According to our Raleigh real estate agents, Raleigh NC is getting a new city park! Dorothea Dix, a now closed state psychiatric hospital, is a beautiful 325 acre property complete with rolling hills, and a beautiful view of the downtown skyline and many buildings full of historical architecture.
Raleigh Real Estate Agents Believe the New Park Will Attract Many New Home Buyers to the Area!
Dorothea Dix was a functioning hospital for over a century, so the abundance of history is available for exploration and renovation. At this time it is unknown whether or not any of the historical buildings will be kept on the property, or if the plans for the park include removal of all structures on site. While the planning process for the new city park has yet to start, chances are the idea of keeping the buildings and renovating them might take years to decide.
Raleigh Real Estate Agents | Plans for a New City Park
According to newsobserver.com, “Preservationists hope Raleigh will preserve the dozens of buildings spread throughout the site and adapt them to other uses.” In fact, the preservationists are dreaming up possibilities already. One NC preservationist loves the idea of “A boutique hotel in the main hospital building, a concert and event venue in the old chapel and apartments in some of the old dormitory.”
At this time, the reality of the park is still a ways off, and state government is using part of the property and its buildings for offices.
You can go and visit the grounds and do some exploring on your own though. Many preservationists recommend it even. Tons of history lies within those 325 acres and most of it has been untouched since the closing of the hospital.
Places to venture and explore include:
Hospital patient cemetery: Active from 1859 to 1970, many patients whose family were unable to make arrangements are buried here. The cemetery is located behind the Kirby building on Umstead Drive.
Historic homes: While it’s unlikely to find historic homes on a psychiatric hospital property, many Dix employees and administration members had beautiful homes built during the turn of the 20th century. Take a home tour these grand, architectural homes. They haven’t been maintained, but it’s still a sight to see.
Dorms and outbuildings: A gym, cafeteria, and courtyard with basketball goals are still intact. According to newsobserver.com, “Many of the patient dormitories are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which touts the varying architectural styles used to build them in the 1920s and ‘30s as the hospital expanded.”
Living in and around Raleigh is always fun and exciting. There is so much to do, it’s impossible to get it all done while visiting! Those of you that have been considering moving to the Triangle area should contact our Raleigh real estate agents for more information on the available homes for sale. Moving to Raleigh will be one of the best decisions you make! You won’t regret it!