A historic downtown filled with charming shops and restaurants, a high-tech economy that rivals Silicon Valley (without the high price tag), some of the best schools in the nation, popular festivals, and a tree-filled landscape -- it's easy to see why Apex was once named the number one "Best Place to Live" by Money Magazine. Apex was named for its location on the rail line, with its rail station being the highest point between Richmond and Jacksonville. The town, which dates back to 1873, is one of the most in-tact rail cities in the country. With just 14 miles to downtown Raleigh, Apex residents can easily visit the capital city, which is home to North Carolina State University, Meredith College, and PNC Arena. Apex apartments are ideal for those working at the nearby Research Triangle Park, and it is perfect for parents -- the schools are top-rated and feature cutting-edge technology. This close-knit community also has a fun side with events like the PeakFest Street Fair attracting roughly 15,000 a year.