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There are Six Inside-the-Beltline Neighborhoods
Go to Downtown page. Hillsborough is one of the 3 neighborhoods that take in the Downtown area. Two Inside-the-Beltline subdivisions which are part of Hillsborough, Cameron Park and Cameron Village, are also covered there.
Content below. Also, go to Mordecai page.
3.) Five Points
Go to Five Points page. See also page for Whitaker Mill Area of Five Points.
Content below. We have divided this area along Wade Avenue into Wade South and Wade North.
Content below. This neighborhood is divided along Glenwood Ave. into West Glenwood and East Glenwood.
Yep, this is a little confusing. There is the Midtown area between I-440 and I-540. There is also a Midtown Neighborhood which is primarily located in the Midtown (I-440 to I-540) area. The map makers who came up with the neighborhoods let part of the Midtown Neighborhood dip into the Inside-the Beltline area.
A variety of styles and prices
As you consider this section of Inside-the-Beltline neighborhoods I think you will be struck by the variety of what is there. Higher density multifamily growth dots the area. Yet there are designated historic districts and neighborhoods built during the earlier years of Raleigh with detached single family homes, both old and recent.
New Home Infill and Renovation
As you ride from one Inside-the-Beltline neighborhood to another, unless restricted by a historic designation, you will find a mix of what was built when the neighborhood was originally developed and recently constructed houses. The new houses are often large and with a price that is a multiple of the cost of the lot, and maybe the house that was previously on it. If you are considering the purchase of an older home, there are talented designers and contractors to renovate and add to existing houses in a way that works with the original character of a neighborhood.
There are neighborhoods with walkable amenities, such as Mordecai (See below) and Five Points. Schools and the topic of whether the closest school in your neighborhood is where your student will be assigned are addressed in some detail in the “Schools” section of this web site. For desktop users, the spatial map above has a feature that allows you to pick and display a radius you consider walkable from the school of interest. See Using the Maps.
Hillsborough Neighborhood, Inside-the-Beltline
This neighborhood is partially in both the Downtown area and the Inside-the-Beltline area. It includes Cameron Park, Cameron Village, and NC State University, and is discussed on the Downtown page.
Mordecai Neighborhood, Inside-the-Beltline
See also the Mordecai page, including the new Oakdale at Mordecai community.
What’s in the Mordecai Neighborhood?
Mordecai and the surrounding areas have become popular for older houses with approachable prices that can be renovated into fresh close-in homes with walkable amenities.
Mordecai includes the area around William Peace University, the adjacent Seaboard Station shops and restaurants, the redeveloped Halifax Court residential area, and the historic Mordecai neighborhood. The southern boundary of this area runs through the intersection of Peace and Person Streets where Krispy Kreme is. Person Street becomes Wake Forest Road as you travel north, and for a couple of blocks or so, shops and restaurants make a convenient neighborhood focal point and gathering place.
The area is super-convenient for anyone working at any of the NC State Government complex offices Downtown.
There also have been new houses built in the Oakwood North and other nearby areas area just east of the Mordecai neighborhood off Glascock Street. See the area behind Conn School on map. There are becoming fewer places Inside-the-Beltline to find vacant land the will support this size new neighborhood. In 2015, there were 10 homes in Oakwood North that sold for $358,145 to $455,195 with the average and median prices both being about $411,850.
From my earliest childhood, I remember going to the Seaboard Railroad Station to pick up a passenger or a package sent by rail. After the depot was no longer used by the railroad, it was occupied by Logan’s Trading Post, a popular plant and garden supply store. I think of Logan’s as the anchor to the Seabord Station Shops area. There are warehouses around the depot that have been renovated and new buildings built for shops and restaurants, such as the 18 Seaboard restaurant which has been there since 2006.
One other remembrance from this neighborhood is the Krispy Kreme. Not the one that is there now, but the one that was located across Person St. from where it is now. It was a big deal to go there with my Dad and Brother on the way back from wherever and watch the doughnuts being made and contemplating the finished varieties on trays like jewels in a case. There was no way a full dozen ever made it home.
Five Points Neighborhood, Inside-the-Beltline
This Neighborhood is considered on Five Points Neighborhood– a separate page
Wade Neighborhood, Inside the Beltline
It is convenient to think of the Wade Neighborhood in 2 parts: The area south of Wade Avenue and that north of Wade Avenue. I’ll call them Wade South and Wade North in hope of a little clarity.
I associate the Wade South area with the NCSU campus, Cameron Village, and the Raleigh Little Theater and Rose Garden. The rose garden made an impression on me in my childhood- row on row of beautifully tended roses set in what seemed like some kind of stadium. It was actually an amphitheater built on the former site of the State Fairgrounds. (The current Fairgrounds moved in 1926 to Hillsborough St. and Blue Ridge Road). The semicircular street around the theater and garden was one end of the old fairgrounds race track. What is now amphitheater seating was where the other end lay. The theater, between the two ends. was finished in 1940.
The boundaries of Wade South are Meredith College to the west, the NCSU campus along or near Hillsborough Street to the south, Oberlin Road to the east, and Wade Avenue to the North. Being in this area makes you feel a part of a walkable university community, which is one reason we think it will appeal to many people, and include it among other similar communities, such as Cameron Park, in Best Raleigh Neighborhoods.
Oberlin Road runs along the west side of Cameron Village, which for many Wade South residents is a significant walkable amenity with many restaurants, a cafeteria, and retail ranging from a Harris Teeter Grocery, and a drug store, to apparel and other specialty shops. Just to the west of Oberlin are the Fairmont and Fairground Park subdivisions which abut The Raleigh Little Theater and Rose Garden a few blocks off Oberlin. Wilmont and Forest Hills are two of the larger subdivisions also in Wade South
The Wade North area is bounded by Dixie Trail to the West. On the North are Lake Boone Trail and a short segment of Glenwood Avenue. To its east is Oberlin Road plus a small area east of Oberlin.
The Glenwood Village shopping center anchored by a Harris Teeter Grocery fronts on Glenwood Ave. in this area. A popular restaurant there of some duration is The Glenwood Grill. An easy walk from Glenwood Village over a pedestrian bridge is Glenwood Gardens, which has been a popular move for people downsizing from larger houses. The Carolina Country Club is nearby.
Two of the major subdivisions in this area are Sunset Hills and Budleigh. An MLS search (not from this site) showed that in 2015 there were 50 sales. The average sale price was $731,735. and the median was $692,500. Prices ranged from $275,000. to $1,750,000. and the average days on the market were 55, with the median time being 30 days.
The Glenwood Neighborhood is somewhat L-shaped, and as with the Wade Neighborhood, it might be easier to consider it in two pieces: west of Glenwood, and east of Glenwood (Glenwood West and Glenwood East)
Glenwood West has Wade Avenue at Meredith College as its southern border. The I-440 Beltline running clockwise from the Wade Avenue Exit to the Glenwood Avenue exit is to the west and north. Glenwood Ave. from the Beltline to Lake Boone Trail is to the East. Lake Boone Trail runs west to Dixie Trail which runs south to Wade Avenue. Lake Boone and Dixie are common borders with the Wade Neighborhood.
Ridge Road is the main north-south road in the western part of the Glenwood Neighborhood. Ridgewood Shopping Center is at its southern end, just across Wade from Meredith College. Ridgewood is anchored by Whole Foods, and has a number of other shops. Leroy Martin Middle School and Frances Lacy Elementary lie further North on Ridge Road.
This Neighborhood has the same name as that of the area between the I-440 Beltline and the Outer Loop. It includes areas both inside and outside the Beltline. It is covered in Midtown.