Durham, North Carolina

Bull City

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Brightleaf Square

College Students

Durham, being home to Duke University and several other colleges, is a great place to be if you love a college atmosphere, great bars and restaurants, and sports. Although locals will tell you to avoid certain places cough Shooters cough, you’ll find a host of great places to see friends, hang out, grab a beer, and watch a game. Check out these neighborhoods if you’re a Duke fan or just love college sports and nightlife:

  • Brightleaf
  • Geer St.
  • 9th St.

Geer St.

Young Professionals

A booming job market isn’t the only thing that attracts young professionals to Durham. The city has an astounding amount for young professionals to get up to when they’re not working (at Duke). There are amazing restaurants, local businesses, weekly farmer’s markets, and a huge art scene to explore all around downtown. Because Durham is a big city stuffed into a small downtown, there is plenty to do without losing that quaint neighborhood feel:

  • Geer St.
  • American Tobacco
  • Warehouse District
  • Lakewood


Young Families

There are plenty of family-friendly neighborhoods to explore in Durham. Because a lot of young families get transplanted here for work purposes, there is a very tight knit community of families (both locals and transplants) who are ready to welcome yours with open arms! A lot of Durham neighborhoods, although not that walkable, boast large lot sizes and yards, perfect for young families.

  • Cleveland-Holloway
  • Trinity Park
  • Old West Durham
  • Morehead Hill

Duke Park

Established Families

Families whose kids are a little older might be interested to know that there are plenty of neighborhoods that both cut down on commute while giving you the feel of traditional suburbs. These neighborhoods boast both historic and contemporary homes, while being close to parks and greenways like Duke Park. Although not as walkable as other neighborhoods right in downtown, Duke Park is close to downtown and so you get the best of both worlds.

  • Duke Park
  • Hope Valley
  • Forest Hills
  • North Gate Park
  • American Village
  • Woodcroft


Empty Nesters/Retirees

The constant innovation that The Triangle brings to the Durham area means that the city is full of energy and youth, which sounds like the perfect vibe for the recently empty-nested or retired. It has a great climate, friendly people, and a very high quality of life, all with the perfect blend of a small-town and big-city feel. Check out these neighborhoods for your perfect spot:

  • Southpoint
  • Walltown
  • Duke Forest