HISTORIC CHAPEL HILL

Chapel Hill is home to multiple historic districts thriving with charming older homes.  Most of these homes are within walking distance to enjoy all the benefits of “in-town” living.  The  Franklin/Rosemary District, and the Gimghoul District are all designated by the Town of Chapel Hill and are National Register Historic Districts.  In addition, the Rocky Ridge Farm is a National Register Historic District. All border the central campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

East Franklin Street is the heart of the Franklin/Rosemary Historic District, which also extends several blocks on either side. Over the past decade, this area has undergone a renaissance. Numerous older homes have been extensively renovated by new owners sensitive to their historic traditions.

Gimghoul is located on the other side of Battle Park from the Downtown Historic District. Its name arises from an old Carolina legend of the ghost of a young lover murdered at a trysting rock nearby. The name was adopted in the late 19th century by a UNC secret society whose continued existence is also a mystery. Gimghoul Castle was built in the neighborhood in the 1920’s and remains under private ownership.

The Rocky Ridge Farm district centers around Laurel Hill Road as it winds down from the UNC Law School to 15-501.  Homes were built from the 1920’s to the 1950’s and feature mature trees and other vegetation. 

Martha Bick & Co. has been involved representing buyers and sellers for many historic homes.  

Click here to see a map of the downtown historic districts!