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Want that small town feeling but want access to big city resources? Wake Forest, NC is a hidden gem just outside of Raleigh. With a highly-educated population that takes pride in their community, Wake Forest is home to 40,000 individuals. Wake Forest is located in Wake County which is known for its excellent public and private schools. Wake County’s public school system offers families traditional and magnet schools with both regular and year-round schedules. Wake Forest High School celebrated two state football titles in back-to-back State Championships. Wake Forest has been ranked one of North Carolina’s safest cities. Downtown Wake Forest is both charming and historic with buildings that date back to the nineteenth and early twentieth century. This area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Wake Forest is the birthplace of Wake Forest College now known as Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Many of the homes in historic Wake Forest were built by professors and staff at Wake Forest College. The school is now the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with student enrollment at 3,500. Wake Forest offers over 560 acres of parks, greenways, and facilities. The town offers a variety of affordable youth and adult athletic programs. The Dream League is a baseball program for special-needs children in the area. The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is located downtown and is host to classes, concerts, exhibitions, and other community events. The town comes together throughout the year to celebrate many special events including: Good Neighbor Day, Mardi Gras, Art after Hours, Sunday Concert Series, Herb Fest, Meet in the Street, 4th of July, Beach Night on White (street), Wake Forest Unplugged, Food Truck Rodeos, Lighting of Wake Forest, and the Christmas Parade. A Farmers’ Market is open year-round on Saturday mornings where local farmers and residents sell crafts, fresh baked goods, and fruits and vegetables. The Sutherland is an 18th century estate located in Wake Forest that is a popular wedding and wedding reception venue. The Cotton Company Event Gallery offers a smaller venue in downtown. The famous Stone Chapel is available for weddings. The Factory (www.eatshopplay.com) is an old factory redesigned to offer residents a place to eat, shop, and play in one building. The Factory houses unique shops, restaurants, and sporting activities including an ice rink, skate park, go-carts, martial arts and dance classes. Just park and walk Main Street Wake Forest and enjoy quaint shops and restaurants including White Street Brewing, the Cotton Company, the Sugar Magnolia Cafe and Emporium, Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs (established in 1916)and many other antique, specialty, and clothing stores. The Wake Forest Woman’s Club is very active and supports many community projects including the Historic Home Tour held by candlelight during the Christmas season. Four golf courses are located in the town including Wakefield, Hasentree, Heritage, and Paschal. Whether you are looking for a brand new build or an historic home, there is something for everyone in this family-oriented, citizen-driven town.