Raleigh, NC

The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Raleigh, NC

How Happy Are Raleigh's Homeowners?

With both mountains and beaches a quick drive away — and a plethora of tasty restaurants, lively bars and thriving cultural centers close by — Raleighites truly have it all. Especially when it comes to their homes. Larger-than-average homes and access to green spaces, natural light, and side or back porches make Raleighites the happiest. And residents also have a penchant for the outdoors, with nearly one quarter of Raleigh homeowners saying fire pits and newly planted gardens would make them happier.

Raleigh's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Painted interior room/area
  • Planting a garden/landscaping
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/add windows
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Replace/refinish flooring

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Happiest Home Features

Raleigh's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Central air conditioning
  • Lots of natural light
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Freshly painted interior

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • Organized closet/storage space
  • Improved insulation
  • New windows

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Front porch
  • Trees
  • Side or back porch

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • A fire pit
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Solar energy roofing features
  • Fence

It's not just projects and features that make Raleigh's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Easy access to highways
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Reasonable property & school taxes
  • Lots of green space

Overall Home
Happiness

90%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

52%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Raleigh home:

  • Homeowners have:3.5 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.6 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:14 years

  • Average square footage:2,400

  • Age of home:23 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):255,000Powered by Redfin

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Interested in knowing more about what makes homeowners happy - in Raleigh, in other cities, and in the United States as a whole?

Check out the full Homeowner Happiness Report and find out more about our methodology.