itself. Easy access to Raleigh, and later Research Triangle Park, helped the town grow from just a few residents into a thriving suburban town. While no longer home to Wake Forest University, Wake Forest still offers a variety of educational options through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as numerous public and private schools in the area.
About the Triangle Area
"The Triangle" gets its name from Research Triangle Park, a 7,000-acre office park located in Durham. More than 50,000 employees—residents of Wake Forest, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding communities—work at the 200+ companies in the research park, including IBM, Cisco, Fidelity Investments, and Credit Suisse.
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Whether you're a newcomer or a longtime resident, explore these local resources to learn more about buying a home in Wake Forest.
Downtown Wake Forest
Wake Forest boasts three historic districts and lots of older homes. If you want to live near all the action and own a piece of history, Downtown Wake Forest is the place to be!
What was once an industrial mill is now an entertainment destination. At The Factory, you'll find shops, restaurants, an ice rink, fitness studios, sports shops, and more in one spot.
Featured Things to Do
Wake Forest Historical Museum
Take a peek into Wake Forest's past with a visit to the Wake Forest Historical Museum on Main Street. The museum complex features a 19th-century mansion, beautiful gardens, and exhibits in the main museum building.
E. Carroll Joyner Park
Wake Forest's crown jewel is a unique blend of past and present, much like the town itself. At Joyner Park, you can catch a concert on the lawn, visit historic barns and a restored log cabin, hit the trails, or go fishing from the bank of the pond.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Craving an unforgettable outdoor adventure? Spend an afternoon or a whole day at Falls Lake State Recreation Area, a popular spot for swimming, boating, and fishing in Wake Forest.
Wake Forest Crossing
If you don't feel like driving to Triangle Town Center (just 20 minutes away), you can find plenty of national restaurants and retailers along Capital Boulevard, particularly at Wake Forest Crossing.
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Wake Forest Quick Facts
- Population (2016): 40,112
- Population Growth Since 2010: +40.4%
- Zip Code: 27587
- County: Wake, Franklin
- Mean Home Price (2016): $300,284
Travel & Commute
- Durham: Average 38 minutes
- Public Transit: GoRaleigh
- Airport: Raleigh-Durham International
- Major Highways: Capital Boulevard, NC-98 Bypass
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