Many people and North Carolina historians believe Morehead Hill is the state's first suburb area. The neighborhood began to emerge in the late 1800s to early 1900s thanks to Durham's trolley system being able to connect to downtown. Though it was once farm land, Morehead Hill has become a large, yet quaint neighborhood in the heart of Durham. Residents are just minutes from downtown Durham sites and activities, including Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, The Carolina Theatre, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham School of the Arts, DPAC, Tobacco Road, and the Nasher Museum of Art.
Many of the homes is Morehead Hill, though certainly older, have been beautifully updated, including new appliances, stunning hardwood floors, and modern details. While there are mostly single-family homes in the neighborhood, there are some rental properties that are usually available. Because of the neighborhood's historic past, some of Morehead Hill's historic homes have been transformed into specialty shops, offering residents quick access for retail shopping. There is an extension of the neighborhood that includes newer construction and larger homes, more modern single-family homes and sidewalks connecting them.