Planters Walk

February 16, 2024

Tim Clarke

Planters Walk is a beautiful community just 15 minutes northeast of Raleigh. It's in a convenient location close to top restaurants, healthcare and schools
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Nestled just 15 minutes northeast of Raleigh lies the beautiful 360-acre wooded community of Planters Walk in the historic town of Knightdale.

With over 700 homes ranging in price from the low 100s to the mid-200s, Planters Walk offers residents a variety of amenities, convenience, and affordability.

A Brief History of Planters Walk

The land where Planters Walk sits today was once several plantations dating back to the early 1700s when the Hinton family first settled the area after an official decree by the King of England.

Six well-known plantations followed - Clay Hill, Oaks, Silent Retreat, The River, Midway, and Beaverdam.

Now, centuries later, their history lives on in the street names and sections of the Planters Walk neighborhood.

The development of the community was the lifelong dream of Lester C. O’Neal, founder and chairman of Raleigh’s O’Neal Builders and Developers.

With fond memories of his childhood growing up in the country, O’Neal fell in love with the 360-acre site and set out to create a community reminiscent of his upbringing.

Neighborhoods Within Planters Walk

With over 700 homes across its sprawling 360 acres, Planters Walk contains several smaller neighborhoods within its borders.

Some of the first neighborhoods built include Applegate at Planters Walk, Woodberry at Planters Walk, and Oaks at Planters Walk.

Homes are designed in a classic Williamsburg style with brick exteriors and traditional color palettes. Over the years as the community expanded, new sections were added to appeal to different buyers.

You’ll find a mix of home styles and sizes, from cozy starter homes to spacious family abodes.

Mature trees and wooded backyards feature prominently throughout the community, and many homes boast desirable features like vaulted ceilings and generous master suites.

Amenities for Residents

Planters Walk is renowned for its walking trails, sidewalks, and convenience to Raleigh. The active homeowners association maintains amenities like a pool, clubhouse, and playgrounds.

Residents frequently gather at the clubhouse for committee meetings, social events, and private parties. Each summer, kids can join the Planters Walk Piranhas swim team for some friendly competition.

Top Restaurants Nearby

The historic downtown Knightdale area offers some fantastic dining options just minutes from Planters Walk. Here are some top picks for local flavors:


  • Lemongrass Vietnamese Bistro - Authentic Vietnamese specialties like pho, banh mi, and rice plates in a casual setting. Don't skip the spring rolls! 
  • Thai Sawatdee - Serving up Thai favorites like pad thai, curries, and noodle dishes. A great option for takeout.
  • Eastern Pearl - Large menu of classic Chinese dishes. Known for delicious lunch specials.


  • Town Hall Burger Company - Gourmet burgers and boozy milkshakes. The mac and cheese burger is a local legend.
  • Village Draft House - Laidback gastropub dishing up wings, pizzas, and 20+ beers on tap.
  • The Scullery - Cozy cafe open for breakfast and lunch. Try the stuffed French toast!


  • Dos Taquitos Xoco - Authentic Mexican street tacos, quesadillas, tortas and more. Fresh, fast, and flavorful.
  • Mi Cabana - Tex-Mex joint serving up fajitas, enchiladas, margaritas and more. Great happy hour specials 
  • Taqueria El Toro - No-frills taco shop with fantastic al pastor and lengua tacos for cheap.

Location and Accessibility

Centrally located between Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, Planters Walk provides excellent convenience to the Triangle.

From the community, it's just a 20-minute drive to downtown Raleigh, 30 minutes to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and about 15 minutes to Research Triangle Park.

All major highways including I-40 are within minutes. For education, nearby Meredith College, Wake Tech's RTP campus, and St. David's School are just a short drive away.

Healthcare facilities like Duke Raleigh Hospital, Rex Hospital, and WakeMed Cary Hospital are all within 20 minutes of the neighborhood.

Why Choose Planters Walk?

As Tim M. Clarke, a local real estate professional and Knightdale resident notes, Planters Walk offers the perfect blend of community, convenience, and affordability.

For growing families or professionals commuting to Raleigh, it provides easy access to the city without the high price tag.

The neighborhood amenities create a true sense of community, from the walking trails to the active HOA and swim team.

The proximity to major highways and area attractions is a huge perk. In short, Planters Walk lets residents enjoy the very best of Knightdale living!

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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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