Cameron Park is a historic neighborhood located inside the beltline (ITB), bounded by the central Raleigh thoroughfares of Hillsborough Street, St. Mary’s Street, Peace Street and Oberlin Road, and dating back to the early 20th century. Marketed as a streetcar suburb for the upper-class, Cameron Park remains an upmarket neighborhood. Real estate prices remain high and this neighborhood is among the best in the city of Raleigh for many reasons including:
1. Cameron Park is a historic neighborhood with well-maintained homes in a wide-range of architectural styles
Added to the National Registrar of Historic Places in 1985, Cameron Park was developed in the early 1910’s around a linear park on land that was originally part of the Duncan Cameron Plantation. Constructed around three ravines, the landscape of Cameron Park lots varies – some homes rest on level, open lots while others are terraced upon hills. The heterogeneous architectural styles include bungalows, Colonial Revivals, and even some Spanish-inspired homes. Priced from the $300’s to the $700’s (the median sale price is $490,000), homes typically have 3-4 bedrooms and are between 2,000 SF – 4,000 SF.
2. Walk to Broughton High School and other surrounding high-quality schools from Cameron Park
Broughton High School, located a block away at the intersection of St. Mary’s Street and Peace Street, has a great reputation in the area for its excellent support of the arts, nationally recognized international baccalaureate program and high quality staff. Cameron Park is also next to St. Mary’s Private School, an all-girls boarding and day episcopal preparatory high school. It is the 4th oldest girls’ boarding school in the United States. Many of the school’s professors were original developers, in fact. Wiley Magnet Elementary School on St. Mary’s Street features an international program attracting students from many countries.
3. Shop at Cameron Village, also walking distance away from Cameron Park
The Cameron Village Shopping Center stretches over six blocks and has over 100 distinct stores as well as national retailers, such as Ann Taylor, Harris Teeter, Fresh Market and Rite Aid. This planned development has been a premier Raleigh shopping destination since it opened in 1947. It is also home to the Cameron Village Public Library and many great lunch spots.
4. Stroll to multiple date-night locations from Cameron Park
Stroll down Morgan Street from Cameron Park and you will find a strip of great date spots. Irregardless Café is Raleigh’s oldest restaurant and is famous for its fresh food, vegetarian options and live music, Trophy Brewing is a rapidly growing craft brewery that serves gourmet pizzas, and P.G. Werth’s is a new American cuisine market and restaurant. Just down Hillsborough Street is the Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, a fine-dining AAA Four Diamond Restaurant in a historic mansion where the wait staff very elegantly serves your meal on silver platters.
5. Cameron Park puts you close to the Downtown Raleigh District of Glenwood South
Glenwood South is a district that has blossomed in past decade. This downtown entertainment district – once known for its clubs – has transitioned into a trendy spot. A palpable energy has developed as local restaurants, hip bars, and small cafes have opened up along this 8-block stretch of Glenwood Avenue. Don’t miss stops include: Grace, a prohibition era speakeasy featuring live jazz Tuesday through Saturday nights at 9PM; The Rockford, a delicious sandwich shop and little-known brunch destination; and Dos Taquito’s, a kitschy Mexican restaurant.
6. Cameron Park has top Raleigh city parks nearby
Built around a park, the Cameron Park neighborhood is known for its greenery. There are two streets where a park lays in the median, creating a lush landscape for the neighborhood. Fred Fletcher Park and the Raleigh Rose Garden are also walking distance away. Fred Fletcher Park sits on 21.4 acres with a water garden and wetland area, an amphitheater, two sports fields, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and shelters. The Raleigh Rose Gardens’ 56 varieties of stunning roses in 60 beds blossom between late May and early October. It is an ideal spot for special occasions, small events, or a casual picnic. The adjoining outdoor Amphitheater seats up to 2,000 people and hosts a summer movies series on Sundays, theatrical performances from Shakespeare classics to comedies such as SPAMALOT, and small music festivals such as Groove in the Garden, featuring budding local musicians.
7. Cameron Park has an active neighborhood association
Cameron Park has a neighborhood association with a strong voice dedicated to preserving the historical beauty of the neighborhood. They host annual neighborhood holiday parties and July 4th events and have remained at the forefront representing the community as new development along Hillsborough Street and Oberlin Road springs up.