Luxury high-rise living is all the rage in Raleigh.
By Carla Turchetti
The Raleigh skyline is going up, and out! Once centered in the downtown corridors, high-rise living has made its way to Midtown and along Glenwood. The first residential building in Raleigh that was called a high-rise was the Capital Apartments, located on New Bern Avenue. Built in 1917, it stands just five stories high—Raleigh’s newest high-rises are a whole lot taller and have been built to satisfy the need for vibrant, city living. They soar toward the clouds, building communities that offer residents places to live, work, shop, and play.
“Over the past several years, Raleigh has experienced exciting growth that has brought new and diverse job opportunities, a vibrant shopping and award-winning restaurant scene, and it has all resulted in people having a greater desire to live closer and closer to the activity,” says Rob Reid, New Development Manager for Kane Residential. “The high-rise buildings and new housing developments you see coming to Midtown and Downtown provide people that immediate pedestrian connectivity, allowing them to feel more integrated and connected to their neighborhood and community.”
For the tallest perch in downtown, look to the 33-story PNC Plaza Building, which clocks in as Raleigh’s tallest building. Eleven of those floors are luxury condominiums, with an assortment of high-end amenities including a pool on the 23rd floor of the building.
The under-construction FNB Tower downtown will also have more than 200 residential units once the 22-story building is complete, and plans for this building also include a terrace and a pool.
Rivaling the downtown skyline will be The Walter, which is coming to North Hills. It’s in the design and preconstruction phase, but plans for this 32-story tower include a restaurant on the ground floor, 10 levels of boutique hotel rooms, and 20 levels of luxury apartments. This is another Kane Residential project predicted to attract residents who are looking to live life on a higher level.
“Whether it’s empty nesters looking to downsize or young professionals looking for greater proximity to their work and entertainment centers, we have an extremely diverse set of residents, which make our communities an even more exciting place to call home,” says Reid. “High-rise living gives people the opportunity to live in luxury residences with premium interior features such as quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows as well as top-of-line community amenities like a fitness center, pool, and clubhouse—all while being closer than ever to all the city has to offer.
The Dillon, located in the Warehouse section of downtown Raleigh, is a mix of apartments, retail spaces, and offices. Wrapping around an entire 2.5-acre city block, The Dillon’s new buildings incorporate part of the 100-year-old Dillon Supply Warehouse that once anchored this spot.
Residents at The Dillon enjoy city views outside their oversized windows. Even the treadmills in the fitness room are behind a wall of glass that looks out onto the Raleigh skyline. The Dillon offers concierge services, shared workspaces, a saltwater pool, and courtyards with grilling stations. And foodie residents have the entire Morgan Street Food Hall and its dizzying array of cuisine choices right at their front door.
Park Central, a 16-story mixed-use project from Kane Residential, is the height of luxury living in Midtown. The units feature floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the views of Midtown Park on one side and the downtown Raleigh skyline on the other. It offers the on-site amenities tenants crave, including a sky deck, saltwater pool, work-from-home spaces, courtyards with grills, a fitness center, bike sharing, and even a dog spa. Best of all, residents are just steps from the shopping, restaurant, concert venues, and office spaces of North Hills.
The West Condominiums
The West Condominiums is a 17-story condo building on Glenwood South. Robbie Rickard, president of the West Homeowners Association, says the building offers a true urban experience: “Many of our residents work downtown and take advantage of easy access to work,” says Rickard. “It is almost a humorous sight to see people in business suits arriving home from work on Bird scooters. We also have many residents who work from home, so most of our residents truly live, work, and play in downtown Raleigh where there is always something going on and new restaurants and bars to check out. Then when they get home, they don’t have to worry about cutting the grass; they can just go upstairs and workout in our rooftop gym, lounge around the rooftop pool, or put some steaks on the grill, all with some of the best views around of downtown Raleigh.” And the living is only going to get easier for the West residents since it will be the closest condominium building to the new Publix grocery store that’s coming to downtown.
SkyHouse luxury apartments are located in the heart of downtown Raleigh. The building’s signature feature—a luxurious heated roof-top pool on the 23rd floor—offers amazing views from the water or the lounge chairs. There is also a rooftop terrace with firepit, grills, and outdoor seating. Another favorite perk: SkyHouse is a pet-friendly community in the midst of the vibrant downtown setting, and is an easy walk to restaurants, galleries, and live music venues.
Historic Hayes Barton
A more petite high rise, coming in at five stories, The Wade brings 29 residences into the tony Hayes Barton neighborhood. Classic and elegant, with an architectural design that pays tribute to earlier eras, each upscale home features 10-foot ceilings, white oak hardwood floors, and finishing touches that are delightfully convenient and contemporary. Amenities include underground parking with secure card access, a fitness center, private storage areas, and a rooftop terrace. Located at the corner of St. Mary’s Street and Wade Avenue, it’s an easy hop to Cameron Village—and its eateries, boutiques, and nightspots.
Link Apartments Glenwood South
In the midst of all downtown Raleigh has to offer, you’ll find the Link Apartments Glenwood South. Nestled just blocks from Glenwood Avenue, these luxury apartments offer residents consummate city living, with sophisticated and impressive amenities. Spacious designs with finish details from modern backsplashes to spa-inspired bathrooms make this an urban space to crave. Enjoy city living with drool-worthy restaurants, top-notch beer, and cafes within walking distance of your front door. And the perks don’t stop there—residents can enjoy an on-site fitness center, a yoga studio, and a dog park for your furry friend.