Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Raleigh, Mordecai Place feels like a quaint colonial area while keeping all the modern amenities of the 21st century within reach. The quiet roads and plentiful trees offer a private, “get away from it all” feeling. The unique trait Mordecai possess, is it's convenience to the heart of Raleigh, and many of the area’s finest eateries nearby. It’s also an easy commute to one of the East Coast’s fastest-growing business hubs, RTP. The Mordecai neighborhood truly provides the perfect mixture of work and play, convenience and retreat, and access and remote tranquility.
Where Is It?
Mordecai Place is located within the Raleigh I-440 beltline, in the Historic District of Downtown Raleigh. The neighborhood is within a few miles of both Capital Boulevard and Highway 401. Just north of Downtown itself, Mordecai’s location makes for an easy commute into Raleigh, as well as easy access to next-door Durham.
What’s To Do?
Being so close to the city, Mordecai benefits from many of the amenities of a highly populated area, without all of the bustle. Just south of the neighborhood is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which nearly always features fun events for children and adults, as well as a multi-story collection of interactive and permanent exhibits. Moore Square is only a few minute’s journey into downtown, and features many outdoor activities year round. The neighborhood’s historical lineage also makes the area an interest for history buffs and weekend explorers alike; just one example is the Mordecai House, the oldest building in all of Raleigh, built in 1785, which now serves as a museum and historical landmark. During the warmer months, trolley tours of Raleigh run through neighboring areas, which provides for a fun perspective of the city, as well as a low-cost pastime on the weekend.
Shopping and Dining
In the heart of Mordecai lies a unique place to shop and dine. Located at the corner of Peace and Franklin, Mordecai Historic Park houses eclectic clothier Edge of Urge, a Southern inspired artisanal bakery, Yellow Dog Bread Company, and a locally owned purveyor of some of the world's best wines, Wine Authorities. While you're visiting, be sure to check out the Raleigh City Farm which is a non-profit urban farm engaging the community in sustainable farming. If you are looking to continue a gastronomical adventure, visit Stanbury, which provides the neighborhood with an excellent dinner option with a full-service oyster bar. Notably, just north of Mordecai Place is one of the area’s favorite hot dog joints – Snoopy’s, located just across Capital Boulevard.
Schools in the Area
Raleigh Charter High School, one of the area’s top ranked private education institutions, is located just north of the Mordecai Place neighborhood. For parents interested in public schooling, Enloe High School is a short distance east, and benefits from being a part of the Wake County Public School System. Hunter Elementary School, Needham B. Broughton High School, Saint Mary’s School, Cathedral School, and Governor Morehead School are all viable options for a range of education in the area. Close by is North Carolina State University, for those looking into a nearby college – especially one strong in agricultural programs and computer science degrees.