February 16, 2024

Tim Clarke

Uncover the charm of Radcliffe in Raleigh, NC - an inviting community with beautiful homes, rich amenities, and a plethora of dining choices.

Nestled just north of Raleigh off Leesville Road, Radcliffe is a charming suburban community developed beginning in the early 2000s.

The area was originally wooded hills before being purchased for an upscale residential neighborhood by Curtis Properties. They sought to create an enclave of spacious homes with scenic views.

The first homes built were primarily large brick Georgian, Colonial, and European-inspired designs on acre+ lots tucked back into the pine and hardwood forests.

Home sizes range from 4,000 to over 6,000 square feet on 1-3 acre parcels. An active homeowner's association maintains standards.

Today, Radcliffe contains around 80 homes showcasing upscale architecture.

Towering oaks line the streets, complementing the rolling topography. The lush landscape gives Radcliffe a private, welcoming feel minutes from major Raleigh thoroughfares.

Notable Sections and Features

Some of Radcliffe's most notable areas include:

Winstead Drive - Lined with elegant brick Georgian and Colonial homes ranging up to 6,000 square feet on wooded 1-2 acre lots.

Kensington Manor - Flanked by European-inspired estates, Kensington Manor homes range from 4,500 to 5,500 square feet on similarly sized private lots.

The Overlook - This exclusive cul-de-sac offers premium views for Radcliffe's largest custom homes and estate lots.

In addition to upscale residences, the neighborhood landscape consists of mature oaks, pines, and views along the rolling topography. Neighborhood amenities include a pool, clubhouse, and walking trails.

Nearby Shopping and Dining

Though largely residential, Radcliffe provides easy access to shopping and dining options in surrounding areas like Falls of Neuse and Wake Forest, including:

Vivace - For fine Italian cuisine, Vivace offers homemade pastas, veal chops, seafood, and more in a contemporary setting with an extensive wine list.

Second Empire Restaurant - This AAA four-diamond restaurant in a Victorian mansion excels at refined entrees like duck, rack of lamb, and seafood.

Bloomsbury Bistro - This contemporary American bistro crafts seasonal dishes like seared scallops, braised short ribs, and duck confit. Excellent cocktail menu.

Whole Foods Market - This upscale grocer provides organic produce, meat, dairy, and products. The prepared food section is excellent.

Shelley Lake - This scenic reservoir offers walking trails, fishing, community events, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Accessibility and Location

Despite its secluded ambiance, Radcliffe provides relatively easy access to major Raleigh destinations. It sits just north of the I-540 beltline, allowing a quick 15-20 minute drive to downtown Raleigh's urban amenities. For commuting, Research Triangle Park can be reached in under 15 minutes by car. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is approximately a 25 minute drive away.

Real Estate Agent's Perspective

As an experienced agent in the area, I've seen Radcliffe become one of Raleigh's premier neighborhoods for luxury living. For discerning homebuyers who value privacy, upscale finishes, and a scenic setting, yet want convenience, it's an excellent choice. The neighborhood's natural beauty coupled with amenities and location make Radcliffe ideal for those seeking the very best Raleigh offers. Contact me today to begin your home search!

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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