Old North Durham

February 17, 2024

Tim Clarke

Explore the historic community of Old North Durham in Durham, NC. Discover your suburban sanctuary. Join us today!

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Located just north of downtown Durham, Old North Durham is one of the city's most historic and charming neighborhoods.

Settled in the late 1800s as a suburb of Durham, the neighborhood is known for its historic homes, tree-lined streets, and proximity to downtown.

History of Old North Durham

Old North Durham was originally farmland until the late 1800s when it began to be developed into a streetcar suburb.

Many of the historic homes date back to the 1890s and early 1900s when tobacco executives and businessmen built grand Victorian homes in the neighborhood.

Prominent early developers include the Morehead family, who helped establish Trinity College, now Duke University.

Washington Duke, founder of the American Tobacco Company, also built a home in Old North Durham in the early 1890s.

As the neighborhood grew, churches, schools, and businesses were established along the major thoroughfares of Duke Street, Gregson Street, and North Roxboro Street.

By the 1920s, Old North Durham was a thriving streetcar suburb.

Neighborhoods of Old North Durham

The Old North Durham neighborhood is comprised of several distinct sub-neighborhoods, each with its own character:

  • Trinity Park: One of Durham's first suburbs, Trinity Park features historic homes built between 1890 and 1930. Many were built for tobacco industry executives.
  • Watts-Hillandale: Developed in the 1920s, this area has a mix of bungalows, Cape Cods, and ranch houses on quiet, tree-lined streets.
  • Morehead Hill: Set on a hill above downtown, this section has some of Durham's grandest historic homes from the early 1900s.
  • Geer Street: Home to former industrial buildings now converted to residential lofts, art spaces, and small businesses.

Amenities and Attractions

Old North Durham offers a wealth of amenities and attractions right in the heart of the neighborhood:

  • Excellent restaurants, cafes, and shops along Ninth Street
  • Farmers market at Durham Central Park
  • Duke Park with sports fields, walking trails, and a dog park
  • Historic tobacco warehouses repurposed for retail and dining
  • Durham Athletic Park, home of the Durham Bulls baseball team
  • Easy access to downtown Durham venues and events

Getting Involved in the Community

Old North Durham has a strong sense of community. Here are some ways for residents to get involved:

  • Join the Old North Durham Neighborhood Association and attend meetings
  • Volunteer at neighborhood events like the Durham Blues & Brews Festival
  • Shop at the Durham Farmers Market and get to know local growers
  • Participate in Durham Parks and Recreation programs and events
  • Attend free outdoor concerts and movies in Durham Central Park

Advice for Buying and Selling in Old North Durham

As a Durham real estate agent with local roots, I have some tips for buying and selling homes in Old North Durham:

  • Historic homes offer charm but may need electrical and plumbing updates. Factor in potential renovation costs.
  • Walkability, parks, and access to downtown are huge selling points for this area. Highlight these amenities.
  • Competitive market - homes often sell quickly and over asking price. Price appropriately and prepare for multiple offers.
  • Work with a realtor familiar with historic homes. We can help guide you through any needed renovations while preserving historic character.

The Tim M. Clarke Team has specialized in the Durham real estate market for over 17 years.

We have experience with historic homes and provide guidance on preparing your home to sell quickly and for top dollar. Contact us today to get started!

A Local Realtor's Perspective on Old North Durham

As a Durham native who attended high school here, I've always had a fondness for Old North Durham.

Its historic homes and tree-lined streets give it a charming, inviting feel that harkens back to Durham's roots while still offering modern amenities. The neighborhood has struck a perfect balance between preserving its rich history and evolving to stay vibrant and livable today.

The location can't be beat - close to downtown, Duke/Ninth Street, and Geer Street's local businesses.

You can walk to get groceries, enjoy a meal out, or take in local events. At the same time, the neighborhood itself is quiet and residential.

If I were moving back to Durham, Old North Durham would be at the top of my list.

For homebuyers, be prepared for a competitive market but know that this area is a sound investment. Historic homes with updates provide character you can't find in new builds.

As a realtor, I appreciate this neighborhood's engaged community. Neighbors care about keeping the area's charm.

We can help you find the perfect home here and guide you through any needed renovations.

With our local expertise, we'll ensure you make the most of buying or selling in this one-of-a-kind Durham neighborhood.

Contact the Tim M. Clarke Team - we're here to help!

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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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