Historic Oakwood

February 16, 2024

Tim Clarke

Experience the allure of Historic Oakwood, near downtown Raleigh, NC. Explore timeless homes and a rich history in this picturesque neighborhood.
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Nestled just east of downtown Raleigh lies the charming Historic Oakwood neighborhood. This historic district transports visitors back to the 19th century with its tree-lined streets, intricate architecture, and homes brimming with character.

A Look at Oakwood's History

After the Civil War ended, Oakwood was nothing more than open fields and forests. In April 1865, it even served as a campground for General William Tecumseh Sherman and his troops. But soon after, the area got divided into parcels and sold to some of Raleigh's prominent citizens, like J.M. Heck, Richard Stanhope Pullen, W.C. Stronach, and Thomas H. Briggs. Many of the stately homes built in Oakwood during the late 1800s reflect the tastes and lifestyles of Raleigh's upper-middle class at the time. The neighborhood is also home to several Victorian-style houses constructed between the 1890s and 1910.

Oakwood's Architectural Allure

A walking tour through Oakwood unveils the neighborhood's diverse architectural styles. You'll find Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Neoclassical homes nestled along the shady streets. Some of the most notable estates include the Briggs-Ransom House, the Heck-Andrews House, the Tucker House, the Haywood Hall House, and the Pope House Museum. Each has its own unique story and design.

Top Things to Do

Oakwood is an ideal spot for a stroll on a sunny afternoon. Download a free walking tour brochure from the Historic Oakwood website to guide your adventure. The map includes brief histories of many of the homes. Don't miss Oakwood's signature event - the annual Candlelight Tour each December. For nearly 50 years, Oakwood residents have opened their homes dressed in holiday splendor for this special ticketed tour. After exploring Oakwood's charming streets, refuel at one of the nearby restaurants. Side Street Restaurant offers hearty sandwiches perfect for takeout picnics. Gringo A Go Go's patio has delicious tacos and Mexican fare. And the Transfer Co. Food Hall provides an abundance of quick bites all under one roof.

Oakwood Neighborhoods

Oakwood consists of two main neighborhoods - the Original Oakwood Historic District and the Oakwood Extension Historic District. The Original District contains Oakwood's oldest homes built primarily between 1865 and 1915. This section includes notable thoroughfares like Bloodworth Street, Linden Avenue, and Oakwood Avenue. The Extension District expanded Oakwood's boundaries in the early 20th century. Homes here reflect later architectural styles like Craftsman bungalows. Elm Street, Polk Street, and New Bern Avenue are the main drags in this neighborhood.

Top Restaurants Near 27601

Raleigh offers no shortage of delicious dining options near Historic Oakwood and zip code 27601. Here are some top-rated local favorites:


  • Big Ed's City Market Restaurant - This popular breakfast and brunch joint serves up fluffy biscuits, crispy fried chicken, and all the Southern classics. Customers rave about the friendly service and generous portions.
  • Regardless Cafe - A Raleigh staple since 1975, this casual restaurant wins visitors over with its charming patio and tasty morning meals. Don't miss the cheese grits and bread pudding french toast.


  • The Pit - For authentic North Carolina barbecue, head to The Pit. This laid-back spot smokes brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken over hickory wood. Try the smoked turkey sandwich with their famous hushpuppies.
  • Bida Manda - Named one of the South's best new restaurants by Southern Living, Bida Manda wows with its Laotian cuisine. The pork belly steamed buns, papaya salad, and curry noodle bowls are all must-orders.


  • Death & Taxes - This upscale restaurant crafts beautiful seasonal dishes with local ingredients. The duck breast with farro risotto and the NC trout get particularly glowing reviews.
  • Stanbury - Creative small plates shine at this airy downtown restaurant. Highlights include the roasted bone marrow, foie gras torchon, and any of the handmade pastas. Don't skip dessert - the chocolate terrine is sublime.

Accessibility from RDU and Beyond

The Historic Oakwood neighborhood is conveniently located about 15 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. It's also a quick 5-minute drive from downtown Raleigh. Oakwood sits south of Durham, with about a 30-minute drive separating the two downtowns along I-40. And it's only about 25 minutes west of Raleigh to Chapel Hill's charming downtown. So Oakwood offers easy access to all three vertices of North Carolina's famed Research Triangle region. Visitors can easily explore the area's top universities, sports, and cultural attractions.

Oakwood's Lifestyle Allure

With its central location, quaint charm, and abundance of amenities, Historic Oakwood entices homebuyers seeking a balanced lifestyle. Inside its borders, residents find a strong sense of community and connection to Raleigh's roots. The neighborhood's vibrant energy and engaged residents make Oakwood a highly desirable place to live, work, and play. As your local Oakwood real estate expert, I'm happy to provide personalized advice and services to help you buy or sell a home in this one-of-a-kind Raleigh neighborhood. Contact me today to start the conversation!

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Tim M. Clarke

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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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