English Cottage at 210 Woodburn Road

1937 English Cottage style home.  On the Market in Raleigh’s desirable Cameron Park neighborhood.  Rescued from serving as a student rental, this charming home has been beautifully restored.  Steel casement windows and oak floors renovated.  Stairway recreated.  Original porches revealed, reclaimed and restored.  This home has four porches!  Established vibrant gardens include Crepe Myrtles, Camellias, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Hellebores and more.  Stone walls and walkways compliment the fine stonework on the home.  Carport off the rear alley, but you won’t need your car much – easily walk to most anything from here.

Smedes Hall: Old School

St. Mary’s School reopened Smedes Hall in September after closing it in mid-2006 for extensive renovations.  It had apparently been partially closed for several years.

Image of Smedes Hall, St. Mary’s School, Raleigh, North Carolina

This Greek Revival style building is the multi-purpose centerpiece of an extensive attractive campus.

Built in the mid 1830’s, and known as Main Hall, it was originally part of the Episcopal school for boys.  The Episcopal school failed a few years later.

St. Mary’s School, Raleigh’s oldest private educational school for girls, was founded and took over the Episcopal school campus in 1842.  Main Hall was renamed Smedes Hall at that time to honor the first rector and president of St. Mary’s School, Reverend A. Smedes.

Smedes Hall is listed on the National Register of historic places and is a Raleigh Historic Site.

St. Mary’s School is favorably located close to downtown Raleigh, just adjacent to Wiley Elementary School and the historic neighborhood of Cameron Park.

Moore Square: A Raleigh Original

Periodically we all need to decompress.  I just returned from a “decompression” stroll through Moore Square.  What I found is a great place to daydream while absorbing the bustle of Raleigh.

Moore Square is a micro melting pot.  Kids playing energetic games, homeless patiently waiting for services, workers casually strolling or sitting, people boarding buses, bicyclists, folks enjoying lunch, one panhandler.   Lots of laughing, talking and contemplating.  Many colors and more than one language.  Quite refreshing.

Moore Square in Downtown Raleigh

Of Raleigh’s four original parks (each equidistant from the Capitol) only two remain intact.  Moore Square and Nash Square are the 2 survivors.  One of the lost parks is now home to the Executive Mansion.  The other is covered by an unfortunate pile of office buildings.

Moore Square is surrounded by lots of diverse stuff which contributes to the everyday activity.    Throughout the year, Moore Square sees an abundance of special events.  It’s also listed on the National Register of historic places.

If you want to live near the ambience of Moore Square, there are several residential options.