woodburn living room Durham NC

1105 Woodburn Road in Durham North Carolina

Sorry – You’re too late to buy this mid-century modern ranch in Duke Forest

New owners have moved into this well kept and beautifully landscaped home.

This house was built in 1955 as one of the original Duke Homesites by George Birmingham, Durham’s premier builder of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The plans were obtained from well-known New York architect, Rudolph A. Matern. The original blueprints conveyed with the house. It has been well-maintained, and still displays many original custom features including:

Hardwood floors and ceramic tile bath floors throughout

Plaster walls

Fold-out pantry in the kitchen made from birch

Server/ bookshelf in the living room made from corrina wood

Built-in display cabinet in the dining room

Roman brick fireplace

Broken tile covered patio

Outside grill

The house boasts a stone wall and extensive landscaping that has been restored or installed over the last ten years. A planting map and documentation on all the appliances was provided to the new owners. Most of the windows in the house have been replaced with high-quality, insulated casement or double-hung windows.

The tour below was produced to promote the home widely on the internet.

A little about Duke Forest

The Duke Forest neighborhood was originally developed just south of the Duke campus by the University for faculty and staff. It is heavily treed and is surrounded by the forest known as Duke Forest The forest itself has over 7000 acres stretching primarily west and north of the campus. There are several interesting aspects of the neighborhood.

Many of the homes are still owned by their original occupants who were primarily faculty and staff at Duke. It is still a popular neighborhood for more affluent faculty and staff. There is an eclectic mix of styles and there are more mid-century modern homes here than anywhere else in Durham. Some are modest but others are quite spectacular.

Many of these homes were built to be interesting and comfortable rather that grand which should be no surprise in an academic community. There are few really high end homes and fewer hit the market every year. Many of the homes that do come on the market have had little done in the way of upgrades for decades and may require substantial additional investments for modern kitchens and baths. It is always a treat to show homes in Duke Forest because they are so unpredictable. Because there is very little new building going on in Duke Forest, homes with no serious flaws and realistic pricing sell readily.