Hayes Barton

November 5, 2023

Experience the best of Raleigh near downtown and The Village District in Hayes Barton community. Explore homes and vibrant city living.
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As a Raleigh resident for over 10 years and licensed real estate agent for 17+, I'm Tim Clarke - founder of the Tim M. Clarke Real Estate Team.

With extensive knowledge of Raleigh neighborhoods and a commitment to integrity, I've helped hundreds find their perfect home.

As a Certified Residential Specialist and leading agent in the Triangle, I'm thrilled to share my insider's perspective on one of Raleigh's most coveted communities - Hayes Barton.

This historic neighborhood offers residents a prime location near downtown, beautiful homes, and a friendly community vibe.

History of Hayes Barton and Notable BuildersNestled just northwest of downtown Raleigh, Hayes Barton was one of Raleigh's first streetcar suburbs.

It was named after Sir Walter Raleigh's English estate and was meant to appeal to the city's professionals and leaders.

The area was originally part of the expansive estate of Josephus Daniels, publisher of the Raleigh News & Observer, in the early 20th century.

As the city expanded, his land was sold off and subdivided for residential development beginning in the 1920s.

Many of Hayes Barton's homes were built between the 1920s and 1950s in popular early 20th-century styles like Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, and Craftsman.

Local builders Howard E. Satterfield and J.W. Coffey & Sons constructed many of the elegant early homes.

Their high-quality craftsmanship established Hayes Barton as Raleigh's most prestigious neighborhood. Deed restrictions maintained the upscale character.

Today, Hayes Barton contains over 600 restored homes showcasing architecture from the 1920s alongside newer infill.

Its location provides easy access to downtown while maintaining historic charm. The neighborhood was designated a Raleigh Historic District in 1989.

You can read more about the history of Hayes Barton on the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) website.

Hayes Barton's Convenient Central Location

Tucked inside the I-440 beltline just northwest of downtown Raleigh, Hayes Barton offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center.

It's conveniently located near major employers and attractions. The community is only minutes from government offices, museums, performing arts venues, sports arenas, and more.

Notable Sections of Hayes Barton

Some of Hayes Barton's most distinct areas include:

Saint Mary's Street - Lined with elegant Colonial Revivals and Tudor Revivals, this section formed one of Raleigh's most prestigious addresses. Homes feature deep setbacks and inviting porches.

Fairview Road - Bungalows and cottages distinguish Fairview as a solidly middle-class section of Hayes Barton developed in the 1920s-30s.

Williamson Drive - Towering oaks and classic Colonial Revivals line Williamson, making it one of Hayes Barton's most coveted residential streets.

In addition to historic homes, Hayes Barton offers walkable access to downtown Raleigh and the Five Points business district. Sidewalks shaded by mature trees encourage walkability. 

Charming Architecture and Picturesque Streetscapes

With its curvilinear streets and landscaped medians, Hayes Barton has an idyllic suburban feel. Mature trees and flowering shrubs enhance the beauty of this family-friendly environment.

Architectural styles include Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Tudor Revival, and more. Historic homes mingle seamlessly with tasteful new construction.

Top Nearby Attractions

Given its central location, Hayes Barton provides easy access to top downtown destinations like:

Royale - Housed in a former drugstore, Royale offers creative renditions of classic American fare alongside craft cocktails.

Bloomsbury Bistro - This contemporary American bistro crafts seasonal dishes like braised short ribs, seared scallops, and duck confit.

Second Empire Restaurant - The AAA four-diamond Second Empire excels at refined entrees like rack of lamb, duck, and seafood in an elegant setting.

Marbles Kids Museum - Marbles Kids Museum provides interactive STEM and art exhibits and programs just north of the neighborhood.

Moore Square - Moore Square hosts regular events like food truck rodeos, concerts, and art fairs within walking distance.

Fletcher Opera Theater - Part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, this venue hosts concerts, operas, and more downtown.

Family Fun at Area Parks and Greenways

Picturesque parks give kids room to play and explore. Pullen Park has a carousel, train rides, and pedal boats.

Raleigh Little Theatre and Rose Garden are also popular. The Walnut Creek Greenway connects to over 100 miles of trails across the city.

Walk, run, or bike through natural areas and along creeks.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment Close By

Hayes Barton puts you steps from the fun of Five Points. This district mixes quaint antique shops with hip boutiques, cozy cafes, and fine dining.

Favorite restaurants include regardless Cafe, NOFO @ the Pig, Third Place Coffee, Lilly's Pizza, and more. The historic Rialto Theatre shows indie films in an iconic setting.

The Cameron Village shopping center is also just down Oberlin Road. It offers 60+ retailers like Harris Teeter, CVS, Starbucks, and boutiques.

Top-Ranked Schools in the Area

Hayes Barton offers families access to some of Raleigh's highest-rated schools.

Top-performing elementary options include Underwood and Fred J. Carnage.

Excellent middle schools include Moore Square Museums Magnet. Nearby high schools are Enloe, Broughton, and Ravenscroft.

Many private school choices exist too, like Raleigh Charter High School. With a range of options, you can find the perfect fit.

Accessibility and Location

Hayes Barton's premier location just northwest of downtown Raleigh provides excellent accessibility. The neighborhood is highly walkable and bikeable. Residents can easily walk to downtown destinations in under 15 minutes.

For commuting, Hayes Barton also allows quick access to Route 1, Route 70, and I-40. Research Triangle Park can be reached in 10 minutes, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport is only a 15-minute drive away.

Quick Access to RDU and Downtown

Hayes Barton enjoys quick access to major transportation routes. It's less than 15 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport via I-40.

Downtown Raleigh is only 5 minutes away via Wade Avenue.

Commuters can walk, bike, drive, or use ride-sharing services like Uber.

Healthcare and Emergency Services Nearby

Top medical facilities close by include Rex Hospital and WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Specialists in all fields are available.

Police and fire stations are less than 2 miles away in Five Points and on Fairview Road. Average response times are just 4-6 minutes.

A Safe, Friendly Place to Call Home

This Raleigh neighborhood enjoys low crime rates and a real sense of community.

Neighbors look out for one another and get together for block parties and the annual Hayes Barton Fall Festival.

As an experienced Raleigh real estate agent, I highly recommend Hayes Barton for home buyers seeking a prime location, beautiful homes, top-ranked schools, and amenities.

Schedule a tour with me today and let's find your perfect place in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood!

My Insider's Perspective for Maximizing Your Hayes Barton Experience

As a long-time Raleigh resident and real estate professional, I've come to know Hayes Barton inside and out.

Here are my tips for making the most of living in this exceptional neighborhood: First, take advantage of the location.

Being so close to downtown, you can walk or bike to work while avoiding traffic. Enjoy cultural events and nightlife without worrying about parking or driving.

Next, get to know your neighbors. Hayes Barton has an incredibly friendly, tight-knit community.

Introduce yourself, exchange numbers, and offer to help one another out. These relationships enhance your experience.

Also, explore the architecture and history. Hayes Barton has been designated a National Historic District.

Take walking tours to admire the homes and gardens. Attend neighborhood events to soak up the charm.

Finally, support local businesses. From coffee shops to boutiques, you have amazing shops and restaurants right around the corner.

Frequent them often and help sustain the vibrant Five Points district. With its rich history, natural beauty, convenience, and character, Hayes Barton is one of Raleigh's gems.

As an authority in the area, I'm here to guide you through the process of buying, selling, or living in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood. Let's connect today!

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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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