chapel hill, north carolina

Homes of Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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While visiting The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a few weeks ago, I left the hotel early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the surrounding area. I was treated to one of the prettiest neighborhoods I have seen in a while.

These particular homes were all in the Franklin-Rosemary Historic District which received its designation in 1976. Due to its proximity to campus, many professors and university presidents have called the neighborhood home.

With the variety of architecture, mature shade trees, stone walls, wrought iron fences, and spring gardens in bloom, it’s not hard to see why so many have chosen to live there. Southerners just have a way of making their homes feel warm and welcoming…take a peek at these photos and I’m sure you’ll agree!

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The bright coral door makes this house sing!

chapel hill, north carolina

Details like the wrought iron gate and the third story window make this home unique.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The wide expanse of green lawn makes this traditional estate home look even grander.

chapel hill, north carolina

Wouldn’t you love sitting on that screened in porch sipping a lemonade on a hot summers day?

chapel hill, north carolina

The gate made of natural materials is my favorite detail on this home.

chapel hill, north carolina

Open gate, rocking chair, wild flowers. What a warm welcome!

chapel hill, north carolina

Charming shutter cut outs and white pom-pom hydrangea…so pretty!

chapel hill, north carolina

Classic white with black shutters and doors…doesn’t get old!

chapel hill, north carolina

I can imagine these rockers full of lounging sorority girls on a Sunday afternoon!

Which is your favorite and why? Is there a particular area of the country you find most welcoming? I’m a New Englander at heart but I have to say there is nothing like a Southern front porch with rocking chairs and a swing!


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I am a lifelong Connecticut resident with great love for New England's architecture and history. As a passionate advocate for historic preservation, my wish is that others come to appreciate our architectural history more through my photography and writing. I'm also busy with my finance career and loving family, including my husband of over twenty years, two teenage children and two lovable golden retriever rescues.

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  1. The south is stunning, especially when spring has sprung! It is hard to pick a favorite in this group. Of course, the first one, with the yellow home blooming right out of the lush gardens is stellar. I was also struck by the simplicity and charm of the little one with the lavender azaleas. Thanks for sharing your morning stroll!

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      Thanks Valorie! I saw so many charming homes on my trip! I have to say I agree with you on your two choices – both of those struck me as well with their simple charm!!

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  2. Great walk-about! I love the red brick house with its great lawn, and what look like a sun room on either side of the house with decks on top. I love the front door portico, and all those windows with shutters.

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  3. They’re all great, but I love the white house with the wide porch, rock path, and wildflowers 🙂 That’s my kind of house! 🙂

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