Trinity Park Home Tour

You guys know how much I love crashing my neighbors houses, so when we got an email a few weeks back about volunteering for the bi-annual Trinity Park Home Tour in exchange for some free home tour tickets – I was all over it. Some civic goodness and some jaw dropping houses all rolled into one afternoon, it was almost more than I could take.

Of all the homes we toured, you better bet I had a favorite. It just happened to be the first one we went through and it was fine. The details on these homes were absolutely out of the ballpark.

Trinity Park Home Tour

All of the homes we went through were property’s that had been extensively renovated. Many we’re well over 100 years old and they all just exuded so much character.

This house had a fireplace in virtually every room. This one in the Living Room was one of my favorites – don’t you just love that color on the tile?

Original Refinished Fireplace

Without a doubt, my favorite room in this house was the kitchen. This is a glimpse of it off of the oh so gorgeous butler’s pantry (and you know I love a good butler’s pantry).

Butler's Pantry Off Kitchen

Now I know y’all would be wanting an up close detail shot of this beauty and it does not disappoint. Between that wine cooler and those gorgeous counters, I pretty much want to put this lovely looker in my pocket.

Butler's Pantry

Here is a view of the kitchen, so you can see the whole kit and kaboodle. I love how they mixed marble counters on the periphery and put in a soapstone counter on the island.

Renovated Kitchen Marble Counters

One of my favorite details in the kitchen was a built-in bench they had added in under the window. A kitchen can be so nice to hang out in, but it’s often short on seating, so that’s a perfect solution for reworking the space to me!

Kitchen with Fireplace

Ok, one more shot of this room. 🙂 Check out this amaze-balls detail with the exposed brick in the corner of the room. Loving the open shelving, too. Swoon.

Exposed Brick in Kitchen

Downstairs, the home was renovated throughout, with large and open rooms. This is a shot of their dining space, which connects the living room and kitchen.

Modern Dining Room

Upstairs they had a cozy Master, that led into a fully renovated bath and walk-in closet. This house was full with lots of people touring it at the time, so this is the only shot I got of that room. You can see another fireplace, peaking in on the corner. How cool would it be to have a fireplace in your bedroom??

Cozy Master Bedroom

In addition to the Master Suite, the upstairs also had another finished bathroom that was a jaw dropper. Check out this beauty.

Red Bathroom

Not going to lie, going through these amazing houses kinda sorta made me want to burn my house to the ground and start over. 😀 Not really, but kinda! Most of the homes we toured are $1 million properties, so I guess I can’t really get too jellsy about it. If I win the lotto though, you’ll know where to find me! 😀

Trinity Park

Call me biased, but I saved the best Durham neighborhood for last 🙂 They’re all lovely – but I literally could not be more excited to formally announce that we’ve found a little corner of Durham that we are going to call our very own. Yes sirree Bob, you’re hearing me right sons and daughters of mother earth, we found a HOUSE. Wooopie woo, frutie too, I’m so happy boom de boo.

It was a long time coming, but for the foreseeable future, we will be parking our little booties at this joint. Gah!!!! Pinch me, hit me, pummel me with a sucker punch. I think I’m in love.

Trinity Park Durham

Now if you’re looking at that house and saying to yourself, well Mary, I thought you were all about fixing up houses – that one looks done!?! I’d be more than likely to agree with you. Based on that house exterior, there is very little that I’d think needed to be done, too. But looks can be deceiving my friends … after the giveaway on Tuesday, y’all have got to come back on Wednesday to see just what I mean. This house was pretty much built in 1939, and not really updated since. Ok, I lied, window valances were added sometime in the 80’s (yep, those kind of window treatments…) 😀 Anyway, we’re still firming up the details on making this pad o-fficially ours, but if y’all swing back on Wednesday of this week, I’ll have a full coverage post where you can see the innards of this little charmer!

Other than the house being so ultra cute, the other thing that completely and totally sold us on this one was the absolutely stunning neighborhood all around it. It’s really a million times prettier than any neighborhood we ever could have hoped to call ours and I think I can speak for the mister as well when I say we’re pinching ourselves like whoa when we think about calling this home.

For those of you that like to get your bearings before you jump on in to anything, here is the Durham map again, so you can see what section of town we’re talking bout. We’ve already toured Watts-Hillandale and Forest Hills, and today we land in Trinity Park.

Durham Neighborhood Map

Lucky for us, this location is right in the middle of all the action. It’s close to the farmer’s market, walking distance to the downtown restaurants and bars and a quick walk to my work, too! Added bonus, our neighbor’s houses look like this!

Durham Real Estate

Yeah, we’re totally slumming it compared to the neighbors. 😀

Here is a view down the block so you can see a walking man vantage point.

Trinity Park Neighborhood

There is such pride of ownership in this neighborhood, and really a long tradition of families owning the same abode and just handing it on down to Jr. which made it pretty darn hard to find a place in this little section of town. Speaking of Jr’s, although little humans are not on the radar in the immediate future, when we do have them some day, this will be the school they’ll most likely be getting their learning on in.

George Watts Montessori School

Adorbs, right? It’s nestled right with all the houses, and only a few blocks away from our new place! As urban dwellers, one of our goals has always been to have our kids school close enough so that they can cart they’re own little booties there each day, vs. us have to do the whole mini-van routine, so finding a school so close to home made us pretty happy. Growing up, I was literally across the street from my elementary school, so I guess that it must have worn off on me somehow.

Here are some more of the neighborhood houses, this one’s kitty corner from the school. Is that front porch amazeballs, or what. NEED.

Homes in Trinity Park

I told y’all about my love affair with ivy covered walkways in my Forest Hills post, so you better bet I stopped in my tracks to snap a photo of this lovely looker.


Pretty much every house in this neighborhood has a porch that’s perfect for some sweet tea afternoon sipping. 😀 Seriously, everyone should move south, couldn’t we all use at least one sweet tea break a day? (Notice … more ivy)

Trinity Park Durham

This brick beauty is one of the quintessential Trinity Park looks. Classic and oh so fabulous. Sans a big old front porch, like many of the others, but I think that stately walkway makes up for it, don’t you?

Traditional Brick Home in Trinity Park | Durham, North Carolina

A lot of the homes in Trinity Park are pretty formal looking (like the one above) so I really like this craftsman bungalow below that’s rocking a lime green exterior. With bones that beautiful, this house could pretty much pull off any color combo!


Pretty nice little hunka chunka Durham, right? Can you see why we fell in love with this city?! I’m so excited to show all of you guys our new pad on Wednesday!! It needs a fair amount of elbow grease, but I’ve gotta tell you, I’m so, SO in love with it!