North Hill was the first real "suburb" of Pensacola. After the Civil War, wealthy families moved "up the hill" and built grand homes that displayed their new found wealth from the booming lumber and import businesses in the area.
During this time, most residents in North Hill enjoyed panoramic views of Pensacola Bay and the cool breeze that drifted up the hill. Another surge of growth occurred during the 1920's as the next generation of wealthy Pensacolians moved to North Hill, extending the area's boundaries to the current northern border on Blount Street.
Since 1930, homes reflecting their periods' style were built on the remaining available properties. Through the efforts of the community, North Hill was designated as a preservation district in 1973 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The history and atmosphere of North Hill has attracted many people from various areas in Pensacola, as well as locations throughout the world. Residents are proud of their homes and are dedicated to preserving the unique atmosphere of the neighborhood.
Since the North Hill zoning ordnance, many of the North Hill's home have been lovingly restored to their former grandeur, and descendants of their original builders occupy them today.
There is strong sense of community in North Hill. It's a place where families are warmly welcomed and neighbors know each other by name. Front porches and wide streets are conducive to socializing, and residents can be often found sitting out, while joggers go by and children play.
Alabama Square, the neighborhood park, is the setting of many planned and impromptu gatherings. North Hill truly embodies an "old fashioned" American neighborhood.
Due to the area's gradual development, varied architectural styles can be seen in North Hill, adding to the charm of the neighborhood and telling the story of its past. There are more than 500 beautiful homes in North Hill, built primarily between 1895 and 1941, incorporating vast styles such as Victorian, Queen Anne, Tudor Revival, Neoclassical, Italianate, and Craftsman Bungalow. Almost every home can be found nestled under magnificent oak trees, and the captivating scent of magnolias drifts through the neighborhood on summer days.
North Hill Preservation Association
The North Hill Preservation District occupies a 50-block radius, representing one of the most well preserved residential historic districts in the state of Florida.
Founded in 1972, the North Hill Preservation Association is the oldest and largest association in the City of Pensacola. Residents and business owners support the association with a $50 per year, tax-deductible contribution for membership. The association hosts many events throughout the year for residents and families such as annual meetings, Octoberfest, Historic Home Tours and Christmas in the Park. They also take on many projects to improve and preserve the area including historic streetscape restoration, park upkeep, tree replacement and other community-minded efforts.
Visit their website, www.historicnorthhill.com for more information.
Built to Weather the Elements
The Court of North Hill offers advanced storm and hurricane features of the highest standards. The building structure meets or exceeds the updated 2004 Florida State Building Codes, established after Hurricane Ivan.
Built at the crest of the highest elevation in Pensacola, The Court of North Hill sits 50'-58' above sea level, enhancing the safety during a major storm. State-of-the-art construction materials and building techniques also reduce the chance of hurricane and storm damage. Garage doors, exterior doors, exterior windows and the roof all have been designed to withstand the impact of 140 mph winds. Steel rods, anchored from the concrete slab to the top of the building, and special structural straps and braces enhance the stability of the building.
The Court of North Hill's construction uses 5/8" plywood under the roof and in the exterior walls, instead of 1/2", and the exterior wall framing uses 2" x 6" studs, in place of the standard 2" x 4". These features help soundproof the residences, create thicker insulation and help make the building more structurally sound. High-density concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls will also be constructed between the residences, rather than wood framing, which enhances the individual structure of each residence.
It's in the Details
- Wood clad vinyl windows
- Ceramic tile in the baths
- Hardwood floors
- Gas fireplace in the living room
- Custom cabinets with trim in the kitchen and baths
- Bath vanities with cultured marble counter tops
- Stainless steel double kitchen sink with disposal and faucets
- Kitchen counter tops with three centimeter granite
- Jacuzzi tub with tile deck in master bath
- Separate shower with glass enclosure in master bath
- Stainless steel appliances
- Side-by-side washer and dryer in all units
- Pre-wired for telephone, high-speed networking, cable and security system
- Elevator and sprinkler systems in three story units
- Private, two car garage in each unit
- Sturdy metal roof
- Hardy board siding
- CSR construction party walls
- Construction standards meet or exceed all current Florida building codes and wind load requirements
- Private gated community with keypad and wireless transmitter entry gate
- Perimeter fencing for more secured grounds
- Underground utilities (sewer, water, gas and electric)
- Overall site landscaping and irrigation system
- Grassy lawn areas with trees
- Private fenced courtyard around pool area
- Beautiful swimming pool
- Paved pool patio
- Sidewalks for pedestrian access
- Retaining wall at La Rua Street
- Restored original ballast wall on the West property line
- Partial brick paved center driveway
- Stoops to access raised units
- Street lamps and street side ornamental trees
Starting the spring of 2012 and lasting through the summer, the Court of North Hill underwent $300,000 in renovations without the need for an additional assessment to the owners.
Each of the twenty-two units received:
- primer and painting of eight Elastomeric high-quality paint
- additional flashing on exposed windows and doors
- new aluminum Neutra street numbers
- vinyl porch rails
- interior fence painting
- capstone cleaning and sealing
- additional weatherproofing
- automatic outdoor lighting
- hot tub heater upgrade to a more energy efficient model
- new pool and courtyard furniture, planters and palm trees
- additional rain gutters
- additional water drains