12 Oaks

November 5, 2023

12 Oaks in Holly Springs, NC offers a Nicklaus-designed golf course, pool, parks, trails, community events, and new construction and resale homes
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Nestled amongst the rolling hills and pine forests of southwest Wake County lies the exclusive Twelve Oaks community in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

Though a relatively new neighborhood established in the early 2000s, 12 Oaks has quickly become one of the most prestigious places to call home in the Holly Springs area.

Overview of 12 Oaks

Conveniently located just off NC-55, 12 Oaks resides behind Target approximately 15 miles from downtown Raleigh and a short 5 mile drive to RDU International Airport.

12 Oaks was master-planned and developed by Newland Communities starting in 2001.

The neighborhood was designed to attract professionals desiring a private country club community close to Raleigh.

Home construction and sales took off in the early 2000s as the population boom spilled over from Raleigh into Holly Springs.

12 Oaks Builders

12 Oaks is home to a variety of esteemed builders, each bringing their unique style and expertise to the community.

Here's a brief overview of some of the builders contributing to the development of 12 Oaks:
Poythress Construction
Known for their custom homes that blend luxury with functionality, Poythress Construction has been a key player in the Triangle area since 1993.
Future Homes by Jim Thompson
Specializing in innovative designs and energy-efficient homes, Future Homes is dedicated to creating spaces that are both beautiful and sustainable.
Upright Builders
With a focus on craftsmanship and customer satisfaction, Upright Builders delivers personalized homes that reflect the unique tastes of their owners.
As one of the nation's leading homebuilders, Lennar offers a variety of floor plans and designs, with a focus on smart home technology and energy efficiency.
Reward Builders
Reward Builders stands out for their attention to detail and commitment to quality, crafting homes that are as durable as they are elegant.
Wardson Construction Co
A family-owned business, Wardson Construction prides itself on building high-quality, custom homes with a personal touch.
Saussy Burbank
With a nod to Southern architecture, Saussy Burbank builds homes that are timeless in design and crafted with care.
MI Homes
Offering a range of designs and floor plans, MI/Homes is dedicated to building comfortable, stylish homes that meet the needs of modern families.
CityScape Builders
Known for their innovative designs and luxury finishes, CityScape Builders creates homes that are both beautiful and functional.
JP Swain Company
Specializing in custom homes, JP Swain works closely with homeowners to bring their vision to life, ensuring every detail is perfect.
Stanley Martin Homes
With a focus on community and sustainability, Stanley Martin Homes builds homes that are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly.
Robuck Homes
A fourth-generation family business, Robuck Homes combines tradition with innovation to create homes that are built to last.
Amward Homes of NC
Known for their craftsmanship and innovative designs, Amward Homes is dedicated to building homes that exceed expectations.
Triple A Homes
A local builder with a reputation for quality and integrity, Triple A Homes focuses on creating homes that are both beautiful and practical

12 Oaks Amenities

Many of the spacious homes in Twelve Oaks were constructed by trusted local builders like Trinity Homes, Holland Homes and Kirkpatrick Homes.

Home styles range from stately two-story Colonials and Tudor-inspired manors to sprawling Southern ranch houses.

At the heart of the community lies the eminent 12 Oaks Country Club with an 18-hole championship golf course, outdoor swimming complex, and 46,000 square foot clubhouse.

The clubhouse offers formal and casual dining, event facilities, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

12 Oaks also features the Seven Lakes neighborhood with water views and community access to bass fishing.

A soccer field and walking trails winding through preserved green spaces provide plenty of room for recreation and relaxation.


Twelve Oaks contains several smaller subdivisions like Seven Lakes, Fairway Ridge, Oak Pond and Tournament Drive.

Home prices currently range from the mid $400Ks to over $1M, attracting affluent professionals and families.

Residents describe life in 12 Oaks as private, upscale and socially-oriented around the country club.

Outdoor activities like golf, boating, swimming and tennis are popular, while exclusive club events offer opportunities for residents to mingle and socialize.

The neighborhood exudes Southern charm and hospitality.

Local Dining and Attractions

Some favorite restaurants and watering holes inside the 12 Oaks community include:

  • Southern Fire Restaurant: This contemporary restaurant at the country clubhouse serves creative Southern cuisine with an upscale twist. Sunday brunch is a neighborhood favorite.
  • Thirsty Beaver Pub: Stop by this casual English-style pub for drinks and pub fare like fish and chips. It provides a relaxing spot for members to unwind.
  • Oaks Café: Located in the clubhouse, the Oaks Café offers an easy breakfast or lunch spot after a round of golf.
    Outside the gates, residents also enjoy heading to downtown Holly Springs for restaurants like Backyard Bistro and Casa Carbone.
    The picturesque town offers quaint local shops and seasonal events like summer concerts and weekly farmers markets.
    For more extensive shopping and dining options, Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills and Triangle Town Center in Raleigh are just 15-20 minutes away.
    Twelve Oaks' proximity to the big city provides residents with the ideal blend of country club seclusion and urban convenience.

Nearby Healthcare and Education

Families moving to 12 Oaks appreciate its close proximity to exceptional medical care and schools. Notable medical facilities include:

  • Rex Hospital Holly Springs - 5 miles
  • Duke Health Holly Springs - 4 miles
  • WakeMed Cary Hospital - 8 miles

Top-rated schools in the Holly Springs district include Holly Grove Elementary, Holly Ridge Middle and Holly Springs High School.

With its location just 12 miles from NC State University, Twelve Oaks also attracts professors and university staff.

Location and Accessibility

12 Oaks lies approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Raleigh, providing easy access to the city while still feeling tucked away.
From the neighborhood, the drive is:

  • 12 miles and 20 minutes to downtown Chapel Hill
  • 18 miles and 25 minutes to downtown Durham
  • 15 miles and 25 minutes to Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall
  • 5 miles and 10 minutes to RDU International Airport

This prime location appeals to professionals needing to commute to Raleigh or frequent the airport.

The neighborhood is also just 2 miles from Highway 55 and 5 miles from Interstate 40 for quick access to surrounding cities.

Final Thoughts on 12 Oaks from Tim Clarke

As a Holly Springs Realtor and Raleigh-Durham Triangle area resident, I highly recommend 12 Oaks to buyers seeking an upscale country club lifestyle without sacrificing convenience.

12 Oaks ranks in my top neighborhoods in the Triangle, offering privacy and exclusivity with all the amenities of a luxury resort.

Between the top-tier golf, clubhouse events and activities, Twelve Oaks offers a ready-made social community.

With its pristine homes, family amenities and proximity to Raleigh, it's easy to see why 12 Oaks remains one of the most coveted communities in the Holly Springs area.

I'd be delighted to schedule a tour so you can experience this one-of-a-kind neighborhood firsthand. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Frequently Asked Questions About 12 Oaks

What is 12 Oaks, and where is it located?

12 Oaks is a master-planned residential community known for its luxury homes, extensive amenities, including a premier golf course, and its warm, family-friendly atmosphere. It is located in North Carolina, within close proximity to major cities like Raleigh, providing a balance of quiet suburban living with easy access to urban conveniences.

What types of homes are available in 12 Oaks?

12 Oaks offers a diverse range of housing options to suit various preferences and budgets. The community boasts everything from cozy townhomes and single-family homes to grand estate homes. Each home is designed with both comfort and elegance in mind, offering various architectural styles.

Is 12 Oaks a good place for families?

Absolutely, 12 Oaks is an excellent community for families. It not only provides a safe and secure environment but also offers numerous parks, recreational facilities, and a calendar full of community events. The educational institutions in the area are top-rated, making it an ideal place for children to learn and grow.

What amenities does 12 Oaks offer its residents?

Residents of 12 Oaks enjoy access to a host of amenities, including a championship golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, and a state-of-the-art clubhouse. There are also walking and biking trails, parks, and various planned social events throughout the year.

How is the commute from 12 Oaks to nearby cities like Raleigh?

The commute from 12 Oaks to Raleigh is very manageable, with most residents able to reach downtown Raleigh in under 30 minutes. This makes it an ideal location for professionals working in the city who prefer a suburban lifestyle.

How are the schools near 12 Oaks?

The schools near 12 Oaks are among the best in the region, featuring a mix of public, private, and charter institutions. The community's emphasis on education is evident in the quality of its schools and the variety of educational opportunities available to its residents.

What dining options are available in and around 12 Oaks?

The 12 Oaks community is situated near a plethora of dining options ranging from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants. Whether you're in the mood for international cuisine or classic American dishes, there's something to satisfy every palate.

What is the crime rate like in 12 Oaks?

The crime rate in 12 Oaks is notably low, making it one of the safer communities in the area. The neighborhood is dedicated to maintaining a secure environment for its residents through community vigilance and local law enforcement presence.

Are there any healthcare facilities nearby?

Yes, 12 Oaks residents have convenient access to a variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, urgent care centers, and specialty clinics. The nearby healthcare services are known for their quality care and comprehensive services.

Can Tim Clarke assist with both buying and selling homes in 12 Oaks?

Certainly, with over 17 years of experience as a licensed real estate agent in North Carolina, Tim Clarke is well-equipped to guide clients through both the buying and selling process in 12 Oaks. He and his team offer expertise, a deep understanding of the local market, and personalized service to ensure clients' needs are met.

Listings in 12 Oaks

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Tim M. Clarke

About the author

17 years as a Realtor in the Research Triangle, Tim seeks to transform the Raleigh-Durham real estate scene through a progressive, people-centered approach prioritizing trust & transparency.

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