Fuquay-Varina: A Tale of Two Cities
A Realtor’s Guide to Experiencing the Best Fuquay-Varina Has to Offer
Have you ever wondered how Fuquay-Varina got its name, or the history behind it? Fuquay-Varina is a unique city due to the fact it boasts not one, but two, lively downtown areas, which were combined into one town. This distinctive feature provides the residents and visitors of Fuquay-Varina with endless opportunities to explore the charming, quaint downtown districts of both “Fuquay” and “Varina”. Erica Anderson, a top REALTOR in Fuquay-Varina, owner of Team Anderson Realty has been a Fuquay-Varina resident since 2014 and enjoys calling it “home”.
Exploring Downtown Fuquay
The “Fuquay” in the town’s name comes from a French veteran of the Revolutionary War, William Fuquay, who purchased 1,000 acres of land in 1805. Fuquay Springs was officially incorporated in 1909 and subsequently joined with the neighboring city of “Varina” in 1963 to form one municipality, now known as Fuquay-Varina (pronounced Few-Kway Vah-reen-uh).
Driving through the nostalgic “Fuquay” side of downtown you will undoubtedly pass an array of shopping and dining opportunities, as well as experience the historical charm of places like the Fuquay-Varina Museum or the Fuquay Mineral Springs Park. The Mineral Spring was discovered in 1858 and has since offered wide appeal to those suffering physical ailments, who upon hearing of the spring’s “healing properties”, visited the spring to soak in its restoring waters in an effort to alleviate their symptoms. On a hot summer’s day it’s an excellent spot to take a break and dip your toes in the cool, refreshing water! If you’re visiting this side of town, you might want to start your morning by grabbing a cup of coffee or a scrumptious
scone at any one of the numerous coffee shop offerings like Stick Boy Bread, The Mill, or Cultivate Coffee Roasters. Afterwards you may want to do a little
exploring, so if you take a leisurely stroll through the Main Street thoroughfare you might find yourself popping into one of the local antique shops to browse undiscovered treasures, or you may end up at the Shoppes on Main which house over 30 unique shops. There are a variety of delicious dining options to c
hoose from when you’ve worked up your appetite! You can stop by Anna’s for a slice of pizza or Italian fare, or T
he Mason Jar for a mouth-watering meal (don’t forget to sample their signature s’mores in a jar for dessert!) If you fancy something a little different, swing by Vicious Fishes for a fine dining experience discreetly nestled away behind Main Street. Fuquay is also home to a variety of local craft brewers, so you may want to grab a pint at The Mason Jar, The Fainting Goat, or The Mill.
Downtown Fuquay has been going through a massive revitalization process; currently you will see new construction projects underway. Most recently renovated was the old Stars Theater
which underwent major construction to transform it into the brand-new Fuquay-Varina Arts Center, a long-held vision for the community. The Arts Center boasts a 294-seat theater for performing arts including live community theater, concerts, recitals, and professional troupes. A variety of classes are offered for all ages for visual and performing arts, as well as a rotating art gallery. The newest revitalization project, a first for Fuquay-Varina, is a four-story mixed-use retail/office/condo building currently under construction on Main Street. Fuquay works hard to strike a balance between the old and the new, incorporating growth without losing any of its quaint, small-town charm.
Exploring Downtown Varina
Make sure you don’t forget to visit the “Varina” downtown district a mile away on Broad Street, which hosts its fair share of amenities. The most popular spot is The Aviator which has expanded over the years from its original dining room to a host of multiple outdoor areas to relax outside and enjoy one of their many hand-crafted brews or their signature wings. If you drive by on a weeknight or weekend, you will always see crowds gathered, sitting outside enjoying time with family and friends. If you like to pair your brews with sweets, then Pints is the place for you! You can order a drink, a decadent ice cream, or combine them into one of their specialty concoctions like a mimosa or beer float. You can also find delicious Mediterranean cuisine at Nil’s, grab a healthy smoothie at the Juicehaus after taking a yoga class at The Heart Fitness, and awaken your taste-buds with some of the most creative coffee drinks you could ever imagine at FuquayBrus. Multiple times a year they will block off traffic to Broad Street to host a variety of festivals, which always draw a big crowd.
Is Fuquay-Varina the right town for you?
Fuquay-Varina is home to an immense selection of neighborhoods that fit every budget, whether you are looking for your first starter home or desire luxury living. Two of the most popular subdivisions are North and South Lakes where you can find a 30-acre lake nestled in between the two sections of the neighborhood. This large community offers its residents 120 acres of greenway, observation trails, community pool complete with water slide, playground, fishing pier, and a kayak launch. The North Lakes section also borders an elementary school and high school which makes either of these neighborhoods an ideal place to raise a family and homes range in the $300’s. If luxury homes are what you seek, look no further than The Crofts at Brackenridge, an established community which features beautiful, high-end homes on multi-acre wooded lots offering privacy and seclusion amid a tranquil backdrop in the $500k to over $1M range. Johnson Pointe is another gorgeous subdivision featuring custom built homes that are the epitome of luxury in the $600k to over $1M range. Sunset Ridge (home to Devil’s Ridge Golf Club) and Sunset Lake are on the border of Fuquay-Varina and offer some properties with waterfront lots and water views in the $400k to over $1M range. One of the most sought-after new subdivisions coming is Sunset Bluffs, which will boast every amenity you could imagine, from a private 18-hole golf club, multiple pools, lazy river, clubhouses, and ball fields starting in the high $500’s. Some of the other subdivisions you may want to consider, which are all in the $300-$400’s range, are: Lakestone Village, where you can choose from custom homes with hard-t0-find fully finished walk-out basement; Maggie Run, a pool community with beautiful homes on large lots; Bent Tree, a new neighborhood which will feature a resort-style community pool; and Adalyn Place which is a new subdivision within walking distance to downtown. If you prefer condo living in downtown Fuquay, “Q” condos are taking pre-orders in the low $300k range.
Fuquay-Varina is one of the most up-and-coming areas of the Triangle. It has experienced tremendous growth over the past 10 years and has adapted well to keep up with the influx of residents. Many buyers initially interested in Cary, Apex, New Hill, or Holly Springs NC, ultimately choose Fuquay-Varina, because of the “bang for the buck” many homeowners feel they can get compared to other cities that are closer to Raleigh or RTP. Fuquay-Varina is still in relatively close proximity to 401, Highway 1 and 540, and an easy commute for many homeowners who work throughout the Raleigh and Triangle area. In 2021, SafeWise listed Fuquay-Varina as the 9th safest city in NC. With its proximity to Holly Springs, Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, it makes this town an excellent choice for those looking for small-town living yet close to the more bustling areas of the Triangle. Whether you are looking for a great place to settle down and grow some roots or a quiet place to retire, Fuquay-Varina fits the bill.
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Homes for sale in Fuquay-Varina are going fast in this market. Team Anderson Realty is an independent, 5-star concierge-style real estate firm that delivers superior results to all of their clients. As a top seller’s agent, we work tirelessly to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar. Likewise, if you are looking to buy a home, we won’t stop until we find your perfect home. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “What do I need to do to sell my home?” or “How can I purchase a home?” we would love the opportunity to put our expertise to use in helping you make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible! Please give us a call at 919-610-5126 and let us work on finding you the perfect home or getting you top dollar on the sale of one!