St Ives

February 16, 2024

Tim Clarke

St. Ives is a premier golf course community offering luxury homes and scenic fairways. Live the resort lifestyle close to the natural beauty of Falls Lake.

Nestled just north of Raleigh lies the charming town of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Known for its small-town feel yet close proximity to big city amenities, Wake Forest offers residents the best of both worlds.

One neighborhood that exemplifies the appeal of Wake Forest is St. Ives.

Brief History of St. Ives

St. Ives is a master-planned community that began development in 2004 by national homebuilder D.R. Horton. Located near Heritage High School, this neighborhood sits on over 100 acres in western Wake Forest.

The community was designed to feature competitively priced, spacious homes with luxury details.

Construction was primarily handled by D.R. Horton, known for quality craftsmanship and diverse architectural styles. The last homes were completed around 2012, resulting in a well-established neighborhood today.

Real Estate Overview

According to Compass, there are currently 40 homes for sale in St. Ives ranging in price from $652,000 to $1.1 million.

Home styles include spacious single-family residences on 0.5-1 acre lots. This provides options across price points for buyers seeking large homes in an established community.

Notable Neighborhoods and Features

St. Ives contains over 300 single-family homes ranging from 3,400 to 6,000 square feet. The average home size is around 4,500 square feet, with 4-5 bedrooms and 3-4 bathrooms.

Home designs include craftsman, traditional, and modern styles with upgrades like granite counters, hardwood floors, and custom cabinetry.

For recreation, St. Ives is conveniently located near Heritage High School's fields, tracks, and tennis courts. The neighborhood itself has community green spaces and picturesque ponds.

Homeowner association fees range from 0 to 525 depending on amenities.


  • Joseph Grantham Custom Homes
  • HJ Morris Construction, Inc.
  • Landon Custom Building
  • John L Hayes Building, INC
  • David Williams
  • Clear Stream Builders
  • Royall Custom Homes LLC
  • Mangrum Builders

Highly-Rated Schools

Families living in St. Ives are zoned to the highly-ranked Wake County Public Schools. Nearby schools include Heritage Elementary ranked 9/10, Heritage Middle ranked 8/10, and Heritage High ranked 9/10 by

In addition to the public schools, charter schools like Wake Forest Charter Academy and private schools like Thales Academy are located just minutes away in Wake Forest.

Convenience and Lifestyle

St. Ives offers easy access to major highways like US-1, allowing for a quick 15 minute drive into downtown Raleigh. For recreation, Falls Lake State Park is less than 15 minutes away.

The neighborhood is also conveniently located near shopping centers like Heritage Crossing and Wake Forest Crossing.

Inside St. Ives, the community atmosphere and family-friendly amenities make it ideal for raising children. At the same time, the spacious homes and proximity to area conveniences appeal to professionals and empty nesters.

Real Estate Agent Perspective

As a real estate agent who works in Wake Forest, I highly recommend St. Ives for homebuyers seeking spacious residences in an established neighborhood.

St. Ives offers quality craftsmanship from reputable builder D.R. Horton, with homes competitively priced compared to their size.

The neighborhood provides a serene, community setting while still being close to area conveniences. Homes currently on the market offer options across price points for buyers.

With its location, amenities, and home quality, St. Ives is a wonderful enclave in Wake Forest.

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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