The neighboring cities of Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina are two of the greatest cities to live when it comes to the southern, eastern seaboard of the United States. Two charming cities with plenty of industry, plenty of commerce, and plenty of excitement to go around, families and young professionals from all around the United States make it a point to explore either Raleigh or Durham as their next city to call home. While Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina, Durham is a beautiful city part of the Research Triangle Region, a booming technology and academic hub where professionals and students alike come to meet, innovate, learn, and share their knowledge with the world around them. With two bustling cities and plenty of charming neighborhoods to explore in between, we’ll tell you why Raleigh and Durham are two of the best places to live in North Carolina.
Plain and simple, the cities of Raleigh and Durham are both known for their massive technology industry and of course, it’s many prized universities and places of learning. When it comes to businesses and places to work within these neighboring cities, some of the largest employers include Duke University & Duke Health Systems, Wake County Public School System, University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, IBM, UNC Rex Healthcare System, SAS Institute, Harris Teeter, Cisco Systems, and the State of North Carolina. For a young professional or a seasoned executive or academic looking to make a move, you can’t go wrong moving to Raleigh or Durham.
Neighborhoods in Raleigh-Durham
Research Triangle – The Research Triangle, also known as “The Triangle,” is the tech and academic hub of the two neighboring cities. The Triangle is a young, energetic, and fast-moving neighborhood complete with three major research universities, exciting restaurants and eateries, and a number of beautiful neighborhoods complete with homes and apartment rentals.
Southwest Raleigh – Southwest Raleigh is a calm, quiet, and laid back neighborhood located just to the southwest of the capital city. Known for its quiet tree-lined streets, beautiful homes, and exciting local businesses, Southwest Raleigh is a nice place to call home.
Brier Creek – The neighborhood of brier creek is a massive 800,000 square foot shopping center complete with stores, retail, entertainment, restaurants, and so much more. The perk of living near Brier Creek is that it offers a constant buzz and energy that any young professional can instantly fall in love with.
Downtown Raleigh – Downtown Raleigh is where all of the fun happens. This exciting and revitalized neighborhood not only houses the State Capitol, but it’s also home to a vibrant artistic community, complete with independent art spaces in the old warehouse district, along with trendy restaurants, cocktail bars, and of course, a number of shops located at Fayetteville Street and City Market.
South Durham – If you’re looking for a space outside of the bustling cities of Raleigh or Durham, then South Durham might be the neighborhood for you. This quiet suburban community is the perfect place to raise a family – and it’s only a short commute to downtown Durham, The Triangle, or downtown Raleigh.
In addition to these wonderful areas, there are a few more neighborhoods that certainly deserve a shout out. Be sure to take a look at short term leases that we have available for rent in the following neighborhoods:
- Glenwood South
- Northwest Raleigh
- Northeast Raleigh
- North Raleigh
- West Durham
- East Durham
- Visit the library of the future and explore the James B. Hunt Library.
- Take a family hike along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which stretches more than 1,000 miles.
- Go food hopping at the Morgan Street Food Hall or Transfer Co. Food Hall in Raleigh.
- Tour Duke University in Durham, NC.
- Play With Lemurs at the Duke University Lemur Center.
- Stroll down Brightleaf Square in Durham.
Zweli’s Kitchen – Located in Durham on Chapel Hill Blvd, Zweli’s is a delicious restaurant known for its unbelievably authentic and delicious Zimbabwean cuisine. For those who love African cooking and southern food, Zweli’s isn’t just a restaurant – it’s an experience.
Papa Shogun – Located right in the heart of Raleigh, Papa Shogun is a delicious Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant led by Chef Tom Cuomo. If you’re looking for a variety of fun, experimental, and challenging dishes, Papa Shogun is your spot.
Wilson’s Eatery – Located in Raleigh, Wilson’s Eatery can be found in the former A&D Grocery Store distribution center just north of Downtown Raleigh. This exciting and rustic restaurant features snacks, flatbreads, and some of the best sandwiches in the city – along with tasty brews made fresh from Lynnwood Brewing.
- Amtrak and Greyhound make regular stops in Raleigh.
- The Triangle Transit Authority buses make regular routes through The Triangle, Raleigh, and Durham.
- The Durham Area Transit Authority provides local and regional transportation throughout the surrounding area.
- Rideshare, taxis, and car service are available in both cities!
Landing's Furnished Apartments in Raleigh-Durham
Here at Landing, we offer some of the most comfortable, flexible, and modern fully furnished apartments in Raleigh, NC and Durham, NC. With fully-furnished apartments, they’re suited for both long term and short term lease options.
You’ve seen for yourself just how exciting these two cities are, and now that you’ve seen everything that these wonderful cities have to offer, it’s time to contact us today to learn more about how you can secure your rental. With premium furnishings, concierge service, and dedicated professional staff, Landing has everything you could ever ask for in a city that is ripe with excitement!