315 S. Boylan Ave
Boylan Heights
Raleigh, NC 27603
c. 1925

3 BRs. 2.5 baths
LR & DR plus 3 versatile rooms *
3,117 finished sqft
0.24 acre lot
1,410 sqft basement
Off-street parking next to kitchen

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Each December during the Boylan Heights ArtWalk, this and many other Boylan Heights homes open their doors to the juried artists on display inside. Boylan Heights is an eclectic family neighborhood within walking distance of downtown, NC State, Farmers Market, the rolling hills of nearby Dix Hill, and the Pullen Park carousel, train and indoor public pool.

With 3 finished floors plus a full unfinished basement, this home has a tree-house view of the city skyline, and its gently sloping 0.24 acre lot. As only the second owner-occupants, Carrie Knowles, a writer & artist, and Jeff Leiter, NC State professor, added a dramatic, yet practical kitchen, breakfast room, side porch, deck & much more.



In the breakfast room above, there is a quilted triptych window blind made by fiber artist and Meredith Art Professor, Georgia Springer. [Check back for a picture and detailed description.]

The dining room opens onto a multi-level deck, as does the breakfast room. A butlers pantry is nearby.

French doors and an open floor plan are part of the original character of the public rooms that have been sensitively retained and restored.

The parlor is the soul of the house, the site of impromptu concerts and, most recently, rehearsals by the Brussels Chamber Orchestra that includes their son as a member. A versatile space, it could also be a dining room, allowing the current dining room to become a family room opening onto the back deck.

Providing lots of light, windows with “6 over 1” sashes flanked by two “4 over 1” sashes are found in the living room, parlor and sunroom/studio. A wall of windows also surrounds the upstairs office/studio (below right). Learn more about windows.

All three bedrooms are big and bright. One is a true master with a private bath and the other two share an updated full bath.


Big enough for square dancing, the original finished attic has tongue-in-groove ceilings & walls, a window seat (shown as a shelf) and lots of walk-in storage.


The full daylight basement, with double glass doors and a concrete floor, is a versatile space for a workshop, ping pong, whatever.
A side alley provides access to parking next to the kitchen/breakfast room porch.


Each Halloween Boylan Heights pumpkins pose for their picture by Michael Zirkle on the Boylan Avenue bridge overlooking the expanding city skyline that includes the new RBC tower and the "shimmer wall" of the new civic and convention center. View neighborhood map & history and visit the neighborhood web site. The value of property in Boylan Heights is increased by the fact that is both a local and a National Historic District. Learn more.