Cary, Apex and the Suburbs


Welcome to Cary, Apex, and the Suburbs

Beautiful, pristine and manicured, these friendly suburban oases are perfect for families.
Repeatedly ranked among the top regions in the country to live or work, Cary and Apex are thriving communities in their own right in the heart of North Carolina’s Triangle area. 
Located just 20 minutes from major universities like Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina, this area is filled with tree-lined streets and well-groomed office parks.
Featuring walkable historic downtown districts, these Norman Rockwell-esque towns are filled with independent shops and eateries. Cary, whose population has boomed from 95,000 in 2000 to 170,000 in 2020, boasts an extensive greenway system and impressive cultural, recreational, and adult education programming. Apex, whose slogan is “the Peak of Good Living,” was voted the best place to live in America by Time/Money Magazine.
Small-town charm defines the surrounding suburbs of Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Zebulon, Wendell, and Knightdale, and these Wake County towns are best known for their quiet seclusion.

What to Love

  • Located just 10-30 minutes from many major universities
  • Walkable historic downtown districts
  • Independent shops and eateries

People & Lifestyle

Families gravitate to these areas for their convivial and kid-friendly atmospheres, but retirees also favor Cary and Apex for their manageability. Life here is quiet and picturesque. Residents enjoy the area’s beautiful scenery via a multitude of recreational activities.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

In Cary, you’ll find the Umstead Hotel and Spa and Herons Restaurant, both Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond-rated establishments.
Cary residents also favor La Farm Bakery, a modern-day boulangerie, Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar, Enrigo Italian Bistro, and Ashworth Drugs, which features an old-fashioned soda fountain. Lucky 32 is a farm-to-table Southern kitchen. Bosphorous specializes in Turkish and Mediterranean food.
Apex’s most notable eateries include Daniel’s, known for its hearty Italian menu, and The Provincial, a bi-level hub offering farm-to-fork plates and craft beer on tap.

Things to Do

Koka Booth Amphitheatre, the official summer home of the North Carolina Symphony, plays host regularly to concerts, outdoor movies, events, and festivals. There are plenty of opportunities for golf at the Prestonwood Country Club and several other esteemed courses.
Cary is also headquarters to the SAS Institute, the largest privately held software development company in the world and a perennial “best place to work” in the country.
This area is also home to two professional soccer teams, North Carolina FC and North Carolina Courage, both of which play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.


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