I moved here from the DC area 20+ years ago and love it! In addition to the great options already listed you might want to take a look at downtown Cary. The homes are quaint with lots of character and charm on large lots and would be within your budget. It's within walking distance to the Cary Arts Center, one of the best bakeries "Once in a Blue Moon", the Farmers Market and more. I'll be posting a video to my YouTube channel in the next couple of days, so you can see for yourself.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Triangle & Coast Realty
Keep an eye on them for other opportunities.
There are several communities in Raleigh which would appear to fit within your requirements. Among thos are Mordecai, Hayes-Barton, and Oakwood. Please contact us for more information.
Coldwell Banker Advantage
There are a ton of historic homes- Clayton, Smithfield, Brooklyn (no not in NY- LOL) , Bahama, sooo many to list. And they all have character- some need fixing some are ready to go depending on your budget.
I can certainly help you if you just want to search or are ready to buy- and it would be my honor to assist you!
If I can ever be of help just call or text - 919.452.9379.
The short answer is yes and if you contact me with your email address I will be happy to send you information on available listings. In central Raleigh right now there are around 30 homes available that were built before 1950, priced from $200-425,000 (I aim high because of negotiation potential).
The average property will have around 1500 sq ft of living space with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, though several will have 3 and 2.
Starting with the downtown area there are a number of neighborhoods with smaller homes in varying states of condition. Value will always reflect the location and condition as always. Some factors to consider: walkability, shopping and restaurants, schools, recreational amenities, etc. Let me know what is most important to you and I can narrow the search considerably.
Mark 919-960-6332 email@example.com
I have the complete list at http://www.FindHistoricRaleighHomes.com This list combines the homes from many different areas. It is priced high-low but, can be changed.
To be specific, there are homes in Five Points, historic oakwood, boylan heights amoung others.
A couple other website to check out are:
I hope this is helpful.
If you'd like to talk about more specifics, please feel free to contact me and we can get you looking in all the right places!