Garner is a growing town of about 27,000 residents in the south eastern part of Wake County about seven miles from the downtown of the Capitol, Raleigh. The town has a historic downtown district, business parks and is home to the ever expanding White Oak Shopping Center, home to the first Cabela’s in the State of North Carolina. The Town of Garner is about 15 square miles but the mailing address of the town extends from Raleigh to Clayton in Johnston County. It is home to many wonderful neighborhoods both small and large. The town is known for it’s small town charm and friendly residents where the Friday night high school football games are packed. While the town continues to grow, there are still lots of land still used for farming and the town has over 350 acres of parkland for residents and visitors. In 2013 the town was named to the All American Cities List by the National Civic League.
History of Garner
Garner got its start when the North Carolina Railroad was built in the 1850’s when it was chosen for a station on the rail line that ran from Goldsboro to Charlotte. By 1878 a post office was needed and the town was incorporated as Garner’s Station. The area began to prosper and grow and in 1905 a railroad depot was established and became a hub taking passengers to Raleigh and shipping cotton. The town was reincorporated as the Town of Garner. There are documented records of a church south go Garner dating to the year 1756.
Garner Area Schools
The public schools for residents of the Town of Garner in Wake County are administered by the Wake County Public School System. There are eight public elementary schools, two middle and one high school in the Garner area. Residents with a Garner mailing address who live in Johnston County go to Johnston County Schools. As the area continues to grow there is pressure on the schools to accommodate all the new students so the school systems are constantly adjusting how students are allocated to each school. If schools are important to your home buying decision be sure to confirm what schools your children will go to with the school system. Wake County Public School System can be reached at (919) 431-7333 and Johnston County Schools can be reached at (919) 934-6031.
Wake County Public Schools
Aversboro Elementary School
Creech Road Elementary School
East Garner Elementary School
Rand Road Elementary School
Smith Magnet Elementary School
Timber Drive Elementary School
Vandora Springs Elementary School
Vance Elementary School
East Garner Middle School
North Garner Middle School
Garner Magnet High School
Johnston County Public Schools
Polenta Elementary School
West View Elementary School
Cleveland Middle School
Shopping Dining & Entertainment
The restaurant and shopping scene in Garner is going through a growth spurt as we write this community page with multiple new restaurants in Garner and many new retail stores of every persuasion. The White Oak Shopping Center at the intersection of Hyw 70 and I 40 has moved into new phases adding stores, hotels and restaurants.The Center is home to the 14 screen Regal Cinema along with national retailers Best Buy, T J Maxx, BJ’s, Kohl’s and Michaels. The national outdoor enthusiast store Cabela’s opened to much fanfare in the Spring of 2015, the first store in North Carolina. A hugely popular attraction which will draw customers from all over the state and beyond and to cater to the crowds at least five new restaurants will be opening in Garner. Carolina Ale House, City Barbecue, Five Guys Burger and Fries, Longhorn Steakhouse, Panera Bread are building stores are have applied for permits and should be open soon. Locally owned restaurants in Garner that get good reviews are Angie’s Restaurant, Simple Twist Cafe and Bar, Alexander’s Mediterranean Cuisine.
The Garner Performing Arts Center is located in the auditorium of the old Garner High School located in Downtown and presents shows and productions at affordable prices and also offers theater camps in the summer for ages 5-11 and 12-19.
Sports And Recreation In Garner
With over 350 acres of parkland and recreation Garner offers lots of options to get outside and enjoy the scenery. Lake Benson is a public reservoir where you can rent jon boats and canoes for finishing and boating. Lake Benson Park is a 60 acre park with four shelters and a 1.8 mile walking trail. The shelter can be rented out for family picnics etc. White Deer Park and Nature Center is a 96 acre facility with two miles of paved trails and a 2500 square foot nature center. The Polar Ice House offer lessons in ice skating, figure skating and ice hockey and hosts youth and adult ice hockey leagues. If golf is your game there are many courses nearby, Eagle Ridge, Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Pine Hole, River Ridge,
Colleges And Universities Near Garner
College bound students from Garner don’t have far to look when it comes to a college education. The campus of NC State is practically in Garner’s backyard just fifteen minutes away. The campuses of Meredith College, Shaw University and Campbell Law School are also in Downtown Raleigh and Duke University is about forty minutes away.The North Carolina University System provides education in 17 colleges around the state including…
- UNC Wilmington
- UNC Greensboro
- North Carolina Central
- Appalachian State University
- East Carolina University
- UNC School of the Arts
- UNC Chapel Hill
Wake Tech Community College and Johnston Community College both have facilities not far from Garner that offer more than 180 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in science, applied science, the arts, and general education as well as college transfer for entry into four-year colleges and universities.
Housing in Garner
Garner has subdivisions and neighborhoods ranging from starter homes to executive custom built homes, townhouse and apartments. Most of the housing offered is detached single family homes. There is a golf course community called Eagle Ridge and subdivisions that offer larger lots like Turners Farm and Adams Point. Many people are draw to the housing available in Garner because of the affordability but also the access to Downtown Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh Durham International Airport. There are new construction neighborhoods and older resale homes the median sale price of homes sold in Garner is around $220,000. You will find homes for sale in Garner priced close to a million dollars and homes under $100,000 while the average price range is about $250,000.
The climate in Garner is fairly mild year round with four seasons the best part is the long Fall and mild Winter. Many people move to North Carolina for the climate which allows for lots of outdoor activities such as golf, bike riding and walking. The average July high temperature is 88 and the average January low temperature is 32. Garner gets about 46 inches of rainfall a year and a scant 3.3 inches of snow. When it does snow here in the Triangle of North Carolina it is infrequent and typically does not last long.
Things To Do Near Garner
The Town of Garner is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina right in the middle of the state. It is part of the region called the Triangle of North Carolina named for the three towns of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. No longer is the Triangle region just those three cities but is made up of many small towns just like Garner in an area of the country that is attracting lots of new residents, business and industry. As the region grows so to does the list of entertainment venues, attractions and activities. Not far from Garner are museums, art galleries and concert halls. The North Carolina Symphony is based in Raleigh, also in Raleigh is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the Southeast’s newest and largest natural history museum.
The Triangle is home to many state parks and lakes that offer miles of walking and biking trails, camping, boating and fishing all a short distance from Garner. The beautiful beaches of the North Carolina Coast are only two hours drive away and the coast is home to some of the best coastal towns and cities anywhere. Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach and Southport are all wonderful to visit.The world renowned Outer Banks are a little further but worth the trip. Heading west from Garner it will take about three hours for you to see the beginning of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountains are spectacular anytime of the year, a great place to cool off in the Summer or a trip in early Fall to see the spectacular colors of the leaves.
Hospitals And Health Care Near Garner
In Garner WakeMed opened the WakeMed Garner Healthplex in 2013, the facility has a 24/7 emergency department, imagining, laboratory and physician practices. There is also the UNC Rex Wellness Center which tailors fitness programs to individuals who wish to lose weigh or just get fit. Some excellent health care facilities are within a short drive from Garner they include Duke University Hospital, UNC Hospital at Chapel Hill, Rex Hospital and WakeMed.
Real Estate Agent
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