Family-friendly homes in the best cities for raising kids

Raleigh, North Carolina

Address: 5200 Olive Road
Price: $200,000
What you get: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,194 square feet
Price per square foot: $91

Raleigh is a hot area with low crime rates, minimal congestion, good schools and a booming economy. It also has the highest median home price in our slide show of $211,000, according to Trulia. You won’t find much for that price close to the center of town. But there are lots of homes in that price range farther out. New home construction is booming, too. Raleigh's population and that of the metro area have both grown by 50% since 2000.

This home, built in 1970, sits just outside Raleigh city limits — in fact, the back fence of the wooded, half-acre lot is the city limit but is still considered southwest Raleigh. The middle school that serves the home is especially well-regarded. Though the house is adjacent to the Raleigh beltline freeway, it has a secluded feel, situated at the far end of a loop road. On the other side of the freeway, Lake Johnson Park offers miles of trails. Inside, the home has refinished hardwood floors and new carpeting, a remodeled master bath and lots of space. A separate workshop and storage shed in the backyard provide even more options.

Contact: Sharon Cooper of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston at (919) 789-5200