Tuscaloosa-Lakewood is a neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina, that sits just south-west of downtown Durham. It’s a small, primarily residential neighborhood, and includes a segment designated the Lakewood Park Historic District. You can read more about the neighborhood’s history at Preservation Durham; for a longer and more detailed narrative of the neighborhood’s history, as well as a lot of photos, check out Open Durham. My family and I call this neighborhood home, and love living here. (Our old neighborhood was Walltown, on the north side of the city.)
The Tuscaloosa-Lakewood Neighborhood is bounded, more or less, by Chapel Hill Road on the west, Durham Chapel Hill Boulevard (15/501) on the south, Lakewood Avenue (or Bivins Street, depending on who you ask) on the north, and James Street on east. Chapel Hill Road is the main commercial street in the neighborhood.
The Tuscaloosa-Lakewood Real Estate Market
If you are looking to buy a home in Durham in a neighborhood that feels urban but still has lots of big trees, sidewalks, and young families, check out the Lakewood area. The homes in this Durham neighborhood are generally modest in size, with a lot of single-story cottages and craftsman style bungalows, most with two and three bedrooms. The median sale price for the last year (as of July 2016) was roughly $190,000, with a median list price of around $185,000; homes sold in Lakewood this year spent an average of seven days on the market. You will find some larger, updated homes in the $300 and $400’s, older homes that have been completely gutted and renovated, as well as some scattered pockets of new construction (Redfern Way is a newly developed cul de sac with colorful craftsman-style homes).
Things to do in the Tuscaloosa-Lakewood neighborhood (and nearby)
- Lakewood YMCA
- Pine State Flowers
- Florist shop sourcing 95% North Carolina-grown flowers.
- Rockwood Park
- Not technically in Tuscaloosa-Lakewood, but so close it’s walkable for many people. It’s one of our favorite parks because it’s shady and quiet and great for little kids.
- The Scrap Exchange
- Very cool spot to sort through and buy all kinds of reused and recycled bits and pieces. DIY-supplies, art supplies, you name it.
- Taqueria La Vaquita
- Taco stand with some great, quick Mexican food.
- The Original Q Shack
- There was one week where I think our family ate here three times and somehow none of us got tired of barbeque. Everything’s delicious, but I recommend the creamed spinach and brisket.
- Guglhupf Bakery and Restaurant
- A great spot to grab lunch or get work done. Lots of outdoor seating, great ambiance, amazing baked goods and German food.
Local Public Schools
(Please note these are the Durham public schools in, or close to, the neighborhood, or where many kids in the neighborhood are assigned and not a guarantee of assignment for any particular address. To find out the Durham public school assignment for a specific property, you can visit Durham Public School’s interactive map or schooldigger.com which isn’t DPS-official but is more user-friendly.)
For a helpful explanation of Durham’s magnet program, neighborhood schools, walk zones, and more, check out Strong Durham Schools.
- Jordan High School
- Durham School of the Arts – Magnet School
- Lakewood Montessori Middle – Magnet School
- Rogers-Herr Middle School – Year-round Magnet School
- Sherwood Githens Middle School
- Lakewood Elementary
- First Choice Lakewood is a group of parents and residents supporting Lakewood Elementary.
- Pearsontown Elementary – Year-round Magnet School
For more info on Durham’s Tuscaloosa-Lakewood neighborhood:
- Tuscaloosa-Lakewood Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page
- Tuscaloosa-Lakewood Neighborhood Association’s website
- Tuscaloosa-Lakewood neighborhood demographics
- Lakewood Baptist Church donates building to Yates Association (News and Observer)
Have something you think I should add? Let me know in the comments section!
About the author: My name is Matt Minor and I’m a real estate agent with Hunter Rowe Real Estate in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. I’d love to help you buy or sell a home in the Triangle. Give me a call at 919-450-5999, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Carrboro, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Mebane, Morrisville, Sanford, Smithfield or Wake Forest.