Watts Hospital-Hillandale, usually referred to simply as Watts-Hillandale, is a gorgeous historic neighborhood located west of downtown Durham. The neighborhood is named for Hillandale Road, which cuts through the neighborhood, and Watts Hospital, which is now the North Carolina School for Science and Math, a public residential high school. Watts-Hillandale is a National Register Historic District and designated local historic district.
Watts Hillandale boasts a wide range of houses, from the beautifully maintained homes on large lots on Club Boulevard, to the more modest homes located on smaller side streets throughout the neighborhood. Therefore, home prices range from the $100s to $800s, with most homes selling in the $300s to $400s. The neighborhood is divided by Ellerbe Creek, and homes in the northern section of the neighborhood were mostly built from the 1940s to 60s. The southern section of the neighborhood features features older homes, mostly built from the 1910s to 1940s. Architectural styles include Queen Anne, Foursquare, English Cottage, Bungalow, Colonial Revival, and ranch.
Watts-Hillandale boasts tons of amenities for its residents. The community has an active neighborhood association, and hosts events throughout the year, including a 4th of July Parade, Night of Lights, and ArtWalk. A city park, Oval Drive Park, is located on the south end of the neighborhood, and is a popular place for residents to hang out. Indian Trail Park, another city park, is located on the north end of the neighborhood. The Hillandale Golf Course, a public golf course that has been in Watts-Hillandale since 1961, lies near the center of the neighborhood. A greenway trail also runs through the neighborhood, following Ellerbe Creek.
Residents of Watts-Hillandale are also never far from some of Durham's best food and drinks. Broad Street borders the neighborhood on the east, and houses restaurants like Watts Grocery, a classic Durham restaurant that focuses on local ingredients. Joe Van Gogh, a popular local coffee shop, is also located on Broad Street.
Watts-Hillandale is also within walking distance from Ninth Street, a popular district located between Duke's East and West Campuses. Ninth Street features a wide range of dining options, including Asian fusion tapas at Juju, one of the Triangle's first poke bars, Zenfish, and a classic diner, Elmo's. One of the most popular breakfast spots in Durham, Monuts, is also located on Ninth Street. Monuts features delicious breakfast sandwiches and amazing donuts in a variety of flavors. Tons of new restaurants are opening on Ninth Street each year, so there's always something new to try. Ninth Street also features tons of shopping, including an independent bookstore, The Regulator Bookshop.