The town has seen incredible growth in the past twenty years.

Welcome to Apex

A growing suburb ranked the best place to live by Money Magazine.
Apex, North Carolina, is a mid-sized city just over 15 miles southeast of Raleigh. The town has seen incredible growth in the past twenty years, jumping from a population of only 5,000 in the 1990s to its current resident count of more than 73,000. Homes for sale in Apex are thus continuing to grow in value, appreciating consistently from year to year. Apex homes come in all shapes and architectural styles, from cozy two-story Colonials with shady front porches to stately Federal mansions and modern traditional homes.
Apex was named the best place to live in February 2022 by Money Magazine and has also earned top accolades as one of the happiest suburbs and a great town for families. But individuals in every stage of life can feel at home in Apex, with a good selection of hiking trails, golf courses, special events, and, of course, access to all of the additional amenities Raleigh offers.

What to Love

  • A beautiful downtown square
  • Two local golf courses and over 10 hiking trails
  • Charming holiday celebrations
  • Historic train station

Local Lifestyle

Locals love Apex for its walkability and historic feel. The cute downtown square brings folks together for seasonal festivals, shopping, and dining, while the nearby trails get them out to enjoy the seasons. Residents enjoy the beautiful real estate and downtown square full of amenities and charm.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

City Barbecue is hard to beat for the perfect plate of Southern comfort favorites. Located a few minutes away in Cary, City Barbecue is a counter-serve spot with a laid-back atmosphere and classic homestyle meats and sides. Daniel’s Italian is a peaceful spot with hearty portions, perfect for a special night out. Meanwhile, The Peak on Salem serves traditional American fare. For an upscale evening out, the Chef’s Palette, an American eatery, is just up the road in Cary. 
For an intimate live theater experience, there’s the Halle Cultural Arts Center, a historic building with three art galleries and a 150-seat theater. The center puts on ballets, jazz performances, and movies throughout the year. The closest alternatives for live theater are in neighboring Cary. There’s the fantastic outdoor Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Regency Park and the smaller Sertoma Amphitheatre in Fred G. Bond Metro Park, a venue primarily used for live music. Apex has several bars and taverns that host regular live music performances, including the Abbey Road Tavern and Rudy’s Pub and Grill
When it comes to shopping, the Beaver Creek Crossings is one of the main shopping centers in town, with nearly 35 shops, services, and restaurants to visit. Or, the downtown square is also home to a handful of boutiques and retailers for locals to browse.

Things to Do

Apex has several festivals throughout the year, like the Peak City Pig Fest, which hosts a barbecue competition, eating contests, live music, and a beer garden. The Olde Fashioned Fourth of July celebration is an all-day event complete with the Parade of Wheels and a nighttime fireworks display. There’s also the annual Christmas Parade, a yearly tree and wreath auction, and a holiday tour of lights to ring in the festivities.

Golfers can spend an afternoon out at the Knights Play Golf Center. Or, anyone in Apex can use the surrounding trails, from the walking and running path along the Beaver Creek Greenway to the American Tobacco Trail and the Holly Springs Greenway Trail. Apex Community Park is another great outdoor space with winding trails, tennis courts, beach volleyball, and an obstacle course.


The Wake County Public School System serves Apex, North Carolina. Some excellent schools in the area include:

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