Bellevue, circa 1800

$ 1,750,000
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MLS #2307840
Contact nameRobbin Taylor-Hall
Contact phone919-906-0573
Year built1800
StatusMove-in Ready
Home area6,036 sqft
Lot Area2.36 acres
Half Baths1


Welcome home to Bellevue in Historic Hillsborough, NC. Enjoy this beautiful, Italianate-style villa, located on 2.36 acres and nestled on a hill in the heart of downtown. Sip mint juleps or sweet tea on the gorgeous wrap around front porch and enjoy the view. Be the next family to reside in this home rich with history.

Bellevue sits on a 2+ acre knoll on St. Mary’s Road which served as a Native American trading path that ran from Virginia to South Carolina, and later formed the eastern edge of the original town of Hillsborough. The Bellevue property first belonged to James Hogg, an 18th century businessman and one of the founders of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Samuel Chinny bought the land in 1790 and probably built the eastern portion of the house since an 1801 deed mentions a house that is no longer visible. This eastern portion consisted of three large rooms and hall downstairs, plus two room upstairs. James Phillip, a saddle maker and partner of William Kirkland of Ayr Mount (an early Federal home located 1/4 mile away and now open to the public), lived here from 1807 to 1847.

Following Phillips’ death, the house may have been the site of the Hillsborough Academy in the early 1800s (between 1801 and 1807, the parcel was known as the “school-house lot”). In 1853, the property was sold by James Webb, acting as executor of the Phillips estate, to Thomas Blount Hill of Halifax County, NC who had sold his large plantation and home, The Hermitage, to move to Hillsborough. Blount proceeded to enlarge and improve the house “in the most modern and fancy style” according to the Hillsborough Recorder. Hill added the western portion of the house, consisting of two rooms both upstairs and downstairs, a central tower, and large porches to create a picturesque Italianate villa that he named Bellevue. Architectural historians believe that Bellevue’s design may have been taken from a sketch in Samuel Sloan’s 1852 pattern book, The Modern Architect, as Bellevue’s façade and floorplan mirror some of Sloan’s drawings. Sloan was a prominent Philadelphia architect who designed several important North Carolina buildings, including the Executive Mansion in Raleigh and Memorial Hall on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill.

The house appears today largely as it did then, a pair of two-story front gable wings connected by a central, three story tower with a pyramid roof, and a deep, wrap-around porch accented by a balustrade. The ca. 1790 Kitchen House is rumored to be the oldest remaining brick dependency building in Hillsborough. Having served as the location of the Hillsborough House Inn bed and breakfast from 1990 – 2005, the house has been lovingly restored to a single family residence, waiting to welcome you home.

Bellevue is a contributing building to the Hillsborough Historic District.


Additional Buildings / Amenities

  • Barn/Stable
  • Carriage House
  • Dock/Pier
  • Finished Basement
  • Gazebo
  • Greenhouse
  • Guest Cottage