Southills

February 16, 2024

Tim Clarke

Discover Southills, a family-friendly neighborhood in Garner, NC featuring spacious homes, community amenities like a pool & clubhouse
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Nestled amongst towering pines in southwest Garner, the Southills neighborhood offers residents a private, wooded community just minutes from bustling downtown.

Developed in the late 1990s, South Hills has become a hidden gem attracting nature lovers seeking spacious homesites, scenic views, and a true retreat feel.

A Brief History of Southills

Southills was built on land that was originally part of the expansive Southills Dairy Farm, owned by the Matthews family starting in the early 1900s.

As Garner grew rapidly in the 1980s and 90s, the Matthews family began selling off parcels of the farm to developers.

Homebuilder D.R. Horton purchased a large section of wooded land to develop the Southills community in the late 1990s.

The first homes were constructed between 1998-2006 and ranged from cozy cottages to sprawling two-story Colonials.

Lots are large, many over an acre, providing homeowners with privacy and seclusion.

Notable Neighborhoods in Southfills

Southills contains several unique neighborhoods, each with its own appeal:

The Overlook

Perched on higher ground, The Overlook offers some of the best views in Southills. Homes look out over scenic forested areas.

The Homestead

The Homestead makes up the historic heart of the community with quaint cottage homes on smaller lots clustered around the clubhouse.

The Estates

The Estates offers ultimate seclusion with large lots and homes nestled deep in the woods. Wildlife sightings are common.

Natural Beauty Abounds

Residents of Southills enjoy access to nature right outside their doors with amenities including:

  • Miles of wooded walking trails
  • Direct access to the Neuse River Trail
  • Scenic pond with gazebo
  • Abundant wildlife including deer, foxes, and over 200 species of birds

Outdoor enthusiasts take advantage of the walking trails to hike, run, or bike, while the pond and gazebo offer a perfect spot for fishing, picnicking, or simply relaxing.

Top Nearby Restaurants

Though largely residential, Southills sits close to some excellent dining options, including:

Local Favorites

The Mason Jar Tavern - This gastropub dishes up creative takes on Southern classics like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. Extensive craft beer list.

Village Draft House - With 24 rotating taps of regional and national craft brews, this laidback pub is a favorite neighborhood gathering spot. Pub grub is tasty too.

Neomonde Bakery - Stop by this local bakery and cafe for fresh-baked pita, hummus, falafel and more Mediterranean fare. The cinnamon rolls are a must-try.

Family Dining

Chuck E. Cheese's - Where a kid can be a kid! This chain offers family fun with pizza, games and entertainment.

Marco's Pizza - Conveniently located right in Southills, 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.

Upscale Dining

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 local spot near the PNC Arena.

A Quick Drive to RDU

Southills sits just 15 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making for an easy 20-25 minute drive via I-40. The proximity to RDU makes travel incredibly convenient.

Location and Distances

Tucked away in southwest Garner, Southills still provides quick highway access to Raleigh and the Triangle region:

  • 10 miles to downtown Raleigh
  • 15 miles to North Hills shopping and dining
  • 20 miles to Durham and Southpoint Mall
  • 25 miles to Chapel Hill and UNC Campus
  • 15 miles to RDU International Airport

Nearby Healthcare and Education

Top-rated schools and medical facilities close to Southills include:

  • Garner Magnet High School
  • East Garner Middle School
  • Timber Drive Elementary
  • WakeMed Garner Campus
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital
  • UNC Rex Healthcare in Holly Springs

A Local Perspective

As a Garner area Realtor and Raleigh-Durham Triangle area resident, I highly recommend Southills for families or professionals seeking a private, wooded retreat feel while still enjoying suburban conveniences.

The neighborhood offers a true escape from city life, with nature trails and abundant wildlife.

At the same time, major employers, shopping, and dining in Raleigh are just minutes away.

For dining, I suggest newcomers try the Neomonde Bakery for a taste of the Mediterranean right in Garner.

And for a special night out, make the quick drive to Second Empire in downtown Raleigh.

With its secluded setting yet convenient location, Southills offers the best of both worlds.

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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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