Walltown is a residential neighborhood on the northeast side of Durham, within walking distance of Duke’s East Campus. (It is also one of two neighborhoods in Durham that my family and I have called home, along with Tuscaloosa-Lakewood on the south side of the city.) Walltown is bounded roughly by I-85 and Northgate Mall on its north side, Clarendon Road to the west, Green Street to the south, and Buchanan Boulevard to the east.
Northgate Mall sits on Guess Road, the main commercial road through the neighborhood, and while it may be less of a shopping destination than upscale Southpoint Mall on the south side of town, it has a respectable-enough selection of retail stores despite a number of vacant storefronts. It also has a movie theatre. The mall was within walking distance for us when we lived in the neighborhood and we found it convenient for the occasional clothing purchase or for browsing with the kids on a rainy day.
One of our favorite things about the neighborhood was how convenient and walkable it was. Besides the mall and Guess Road, we could walk to Duke’s East Campus (which has a nice walking trail around it), Whole Foods, and the rest of the shops and restaurants on Broad Street over towards the Old West Durham neighborhood.
The Walltown Real Estate Market
The median sale price for single-family homes in Walltown in the last 12 months (as of July 2016) was roughly $223,000, but with an average list price of almost $20,000 less. Homes sold in Durham’s Walltown neighborhood this year spent on average only eight days on the market. Most of the homes in this neighborhood are smaller, with two or three bedrooms and modest yards. Most of the streets have sidewalks and there are lots of big shade trees. The homes in Walltown range from unremarkable 700-square-foot cottages and shotgun houses to beautifully restored 1930s craftsman-style bungalows with 1500 square feet. The area has seen an upturn in recent years with investor activity and some attractive new construction on a couple of vacant lots. While we were living in Walltown (2013-2014) we watched one small two-bedroom home sell to an investor for $31,000, get renovated, and re-sell within months for $136,000.
Things to do in Walltown (and nearby):
- The Walltown Children’s Theatre
- They offer a wide range of performing arts classes, as well as after-school tutoring. Click here for two great videos about what they do.
- Walltown Park
- Watt’s Grocery
- A popular restaurant serving southern food made from locally grown and raised ingredients.
- Joe Van Gogh
- We spent a lot of time here when we lived in Walltown. Great coffee, local art on the walls, and a small outdoor seating area. They have several locations around town.
- The Palace International – Fine African Cuisine
- My wife took the kids here once and reports that it was amazing and that the staff was super friendly and accommodating of her wheeling a giant double stroller in at lunch time.
- La Cacerola
- After checking out their Yelp reviews I’m regretting never stopping in when we lived nearby and am putting it on the to-do list! An unassuming storefront Mexican restaurant on Guess Road that, evidently, is really good.
- Monuts Donuts
(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.
- EK Powe Elementary
- Pearsontown Elementary – Year-round Magnet School
- Brogden Middle School
- Rogers-Herr Middle School – Year-round Magnet School
- Riverside High School
More about Durham’s Walltown neighborhood:
- Walltown Neighborhood demographics from City-Data
- History of Walltown from Open Durham
- Walltown Community Association
- The story of the George Watts Hall house at Preservation Durham
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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.