Holly Springs : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Holly Springs

Holly Springs is an old but fast growing town in the Raleigh-Durham area. The town is between Apex and Cary with an affluent population of 25,000, more than double its 2000 population.  Holly Springs is working hard to transform itself into a charming little town. In the center of the town there are signs marking its historic district.  The brand new Holly Springs Cultural Center is the most impressive building in town, an unusual and valuable resource for any town trying to attract new residents. Small shops line the pleasant route through town, and side streets yield some nice old houses. The downtown is brief however, which is just as well, since the Cary/Apex/Raleigh area is loaded with every kind of store and restaurant you could want. Bass Lake Park is actively enjoyed by town residents. Picture of Downtown Holly Springs courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain); picture of Holly Springs Branch Library courtesy of Wikipedia and Australiangai33, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

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Where to Retire in Holly Springs and Home Prices

There is at least 1 large active adult community located a few miles from the town center (see link at right). Real estate prices are high in Holly Springs, although typical for the Raleigh-Durham area. The median home value was $340,731, in early 2020, according to Zillow.  Median property taxes were just under $2000.


What Is Special about Holly Springs

Holly Springs is in a very fast growing and prosperous part of the country. Town leaders are obviously trying very hard to make Holly Springs an attractive community for people of all ages, including retirees.  The weather is relatively mild.  Being close to the Research Triangle cities and the Raleigh-Durham Airport are big plusses.

What Is Not Special about Holly Springs

Property values are quite high compared to Florida and many other areas.  NC has a relatively high tax structure.  Traffic can be brutal on Route 55 as it merges onto Route 1 - the suburbs keep getting built out and there are too many cars on the road.

Who Will Like Retirement in Holly Springs

People who want a nice little town in North Carolina will like it here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy is extremely diverse with so many big corporations and universities nearby.

Climate and Physical Environment

Holly Springs is in central NC, south of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The average temperature is 40 in January and in the high 70's in July.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Holly Springs Cultural Center in the central downtown district has frequent concerts, art shows, and other cultural events. The entire Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area is brimming with cultural events and interesting restaurants.


The crime rate is less than half the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are several hospitals in nearby Cary and Raleigh.


There is some public transportation in the area, though not necessarily in Holly Springs. The Raleigh-Durham Airport is a big one with many flights and carriers.

Valuable Links

Town of Holly Springs


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