Do you daydream of tranquil living in inviting neighborhoods filled with affordable new-construction homes? Are you looking to get a taste of small-town charm without giving up close access to the bustling but expensive Raleigh? Johnston County offers it all, especially if you set your sights on the quaint towns of Smithfield and Selma and close-knit communities.
Located a comfortable 40-minute drive from Raleigh, Smithfield and Selma embody country living and offer reasonably priced neighborhoods like Mill Stream and East River. There’s something special about these towns, but if you need more convincing, consider these 5 reasons why you should call either home.
A Touch of the Culinary Delights
Moving to Johnston County will give you access to some truly delicious eateries. Foodies flock to some of the best restaurants in the area, including Crawford Cookshop by Award-winning Chef Scott Crawford in downtown Clayton. Selma’s own Old North State Food Hall is known for its diverse menu boasting various cuisines from freshly cooked hamburgers to authentic Indian dishes.
BBQ is a specialty of the region, and residents can enjoy some of The Triangle’s best at Low and Slow Smokehouse while watching planes land and take off at Johnston Regional Airport. Low and Slow is a local favorite and a great introduction to the cuisine that awaits travelers flying into town. The southern cuisine is so popular in Johnston County that there’s a “JoCo BBQ Trail” residents can follow to get a taste of the best in show.
New, Easy, & Affordable Living
There’s nothing like moving into a new construction home, especially the cozy craftsman properties of East River or the peaceful escape of Mill Stream. These neighborhoods swap oversized and costly homes with comfortable spaces that emphasize easy living over extravagances that otherwise raise the cost per square foot.
Homeowners will enjoy updated features like stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite countertops with options for open or closed-concept layouts. Floor plans range from 1,200 square feet to just over 1,700 square feet and include three to four bedrooms and two or 2.5 baths. Despite the lower price point, you won’t lack amenities, or additional features.
Being a brand new build, homeowners get to put a bit of their personality into the space and choose from optional features like a garden tub and shower and, depending on the floor plan, a fourth bedroom or kitchen island.
Amenities to Keep You Active
Just because you’re enjoying small-town living doesn’t mean you need to slow down at all. While there’s a lot happening in the Triangle you can take advantage of, East River isn’t short on things to do. The neighborhood is a short walk from the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center, which includes a fitness center, indoor pool, tennis courts, and walking trails.
If you’re one to explore the outdoors and keep active, Johnston County has plenty to keep you moving. Whether you enjoy a casual stroll around your East River or Mill Stream neighborhood or paddling down the Neuse River, you can easily keep fit as a resident of Smithfield or Selma. You can even enjoy an entire outdoor itinerary, complete with activities like hiking along the Neuse River trail to refueling at Zack's Char-Grill or the Gotham’s Deli before exploring the wonder of Hollywood at the Ava Gardner Museum.
Keep Busy and Entertained
Smithfield and Selma offer plenty to do to help fill a day. Premium outlets, flea markets, local theaters, and breweries keep you entertained daily. Selma attracts many during the holiday season with Dewayane’s Christmas Land, which turns the town into a winter wonderland with Christmas trees for sale, a visit from Santa, and other holiday delights.
Johnston County is not short on things to do, with golf courses, farmer’s markets, local artwork, and so much more worth seeing. Many residents explore Raleigh on the weekends since it is just a half-hour away.
Quality Education with an Eye Forward
Residents living in Johnston County will benefit from being part of Johnston County Schools. The revered district emphasizes college preparation while setting students up for current success with low student-to-teacher ratios.
After graduating high school, students can stay local and attend Johnston Community College in Smithfield or travel 30 minutes west to Campbell University in Harnett County and enjoy a diverse selection of programs geared toward education, health sciences, and business. Those looking to venture beyond Johnston County but stay relatively close to home can attend North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina in The Triangle.
Ready to Relocate JoCo?
Think you’ve found a home in Smithfield or Selma? East River and other up-and-coming communities offer affordable living, wonderful amenities, and easy access to the attractions of The Triangle area.
Now is the time to relocate to take advantage of everything Smithfield and Selma have to offer. Explore the incredible new construction communities available in Johnston County. Contact Jaclyn Smith Properties to have one of our neighborhood experts show you more of East River, Mill Stream, and other Smithfield and Selma communities.
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