The Robert Lee Horton House c.1897
Historic Oakwood
323 E. Lane St
Raleigh, NC 27601

3,100 sqft
0.115 acres
2 porches
3 bedrooms
2 baths

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Classically elegant. Stunningly modern.

Robert Lee Horton, an entrepreneur and later a clothier, was the first to buy land on this block when State began selling land to finance the building of the Governor’s Mansion one block away. The past is prologue. The State has just sold nearby land that is being developed as row & carriage houses, condos and street level shops.

The Queen Anne style Horton house was expanded in the early 1900’s when a detached kitchen and tack room were connected to the main structure. The present home is a sensitive blending of the old heart pine floors, five-panel doors, grooved millwork, nearly 11ft ceilings, a Chinoiserie balustrade and six fireplaces (4 working) with the new remodeled bathrooms and kitchen area.



The floor plan is versatile with multiple rooms, multiple existing uses and multiple future options. The family room/library could be a guest room or become a 1st floor master BR by connecting it to the full downstairs bath. Similarly the bedroom with the vaulted ceiling could be opened to the strikingly modern upstairs bath.

Think of this as an urban townhouse with private parking and “outdoor rooms” on all four sides. The open floor plan is ideal for entertaining in and out. Two handsome porches (one in front and a wraparound porch in back), a deck/garden area and two dining areas are just steps away from the vaulted gourmet kitchen.

Gregory Peck spent an Easter Sunday relaxing on this deck when making a TV movie with Lauren Bacall in Oakwood in the 1990’s.

Few backdoors and porches are as handsome as this.

The office/playroom (below right) has yet another outside entrance onto the private driveway (good for home business). It also opens to the deck and is close to the kitchen (great for kids).

Low maintenance landscaping and energy conservation are goals served by a programmable irrigation system, selected plantings, insulated floors & attic, storm windows, re-circulating hot water loop, dual zoned heat & air and more.