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Wake Forest NC

Wake Forest: A Community Rich With History and Amenities

Don’t let its name fool you: you won’t find Wake Forest University in the boundaries of Wake Forest, NC. Although at one time, you could have.

That’s just one of the little unique facts about this Wake County town, which had a population of 35,000 as of 2013.

The History of Wake Forest

This community, which is just north of the capital city of Raleigh, was first officially purchased in 1820 by Dr. Calvin Jones, who was originally from New England.

Ultimately, Jones sold his land to the North Carolina Baptist Convention for $2,000, which opened the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute.

That community later became Wake Forest College and, ultimately, Wake Forest University.
The land remained the home of the university until 1956 when it moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Modern-Day Wake Forest: An Award Winning Town

Today, this 15.2-square-mile community is beloved for the high-quality of life it can offer residents.

In fact, this town was recognized as the 20th fastest growing suburb in America in 2007.

What has so many people moving into town? Perhaps it’s the fact that this community is home to some excellent schools within the Wake County Public School system.

The town is served by 9 schools within the district, which include:

  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Jones Dairy Elementary School
  • Wake Forest Elementary School
  • Richland Creek Elementary School 
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Wake Forest Middle School
  • Heritage High School 
  • Wake Forest High School

Franklin Academy and Wake Forest Charter Academy, public charter schools, as well as private schools like Thales Academy and All Saints, are also located nearby.

Another attraction for Wake Forest is its larger number of parks. This community is not only home to the Falls Lake State Recreation Area but also ten parks and community centers. They include:

  • Plummer Park
  • Joyner Park
  • Tyler Run Park
  • Holding Park and Wake Forest Community House
  • J.B. Flaherty Park
  • Taylor Street Park and Alton Massenburg Center
  • Ailey Young Park
  • H.L. Miller Park
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Smith Creek Soccer Center

Relocate to Wake Forest, NC Today

Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful place to live? Discover more reasons to move to Wake Forest by contacting me, Jen Jones, and my team of Wake Forest real estate experts.

We’d love to take the time to answer your questions and provide you with even more valuable resources about this community.

Sell Your Wake Forest Home With Us

And don’t forget to also contact us if you’re interested in listing your Wake Forest home on the market.

We are more than happy to assist you by first helping you determine the true value of your home.