Angier is a quaint town covering three square miles located approximately 20 miles south of Raleigh. This affordable and intimate community enjoys small-town living with a population just under 5,000.
One of Angier’s most desirable aspects is the affordable cost of living, with housing costs considerably below the national average. This is an ideal area for those who prefer a country feel and tight-knit neighborhoods, as homes in Angier are situated on large lots with expansive green space and an abundance of trees. Angier homes range in style, including Colonial, Craftsman, and most commonly, traditional.
Lifestyle and Attractions
The town of Angier is nicknamed the “Town of Crepe Myrtles”, after the lovely flowering tree widespread in the South. The Angier Woman’s Club planted an abundance of crepe myrtles along the roadways during the 1930s, and these gorgeous flowers now draw about 20,000 people to Angier every year for the Crepe Myrtle Celebration. The town’s annual Bike Fest also attracts crowds to Angier every summer, gathering motorcyclists and bike enthusiasts throughout the region for live music, a bike show, a fundraiser and more. Angier enjoys convenient distance from Raleigh, located about 22 miles away, in addition to the breathtaking beauty of its immediate surroundings. Angier is situated along the “Art Road and Farm Trail” that travels through Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston and Robeson Counties.
The center of Angier holds a number of local restaurants, shops and other small businesses along a quaint street lined with historic buildings. Residents and visitors may learn about the history of the area at the Harnett County Indian Museum, the Angier Museum, and the Gourd Museum. Grab a bite to eat at a local hotspot in town or travel the reasonable distance to the many attractions, including restaurants, shopping malls and event venues, in the bustling city of Raleigh. Angier enjoys a rare combination of small town charm and big city access.
Nearby Schools and Higher Education
Angier public schools are part of Harnett County Schools, a system composed of 27 schools, including four in Angier — Angier Elementary School, Harnett Central Middle School, Harnett Central High School and North Harnett Primary School. Nearby private schools include Jonathan House Christian School, Lighthouse Christian Academy and Hilltop Christian School. There are no colleges or universities located in Angier, but the town plays a key role in the Research Triangle, which hosts a number of institutions, including Duke University, North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jacob Calvin Williams, who grew up in the area that is now Angier, is considered the father of the town. Williams and his wife bought 750 acres of farmland in 1872, and it was there that they raised their seven sons. Colonel John C. Angier owned and operated a lumber plant in Cary and built a railroad from Apex to Harnett County, stretching to the Williams’ farm. A Y-shaped turn-around spot and station house, both located on the farm, put Angier on the map. The station house was named Angier to honor John C. Angier, who played a major role in bringing the railroad to this town. During the 1930s, the Angier Woman’s Club planted crepe myrtles along the roadsides leading into town, which has increased the natural beauty of Angier and attracts visitors each year for the Crepe Myrtle Celebration.
Approximate Distance to:
Raleigh: 21.5 Miles
Durham: 43.5 Miles
Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 32 Miles
Angier Medical Center: 1 Mile
Duke Raleigh Hospital: 30 Miles
I-40: 11 Miles
I-95: 18 Miles
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