Home to the Brightleaf Square with tons of Shopping, Restaurant, and Nightlife Options
Brightleaf Square is a small section in the west end of downtown Durham that offers plenty of restaurant, shopping, and nightlife opportunities. You'll find the Brightleaf Square (pictured above) as the main hub for all these options. In the summertime, free outdoor concerts are commonplace and people love to get out and walk around the neighborhood.

It's fairly close to Duke's campus so commuting there won't be an issue. Reviewers say that it's the place to be in Durham and gives people another reason to explore Durham other than just going to Ninth Street. Rent here is generally on par with other neighborhoods in the area but you definitely get a lot of value for your dollar.
What Brightleaf Residents
Think About Their Apartments
Median rents in Brightleaf
1 Bedroom
2 Bedroom

Living in

Downtown Durham
Brightleaf Square
Great Bars/Restaurants
Very Walkable
Bike/Public Transit to Campus
Brightleaf — 9/10 Rating (based on 2 neighborhood reviews)
Living in downtown Durham allows you to take advantage of all that Duke and Durham have to offer. You can easily walk to a Durham Balls game, the Durham Farmer's market, every trendy restaurant in town, the new swanky hotels, great ice cream shops, great bars, and the Duke East Campus. You can also easily use public transport or bike to Fuqua and Duke West Campus from here. It's just a pleasant place to be that allows you to get away from Fuqua and experience new things but also stay engaged.
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West Village
Dowtown Durham is the most exciting in terms of restaurants/bars. That said, Fuqua still gravitates toward ninth street.
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West Village

Getting to Know

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: N Duke St to S Buchanan Blvd
North to South Boundaries: W Trinity Ave to W Chapel Hill St
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• Brightleaf contains the 5 digit ZIP code(s) of _____. ___% of residents are renters, and the rental vacancy rate is typically ____%, which is _____________ than the national average.

• ___% of units are in 20+ unit buildings, with ___% having being built in the past 10 years. 2BR+ properties make up roughly ___% of the market, with the balance in 1BR and studios.

• Most people in Brightleaf _____ own a car.

The median gross rent in Brightleaf is $_______. ____% of Brightleaf residents are 24-35, ___% are below 24, ___% are 36-50, and ___% are older than 50.

• Roughly ___% of Brightleaf residents are students (___% grad, ___% undergrad), and ___% are unemployed or retired. The median income in Brightleaf is $_______.

• Most units are heated by ______________, and ___% of ACS survey respondents said that they pay extra for one or more utilities.

Best Apartments
in Brightleaf

Studio $1,025
1 Bed $1,009
2 Beds $1,538

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1 Bed $1,036
2 Beds $874
4 Beds $3,400

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Nearby Neighborhoods

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Downtown Durham
Proudly Part of the "New South"
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Trinity Heights
Residential and Safe Neighborhood on Duke's East Campus
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Ninth Street
Great Nightlife & Popular for Duke Grad Students