- Quick Facts
- Year Built: 1920s-1930s
- Housing Options: Family Homes
- Square Feet: 2000+
- Lot Size: .4+
- Elementary School – Glenwood
- Middle School – Culbreth
- High School – East Chapel Hill
Situated in the rough and rugged terrain to the east of UNC’s campus, the Gimghoul neighborhood offers homeowners a respite from the not-so-distant hustle-bustle of downtown Chapel Hill in the form of forest, hills, and winding roads. After rapidly growing through the 1920s and ‘30s as housing for university families, Gimghoul is one of three historic districts in Chapel Hill, and still remains proud of its quiet roots and its Colonial Revival architecture. It’s the perfect place to raise a family with its mix of luscious, tranquil greenery and fast, exciting city life.
One of the more prestigious neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, Gimghoul is home to gorgeous relics of the Colonial Revival style. Built primarily from brick, weatherboard, asphalt, and stone, these houses fit into the natural order of the wooded landscape with their symmetrical facades and strong, straight lines. The neighborhood is densely yet delicately covered by tree canopies, sheltering homeowners from the hot North Carolina sun. The fieldstone retaining walls and gravel sidewalks — a signature of Chapel Hill’s design — imbue the area with a great sense of Southern culture.
Gimghoul’s classic roots date all the way back to 1876 when UNC president Kemp Plummer Battle laid out and mapped his favorite trails through the woods east of campus. As the neighborhood developed, Gimghoul never outgrew the marvelous, 93-acre forest of Battle Park bordering its northern and eastern sides. Neither did the neighborhood’s famous landmarks disappear in the flourishing community. The Church St. Thomas More expanded and grew since its inception in 1922, now serving as a home to large Catholic parish and as a lower and middle school for Roman Catholic education. The most haunting — and possibly most permanent — fixture of the neighborhood is the Hippol Castle, occupying the end of Gimghoul Road. Supposedly haunted by the ghost of Peter Dromoogle, who mysteriously disappeared in 1833, the castle was built by a secret society called the Order of the Gimghoul. Built with over 1300 tons of stone, the castle still stands over the area like an old European fortress.
Don’t let yourself be fooled by Gimghoul’s pastoral identity, however. Even with the appearance of a rural, wooded neighborhood, it also has easy access to downtown Chapel Hill, Franklin Street, and UNC campus. It is within walking distance of UNC’s beloved Dean Dome and the student disc golf course, for those with varied athletic pursuits.
Ranging anywhere from $600,000 to over $1 million, the homes in Gimghoul tend to sit on tightly-ordered lots of about 0.4 to 0.8 acres in size. The houses themselves begin at 2,000 square feet and a few reach upwards of 4,000 square feet. While the similarities of the lot sizes and square feet may lead one to think the neighborhood isn’t lively, the terrain, the curving roads, and the diverse demographics of families and professors make this neighborhood as vivacious as any you’ll find in Chapel Hill.
If you enjoy a pastoral lifestyle with all the perks and pleasures of a nearby city setting, contact the nearest realtor in the area and get started today!