North Central, Raleigh, NC

North Central Neighborhood Guide Raleigh, NC


North Central is a vibrant neighborhood located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It's just northeast of downtown, allowing for convenient access to the city's bustling central district. The neighborhood's main artery is US Highway 401, which leads directly into downtown, and North Central is also within easy reach of Interstate 440. The area boasts a rich history, with many historical homes and sites scattered throughout the neighborhood.

What You Will Love About North Central, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • North Central is enveloped by a warm community atmosphere, making it an enjoyable place to live and visit.
  • The neighborhood's proximity to downtown Raleigh means you're never far from dining, shopping, and entertainment options.
  • The area's historic charm is a draw for both residents and visitors, with many historical homes and sites to explore.
  • It's a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, making it easy to get around on foot.

What’s Nearby

North Central is close to many of Raleigh's most popular areas and attractions. Just a short drive away is the city's downtown area, which is home to a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and cultural landmarks. Other nearby points of interest include the beautiful Mordecai Historic Park, the contemporary art-filled North Carolina Museum of Art, and the lush greenspace of Pullen Park.


Residents of North Central enjoy a laid-back lifestyle with all the conveniences of city living. The neighborhood is home to a diverse mix of residents, including families, young professionals, and retirees. Here, neighbors know each other by name, contributing to the area’s close-knit community feel.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 260 restaurants, 32 grocery stores, and 39 parks within a mile of the North Central neighborhood.

    Raleigh City Farm

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Fruit and Vegetable Store, Grocery Store

    0.5 miles

    800 N Blount St

    Seaboard Wine & Tasting Bar

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store, Liquor Store

    0.6 miles

    802 Semart Dr

    Oak City Market House Of Fresh

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.7 miles

    East Martin St

    City Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store / Supermarket

    0.7 miles

    303 Blake St

    Taz's S. Wilmington St

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.8 miles

    333 S Wilmington St


    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.8 miles

    417 W Peace St

North Central Apartments and Rentals

164 Rental properties in North Central, Raleigh, NC.

  • The Lincoln property


    The Lincoln

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    553–1392 Sqft

    8 Units Available

  • The Edition on Oberlin property


    The Edition on Oberlin

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    540–1335 Sqft

    2 Units Available

  • Sunnybrook Residences property


    Sunnybrook Residences

    1–3 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    550–1432 Sqft

    9 Units Available

  • Capital Flats & Magnolia Square property


    Capital Flats & Magnolia Square

    1 Bed • 1 Bath

    500–540 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • 401 Oberlin property


    401 Oberlin

    Studio–3 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    559–1844 Sqft

    10 Units Available

  • Abode at Hargett property


    Abode at Hargett

    3 Beds • 2 Baths

    1585 Sqft

Cost of Living

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North Central Demographics

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North Central Transportation

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Very Walkable

Walk Score®
The Walk Score© measures walkability on a scale of 0-100 based on walking routes to destinations such as dining and drinking, groceries, and shopping.

Very Bikeable

Bike Score®

Good Transit

3 bus stops, 1 train stop

Moore Square Transit Station

Bus Stop

214 S Blount St

Moore Square Station CAT Bus Stop

Bus Stop

Blount St

GoRaleigh Station

Bus Stop

214 S Blount St


North Central Schools

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GlenwoodNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$1,684
Southwest RaleighNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina----
Warehouse DistrictNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$1,314--
Southeast RaleighNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$1,400--
East RaleighNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$1,265--
South Central RaleighNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$1,211--
Fayetteville Street DistrictNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$1,490--
Moore SquareNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$1,421
Olde East RaleighNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina----
South RaleighNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina----
King CharlesNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina----
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WadeNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$2,007
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AtlanticNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina$1,274--
Camden CrossingNeighborhood in Raleigh, North-carolina----