Do you LOVE old homes? Raleigh has some incredible historic homes, and these are the neighborhoods you’ll want to keep tabs on.
There are 8 historic districts in Raleigh, NC right now:
- Boylan Heights
- Blount Street
- Oberlin Village
- Capitol Square
- Moore Square
- Prince Hall
Included in each neighborhood description are the architecture styles for the homes in each area. If you’re looking for a simple summary of housing styles, scroll down to the end of this article.
Oakwood historic district is a vibrant community and the earliest suburb of Raleigh.
The neighborhood is complete with a variety of housing styles like Second Empire, Queen Anne, Italianate, Bungalow, Foursquare, Craftsman, and Minimal Traditional.
We dive into everything you need to know (& the secret reason this neighborhood is so connected) in this article all about living in Historic Oakwood.
Two special events happen each year:
- Tea & Garden Tour (in May)
- Christmas Candlelight Tour (in December)
Oakwood has everything under the sun with great lots, events, and closeness to downtown Raleigh.
Are you looking for historic Craftsman bungalows with classic southern front porches, surrounded by mature trees?
Then Boylan Heights Historic District is for you!
In this neighborhood, you’ll find yourself near some of the best restaurants in Raleigh. You also can’t miss the Boylan Heights Annual Artwalk in December.
Blount Street was the finest neighborhood in Raleigh in the 1880s.
Many of the houses are of the Victorian period architectural styles (Queen Anne, Second Empire, and Italianate). See the specific houses and more on the history of Blount Street here.
The Executive Mansion also sits on Blount Street (you can often take tours of the first floor during the holidays).
The neighborhood includes housing styles Queen Anne, Craftsman, and some houses are a combination of Craftsman style with Colonial Revival.
A few notable houses of the Glenwood-Brooklyn historic district:
- 808 Brooklyn Street with fish-scale shingles.
- 719 Gaston Street with four-leaf gable vents.
Learn more about Glenwood-Brooklyn.
Historic Oberlin Village has an interesting story and a fascinating history of settlement and homeownership.
We could try to tell the story ourselves, but it’s well-told on the Raleigh Historic website.
The short story: the neighborhood began as a “freedman’s village”, built by freed slaves after emancipation.
The types of homes you’ll find here are bungalows, masonry houses, Cape Cod houses with Colonial Revival details.
The area hosts a Historic Oberlin Village Annual BBQ in June (find more information about the event here).
The most notable building within the Capitol Square Historic District is the State Capitol. Institutional buildings and government buildings make up the bulk of this district’s architecture.
Residential houses are located on the eastern side of the district and range from the 18th to 20th centuries.
More on the history of Capitol Square.
This district is mainly commercial and is home to the City Market in Raleigh.
Most of the houses in the Prince Hall district are small one- or two-story homes.
Housing styles include Queen Anne, Craftsman/Colonial Revival hybrids, Triple-A shotguns, Neoclassical, and Minimal Traditional homes.
Housing Styles for each neighborhood historic district:
- Oakwood – Second Empire, Queen Anne, Italianate, Bungalow, Foursquare, Craftsman, and Minimal Traditional.
- Boylan Heights – Craftsman Bungalows.
- Blount Street – Queen Anne, Second Empire, and Italianate.
- Glenwood-Brooklyn – Queen Anne, Craftsman, and combo Craftsman style with Colonial Revival.
- Oberlin Village – Bungalows, Masonry Houses, Cape Cod Houses with Colonial Revival details.
- Capitol Square – Styes range from 18th to 20th century.
- Prince Hall – Queen Anne, Craftsman/Colonial Revival hybrids, Triple-A shotguns, Neoclassical, and Minimal Traditional homes
PS. If you love history, check out the Raleigh Heritage Trail for monthly events to connect with Raleigh’s past!