February 16, 2024
Resting on the shores of Lake Benson in Garner, North Carolina, the Heron Point community offers residents stunning views and access to the lake's recreational opportunities.
Developed in the mid-2000s, Heron Point has become one of Garner's most exclusive neighborhoods, attracting professionals and families seeking lakefront living just minutes from Raleigh.
A Brief History of Heron Point
Heron Point sits on land that was once part of the Lake Benson Country Club golf course, built in the 1960s.
In the early 2000s, homebuilder DR Horton purchased a portion of the course and surrounding land to develop the Heron Point community.
The first homes were constructed between 2005-2008 in a mix of styles ranging from cozy cottages to sprawling two-story Colonials.
Homes enjoy premium views of Lake Benson along with community amenities and easy access to the lake. Heron Point has continued to be one of Garner's most sought-after neighborhoods for lake lovers.
Notable Neighborhoods in Heron Point
Heron Point contains several unique neighborhoods:
Edgewater homes overlook scenic wetlands edging Lake Benson. Residents enjoy spotting wildlife from their back decks.
True to its name, The Point extends out into the main body of Lake Benson, ensuring the most spectacular water views. Luxury homes line the shore, many with private docks and boat lifts.
Lakeshore Village features quaint cottage-style homes clustered around community greens and the clubhouse. The smaller homes appeal to first-time buyers.
Residents of Heron Point enjoy access to fantastic resort-style amenities including:
- Clubhouse with fitness center
- Outdoor pool and kiddie pool
- Lighted tennis courts
- Children's playground
- Miles of walking trails
- Access to fishing and boating on Lake Benson
- Sandy beach with kayak launch
The clubhouse hosts community events and gatherings year-round while the pool and tennis courts see constant use by residents.The walking trails allow residents to fully enjoy the community's prime lakefront location.
Top Nearby Restaurants
Though largely residential, Heron Point sits close to some excellent dining options, including:
Lake Benson Grill - This casual eatery by the lake serves up burgers, wings, nachos and more. Grab a seat on the patio for water views.
Neomonde Bakery - A Garner institution, Neomonde bakes up pita, falafel, hummus and other Mediterranean delights.
Aversboro Coffee - Stop by this trendy coffee shop for nitro cold brews, lattes, and pastries.
Chuck E. Cheese's - Where a kid can be a kid! This spot offers family fun with pizza, games and entertainment.
Marco's Pizza - Conveniently located in Heron Point, this national chain offers quick, tasty pizzas for dining in or takeout.
McDonald's - A longtime favorite for classic burgers, fries and shakes. The play place keeps kids entertained.
Second Empire Restaurant - This elegant restaurant in downtown Raleigh delights with refined Southern cuisine and an extensive wine list.
Angus Barn Steakhouse - A Raleigh legend, Angus Barn serves up enormous steaks along with seafood, salads and sides. Live music nightly.
42nd Street Oyster Bar - Slurp down fresh oysters and seafood dishes at this popular spot near PNC Arena.
A Quick Drive to RDU
Heron Point sits just 12 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making for an easy 15-20 minute drive via I-40. The proximity to RDU makes travel incredibly convenient.
Location and Distances
Centrally located in Garner, Heron Point provides quick access to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill:
- 10 miles to downtown Raleigh
- 15 miles to Durham and Southpoint Mall
- 20 miles to Chapel Hill and UNC Campus
- 12 miles to RDU International Airport
Nearby Healthcare and Education
Top-rated schools and medical facilities close to Heron Point include:
- Garner Magnet High School
- East Garner Middle School
- Timber Drive Elementary
- WakeMed Garner Campus
- Duke Raleigh Hospital
- UNC Rex Hospital in Holly Springs
A Local Perspective
As a Garner area Realtor and Raleigh-Durham Triangle area resident, I highly recommend Heron Point for families or professionals seeking a private, amenity-filled lakefront community.
The neighborhood offers a true retreat feel, with the lake encouraging an active outdoor lifestyle. At the same time, it's conveniently located to major employers.
For dining, I suggest newcomers try the Lake Benson Grill for waterfront views or Neomonde Bakery for a taste of the Mediterranean.
And for a special night out, make the quick drive to Second Empire in downtown Raleigh.
With its natural beauty and easy access to Raleigh, Heron Point offers an ideal blend of tranquility and convenience.
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