The Triangle is known as one of the places where the future is made. Raleigh homes for sale have convenient access to a diverse economy with a vibrant tech scene. But the area is also steeped in plenty of rich history, reaching back through the entire American story.
Our real estate agents are always glad to show you everything Raleigh has to offer. Here are some of the historic homes many people choose to visit when they explore the Triangle:
- Borden Building – 820 Clay Street, Raleigh, NC 27605
The Borden Building is among the only surviving remnants of what was once the Methodist Home for Children. Erected in 1900, the Borden Building itself acted as home to the superintendent. Later, it was converted to serve hundreds of children over the years. Since its purchase by the City of Raleigh in 1982, it and adjoining Fred Fletcher Park have been an oasis of tranquility in the midst of an urban setting.
- Heck-Andrews House – 309 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
The Heck-Andrews House has been praised by historians as one of the finest surviving examples of Second Empire architecture. At the crossroads of many other key sites, including the lieutenant governor's office, it was completed in 1872 and occupied for more than a century as a private residence. It was vacant until 2014, the year of a major renovation, and is now open to public visitors.
- Haywood Hall House and Gardens – 211 N. Bern Place, Raleigh, NC 27601
Haywood Hall House and Gardens is a testament to the life of John Haywood, the first elected treasurer of North Carolina. A frame house in the prominent Federal style, it is now the oldest house on an original site anywhere within Raleigh's city limits. It has a unique collection of family portraits, a variety of original furniture, and a permanent collection of antique dolls. Admission is always free.
- Joel Lane Museum House – 160 South Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
The Joel Lane Museum House is noteworthy as the oldest home within Wake County: It dates back to 1769. The spot is heralded as the "Birthplace of North Carolina's Capital" thanks to a fateful agreement by Joel Lane to sell 1,000 acres to the state for the construction of official buildings and infrastructure. Today, the site offers two other historic buildings and a gift shop.
- L.L. Polk House – 537 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27604-1119
L.L. Polk House features a style that has been called "gingerbread Gothic." Dating to 1890, it was built by one of the most prominent men in the state, a former part-owner of the Raleigh News and Observer. Tours are available by appointment only and will shed light on the life of Col. L.L. Polk as well as the storied history of the property itself.
- North Carolina Executive Mansion – 200 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
North Carolina Executive Mansion sits just steps from the Heck-Andrews house listed above. Built from local materials, it has been the official home of North Carolina's governors since 1891. It was once lauded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as "the most beautiful governor's residence interior" in the nation. Tour reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
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