Roxboro, NC is a small city in Person County, about 30 miles north of Durham and 30 miles south of Danville, VA. With a population of around 8,000, Roxboro has a small-town feel and a strong sense of community among its residents. There are many community events, festivals, and entertainment options throughout the year, and outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant.
Many residents of Roxboro grew up in the area, with some tracing roots back several generations. Roxboro has an active older community, as many families keep the properties and pass them down to the next generation.
Most of the real estate market is in resale with average prices for single-family homes between $250 and $500k for 2,000-3,000 sq. ft. and 3-4 bedrooms. New construction in Roxboro is producing lovely new neighborhoods and subdivisions with reasonable pricing, starting at $230k.
You’re also more likely to find homes for sale with acreage, which is more rare in the Research Triangle area to the south. If you’re looking for real estate with 10 or 20 acres that isn’t in the millions, you’ll likely end up in Roxboro or one of the neighboring areas such as Rougemont or Bahama.
One of the benefits of homes for sale in Roxboro is pricing. A home in Roxboro that costs $350k would easily cost $600k or more in Durham or Raleigh. Our clients who don’t mind a 45-minute commute to the Triangle area save a ton of money.
Roxboro is named after a Scottish town, Roxburgh. Named after Revolutionary War patriot Brigadier General Thomas Person, the area was settled by immigrants from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, and Germany. Most of the early settlers were farmers.
Today, the descendants of those early settlers have found alternatives to tobacco farming, whose continued growth has been stunted by mechanization and regulations. Some farmers are moving successfully to growing industrial hemp, which can use the same production and harvesting facilities as tobacco. Roxboro is home to a 6-million dollar startup called Open Book Extracts (OBX), an industrial hemp company founded to create and control the entire supply chain from soil to oil.
Person County is served by Person County Schools, which serves around 5.000 students in 11 schools. Charter schools in the county include Excelsior Classical Academy (currently K-10, but adding a new grade each year), Bethel Hill Charter School (K-5), and Roxboro Community School (6-12).
Shopping is plentiful in Roxboro, with a combination of mom-and-pop shops, boutiques, and shopping centers such as Madison Corners, Madison Square, Roxboro Square, Person Plaza, Roxboro Commons, and the Roxboro Market Place.
Uptown Roxboro houses a number of stores and restaurants in beautiful, historic buildings, including The Shops of Hall’s Way, Carol’s Collectibles, Russell’s Ltd Boutique, and Specialty Design Company.
Downtown Roxboro features Southern Treasures, Madison Marketplace, and Truth Books and Gifts, which dresses up its porch with Christmas decorations each October; many people visit to have their holiday photos taken on the porch.
There are also two farmers markets, the Person County Farmers Market and the Roxboro Farmers Market on Depot Street.
The Kirby Civic Auditorium, a restored historic theater in Uptown Roxboro, offers live theater, dance, and concerts; headliners have included the late Doc Watson, Branford Marsalis, The Embers, and year-found local productions. The Roxboro Little Theater has been producing stage entertainment for over 30 years with the talents of local and regional actors, and the Merritt Commons Pavilion brings local music acts and stage plays to Uptown Roxboro.
Roxboro has no shortage of community festivals, with the best-known, Personality, held each August. Food, craft, and merchandise vendors bring homemade items, new products, and great food to the two-day event while musicians, singers, and dancers entertain the crowds. This event highlights the strong community feel in Roxboro, as most businesses shut down and everybody shows up at Personality!
Roxboro is also an easy drive to the Orange County Speedway, known as "the fastest 3/8-mile racetrack in America," located in Rougemont, NC. An hour away is the Martinsville Speedway, owned by NASCAR, which hosts three major race event weekends each year. Also nearby is the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) which offers both professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing.
Brookland Eats is probably the best-known restaurant in Roxboro. It is owned and operated by Chef David Gaydeski, who served for nearly a decade as Executive Chef to three governors at the NC Executive Mansion. Brookland Eats chooses fresh ingredients from local farms to create a variety of southern-style handmade dishes.
Roxboro has a number of craft breweries, including Black Creek Brewing and 1792 Brewing Company. Wineries of note include Rock of Ages, whose owner grew up on the farm that is now the winery, and Tunnel Creek Vineyards, which is a relatively new winery and event space, situated on 400 rolling acres; it features a beautiful lake and an 8,000 square foot winery and wine-tasting space.
Person County’s outdoor recreation and leisure areas cover nearly 7,000 acres at 14 parks and include playgrounds, walking trails, bicycling, fishing, swimming, tennis courts, ball fields, picnic shelters, and horseshoe pits.
There are two major lakes in the area, Hyco and Mayo. Hyco is the larger of the two, with about 120 miles of shoreline. and is Roxboro’s main destination for fishing, boring, and water sports. Many homes on Hyco Lake feature large docks.
Mayo is a 2,800-acre lake that offers camping, walking, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, and fishing. Both lakes have homes and vacation rentals. Lake homes start around $500k, but larger homes for sale can easily top $1 million.
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