“As Raleigh continues to grow into a large destination city, developers and property managers will need to be innovative with new services and amenities focused on the tenant,” says Grubb Ventures President Gordon Grubb, whose portfolio includes de rigueur local developments like Raleigh Iron Works.

This goes hand-in-hand with the appeal of live, work, play communities, another growing trend across the City of Oaks. Iron Works and its apartment building Forge have banked on an amenity-rich community from the get-go with its impressive cadre of the tantalizing trifecta, leaning into work via on-site offices and play with a range of food, bev and retail, plus easy access to amenity-rich Dock 1053 and the greenway.

“Residents from both in town and out of state are looking for walkable communities with the ability to build and network with a mix of offerings at their fingertips,” adds Grubb. “This lifestyle helps reinforce the appeal of Raleigh’s strong community ties and local feel of the small town-turned-big city.” Thus, the amenity race is only at the starting line.

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