Warehouse District

February 16, 2024

Tim Clarke

Dive into the Warehouse District in Downtown Raleigh - a vibrant area featuring historic warehouses, trendy eateries, art galleries, and unique shops.

Centered just west of downtown Raleigh, the Warehouse District is characterized by its iconic red brick former industrial buildings dating back to the early 20th century.

The area first developed as a hub for Raleigh's railroad and cotton industries, with warehouses, factories, and depots constructed along the railroad tracks.

Companies like Dillon Supply, Briggs Hardware, and Raleigh Bonded Warehouse operated here.

After declining in the mid-1900s, the area sat underutilized for decades. It began revitalizing in the 1990s and 2000s as developers transformed the vacant warehouses into loft apartments, restaurants, galleries, and creative office spaces.

New infill projects have further expanded the Warehouse District into a vibrant live-work-play destination.

Today, the Warehouse District contains a mix of preserved historic warehouses and new mixed-use developments.

The iconic red brick architecture lends industrial character. Once desolate streets now bustle with activity from tech startups, shops, bars, and museums.

Notable Developments and Attractions

Some of the Warehouse District's major developments and attractions include:

  • Union Station - Raleigh's historic train depot reopened in 2018 as a multi-modal transit hub and public gathering space.
  • CAM Raleigh - This contemporary art museum focuses on emerging and under-recognized artists in a converted downtown warehouse.
  • The Dillon - This mixed-use tower integrates the historic Dillon Supply Co. building into luxury condos and retail space.
  • Morgan Street Food Hall - Located in the former Jillian's entertainment complex, Morgan Street contains 20+ culinary stalls showcasing Raleigh's diverse food scene.
  • Raleigh Denim Workshop - This workshop, store, and cafe offers handcrafted denim alongside coffee and locally-sourced fare.
  • Escazu Chocolates - Stop by this bean-to-bar chocolate factory and tasting room for a behind-the-scenes look at small-batch chocolate production.

Dining and Nightlife

The Warehouse District boasts some of Raleigh's top dining and nightlife destinations, including:

  • Brewery Bhavana - This combination flower shop, dim sum eatery, and brewery crafts farmhouse ales and creative small plates.
  • Videri Chocolate Factory - Sample handmade gourmet chocolate, watch the production process, and enjoy coffee and ice cream in this converted warehouse.
  • The Pit - Legendary for its authentic Carolina-style barbecue, The Pit smokes brisket, pork, and chicken onsite and offers a range of Southern sides.
  • Crank Arm Brewing - With beers like the Rickshaw Rye IPA and Mad Waffle Oatmeal Stout, Crank Arm is a bike-themed neighborhood brewpub.
  • Kings - This bowling alley, bar, and restaurant also offers bocce ball, ping pong, arcade games, and weekend DJs.

Accessibility and Location

Centrally located downtown, the Warehouse District provides walking access to Raleigh's top attractions. The area is served by the Raleigh Union Station transit hub and is about a 10 minute walk from the Raleigh Convention Center. The neighborhood sits just west of the central business district along West and South streets.

Interstates 40 and 440 provide convenient vehicle access from surrounding areas. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is only about 15 minutes away. Free on-street parking and decks are available.

Tim's Perspective

With its dynamic mix of historic character and modern urban excitement, the Warehouse District offers a truly unique live-work-play environment. From tech startups and creative agencies to chefs and artists, the neighborhood attracts those looking to immerse themselves in Raleigh's thriving innovation and culture scene. With more developments on the horizon, the Warehouse District promises to only get better. Contact me to learn more about calling this one-of-a-kind neighborhood home!

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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