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About Us

Sans Famille is a delightful, attractive, quiet, and well-established private community of 101 single-family homes, conveniently located in southwest Raleigh near city landmarks such as the PNC Arena, Rex Hospital and the North Carolina Museum of Art. The neighborhood was developed in 1979 by the late John Adams, a notable residential and commercial builder and developer.  His decision to build Sans Famille came after seeing a similar type of neighborhood while visiting California.  When the Sans Famille community was planned, it was the first of its kind in North Carolina: a neighborhood with zero lot lines.  His significant contribution to the Raleigh area was recognized in 2011 when he was inducted into the Homebuilders’ Association of Raleigh Hall of Fame. 

This unique community operates under a set of simple rules and guidelines, which seek to enhance property values and ensure the safe enjoyment of the neighborhood. These rules are backed by the neighborhood’s covenants and by-laws. All homeowners are automatically members of the Sans Famille Homeowners’ Association. Homes in Sans Famille are individually titled and stand on separate lots and homeowners maintain their individual homes and yards. 

Day-to-Day Operations

An all-volunteer nine-member board-of-directors meets monthly during the fall, winter, and spring seasons, and manages day-to-day business operations.


Utility services are all under ground. The City of Raleigh provides water & sewer service to the community; while the community owns the water mains and sewer pipes located within Sans Famille. We have a pro-active ongoing program in place to cover maintenance of the community sewer system. Our roads are inspected annually, and repaired as needed.

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