Chapel Hill

America’s oldest public university, UNC Chapel Hill, adds vibrant activity to the city of Chapel Hill, as it has since 1793. It also contributes to the open culture and racial diversity of the city. Today’s residents are well-educated and progressive, while the school and its health system certainly boost the local economy. Research Triangle Park jobs add to this economic vitality and help the town provide solid infrastructure.

Neighborhoods of Chapel Hill

Many newer neighborhoods of this thriving college town developed around a main street with commercial areas. This is a throwback to old neighborhood layouts typical of the city’s early years. In the city, you can find historic districts, mid-century housing, 1970s to 1980s neighborhoods with vast landscapes, 1990s developments with very small lots and even some newer construction peppered here and there. If you seek an artsy, intellectual and music-driven community, Carrboro on the edge of the city provides a historically creative and colorful vibe.

Overall, this lovely town is highly walkable. Residents love riding bikes around town and walking. The community is very pet-friendly and offers many dog parks and undeveloped areas designated as green space. Neighborhoods like Southern Village and Meadowmont feature a modern take on the community green and walkability.

Eastwood Lake and Lake Forest

Lake Forest is one of the older neighborhoods featuring wooded lots of a half acre or larger. Some houses are built around Eastwood Lake. There, 1970s to 1980s constructions vary from very contemporary to traditional design, many with high square footage and open spaces. Although many need updates, you get a lot more house and unique floorplans as part of these custom builds. A drive through Lake Forest quickly points out the absence of cookie-cutter design that we see in modern construction.

Lake Hogan Farms, Sunset Creek and Wexford

1990s neighborhoods like Lake Hogan Farms, Sunset Creek and Wexford feature houses with 1/3 to 1/2 acre lots. Although these late 20th century constructions often need updating, particularly for the bathrooms and kitchens, there are some great benefits to owning in these communities. Many feature a community swimming pool and clubhouse. Landscaping and parks in these areas have matured, adding appeal to the natural surroundings.

Historic Districts

Historic houses of the city are a major part of local charm. You find these districts around the university and Franklin Street. Although you can locate some historic beauties in these areas, you must remember that many have divided into student apartments. But if you want to feel the pulse of the city each day and carve out your own niche in its history, these districts give you that chance. They also feature great walkability for dining and shopping.


Carrboro homes range from mid-century ranchers to 1970s and 1980s contemporary designs. The community also features old mill houses, 1990s builder developments and some new neighborhoods. So here, you find a little bit of everything. If you love music, the Arts and culture, Historic Carrboro may be the fit for you.

Ballentine, Claremont and Winmore

If you want a new home, opportunities to find these on the market prove slim. Only a few neighborhoods offer new construction with more than 30 houses, such as Ballentine, Claremont and Winmore. Of course, you can also look outside of the town proper for new construction or a build site, such as in Chatham, Durham and Orange Counties.

Finding the Perfect Fit in Chapel Hill Real Estate

Whether you seek to buy your first home or want to sell a Chapel Hill property, Smiley Group is ready to be your Realtor and make those wishes come true. No one knows this area and its real estate market like we do. We are highly engaged in the local community and its culture, as well as the surrounding markets of Wake Forest and the Triangle area. Call Smiley Group at 919-636-8369 or email us at

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