Wake Forest NC – This Place Matters!!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign “This Place Matters” helps people protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them!  This campaign has helped to bring to light communities and locations that are important to us and preserving those locations for future generations.  For those of you that know me you know that historic homes and locations are near and dear to my heart as is the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  It makes me smile to see all of the photos and stories that flood into the site from people all around the country that have places near and dear to them.  This is what historic preservation is all about!

The Town of Wake Forest NC has begun it’s local campaign for “This Place Matters” and you can join in by sharing the historic places in Wake Forest NC that matter to YOU!  How can you participatte?  It’s easy – all you have to do is visit the Wake Forest NC This Place Matters campaign site and download your free “This Place Matters” sign.  Take a digital photo of yourself holding the sign at local residences, landmarks or other significant locations throughout Wake Forest NC that matter to you.  Submit your photo along with a short story as to why the location is important and meaningful to you to thisplacematters@wakeforestnc.gov.   All photo submissions with then be displayed in a slide show at http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/thisplacematters_photos.aspx

For more information regarding the local “This Place Matters” campaign you can contact Agnes Wanman at (919) 435-9516 or AWanman@wakeforestnc.gov.  For information on the National “This Place Matters” please visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Searching For Historic Homes in Wake Forest NC?

Wake Forest NC is rich with history and along with that comes gorgeous architecture that reflects a period in time when homes were showcases and masterpieces.  There is a diverse mixture of architectural styles in historic Wake Forest NC that range from Victorian to Georgian style.  The majority of the historic homes in Wake Forest have been lovingly cared for and kept up to standards with the Historic Guidelines set forth by the Wake Forest NC Historic Commission in conjunction with the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office.

If you are interested in exploring some of the historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC you can check out a few of the offerings at the end of this post.  Also, for more information on the Historic Guidelines, historic home rehabilitation or Tax Credits that may be available I would like to point you to “What’s YOUR Circa?“.  There you can find a bevy of information to help you decide if a historic home is right for you!  You can easily search for information via the Categories on the right hand side of the blog and, as always, you can certainly email me with any questions that you may have!  Again, that link is What’s YOUR Circa?

In the meantime, here is a quick video with some examples of what you can find by way of historic homes in Wake Forest NC.  Don’t forget to peek below the video for some great historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC!


  • circa 1901: 1350 sf, 3bd/1ba, $55,000.00
  • circa 1910: 1600 sf, 1bd/2.5ba $59,999.00
  • circa 1901: 714 sf, 1bd/1ba $70,000.00
  • circa 1909: 1158 sf, 3bd/1.5ba $113,900.00
  • circa 1901: 3822 sf, 4bd/6ba $225,000.00
  • circa 1840: 3870 sf, 5bd/4ba $275,000.00
  • circa 1920: 2827 sf, 3bd/2ba $397,000.00

Historic River Mill Condo for Sale!

It is rare that a unit in historic River Mill becomes available and when they do – DON’T BLINK or they are snatched up! Well, not only is there a historic condo available it is absolutely gorgeous with a completely remodeled kitchen that has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and beautiful cabinetry, a remodeled bath with granite counters and a custom, granite tile shower, dramatic 13′ ceilings with exposed beams and floor to ceiling windows that allows the light to bounce artfully off of the exposed stone walls.  But guess what?  It gets better!

THIS UNIT IS RIVERSIDE! Yes, you can wake up every morning to scenic views of the river and be lulled to sleep every night by the gentle sounds of the river flowing gently past.

Some particulars are:

  • circa 1854
  • one bedroom/one bath
  • 615 square feet
  • hardwood floors
  • exposed stone
  • new HVAC/compressor in ’10

You can certainly gain a perspective of the incredibly rich history of the mill at River Mill, Wake Forest NC – Live In History! For more information on this available unit please feel free to email me or call me at 919-649-6128 – I would love to answer any questions you may have!

Historic Wake Forest NC Local Resources

Wake Forest NC is committed to preserving the historic charm and character that have survived the last century and in doing so offer many resources that are just a click away whether you are a current resident or a newcomer.

If you are interested in Historic Preservation in Wake Forest NC you can certainly keep up with the latest meeting minutes from the Historic Preservation Commission meetings. Meetings are help the second Wednesday of each month and you can find the resulting meeting minutes on their webpage.

In addition to meeting minutes you can find a wealth of information on their site such as:

For more information about Historic Wake Forest NC please feel free to give me a call at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email! There are a multitude of beautiful historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC in all price points and sizes!  I would be happy to show you around!  Don’t forget to check out my website, Wake Forest House Chick, for the latest Wake Forest NC real estate news, events and so much more…..

Historic Homes for Sale in Wake Forest NC

Wake Forest NC has beautiful historic districts with some outstanding homes!   The homes transport you to a different time and place.  Wake Forest NC once was the home of the Wake Forest College which has since moved to Winston-Salem NC and is now the Wake Forest University.  However, Wake Forest NC remained a contender in the education arena with the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary!

There are some truly outstanding historic homes available for sale that some once housed the professors of the Wake Forest College and others were housing for workers of the Glenn Royal Mill.  Here is a list of historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC:

  • Elizabeth Avenue – $95,000 – 1344 sq ft, Investment Opportunity, 3 bedrooms / 1 bath
  • Brick Street – $119,900 – 1072 sq ft, Renovated!, 2 bedrooms / 1 bath
  • S. Main Street – $345,000 – 2455 sq ft MAIN house, Updated, 4 bedrooms / 2 baths AND 1350 sq ft 2nd house, 3 bedrooms / 1.5 baths – AMAZING price for TWO homes!
  • N. Main Street – $375,000 – 3963 sq ft, wrap-around porch, 5 bedrooms / 3 baths
  • Woodland Drive – $379,900 – 3168 sq ft, 2 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms / 3.5 baths
  • N. Main Street – $750,000 – 5325 sq ft, the Poteat-Berry house, 4 bedrooms / 3.5 baths

If you would like more information or picture for any of these historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC just give me a call at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email!

If you own a historic home in Wake Forest NC and are thinking of selling I would be happy to speak with you regarding the current Wake Forest NC Real Estate marketHistoric Homes are special and distinct; they deserve a whole other method of marketing – I can help!

Historic Wake Forest NC – 3 Distinct Districts on National Register

Wake Forest NC is a small town right outside of Raleigh NC with a rich, historic background!  Many people to this day still confuse the town of Wake Forest with where the Wake Forest University is located.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  The University moved to its current location in Winston-Salem, NC back in 1956 but that’s another blog post altogether.

I am always receiving phone calls and email from buyers seeking a historic property in the Wake Forest NC Historic District.  Well, that can be tricky – we have several!  Wake Forest NC actually as three Historic Districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Glen Royall Mill Village Historic District – this area was included on the National Register in 1999.  Glen Royall Mill Village has an extremely fascinating history which again, is for another blog post.
  • Wake Forest Downtown Historic District – this area was included on the National Register in 2002.  Comprised mainly of commercial opportunities the area is beautiful!  Wake Forest NC has certainly done a phenomenal job of building the foot traffic in its retail downtown historic district.
  • Wake Forest Historic District – this residential area was included on the National Register in 2003 and has some of the most beautiful historic homes I have EVER seen!

It’s also worth noting that the Town of Wake Forest NC has two designated landmark properties:

  • I.O. Jones House – circa 1903
  • Battle-Purnell House – circa 1802

So, the next time you are thinking of searching for historic property in Wake Forest NC be sure to let me know which district you are interested in.  For more local information regarding the Historic Districts, some of the Historic Properties for Sale and general Wake Forest NC information feel free to give me a call at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email.

You can also visit my website, Wake Forest NC House Chick, for a slideshow of some of the residential historic properties and more information regarding Life in Wake Forest NC and what it has to offer.

Terms To Know When Dealing With Historic Properties

If you are interested in historic properties there are a few terms that you should familiarize yourself with.  A few of the words may sound similar and it can get somewhat confusing.  Here is a sampling of terms that you should become familar with when delving into the world of historic properties:

  • Rehabilitate:  To repair a structure and make it usable again while preserving those portions or features of the property that are historically and culturally significant.  For example, rehabilitation might include an updated kitchen while retaining the historic stairwell and fireplaces.  Most common approach for private houses.
  • Restore:  To return a building to its form and condition as represented by a specified period of time using materials that are as similar as possible to the original materials.
  • Stabilize:  To protect a building from deterioration by making it structurally secure, while maintaining its current form.
  • Renovate:  To repair a structure and make it usable again, without attempting to restore its historic appearance or duplicate original construction methods or material.
  • Preserve:  To maintain a structure’s existing form through careful maintenance and repair.
  • Reconstruct:  To re-create an historic building that has been damaged or destroyed; to erect a new structure resembling the old using historical, archaeological, architectural documents.
  • Remodel:  To change a building without regard to its distinctive features or style.  Often involves changing the appearance of a structure by removing or covering original details and substituting new materials and forms.

For more information regarding historic properties be sure to visit The National Trust for Historic Preservation where the above glossary can be found.  For information regarding Historic Properties in Wake Forest NC please feel free to give me a call or send me an email – I’d be happy to show you what Wake Forest NC has to offer!

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