4400 HOPE VALLEY ROAD

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4400 HOPE VALLEY ROAD

4400
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1890-1925
/ Modified in
2006
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  • Submitted by Joe on Friday, November 17, 2006 - 8:48pm

    I vote for "The Oaks at Piney Woods." ;) Another favorite is "Lochnora 2."

  • Submitted by Page on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 6:36pm

    Wasn't the other house from another location? I think that only the one shown in these photos was on that land before. I had hoped that they were moving that other house TO the lot and that another townhouse development wasn't going there. Then that house was moved away and this one was uprooted. I bet the development will be $250K townhomes called "The Woods at Hopecroft."

  • Submitted by Sven on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 6:49pm

    Page

    You could be right about the other house; it was obviously an older house as well, and, since it appeared at the edge of the property on the back of truck much like this one, then disappeared, I assumed that it came from the back of the property. I don't know why they would have parked another house here for awhile, but it is possible that they were waiting for a foundation to be poured somewhere else and just used this as a stopping-off point. I agree that the house pictured (as well as the old sheds and whatnot still on the property) are the only buildings I've seen from the road.

    I'm liking these other suggestions: I'm going with "The Piney Woods at Hopecroft Shire"

    GK

  • Submitted by Michael Bacon on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 3:47pm

    Wouldn't that be the Piney Woodes at Hopecrofte Shyre?

  • Submitted by Sven on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 12:13am

    Nice! I do wonder about the propensity to get Middle English-y with our subdivision names. Did Chaucer write something about homeowner's associations and two-car garages? Perhaps in that lost book - The Developement Tale.

    GK

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 6:24pm

    The elderly man that used to live on this property was one of the few remnants of the Atkins family, that used to own a large farm on much of the surrounding land. There is a small grave yard just south of the property that is marked by an inset of the fence line for the Hope Valley Green neighborhood.

    Mr. Atkins told me before he died that their used to be a highway sign out across the stree that said "Durham - 8 miles".

  • Submitted by Pete on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 4:39pm

    Gary,
    I always enjoy reading your post! I'm a Durham native, and it's been great seeing things the way they used to be. I grew up off of Garrett Road, behind and next to Marydell. I remember when that neighborhood was a vast, open field.
    Would you be willing to do a post on the old Hope Valley School and surrounding area? I lived in a subdivision off Garrett Road, and then we moved to Oxford Dr. near Epworth Methodist Church, in 1995. There was an old Red & White Grocery on the corner of University and Chapel Hill Road. I would love to know how this area was developed!

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 9:57am

    The parcel now has high-end townhomes on it - it certainly doesn't have the rural feel that it used to have.   Before the old sheds on the property were torn down, my wife and I and our baby son went out there with a photographer (the grand-daughter of the man that owned the property) to take some family pictures.  It felt like a place that was lost in time.

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4400
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1890-1925
/ Modified in
2006
Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

I noticed a few months ago that the last truly rural tract on Hope Valley Rd. (751) north of Highway 54 was for sale. Within the past few weeks (November 2006,) they've loaded up a secondary building and now the main (early 20th century) house on the back of trucks to move them away.
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A view of the parcel.

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The house on the back of the truck. Somehow odd to see the wallpaper out in the open.

Undoubtedly, another housing development will get built here. Time will tell if it's just another high-end housing subdivision like the surround or something more progressive. I'm not holding my breath - I'm thinking it will be, let's see...Hope Valley Glen? The Valley? Piney Woodsy Valley?

Weldon Downs, it turns out. 

This house belonged to Carl and Carol Atkins, acquired from WH Atkins and Lillie Mae Atkins in 1964 (PB302 P439; pb48 p116.) The land was sold in 2006, and a bunch of plastic fantastic townhomes were built. 

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I vote for "The Oaks at Piney Woods." ;) Another favorite is "Lochnora 2."

Wasn't the other house from another location? I think that only the one shown in these photos was on that land before. I had hoped that they were moving that other house TO the lot and that another townhouse development wasn't going there. Then that house was moved away and this one was uprooted. I bet the development will be $250K townhomes called "The Woods at Hopecroft."

Page

You could be right about the other house; it was obviously an older house as well, and, since it appeared at the edge of the property on the back of truck much like this one, then disappeared, I assumed that it came from the back of the property. I don't know why they would have parked another house here for awhile, but it is possible that they were waiting for a foundation to be poured somewhere else and just used this as a stopping-off point. I agree that the house pictured (as well as the old sheds and whatnot still on the property) are the only buildings I've seen from the road.

I'm liking these other suggestions: I'm going with "The Piney Woods at Hopecroft Shire"

GK

Wouldn't that be the Piney Woodes at Hopecrofte Shyre?

Nice! I do wonder about the propensity to get Middle English-y with our subdivision names. Did Chaucer write something about homeowner's associations and two-car garages? Perhaps in that lost book - The Developement Tale.

GK

The elderly man that used to live on this property was one of the few remnants of the Atkins family, that used to own a large farm on much of the surrounding land. There is a small grave yard just south of the property that is marked by an inset of the fence line for the Hope Valley Green neighborhood.

Mr. Atkins told me before he died that their used to be a highway sign out across the stree that said "Durham - 8 miles".

Gary,
I always enjoy reading your post! I'm a Durham native, and it's been great seeing things the way they used to be. I grew up off of Garrett Road, behind and next to Marydell. I remember when that neighborhood was a vast, open field.
Would you be willing to do a post on the old Hope Valley School and surrounding area? I lived in a subdivision off Garrett Road, and then we moved to Oxford Dr. near Epworth Methodist Church, in 1995. There was an old Red & White Grocery on the corner of University and Chapel Hill Road. I would love to know how this area was developed!

The parcel now has high-end townhomes on it - it certainly doesn't have the rural feel that it used to have.   Before the old sheds on the property were torn down, my wife and I and our baby son went out there with a photographer (the grand-daughter of the man that owned the property) to take some family pictures.  It felt like a place that was lost in time.

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