About Oakwood, Raleigh, NC
About Historic Oakwood
Historic Oakwood is located “inside the beltline” on the north side of downtown Raleigh,NC . Oakwood contains Raleigh’s largest collection of nineteenth-century Victorian-era dwellings and its richest diversity of architectural styles overall . It was developed primarily between 1880 and 1930.
Historic Oakwood is a large neighborhood teeming with architectural interest. Oakwood’s rolling topography adds to the uniqueness of the landscape. The architectural variety of Victorian period combined with the emerging new styles popular in the early twentieth century create a visually vibrant district.
History of Oakwood
Oakwood is Raleigh’s earliest middle-class suburb. This neighborhood complimented the near by upper-middle-class suburbs in the late nineteenth century. Oakwood is widely known for its’ historic cementery . Historic Oakwood is a neighborhood of restored Victorian and early 20th-century homes in a great variety of styles and sizes, many with beautiful gardens. Unlike Raleigh’s later suburbs, Oakwood developed slowly, often lot-by-lot rather than in sections. Several homes are also individually recognized as Local Historic Landmarks.
As the population grew, the neighborhood pushed beyond the city limits. Though much smaller than Oakwood’s earlier houses, these dwellings blended well with the developing streetscape. They matched the setbacks of the earlier houses and featuring similar front porches.
Development continued through the first decades of the 20th century. In the late 1960s and 1970s, the neighborhood went through a period of decline. People began to focus on newer suburbs north and west. When plans for a highway threatened to split Oakwood in two, residents turned to new historic preservation tools now at their disposal, listing Oakwood as both a “National Register of Historic Places District” and a “Local Historic District”. This successfully ended the planned highway.
Homes in Historic Oakwood
Since its designation as a Local Historic District, Oakwood has seen a healthy amount of new construction. These meet design guidelines on previously empty parcels and on newly subdivided sections. Many of the original homes have been painstakingly restored to maintain their original stature and beauty. Some of the more run down homes have also been leveled to have new construction replace them. The neighborhood is once again vibrant and stable. Homes in this area typically range in price from the $200’s to the $800’s. Scroll down to view all homes currently for sale in Historic Oakwood. Homes here can change frequently so feel free to bookmark this page.
For more information on homes located in Historic Oakwood, contact real estate professional Ernie Behrle with BuySmart Realty at 919-795-5447 or use the form below.
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