Southern Village, North Carolina

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Market Street, Southern Village

Coordinates: 35°52′54″N 79°03′58″W / 35.8817°N 79.0662°W / 35.8817; -79.0662

Southern Village is a 312-acre (1.3 km2) New Urbanism neighborhood located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Established in 1994, Southern Village includes 550 single-family homes, 375 townhomes and condominiums, 250 apartments, and 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of retail, office, and civic space. Southern Village was the top selling neighborhood in the Triangle market from 1999 to 2001. Nationally recognized as an example of smart growth, Southern Village has been featured in numerous publications including TIME, Better Homes & Gardens, and Builder magazines.

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Southern Village is home to a Google office, and housed the headquarters for the John Edwards for President Campaign of 2007. Also offered are a movie theater, a bank, numerous restaurants, several small shops, a pharmacy, a grocery store, a dentist, and several doctor's offices.


The neighborhood is home to Mary Scroggs Elementary School, which is part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.[1]


The community is served by the southern, and only completed end, of the Fan Branch Trail, commonly called by local residents, the greenway. This trail forms part of a bike trail system planned for the Chapel Hill area. The Southern Community Park,[2] which abuts the Village offers soccer fields and a dog-walking park, a playground and cookout area, and a roller hockey rink, as well as an extension of the Fan Branch Trail.


The North Carolina Symphony visits once a year to give a free outdoor concert on the Village Green.[3] Pop pieces from films such as Mission Impossible, Star Wars and Superman are often featured, along with such favorites as Turkey in the Straw and the William Tell Overture. Furthermore, there are often festivals in the central area and during the summer (weather permitting) there are outdoor movies.[4]


The village is served by Chapel Hill Transit,[5] connecting the community Park and Ride lot with downtown Chapel Hill, and with the nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Service is provide during full service periods, Monday through Friday only, with a special "Safe Ride" late night service Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.[6]


  1. ^ "Mary Scroggs Elementary School". Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Southern Community Park". Town of Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  3. ^ "North Carolina Symphony Classical Favorites Concert". Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Southern Village Market Street Movies & Music". Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Chapel Hill Transit Routes and Schedules". Town of Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  6. ^ "Safe Ride JV Routes". Town of Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2008-06-19.