February 16, 2024
Nestled amongst towering pines in eastern Garner, the Woodbrook Estates neighborhood offers residents a private, wooded community just minutes from bustling downtown.
Developed in the mid-1980s, Woodbrook Estates has become a hidden gem attracting nature lovers seeking spacious homesites, scenic views, and a true retreat feel.
A Brief History of Woodbrook Estates
Woodbrook Estates was built on land that was originally part of the expansive Matthews family farm, owned by the Matthews since the early 1900s.
As Garner grew rapidly in the 1980s, the Matthews began selling off parcels of their wooded farmland to developers.
Homebuilder Ryan Homes purchased a large section of the heavily wooded land to develop Woodbrook Estates in 1985.The first homes were constructed between 1985-1990 and ranged from cozy cottages to two-story Colonials. Lots are large, many over half an acre, providing homeowners with privacy and seclusion.
Notable Neighborhoods in Woodbrook Estates
Woodbrook Estates contains several unique neighborhoods, each with its own appeal:
Perched on higher ground, The Overlook offers some of the best views in Woodbrook Estates. Homes look out over scenic forested areas.
The Homestead makes up the historic heart of the community with quaint cottage homes on smaller lots clustered around the clubhouse.
The Manors offers ultimate seclusion with large lots and homes nestled deep in the woods. Wildlife sightings are common.
Natural Beauty Abounds
Residents of Woodbrook Estates 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 relaxing.
Top Nearby Restaurants
Though largely residential, Woodbrook Estates sits close to some excellent dining options, including:
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.
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 Woodbrook Estates, 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.
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
Woodbrook Estates sits just 12 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, making for an easy 15-20 minute drive via I-40. The proximity to RDU makes travel incredibly convenient.
Location and Distances
Tucked away in eastern Garner, Woodbrook Estates still provides quick highway access to Raleigh and the Triangle region:
- 8 miles to downtown Raleigh
- 10 miles to North Hills shopping and dining
- 15 miles to Durham and Southpoint Mall
- 20 miles to Chapel Hill and UNC Campus
- 12 miles to RDU International Airport
Nearby Healthcare and Education
Top-rated schools and medical facilities close to Woodbrook Estates include:
- Garner Magnet High School
- East Garner Middle School
- Timber Drive Elementary
- 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 Woodbrook Estates 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, Woodbrook Estates offers the best of both worlds.
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