As the arguable Capital of the New South, Raleigh receives consistent accolades for it’s awesome lifestyle opportunities. It is routinely ranked in national business magazines as one of the best places to start a tech company, one of the best areas to relocate a company headquarters, and one of the best cities to consider a relocation. Raleigh and the greater Triangle Area is chock full of exciting technological, medical, and educational advancements, and it continues to produce top talent for ventures with worldwide connections. There are also numerous recreational amenities scattered throughout the area as well – things like over 100 miles of City-maintained greenway trails, the Neuse River system and it’s parks, professional hockey and soccer teams, and an abundance of colleges and universities (NCSU, Meredith, Shaw, Peace, Campbell, etc), and that’s just in Raleigh!
Great, but a fantastic lifestyle is more than a good job and things to do – What about Raleigh would make me want to live there?
The residential options in Raleigh are widely varied, and include everything from newer planned subdivisions with standard floorplans and walkable amenities, to rural ranch homes and historic tobacco plantations, to the more urban grid neighborhoods of Raleigh and the surrounding bedroom communities. There are great size options in each of these categories as well, with even many estate properties right downtown. Raleigh is blessed with a rich history of iconic architecture and high quality home builders – there are over 200 Raleigh properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To overly simplify, you’ve got lots of options.
Every now and then, an opportunity arises that is unexpected and outside the scope of your current search. For only the 5th time since it was built in 1838, Pine Hall has come to the open market…
5300 Castlebrook Drive
Although this was undoubtedly the original home in the area, the surrounding acreage was subdivided into numerous horse properties some time in the 1960’s by the Weaver family. The Foxcroft neighborhood is now a very desirable estate community that complements the historical nature of Pine Hall. Castlebrook Drive is a gorgeous canopied drive off of Buffaloe Road, just inside of the Interstate 540 loop, and about ½ mile to the west of the Neuse River. Foxcroft consists of a mix of large estates and horse properties. There is direct access to the Neuse River and the Mountains to the Sea Trail that crosses the river to the south of the community.
Too many times, the valuable context of an historic property falls victim to encroachment and neglect. For the past 150 years or so, Pine Hall has been carefully curated and maintained, and even upgraded, all within its original context. While the area has gentrified from its original farming roots, and the suburbs have crept out from the city center, this property retains everything grand and stately of its plantation days. Misty mornings on the back porch, tending the garden plot, the crunch of gravel as guests arrive, the patina of the wide plank wood floors, can you feel it? And all within a few minutes of downtown Raleigh…
The feel of this home is evident as soon as you pull through the gated circular drive – the home rests under the protection and shade of huge white oak trees at the edge of an expansive lawn. Though the grandeur of the property is palpable, the home itself is stately and simple. There is no need for excessive landscaping or extravagant detailing – the home is welcoming and impressive on the merits of its own patina. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, and proclaimed a Raleigh Historic Landmark in 2010.
As notable as it is, Pine Hall is simply a fantastic place to live. The double doors open from the entry porch to a wide foyer. The historical detailing is evident immediately and your guests will pause to absorb the impact of the space. There is a gorgeous mural of the original property flanking a set of leaded glass doors depicting a pair of the past beloved family members. Through these french doors, and located at the rear of the home are a wide open sunroom, that leads to a wrap-around porch. The sunroom is also connected to the open kitchen and breakfast room. The kitchen is completely modern and there is more than enough counter and cabinet space. There is a screened porch directly off of the kitchen that leads to the garden and backyard.
Still in the original main part of the home, there is a grand staircase in the entry foyer that leads upstairs to two very large bedrooms and a full bath – it is amazing how large these bedrooms are for a home this age. Each of these bedrooms have fantastic views to the front and rear of the property, and the closet space is more than adequate. Downstairs from the foyer, there is a fully finished basement. This basement has a family room with fireplace, as well as a large game room. There is also an amazing unfinished workshop space and bathroom. Directly off of the lower family room is a real treat – a complete underground model city and miles of scale train track, completely powered and animated.
Back on the main living level, the massive living room to the left of the foyer is both comfortable and formal at the same time. The exquisite moldings and fireplace will provide the backdrop for entertaining and family celebrations, no matter the season. At the end of the east wing is a complete guest suite. This full apartment includes a large bedroom and full bath, as well as a private living area. There is also a full kitchen in the private walk-out basement, as well as a separate deck.
The west wing (to the right of the foyer) leads through the formal dining room, which has a large fireplace and a gorgeous period chandelier. The wood-panelled study is just beyond, and includes another fireplace and built-in bookshelves, as well as a beautiful ceiling inlay detail. The master suite is then located at the end of this wing, and is another huge space to pamper the new owners. The master bath is a unique two-level space, and combines the best of old world touches and modern design. There is an additional basement off of the master suite that serves as a large mudroom and laundry facility.
The grounds on this estate are equally impressive. From the brick monuments, cast iron gates and lanterns at the driveway, the cast iron fence that runs along the west side of the estate, to the mature landscaping that surrounds the lawns, the lush pedigree of this estate is evident. Aside from the grand entry and expansive front lawn, there is a very private terraced rear lawn. There is a raised circular deck with a brick firepit to enjoy the cool fall evenings, looking out over the mature Crapemyrtles along the split rail fence. There is a gorgeous brick path, lined with roses that leads to the large fenced garden. There are currently four raised garden plots, perfect for vegetables or an imaginative English Garden. Near the garden, there is a large garage building, certainly adequate for a potting shed or workshop to service the property. There is also a fenced pasture that runs along the eastern side of the property that is almost two acres – this is a horse property after all.
As you might expect, every corner of this home has a story – it is inadequate to describe it with mere words and pictures. The lifestyle that this home allows is the real gem – the home is really best experienced in person. Give us a call for a private showing!
The following is a list of all of the most recent improvements to this home (since 1994)
Pine Hall was built 1838, and later added to in 1940, in the highest quality building of each period. For example, wood floors are a full 1” thick, and most walls are lath and plaster. All previous and current owners have added/done work to similarly high standards. Under current owners all walls except kitchen, powder room and master bath (wallpapered) have been repainted with latex paint.
- Planted screening holly, magnolias, Bartlett pears and crepe myrtles long the length of the southern property in first 5 years. These plantings are mature now.
- Moved iron fence to western side of property line. Stripped and re-painted it.
- Gravelled driveway (it was dirt)
Exterior of House
- Repaired copper gutters
- Installed top of the line gutter guard around the perimeter of the house
- Exterior has been fully repainted twice
- 35-year roof was installed in 1995
Interior – General
- All chimneys were cleaned, inspected and custom fireplace doors installed
- Stripped sunroom floor to wood and sealed
Guest Apartment (East Wing)
- Installed HVAC unit in 2009
- New appliances & oak flooring – 2009
- Re-porcelained tub – 2009
- Removed in-wall AC units
- Removed baseboard hot water heating (it was installed in portions of the house)
- Converted whole house to forced air – installed 4 HVAC systems. Dates can be found; latest two within last 2 years.
- Upgraded all 3 electrical panels to bring them up to code.
- Installed overhead lighting throughout house, also wall sconces in living room and overhead fans
- Replaced well pump 2014
- Replaced all 3 water heaters
- New refrigerator – 2008
- New floor – 2008
- New stove – 2013
- Upgraded bathroom – all new sinks, tub, toilet, shower, lighting
- Custom milled woodwork
- Connected gas line to fireplace
- Installed sump pump in section with trains – 2014
- Upgraded floors