Historic Oakwood sits directly northeast of downtown Raleigh, between the Historic Blount Street district and the Historic Oakwood Cemetery. This area has a long past and is the only neighborhood in Raleigh dating back to the nineteenth century. Walking distance from downtown Raleigh and all the city and state government buildings, Oakwood has historically attracted many state politicians and city big-wigs.
Just across Person Street from Oakwood sits the original center of Raleigh, the Blount Street Historic District, which is home to the Executive Mansion, handsome antebellum homes, and brilliant Victorian mansions. Downtown Raleigh, the State Capital, Seaboard Station, and North Person Street are all also walking distance from Oakwood. This neighborhood, however, offers something for everyone and is a popular community highly desired by many relocating to the city.
1. Beautifully restored homes with historical integrity in Oakwood
Many homeowners have invested substantial amounts of money to restore the homes in the Oakwood, which are believed to be among the oldest homes in all of Raleigh. With a blend of homes from unassuming bungalows and ranches to 1800’s Victorian style estates, the neighborhood showcases various styles of American architecture of the late 19th and early 20th Homes range in price from the upper $180’s to over $800K and in size from 800 square feet up to almost 5,000 square feet.
2. Oakwood has affordable single-family options close to downtown
The Oakwood Historic District is only a few streets but recent growth in the surrounding areas, as well as an increase in the number of city dwellers, has spurred tears-downs and rebuilds in areas outside the historic area. Homes in this popular area offer residents more space for a lower price point while still being walking distance to downtown and are being quickly gobbled up by buyers! The median number of days on the market for closed sales in the past two years is only 18 days. New construction neighborhoods such as Oakwood Park by KB Homes feature brand-new craftsman style homes starting in the $350’s.
3. Oakwood is situated near the hip North Person Street Business District
In the past few years, this district along Person Street among both the Mordecai and Oakwood neighborhoods has been revitalized and grown into an area of the city with vibrant character and synergy. North Person Street was even included in USA Today’s “Top 10 Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods Around the U.S”. Many local business owners have been drawn to this low-key yet thriving pocket of retail located northeast of Downtown Raleigh. The list of can’t-miss food/beverage destinations is long and includes Person Street Bar, The Station, William & Company, North Person Pharmacy, PieBird, Sling-Shot Coffee and Yellow Dog Bakery.
4. Stroll through the picturesque Historic Oakwood Cemetery
The 102-acre Historic Oakwood Cemetery is to the west of the neighborhood. Serving as a final resting place since the Civil War, the cemetery is Raleigh’s oldest cemetery and deeply intertwined with North Carolina history. Visitors commemorate loved ones and soak in the lush scenery.
5. Have fun with your pup at Oakwood Dog Park
Oakwood Park, just north of the historic cemetery, has an off-the-leash dog park as well as two sports fields, a covered shelter, and a basketball court. Two fenced-in areas with many toys, fresh water bowls, and friendly pet owners have made this dog park very popular among residents of many nearby neighborhoods.
6. Oakwood is a close-knit neighborhood with active advocacy groups
Closely tied to the growth of downtown Raleigh and full of prominent Raleigh society members, Oakwood’s advocacy group is active in helping to shape the future of this city and its historical neighborhoods. The Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood also organizes resident events such as quarterly picnic gatherings and the “Athletic Club” (a social potluck gathering once a month) and distributes a monthly newsletter.
7. Oakwood always has front row seats to cheer on runners in the Krispy Kreme Challenge
Hard not to mention when the Krispy Kreme is across the street from Oakwood, the Krispy Kreme Challenge is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser for the North Carolina Children’s museum. Racers run 2.5 miles to the Krispy Kreme located at the intersection of Peach and Person Street, consume one dozen original glazed donuts, and then run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Bell tower on Hillsborough Street. There is always some funny crowd watching to be had, and it’s just one of many events that makes Oakwood an entertaining place to live.
8. Oakwood home owners get a sneak-peak at the famous candlelight tour
Oakwood holds two large events a year, The Candlelight Tour during the holidays, and The Garden Club Tea & Tour in the spring. The general public has the chance to glimpse into the ornate gardens and beautiful architecture of some of the historic Oakwood homes. Residents and friends get invited to the highly anticipated, black-tie, progressive Preview Party on the Thursday before the Candlelight tour.