Nestled on the southeastern side of Downtown Raleigh between Glenwood Avenue and Western Boulevard lies Boylan Heights, a historic neighborhood that is small in size yet large in personality. With only 267 homes along six blocks, you will want to jump quickly at an opportunity to live in this neighborhood for many reasons, including:
1. Boylan Heights has a rich historical past, a cornerstone neighborhood of Raleigh
Established in 1907 on land that was previously part of a plantation owned by William Monfort Boylan, a state legislator in the 1800’s, Boylan Heights is one of Raleigh’s first suburbs. A variety of craftsmen, Queen Anne/Colonial Revivals, Dutch Colonials, and foursquare style homes with rich histories dating back more than 80 years to the neighborhood’s beginning sit on sprawling lots along curvilinear streets lined with lush oaks in one of Raleigh’s six historic overlay districts. This combination creates a distinguishable community atmosphere that makes it easy to understand why this neighborhood is a cornerstone of Raleigh. Boylan Heights is also home to the museum and historical home of Joel Lane who is also called “The Father of Raleigh”. Explore 18th century artifacts and learn about the beginning of Raleigh.
2. Boylan Heights is walking distance to the Warehouse District
Home to the amazing new Citrix Sharefile headquarters Building, Crank Arm Brewery, The Pit Restaurant, and numerous other trendy spots, the Warehouse District is walking distance from Boylan Heights.
3. Dine at two crowd-favorite Boylan Heights restaurants
The outside patio of Boylan Bridge Brewpub undoubtedly has the best view of downtown Raleigh. On any given day when the weather is warm, the place will be popping with a mix of neighbors meeting for a craft brew and tech employees gathering for a happy hour beverage. But since it is situated across the Boylan Bridge it isn’t too loud for the neighbors. Moonlight Pizza is the other Boylan Heights staple. Specializing in gourmet pizzas with ingredients from North Carolina, this casual yet delicious restaurant is easy to frequent often.
4. Boylan Heights is a close-knit neighborhood with tight camaraderie
Boylan Heights is an eclectic community made up 267 homes in a six block area that embraces creativity and the arts and embodies a true sense of neighborhood from times past. The neighborhood is home to Thinkhouse, a highly competitive live-in fellowship program with HQ Raleigh for recent graduates that is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. A newsletter is produced by residents and distributed to share neighborhood news and events. The community celebrates holidays, plans neighborhood volunteer opportunities and organizes two large events every year including….
5. The Boylan Bash in Boylan Heights
What started as a community cookout hosted by some neighbors has turned into a city-wide block party. This summertime event includes delicious foods, local bands, and a peek into the lively spirit of the Boylan Heights neighborhood.
6. The Boylan Heights Art Walk
Now in its 23rd year, the Boylan Art Walk occurs annually around the holidays. Over 100 local artists covering the whole art spectrum set up exhibits on the streets, yards and front porches of Boylan Heights. The Art Walk is open to the public and a beloved Raleigh tradition that makes simultaneously supporting the local community while getting holiday shopping done very easy!
7. Boylan Heights has that famous Raleigh skyline view
As mentioned earlier, the Boylan Heights Brewpub and the Boylan Bridge provide amazing panoramic views of Downtown Raleigh. While the most popular skyline picture of Raleigh is taken entering the city from the South along Saunders Street, it is only easily accessed when driving by in a car. The Boylan Bridge Brewpub and the Boylan Bridge are ideal places to watch the change of our growing city and also to snap a memorable photo!
8. Dorothea Dix Campus holds much promise for Boylan Heights
Historically the campus of a psychiatric hospital, the 300+ acre Dorothea Dix property is located across Western Boulevard from Boylan Heights. It has recently been purchased by the city of Raleigh with plans for creating a world-class destination park benefiting future generations; think Piedmont Park in Atlanta. The vast, rolling hills and ancient oak trees of the park create a lovely place to run, picnic, and soak in the views of Raleigh.