Want to live in the happiest town in North Carolina? Look no further: according to online magazine HomeSnacks, the Town of Apex ranks first out of ten! This distinction includes a variety of factors, including employment rates, commute times, cost of living, crime…and even geo-located tweets (#happy).
What was once a sleepy little town in the 1960s has grown into a booming and vibrant community with a current population of 46,000. Apex was developed around a railroad station in 1873 and was one of the first towns to develop around Raleigh. It quickly became an active trading and shopping center. Today, downtown Apex is an official Historical District with more than 60 interesting and quaint buildings and homes, many of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Historic Downtown Apex includes just about everything you need in one central location, including local boutiques, eateries, professional services, health care providers, art galleries, and a spa. From the award-winning Anna’s Pizzeria to the upcoming craft brewery New Hill Brewing Company, it’s a great place to unwind after work or on the weekend. Downtown Apex also offers a farmer’s market each year from April through October, with goods from nearby farms including eggs, fresh fruit, produce, baked goods, and crafts. Apex is also known for its annual Peakfest held each May, which includes live music, artists, kids’ activities, and, of course food! Other fun annual events include the Apex Jazz Music Festival, Apex Latino Arts Festival, the Peak City Pig Fest, and Finally Friday series.
Downtown Apex is also home to The Halle Cultural Arts Center, which includes a 150-seat theater, three art galleries, and a studio classroom. The center provides a variety of classes, family-friendly activities, and live performances.
Parks abound in the town, including dog parks, a disc golf park, and even a skate plaza that mimics actual street skating conditions. Over 11 miles of public greenway are available, with more being planned with future developments. A new park, “Pleasant Park,” is planned on 92 acres near the intersection of I-540 and Old US Highway 1. The town is currently gathering input from citizens, with an eye toward using the park in large part for local team sports.
So if you’re looking for a town with a small-town feel but modern-day convenience, you can’t go wrong when you put down roots in a spot that’s known as the “Peak of Good Living.” Contact Broker Jodi Bakst or Paul Barrett to learn more about Apex: 919.928.5131, [email protected], or [email protected]. Visit them online at www.realestateexperts.net.