November 5, 2023

Explore the charming community of Greenwood in Chapel Hill, NC. Discover your suburban sanctuary. Join us today!
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Tucked away just off NC-54, Greenwood is a well-established Chapel Hill neighborhood dating back to the 1950s. This community of mostly single-family homes has plenty to offer families.

Location and History

Greenwood is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Chapel Hill and UNC. It is situated east of NC-54 and north of US-15/501.

The neighborhood began development in 1955 as part of the Baby Boom suburban expansion.

Many of the original ranch homes from the 50s and 60s remain today, giving Greenwood a quiet, traditional feel.

Notable Builders and Developers

Greenwood was built out over decades by various local and regional homebuilders including:

  • Curtis Brooks - One of the early developers in Greenwood
  • Holland Homes - Local custom home builder
  • John R. McAdams Company - Prolific area developer behind later homes

Neighborhoods and Housing

Greenwood offers mostly single-family homes on wooded lots. Housing styles include:

  • Original ranch homes from the 1950s-60s
  • Larger two-story colonials from the 1970s-1990s
  • Newer custom homes and remodels with upscale features

Home sizes range from 1,500 square feet for older homes up to over 5,000 square feet for new custom builds. Lots are around 0.5 acres on average.

Amenities and Attractions

While Greenwood lacks amenities within the neighborhood itself, residents enjoy proximity to:

  • Eastgate Shopping Center - Nearby shopping plaza with grocery, retail, restaurants
  • Meadowmont - Larger shopping/dining district just 2 miles away
  • Chapel Hill Country Club - Public golf course open to non-members
  • Umstead Park - Chapel Hill public park with trails and recreation
  • Easy access to downtown Chapel Hill and UNC attractions

The location provides convenience to shopping, dining, and recreation.

Top Local Restaurants

Some favorite local dining options for Greenwood families include:


  • Pepper's Pizza - Custom pizzas baked in wood-fired oven
  • Mediterranean Deli - Quick and casual Mediterranean eats
  • Al's Burger Shack - Juicy burgers and thick milkshakes

Upscale Casual

  • Kitchen - Farm-to-table southern dishes and craft cocktails
  • Four Corners Grill - Creative flatbreads and upscale pub fare
  • La Residence - Cozy French bistro with patio dining

Fine Dining

  • Crook's Corner - Iconic southern food in historic farmhouse setting
  • Elaine's on Franklin - Seasonal new American cuisine, farm fresh
  • The Carolina Inn - Elegant southern-inspired fine dining

Chapel Hill offers family-friendly casual options along with upscale dining for parents' date nights.

Engaging with the Community

Here are some ways for Greenwood families to engage more locally:

  • Join the Greenwood Neighborhood Association to connect with neighbors
  • Attend concerts, theater, and other cultural events at UNC
  • Volunteer through local schools, parks department, Habitat for Humanity
  • Participate in town events like Festifall and community celebrations
  • Explore nearby parks and greenways like Umstead Park
  • Shop and dine locally to support Chapel Hill businesses

Getting involved fosters a sense of community and belonging.

Advice on Selling in Greenwood

For homeowners looking to sell in Greenwood, here are some tips:

  • Accentuate classic neighborhood features like hardwood floors and fireplaces
  • Make small updates to kitchens and bathrooms if needed
  • Host open houses to showcase family-friendly floorplans
  • Price competitively based on recent sales of comparable homes
  • Time listings to target families shopping before the school year
  • Partner with a local real estate agent who understands the Greenwood market

The Tim M. Clarke team has years of experience guiding Greenwood sellers through the home selling process. Their area knowledge is an asset.

Nearby Healthcare and Education

Greenwood provides easy access to top-rated healthcare and education options:

  • UNC Medical Center - Nationally ranked hospital complex
  • Duke Health - Top-notch care at Duke University Hospital in Durham
  • Excellent Chapel Hill-Carrboro public schools
  • Numerous private schools including Durham Academy

The location is ideal for families needing quality healthcare and schools.

A Local Realtor's Perspective on Greenwood

A Traditional Neighborhood Offering Chapel Hill Charm

As a long-time Chapel Hill Realtor, I've come to appreciate the quiet charm and family-friendly appeal of the Greenwood neighborhood.

Its wooded lots and traditional ranch homes offer a comfortable, small town feel just minutes from downtown.

Many young families are drawn to Greenwood's proximity to top-ranked schools, parks, and shopping.

The older homes feature hardwood floors, fireplaces, and classic charm.

Newer custom builds blend seamlessly with the traditional architecture. Greenwood offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of Chapel Hill and UNC, but remains conveniently located.

Residents can enjoy the college town culture without being right in the thick of it. The neighborhood's mature trees and greenery enhance the area's natural beauty.

For families seeking a traditional neighborhood with Chapel Hill character, Greenwood always tops my list of recommendations.

Contact us today. I look forward to helping you find your perfect home in this charming community.

Listings in Greenwood

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Tim M. Clarke

About the author

17 years as a Realtor in the Research Triangle, Tim seeks to transform the Raleigh-Durham real estate scene through a progressive, people-centered approach prioritizing trust & transparency.

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