Chestnut Hills

November 5, 2023

Chestnut Hills offers the perfect balance of suburban calm and big-city excitement. Just minutes from North Hills' vibrant shops and dining.
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Situated behind the highly desired North Hills community, Chestnut Hills is a delightful and well-established neighborhood celebrated for its idyllic location, rich history, and similar of amenities.

With its tree-lined streets, close-knit community spirit, and easy access to the city’s best offerings, Chestnut Hills has become a sought-after haven for professionals, families, and retirees alike.

A Brief History

While much of Chestnut Hills was developed in the 1950s and 60s, the area has seen significant growth and transformation in recent decades.

Many of the original ranch style homes and small two-story houses have been replaced by larger, more modern dwellings.

This influx of new construction aims to meet demand, as Chestnut Hills has become one of Raleigh's most coveted neighborhoods.

Much of the appeal stems from Chestnut Hill's prime location. It sits adjacent to North Hills, home to some of Raleigh's best shopping, dining, and entertainment.

The convenient access to the Raleigh Beltline allows for easy commutes downtown or across the Triangle. And yet, meandering shaded streets lined with mature trees evoke a sense of tranquility.

Amenities and Attractions

One of Chestnut Hills' biggest draws is its proximity to North Hills. This bustling complex contains over 1.5 million square feet of retail, restaurants, entertainment and office space.

Popular shops include Anthropologie, Apple, and West Elm. The area also boasts a lively bar scene, movie theater, and the Midtown Greenway walking trail.

Just minutes from Chestnut Hills lie several city parks perfect for an afternoon stroll or picnic.

Shelley Lake offers a two-mile loop trail encircling a peaceful pond. Meanwhile, Oakwood Cemetery provides quiet, shady paths past historical gravestones.

The Capital Area Greenway Trail also runs just beside Chestnut Hills, providing a tree-lined corridor for walking, jogging or biking.

The trail connects to Atlantic Avenue Athletic Park's tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds.


In the vicinity of Chestnut Hills, residents can explore Raleigh's flourishing food scene, boasting a wide array of highly rated local eateries.

Top picks include Gonza Tacos y Tequila for delectable Mexican fare, STIR, and The Capital Grille, where one can savor succulent steaks and local wines in a rustic atmosphere.

For foodies looking to branch out, the thriving downtown Raleigh area is just minutes away, offering everything from street eats to fine dining experiences.


Chestnut Hills is ideally positioned for residents to enjoy retail therapy.

The nearby Crabtree Valley Mall and North Hills shopping centers feature a diverse range of well-known brands and delightful local boutiques.

For a more unique shopping experience, venture to downtown Raleigh, where vibrant specialty stores, art galleries, and home-grown shops can be discovered.

Location and Accessibility

Chestnut Hills offers the perfect balance of suburban calm and urban convenience.

The neighborhood sits just 10 miles north of downtown Raleigh, allowing an easy 15-20 minute commute via Interstate 540.

Tucked away from busy thoroughfares, however, Chestnut Hills maintains a peaceful, residential feel.

For air travel, Raleigh-Durham International Airport lies only about 8 miles southeast of Chestnut Hills.

The short distance allows for a quick 15 minute drive to the airport terminal.

Meanwhile, Chestnut Hills' prime placement between Raleigh and Durham provides easy access to both vibrant cities.

Downtown Durham sits just 20 minutes west, while bustling downtown Raleigh lies 15 minutes south.

Healthcare and Education

Residents of Chestnut Hills can rest easy with top-notch healthcare facilities nearby.

Prestigious institutions such as Duke Raleigh Hospital, WakeMed Raleigh Campus, and UNC Rex Healthcare offer world-class medical services.

Chestnut Hills families are part of the highly developed Wake County Public School System, boasting top-rated schools like Douglas Elementary, Carroll Middle School, and Sanderson High School.

Additionally, a range of private schools, including Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and The Trilogy School, offer alternative educational options.

Nearby Universities

Nearby, prestigious universities such as North Carolina State University, Meredith College, Shaw University, William Peace University, Wake Technical Community College and Saint Augustine’s University provides access to quality higher education, fostering a vibrant academic and cultural environment.

Nearby Healthcare and Education

Families living in Chestnut Hills enjoy close proximity to excellent healthcare facilities and schools.

For medical care, UNC REX Healthcare's REX Hospital sits 5 miles south, providing top-tier urgent care and specialty treatments.

Meanwhile, WakeMed's North Healthplex lies 3 miles north for trusted primary care and emergency services.

The area falls within the Wake County Public School system, home to several of North Carolina's highest rated schools.

Nearby options include Lacy Elementary School, Martin Middle School, and Wakefield High School. Private institutions like Ravenscroft School also lie close by.

Several universities and colleges sit within a short drive as well, including Meredith College, William Peace University, and Shaw University.

For continuing education, Wake Tech's northern campus provides career training just 4 miles from Chestnut Hills.

Why Make Chestnut Hills Your Home?

As a Midtown resident  and real estate professional in the Raleigh-Durham Triangle area for over 17 years, I've seen firsthand what makes this neighborhood so special.

It offers small town charm just minutes from big city excitement. Mature trees and greenways promote a connection with nature, while new home construction and urban proximity appeal to professionals.

With acclaimed schools, parks, and easy airport access, Chestnut Hills truly provides the best of all worlds.

Of course, I'm happy to address any specific questions or concerns as you search for your perfect home.

My team and I know Chestnut Hills inside and out, from its history and amenities to the ins and outs of the real estate market.

We're dedicated to guiding you through the process, from listing your current home to finding your ideal new dwelling.

Our expertise and familiarity with the area help ensure you make the most informed decision.

So whether you're looking to downsize, upgrade, or simply find your new home base near Raleigh, do not hesitate to reach out.

We'll showcase the very best Chestnut Hills has to offer, providing neighborhood tours and an in-depth market analysis.

I'm confident you'll find this community as inviting as so many others have. Let's connect soon to start your journey!

Frequently Asked Questions about Chester Hills

What is the typical home price range in Chestnut Hills?

Home prices currently range from around 300,000 for smaller homes up to 1 million or more for larger luxury homes. The neighborhood offers great options for first-time buyers and move-up buyers alike.

What amenities are available in Chestnut Hills?

Popular amenities include community pools, playgrounds, walking trails, and easy access to the Capital Area Greenway Trail. The neighborhood is also minutes from North Hills' shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

What is the school district for Chestnut Hills?

Chestnut Hills falls within the Wake County Public School system. Nearby school options include Lacy Elementary, Martin Middle, and Wakefield High School.

How far is Chestnut Hills from downtown Raleigh?

Chestnut Hills lies just 10 miles north of downtown Raleigh, allowing for an easy 15-20 minute commute into the city center.

What is there to do nearby Chestnut Hills?

Nearby attractions include Shelley Lake, Oakwood Cemetery, Atlantic Avenue Athletic Park, and North Hills' bustling complex of shops, dining, and entertainment.

Is Chestnut Hills close to parks?

Yes, Chestnut Hills provides easy access to several Raleigh parks. Shelley Lake, Oakwood Cemetery, and Atlantic Avenue Athletic Park all lie within a 5-10 minute drive.

What healthcare facilities are close to Chestnut Hills?

Major medical centers near Chestnut Hills include UNC REX Healthcare's REX Hospital and WakeMed's North Healthplex. Both provide comprehensive care and emergency services.

Is Chestnut Hills convenient to RDU Airport?

Absolutely. RDU International Airport lies just 8 miles southeast, allowing for a quick 15 minute drive.

What is the typical commute time from Chestnut Hills to Durham?

The drive time to downtown Durham averages around 20 minutes via I-40 and NC-147. Chestnut Hills' location provides easy access to both Raleigh and Durham.

Are there shopping and dining options in Chestnut Hills?

While the neighborhood itself is residential, it sits adjacent to North Hills, one of Raleigh's premier shopping and dining destinations. A variety of cuisines and stores are just minutes away.

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Tim M. Clarke

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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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