Repost: HVNA Statement Regarding Deed Covenants

A Statement from
The Hope Valley Neighborhood Association Board of Directors
Regarding Hope Valley Deed Covenants

The Board acknowledges that all Hope Valley deeds contain covenants that govern property use.  The Board further acknowledges, based on research by local attorneys, that the covenants are valid, enforceable, and a matter of law.

The Board takes no opinion on the rules contained within the covenants, but does acknowledge that the covenants place restrictions on a number of property uses for Hope Valley Homeowners.  The Board further encourages homeowners, developers and real estate professionals, including sales agents and surveyors, as well as other interested parties, to research these covenants prior to making representations to buyers, sellers, clients, or the City of Durham.

While the covenants in the various sections of Hope Valley are similar, they do have differences and tend to reflect the norms of the times in which they were written.  All covenants not superseded by Federal or State law including the Fair Housing Act, or City Ordinance are valid and enforceable.

Below is a guide to assist you or your researcher in beginning to examine these documents that govern development in our neighborhood.  These may or may not be the exact covenants on your property. Those rules should appear, in full, in your deed, however they may be found here as well:

Hope Valley Country Club Section (1926 – late 1940’s)
Record of Deed Book 94, Page 257

Watts Norton Section (late 1940’s – 1960’s)
Record of Deed Book 151, Page 558 (Amended in 1950)

Claude Currie, et al Section (1950’s – 1980’s)
Record of Deed Book 186, Page 317

Van Trine Park (1960’s – 1990’s)
Record of Deed Book 269, Page 50

Hope Valley West (1968 – 1980’s)
Plat Book 60, page 24

New Hope Valley (1980’s – 2000’s)
Record of Deed Book 1692, page 109

The HVNA Board encourages you to know your rights and limitations, consult a legal professional, read your deed.

This document can also be downloaded as a PDF here.

Historic Gates Restoration Update #1

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Dover Gate Restoration



For the Dover and Windsor Gates

Hello fellow Hope Valley Neighbors:

After vetting multiple contractors for this project, the HVNA Board has identified a team of three with the requisite expertise to meet our high standards for quality and maintain the historic significance of these Hope Valley landmarks. We have also obtained quotes for refreshing the Windsor Gates, which we plan to do in parallel as a cost savings. This project has come in at $40,000+/-

To date, we have raised just over $6,000 from 49 families (out of 954) that live in Hope Valley, including each member of the HVNA board. This puts us at 15% of the total amount required for the project. We need another 300 families to contribute an average of $125 to reach our goal. Construction cannot begin until all money is raised.  

For those who have already donated - thank you for your early support. For those who haven’t made a contribution, any amount you can donate to this important project is appreciated. Remember, donations to HVNA are tax deductible in most instances. Our goal is to hit 50% ($20,000) by the end of this month, so please act promptly to support this important neighborhood initiative.  We will continue to update you on the funding progress for the project.  

To contribute online, click here and follow these instructions:

  • Select the Pay Dues Online button
  • On the next screen, enter the amount of your contribution in the Other field.
  • Enter your contact info
  • In the More field, specify that your contribution is for the Dover Gates.
  • Proceed with entering your credit card information.

You can also pay by check here:

Hope Valley Neighborhood Association
PO Box 51338
Durham, NC 27717
Please use #DoverGates in the memo line!

Contribute to the Historic Dover Gates

Our neighborhood entry gates at Chapel Hill Road and Dover Road, which likely were built in 1926, have deteriorated over the years. Despite regular painting and light maintenance, they now need a significant renovation.

Since the estimated repairs will exceed the HVNA maintenance budget we are calling on all HV residents to help fund the extensive repair that will be required to bring these gates back to life, while maintaining their historic integrity. This is a grassroots effort that needs the support of all HV residents. 

The overall cost for repairing the gates and improving the surrounding landscaping is being estimated now, but is likely to exceed $20,000. We would like to begin the renovations immediately, however, funding needs to be in place prior to beginning the work.  Each HVNA Board member has already made a meaningful donation to get this project started.

There are several opportunities to contribute:
Platinum: $1000.00
Gold: $750.00
Silver: $500.00
Bronze: $250.00
Other amounts are welcomed. All gifts, of any size, are important.

To contribute online, click here and follow these instructions:

  1.  Select the Pay Dues Online button
  2. On the next screen, enter the amount of your contribution in the Other field.
  3. Enter your contact info
  4. In the More field, specify that your contribution is for the Dover Gates.
  5. Proceed with entering your credit card information.

You can also pay by check here:

Hope Valley Neighborhood Association
PO Box 51338
Durham, NC 27717
Please use #DoverGates in the memo line!

The Hope Valley Gates are protected historic landmarks, and renovations will have to adhere to Historic Preservation Commission guidelines. Once we have selected a contractor, you will be informed of the start date and what the process might look like.

Thank you for your serious consideration of this important matter.


Your HVNA Board

The Hope Valley Neighborhood Association is a 501c3 Public Charity, your donations may be tax deductible, please consult your tax specialist.

If you have any questions feel free to contact either, or

Hope Valley History - Crown to Club

On Tuesday, November 15th, the HVCC hosted "Hope Valley History - Crown to Club," a presentation by resident Don Stanger. In summary:

Our exploration of the history of Hope Valley will begin with discussion of the original 18th century land grants from England's King George II (our neighborhood was built on this land), continue with exploration of the early days of the Hope Valley Country Club development, and conclude with stories of the families and homes that formed the early foundation of our Hope Valley community.

For those who are interested in having a copy of the presentation, filled with images of historic Hope Valley homes and luminaries, it can be downloaded here.


RVSP for the 90th Anniversary Party on August 21st!

The Hope Valley Neighborhood Association and Hope Valley Country Club invite ALL Hope Valley residents to join us for the the 90th Anniversary of Hope Valley on:
Sunday, August 21st from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Featuring: Swimming, Golf, Tennis and other fun activities for children of all ages.

Food will be served: there will be a cookout on the lawn from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please RSVP by 8/17 with your Contribution:
$15 per person or $35 per household (all activities and dinner are included, with a cash bar for non-member guests and Signature bar for HVCC members)

Golf availability is limited: tee times will be set between 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm based on the postmark stamped on your RSVP (or when your online contribution is made).

To RSVP and make a contribution online, click here and follow these instructions:

  1.  Select the Pay Dues Online button.
  2. On the next screen, select the option for 90th Anniversary Individual or Household.
  3. Enter your contact info.
  4. In the More field, complete the RSVP info.
  5. Proceed with entering your credit card information.

We look forward to seeing you there!