A combination of luxury townhouses, a few apartment buildings, and beautiful single-family homes.

Welcome to Sweetwater

Effortless luxury living in a burgeoning, hip community.
Ensconced in the stunning natural landscape surrounding Raleigh and Durham lies Sweetwater, a quaint neighborhood that reminds visitors and prospective homeowners of days spent socializing with neighbors from the comfort of their front porch. Despite its small-town appeal, Sweetwater is home to a hip, up-and-coming community that will create a sought-after real estate market. A combination of luxury townhouses, a few apartment buildings, and beautiful single-family homes, Sweetwater’s unique architectural landscape has made it a firm favorite among homeowners who need easy access to major North Carolina cities without being stuck in their endless buzz. 
Most residential neighborhoods in Sweetwater are within walking distance of its center and the activity created by the many shopping and dining spots in the area. This tight-knit community feel, combined with the many nearby attractions, has set Sweetwater apart as one of the best places to live in the state.

What to Love

  • Proximity to Durham and Raleigh
  • Lively town center with restaurants and shops
  • Expansive green spaces and public parks

Local Lifestyle

Sweetwater is a hip, bustling community revolving around its friendly residents and many excellent local attractions and things to do. Many Sweetwater residents commute to Raleigh or Durham for work daily but find that everything they could need for their outdoor or indoor hobbies and recreation is more than catered for by the community’s amenities and entertainment venues. Sweetwater offers diverse real estate to an equally diverse population, including professionals, families, and retirees drawn to the neighborhood by its excellent livability ratings.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There’s something for everyone to do, see, and eat in Sweetwater. The community boasts more than four centrally located or nearby shopping centers, including Beaver Creek Commons, home to a Longhorn Steakhouse serving all-American style steaks and comfort food,  and DEFY Apex, a trampoline and indoor activity park that’s sure to keep the whole family coming back for more. Another popular shopping venue is the West Park Place Shopping Center, which hosts a fitness center, cinema, and a Food Lion convenience store. True to the innovative nature of the community, a new development, Sweetwater Town Center, will bring 45 acres of commercial and entertainment space to the heart of the neighborhood and is bound to offer the area an even more significant boost of activity. Until then, local favorites like Anna’s Pizzeria and Dallas Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits will continue offering Sweetwater residents comfort food in a fun, laidback setting.

Things to Do

Sweetwater is renowned for its magnificent outdoor recreational spaces and public parks. The nearby American Tobacco Trail is a 6.5-mile pathway open to hikers, cyclers, and horseback riders. With tree-lined passages and a sense of absolute tranquility, this trail is popular among nature lovers from all backgrounds. Another popular outdoor attraction is the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. With nine access points to the lake’s pristine, undeveloped shore, several hiking trails, and over 1,000 campsites, this park is a nature lover’s paradise. For those looking for outdoor recreation a little closer to home, the Apex Nature Park is an urban public park home to immaculately kept tennis and volleyball courts, multi-age playgrounds, and a disc golf course. 
For golf lovers, the Knights Play Golf Center features a 27-hole course that can be played during the day and at night, when the fully-illuminated par-three course becomes particularly popular. The golf center also offers a 60 station driving range for those who prefer to simply let off a little steam.


Sweetwater offers residents access to many excellent schools within the Wake County school district, including: 

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Overview for Sweetwater, NC

4,456 people live in Sweetwater, where the median age is 45.4 and the average individual income is $30,417. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Sweetwater, NC

There's plenty to do around Sweetwater, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Over Yonder, Shipley Farms Signature Beef, and Dollar General.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 4.93 miles 348 reviews 4.6/5 stars
Dining 3.42 miles 3 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.57 miles 1 review 5/5 stars
Dining 3.48 miles 1 review 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.83 miles 2 reviews 4.5/5 stars
Active 4.8 miles 10 reviews 4.9/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Sweetwater, NC

Sweetwater has 2,102 households, with an average household size of 2.12. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Sweetwater do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,456 people call Sweetwater home. The population density is 111.42 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.68 / 51.32%

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Schools in Sweetwater, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Sweetwater. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Cove Creek Elementary
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