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Outer Downtown Durham sits at the center of the collision between the historic Old South and the biggest hub for technology and innovation outside of Silicon Valley. Duke Homestead Road runs right through this neighborhood and leads to the Duke Homestead Historic Site, which has been preserved to teach visitors about slavery, plantation life and the history of the North Carolina tobacco industry.

While the neighborhood maintains a nostalgic feel that takes visitors back in time, it is also located right at the eastern edge of downtown Durham, allowing for easy access to the heart of the city. Having experienced a true renaissance, the neighborhood's former tobacco warehouses now house high-end condos, apartments and entrepreneurial-think tanks. The past and the future co-exist in Outer Downtown Durham.


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As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Durham, NC is $1,144 for a studio, $971 for one bedroom, $1,115 for two bedrooms, and $1,197 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Durham has increased by 9.0% in the past year.

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51 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
37 Transit Score® Some Transit
51 Bike Score® Bikeable



Outer Downtown Durham hosts a typical choice of national food chains interspersed with world-class restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. Although the neighborhood lacks a central restaurant district, that doesn't mean it suffers a shortage of dining options.

For fresh-baked goods, head to Monuts. This quirky bakery specializes in delicious donuts and build-your-own sandwiches on your choice of fresh breads. At the French bistro, Vin Rouge, you can enjoy a fine-dining experience and sample decadent dishes such as duck confit and trout amandine. Ask your server for suggestions on the best wine pairings for your meal.

After-dinner entertainment abounds in the Outer Downtown Durham neighborhood. Head to Durham Performing Arts Center for great seats to concerts, stand-up comedy performances, and Broadway shows. To enjoy the best local bands in an intimate setting, head to the Pinhook and Motorco Music Hall. Both of these smaller venues host nightly events.

If you just want to grab a drink, Bull McCabe's Irish Pub can satisfy your thirst with its huge selection of domestic beers and whiskeys. People from all over the city gather here to cheer on their favorite sports teams. On Wednesday nights, you can test your wits at possibly the city's best night of trivia.


This neighborhood essentially began as the home of Washington Duke, a Civil War veteran who returned to the area to rebuild his home and create a tobacco empire. The Duke family started their business out of a small log cabin, but by the turn of the century, they had opened the first of many local factories. Up until the 1980s, growing tobacco and producing cigarettes was the main industry in town. As smoking became less popular, business suffered and Outer Downtown Durham wallowed in an economic depression for some years. Technology companies have since moved in to revitalize the city and the neighborhood.

Residents frequent the Duke Homestead Historic Site to marvel at the remnants of a long-gone era. The annual Bull City Fest celebrates the neighborhood's influx of artists.


At any given time, there are handfuls of pedestrians biking and walking the streets of Outer Downtown Durham. The pedestrian-friendly neighborhood makes a conscious effort to cater to the large contingent of bikers in the area, so there are bike lanes and well maintained sidewalks to allow for safe travels.

If you don't want to have to pedal you way around, catch a ride on one of the many convenient and affordable buses that serve the city. A ride across town costs just $2.00. If you prefer to drive your own vehicle, on-street parking is abundant.

For a cheap way to get out of town and explore the rest of the state, visit the Greyhound station, which sits just a couple miles east of the neighborhood. With highway 70 to the south and highway 501 to the east, accessing the local freeways couldn't be easier. These main roads quickly transport you to nearby Raleigh or Chapel Hill.


The cost of living in Outer Downtown Durham runs on par with the rest of the city and right on track with national averages. Traveling to the center of downtown costs $2 by bus, or you can ride your bike on the pedestrian friendly streets for free. Renting a one-bedroom apartment costs about $788 per month, and a domestic beer costs $4 at most local restaurants. Gas prices in this area trend slightly lower than the rest of the city, which is usually in sync with national averages.


For a unique shopping experience, visit Brightleaf Square, which used to be a tobacco factory. The Vert & Vogue specialty boutique offers the latest in trendy and stylish handmade clothing for men and women.

Just a few doors down at Wentworth and Leggett Rare Books, you can spend an entire day sifting through an immense collection of rare books and maps. While many of the items are for serious collectors, the store also stocks reasonably priced merchandise for the average shopper looking for a great gift.

For your grocery needs, both Kroger and Whole Foods service the neighborhood. In fact, Whole Foods tends to serve as a gathering place for neighborhood residents. If you want to support your local farmers and sample some tasty food truck cuisine, stop by the Durham Farmers Market in central Durham on Saturdays for a great selection. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 in the morning until noon, and from 3:30 to 6:30 on Wednesday evenings.


With plenty of free public parks full of amenities, it is easy to live an active lifestyle in Outer Downtown Durham. The popular Whippoorwill Park sits at the northern end of the neighborhood and features several public baseball and soccer fields and tennis courts for residents to enjoy. The park also includes plenty of grills and tables to set up a family picnic and enjoy superb weather. Bring along your dog to enjoy a stroll on the miles of greenways that can be accessed at the park. Moms love to brings their kids to the park to socialize, so you always find plenty of people enjoying the play equipment during the day.


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Liberty Warehouse
530 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
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1 hr
$1,246 - 2,699 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
810 Ninth
810 9th St, Durham, NC 27705
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$1,232 - 3,112 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
901 Center Station
901 Chalk Level Rd, Durham, NC 27704
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2 hrs
$695 - 1,410 1-3 Bed Available Now
Colonial Village at Deerfield
910 Constitution Dr, Durham, NC 27705
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10 hrs
$853 - 2,683 1-2 Bed Available Now
Woodstone at Croasdaile Farm
100 Millspring Dr, Durham, NC 27705
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$1,125 - 1,655 1-3 Bed Available Now
Trinity Commons
2530 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705
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$1,341 - 2,778 1-2 Bed Available Now
Croasdaile Apartment Homes
2726 Croasdaile Dr, Durham, NC 27705
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4 hrs
$725 - 1,130 1-3 Bed Available Now
Berkshire Main Street
704 15th St, Durham, NC 27705
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$1,373 - 2,294 1-3 Bed Available Now
Berkshire Ninth Street
749 9th St, Durham, NC 27705
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$1,223 - 1,660 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
The Forest Apartment Homes
800 White Pine Dr, Durham, NC 27705
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$714 - 983 1-2 Bed Available Now
Magnolia Pointe
4801 Danube Ln, Durham, NC 27704
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5 hrs
$922 - 959 1-3 Bed Available Now
Altera North Pointe
2335 Broad St, Durham, NC 27704
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$925 - 1,757 1-3 Bed Available Now
Forest Pointe 2
1906 Guess Rd, Durham, NC 27705
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1 wk
$850 - 1,075 1-3 Bed Available Now
Clairmont at Hillandale
2901 Bertland Ave, Durham, NC 27705
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$975 - 1,485 1-3 Bed Available Now
Independence Park
215 William Penn Plz, Durham, NC 27704
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$919 - 1,149 1-3 Bed Available Now
Station Nine
2211 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705
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$1,363 - 1,636 1-2 Bed Available Now
Seven Oaks Townhomes
200 Seven Oaks Rd, Durham, NC 27704
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$797 - 1,075 1-3 Bed Available Now
Lofts at Lakeview
2616 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705
$1,200 - 2,395 1-2 Bed Available Now
Creekside Landing
18 Weather Hill Cir, Durham, NC 27706
2 hrs
$722 - 916 1-2 Bed Available Now
Heights South LaSalle
500 S Lasalle St, Durham, NC 27705
6 hrs
$1,290 - 4,189 1-2 Bed Available Now
3523 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704
1 wk
$725 - 975 1-2 Bed Available Now
Strawberry Hill Apartments
1321 Newcastle Rd, Durham, NC 27704
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$700 - 900 1-3 Bed Available Soon

Apartments for Rent in Outer Downtown Durham, Durham, NC

Outer Downtown Durham sits at the center of the collision between the historic Old South and the biggest hub for technology and innovation outside of Silicon Valley. Duke Homestead Road runs right through this neighborhood and leads to the Duke Homestead Historic Site, which has been preserved to teach visitors about slavery, plantation life and the history of the North Carolina tobacco industry.

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