Friday, April 30, 2010

Neighborhood Highlight: Five Points


Five Points is a grouping of neighborhoods just north of downtown Raleigh where Glenwood Avenue, Whitaker Mill Road and Fairview Road all meet. While its borders are less than defined, the heart and soul of the area is defined by the intersection and boutique commercial district located at the meeting of those streets which give it its distinctive flavor here in Raleigh.

This area was part of a reform movement to grow north of town after World War I. Previously, Raleigh stretched only as far north as Oakwood  and Boylan Heights. But through detailed planning, the Five Points area was created to help expand Raleigh and offer an escape from the urban, downtown lifestyle.

Five Points is made up of the neighborhoods of Hayes Barton (and its well-known drug store), Bloomsbury, White Oak Forest, Vanguard Park, Georgetown and Roanoke Park.

Today, it features 1920s Southern style architecture with beautiful landscaping set among the streets just north of downtown. At the epicenter of Five Points is a main street area with boutique shops such as Davenport Florist and Third Place Coffee. The intersection also features several restaurants such as Nofo, The Point and Lily’s Pizza

Five Points is just seven minutes from City Plaza and only a few miles from the Beltline. It features Wake’s public school system and several neighborhood parks.

Homes in this area ranged in price last year from the $280s to more than $3 million and continue to increase in value as the area becomes a sought-after landing spot for young professionals and families who want to be close to the downtown action but still enjoy the friendly streets of suburban living all while “in the Beltline.”

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