Holly Springs, North Carolina (Town of Holly Springs) :
Money Magazine named Holly Springs, North Carolina as one of the best places to live in the country, ranking it 22nd among 100 Great American Towns, and among three cities in North Carolina on the list.For years, town leaders have been positioning Holly Springs for takeoff,propelled by the economic engine of Research Triangle Park. Nearly nine years ago, the Town began marketing a 400-acre business park for technology manufacturing companies.
Holly Springs Economic Development Department initiated a quiet, but ambitious, program to bring major biotechnology firms to Holly Springs. In summer 2006, those efforts paid off when Gov. Mike Easley announced that Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics would build a cell-based influenza vaccines manufacturing facility in the United States. Currently under construction, the flu vaccine manufacturing facility has put Holly Springs on the front lines of a nationwide response to the threat of a flu pandemic. This region is filled with new industries that have moved in because of the proximity of Raleigh. With a wide range of products including apparel andfabrics, electrical components, injection-molded plastic parts, office furniture, foods and more, employment prospects are good for a person in any trade.
The Town of Holly Springs in southwest Wake County had its beginnings as a crossroads near springs of fresh water at a spot where holly trees were numerous. Travelers along the road from Raleigh to the Cape Fear River and on to Fayetteville or those traveling from Hillsborough to Smithfield stopped by the springs to quench their thirst. The town remained fairly small, until the 1990's when commuters to nearby Raleigh saw the potential to live in an area that was lovely, and convenient. Holly Springs is part of the Triangle region, home to some of the nation's top universities, including N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Census 2000 figures showed that more than half of Holly Springs adults had a four-year college degree, and more than 12 percent had earned a graduate or professional degree. K-12 schools in Holly Springs are part of the Wake County Public School System, the second largest in North Carolina. Average SAT scores for the Wake County system exceed state and national averages. Dense groves of pine trees, interspersed with dogwoods, azaleas and other flowering plants, dominate many of the area's handsome home sites. A variety of appealing architectural styles, and new and old homes, also border parks, lakes and golf courses, or are aligned along quiet city streets.The views are spectacular, and land is plentiful. New home construction continues in Holly Springs, along with new shopping centers and other construction. Last year, approximately 606 residential properties sold in Holly Springs with an average sale price of $256,403. There are a wide variety of single family homes available, from chalet-style to traditional sprawling ranch homes. With so many choices, you are sure to find something you like. Land is also readily available in the area, and prices range depending on location and size.
Education, public safety, and quality-of-life are perhaps the most important strategic goals for Holly Springs. The Bass Lake Park project - Bass Lake has a wonderful retreat center, boating activities, greenways, bike paths, walking trails, fishing and more - is just one example of the City's focus on park development. Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Department offers an ever-expanding variety of programs for all ages. Holly Springs Cultural Center is the center for the arts in southwestern Wake County, providing musical and theatrical performances in its 200-seat theater. For the kids, there are movies and twice-monthly puppet shows. The Town-operated cultural center adjoins a Wake County branch library. Just a couple of miles from downtown, Bass Lake Park and Retreat Center is a quick way to connect with nature. Stroll the trail around the lake, drop a fishing line into the water or enjoy bird watching. Bass Lake Day is an annual environmental festival in autumn featuring exhibits and hands-on activities. For environmental organizations, Bass Lake Day provides community awareness and teaching opportunities. Each spring, Bass Lake Park celebrates turtles with a festival designed to increase understanding of threats to turtles' habitat.
The 46-acre Womble Park has four ball fields, soccer fields, a band shell for concerts, picnic shelter and other amenities. Across the street, Hunt Community Center is busy with classes and other programs for all ages. HollyFest is Holly Springs' largest festival, drawing thousands to Womble Park on the last Saturday of October for music, food, crafts, games and old-fashioned fun such as pig races.
Source: Town of Holly Springs.org