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.

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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.”

3rd Annual Live & Local: Bluegrass Festival

Live & Local Bluegrass 2016 

The 3rd Annual Live & Local: Bluegrass Festival is Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C.

Live & Local: Bluegrass is a FREE two-day outdoor festival that celebrates the start of World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh. Live & Local: Bluegrass is a family-friendly event featuring dozens of vendors, a kids zone, food trucks, and multiple music stages.

Please bookmark this page to stay up-to-date or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Use the event hashtag on social media: #LiveLocalBluegrass.

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June 2016 Home of the Month

UPHA June Home of the Month
317 Dixie Trail, Home of Chandler and Meredith Rose

Chandler and Meredith Rose purchased 317 Dixie Trail in August of 2013. At the time, they had an offer in for another property in Raleigh, but when they walked this home they knew right away it was the perfect home for them and they retracted the other offer and purchased this property. Standing in front of the guest house and looking back towards Dixie Trail, it was such a little oasis under the large oaks and next to the pond. Meredith, being an interior designer, saw the potential in bringing this property back to the grandeur the home once had when it was originally built for Col. Arthur L. Fletcher (brother of A.J. Fletcher) back in 1928. The original property included the lot directly North and the two lots South of the current property lines. The guest house was built to overlook the fish pond and grape vineyard that once existed on the Southern lots. The Roses reconstructed the pond and created a path and sitting area around it.

Col Arthur L. Fletcher (brother of A.J. Fletcher), 1933–1938 served as Commissioner of Labor of North Carolina. He also served as editor of the Raleigh Evening Times, editor of The Dispatch, served in WWI And WWII as well as the NC National Guard. The second owners of the home were the Croom family. In the 1990’s, the Crooms divided up the property into the lots as they are now.

The Roses first began remodeling of the guest house when they purchased the property. Once completed, they moved into the guest house and in spring of 2015, they hired Greg Paul Builders to remodel the main house according to Meredith’s plans. He was wonderful to work with, built according to Meredith’s plans and designs.

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The remodel of the main house was a full gut down to the studs. The Roses put in new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, insulation, drywall, roof, windows, finished the attic space to add a bedroom, bath and playroom, added a back porch and reconstructed the back corner of the home where the foundation was failing under a porch that had been added at some point in the home’s history. The original blue prints for the home were found and the Roses reconstructed the widow’s walk over the sunroom (which is now a library) per the blue prints.

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Their current projects are on the exterior where they are focusing on hardscaping and landscaping. Since moving to Dixie Trail, their first daughter has turned 3 and they now have another little girl who was born in January of this year. The Rose family loves their community and living in University Park!

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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.

 

 

Celebrate the “O” with “Q” on May 28

The Friends of Oberlin Village are sponsoring a barbecue fundraiser Saturday, May 28th from 5 to 8 pm. Your $10 a plate donation gets you food, live music, and fun and helps preserve and honor the historic Oberlin Village, a community established by freed slaves in what is now part of University park.

You can find the party behind the Interact Building at 1014 Oberlin road, right by the historic Oberlin Cemetery. Bring a chair or blanket. And don’t forget to buy a chance on a beautiful, hand-made quilt being raffled for the benefit of the Oberlin Village project.

May 2016 Home of the Month

Home of Joe and Donna Bailey, 2506 Mayview Road

Joe and I moved to Raleigh 21 years ago after Joe retired from a 30 year career in the military.  Joe got a job in Raleigh and we immediately liked University Park because of the location and large trees. This area inside the beltline felt very similar to the area in northern New Jersey, where I’m originally from, so it felt like home right away. Since making Raleigh my home and University Park my neighborhood, I have enjoyed putting down roots here and getting more involved with neighborhood and city of Raleigh issues. I am currently the chair of the Wade CAC and a past president and board member of UPHA.


Our Mayview home was built in 1992 as an infill house and was 3 years old when we bought it. We liked the lot and style of the house because of the wonderful yard and setting.  We had been living in Germany before we settled her and it was great to finally call this home. We have some special pieces of furniture and art that look great here!


Joe and I are mostly retired and enjoy gardening.  Over the years we have done many projects here in the house and in the yard. A few years ago we finally got rid of the last bit of grass that we had and now have a very low maintenance garden that is mostly perennials but puts a focus on the very large oak tree in our front yard. We have also included some pieces of local art in the front yard. You can often find us on our front porch enjoying the yard and our neighbors. Come on by and have a look!

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.