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What's It Like In Apex, NC?

Apex, NC Homes For SaleRated the #1 Place to Live by multiple sources, Apex, North Carolina is a quiet suburban community in Wake County situated just over 14 miles from downtown Raleigh.

The town got its name for being the highest point on a portion of the Chatham Railroad, and it earned the motto of "The Peak of Good Living" thanks to being a great place to live, work, and play.

Apex residents love the rich history, modern amenities, superb schools, and convenient Research Triangle location. Locally, people visit Apex to take part in annual festivals including Peak Fest, Peak City Pig Fest, the Apex Jazz & Music Festival, and more.

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You'll Probably Love Apex If You're Looking For...

  • Housing Options: Browse through Apex homes for sale, and you’ll notice detached single-family homes as well as townhomes across price points.
  • Superb Schools: Apex public schools are highly rated, and families also have the choice of charter or private schools
  • Outdoor Recreation: From its miles of trails toReflection in Lake Jordan by -ted the Jordan Lake Recreation Area, there’s a lot to do in Apex for those who love the outdoors.
  • A Historic Downtown: Charming Downtown Apex offers an eclectic mix of boutiques, businesses, and award winning restaurants.
  • A Convenient Triangle Location: Thanks to area highways, Apex is an excellent place to live for anyone who needs to be close to Research Triangle Park, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Raleigh, NC.
  • Food, Beer, & Wine: There are several craft breweries in and around Apex. Mix in a highly rated winery and countless fantastic restaurants, and you’ve got plenty of places to meet up with friends for a night out.

Where is Apex, North Carolina?

Nestled in its own little triangle inside Highway 64, Highway 1, and I-540, Apex, NC is a Raleigh suburb located in southwestern Wake County.

Communities that neighbor Apex include Cary, Holly Springs, Morrisville, and Raleigh.

As with other Triangle area communities, Apex is near the center of the state, so it's only a few hours drive from beautiful beaches and tranquil mountains.

Top Tips For Apex NC Real Estate

Apex is home to some ultra-upscale housing options. On the high-side, some Apex, NC homes for sale reach well over $1 million. Some of the area’s more expensive subdivisions include Old Thompson Creek, Markham Plantation, and Greyhawk Landing.

However, for home buyers on a smaller budget, plenty of other more affordable options are available as well. Home buyers looking in the $200,000-$300,000 price range will find options in communities like Walden Creek, The Park at Langston, and Surrey Meadows.

Growth in Apex has moved west, and home buyers looking for more rural scenery will want to look south and west. The downtown area closer to Route 1 is more developed.

As of 2017, the estimated median home value in Apex was around $315,000 — a number significantly higher than the median value of $177,400 in 2000. In addition, Apex home values are nearly $100,000 higher than the statewide estimated median home value. Even so, home values are predicted to continue to rise in Apex, since it is a highly desireable place to live.

If you’re interested in Apex NC homes for sale or would like to schedule a private showing to view a property currently on the market, give Brandon Duncan with Duncan Prime Realty a call at (919) 808-2001.

Your Apex School Guide

Apex families are served by the Wake County School System. There are 13 public schools in Apex, as well as a number of public charter schools and private schools.

For those looking for higher education, Apex is convenient to the amazing universities the Triangle area is well known for. Apex is also near the Western Wake Campus of Wake Tech Community College.

Need a quiet place to study in Apex? Apex offers two Wake County Library branches. The first is the Eva Perry Regional Library, and it is located at 2100 Shepherds Vineyard Drive. Locals love the library and rave about it in online reviews! The second is the Middle Creek Community Library, which opened in early 2017, and it is located at 111 Middle Creek Park Ave.

Getting Around Apex NC

Apex sits within a triangle of I-540, Highway 64, and Route 1. Highway 55 runs through the town, connecting Highway 64 and Highway 1. The Apex Peakway is a downtown loop that helps to ease traffic in the town’s center. This excellent roadway connectivity makes car travel in and around Apex relatively easy.

As with most communities in the Triangle area, Apex is considered “car dependent.” However, if walkability is important to you, check out homes for sale in The Villages of Apex and the town center.

There are also 11 miles and counting of greenways in Apex. The greenways not only connect Apex communities for walking and biking, but also connect Apex to neighboring communities including Cary. The ATT (American Tobacco Trail) is also in Apex, which connects to Durham. Future plans will add even more greenway connectivity within Apex and to neighboring areas.

Apex is also served by bikeways. These include US Bicycle Route 1/Carolina Connection, which runs north and south through North Carolina, and US Bicycle Route 5/The Cape Fear Run, which connects Apex to Wilmington.

Public transportation will be expanding in Apex under future plans for the Triangle. Currently, Apex is served by the GoTriangle bus service. Big transportation plans for Wake County will bring more routes, as well as light rail for commuters.

Apex is conveniently located about 20 minutes by car from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, so residents can travel anywhere in the world.

Working In Apex NC

As mentioned above, Apex NC is a fantastic place to live, work, and play. In fact, in 2015 Apex was named the #2 Best City in NC to find a job.

A variety of job opportunities can be found in and around Apex. The top employers in Apex are: 

  • Wake County Public Schools
  • Dell Technologies
  • Town of Apex
  • Apex Tool Group
  • Super Target

Many Apex residents work in neighboring Cary or in the Research Triangle Park, which is only about 20 minutes away.

Apex NC Parks And Recreation

Apex has an excellent Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. They run more than a dozen parks. Apex also has a dog park, miles of greenways, community centers, and programs for all ages.

The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is also located in Apex. This state park offers an abundant variety of recreation including: camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and bird watching.

There are numerous special events and festivals each year in Apex including: Founders Day, Peak Fest, Apex Latino Arts Festival, Peak City Pig Fest, Apex Jazz & Music Festival, and many more.

Don't Miss These Apex NC Attractions

If you’re looking for things to do in Apex, your choices range from shopping to parks and even bounce houses. These three attractions stand out as great places to visit when you’re in Apex.

Cloer Family Vineyard

This picturesque vineyard is a great place to relax, watch sheep graze, and enjoy local wine. They even have live music on some evenings!
Address: 8624 Castleberry Rd Apex NC 27523
Visit Website: http://www.cloerfamilyvineyards.com/

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

As mentioned above, Jordan Lake has a lot to offer anyone looking for outdoor activities. Online reviewers rave about the great campsites and boating. You might even see a bald eagle while you're there!
Address: 280 State Park Rd Apex NC 27523
Visit Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/jordan-lake-state-recreation-area


If you're into beer, make time to visit Brueprint. This local brewery has been serving the community since 2013, and their brews can be found at local restaurants and markets.
Address: 1229 Perry Rd #101 Apex NC 27502
Visit Website: http://www.brueprint.com/


Best Restaurants In Apex

When you find yourself hungry in Apex, you have a variety of options for good eats. These three places regularly top lists of “Best Places to Eat in Apex.”

Daniel's Restaurant & Catering

Known locally as the go-to spot for casual Italian food, Daniel's gets great reviews for their menu variety and friendly service.
Address: 1430 NC 55 Apex NC 27502
Visit Website: http://www.danielsapex.com/

Doherty’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

This local favorite is known for great Fish & Chips, yummy Shepherd's Pie, and an excellent selection of beer and whiskey. As one online reviewer wrote, "the food is legit and made from actual food ingredients." What more could you ask for?
Apex Location: 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex, NC 27502 (There's also one in Cary NC)
Visit Website: http://www.dohertysirishpubnc.com/

Peak City Bar & Grill

This American bar and grill gets high marks for its food, service, and atmosphere. People rave about everything on their menu, so you can't go wrong no matter what you order at Peak City.
Address: 126 N Salem St. Apex NC 27502
Visit Website: http://thepeakcitygrill.com

Apex NC: Then & Now

Originally named for being the highest point on a portion of the Chatham Railroad, it should be of no surprise that this quaint North Carolina town has a rich railroad history that dates all the way back to the late 1800s.

The Apex Union Depot, now home to the local Chamber of Commerce, sits in the heart of the town center and even today, Apex is one of the most intact original railroad towns in all of North Carolina.

Historic Apex NC by statelibrarync/6126642383/ FlickrIn the 1950s, Apex, NC really started to see expansion and growth due to its proximity to the state’s Research Triangle Park.

Despite heavy residential development, the community still maintains a quintessential small-town feel that so many local home buyers seek when looking for a new place to call home.

In the 1990s, Apex saw a dramatic increase in population, which quadrupled to over 20,000 at the time. Today over 45,000 people live in Apex — a number that’s sure to continually grow due to the area’s charm and livability. In fact, Apex has repeatedly been named as a top place to live by multiple publications.

After just one visit to Apex and the surrounding area, it’s easy to see why this picturesque North Carolina community continues to grow and remain so popular with locals in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Apex NC Stats

Apex Water Tower by oldrebel/5278762572/ Flickr

  • Population: 45,585 (as of 2015)
  • Median Age: 35.9
  • Avg commute time: 18.07 minutes
  • Median Family Income: $104,983

Apex NC Accolades

Apex has been receiving awards for over a decade, repeatedly being named as a best place to live in North Carolina and even the whole United States. Here are a few of the most recent accolades for Apex: 

  • January 2017: Named #3 Best Suburb to Live In by Niche
  • August 2015: Named #1 Best City to Live in By Money Magazine
  • June 2015: Named #2 Best City in NC to Get a Job by Zippia
  • June 2015: Named #7 Safest City in North Carolina by Safewise
  • June 2015: Named #5 Best Suburb to Buy a House in North Carolina by Niche
  • July 2014: Made Top 10 Best Towns For Families by Family Circle
  • May 2014: Ranked #5 Happiest Suburb in America by Movoto
  • November 2013: Named #1 Best City in NC by Movoto
  • August 2013: Named #1 Best Place To Live in NC by CNN/Money Magazine
  • August 2013: Named #9 Best Place to Live in America by CNN/Money Magazine
  • July 2013: Named #5 Best NC Town for Young Families by NerdWallet
  • July 2009: Named #3 Best Place to Move To by Forbes