What are the Best Neighborhoods in Cary, NC?

Posted by Ryan Fitzgerald on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 6:10pm.

The Top Neighborhoods in Cary, NC - What are They?


Are you wondering what the top neighborhoods in Cary, North Carolina are? Whether you're searching for a family, as a young professional, a retiree, there are many great subdivisions in Cary for everyone and anyone!

Here is a jump-to list of the best neighborhoods in Cary, NC (or scroll down):

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So what is it about Cary, North Carolina that has so many people moving to the area? Aside from the long list of accolades and awards Cary has won over the last few years, the people, the affordability of homes, weather, and communities are all a part of what makes the city so great!

History of Cary

As the seventh largest municipality in North Carolina, Cary is located in both Wake and Chatham Counties. Cary is the second largest municipality in Wake County, following Raleigh with a population of over 150,000 (a 43% increase since 2000), and the second largest town in the United States.

The triangle area is made up of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill even though Cary is the third largest municipality in the Triangle. With local universities such as NC State University, UNC, and Duke University, the triangle area is known for it's incredible education.

Cary is located to the west of Raleigh, south of Morrisville, and north of Apex and Holly Springs. The city is just east of Jordan Lake and southeast of Durham.

Consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States, Cary has a crime rate of just 84 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. This is why Cary is constantly ranked as a top 10 safest city in the United States.

So without further ado, what are the best neighborhoods in Cary, NC?.... 

The top Neighborhoods in Cary, NC for Families, Young Professionals, Retirees

In alphabetical order here are some awesome subdivisions in the city of Cary:


If you're moving to the Triangle area, one of the great neighborhoods of Cary, North Carolina that you must check out is the Amberly subdivision. During the late 1900s, with Cary's explosive growth, came opportunity. In 1995 Amberly was zoned, and the master plan was set. Amberly was set to be converted from 16 acres of farm land to what it has become today, 1100 acres with the potential to fit over 5000 residential properties.

 It wasn't until the mid 2000s that the neighborhood of Amberly really started to develop. While the entire Triangle economy was stalling so was Amberly, it looked as though the development would be put off for awhile. Once the economy began to turn, new money came to the area, and the development was back under way. There are now 2500 residential homes in Amberly with plans to continue the development.

There are a number of neighborhoods within the Amberly Subdivision including:


Carpenter Village Homes and Swimming Pool in Cary, NC

Carpenter is a small community in Cary, NC and located in western Wake County, North Carolina. The community is named after William Carpenter who was the first settler in the area in 1865. Carpenter was also a stop on the former Durham and Southern Railway.

The unincorporated community is located on the intersection of Carpenter-Upchurch road and Morrisville-Carpenter road just east of NC Highway 55.

Carpenter is a small 16 acre community with homes in the neighborhood ranging from the low 100s to just around one million.

Cary Park

The Cary Park neighborhood is one of the top communities in Cary, NC.

Cary Park Homes for Sale and Best Neighborhood subdivision in Cary, North Carolina

West Cary is growing fast, and of the fastest growing areas in Wake County. Cary Park is a large reason for this growth. The community is made up of families, couples, and individuals in single family homes, townhomes, and condos.

The focal point of Cary Park is the 28-acre lake with two miles paved trails surround the water. The trail allows walkers, bikers, and joggers, as well as dogs to experience a great route to exercise. Additionally, the neighborhood also has volleyball courts, playgrounds, playing fields, with a big-screen TV and pool table featured in the clubhouse. You can learn more about the pool at Cary Park here.

The amenities in Cary Park is part of the reason the location is so desirable. Less than a mile away is Cary Park Town Center which includes a grocery store, CVS pharmacy, medical service providers, dry cleaners, dining options and Dunkin Donuts (for us coffee drinkers).

The homes for sale in Cary Park range from the high 100s to nearly a million dollars. Real estate in Cary, NC has been exploding with growth lately and with top communities like Cary Park it's easy to understand why!


One of the best communities in Cary is without a doubt Lochmere

The neighborhood of Lochmere is one of the best, and most desirable in the town of Cary, with over 2000 homes, 3 lakes, a pool, a great neighborhood, and endless golfing!

If you are thinking of a move to Cary, NC a drive through the Lochmere neighborhood is a must. The lakes, the people, and the sense of community is strong in Lochmere. You'll see a number of people outside walking the trails with their dogs on a nice day, kids playing, and people fishing the lake!

Waverly place is just down the road and is home to Whole Foods, Cinebistro, as well as some top Cary dining, and great local bars. You can learn more about the shops, and amenities in Waverly Place by visiting the web directory here.

A number of my friends grew up in the Lochmere neighborhood and absolutely love it!

MacGregor Downs

MacGregor Downs is another great neighborhood in Cary, for many of the same reasons as Preston and Lochmere. The community has magnificent homes, a great golf course, and terrific local amenities that give it a desirability factor among the best subdivisions in Cary!

MacGregor is one of my personal favorites because the neighborhood offers great access to route 1, Waverly Place, as well as green trails and nature walks that encompass the nearby lakes (both MacGregor Downs Lake, and Apex Lake).


Preston, Cary NC Neighborhood, Homes, Real Estate InformationPreston is probably the most desirable neighborhood in Cary, NC. Preston's central location, community, schools, amenities, have given it the status as one of the top, if not the best neighborhood in Cary. Here you can find more information on the Preston HOA. It is a golfers dream community, with 54 holes on one of the best courses in Wake County. Prestonwood County Club offers more than just golf as well, it offers a dining club, a pool, and other community amenities and events.

The neighborhood of Preston is owned by SAS when the company bought the development in 1991 and helped develop it into what it is today. The Preston Development group is actually working on several other projects around the Triangle/Wake County area, including Chatham Park.

Homes for sale in Preston are priced between the low-mid 300s to well over a million dollars.


Regency is one of the newer developments in Cary, and among the best neighborhoods. The Regency website does an excellent job of educating and informing it's residents as the community continues to build and develop. The location is a great one, with easy access to route 1, Waverly Place, Lifetime Fitness, great restaurants and golf courses nearby. It's also a short drive to the Koko Booth Amphitheatre.

The homes for sale in Regency Park are anywhere from the low 400s to 1.5 million plus. The neighborhood is considered a luxury neighborhood in Cary.

Final Thoughts on the Neighborhoods in Cary, NC

After interviewing a number of clients and unbiased Cary residents we have put together some of the pros and cons about living in the town of Cary!

What do you love about Cary, NC?

  • Location
  • Affordability
  • Schools
  • Amenities
  • Greenway Walks

What would you change about Cary, NC?

  • Capped schools
  • Not completed
  • Walkability is not great
  • Parts are in Chatham County School District
  • Small yards

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