Southern Village

November 5, 2023

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Southern Village is an award-winning new urbanist community located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Developed starting in 1997, Southern Village offers a charming mix of residential, retail, dining, and entertainment options in a walkable neighborhood layout.

Location and History

Conveniently situated just minutes from downtown Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina, Southern Village is located off US-15/501 south of the main UNC campus.

The community was master-planned and developed beginning in 1997 by DMB Associates and Cousins Properties.

It was designed around principles of new urbanism, emphasizing neighborhoods with sidewalks and porches rather than isolated subdivisions dependent on cars.

Notable Developers

  • DMB Associates - A prominent new urbanist developer behind communities like Seaside, Florida and Verrado, Arizona
  • Cousins Properties - A real estate investment trust based in Atlanta
  • Ram Realty - Took over management of Southern Village in 2004

Neighborhoods and Housing

Southern Village contains a mix of housing options:

  • Townhomes and condos built over retail space along Market Street
  • Single family homes and cottages with front porches along the neighborhood streets
  • Apartment homes at Southern Village Apartments

Home styles range from craftsman bungalows to townhomes with French country flair.

Amenities and Attractions

Some of the amenities and attractions that make Southern Village a popular community include:

  • Market Street - Mixed-use street with shops, dining, a coffeehouse, movie theater, and more
  • Weaver Street Market - Popular local grocery store and eatery
  • Southern Village Park - 10-acre park with trails, fields, playground, and outdoor amphitheater
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy and medical offices
  • Concerts on the Green and Movies Under the Stars events
  • Farmers market on Saturdays
  • Walkability and sense of community

The vibrant Market Street gives Southern Village a downtown feel, while amenities like the new park provide recreational options.

Top Local Restaurants

Some favorite local dining spots for Southern Village residents include:


  • Pepper's Pizza - Custom pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven
  • Spicy 9 - Chinese comfort food with lots of flavor
  • Mediterranean Deli - Quick and casual Mediterranean eats

Upscale Casual

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

Fine Dining

  • Crook's Corner - Iconic southern food in historic farmhouse setting
  • Elaine's on Franklin - Seasonal new American cuisine, farm fresh
  • Panciuto - Authentic handmade pastas and Italian entrees

The walkability of Southern Village allows residents to enjoy this vibrant dining scene without having to drive.

Engaging with the Community

Here are some ways Southern Village residents can engage more in their community:

  • Attend concerts, movies, and events happening right in Southern Village
  • Join the Southern Village Homeowners Association to stay updated on community news
  • Volunteer at community events like the farmers market and movie nights
  • Shop local at Market Street businesses to get to know your neighbors
  • Take fitness classes or join clubs at the Southern Village Clubhouse
  • Meet neighbors by taking walks and spending time in the park

The programming and amenities within Southern Village make it easy for residents to connect.

Advice on Selling in Southern Village

For homeowners looking to sell in Southern Village, here are a few tips:

  • Highlight popular community amenities like Market Street and the park in your listing
  • Stage your home to showcase Southern Village's neighborhood charm
  • Hire a real estate photographer to beautifully capture your home's best features
  • Price competitively based on recent sales of comparable homes
  • Be flexible with showings to accommodate buyers strolling the neighborhood
  • List with a local agent who understands Southern Village's value and appeal

The Tim M. Clarke real estate team knows how to market Southern Village homes to sell quickly and for top dollar. Their expertise with this unique community is invaluable.

Nearby Healthcare and Education

Residents of Southern Village enjoy close proximity to healthcare and education options:

  • UNC Hospitals - Top-ranked hospital complex with leading medical care
  • Private schools like Durham Academy, Raleigh Charter High School, and more
  • Highly rated Chapel Hill-Carrboro public schools

The location provides convenience to quality healthcare facilities and school choices.

A Local Realtor's Perspective on Southern Village

A Walkable Community Offering Small Town Charm

As a real estate agent who has helped many clients buy and sell homes in Southern Village over the past 17 years, I've come to appreciate the special appeal of this new urbanist community.

It offers residents a real sense of place, something rare among master-planned developments.

Life in Southern Village revolves around Market Street and the new park.

You can walk to dinner, grab a coffee, catch a movie, shop for groceries, and enjoy a farmer's market all in your own neighborhood.

There are always concerts, movies, and events bringing people together.

Yet despite this walkable setup, Southern Village homes maintain a cozy, almost small town feel with inviting front porches and southern-inspired architecture.

It's the best of both worlds - convenience and community.

As Chapel Hill's largest new urbanist development, Southern Village attracts buyers looking for more than just a house. They want a lifestyle.

I love helping clients find their perfect home here that suits their needs and desire for community. Southern Village offers residents a high quality of life they can truly be part of.

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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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