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Rolesville is a quaint yet rapidly growing town just 16 miles from the city of Raleigh. This charming town has maintained its rich heritage and well-connected community since its inception in 1837.


Real Estate

Neighborhoods throughout Rolesville boast a picturesque atmosphere with pristine landscaping, lush foliage and well-maintained streets. Homes in Rolesville range in size and style, with an emphasis on traditional and Craftsman properties. The mean home price in Rolesville is significantly higher than that of both the state and nation, making this a valuable area to invest in real estate. The growing population of Rolesville means there are a number of new construction properties to choose from.


Lifestyle and Attractions

Rolesville is an ideal residence for those pursuing a quaint country lifestyle with convenient access to jobs and big-city amenities. The town is located near Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, approximately 16 and 28 miles away, respectively. Additionally, Rolesville is well-connected to the nearby town of Wake Forest, which is located just a few miles north. Rolesville is considered one of the most rapidly growing communities in the state with a population of more than 6,000, compared to 3,786 in 2010. Despite this significant growth, community leaders are committed to preserving the rich small town heritage of Rolesville. This is achieved through annual events and festivals, including Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands Fest, a Family Movie Night Series, Fall Funfest and more special events.


Rolesville hosts three parks, including Main Street Park, Rolesville Community School Park and Mill Bridge Nature Park with a 200-seat atmosphere. Water sports enthusiasts can scuba dive at Fantasy Lake Scuba Park nearby, and cruise along the lazy river at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club. Historic sites in Rolesville include the Dr. Lawrence Branch Young House, the Green-Hartsfield House and the Heartsfield-Perry Farm. There are a few local shops located in Rolesville. Otherwise, residents may go shopping at Triangle Town Center & Commons located a few miles away. The town’s proximity to Raleigh means residents may travel to the city for shopping, dining, entertainment and employment.


Nearby Schools and Higher Education

Rolesville is a part of the Wake County Public School System, the largest public school district in the state of North Carolina, and the 16th largest in the country. In Rolesville, there are two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, but due to zoning plans changing regularly, students may attend schools located outside of Rolesville. There are 79 private schools in Wake County, none of which are located directly in Rolesville. Due to the town’s proximity to Raleigh, Durham and other major cities, there are a number of colleges and universities within reach, including Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and many more.



Rolesville began as a humble farming community in the early 1800s, and was named after local landowner and merchant, William H. Roles, who is responsible for drawing the town’s map for its incorporation in 1837. This quaint town is the second-oldest municipality in Wake County, after Raleigh, which was chartered in 1794. At Roseville’s inception, it was fenced along its boundaries to keep animals in, but the fences were removed in 1941 when U.S. Highway 401 was paved. However, you can still see two of the four original cornerstones of the town limits today.


Approximate Distance to:


Raleigh: 15.5 Miles

Durham: 28 Miles


Raleigh-Durham International Airport: 26 Miles



  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: 13 Miles

  • WakeMed Raleigh Hospital: 14.5 Miles

  • Duke University Hospital: 34 Miles


Major Highways:

  • US-401: Less Than a Mile

  • I-540: 9.5 Miles


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