Winston-Salem Neighborhoods

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Winston-Salem is home to many different neighborhoods. Check them out!
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Winston-Salem is rich with diverse neighborhoods and architecture. From urban living downtown and historic neighborhoods to big yards and country club living, Winston-Salem offers a home setting for almost any taste. This list of neighborhood descriptions can be helpful when searching for a home that fits your lifestyle. We will continue to add to the list as the options are many.


Ardmore, the largest historic district in Winston-Salem*, is a popular Winston-Salem neighborhood for young families and medical students, as it is located close to downtown between Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Forsyth Hospital and hosts one of the largest parks in the city — Miller Park. The style of homes include Late Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Craftsman Bungalow. Located in the 27103 postal area, the median home price is $335,00. Schools in the neighborhood include Bolton Elementary, Moore Elementary, and Redeemer School (private).

Atwood Acres

Atwood Acres is a beautiful neighborhood with tall evergreens, pines, and oak trees. There are shaded winding streets perfect for walking. Lots tend to be larger, leaving enough room for outbuildings or storing an RV or boat. One park in the area, Bolton Park, provides excellent recreational activities and walking trails for children and adults. Residents are close to grocery stores, schools, retail shopping centers, and points of interest like The Reynolda Museum of American Art. Atwood Acres is served by local schools, including The Downtown Elementary School, Clemmons Middle School, and Reynold’s High School. The median home price in this neighborhood is $399,914.

Bermuda Run

Bermuda Run. a suburb of Winston-Salem, is an upscale, fully-gated town located just off Interstate 40 that borders Forsyth County on the west, along the Yadkin River. Situated in Davie County, the community of 3,021 is next door to Tanglewood Park and home to Bermuda Run private country club, golf course, and retirement community. The median home value is $266,600. Schools in Bermuda Run include Davie County Early College High School, North Davie Middle School, William Ellis Middle School, The Arts Based School, and Shady Grove Elementary School.

Buena Vista/Runnymede/West Highlands

This sophisticated neighborhood west of the West End neighborhood with Italian Renaissance and Tudor-style mansions is home to the work of many famed architects, including Charles Barton Keen. The streets are lined with sidewalks and large oaks. The heavily-traveled Stratford Road dissects the neighborhood. Neighborhood schools include Whitaker Elementary School, Brunson Elementary, Wiley Middle School, RJ Reynolds High School, Summit School (private), and St. Leo’s Catholic School (private). Located in the 27104 postal area, the median sale price for this neighborhood is $700,000.

Points of interest include Reynolds Auditorium, Historic Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Village, Diamond Back Grill, and 1703 Restaurant. Note: Although Buena Vista’s neighborhood name is Spanish for “beautiful view”, and certainly true, residents pronounce in a decidedly Southern way, “byoo-nah vistah.”

Downtown Winston-Salem

Downtown is now vibrant after revitalization, especially after business hours and weekend nights. The tobacco warehouses and knitting mills of our farming and industrial history have now been transformed into beautiful urban lofts in the heart of downtown, surrounded by restaurants, the galleries of the Arts District, cinemas, music venues, and more. Homes downtown have a median selling price of $595,000, and the average rent is $1,306.

Holly Avenue

Holly Avenue, a national historic district, is one of the smallest neighborhoods in the city, but it enjoys a prime spot just southeast of the downtown area between Hanesbrands Theatre and the BB&T Ballpark. The architectural style of the buildings includes Queen Anne and Italianate style. Home to Calvary Moravian Church, this neighborhood of colorful bungalows and duplexes has been rejuvenated in recent years with the revival of downtown development.

Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor is bordered by Robinhood Road, near Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, and Polo Road. The neighborhood has rolling hills, winding streets, mature trees, and three parks: Leinbach Park, Ten Little Monkeys, and Polo Park. These playgrounds provide great recreational activities for children and lovely walking trails. The homes range in style from Georgian colonials to Victorian, ranch, and 1920s bungalows. The schools servicing Mount Tabor include Jefferson Elementary, Sherwood Forest Elementary, The Downtown School, Jefferson Middle, Paisley IB Magnet School, and Mt Tabor High School. Points of interest include Wake Forest University, The Forsyth Country Club, and the Southern Center for Contemporary Art. The median real estate price in this neighborhood is $295,000.

Olde Vineyard

The Olde Vineyard neighborhood was constructed at different times, beginning in the 1950s, and so offers a variety of architectural styles and housing types, from mid-century modern and ranch-style homes to more contemporary and traditional homes. Sidewalks thread through the neighborhood.

Located in the 27103 postal area, Olde Vineyard is located near the Hanes Mall area and Forsyth Hospital and is bordered by Interstate 40 Business Loop/Hwy 421 on the west, I-40 on the south, South Stratford on the east, and Silas Creek Parkway on the northeast. Points of interest include Hanes Mall, Bolton Park, and many shopping centers. Moore Magnet Elementary School serves the neighborhood. The median home price is $236,808.

Old Salem

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The houses in Old Salem are full of historic charm.
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Old Salem is a preserved Moravian planned community. The Historic Town of Salem dates back to 1766 and includes cobblestone streets surrounded by gardens, historical tours, and classes with staff in period dress. The median home sale price in the historic district is $413,000.

Points of interest include Home Moravian Church and the Moravian Archives; Old Salem Visitors Center; St. Philips, the oldest standing African American Church in North Carolina*; the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts; Salem Academy; Salem College; the 1800 Tannenberg Organ, the largest organ in existence; Winkler Bakery and Bernardin’s Restaurant at Zevely House.

Old Town

Old Town (or Oldtown) was originally an unincorporated community in North Carolina until Winston-Salem annexed it.  It is located along NC 67, near Bethania, Tobaccoville, and Pfafftown. Most homes were built between 1970 and 1999 and are, therefore, of the same style. There are many parks in this neighborhood. Points of interest include Old Town Park and Old Town Neighborhood Center. The Median home price is $200,500.

Sherwood Forest/Polo

The Sherwood Forest neighborhood is filled with classic brick homes built mainly in the 1960s and ’70s with large yards, mature trees, walkable schools, and soccer fields. The homes’ styles include Traditional, Mid-Century Modern, Tudor, Split-Level, Split Foyer, and Contemporary. It is home to a popular neighborhood pool and recreational areas. Area schools include Sherwood Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, and Mount Tabor High School. The median house listing price in this neighborhood is $554,900.

South Fork/Country Club

The South Fork is situated around Country Club Road and is convenient to Forsyth Hospital. South Fork Elementary is located in the neighborhood, and the area is served by Wiley Middle School and Reynolds High School. There is a wide range of home sizes and styles, from manor homes to ranch-style homes to condos. There are few sidewalks in the neighborhood. Points of interest include Forsyth Country Club, South Fork Park and Community Center, Hathaway Park, and The Greek Orthodox Church and school. The median listing price of a home in South Fork is $206,000.

Washington Park

This is another historic neighborhood that made a comeback. Featuring mature trees and hilly sidewalks, the architecture of the Washington Park is varied, from Colonial and Queen Anne-style mansions to smaller Craftsman bungalows. It was a development on a streetcar line that once ran through the district. The schools they have include Konnoak Elementary and Latham Elementary. Washington Park, the largest neighborhood park in town, is located there. It includes a playground, access to The Greenway, and a dog park. Another recreational area, Dinosaur Playground, most suitable for children 5+, is also in the neighborhood. Points of interest include the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Washington Perk, and Swaim’s Grocery, a neighborhood pub that is dog and kid-friendly.


Waughtown-Belview Historic District has buildings dating from 1834 to 1955. The styles of homes include Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, and Bungalow/American Craftsman. The median home price is $148,896. Points of interest in Waughtown include the iconic Shell station, shaped like a scallop shell built by R.H. Burton and his son Ralph in 1930, and the Waughtown Cemetary, the oldest surviving human resource in the historic district. Also in the neighborhood is the Waughtown Connector, a 1-mile multi-use trail that runs past Quarry Park, connecting Waughtown to Peachtree Greenway and Salem Creek Greenway. It’s an excellent path for hiking, running, biking, and dogs on leashes. Schools serving the area include The Downtown Elementary School, The Downtown Middle School, and Atkins Academic & Technology High School. Waughtown has two parks: Sprague Pool and William Roscoe Anderson.

West End

The first suburb of Winston-Salem, now dubbed “Winston-Salem’s front porch,” the West End historic district is adjacent to downtown and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in the 27101 postal area. The neighborhood was historically part of the Hotel Zinzendorf spa resort property in the 1890s, which tragically burned in a fire just months after opening.

West End, with turn-of-the-century architecture, rolling hills, stone walls, and tall oaks, was home to the Hanes and Reynolds families and the first Millionaire’s Row in town. Architectural styles include Queen Anne, Neoclassical, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman. Residents must ascribe to historical guidelines for their home fronts. The median listing home price is $510,000. Points of interest in the West End include Grace Court Park, Hanes Park, the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA, and many great restaurants. Area schools include Brunson Elementary School, Wiley Middle School, and R.J. Reynolds High School.

West Salem

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West Salem is another historic neighborhood close to nearby parks and restaurants.
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

West Salem is a historic neighborhood that borders downtown Winston-Salem and Old Salem. Established in 1782, it is the second oldest neighborhood in town. It was initially settled as farmland serving Old Salem before it was associated with the suburban expansion of Winston-Salem’s industrialization in the early 1900’s. It features homes and structures with varied architectural styles, from 19th-century Greek Revival to an extensive collection of Craftsmen-style bungalows. The median listing price of homes is $243,000.

Some points of interest include the gothic Christ Moravian Church and Truist Ballpark. In the heart of West Salem sits Historic Granville Park, where neighbors come together to enjoy social events and utilize the tennis courts and playground equipment. West Salem also features a community garden where neighbors grow food for themselves and others – an average of 1,000 bags of produce are offered back to the community each summer from the garden.

Williamsburg Square

Williamsburg Square is located off Hanes Mall Blvd and Interstate 40. It is a suburban neighborhood of assorted home styles, varying sizes, and affordable prices. The Median List price of homes is $209,850. Residents are within walking distance of medical care, shopping, and dining options. The HOA is active and maintains an Activity Calendar and a community pool open from May to September for its members. The schools servicing Williamsburg Square are Brunson Elementary, Wiley Middle School, and Reynolds High School.

Dining And Attractions In Winston-Salem

There are so many neighborhoods in Winston-Salem; this is just a sampling of them. Wherever you live in our city, you will find great food and amazing local shops. Be sure to check out our downtown restaurants and art galleries.

We will continue to add to this list. Tell us about your neighborhood in comments.

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