Welcome to Cary — North Carolina’s Technology Town!

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Yates Mill Pond

Waterfalls cascading over sheer rock cliffs, stunning vistas from mountain peaks, dazzling lakes, and a thriving town plunked down in the heart of it! Cary, North Carolina sits just west of Raleigh in an area often referred to as the Triangle. The Research Triangle is anchored by three major universities: Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But while all of these major universities surround Cary, none of them are actually in Cary — so this terrific area is ideal for those wanting to be in a highly-educated area without being surrounded by college students.

Research Triangle Park is located just north of Cary. This important research park is one of the largest in the world, and it is one of the most important high-tech research centers in the country. The park, which was created in 1959, covers 7,000 acres and is home to more than 190 companies. Research Triangle Park employs roughly 60, 000 full-time and contract workers. Just a few of the companies headquartered in the park include Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, Oracle, IBM, Bayer, Cisco, Merk, McKesson, and Microsoft.

Easy access to three major universities and a wealth of career opportunities — what are you waiting for? Perhaps you haven’t found your new apartment in Cary just yet because you’re wondering what there is to do. This isn’t one of the nation’s fastest-growing and largest towns for nothing — Cary routinely ranks high on “Best Of” lists and it is considered one of the safest towns in the US, one of the best places to raise a family, one of the best places to retire, and one of the most educated places in the US. More than 60 percent of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree.

But if you still aren’t convinced about moving to Cary, perhaps the outdoor activities and parks will motivate you. William B. Umstead State Park is a fantastic location that covers 5,439 acres. This park offers campgrounds, bike trails, boat rentals, horseback riding, and picnic areas. This is a hilly, wooded park with several lakes.

Speaking of lakes, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is located just west of Cary. This park includes the 13,940-acre Jordan Lake, a popular resort area that offers boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, and birdwatching — especially the bald eagles who call the area home.

Closer to home, Lake Crabtree County Park is a terrific park with a 520-acre lake. This park is located in northern Cary and offers boating, sailing, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, playgrounds, fishing, canoeing, and volleyball. The park also provides open green space, educational gardens, and a mountain bike skills course.

Cary’s extensive parks system includes 36 greenway trails for walking, jogging, and bicycling. The Fred G. Bond Metro Park has a boathouse, a rope course, a playground, hiking trails, and an amphitheater. Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is located along Swift Creek and includes a three-mile trail system and the Stevens Nature Center. Golfers can enjoy an afternoon at Prestonwood Country Club or Lochmere Golf Club, while tennis enthusiasts will appreciate the Carry Tennis Park.

Of course, Cary isn’t just about enjoying the mountains, lakes, and rivers. This is a busy town with plenty to offer! Catch a music performance or special event at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, a scenic outdoor amphitheater surrounded by pine and hardwood trees. The Cary Arts Center is another exciting location to enjoy the fine arts, from ballet to children’s theater. Other great cultural locations include the Cary Heritage Museum and the Page-Walker Arts and History Center.

Dining out in Cary resembles a whirlwind world tour — everything is here, from down-home Southern cooking to charming bistros to ethnic cuisine ranging from Italian to French to Chinese to Indian to Mexican and beyond. You can meet friends at Craft Public House, a laid-back sports bar that offers wild-caught and locally-sourced seafood, cage-free and hormone-free poultry, and plenty of fresh, local produce.

Another great farm-to-table restaurant to add to your must-do list is Belle at the Jones House, a terrific café, bakery, and restaurant located in Downtown Cary. Be aware — the menu at Belle changes seasonally because all of the produce and meats are from local, sustainable farms.

And if your idea of a great weekend involves plenty of packages, the shopping available in Cary (as well as the entire Triangle) will thrill you! This is a shopper’s paradise, from Raleigh’s City Market to the Apex Farmers Market to Cary’s very own Arboretum at Weston, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market, and Cary Towne Center Mall.

So, have you found your perfect Cary apartment yet? No? Well, then perhaps the festivals and events are what you are looking for. Cary is home to the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, Cary Band Day, the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Great Grapes! Wine and Food Festival — just to name a few.

Wait — before you start browsing those Cary apartment listings, there’s something else you should know — Cary is very bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly! In fact, Cary was given the Bicycle-Friendly Community Award by the League of American Bicyclists — one of only 14 recipients. And if you prefer to walk, Cary maintains an extensive network of sidewalks and paved trails that connect the town’s many neighborhoods and parks.

To recap, Cary is located in a gorgeous region filled with mountains, valleys, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers. The region provides amazing parks with terrific outdoor activities, it has been named one of the safest cities in America as well as one of the best places to raise a family or retire, and it has a very strong economy with a well-educated workforce. There are terrific year-round events, amazing restaurants, great shopping, and fine arts venues including museums and theaters. So why aren’t you living in Cary? Find your apartment today!