The weekend is a great time to get out and explore Greensboro's diverse neighborhoods. This old house is located on the corner of Bluford and Dudley, across the street from NC A&T University and not far from War Memorial Stadium. Imagine what it must have been like sitting on that porch when this house was first built, back when foot traffic and trolleys were going strong in East Greensboro. Imagine sitting on the porch and listening to baseball games on warm summer evenings. Imagine sitting on the porch when the NCA&T events were happening. Unfortunately, by the signs in the window, this ole' house appears to be on the chopping block.
We've driven by this white and blue house for years, en route to the Yanceville Curb Market. The nearby Aycock Historic District, just north of this house, seems to have been a little more successful at defining itself as a neighborhood than this neighborhood just south of it. Does anyone know what will be built here? Greensboro is changing so fast, it is hard to keep up with all of the new projects.
As we wrap us this week, we share a house on Prescott Street between Battleground Avenue and West Smith Streets, very near Green Hill Cemetery. Also, it is located near all of the construction downtown. The home is also close to the baseball stadium and the downtown greenway. To imagine that this little house has survived as a single family dewlling, in the midst of all of the changed, is unbelievable. The little stone wall is characteristic of the type of walls built around Greensboro in the early 20th century.
If you are out driving this weekend try to find some of these special nooks and crannies in Greensboro. There really is a great deal to see.
Greensboro Daily Photo is part of the city daily photo community that started with Paris Daily Photo. The first of every month, there is a theme for our group and June's theme is "the beauty of decay." We're supposed to find something decaying and share it with the participating cities around the world. Our contribution is this old house in rural Guilford County in Summerfield. At one time 7501 Shadyside Drive was a charming old farmhouse. Today, it is a house with discarded furniture on the front porch and a mountain of heaven-knows-what on the back.
The sign on the front door reads, "We believe in angels." The house next door has a bright yellow hummer in the driveway and a happy guard dog in the back. Maybe their guardian angel already arrived. Perhaps, when they least expect it, someone will come along and transform 7501 Shadyside, returning it to its original splendor. More than likely, the property will be converted to something else. Time will tell; it always does........ Right now, we could sure imagine a glider, a glass of lemonade, and a few friends to sit with us on this decaying porch, tracking lightening bugs as they rise from the earth.
Contemplating our environmental theme for the Go Green Greensboro series for ABC Wednesday, we've been driving around Greensboro looking for solar panels to photograph. We did find some out in the county; however, as far as in-town residences, this house on 16th street is one of the few.
Solar panels use light from the sun to generate electricity, decreasing the use of less renewable forms of energy. There are several companies in the Greensboro area that install solar panels. We were interested in Honey Electric Solar, Inc. because Rebekah Hren advises and trains for them. She teaches classes for the NC Solar Center and has written a book called the Carbon Free Home. While Hren lives in Durham, not Greensboro, our state is lucky to have people like Hren working to make our communities greener. Sustainability of one of the most important concepts of the 21st century. We need to find ways to sustain everything from our natural resources to our standard of living.
If this tiny house on 16th street at the base of the Billy Crash Craddock bridge can have solar panels, why can't more of us? Today is ABC Wednesday and S is for solar panels and sustainability.
This house, at the corner of Hobbs Road and Bearhollow, near Jefferson, shows North Carolina at its best. The homeowners are diligent about keep the yard nice. Now, their azaleas are in full bloom. The corner-appointed house is a welcoming entrance into the neighborhood. The azaleas make the mammoth hill (for Greensboro, at least) look like it was meant to be full of shrubs. Azaleas are a favorite ornamental plant in North Carolina. Professional landscapers and hobbyists alike love the spring flowering plant. The combination of pink and white, as seen above, is especially popular.
This yard is not that far from the battlegrounds from the Revolutionary War and remind us that, when our forefathers were out defending our county and country, they were on hilly terrain in Greensboro. Greensboro's average altitude is only about 800-900 feet, but, as part of the Piedmont, it is just that... foot of the mountain.
The United States has about 17 native azaleas, and on this website, you can learn not only their names but also their bloom times (here). A big thank you for the people who keep their yards looking lovely. You give us all a good gift!
Today, we are a few miles east of Greensboro, at 7241 Burlington Road, also known as Highway 70 and Wendover Avenue. The historic home is converted into the offices of Harris, Crouch, Long, Scott & Miller, Inc., who bill themselves as wealth preservationists. The lovely brick home, with the large front porch and sprawling yard evokes memories of the early 1800's when people were just starting to call Greensboro, and the surrounding area, home.
According to their website, the firm was started in 1967, but grew into all of its names by 1981. It is so wonderful to see these old homes being repurposed as businesses, as opposed to being torn down. We think we could spend several days on the above estate, especially at this time of year when spring presents a new gift daily.
Today's photo is of the old farmhouse where yesterday's Fordson tractor is parked, across from Faucette Farms. We were struck by the symmetry of the farmhouse. At first glance, it is as if the two sides of the house are the same. If you look closely, there are minor differences. For example the window on the left-middle is smaller than the one on the right; the chimney's are different colors. Regardless, it is a fine example of a symmetrical, wooden structures of rural North Carolina. As with the tractor, it has seen its day; however, it is nice to be able to show our children the way grandma used to live. Wouldn't it be nice to have the this old farmhouse restored. It could be one of those places where Sunday dinner is served. A nice portion of fried chicken and lots of country vegetables would keep people coming from miles around. The best part would be if veggies were walked from the farm across the street. Now that would be eating local.
Leonardo da Vinci's paintings accentuated the symmetry of the human body. In the book Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature, Marcus du Satoy explores symmetry in nature and points to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain as a great example of symmetry in architecture.* Somehow, they could incorporate identifying different types of symmetry into the dining experience. It is a good thing we don't have limitless disposable income or we'd be investing in all kinds of dream ventures. Happy Tuesday, dear readers! We're sharing this with Our World Tuesday.
This house is located in the 500 block of North College Road, across from Cheryl David's law office. It is amazing how rural this property looks, a main house with two outbuildings, considering it is so near Quaker Village and all of the professional offices in the neighborhood. This photo was taken in an asphalt parking lot of an office building looking onto the property. It is just down the road from Guilford College and, as the crow flies is not much more than a mile from Coble Farm on West Friendly. We imagine the neighborhood looked a lot more like the scene above as recently as thirty years ago. Now, the road from Friendly to West Market street is slowly becoming lot to lot retail and professional buildings. It would be nice to keep a homestead or two like this preserved in the area so that children could know the way their ancestors lived in rural America. Next time you drive down North College road, look for this place. It is perched on a hill, beyond a cement wall. It has a lovely front porch and nice gingerbread detailing. It is so cozy...... and within walking distance to practically everything!
This historic home is located at 5300 North Church Street at the intersection with Air Harbor Road at Lake Townsend. The original part was build in 1820, just twelve years after Greensboro became a city. At 7 1/2 miles from downtown Greensboro, in the early 1800's, that must have seemed like a great distance. The home looks so sturdy and majestic, up on the hill at the intersection.
Perusing the National Register of Historic Places listings in Guilford County reveals, of the 99 listings, this house is not one. If the list is accurate and updated, the last building to be added to the registry in Guilford County was World War Memorial Stadium on Yanceyville Street. The first place in Guilford County was the Adams house at 1108 North Main Street in High Point. Our vote is to get 5300 North Church Street designated number 100 for Guilford Couty! Surely, a house that has been standing since the presidency of American President (#5) James Monroe has quite a bit of provenance.
Westerwood is a Greensboro neighborhood that extends from West Friendly Avenue at the First Baptist Church to Benjamin Parkway in the north. The east/west streets are Smith Street and South Aycock. The neighborhood is less than a half of a square mile; however, it gets a lot of publicity due to its proximity to downtown, its diversity of architecture, the tree lined streets, and cozy front porches. The artists, living in the neighborhood, have started an annual art walk, held in the fall. Westerwood is one of Greensboro's early 20th century neighbohroods. While some homes are painted and decorated conservatively, others express individualism by way of paint color and yard decorations. Unfortunately, Westerwood has been in the news lately because Duke Power has been agressively trimming trees- to protect houses and power lines in times of storms. Neighbors are not happy about this situation.
The above purple and pink house (built in 1922), located at 405 North Mendenhall, is the home of local artist Kathy Reese, who sells metal/sculpture work out of her home. Some of her sculptures are visible in this photo. Nearly a decade ago, we were at Kathy's admiring her artwork and our then-young daughter admired one of Kathy's spiders, welded out of flathead nails and washers. Kathy gave it to her as a gift and our daughter has been hooked on art ever since. Those are the kind of neighborly memories that are made in Westerwood. Today is ABC Wednesday and W is for Westerwood. See this post from a year and a half ago of another Westerwood home. Enjoy our A-V selections, here. Stop back on ABC Wednesday next week for the dreaded X week!
This house on Hobbs Road is located in the Green Valley neighborhood. As we struggled to find a "V" neighborhood for our ABC Wednesday series, we realized that it would be nice to feature Green Valley. It is such a nice neighborhood with a great location; it has a wonderful swim and tennis club (The Swamp) and a great sense of community. Green Valley is a diamond shaped neighborhood extending from Westridge in the northwest corner to Green Valley in the southeast. It covers a little over a square mile and encompasses the Bog Garden and Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden. Green Valley backs up to Friendly Center and the majority of the homes were built in the 1960's and 1970's, after Friendly Center opened.
Driving around the Green Valley neighborhood, you do notice Greensboro's hills and valleys . From the top of Cascade to where it becomes Cornwalis, to Hobbs Road, you reach a low elevation near the Bog Garden.
The above brick cape home- 1410 Hobbs Road- at the corner of Alderman Drive, was built in 1966. The home has an understated simplicity, from its rectangular shape and dormerless roof to the unadorned holiday greenery. The home evokes the concept of discernment, something that is important in our Quaker community. Discernment is the ability to judge well, to get at that which really matters. To the builders of this home, it was important to be efficient with space (5 bedrooms 2.5 baths) while providing a good roof over a family's head and without unnecessary embellishments. 1410 Hobbs represents the neighborhood well.
Today, we're spending one more day on West McGee Street and sharing this little diamond in the rough. The above bungalow was built in 1917, five years earlier than yesterday's home. We love the color and the December greenery and even the scruffy yard. It looks as if we have stepped back in time in this historic district home. The College Hill neighborhood became a historic district in 1980. This is three bedrooms of sheer coziness will turn 100 in a few years. Hopefully, it will get a coat of fresh trim paint and a little sprucing up to celebrate its centennial. The exterior pillars, made of locally quarried rock, are a fabulous detail. The front yard steps are a reminder that Greensboro is not completely flat and College Hill comes by its name honestly. The home is located by two colleges and up on a hill! Can't you imagine sharing a mug of hot chocolate or a cup of coffee on that front porch?.........
Well, it took us until "U" to hit a snag with our A,B,C Neighborhoods of Greensboro theme for ABC Wednesday. That we can think of, Greensboro has no "U" neighborhood. As a matter of fact, Greensboro only has 8 streets that start with the letter "U" (Ulster, Underwood, Union, United, University, Upland, Urban, and Utah). However, between Greensboro and High Point, we do have three universities, three community college campuses, and four colleges. So, with ten institutions of higher education, and a law school, not to mention satellite campuses from as far away as the University of Phoenix, we hereby dub today "university neighborhood" day. Colleges and universities are a vital part of our Greensboro community and their surrounding neighborhoods give students and faculty a place to work, live, and study that minimizes commuting time.
The above photo, taken in the College Hill neighborhood at 1004 West McGee Street. Looking closely, you will notice that a building on the Greensboro College campus sits in the back yard of this 1922 house. When the college was established in 1838 on nearly 80 acres just west of downtown, the surrounding neighborhood was rural. UNCG was established in 1891 and by the time the house in the photo was built, College Hill was a true college neighborhood. The above home reflects that craftsman, bungalow style so ever-popular in the 1920's. So, dear readers, today is ABC Wednesday and "U" is for university neighborhoods, representing all of our many neighborhoods near our multiple campuses.
From here to the end of the alphabet on the A-Z neighborhood round, we're going to have to get pretty creative. A-T were a little more straightforward. See the houses and read about those neighborhoods featured here.
Today's photo takes us to Madison Avenue in the heart of Starmount Forest. The scene evokes the feeling that.... all paths lead to home. Every house should have a proper entrance making it clear to the visitor where one enters and exits. There is no question about this charming cottage. Walk between the split in the stone fence, between the rose bushes, along the slate path, through the hinged, white picket fence, up to the wreathed door. Welcome! This house is so inviting and characterizes the charm of Sreensboro's Starmount Forest neighborhood.
The Starmount Forest neighborhood bordered by West Friendly Avenue to the North and West Market Street to the South. It flows from West Wendover Avenue to Hamilton Lakes. One of its key features is the 150 acre Starmount Forest Country Club, located in the southwest quadrant of the neighborhood. The acerage is nearly 2 square miles, with a population of approximately 3,500 people. While some homes were built pre-1930's and and post-1950's; however, the bulk of the homes were constructed in the 1950's.
Starmount is the Americanization of the name Stern (star) berger (mountain). The Sternbergers were early citizens of Greensboro and responsible for many of Greensboros fine properties. While our lovely home today is in Starmount Forest, and not in Starmount Farms, this article provides some interesting insight into the philanthropy of the Sternberger family. Today is ABC Wednesday. This round, we're featuring neighborhoods of Greensboro and S is for Starmount Forest.
Thanksgiving week, Americans log more road miles, traveling to be with loved ones, than any other week of the year. If you are among those traveling, please remember to drive defensively and responsibly. The above photo is a reminder of the grief one suffers with the unexpected traffic death of a loved one.*
The pink floral cross is located on Highway 29 north between Cone Boulevard and Hicone Road. Marissa Nicole Shelton, an eight year old girl who lived nearby, was struck and killed on her bicycle in a hit and run accident an July 21st, 2011. Her grieving family maintains the memorial. The little sign of Santa says "Santa, please stop here." We hope that the family's Christian faith community has been helping them get through these very difficult first few holidays without Marissa. Since today is Sunday, we like to share something religious, spiritual, or a message that helps us reflect on the beauty of life before us. Here's to a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving for us all. As we say in the South, "Have a blessed day."
*As of this week, the roadside memorial was still standing. If you are interested, read more about roadside memorials here. Some people say the markers are a remembrance and remind us all to be safe. Others say they are unsafe and distracting. What is your perspective on this tradition?
It is the Saturday before Thanksgiving and this is a view from 4720 Hicone Road, at Chinaberry Place, in northeast Greensboro. This house is so festive with its Thanksgiving yard display. And the fall foliage adds so much to the scene. We bet this house is like the one on Holden Road, diligently celebrating every holiday with yard ornaments. This blue house with the red door has had an especially challenging fall season as they are widening Hicone Road to accomodate the increased traffic in this part of town. A panoramic view of the above house would reveal many orange highway cones and barrels; construction workers, and a mess of asphalt. Not a pretty sight; however, construction appears to be almost completed.
If you have a neighbor who brings great joy to the children by decorating for Thanksgiving, consider thanking them. It is hard work and Thansgiving does not always get top billing in the yard ornament department!
On another note, tomorrow is the Ecumenical Celebration of Thanksgiving for the Piedmont Interfaith Council. We are honored to say that they are using our some of our inventory of Sacred Sunday photos for their program. We are so proud to provide photos for this multi-ethnic group. Stop by their program at 4 pm at Dana Auditorium on the campus of Guilford College-- if you love being a part of Greensboro's ethnically diverse community.
Greensboro has a Reedy Fork Trail, that parallels Reedy Fork Creek that is not too far from Reedy Fork Ranch. Reedy Fork Ranch is part of a 1,300 acre tract of land that was annexed by the City of Greensboro in the year 2000. A drive around the northeast Greensboro neighborhood reveals beautiful houses, like the one above, surrounded by several lots yet to have been sold. Nevertheless with a Community clubhouse built, city water and sewage, and a fabulous new elementary school in the heart of the neighborhood, it is likely that as the economy improves, so will the construction in Reedy Fork. To date, only 636 of the 3,000 plus houses have been built and they seem to be a tremendous money value.
The motto for the community is "The Way Life's Supposed to Be." Unfortunately, Starmount, the development company behind Reedy Fork, has had to put much of it up on the auction block. Starmount also donated the land for the elementary school. If you are local and near Bryan Park, you should stop out yourself and see this community.
Today is our neighborhoods of Greensboro series for ABC Wednesday, and R is for Reedy Fork Ranch.
The above home, located at 3326 Quaker Run Road is a representative view of fall in Greensboro- porch lights on at dusk; a pile of leaves waiting to be jumped in and hauled away; hardwood trees without leaves; clusters of mums; a seasonal wreath; pumpkins on the porch; and gourds scattered all around. We can almost smell the mulled cider and cinnamon candles in the kitchen. The above home was built in 1990 during Greensboro's housing boom and during the time when construction in the Quaker Run neighborhood was well under way.
Quaker Run is a neighborhood filled with street names relevant to religions getting their start in the 1600-1700's : Friendsview Drive, Meeting House Drive, Shaker Drive, and Puritan Drive. The neighborhood, located between Horse Pen Creek and Battleground at the point where it dips to about its lowest elevation. It is a cozy neighborhood of largely college-educated folks who work hard to keep the neighborhood nice. On the average, homes in this neighborhood are about the size of this gray-green beauty with colonial red shutters.
Today is ABC Wednesday and Q is for Quaker Run. Most people playing Scrabble or alphabet games dread the letter Q; in Greensboro, we love it. We've got the largest enclave of Quakers outside of New England. Quakers were some of the first settlers in North Carolina as our state had established religious freedom in the late 1600's (reference). We also have the only Quaker-founded college in the Southeast United States. We also have the Quaker Acres neighborhood off of Friendly Avenue not too far from the Friends' Meeting House at New Garden and Friendly. Quaker history abounds in our area. The neigborhoods don't have a religious affiliation, but they do remind us of our Quaker heritage. And they do start with Q! Have a quiet, quality, post-election day.
See A-P in our neighborhood series here.
Today is ABC Wednesday and Pleasant Garden was chosen for the letter P. It is a 15-square mile town just southeast of Greensboro, located off of Highway 421 and just north of Hagan Stone Park. What is known as Pleasant Garden today got its start in 1786 when northerners established a Methodist Episcopal church there. This original church remains and, today, is known as Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church. Pleasant Garden is a town that thrives because of its many volunteers, one of whom has posted an informative history on the town's website.
The above farm, land and outbuildings, is located on Pleasant Garden Road, at the intersection of Davis Mill Road- a little north of Pleasant Garden's town limits. While Pleasant Garden has plenty of modern homes, this farm evokes the feel of the traditional way of life the community saught to protect when incorporating in 1997. If you want to experience this sense of community, you have two opportunities this week. On Saturday, November 3rd, they are having a holiday craft fair at the Town Hall Picnic Pavilion, located at 4920 Alliance Church Road. A Veterans Appreciation Day Event will be held on Sunday, November 11th at 2pm, at the Pleasant Garden Fire Department. With a population of just under 5,000, you can bet that you will see a majority at these upcoming events. And, if you visit in spring, you will have the opportunity to see some pretty serious community baseball events.
If you are following Greensboro neighborhoods series, see A-O here.
Today is ABC Wednesday and O is for O. Henry Oaks. If you are local, you likely know that short story writer O. Henry is from Greensboro. The August edition of O. Henry magazine dedicated several pages to all things, locally, named in his honor. As the article points out, there is an O. Henry subdivision on Sidney Porter Drive, as well as an O. Henry Blvd. Additionally, there is a neighborhood named O. Henry Oaks.
O. Henry Oaks is located from 16th Street to Cone Boulevard to Spry Street between N. O. Henry Blvd. and Yanceyville St. Page High School is near O. Henry Oaks. The neighborhood is one of the most racially balanced in Greensboro. Approximately 40% of the neighborhood is white; 40% black, 10% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 3% other.* Today's post takes us to 3419 Yanceville Street, the upper northwest corner of O. Henry Oaks, where a plane tail permanently dive bombs into the lawn in the front yard. Surely, were O. Henry alive today, he would write an interesting short story with one of his famous smile-with-tears endings. How did the plane land in the yard? Why is it still there? What story does it have to tell? Today is ABC Wednesday and O is for O. (gotta have the dot) Henry!
(see Greensboro's A-N neighborhoods here)
Modeled after Pinehurst, NC, Irving Park is a Greensboro neighborhood that was built in the 1920's. The neighborhood's showcase facility is the Greensboro Country Club, where prominent families of Greensboro have been golfing, swimming, playing tennis, dining, and socializing for decades. As Irving Park became fully built up and somewhat landlocked, it was only natural for this wonderful place to be somewhat replicated and extended. New Irving Park begins at Cone Boulevard and, to the west of Elm Street, continues to Pisgah Church Road with streets named St. Andrews and St. Regis radiating off of Willoughby Boulevard. To the east of of Elm Street, New Irving Park extends to Abbotswood Senior Living Facility.
The above house is located on the corner of Loch Ridge and Hillwind Street on the northeast corner of New Irving Park. It is representative of the homes in the Provincetown section of the neighborhood: two-story, brick homes with modest, well-landscaped lots. We decided to take advantage of the fact that the above lawn was being re-landscaped and a clear view of the house was available. We were thrilled that a father-daughter running team came along as we were on the photo shoot as New Irving Park is a place where families spend time together enjoying each other's company.
Last weekend, as we were traipsing the Westerwood Neighborhood for the "Art and Sole" Walking Art Tour, we stumbled upon 312 Hillside Drive. The simplicity of this Halloween-themed door impressed us. A little duct tape, paper plates, plastic fringe and, taaa daaaaa, you've got a festive door. The yellow tabby who owns this house was non-plussed about the fact that his fur was not exactly what the black fur that Halloween holiday expects.
We're back in McAdoo Heights today to show you a little piece of history. The above home, located at 1918 Golden Gate Drive is significant because, it is said to be the last remaining shotgun house in all of Greensboro that is still used as a house (reference). This red shingled shotgun, with the white addition in the front, perched above a cement retaining wall, is easily unnoticed as one drives down Golden Gate Drive.
Shotgun houses were the most popular type of house in the southern states of the USA from the time of the Civil War until the 1920's. Shotgun houses are houses that are usually 12' or less wide and the rooms are built one behind the other without and hallway. Typically, you go from the front porch to the living room to a bedroom (or two) to a back room/kitchen to the back porch.* They were called shotgun houses because if you fired a gun through the front door, the bullet would go all the way out the back door without hitting anything. This once prevalent model of housing fell out of favor in the 1940's, and, after WWII, was considered substandard. In Greensboro, many houses of this style were torn down during the redevelopment of east Greensboro in the 1960's (reference).
With that addition in front, it looks like the above home has changed its orientation from front to back to side to side. Shotgun houses are efficient because no space is wasted on hallways; however, they are pretty inconvenient when someone has to walk through your bedroom in the middle of the night to get to the bathroom. Being the last of something, we think the neighborhood (or the city..... or HGTV..) should treat this 644 square foot, two-bedroom, 1935 home to a restoration-makeover..... landscape and all. It is part of our mill town's history.
*reference.... Perhaps the most famous person to have been born in one was Elvis Presley.
McAdoo Heights is a neighborhood located just south of State Street, between Elm and Church Streets, on the fringe of Old Irving Park. It was developed in the early 1900's as a commercial and residential community for mill workers. The close-knit community, known as a "town within a city," flourished until the 1940's (reference). It had restaurants, a hardware store, grocery stores, a movie theater, a school,many churches, and its own police officer. Street names include: Golden Gate, Newlyn, Macy, Bernard, Roseland, Buffalo, Georgia, Palm, and Shelton. In earlier years, it was also known as "The Heights."
As we drove around this neighborhood last weekend, we did get a sense of the charm of McAdoo Heights. The community garden, on Golden Gate Drive, is just lovely. Many houses are decorated for Halloween and and, the day we were there, several families out enjoying the fall afternoon. The above house, at 200 East Newlyn Street is larger than many of the one-story mill houses in the neighborhood. It was built in the 1928, also a little earlier than many in the neighborhood. The high triangles of the peaked roofline at the entrance are quite welcoming and the light blue door makes it clear where one it to enter. We'd like to think it has the character of an "anchor" house for the neighborhood the way it stands, in all its glory, on the corner of Georgia and East Newlyn.
We wonder if there is a connection between McAdoo Heights and the retired, professional basketball star, Bob McAdoo who is from Greensboro. He graduated from Smith High School (in the late 1960's) and is currently an assistant coach for the Miami Heat. Maybe Coach McAdoo is the keeper of some great information about this cozy little neighborhood with his same name. Any and all pieces of information would be greatly appreciated.
Today is ABC Wednesday and for this round, we're featuring neighborhoods of Greensboro. For "L," we have Lake Jeanette, Latham Park, and Lindley Park, and likely a few others. We selected Longview Hills because we knew very little about the area and wanted to learn more. Longview Hills is a tiny neighborhood, less than a quarter of a square mile in size with a population of almost 350 residents. The neighborhood, extensively developed between 1970-1990, is built on what seems to have been farmland in a part of town that was a large Quaker settlement. The neighborhood has residents with above-average (for Greensboro) rates of bachelor's and master's degree. The neighborhood is close to Guilford College.
Longview Hills is located just off Ballinger Road between I-73 and New Garden Road. It is a stone's throw from Friends Home and Arcadia Drive. Buckhorn Road, Gretchen Lane, King George Drive, and Wakefield Place are also part of this neighborhood. We are actually cheating a little bit as the above property is located at 1100 Rustic Road and Rustic is one street beyond the perimeter of Longview Hills. However, the property, built in 1955, is such a beauty and has probably the best view in the city of Longview Hills. Rustic Road actually becomes Arcadia at the bend in the road, just after this house. Also part of Arcadia runs through Longview Hills.
We are intrigued by how these neighborhoods of Greensboro got their names and the extent to which the residents see the neighborhood a cohesive entity. The bridge is being rebuild at the Lenord Recreation Center end of the neighborhood; so don't plan on using it as a cut-through!
En route to Kings Forest this weekend we stumbled upon Baby's World Daycare on Phillips Avenue. It is the brightest, crispest, most freshly painted business we have seen in a while. Imagine being a toddler and going up the yellow and red ramp and under the red and yellow awning. It must feel like going to school inside a Little Tykes Cozy Coupe. Baby's World doesn't have its own website so we can find out very little about the business. We do know that families everywhere want a clean, safe, nurturing home-away-from-home for their children while they are at work.
If this place is as sparkly on the inside and if the help is as organized and inviting as the view on the outside, then Baby's World must be amazing. They take children as young as six weeks and as old as 12 years. We'll try to get by one day when they are open to see those young ones at play....
Today's neighborhood visit takes us deep in the heart of Kings Forest of northeast Greensboro. Lord Foxley Drive, featured above, is located off of Phillips Avenue near the juncture where it becomes Huffine Mill Road. Sandwiched between Woodbriar Estates and Nealtown Farms, the boundaries of Kings Forest extend from Phillips Avenue in the south to just beyond Old Hickory Drive in the west and Sir Galahad Road to the east. Close to 3,000 people live in this .373 square miles of neighborhood. Kings Forest was developed primarily in the 1960's and 1970's with almost no houses older than 1950 or newer than the late 1990's. While the above homes may be on the newer side for the area, they are indicative of the great care that homeowners take in this neighborhood's houses and lawns.
The street signs in Kings Forest read like the nooks and crannies of a Renaissance festival: King Arthur Place, Sir Galahad Road, Prince Charles Drive, Larchmont Drive and Lord Foxley Drive. Foxley is a village in the county of Norfolk, England, known for having an ancient woodland believed to be over 6,000 years old and dating to the end of the last ice age.* One can only imagine the trees that were in Kings Forest before the area was developed.
Kings Forest is an example of a neighborhood we wish had more written about it. "Whosoever dubbed the neighborhood Kings Forest?" beseech the keepers of Greensboro Daily Photo. We're sharing this post with our dear friends at ABC Wednesday as part of our ABC Neighborhoods of Greensboro series. Today's letter is "K" for "Kings Forest." Enjoy our featured A-J neighborhoods here. And the quest for L-Z begins now!
On many homes in Greensboro, it is really hard to figure out the street address. We learned this fact when touring neighborhoods to find homes to feature in Greensboro Daily Photo posts. As a matter of fact, for the house we featured yesterday, the street adress was not readily apparent. However, the above house, just down the street on Country Club Drive, features their street address prominently. It is painted into the walkway- visitible even from the air! Notice,also, the small, brass 710 plaque on the brick column on the right. If you were 911, which number do you think you would see first?
Years ago, teenagers would come around and stencil your house number on your steps or curb so that it would be readily availabe from the street. Usually, homeoners would provide a dollar or two for this service. Perhaps it is time to bring back these roving entrepreneurs. They could save lives! Walk around your street; look to the left; look to the right; look across the street; look at your own house; and help get everyone "emergency" ready.... Finding your house for a dinner party would be gravy!
While you have Hamilton Lakes fresh on your mind, allow us to share another property in the same neighborhood. The above home, built in 1984, is located on 4308 Starmount Drive, not too far from yesterday's featured home. This glossy, dark-gray house, with the Lily Pulitzer green grass and pink door, had a non-descript, red-brick façade when it sold two years ago. For sure, the current owners have brought the look into the 21st century. The door just pops into view as you approach the intersection with Nut Bush Road. How relaxing it would be to sit on that porch and watch the neighbors pass by.
Starmount Road is one of the longest, most twisted roads in town and it extends way beyond Hamilton Lakes. If you really want to get to know the character of Greensboro living, consider starting at the Lindley Park end of Starmount (@Green Valley) where it almost crosses Market Street twice. Then, follow Starmount as it winds across Holden and along Starmount Forest Country Club where it ends at Madison Avenue. Starmount homes have such character and personality and, to be sure, there is something for everybody!
Today is ABC Wednesday and H is for Hamilton Lakes, a community established in 1920 and now part of the City of Greensboro. Hamilton Lakes was founded by Greensboro developer A.M. Scales, who moved from Irving Park to Hamilton Lakes. He not only developed this "streetcar suburb," he served as its first mayor. The earlier homes, like the one above [circa 1925], were built in the grand style of homes in Scales' beloved Irving Park. However, during and after World War II, new construction in the neighborhood was significantly more modest. While differences are extreme, the beauty of Hamilton Lakes is that residents in all price points take great pride in the community and collectively maintain the nature trails, lakes, and other community-use spaces. Hamilton Lakes was annexed by Greensboro in 1957; however, a strong neighborhood association helps maintain the neighborhood's identity.
The above home at 104 Kemp Road West, built in the Mediterranean-style, likely acquired its terra cotta roof tiles from nearby Pomona Terra Cotta Works, a now-defunct, early 20th century Greensboro business. We absolutely love this house and so must its owners; because, if online records are correct, they have lived in it since 1976.
Here is our previously-published photo of the 11,000 square ft. Scales home and the Morton House, down the street from the above home. Also, yesterday's photo was taken in Hamilton Lakes on Lake Hamilton. See another photo taken in the neighborhood. We can bring you dozens of photos; however, nothing can capture the sensation of walking the trails of Hamilton Lakes, especially once the leaves start turning color.
See our previous A-G neighborhood features here.
The above home on Belvoir Drive in Forest Oaks is an inviting beauty with meticulous landscaping. The private residence is located across from the Forest Oaks Country Club 7 miles southeast of downtown Greensboro. With its white columns, large front porch, and second-floor faux balcony, the house exudes southern charm. There are many attractive houses near the golf course, however, this one is exceptionally inviting.
Today is ABC Wednesday and, this round we're featuring A-Z neighborhoods in the Greensboro area. F is for Forest Oaks. In the 2,000 census, Forest Oaks had a population of a little over 3,000 people and 1,200 households. However, with the current construction in the area, Forest Oaks seems is growing. From 1977-2007, Forest Oaks hosted the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship. This house and its residents have probably seen a lot of exciting golf over the years. Heck, they've probably even hosted some sweet tea and lemonade breaks on that inviting lawn.
Greensboro owes the 750-acre Lake Jeanette community to the Cone family who began constructing the lake in 1940 to help meet the water needs for their denim mills.* The Eastern Shores community, one of many on Lake Jeanette, opened in 1994. The above house is located in the exclusive, gated estates, a high-end community on the eastern part of the lake. The giant, brick colonial house is on the top of the hill at the end of Eastern Shores Drive.
Today is ABC Wednesday and this round,** we're featuring neighborhoods of Greensboro. "E" is for Eastern Shores, a neighborhood in Lake Jeanette. Eastern Shores is located just off the northernmost part of Elm Street. The community is landscaped beautifully. Walking trails and boat docks are found throughout the neighborhoods and help contribute to the sense of community.
*If you love learning about Greensboro's history, read a little more about Lake Jeanette and the Cone Family here.
**See our previous weeks here.
This house at the corner of Ross Avenue & Ross Court is fairly typical of the properties in East Greensboro's Dudley Heights- located between Lee and East Florida Streets from Highway 29 to Barber Park. It is a modest, single family dwelling, on one level, owned by a family that takes great pride in maintaining a nice lawn. Several lawns in the neighborhood, including the one in the photo above, have freshly sculpted topiaries. Most of the streets in this neighborhood are short; a natural way to control agressive driving. You cannot be in a hurry and drive through streets that twist and wind around a hilly neighborhood!
Dudley High School and the Academy at Linclon are nearby and many children walk to school and play in the neighborhood when school is not in session. The fabulous Barber Park and the 11-acre Gateway Gardens provide plenty of interactive entertainment the surrounding community members and the rest of Greensboro. With the financial investment of UNCG and NC A&T in their joint Research Park near here, we're predicting that this neighborhood will see an increase in property values. One interesting statistic for the neighborhood is that 79 % of the residents were born in North Carolina.
Today is ABC Wednesday and for Round 11, we're featuring A-Z neighborhoods of Greensboro.* "C" is for "Cardinal. The Cardinal neighborhood is located in Northwest Greensboro, very near the airport. Before the Cardinal neighborhood was developed in the late 1980's- 1990's, this was just a rural neighborhood in northwest Greensboro. In 1972, the first phase of construction began for the Cardinal Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole golf course became an anchor around which the Cardinal neighborhood was developed. Today, it is member-owned and is one of North Carolina's finest courses. Driving by the golf course and through the neighborhood, you will quickly get a feel for the neighborliness of the Cardinal. Residents greet each other while out walking. They wave to cars as they drive by.
For today's photo, we chose this lovely home at the corner of Murfield Drive and Lytham Court. Murfield is the key anchor street in the Cardina,l stretching from Fleming to Old Oak Ridge Road. This teal green gem is superbly landscaped with the owners making an effort to replace grass with plantings. It looks like a cozy oasis with the back yard tucked into a cul-de-sac. It is one of many examples of how the Cardinal feels like home.
The community has a very informative community newsletter online.
" See previous weeks for our A-Z streets here.
Today is ABC Wednesday and "B" is for "Brown Town." The Brown Town neighborhood is located at North Elm at Cone Boulevard and backs up to Kirkwood and Irving Park.* This part of town is called Brown Town because it was developed by the Brown Corporation- in the 1950's. Recently, there was momentum for Brown Town to pursue a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO) designation. ** The purpose of an NCO is to ensure that a neighborhood maintains its unique characteristics and that structures built are compatible with the character of the neighborhood. While the designation is less restrictive than "historic district" , NCO's can help build a sense of communty in a neighborhood. This drive was partly due to the controversy over what would be (torn down and) built at the northwest corner of Cornwalis & Elm. Now that the former structure has been removed and the new one is in place, the momentum for the overlay seems to be diminished.
Did you know that, unless there is some designation that affects zoning, the city doesn't determine or outline the boundaries of a neighborhood. Some properties are clearly in a given neighborhood and others are more ambiguous.
The above house, located at 2304 Danbury Road, is a real gem and the recent landscaping and renovations give it real curb appeal (see before here). It has a more modern look than many of the houses in the neighborhood. It is one of the few houses in Brown Town that isn't hidden by mature bushes and trees and, therefore, it is easy to photograph. Follow our ABC Neighborhoods series here. We're hoping that O. Henry Magazine or the News & Record or Our State Magazine will research and write about Brown Town. As a matter of fact, we still need to settle the issue of whether this house on Danbury is in Brown Town or Browntown!
*see map here.