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Living in Apex - History, Real Estate, and Lifestyle Apex the Peak of Good Living


Located 20 minutes from Downtown Raleigh, Apex has been rated the number one best place to live in North Carolina by CNN/Money Magazine (2013). Apex developed around its railroad station and continued to grow as the technology industry boomed in Research Triangle Park, and is now registered as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The charm of all the historic buildings and houses, local shops and restaurants, community programs, and convenient location near the Research Triangle makes Apex the perfect place to set down roots.

What to Do?

The Provincial


No matter your favorite food, downtown Apex will have a restaurant you’ll love. If you want a warm bowl of pasta, Daniel’s Restaurant and Catering is the spot for you. For local, farm to table fare, The Provincial is the perfect place to check out. If you want a laid back atmosphere, head to Doherty’s Irish Pub for live music and daily specials, or to Salem Street Pub for a delicious burger, local beer, and Midnight Moon Moonshine.


The Rusty Bucket

Although outside of downtown Raleigh, Apex has tons of shopping opportunities along main street. The Rusty Bucket is a great place to look for furnishings for your home. They create custom furniture like tables, and most of their products are a cozy, country style to warm up your home.

Next you can head over to Moon & Lola for nationally acclaimed jewelry. Featured in Cosmopolitan, InStyle, and O Magazine, you’re sure to love these personal pieces.

If you want a more interactive shopping experience, you can buy yarn at Downtown Knits and then take a class to learn how to knit it into a scarf or some socks! They also offer classes for punch needling, sewing, crochet, and more.

For produce shopping, you can visit the Apex Farmers Market. Every Saturday morning, they feature foods from local farmers and are dedicated to encouraging health and wellness in the Apex community.


Apex Community Park.

Apex has lots of outdoor places for fun, including the 23 acre Jaycee Park and 160 acre Apex Community Park. The Jaycee Park is a great place, close to downtown Apex, to bring the family on the weekend. They have ball fields and sheltered picnic areas for the whole day or just an afternoon outside.

If you like to fish or canoe, you can head to the 50 acre lake at Apex Community Park and paddle around for the day. If you prefer to walk through trails, there is a paved walkway around the lake so you can exercise while enjoying the view. The park also offers outdoor grills, a playground, and multiple soccer, volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts. This park is the perfect place to get some fresh air or to bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun.


Latino Arts Festival

Apex’s Halle Cultural Arts Center offers a wide variety of programs and events for all ages. Their youth programs include preschool, sports leagues, dance and drawing lessons, and nature education workshops. There are also similar classes for teens and adults plus additional classes like pilates, yoga, and photography. You can even head over to Bingo Night, participate in the Fishing Derby, or check out the local art exhibits.

Every summer, Apex hosts the annual Latino Arts Festival. They offer free music, an art exhibit, games, dance performances, and signature dishes that are South and Central American staples. This festival is fun for the whole family, and a great opportunity to celebrate Latino culture!

You can also participate in the annual PeakFest, which has been happening for more than 30 years. Considered an arts and crafts festival, there are games, music, food, and varying kinds of artwork like acrylic, ceramic, watercolor, and jewelry. It is a fun event for the family and the entire Apex community.

North Carolina Railway Museum

Further Attractions

During the summer, head to downtown Apex on the last friday of every month for Finally Friday. Stores are open late until 9pm, restaurants offer specials, and there is live music and games for the kids.

Celebrating Apex’s heritage, you can visit the North Carolina Railway Museum. They offer a history of the railway in North Carolina and Apex’s development as a railway town, and they even have a running train to ride on. This museum is the perfect way to both learn more about the community and entertain the kids for an afternoon!


It is no surprise that Apex has lots of great schools to offer. Some of their most notable are Davis Drive Elementary, Olive Chapel Elementary, Davis Drive Middle School, Middle Creek High School, and Apex High School. They also have some private school options like Jordan Lake School of the Arts and St. Mary Magdalene School. But because of the proximity to Raleigh, there are plenty of other great private schools in the area.

For more information, visit the Wake County Public Schools website.

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