The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Greensboro, NC

There’s a lot of neighborhood love to go around in the Gate City, and a lot of diverse places you can live. While hopefully anyone you ask will happily spend hours extolling the virtues of their particular community, here are the spots that wow locals and what makes each stand out from the crowd.

1. Fisher Park

Located just a bit north of downtown Greensboro, Fisher Park is built around its namesake 12-acre park. In the early 20thcentury, Fisher Park was the city’s first suburb and the place to live for Greensboro’s most notable citizens. Featuring generous lots and large homes in a variety of styles, from Prairie School designs showing the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright, to Craftsman looks to New England-inspired Colonial Revival homes, the beauty of Fisher Park has withstood the test of time. The oldest homes date back to the 19th century and helped earn the neighborhood a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Highlights:

  • Fisher’s Grille—Since 1989, the tasty food and fun nightlife offered by Fisher’s Grille has made it popular with residents. Located in what was first an A&P Supermarket built in 1927, the cozy spot serves 11 different burgers, as well as sandwiches, with daily drink and lunch specials.
  • Deep Roots Market — Deep Roots got its beginnings as a small vegetarian buying club for Guilford College students in the 1960s. It officially opened its doors in 1976 and settled into its current location at 600 North Eugene Street in 2013. The co-op still offers memberships, which means the store is not only member owned, but as an owner you get a percentage of what you spend back each year.

2. Lindley Park

Boasting two parks and a recreation center would be enough of a draw for most neighborhoods, but that’s just the beginning for Lindley Park. Located west of UNC Greensboro, the neighborhood has become popular with the college’s staff as well as others in the creative class. Part of the allure stems from “the Corner,” a cluster of four restaurants, a laundry/bar, grocery store, coffee shop and more that locals frequent. First developed in 1917, the homes in Lindley Park range from Craftsman bungalows to cozy cottages, many with front porches meant for enjoying a summer evening.

Highlights:

  • The Corner Farmers Market — The brain child of three local farmers, the Corner Farmers Market has quickly become a destination in Lindley Park on Saturday morning. Located in the parking lot of beloved clay oven pizza joint, Sticks and Stones, the market has grown from three tents in 2013 to 30 to 40 growers, makers and bakers.
  • Hops Burger Bar — Named as one of America’s Top 50 burger restaurants by Business Insider, the original Hops location is located right on the edge of Lindley Park. Make your own or try one of their “elevated” burger creations such as the North Carolinian featuring a fried green tomato, pimento cheese and a fried egg.
  • Scrambled — If breakfast is your thing, Scrambled is the place to be. This Southern dinner offers a bounty of options from chicken and waffles to six styles of Benedict, along with a classic Bloody Mary featuring their house vegetable-infused vodka.

3. Westerwood

Close to downtown and two of Greensboro’s five colleges, Westerwood offers a multitude of charming homes, tree-lined streets and nearby parks to enjoy, including access to the Lake Daniel Park Greenway. Most of the homes were constructed during the 1920s and range in style from Craftsman bungalows to Tudor Cottages, to Colonial-inspired designs.

Highlights:

  • Westerwood Art & Sole — In 2009, the idea of creating a showcase for all of Westerwoods’ many creative residents was tossed around. The first year was a smashing success, and the event became an annual thing. Now for one Saturday in October, neighborhood artists open their opens and studios to the public.
  • 1618 Seafood Grille — Want a restaurant that’s perfect for celebrating special events? Looking for a spot where you can feel like a regular? Maybe you’re seeking delicious seafood and more in an intimate environment. Well it all can be found at the award-winning 1618 Seafood Grille, open since 2004.

4. College Hill

If eclectic and funky are your bag, College Hill is the neighborhood for you. The homes are well-preserved 19th century designs, from Queen Anne cottages to Greek Revival and Italianate styles as well as charming cottages, all within walking distance of UNC Greensboro and downtown Greensboro. Due to College Hill’s proximity to UNCG, there is a vibrant, bohemian feel, especially on Tate Street, on the neighborhood’s western border. Many homes have been subdivided into apartments for students, but single-family homes are also prevalent and for 35 years, the community has been designated a historic district.

Highlights:

  • Tate Street Coffee House — Since 1993, Tate Street Coffee House has been a destination for UNCG students, professors and College Hill inhabitants. The unique décor is the perfect foil for the regular live music, jazz or Irish, as well as the monthly art shows.
  • Sisters Jewelry and Gifts — For more than 20 years now, sisters Emily and Becky Paterson have been curating an impressive range of iconic gifts that are not only priced so even college students can afford them, but that also reflect the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind vibe.

5. Downtown

Downtown Greensboro has seen many changes in the past 20 years that have resulted in tremendous growth and interest in exploring what the neighborhood has to offer. And what it has to offer is a lot —restaurants, shops, parks, theaters, museums, outdoor festivals and more. Basically, the heart of Greensboro is hopping. Residential options include new and revitalized apartments and condos that keep residents in the thick of all that is happening.

Highlights:

  • Chakras Salon Spa — Featuring internationally trained service providers offering treatments from cultures around the world, Chakras epitomizes relaxed self-care. Be sure to check out the nest, located upstairs in the spa, and enjoy the view of Elm Street will you escape.
  • Triad Stage — When you want a night out on the town, Triad Stage provides an impressive theater experience that has garnered rave reviews. Productions mix the best of Southern writing with classic and contemporary world drama for theater that entertains, as it challenges.
  • International Civil Rights Center & Museum — Honor Greensboro’s past role in the Civil Rights movement with a visit to this museum which serves as an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights.


Ginny Gaylor