February 16, 2024
As a Raleigh resident for over 10 years and licensed real estate agent in North Carolina for 17+, I've helped hundreds of clients find their perfect home in the Triangle area.
One neighborhood that often exceeds expectations is Laurel Hills, located across from Crabtree Valley Mall in west Raleigh.
With its abundant natural beauty, strong sense of community and convenient location, Laurel Hills offers a high quality of life.
As founder of the top-rated Tim M. Clarke Team, I'm excited to share my insider's perspective on everything this charming neighborhood has to offer.
History and Origins of Laurel Hills
Nestled along the banks of Crabtree Creek, Laurel Hills was first developed in the 1950s by J.Y. Phelps Sr.
He built two ponds in the area for family recreation, both of which remain cherished landmarks.
The neighborhood was aptly named for the mountain laurel flowers that bloom each spring.
Phelps was inspired by the native plants and unusual microclimate to give streets names like Galax Drive, Arbutus Drive and Laurel Ridge Road.
Originally outside Raleigh's city limits, Laurel Hills was not incorporated until 1991. Home sites average 1-2 wooded acres, maintaining a peaceful, rural feel despite proximity to the city.
Location and Accessibility
Centrally located just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Laurel Hills provides easy access to major highways including I-40, I-440 and US-1.
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is a quick 19 mile drive down I-40, making travel and airport runs fast and convenient.
Popular destinations like North Hills, Crabtree Valley Mall, Umstead State Park and the PNC Arena are all within a 10-15 minute drive.
For commuters, Laurel Hills is conveniently situated near major employers such as SAS, Red Hat, NC State University and Rex Hospital.
Diverse Housing Options
Originally developed with mostly mid-century ranch homes, Laurel Hills now offers a diverse range of housing.
Alongside the classic ranch style, you'll find custom-built modern homes, cozy cottages and stately brick residences.
Home prices currently range from 300,000 to over 1 million, with custom new construction options.
Inventory is moderate, with 25-50 homes for sale at any given time.
Competition varies but is generally strong for updated properties under 600k.
As Raleigh's popularity grows, the west Raleigh area is projected to see steady home price appreciation around 5% annually.
Several new construction projects are also underway, expanding options for buyers.
Abundant Parks and Recreation
Outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home in Laurel Hills!
The neighborhood offers direct access to the Crabtree Creek Greenway, perfect for walking, jogging or biking.
Nearby Laurel Hills Park has lighted tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, playgrounds, and a picnic shelter available to rent.
And the William B. Umstead State Park is just a quick drive away.
Families are drawn to Laurel Hills for its A-rated public schools. Nearby Raleigh Charter High School is rated North Carolina's #1 charter school.
Exceptional options for private schooling include Ravenscroft School, St. David's School, Trinity Academy and many more.
With a range of high-performing schools, Laurel Hills is ideal for raising a family.
Fantastic Dining and Shopping
Foodies will be delighted by the restaurants and shops just minutes from Laurel Hills.
For retail therapy, visit Crabtree Valley Mall, which offers over 200 stores and restaurants.
Top dining picks around the mall include The Cheesecake Factory, Perry's Steakhouse and J. Alexander's for American cuisine, P.F. Chang's for Asian fusion, and Brio Tuscan Grille for Italian fare.
For a quick bite, Five Guys and Chick-fil-A are popular fast food options.
With a diverse range of dining options, you'll never get bored with the local food scene.
Safety and Emergency Services
According to NeighborhoodScout, Laurel Hills ranks safer than 85% of North Carolina neighborhoods.
The community is served by Raleigh Police Department and has quick access to top hospitals including Rex, WakeMed, Duke Raleigh, and UNC Raleigh.
With low crime rates and nearby emergency care, Laurel Hills provides peace of mind for homeowners.
Vibrant Community Connection
Laurel Hills has an active social calendar including neighborhood events, garden club meetings and homeowners association initiatives.
The community maintains a directory to connect residents and foster friendship.
New owners can expect a warm welcome from engaged, longtime residents who epitomize southern hospitality.
Laurel Hills offers a strong sense of belonging.
My Insider's Perspective for New Residents
As a 17 year experienced real estate agent and 30 year Triangle resident, I highly recommend Laurel Hills for homebuyers seeking beauty, convenience and community.
The natural surroundings create a relaxing retreat, while proximity to Raleigh offers urban amenities.
Outstanding schools, parks, dining and shopping satisfy every lifestyle.
For the smoothest transition, consult a local real estate agent to guide you through the buying process.
Expect competition for updated homes under $600k.Consider new construction or homes needing renovations to maximize value.
Join community events and groups to connect with friendly neighbors.
The Laurel Hills Garden Club and Homeowners Association provide great opportunities to get involved.
Laurel Hills offers an unbeatable blend of natural serenity and modern convenience.
Here you can enjoy the best of Raleigh living in a welcoming neighborhood.
Contact us today to begin your journey in this one-of-a-kind community!
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