1111 Oakland Avenue, Durham North Carolina


IMG_1334Facing Oval Park and less than a block off of leafy West Club Boulevard, this home, built in 1930, represents an opportunity for less than $400,000 to live in one of Durham’s most convenient and collegial neighborhoods. Watts Hospital-Hillandale is very popular with the faculty and staff at Duke but not just because of its proximity to both the East and the Main Campuses and, of course, the hospital. The real attraction is the charm of older homes that have been lovingly maintained in a lively urban environment. Literally across the street from this home are tennis courts, a basketball goal, picnic areas and a large playground.

Homes and people with character have always made this neighborhood popular but the evolution of 9th Street and the revival of Downtown Durham has made it even more special. From the driveway you are minutes away from two of the best performance venues in the country the very best minor league baseball park and the foodie center of the Southern universe. If you believe that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, and location, you can check all three boxes here.

The home is special too. With 11 rooms it is large enough to accommodate a growing family or a small one with many interests.Somewhat unusual for homes of this age, the downstairs floor plan is spacious and open with easy flow from the front door though the living room, formal dining room and the updated kitchen to the landscaped back yard. The centerpiece of the yard is a massive oak that provides cooling shade on even the hottest days. One of the comforts found rarely now that is available in this home is radiant heat from the original radiators and a modern gas furnace. When needed during the dog days of July and August two available window air conditioners take the heat and humidity out of the air with little effort or cost.

The floor plan is also unusually flexible. A master bedroom downstairs and all the kids upstairs with their own bedrooms is one configuration. A large master suite upstairs and room for a young child is another with a guest room, den and office downstairs is another. There are a number of interesting possibilities.

You’ll find other surprises too that delight and enchant. If you want to experience the best of Durham up close, call us or use the contact form to set up a personal showing.

From Oval Park

Views from the covered porch of this classic home have views of the tennis courts and picnic areas of this compact neighborhood park.

From the Back Yard

An Oak with Personality

Classic Details in the Living Room

Original Hardwoods

Bannister Details

Upstairs Play/Sitting Room

Green Backyard