The Best Of Fuquay-Varina

April 24, 2023

How do you narrow down a “Best Place to Live” list for a town that offers such a wide range of amazing reasons to relocate? Such is the happy quandary for Fuquay-Varina, a southern town in North Carolina that consistently ranks at the top of a variety of “Best of” lists. Located just outside the hustle and bustle of Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina is the perfect spot for couples or families, students or professors, and those at all career stages. Relocation to this area has been trending for years and as Cotton Farms prepares to break ground on a brand-new community, there hasn’t been a better time to make Fuquay-Varina your hometown.

What makes Fuquay-Varina so perfect? Again, that answer is hard to narrow down, but the most common top ten answers follow:

10: Location, Location, Location: Being situated just thirty minutes from Raleigh and only 22 miles from Research Triangle Park means that travel to and from Fuquay-Varina is a breeze. The area’s highway infrastructure is built to facilitate the movement of its residents, eliminating any need to live within viewing distance of the office. Shopping, restaurants, and recreation are also easily accessible with minimal travel effort. Downtime for residents of Fuquay-Varina is filled with unique opportunities to socialize, relax, and enjoy the state’s natural spaces.

9: Affordability: Many are drawn to Fuquay-Varina’s affordable housing market, consistently placing below the national average for towns of similar size. While the increase in home prices is expected to continue rising, being selective becomes more necessary. With a lower price per square foot, homes in Fuquay-Varina continue to sell more quickly than their counterparts in surrounding towns. This has created a housing market that is both competitive and affordable for those relocating here. And, once settled, residents will enjoy a lower cost of living as utility prices currently sit at 3% lower than the national average.

8: Bustling Businesses: For those just embarking on a career or those peeking towards retirement, employment paths are plentiful. Apple, Google, John Deere, and Fidelity are just a few of the hundreds of companies that have planted their flags in central North Carolina. Technology and Healthcare are the most prominent industries as nearby universities surround offer endless access to highly educated graduates.

7: Education Abounds: Schools in Fuquay-Varina are part of the Wake County Public School System, the largest in North Carolina. WCPSS trends at the top in performance nationally year after year. And when students are ready to transition to bigger goals, they do not have to look far as the area is surrounded by higher-education facilities such as Campbell University, Duke University, Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Strayer University, and the University of North Carolina.

6: History Reigns: While Fuquay-Varina is often paired with the words “up and coming,” its history actually began in 1963 when the neighboring towns of Fuquay Springs and Varina decided to merge. In the last decade, its population has doubled, yet still sits at under 40,000 residents as growth is thoughtfully planned in order to maintain a small town feel packed with amenities.

5: Shop & Socialize: Imagine the joy of a morning spent perusing various shops lining a quaint downtown district and relaxing afterward with a farm-to-table lunch at a locally-owned brewery. Sound terrific? Fuquay-Varina draws people from around the state to visit The Shoppes on Main which houses thirty unique boutiques. From antiques to apparel to accessories - many hand-crafted - visitors are guaranteed to find a new favorite. For refreshments, cafes, restaurants, and three breweries are waiting to serve a dish designed with local products.

4: Nature’s Gifts: Those new to North Carolina are often happily surprised by its beautiful outdoor spaces. While highlights include the huge Jordan Lake, Falls Lake, and Umstead Park recreation areas, Fuquay-Varina also plays host to twenty of its own parks. Favorites are the 8-acre leash-free dog park, the Howard Johnson Environmental Park, and the Fuquay Mineral Spring Park which has been trickling since the 1850s, beckoning visitors to enjoy a picnic lunch. 

3: Year-Round Fun: With fairs, festivals, and unique events, residents of Fuquay-Varina always have an all-ages activity to add to the calendar. From summer-long ice cream socials to the annual Tree Lighting in December Tree Lighting, the days can easily be filled with fun ways for fellowship.

2: Community Counts: For those that haven’t experienced the open arms of southern living, Fuquay-Varina offers a course in it. With many of the residents native to North Carolina, this is a town that understands the benefits of knowing your neighbors and maintaining a family-friendly feel. Here, everyone is a helper - always willing to step in and assist someone in need or to team up for a great cause.

1: YOU! The Best of Fuquay-Varina is you. New residents are welcomed to this small town as it thrives on new faces, new ideas, and new friends. It takes no time at all for transplants to transform into lifelong fans of Fuquay-Varina and each incoming inhabitant is encouraged to put their own personal stamp on the daily life of this community.

Fuquay-Varina is often listed as the ideal place to put down roots for those interested in living near the Triangle area and it is certainly easy to see why. This tight-knit community offers endless amenities and accessibility. Cotton Farms is thrilled to join Fuquay-Varina as it begins constructing its neighborhood this spring. Reserve your newly built home with the Cotton Farms team today!