Top Chapel Hill

The Triangle has grown in popularity over the years and searching for a new home often brings prospective buyers to the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill Triangle. If you’re looking to leave city life behind and want quieter, quaint, small-town living, then you’ll need to narrow your search down a little more to focus primarily on the top neighborhoods in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill is the western corner of North Carolina’s Triangle area, its cozy charm contrasting the more urban appeal of Durham and Raleigh. From its idyllic downtown to the colonial-style homes exemplifying the region’s history, there’s much to love about this community, especially when you start breaking it down by the following ten best neighborhoods.



A picturesque village, Meadowmont’s focal feature is its old town square, where local retailers and notable names offer plenty for locals to enjoy. Meadowmont is among the top neighborhoods in Chapel Hill for its endearing homes, which range from modest with a story to tell to more extravagant residences in tighter-knit pockets. From Downtown Meadowmont to Meadowmont Park Picnic, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

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The Oaks

If it’s space you want, The Oaks of Chapel Hill can deliver with its spacious floor plans built on roomy pieces of property. Though prospective homeowners can still find more modest and classic accommodations just off Raleigh Road, deeper into The Oaks is a community full of homes as big as over 6,000 square feet and manicured emerald-green lawns. The Oaks is on the ritzier side for homeowners looking to indulge in large comfortable bathrooms, open concepts, and decked-out kitchens.



With Winmore, you’ll sacrifice property space for the opportunity to live in a community where neighbors get together for events and holidays. It’s far from a sacrifice, especially since the homes are equipped with modern conveniences and comforts that make you want to stay in and enjoy your personal space. Winmore emphasizes togetherness and activity with onsite amenities like a pool and is frequently hosting seasonal events to gather everyone together.

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The Preserve at Jordan Lake

This top neighborhood in Chapel Hill is named for the 14,000-acre scenic lake that sits nearby, where residents can escape to fish, boat, and enjoy the pleasantries of nature. Homes in The Preserve boast room to spread inside and out with large entertaining spaces, kitchens with ample countertop space, welcoming bedrooms, and a primary spa bathroom. They’re ideal for settling in after a long day on the green of the Davis Love III 18-hole golf course and lounging at the country club.

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Southern Village

For a touch of urbanism in Chapel Hill, you’ll want to set your sights on the Southern Village neighborhood. Housing is a bit more eclectic than in other Chapel Hill communities, with townhomes, condominiums, and apartments making up much of the available accommodations. Southern Village sits near the University of North Carolina and has a college-town feel, especially when you head into town and grab a bite at one of the many eateries or attend the fall or spring Arts on Market community events.

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Briar Chapel

Briar Chapel boasts a high-end way of life with its homeowner-controlled community, complete with resort-style amenities like its central Clubhouse with fitness center and social room, walking trails, parks, pool, and tennis and pickleball courts. Briar Chapel is the type of community you can easily keep active in and then retire back to your warm and inviting home built by Dickerson or David Weekley Homes. Everything you need for affluent living is right through the front door, spaced out over more than 2,000 square feet.



As a top neighborhood in Chapel Hill, Dunhill does not disappoint. Set on the outskirts of Chapel Hill, Dunhill utilizes the stunning natural elements of North Carolina with many homes built on private wooded lots. Peace and quiet can be enjoyed on these large properties, whether you’re enjoying the top-quality furnishings of your home or spacious lots. Dunhill offers isolation with easy access to the University of North Carolina and Duke University, as well as the active community of Chapel Hill.

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Governor's Club

As the name suggests, there’s an air of exclusivity to living in Governors Club, a private club and community built around an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature 27-hole course. Governor’s Club offers nothing short of lavished living in expansive properties built on up to .34 acre lots. Every inch of the private community is luxurious, from the resident-owned country club with a fitness center and on-site dining to the pristinely-manicured grounds. Lounge in the comfort of your spacious home or set out to explore the sociable neighborhood and outdoor amenities.

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Just south of Chapel Hill, nestled in sprawling hills of green is Westfall, a neighborhood known for its resort-style pool, cabanas, sports fields, and access to walking trails. Homes in this top neighborhood in Chapel Hill embody a contemporary style with kitchens updated with modern appliances, elegant countertops, and high-end cabinetry. Open floor plans are cozy and inviting while the front and backyard are large enough to create a more private setting. Residents of Westfall are close to Downtown Chapel Hill, RDU International Airport, and all the shopping and dining one could need.

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Claremont/Claremont South

Variety is the spice of Claremont South with its 14 floor plans full of luxury features like wainscoting, modern appliances, quartz countertops, and open-concept kitchens. Residents of Chapel Hill’s Claremont South are treated to wonderful amenities like a shoreline entry pool, a fitness center, and access to walking and biking paths. While the community isn’t short on green space, it’s not far from a full-sized ball field. You’ll be able to enjoy the comforts of premium real estate in a community that’s convenient to the best of the Triangle.

Choose Your Top Neighborhood in Chapel Hill

It’s no easy decision to make, but once you do, our team of Chapel Hill experts can narrow down listings that best fit your wants and needs. Contact The Herbert Team to start the process of finding and buying your next Chapel Hill home.

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