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The Piedmont region of North Carolina is known for a lot of wonderful things, and they all contribute to why this is such a great place to live. From world-famous barbecue (the sauce is the star!), to gorgeous outdoor landscapes, to a refreshingly low cost of living, the counties in the central part of North Carolina offer simple, laid-back living but with fast and easy access to the region’s biggest cities. If you’re looking to build or buy a new home in central North Carolina, here are our top recommended locations:

Davidson County

Low cost of living, positive job growth, and arguably the state’s best barbecue, there are a lot of reasons to settle down in Davidson County, NC! Featuring the famous towns of Lexington (BBQ capital of the state) and Thomasville (once the furniture capital of the world), Davidson County today is a great place for job opportunities in manufacturing, retail, and health services, and for exploring the region’s outdoor beauty. Several national parks dot the county, including Boone’s Cave Park, where Daniel Boone and his family reportedly camped out for a year in the 18th century. The area is also home to several distinct wineries that make wine using locally-grown grapes.

Randolph County

Nestled amid rolling hills and river valleys is the well-positioned and eclectic Randolph County. Part of the Charlotte metro area, Randolph County is small enough to embrace quaint, small-town living, but within 500 miles of half of the nation’s population, so you always have easy access to world-class destinations. It is criss-crossed by a vast network of highways, so getting anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard is fast and convenient. 

Randolph County is home to an array of colleges and universities, and boasts a few interesting landmarks that you won’t find anywhere else. The North Carolina State Zoological Park is the largest natural-habitat zoo in the country, and requires a safari bus to view its 500 acres of exhibits. There’s also the Town of Seagrove, which has been named “The Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States.”

Montgomery County

Montgomery County, NC is for outdoor lovers! Whether you like to boat, hike, bike, or something in between, there’s a beautiful place for you to enjoy it here. Lake Tillery offers more than 5,000 acres of aquatic fun with 104 mile of shoreline. The fishing and boating alone are worth a visit, and the swimming and water sports are wonderful,  too. There are even opportunities for lakefront living if you choose to build a new home here. Close-by Badin Lake is even larger and its shoreline includes public beaches and picnic areas. 

For more varied outdoor recreation options, head to the 50,000-acre Uwharrie National Forest for mountain biking, camping, hunting, horse riding, and hiking, and more. From mountains to rivers, this protected forestland has everything you need to enjoy the best of the North Carolina outdoors.

Best Places to Live

Stanly County

Although it’s an attractive place for anyone who enjoys a low cost of living, access to quality healthcare, mild year-round weather, and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful North Carolina landscape, Stanly County has rapidly become a highly sought-after retirement location. Its towns have a laid-back, rural feel, but major cities like Charlotte and Raleigh are just a few hours’ drive away. 

There’s plenty to do within the county; residents enjoy 10,000 acres of lakes, a mountain range, five vineyards, four golf courses, and plenty of green space, parks, and urban farms. Morrow Mountain State Park is a favorite, with family campgrounds, cabins, a swimming pool, rental boats, a natural history museum, and more. 

Build a Custom Home in Central North Carolina

If any of these counties in central North Carolina sound like the perfect place for you, Value Build Homes would be honored to be your new home building partner. Give us a call at 919-899-7205 for more information on our 30+ floor plans,, or schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently-located design centers.