Butner, NC is a small municipality (pop. 8,000+) in Granville County that offers its residents small-town living with easy access to Durham and the rest of the Triangle. Only 20 minutes from downtown Durham, Butner is an easy commute for folks looking for country roads and a quieter lifestyle while taking advantage of all that Durham has to offer for employment, dining, entertainment.
Butner was originally an agricultural community. During WWII, the federal government purchased about 40,000 acres to create a military training facility, Camp Butner, that provided training and support for 40,000 troops. After the war, much of the land was sold back to the original farmers.
Today, the Camp Butner Museum showcases authentic World Word II-era artifacts and glimpses into military life at the camp during the war. In downtown Butner, the Central Ave Gazebo Park’s Memorial Statue also remembers the people who trained at Camp Butner.
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Butner is the industrial hub of southern Granville County, with its proximity to I-85 and its closeness to RTP and universities in the greater Triangle area. Some of the largest companies in the region include Newton Instrument, Carolina Sunrock, Altec, and StayOnline.
There are two main commercial corridors in Butner, one on NC56 east of I-85 and the other in “old Butner” and Central Avenue. Both feature restaurants and retail, and the NC56 corridor also connects Butner to nearby Creedmoor.
Butner’s annual events include a holiday parade, fireworks celebrations, Easter egg hunt, community campfire, and a summertime Chicken Pickin’ event (dance, festival, car show).
Butner features many outdoor recreation opportunities; the town owns 50 acres of land dedicated to recreational activities. There is a greenway trail for pedestrians and bicyclists that is planned to connect to Granville Greenways, a Granville county-wide system. The Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena, originally the recreational area of Camp Butner, features three full-size basketball courts, along with locker rooms and meeting rooms. It also features a roof that is designed to withstand a direct bomb hit, one of two in the U.S.
Nearby is Lake Holt, approximately 385 acres in size, which offers fishing and boating activities, along with a restaurant, tackle shop, boat ramps, picnic shelter and tables overlooking the lake. Anglers can find largemouth bass in the lake and can keep up to 10 fish per day. Bowhunters enjoy the area’s game lands, where they can hunt in an undisturbed natural environment without the distraction of firearms hunters.
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The Home Plate Restaurant serves lunch and dinner six days per week. Specializing in southern cooking served cafeteria-style, the restaurant is known for its generous portions and good service. The BBQ Barn serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is a local favorite. El Rio Mexican Restaurant gets high marks for its extensive menu and friendly staff.
Part of the Granville County School System, Butner has one elementary school and one middle school. There is a public high school, grades 9-12, as well as a public charter school that serves grades K-12.
The Cedar Creek Gallery is in next-door Creedmoor, NC, housing more than 10 potters and glassblowers in private studios and featuring the work of over 200 craftspeople. The gallery hosts various events throughout the year, including demonstrations and a holiday open house.
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There are two event centers on vineyards in nearby Stem, NC, Vino Oasi and The Barn at Vino. Both offer large and picturesque vineyards perfect for personal, family, or corporate events.
The main road through downtown Butner is Central Avenue, and the residential areas near downtown offer a wide range of sizes and prices. Here’s an important fact though - don’t think of the “downtown” area in the traditional sense of homes right next to each other.
Many of the homes in the downtown area are on ½ acre or so, so they have a country feel even though you’re officially part of the “downtown” area. Three bedroom, 2-bath homes around 1200 square feet sell for under $250k, while larger homes, 3-4 bedrooms, 1800-3000 square feet, are priced from $300k up to $350k.
One of the most popular communities in Butner, there is a wide range of home styles in Granville Forest, mostly single-family homes at reasonable prices. Southwest of the downtown area and near Falls Lake, Granville Forest dates back to 1965 and features homes around $181/square foot. Although homes can be found in Granville Forest for around $250k, many more are priced between $300k and $350k.
You can expect to find homes for sale in this area of 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1500+ square feet, on one-third an acre for around $320k. Common styles are ranch and traditional.
Considered part of Butner, even though addresses are in Creedmoor, many houses in this community are located lakefront or have a view of Rogers Lake. East of downtown Butner and I-85, Rogers Pointe pricing reflects the lake’s proximity. Real estate here is usually 3-4 bedrooms, with square footage between 1800 - 2500, and pricing north of $400k. Homes in this neighborhood are part of the Butner public school system.
Lyons Place real estate range in square footage from 1600-2000 are priced between $270 and $350k.
Wynngate features varying sizes and affordable prices. Homes for sale in this neighborhood are likely to be around 1700 square feet, with 3-4 bedrooms, and priced just over $300k.
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