Holly Springs, NC has plenty of jobs, great parks, restaurants and amenities, plus a well-thought-out plan for future growth. It is a fantastic place to live! Read on to learn about 8 reasons people love to live here!
For such a small town, Holly Springs has a lot to love for those who are very active. There are numerous fitness centers, a very active running club, parks and other activities that will keep you moving throughout the year.
The following are great options for those who love to be active.
Holly Springs was voted the #2 Best Place for Job Seekers in North Carolina by Nerdwallet. For a town of only 33,000, that's quite an accomplishment. 20 years ago people moved to Holly Springs because it was a reasonably priced place to buy a home and commute into RTP or Raleigh. But Holly Springs has become a place to both live and work.
A few facts...
Holly Springs major employment fields consist of...
Did you know that Holly Springs has the #1 rated farmers market in North Carolina five years in a row by the American Farmland Trust? Maybe that doesn't seem a big deal to you, but in a state who's primary industry has been agriculture for most of it's life, that is a really big deal. There is plenty of farmers markets for competition!
For example, the Carrboro Farmer's Market is a nationally recognized market and has been in existence for nearly 40 years. People travel from all over the country just to visit the Carrboro Market!
And yet, Holly Springs won the #1 spot. So what's so great about it?
Yelper Marian M says, even though it's a small market... "From May through October I can do 80% of my shopping here for the week."
Other reviews cite the convenient parking, great variety and quality of vendors, reasonable prices and delicious baked goods.
But a picture is worth a thousand words...in addition to the wonderful veggies available at the market, you can buy beauty supplies, syrups and jams, honey, meat and eggs.
Parks & Recreation
Bass Lake Park is a recreation center with 2 miles of walking trails, a nature center, picnic pavilion and boat rentals. The town of Holly Springs purchased Sugg Farm in 2012. This 112 acre parcel is being developed and will eventually be home to... an expanded network of greenways and mountain bike trails, community garden with barns, ropes course, small and large dog park, amphitheater as well as fields for events and parking for large events.
Sugg Farm Master Plan
Parrish Womble Park
A multipurpose park with the following features...
The Triangle is generally know as a safe area. But Holly Springs has exceeded other Triangle towns, winning 4 safety awards in the past 3 years!
To give us a good parallel, let's compare crime in Holly Springs to crime in Cary and Raleigh. I really love the city comparison tool on Sperling's Best Places. You can compare all kinds of things there, but we're going to use it to compare crime rates. Data on Best Places is taken from the FBI database.
Cary was voted safest city in America multiple times. You can see in the image below that Holly Springs has an even lower crime rate than Cary. That isn't terribly surprising considering the difference in size of the two cities. Cary's population is 162,000 compared to 33,000 in Holly Springs. But it still feels good to live in such a safe place.
Now to compare Raleigh to Holly Springs...
You'll notice that Raleigh crime is significantly higher than Holly Springs. Again, Holly Springs is a small town and Raleigh's crime is still very low compared to other cities of it's size.
For a tiny town, Holly Springs has pretty impressive number of interesting restaurants! And several great pizza joints! Check out the most popular offerings below...
Homegrown Pizza is a pizzeria with a sports-bar vibe serving creative pies plus calzones, hot wings & sub sandwiches.
Mason Jar Tavern is an "upbeat outpost featuring draft microbrews, cocktails & casual eats in a modern space with a patio."
This native Triangle breakfast spot "serves the best dang biscuits and donuts in Holly Springs!"
Blaze Pizza - Hip counter-serve pizzeria dishing up crispy, thin-crust pies made with creative toppings & sauces.
Did you know...?
Holly Springs has tripled in size since the year 2000.
2000 Real Estate Statistics:
Closed Sales: 542
Median Price: $159,000
Median Size: 1532 Square FT
2017 Real Estate Statistics:
Closed Sales: 1150
Median Price: $349,950
Median Size: 1769 Square FT
That's a 112% increase in homes sold
A 120% increase in home value
And a 15% increase in home size
Holly Springs didn't have much infrastructure when it's location, which provides an easy commute to Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, caused the sudden boom of development a few years back. But that didn't stop it from creating it's very own downtown district. Riding on the Small Town coat tails of neighboring Apex and Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs has developed a Downtown Village District with plenty of well-planned charm.
Holly Springs Village District
once completed, will include...
Holly Springs Cultural Center
State of the Art Performing Arts Theatre
with lawn seating for outdoor performances and festivals
1.5 Mile Indoor Track
1.5 Mile Indoor Track
Game Room w/ Ping Pong and Table Soccer
Playgrounds & Classrooms
Mims Town Square is a 20 acre parcel that will be fully developed to provide green space and beautiful architectural elements for the community using sustainable practices. Mims Town Square will include...
Farmers Market Building with Cafe
Integrated Play Area with Natural Landscape
You can learn more about Mims Park development and download a copy of the master plan at the Town of Holly Spring's website.
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