MORDECAI NC HOMES FOR SALE MordecaiMainPageCollage.jpgMordecai Homes for Sale in Raleigh NC are located on the northeast corner of downtown Raleigh, right outside the downtown area and close to Historic Oakwood. The Mordecai House is the historical foundation for the neighborhood, and has one of the most fascinating biographies in North Carolina’s history! It was the year 1785 when a man named Joel Lane built a house on his plantation for his son Henry, which is now known as Mordecai House. 

A noted patriot during the Revolutionary War, Joel Lane served as senator for Wake County 10 times in a row. Lane’s home was at the heart of Wake County’s early social scene! Then, in 1792, he sold 1,000 acres of land to the state to create the capital city of Raleigh! There is actually a street named after Lane in the Oakwood neighborhood. Lane’s granddaughter, Margaret, married Moses Mordecai which is where the name came from. Mordecai died in 1824 and provided in his will for the enlargement of the house, which was done in 1826.

The Mordecai house was originally on the outskirts of Raleigh, but in 1907, the General Assembly voted to extend the city’s borders, bringing the plantation into the city limits. At 226 years and counting, the Mordecai House is the oldest home in Raleighand is definitely worth seeing when you come downtown! The house is part of the Mordecai Historical Park in downtown Raleigh, which also includes the birthplace of our 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson. There are also Raleigh Trolley tours, along with fascinating, period events that take place around Halloween & Christmas. Development of the Mordecai neighborhood really got underway in 1922 during the housing boom that followed the First World War. Mordecai was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 4, 1998.

The Historic District is roughly bounded by North Blount Street, Courtland Drive, Old Wake Forest Road, and Mordecai Drive. Like Historic Oakwood & Boylan Heights, Mordecai continues to be a desirable location in downtown Raleigh, NC due to its rich history and unique home styles! Mordecai Facts:

  • Centered around the Mordecai House
  • Homes built from 1920-2008
  • Price range = $200-$450,000
  • A location that provides some of the most interesting events


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