February 16, 2024
Centrally located in Garner, North Carolina, the Tara Plantation neighborhood offers residents a spacious, family-friendly community with resort-style amenities.
Developed in the mid-2000s, Tara Plantation has become one of Garner's most popular neighborhoods for growing families seeking comfort, convenience, and an active lifestyle.
A Brief History of Tara Plantation
Tara Plantation sits on land that was once part of the expansive Jones family farm, owned by the Jones family since the late 1800s.
As Garner expanded rapidly in the 1990s and 2000s, the Jones family began selling off parcels of their farmland to developers.
Homebuilder DR Horton purchased a large section of the former Jones farm in the mid-2000s to develop Tara Plantation.
The first homes were built between 2005-2008 in styles ranging from cozy cottages to spacious two-story Colonials. Lots are generous to accommodate the community's many young families.
Notable Neighborhoods in Tara Plantation
Tara Plantation contains several unique neighborhoods, each with its own appeal:
The Commons features quaint cottage-style homes clustered around the community pool and clubhouse. The smaller homes appeal to first-time buyers.
The Villas offers condominiums and townhomes for those seeking a low maintenance, lock-and-leave lifestyle with community amenities.
The Estates features elegant two-story Colonials on spacious lots perfect for growing families. Luxury details like circular driveways and three-car garages add appeal.
Residents of Tara Plantation enjoy access to outstanding amenities including:
- Clubhouse with fitness center
- Jr. Olympic size pool, kiddie pool and splash pad
- Lighted tennis courts
- Playgrounds and soccer fields
- Miles of wooded walking trails
- Community garden plots
The clubhouse hosts events and activities while the pool, courts, and fields cater to families interested in an active lifestyle. The wooded trails allow residents to enjoy nature within the community.
Top Nearby Restaurants
Though largely residential, Tara Plantation sits close to some excellent dining options, including:
The Mason Jar Tavern - This gastropub dishes up creative Southern fare and has an extensive craft beer list.
Village Draft House - With 24 rotating taps, this laidback pub is a favorite neighborhood hangout. The pub grub is tasty too.
Neomonde Bakery - A local favorite for fresh falafel, hummus, pita and Mediterranean baked goods.
Chuck E. Cheese's - Family fun with pizza, games and entertainment.
Marco's Pizza - Part of the national chain, Marco's offers quick tasty pizzas for dining in or takeout.
McDonald's - A classic option for burgers, fries and shakes. The play place entertains kids.
Second Empire Restaurant - This elegant downtown Raleigh restaurant serves refined Southern cuisine and has an extensive wine list.
Angus Barn Steakhouse - A Raleigh legend, Angus Barn is known for enormous steaks, seafood, live music and more.
42nd Street Oyster Bar - Popular local spot near PNC arena for fresh oysters, seafood and a great bar scene.
A Quick Drive to RDU
Tara Plantation sits just 10 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making for an easy 15 minute drive via I-40. The proximity to RDU makes travel incredibly convenient.
Location and Distances
Centrally located in Garner, Tara Plantation provides quick access to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill:
- 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
- 10 miles to RDU International Airport
Nearby Healthcare and Education
Top-rated schools and medical facilities close to Tara Plantation include:
- Garner Magnet High School
- East Garner Middle School
- Timber Drive Elementary School
- WakeMed Garner Campus
- Duke Health 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 Tara Plantation for families seeking an affordable, spacious community.
The neighborhood offers a family-friendly vibe with abundant amenities and activities.
The wooded trails provide opportunities to enjoy nature close to home.
At the same time, major employers, shopping, and dining in Raleigh are just a short drive away.
For dining, I suggest newcomers try 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 family-friendly atmosphere, spacious homes, and convenient location, Tara Plantation offers an ideal place to put down roots.
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