February 19, 2024
Nestled amongst the rolling hills and abundant greenery of southwest Wake County lies the prestigious Sunset Ridge community of Holly Springs, North Carolina.
Established in the 1990s, Sunset Ridge has become one of the most coveted places to live in Holly Springs for its upscale homes and unparalleled amenities.
Location and History
Conveniently located off Sunset Lake Road, Sunset Ridge resides within the 27540 zip code approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Raleigh and a short 5 mile drive to RDU International Airport.
Sunset Ridge was master-planned and developed by Newland Communities starting in the 1990s.
It was designed to attract professionals seeking upscale living and amenities like a private golf and swim club near Raleigh.
Home construction took off in the 90s and 2000s as Holly Springs experienced rapid growth.
Notable Builders and Amenities
Many large homes in Sunset Ridge were built by trusted local builders like Kirkpatrick Homes, Trinity Homes and Holland Homes.
Home styles range from sprawling brick Colonials and Mediterranean villas to lavish Southern ranch estates with golf course views.
At the heart of the community lies the Sunset Ridge Country Club with an 18-hole championship golf course, swim complex, tennis courts and clubhouse.
Residents can enjoy golf, dining, events and more through the country club.
Walking trails wind through the community, which also contains several picturesque lakes. The beautiful natural setting provides a serene backdrop for the upscale homes.
Neighborhoods and Lifestyle
Sunset Ridge contains several subdivisions like Sunset Lake, Sunset Pointe and Sunset Bluff. Home prices currently range from $600K to over $1M, attracting affluent professionals and families.
Residents describe the lifestyle as upscale, private and socially-oriented around the country club. Golf, tennis, boating and swimming are popular activities.
The country club events and dining provide plenty of opportunities for residents to socialize and mingle.
Local Dining and Attractions
Favorite restaurants and watering holes inside Sunset Ridge include:
- Southern Fire Restaurant: This contemporary restaurant at the clubhouse serves creative Southern cuisine and Sunday brunch.
- Thirsty Beaver Pub: Stop by this casual English-style pub for drinks and pub fare after a round of golf.
- Oaks Café: Located in the clubhouse, the Oaks Café offers quick breakfast and lunch bites.
Outside the community, residents enjoy heading to downtown Holly Springs for local restaurants and events.
For more extensive shopping and dining options, Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills and North Raleigh are just 15-20 minutes away.
Location and Accessibility
Sunset Ridge lies approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Raleigh, providing easy access to the city while feeling private. From the neighborhood, the drive is:
- 12 miles and 20 minutes to downtown Chapel Hill
- 18 miles and 25 minutes to downtown Durham
- 15 miles and 25 minutes to Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall
- 5 miles and 10 minutes to RDU International Airport
This prime location appeals to professionals needing to commute or travel frequently. The neighborhood is also just 2 miles from Highway 55 and 5 miles from Interstate 40 for quick surrounding city access.
Nearby Healthcare and Education
Families moving to Sunset Ridge appreciate its proximity to exceptional medical care and schools. Nearby facilities include:
- Rex Hospital Holly Springs - 5 miles
- Duke Health Holly Springs - 4 miles
- WakeMed Cary Hospital - 8 miles
Top-rated schools in the Holly Springs district include Holly Grove Elementary, Holly Ridge Middle and Holly Springs High School.
Real Estate Agent Perspective
As a Holly Springs area Realtor and Raleigh-Durham Triangle area resident, I highly recommend Sunset Ridge for buyers seeking an upscale country club lifestyle without sacrificing convenience.
The neighborhood offers privacy and exclusivity with resort-like amenities. Between the renowned golf, club events and activities, Sunset Ridge provides a built-in social community.
With its perfectly manicured homes, family amenities and location, it's easy to see why Sunset Ridge remains one of Holly Springs' most elite communities.
I'd be delighted to schedule a tour so you can experience this one-of-a-kind neighborhood firsthand!
Listings in Sunset Ridge
**NOTE: If you're not seeing any listings, then currently there are no available homes in this community.**
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