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Celebrate 35 Years of UPHA at Red Line

UPHA is 35 years old!

After 35 years, one of the oldest and most active neighborhood association in Raleigh continues to pursue it’s mission to sustain a safe, stable, and attractive living community.

Local residents founded the University Park Homeowners’ Association to preserve the quality of this unique and historic Raleigh neighborhood, while promoting reasonable and desirable growth. UPHA represents residents who live within the area bounded by Wade Avenue on the north, Hillsborough Street on the south, Faircloth Street on the west, and Oberlin Road on the east.

Help up celebrate 35 years of service by welcoming one of the newest, local businesses to our neighborhood. Red Line Beer & Wine opened it’s doors this spring on Horne Street at Hillsborough in the old Post Office building.

Please join us Thursday June 9th between 6 pm and 7:30 pm for summer spirits, food from Groucho’s Deli, graciously provided by the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation, and socialize with your neighbors while checking out a few of the many new neighborhood businesses on Hillsborough Street.

Walk on down, or since most of the students are away for summer there’ll be plenty of parking.



April 2016 Home of the Month

2200 Hope St. at Enterprise
Home of Ari Sanoff

When we purchased the house 20 years ago, the previous owner related the story about the original owner. William J. Peele, one of the Founders of North Carolina State University presumably built it for his two daughters. It was a two family house with entrances on Hope & Enterprise Street. When it was built in 1919, it was one of two houses and Enterprise Street ended at the edge of the house. An addition was built in 1939 by Miss Randolph Hill. An aerial photo from 1920 shows the house amid farmlands but near the early university buildings.

After we purchased the house in the early 90’s, my sister and I moved into the downstairs apartment and we rented out the upstairs. The downstairs needed the most work so we ripped out the carpet and updated the kitchen to make it a more livable space. We continued to rent out the upstairs for several years while continuing to make improvements to the inside as well as doing some landscaping that was long past due.

We eventually got out of the rental business. At that time, I moved upstairs, while my sister continued to live downstairs. Before I moved upstairs, we had the floors sanded and updated the kitchen because nothing had really been done to the upstairs since we purchased the house in the early 90’s.

In 2005, my sister moved out and I converted the 2 separate apartments into a singe family home. These improvements involved removing several walls downstairs and completely remodeling the kitchen with all new cabinets and appliances. I continued to make renovations upstairs and converted my old bedroom into a walk in closet but the kitchen upstairs remained untouched.

Most recently, my fiancé moved in and I finally renovated the kitchen upstairs and converted it into a dressing room for her. We would still like to make some changes since now there are 2 people and 2 dogs living in the house. I am sure that will happen over time and we are thinking that after the wedding in September we will visit the idea of expanding the kitchen.

Live & Local: Earth Day 2016 on Hillsborough Street

Live & Local: Earth Day 2016 is a FREE event on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Compiegne Park, located just off the 2300 block of Hillsborough Street. The event will feature three stages, multiple bands, kids zone, bouncy houses, food trucks and environmental workshops. Hillsborough Street will not be closed for the event. Live & Local: Earth Day 2016 is presented by Live It Up! Hillsborough Street, in partnership with New Belgium Brewery and Raleigh Brewing Company. –

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February 2016 Home of the Month

Home of Chris and Gray Herndon

400 Pogue St.

When Gray and I got married in 2007 she’d lived on Stafford Ave.

2410 Stafford Ave
2410 Stafford Ave

in the house she built since 1997. We knew we wanted to build another home so we began our search for the perfect spot.  We both passed the vacant lot on Pogue St. across from the Rose Garden every day and thought it would be wonderful to stay in the neighborhood we love. So after some time coveting the lot, circumstances allowed us to purchase the former home of the Fisher’s Bakery and Sandwich Company from the Underhills.

Karlie Underhill is the granddaughter of Karlie Fisher who started the Fisher’s Bakery and Sandwich Company in 1928. The Fishers built the house at 2512 Everett Ave. in 1939. The house and the accompanying “sandwich factory” added in the backyard of the house (now the site of our home) were contributing buildings to the West Raleigh Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The remaining buildings that made up the factory stood on the backyard lot until 1995 when they were removed.

The entire area around the Rose Garden is unique since it still holds the original form of the horse racing track of the old State Fairgrounds, which is how Pogue Street and the Rose Garden get their shape. Our lot sits in the turn just after the grandstands.

We started the process of designing a house that would both fit our lifestyle and the historic University Park Neighborhood we love. We settled on a French Country style with a brick veneer that resembled many of the other houses built in our neighborhood between the 30’s and 50’s. To give it an older appearance we used a hand tumbled oversize brick and casement windows. The home has three bedrooms and two and half baths. The rooms are spacious and flow together, which allow for entertaining.

The entrance foyer opens to a library and leads into an open space for the living areas. A formal dining room has 13 foot coffered ceilings and a tall arched window that looks out onto the Rose Garden. Across from the dining room is the open floorplan living room with French doors flanking a see-through fireplace, which opens to the back porch allowing for an indoor-outdoor entertaining space. The living room flows into the kitchen, which overlooks Isabella Cannon Park to the north. Alongside the kitchen and connected to the dining room by a butler’s pantry is a breakfast room with large bay windows and bench seat looking into the trees of Cannon Park. The master bedroom is off the living room and two additional bedrooms are upstairs.

January 2016 Home of the Month

Lynn and Milos Novak, 2615 Van Dyke Ave

I was looking to make the jump from a house to a condo in 2007, and I knew that University Park was the place I wanted to land.  I was living near Cameron Village and had come to know the neighborhood through my friend, Chris Farlow, who still lives on Van Dyke Ave.  When our house had become a little too small for my husband, daughter, our dog, and visiting family members, we agonized over the decision to move out of the neighborhood into a bigger house or stay put in University Park.  We did not want to give up the proximity to our close friends, a walkable neighborhood, a relatively easy commute to my office in Cary, and proximity to many of Milos’ customers – not to mention we were married in the Rose Garden (with our good friend Chris officiating the wedding)!

We decided to stay put and expand our house.  Milos took the project on from the design of the house to the actual build.  He is the owner of Lions Home Restoration & Repair, so a project of this sort was not outside his wheelhouse. The topography of our lot makes it a bit of a challenge to add additional square footage, so we had to expand upwards.  We also created a more open concept in the original footprint of the house, which meant a total reconfiguration of the house down to the studs.  So, we moved out temporarily while the house was under construction.  A driveway was also installed, and stone terraces were built in front of the house with help from my brother-in-law while he was visiting from the Czech Republic.
We’ve been living in our renovated house since this past July and are enjoying our new space.  Milos’ attention to detail is evident throughout the house – from the built in storage to the “unseen things” that make our house energy efficient.  One of my favorite spaces in the new house is actually outdoors – the front porch.  Milos saved some of the old hardwood floors from the original house and used it as the floor for the porch.  It reminds me of the old space that we loved while giving us something new to enjoy.  In retrospect, the project was bigger than we thought, but it was worth it.  We are so glad to be back in University Park!

Gonza Tacos Y Tequila!

Gonza Tacos Y Tequila is an experience you don’t want to miss!

Fun atmosphere, expansive drink list, tempting and sumptuous food menu.

Gonza Tacos Y Tequila graciously provided complimentary individual appetizers–tastes of taco soup, tostada, and ensalada–for the UPHA Membership Street Contest celebration in November.

A walk to Hillsborough and Enterprise Streets to visit Gonza’s is worth the trip!

Thanks to our Wade CAC / UPHA Town Hall Panel!

A big thanks to our panel members Kay Crowder, Russ Stephenson, Ken Bowers, and Joe Whitehouse for their participation in our conversation about Growth and Development in our community. We had a good turnout and were able to address a wide range of topics and questions centered around Growth, Planning and Regulations, and Impacts on our neighborhood.

Earlier this year UPHA conducted a city-funded survey on neighborhood attitudes about growth and development. We had great participation and wanted to hear more about these issues from city leaders, planners and developers. At the September Wade CAC meeting we got our chance and it was an informative session.

Thanks again to all those who participated in the survey and came to the meeting to join in the discussion. Be on the look out for more surveys gathering opinions from University Park, and we hope to have more town halls in the future.

UPHA / Wade CAC Town Hall

Earlier this year UPHA conducted a city-funded survey on neighborhood attitudes about growth and development. One of the questions asked if you would attend a neighborhood town hall meeting with city planners and city councilors to discuss the results of the survey and other planning and growth topics that affect you. We had 80% of respondents say yes, they were interested.

Well, here’s our chance!

At the regular Wade CAC meeting this month, the CAC and UPHA will co-host a Town Hall meeting with our elected representatives Councilor Kay Crowder and Councilor Russ Stephenson; Ken Bowers, Senior City Planner; and Joe Whitehouse, president of Creative Urban Environments and HSCSC board member. Topics that will be covered include growth patterns, planning and regulations, and specific impacts on our neighborhood. The survey also revealed a lot of interest in traffic, parking and building types, and how they will affect our neighborhood as it grows.

Please join us on Tuesday September 22 at 7:00pm at the Jaycee Park Community Center and bring any questions you might have for the panel.

Oberlin Village Pig Pickin’ – May 23rd

Oberlin Village Pig Pickin’ May 23rd
from 5-8 PM

Come down to the Historic Oberlin Cemetery at 1014 Oberlin Road (park behind the Interact Building) to enjoy live music from four bands ranging from jazz to folk rock. Bring your chair or blanket and get ready to relax or dance.

Pig Pickin' - Pig Graphic

All proceeds will go towards a survey of the graves and the purchase of a historic marker that celebrates the contributions
of Historic Oberlin Village.

If you can not attend, please consider mailing a donation made payable to Wilson Temple United Methodist Church (in the memo section please write Friends of Oberlin)  to 1023 Oberlin Road, Raleigh N.C. 27605.

For more info contact Sabrina Goode at (336) 416-1895 or visit our website at

 Download the Official Flyer as a PDF