Located off of N. White Street in Wake Forest, NC, Sedgefield Park is a great little neighborhood that many people have never heard of. Admittedly, I found it by mistake myself! In comparison to some of the more popular, well known Wake Forest neighborhoods, Sedgefield Park is relatively small with only 87 lots. While only minutes from downtown Wake Forest, you are close to all of the popular necessities yet away from the hustle and bustle. I’ve taken to the streets of Sedgefield Park to find out what the residents love the most about their neighborhood.
What do you love most about this area of Wake Forest?
Wake Forest is where we live, play and many of us work. For those of us who don’t work here, we can commute to RTP, Durham, downtown Raleigh and places like that fairly easily. It’s no secret that the town has experienced tremendous growth over the last 15-20 years but we’ve managed to maintain the small town America feeling. Because of where our neighborhood is located, we have easy access to downtown, the beautiful parks, schools and are just a short drive into Raleigh.
What are the best things about your neighborhood?
Honestly, there isn’t much to not love about our neighborhood. In keeping with the small town feel, our neighbors are friendly and there is a definite sense of community here. We love that our neighbors take pride in their homes and keep them looking beautiful & up to date. It’s a very active neighborhood where you often see people working in their yards, conversing with their neighbors out on the sidewalk and kids playing everywhere. Most of our streets are cul-de-sacs so traffic is at a minimum. It’s heartwarming to see families truly engaged & participating in activities together. Though it’s not an “official” neighborhood event, residents take turns hosting neighborhood block parties and really work together to make it enjoyable for everyone. The streets are packed with trick or treaters for Halloween; many of the neighborhood residents set up chairs in their driveways and anxiously await the visitors. If you talk to enough residents, you’re sure to hear about the “Phantom of Sedgefield Park” who delivers goodies to neighbors without leaving a trace!
What are some of the best nearby conveniences?
We’re in a pretty central location so it feels like we are close to everything. We are 4 miles from Target, 4 miles from Walmart, The Factory, several grocery stores, and the new shopping center on Capital Blvd. We’re pretty excited to have Ross, Michael’s, Kirkland’s and TJ Maxx less than 5 miles away. It’s nice to be so close to downtown Wake Forest as well. We enjoy shopping for unique gifts and home decor at The Cotton Company, specialty cooking ingredients at Virgilio’s and visiting Pink Cherry Trees for boutique clothing. There are also several locally owned & operated restaurants downtown. Shorty’s has been featured on WRAL several times for it’s hotdogs. For a laid back vibe & place to catch up, you’ll want to visit White Street Brewing Company. If you’re in the mood for Mexican and a fun, family atmosphere, Las Margaritas is where to go.
In addition to all of the nearby shopping & eateries, we’re close to many cultural & community attractions. Right outside of the neighborhood you have Flaherty Park. The park has a playground with swings, lighted baseball and softball fields, picnic shelter, lighted tennis courts and is also home to the Flaherty Park Community Center. It’s very convenient for recreational activities offered by the Town of Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department. Neighboring Flaherty Park is Flaherty Dog Park, a great place for dog owners to allow their pets to run freely & legally without a leash. About 2.5 miles from the neighborhood you have Joyner Park (E. Carroll Joyner Park). It’s a town favorite for sure. It’s so peaceful and provides incredible backdrops for family photos. The park has 3 miles of paved walking trails that are perfect for walking, bicycling and in-line skating. The town also hosts a number of events there throughout the year.