Living in Holly Springs, NC: A Guide to the 11 Best Neighborhoods in Holly Springs

August 15th, 2023

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Living in Holly Springs, NC: A Guide to the 11 Best Neighborhoods in Holly Springs

Best Places to Live in Holly Springs, NC

Are you searching for the best neighborhoods in Holly Springs, NC? Here are the 11 best places to live in Holly Springs! 

Holly Springs is a beautiful town in Wake County located just south of Downtown Raleigh. Considered one of the best places to live in North Carolina, Holly Springs is home to a growing population of over 43,524.

If you're considering moving to the Raleigh Area, you will love living in Holly Springs, NC. Recognized as a suburb of Raleigh, many families and young professionals are moving to Holly Springs for its low crime rate, affordable homes, and many job opportunities. 

Best known as a global biomanufacturing hub and found only 20 minutes from Research Triangle Park, it is no wonder that Holly Springs is a sought-after place to live. 

We show hundreds of homes in Holly Springs neighborhoods every year. There are subdivisions in Holly Springs that stand out, and if you're looking at living in the area, you will want to check these out first. 

Whether you are searching for single-family homes for sale in Holly Springs in a quiet neighborhood or luxury homes for sale on a golf course, there is no shortage of beautiful homes to choose from in Holly Springs to meet your lifestyle and needs. 

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History of Holly Springs

Holly Springs is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, and a suburb of Raleigh. It won't be long before you start seeing the city of Holly Springs popping up on the best places to live charts everywhere, just like its neighbors Cary and Apex.

The growth of Holly Springs has been nothing short of amazing, as its population has grown by over 300% since 2000.

With that type of growth comes a need for serious infrastructure to support it. New shopping plazas, schools, roads, and even minor-league baseball teams are being built to help support the number of people living in the area.

Here are the 11 best places to live in Holly Springs 

12 Oaks

One of the best neighborhoods in Holly Springs and a newer community in the area is 12 Oaks. The community is a great place to live, with beautiful real estate, good schools, and amenities like a golf course, tennis courts, clubhouse, pool, fitness center, and large entertaining areas. 

This master-planned community has friendly residents and an award-winning golf course perfect for all skill levels. Located down the road from the Holly Springs Towne Center, residents can take advantage of top-rated restaurants and retail stores without traveling far. 

Tennis racket on a tennis court

Local Favorites: 

Get a gym membership and use top-rated equipment at O2 Fitness Holly Springs

Ting Park is a multi-purpose park in Holly Springs, also home to the Holly Springs Salamanders baseball team. 

Order classic Mexican cuisine and margaritas at Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant

Arbor Creek

If you're living in Holly Springs, you know the neighborhood of Arbor Creek. In central Holly Springs, Arbor Creek is a mature neighborhood with many trees.

Residents living in Arbor Creek have access to a local clubhouse, pool, and playgrounds. Additionally, Arbor Creek offers people the convenience of walking to Restaurants, Doctor's offices, Daycare, and more with its commercial properties at the front of the neighborhood. You can see a street map view here.

Local Favorites: 

Bring your furry friends to Trinity Animal Hospital for primary, emergency, and urgent care. 

Enjoy made-to-order Thai dishes at Thai Thai Cuisine

Bass Lake Draft House offers 34 draft beers on tap and delicious comfort food in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Braxton Village

A great community in Holly Springs, Braxton Village is one of the most popular in the area. Located a short distance from Holly Glen and Holly Springs High School and local amenities, Braxton Village is a 15-minute drive to everything you need.

Homes for sale in Braxton Village range in price from the high 100s to the 400s. You can learn more about the neighborhood of Braxton Village on the community HOA page.

Local Favorites: 

Dine at Hickory Tavern for tasty bar food and a great selection of drinks. 

Vieni Ristobar is best known for its homemade pasta, pizza, and classic Italian dishes. 

Order the macaroni and cheese at My Way Tavern

Brook Manor

Another popular spot to live in Holly Springs is Brook Manor. Considered a newer community in Holly Springs, the homes are priced a bit higher than the average ranging from the 300s to the high 500s for the custom-built homes. A smaller neighborhood, Brook Manor, offers a more secluded, central location inside Holly Springs.

Local Favorites: 

Enjoy authentic Italian food at Mama Mia Italian Bistro of Holly Springs

Osha Thai Kitchen and Sushi is the place to be for authentic Thai cuisine and fresh sushi. 

Order traditional Vietnamese cuisine and milk tea boba at Bep Vietnamese Kitchen

Three cups of colorful boba milk tea

Holly Glen

One of our favorite neighborhoods in Holly Springs is Holly Glen. A larger neighborhood with many amenities and fair prices, Holly Glen, is a great place to live in Holly Springs. The homes for sale in Holly Glen range in price from the mid-100s (townhomes) to the high 600s. 

Local Favorites: 

Parrish Womble Park is an excellent place for the kids to walk and play. 

Walk the trail around the lake or go fishing at Bass Lake Park

Lovegrass Kitchen and Coffee serves waffles, crepes, and espresso drinks. 

Holly Pointe

Located next to the neighborhoods of Holly Glen and Braxton Village - Holly Pointe is a 10-15 minute drive to all Holly Springs offers. One of the hesitations people have about this neighborhood is how busy Avent Ferry Rd becomes when school is in session.

With two schools located on the street, it tends to be a little backed up when school is let out—homes for sale in Holly Pointe range in price from the high 200s to the 500s.

Local Favorites: 

Bellini Italian Cuisine is a must-visit for homemade pasta and classic Italian favorites. 

Enjoy award-winning breakfast, brunch, and lunch at First Watch

The Blind Pelican Seafood House offers fresh seafood dishes and excellent service. 

Oak Hall

Oak Hall is one of the favorite neighborhoods in Holly Springs. It is located close to the Holly Springs Salamanders ballpark, a short ride to Holly Springs Towne Center, and across the street from Arbor Creek.

Our clients who have purchased homes in the Oak Hall neighborhood love it. The grocery store is within walking distance, and the pool is an excellent amenity for the residents of Oak Hall. Homes for sale in Oak Hall range in price from the high 100s to the 400s. 

Three ice cream cones with scoops of ice cream

Local Favorites: 

JT's Creamery Ice Cream Shop is perfect on a hot day. 

Enjoy homemade ice cream and waffle cones at FRESH Local Ice Cream

Shop and drink freshly made coffee at Thanks A Latte - Coffee and Gift Boutique

Sunset Lake Village

Sunset Lake is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Holly Springs, NC. Our clients who live in Sunset Lake refuse to live anywhere else; they love it that much.

If you're looking at homes in the 400s upwards of 1 million, then Sunset Lake Village is a neighborhood you must check out. The area is secluded and mature, named after Sunset Lake, located nearby. The homes in Sunset Lake Village are some of the best in Holly Springs.

Local Favorites: 

Cristo's Bistro is a top-rated neighborhood Italian restaurant in Holly Springs. 

Order classic breakfast favorites at Eggs Up Grill

Town Hall Burger and Beer is an excellent spot for delicious burgers and fries. 

Sunset Oaks

It wouldn't be a best of Holly Springs neighborhoods list without Sunset Oaks. This neighborhood is within walking distance of Sunset Lake, and homes are priced between the high 200s and the upper 600s.

A more affordable version of Sunset Lake, the Sunset Oaks subdivision offers residents a longer walk to the scenic lake, yet they can still buy into the 'sunset' neighborhood. Check out homes for sale in Sunset Oaks

Three teenagers at a library with books

Local Favorites: 

Middle Creek School/Park doubles as a top-rated high school and community center. 

Check out the latest books at Middle Creek Community Library

Shop for premium meats and local products at the Butcher's Market

Sunset Ridge

An additional neighborhood and part of the Sunset community is Sunset Ridge. A great location in Holly Springs and found next to Sunset Lake, Sunset Ridge offers people living in Holly Springs, NC, a more affordable option to Sunset Lake Village.

Situated on a golf course, homes for sale in the Sunset Ridge subdivision start at $700,000. 

Golf club and ball on a golf course on a sunny day

Local Favorites: 

Play a friendly game of golf at Devil's Ridge Golf Club

Send your young kids to Holly Ridge Elementary School

Enjoy delicious pizza, calzones, hot wings, and sub sandwiches at Homegrown Pizza


Located close to Sunset Lake Village, Wescott is another great Holly Springs neighborhood—homes in Wescott range in price from the 300s to the 700s and up.

The neighborhood is filled with mature trees and nature trails. Wescott is centrally located and offers easy access to downtown Raleigh and other areas in the Triangle. 

Local Favorites: 

Mama's Birds Ice Cream creates homemade ice cream made from quality ingredients. 

Get brunch with friends at Pimiento Tea Room

Enjoy live music while drinking glasses of wine at Niche Wine Bar

Best Neighborhoods in Holly Springs, NC - Final Thoughts 

Holly Springs is a great place to call home that offers affordable real estate and proximity to Raleigh. From top-rated restaurants to well-maintained public parks, there is always something fun to do in Holly Springs that everyone will enjoy. 

If you are ready to move to Holly Springs and start your home search in one of the town's best places to live, you have come to the right place. Please contact the experts at Raleigh Realty when searching for homes for sale in Holly Springs and the surrounding area. We are here to help and are ready to answer your questions. 

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