April 2017 Home of the Month

Radu and I are both NCSU graduates and have always loved the University Park area of Raleigh.  When I was still in school, we were living in a townhouse in Durham and I would be one of those annoying college students that would drive down Brooks, park off Clark and walk to my classes.  I remember driving by the three homes right off of Brooks and Wade as they were being built and thinking “one day I want to live in a place like that in a neighborhood like this”; something that seemed quite out of reach for a poor student in her 9th year of college/graduate school!

Fast forward several years, Radu and I were living in Cary in a small ranch with our 2 year old daughter and were ready to expand and find what we hope to be our forever home.  There was no doubt about the location, University Park!  We found this beautiful lot, surrounded with trees on a gravel road and were SOLD.

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The builder had plans for a 3 level larger home, but we wanted to build a craftsman-style home that was smaller and fit the historic area.  Luckily we were able to take on a completely custom design build, which is a blessing and curse when you are faced with all the decisions!  In my excitement, before breaking ground, I bought the first item for our home:  a free-standing bath tub (our builder thought I was crazy)!

We designed our floorplan to fit a growing family and to maximize all space as daily usable area.  Our downstairs was designed as a shotgun style living, kitchen, and open dining area to keep the family and guests together and to make entertaining easy.

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Some of the finishing touches I love the most are the built-ins in the living, dining and mudroom areas and also the open reclaimed wood shelving in the kitchen and living areas.   Wood ceiling fans, crown moulding, large baseboards and wainscoting were additional features that we HAD to have to give this house the Arts and Crafts feel that we were looking for.

We have now been in our home for a year and a half, grown to a family of four and could not enjoy our home and the neighborhood it resides in more than we do!  We love to sit on our porch (when the kids allow it) and say hi to the people that walk down the gravel road, take walks to Isabella Park and the Rose Garden and also I am continually working on more gardening (can’t wait for more winged visitors on my butterfly bushes this spring), including my continued attempt to chart the seasonal sun positions for my vegetable gardens. I love all the green that surrounds our home and I love living in such a unique neighborhood filled with wonderful people!

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UPHA Annual Easter Egg Hunt is Back!

Everyone in the neighborhood is invited!

When: Saturday, April 8, 10:00am-11:30am

Where:  Pollock Place Park (at Pollock Pl, Merriman Ave and Taylor St.)

What:Egg Hunt!
Jelly Bean Guessing Contest
The Easter Bunny!!

Bring:

  1. a dozen plastic eggs filled with wrapped candies
  2. your own basket
  3. a light snack to share

University Park Homeowners Association
provides water, plates, cups, napkins

UPHA Holiday Party!

Wow, another year has flown by –

Please join your neighbors for holiday fellowship at the annual UPHA family party.

Monday, December 5, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At the Players’ Retreat – 105 Oberlin Road
Located at the corner of Oberlin and Hillsborough Streets.

Players’ Retreat is providing free appetizers while they last. Members are welcome to order drinks and meals at their own expense.

(Don’t forget the Christmas Charity Raffle! Bring some cash to buy tickets – )

Also posted on Nextdoor – Please Join Us

 

University Park Halloween Party

University Park Halloween Fun!

Join us for friends and fun at Cannon Park.
All University Park Residents are welcome!
Wear your favorite costume to strut!

Please bring a covered dish, snack, or dessert to share.
Plates, utensils, napkins, water provided by UPHA.

What:  Family Friendly Halloween Event
Date: Saturday, October 29, 3-5pm no rain date
Place: Cannon Park, at Gardner and Kilgore

Art It Up!

Art It Up! is a collection of free events and performances happening in the Hillsborough Street business district on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Art It Up! offers a mix of arts, culture, and recreation programs taking place at 13 locations, all within walking distance of each other, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to walk or ride a bike to Create. Collect. Connect.

Art It Up! coincides with NC State’s Annual Open House and we encourage the visiting public to come explore what Hillsborough Street offers our community.

SCHEDULE | MAP

35 years ago…

The year was 1981. Hill Street Blues was the hot new program on that 19-inch TV screen. Car radios blared the hot new single, “The Tide is High” by Blondie. Prince Charles got engaged to Lady Diana Spencer, and Walter Cronkite stepped down from CBS evening news, to be replaced by Dan Rather. Closer to home, enrollment at North Carolina State University topped 21,000, football coach Monte Kiffin was leading the Wolfpack to what would be a 4-7 season, and Raleigh  was in the midst of a growth spurt that would increase the city’s population almost 38% between 1980 and 1990. Recognizing  challenges of the surging growth, a band of homeowners  directly north of the NCSU campus gathered to organize the University Park Homeowners Association. A key figure was of Isabella Cannon, the Scottish-born former mayor of Raleigh.

Founding member Jim Clark says, “I recall that meetings were held in Isabella’s home, with quite a lot of back and forth between Isabella, Tom Quay, Bill Hassler, and several other neighbors. The mood was not always happy, but civility prevailed. Tom Willis was the peacemaker if there was a need for one. A map that facilitated some of our discussions was mine to keep safely at my house for several years. I would pull it out and take it to meetings if called upon.

Isabella’s residence was an archive; no more, no less. One bathroom was used for storage. Even the tub was stacked neatly with papers from the careers and travels of her and her husband Jim.”