North Carolina has grown a lot over the past few decades. Perhaps no region of the state has felt this more than the Triangle, the home of state government, universities, and a thriving biotech sector. The population growth has pushed new residents further out, and sleepy rural towns have grown to match them.

Sanford is just such a town, with all the charm of rural life given a suburban edge. Its downtown has plenty to offer prospective residents! Check out our Guide to Downtown Sanford.


North Carolina is famous for its barbecue, and Sanford is no exception. One of the highlights downtown is The Steele Pig, and barbecue is obviously the main attraction. But other Southern staples – shrimp and grits, house-made pimento cheese, and fried green tomatoes: will definitely impress.

If you want the perfect date night, check out Café 121. This charming restaurant brings bigtime flavor (Portabello Florentine, Seared Yellowfin, Prime Rib) to a coffee bar setting. After dinner, swing by Smoke and Barrel for drinks, or Yarborough’s for some of the best ice cream in the Triangle.


North Carolina is marked by the scars of abandoned railways. Towns have found creative ways to repurpose them, and Sanford’s Depot Park is no exception. The former site of Sanford’s train depot is now home to outdoor concerts, a beautiful lawn, and elegant brick sidewalks.

There are also numerous hiking trails near downtown, including the Endor Iron Furnace Greenway, perfect for a morning jog or evening walk with the family. This greenway is currently undergoing an extension leading directly into downtown.


Whether it’s a classic movie, a stage play or a concert, Temple Theatre is the place to be. A Sanford institution since 1925, the theatre was fully restored in 1984. Most actors are locals, and shows rotate regularly.

If you’re in the mood for a little history, The Railroad House offers guided tours of historic Sanford sights. The small museum gives a fascinating window into the history of Sanford as a railroad town.

Looking for a taste of rural life without giving up urban conveniences? Located just southwest of downtown Sanford and under an hour from North Carolina’s fast-growing Triangle, Autumnwood could be just the home you’re looking for. Our 314 homesites start in the $270s.

If you’re interested in learning more about our neighborhood, contact us today!

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