Raleigh may be a city, but there are plenty of quaint places to call home.

There are many benefits that come along with living in a small community, including plenty of privacy, less traffic, and close-knit relationships with surrounding neighbors. Below we’ve highlighted four of the best small communities located in Raleigh and the surrounding Triangle area.

Encore at Briar Chapel - Chapel Hill

Low $300s - High $400s

Encore at Briar Chapel is ideal for potential homebuyers looking for a small community in the greater Raleigh and Durham areas. The 185-home community boasts resort-style amenities and has new homes available for purchase that come in a variety of shapes and sizes with 10 different floor plans to choose from and sizes ranging from 1,591 to 3,127 square feet in living space. Active adults living in the neighborhood won’t have trouble staying in shape with more than 900 acres of green space and 24 miles of walking and biking trails spread throughout the property.

Regency at Brier Creek - Raleigh

Low $300s - Low $500s

This small community was originally built in 2009 and offers potential homebuyers single-family ranch homes available only on a resale basis. While there are no age restrictions limiting who can live in the Regency at Brier Creek community, it has less than 125 low-maintenance homes, which keeps the community small and tightly knit.

Popular amenities within the neighborhood include an 18-hole championship golf course that was designed by famed golfer, Arnold Palmer, as well as a 40,000 square-foot clubhouse, tennis pavilion, on-site restaurant, state-of-the-art fitness center, and outdoor pool. Another big draw for the community is its convenient location that’s only 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh and all the capital city has to offer.

Regency at White Oak Creek - Apex, NC

High $400s - High $800s

For a luxurious yet low-maintenance lifestyle consider the Regency at White Oak Creek community in the small town of Apex that’s located just under 30 minutes from Raleigh. The 209-home community features both new construction and resale homes.

Houses in the neighborhood are single-story ranch styles and are customizable to potential homeowners' tastes and styles. Floor plans range from 1,781 to 2,224 square feet in size and can have from two to five bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage added on. As an added bonus, homeowners' association fees take care of lawn care needs and exterior maintenance. On-site amenities include a clubhouse, outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, and a number of natural spaces and parks.

Villas of Wake Forest - Wake Forest

 High $200s - Low $300s

Villas of Wake Forest is a gated 55+ community nestled in the charming town of Wake Forest that features 144 homes. The age-restricted community only has resale homes available that are single-story and come in four different floor plans that range from 1,563 square feet of living space to 1,860 square feet.

Although it is one of the smaller communities in North Carolina, Villas at Wake Forest offers many of the same amenities that can be found throughout larger communities, including a clubhouse, TV lounge, catering kitchen, exercise room, heated outdoor pool, bocce ball courts, and even a putting green. It’s also easy for residents to get to know their neighbors and stay social through the community’s many barbecues, movie nights, and potluck dinners. Additionally, the Villas are within a short distance of both Raleigh and Durham, plus, several museums, shopping areas, healthcare facilities, and an international airport.