Best Gated Communities in the Raleigh-Durham NC Area 

There are a variety of gated communities across the Triangle in North Carolina, from exclusive, luxury neighborhoods to larger, more affordable areas.

Gated communities offer residents increased safety and privacy. Many gated housing communities also boast a variety of amenities, including golf courses, fitness centers, and pools.

Click on the link for each gated neighborhood to view the homes for sale in the community. 

Raleigh & Surrounding Area Gated Communities 

Most gated communities in Raleigh are located in North Raleigh, with a feel of being out in the country, but conveniently located near I-540, with easy access to the rest of the Triangle.

Gated Communities in North Raleigh Include:

  • The Barony, located close to Falls Lake and just a few miles from I-540, is a smaller luxury community with only 29 lots on 80 acres. Lots range from 1 to 4 acres. The community boasts a great deal of green space, including a lake and walking trail.
  • Linville, also located near I-540, is a luxury community with homes ranging in price from $1.5 to 4 million. The community has a recreation center with a pool, tennis courts, and gym.
  • Southern Hills Estates is a new community, located 3 miles from I-540, with 34 homesites, each on 1+ acres. Homes will be priced from $1.3 million.
  • Adams Mountain is a community formed in the mid-1980s. Adams Mountain is gated between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Home prices range from around $500,000 to $1.5 million. The community has tennis courts and a pool.
  • Also in North Raleigh, Bay Leaf Farm is a quiet, private community with protected land on 2 sides. The neighborhood has just 23 homesites that range from 2 - 4 acres. Homes are priced around $3-4 million.
  • Pendleton Lake, developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, features homes on large lots around $700,000. Many lots are directly on the lake.
  • Norwood Place is a newer small community located off of Creedmoor Road, with homes around $1 million on large lots. 
  • Not as far north as the other gated communities in Raleigh, the Olde Raleigh neighborhood is near Crabtree Valley Mall. The neighborhood features 3 lakes, both outdoor and indoor pools, and tennis courts. Home prices range from the $600,000s to over $1 million. 

North of Raleigh, there are a few gated communities in Wake Forest near Falls Lake:

  • Hasentree is a newer community with a variety of home styles that range in price from the $400,000s to over $1 million. In addition to the huge clubhouse and golf course designed by Tom Fazio, the neighborhood features tons of amenities, including tennis courts, multiple swimming pools, a fitness center with group fitness classes, and a spa.
  • The Cove at Falls Lake is another new community with only 16 homesites, with many lots featuring views of the lake. Homes are priced from the $600,000s to over $1 million. 

The Golf Course at Hasentree Gated Community

Located northeast of Raleigh in Franklin County,

  • Hidden Lake is a lakefront community with 124 homesites on over 500 acres. The homesites range in size from 1 to more than 6 acres. The 75-acre private lake allows for residents to fish, canoe, and kayak anytime. The neighborhood has a lake house, boat house, outdoor pavilion, and miles of hiking trails. The neighborhood is committed to protecting the environment, with 227 acres of green space, including a 100-acre nature preserve, increased buffers, bridges to protect watersheds and marshes, and more. Homes are priced around $1 million.
  • Also in Franklin County is Lake Royale, a large community surrounding a lake with homes ranging from the $100,000s to $600,000s. Other than the lake, where residents can boat, fish, swim, and more, the neighborhood has a pool, tennis courts, basketball court, and more. 

Community Space at Hidden Lake Neighborhood

Clayton Gated Communities

  • Neuse Colony, a community with about 100 homes, is located in Johnston County, outside the city limits of Clayton. Prices range from $275,000 to $1.5 million. The neighborhood has walking trails, lakes, and a wildlife preserve, and overlooks the Neuse Golf Course. 
  • The Nine is a gated community within Flowers Plantation, named for its 9 lots with luxury homes built by Kirkwood Builders. Residents have access to all the amenities of Flowers Plantation, including tennis, basketball, trails, pools, and a fitness center. The neighborhood also has a spa. Homes start in the mid-$500,000s. 
  • Portofino is located near the Neuse River in Johnston County. Amenities include a swimming pool, club house, over 7 miles of trails, access to the Neuse River, and an equestrian center. Homes come in a variety of styles and range in price from the $200,000s to $700,000s. 

Chapel Hill Gated Communities

  • Governors Club, located in Chatham County, is a huge country club community with a 27-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The neighborhood has tons of amenities other than golf,including tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a wellness center with group fitness classes, dining, and more. The community is made up of several neighborhoods, and homes range in price from the $400,000s to over $2 million. The neighborhood is so large that it has 2 entrances, both staffed 24 hours a day. Entrance Gate to Governor's Club in NC
  • The Legacy at Jordan Lake, also in Chatham County less than a mile from Jordan Lake, is a gated community with a rural feel. The neighborhood boasts lots of outdoor amenities to encourage a healthy lifestyle, including walking trails, a swimming pool, fitness center, short-iron golf course, and tennis courts. Homes are built by 3 builders, Meritage Homes, Ryan Homes, and Integrity Homes, and range from the mid-$300,000s to $500,000s. 
  • Talbryn is an exclusive gated community with just 12 homes situated on large lots around 10 acres. Talbryn is next to 100+ acres of land that will remain undeveloped. Talbryn is conveniently located in Orange County, just 15 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill. Homes in Talbryn are priced around $1.2 million. 

Pittsboro Gated Communities

The Estates at Chapel Ridge is the gated community within Chapel Ridge, a golf community in Pittsboro. The golf course was designed by Fred Couples. The neighborhood also features tennis courts, a basketball court, swimming, a volleyball court, and a clubhouse. Homes are priced from the $400,000s. Pool at Chapel Ridge Gated Community

Durham Gated Communities 

  • Lattamoor, located in northern Durham, features homes priced around $200,000, built in the late 1990s/early 2000s. 
  • Maida Vale, located near Chapel Hill, is a new community inspired by southern Italy. The neighborhood is made up of about 60 homes, built in the Mediterranean style, from the $500,000s to over $4 million.
  • The Hills of Rosemont, a 400 acre neighborhood surrounded by protected land on three sides, has a quiet, rural feel with just 65 home sites planned. The neighborhood is also adjacent to the Old Chatham Golf Club. Homes start around $1 million. 

Hillsborough Gated Communities

  • Hardscrabble Plantation, located in Hillsborough, is an older gated community with lots of amenities for its residents, including tennis courts, a swimming pool, and clubhouse. Homes are priced around $500,000. 
  • Pleasant Green Farms, located just outside of Hillsborough, is a new community on nearly 500 acres with only 33 homesites. Each lot is at least 10 acres—offering tons of privacy to residents as well as space for gardening. The neighborhood focuses on preserving and appreciating the environment, with 50 acres of natural land, miles of trails, a river, and a 5-acre pond. For individuals with horses, the neighborhood has horseback riding trails as well as private boarding facilities available. The lots are priced in the $200,000s and up. 

All Homes for Sale in Gated Communities in the Triangle

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