The Hope Valley neighborhood is often referred to as “Old Hope Valley” and was Durham’s first full-fledged country club suburb, developed around an 18-hole golf course in the late 1920s. The vast majority of the Hope Valley homes for sale are situated on larger lots than those in newer, adjacent developments (including Hope Valley North, Marydell, Woodcroft and Hope Valley Farms). Hope Valley’s earliest historic homes are an eclectic mix of revival styles popular in the 1920s and 1930s: Tudor, English Cottage, Colonial, Norman Provincial, and even Spanish. Winding, narrow roads conforming to the hilly terrain weave their way throughout the neighborhood.
Many areas in Hope Valley are heavily wooded and are home to deer, foxes, red shouldered hawks and barn owls. Hope Valley is convenient to Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh Durham Airport, Cary and Raleigh via I-40 (3 miles South). In a rare collaboration, Donald Ross architect of the hallowed Pinehurst No.2, Aymar Embury II, and Robert Cridland came together to create Hope Valley.
Ross designed the 18 hole golf course, Embury designed the French Eclectic style Country Club Clubhouse, and Cridland designed the roadways and landscape. The Hope Valley Country Club (HVCC) golf course has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and restoration to the original Donald Ross design, with a major focus on its greens. The Hope Valley Country Club created by a collaboration of the development’s original backers and Durham business leaders has been the careful steward of this Donald Ross “Gem” for over 80 years. In the Spring of 2013 HVCC completed a renovation of its swimming pools and surrounding wet areas. The club also has an active year-round tennis program with seven clay courts and two hard courts.