Your Durham Neighborhood Guide

If you plan to live in Durham after divorcing, you will need to know about the different neighborhoods in order to find the right place for you.


Downtown: American Tobacco

Downtown Durham is quickly becoming an attractive place for people to live. In recent years there has been a major revitalization of this area that has resulted in more and more people choosing to live downtown. The American Tobacco campus offers plenty of dining options, event space, the Durham Bulls minor league baseball stadium, and the Durham Preforming Arts Center (DPAC). There is even an extensive trail system that runs through the American Tobacco Campus that is great for walking, jogging or bike riding.


Old Bull and Noell Buildings

There are two residential buildings located in the heart of the American Tobacco campus, within walking distance of the attractions mentioned above. The Old Bull Building and the Noell buildings house residential apartments in renovated tobacco warehouses. While some units are available now, more will be available later in 2014 as major renovations on these buildings are currently taking place. For more information about living in the these buildings, look at the website listed above or contact the property manager listed on the website.


Lucky Strike Building

This building is also located in the heart of the American Tobacco campus and provides 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units. Built in 1912, it used to be the home of Lucky Strike Tobacco but was renovated in 2005 and turned into apartments. The apartments offer lots of amenities – everything from a gym to a pool and rooftop sundeck and 24 hours surveillance are found here.


Duke University

If you plan to continue your education at Duke University, you might be interested in housing options that are near campus. The following are a few housing options near the University.


Pinnacle Ridge

These apartments are located in South Square, not far from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business; there is a good mix of Duke undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals that live in these units. Amenities include a fitness center, tennis court, indoor volleyball/racquetball court, and a car wash area to name a few.


The Belmont

These apartments are located near Duke’s West Campus and house both undergraduate and graduate students who attend both Duke and North Carolina Central University. You will find a pool, nearby jogging trails and a private lake at the Belmont. There are one and two bedroom floor plans available, you will need to call for lease rates.


Other Off Campus Options

The link above will direct you to a search engine offered by the Duke University website. You can search for apartments, condos, and houses close to campus by using their search engine. You can also find information about Durham bus stops and routes that serve various apartment communities.


Brightleaf Square

Located on Main street, not far from downtown, Brightleaf offers a unique mix of shops and restaurants in a pair of renovated old tobacco warehouses.


Artisan at BrightLeaf

These apartments can be found in the master planned community known as Brightleaf at the Park. They claim that residents have easy access to Research Triangle Park, Duke University and shopping and entertainment venues at Brier Creek.


West Village

This apartment community offers loft-style apartments within walking distance of Brightleaf square dining and nightlife. Residents really enjoy the amenities and the unique architectural design that features exposed brick and timber, high ceilings and open floor plans.


Research Triangle Park

Many people choose to live in the Durham area because of the numerous job opportunities in the Research Triangle Park (RTP). If you plan to work in RTP, the following apartment communities may be ideal for you.


Creekstone at RTP

These apartments are centrally located in RTP and offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom floor plans. These luxury apartments offer many amenities; everything from full size washers and dryers, detached garages, a fitness club, dog park and resort-style swimming pool.


The Hamptons at RTP

These apartment homes are located on Highway 54, just one mile west of RTP. The location provides convenient access not only to RTP but also to Duke, UNC and RDU airport and downtown Durham. You can lease a 1, 2, or 3 bedroom unit at a monthly rate of $800 to $1200.


Duke Hospital – Erwin Road

Duke hospital provides many jobs for those living in Durham. If you want to live close to a job at the Duke or VA hospital on Erwin Road, the following apartments may be exactly what you are looking for.


Trinity Commons

While these apartments are within walking distance of the both the Duke and VA hospitals and offer the typical luxury apartment amenities, what sets them apart is the emphasis on Green construction and living. Everything form the lighting to the landscaping and HVAC stystem are designed to function with minimal damage to the environment.


Moving – The Logistics

Once you pick the perfect place, you will then need to make decisions – like when your move-in date will be, if you plan to hire movers and who and where to call to activate utilities.

The following phone numbers will help you set up the utilities at your new home:


Duke Energy (electric): (800) 777 – 9898

PSNC Energy (natural gas): (877) – 776 – 2427

Durham Water Management: (919) 560 – 4381

BellSouth (telephone): (800) 288 – 2020

Verizon (telephone): (800) 256 – 4646

Time Warner (cable): (800) 489 – 2669


You may find yourself in in a position where you need to either buy or sell furniture. Craigslist is a great resource for both buying and selling furniture, however if you are uncomfortable with using Craigslist, simply don’t have time, or are looking for new furniture there are alternatives.

Trosa is a great place to find used furniture and home goods in Durham. They offer all types of furniture, electronics, and even clothing. Additionally, if you are in the market for new furniture you will find plenty of stores at the local mall, the Streets at Southpoint. There you will find Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, and many other furniture stores.

Should you find yourself looking to donate unwanted items to Goodwill, there are many locations around Durham. For a complete list of locations, visit the Goodwill website. They will even come pick up large unwanted items if you arrange a pick-up time with them in advance. You can also chose to donate with Trosa, the used furniture store mentioned above.