Ghent Historic District
This is the newest of New Bern’s three historic districts; admission to the National Register occurred in 1983. Ghent contains private homes dating from 1913 to World War II. The area encompasses Spencer, Rhem and parts of Park Avenues. It began as a trolley car suburb in the days when working folks wanted homes away from the hustle and bustle of downtown New Bern.
Today, Spencer Avenue is considered one of the prettiest streets in New Bern, with old-fashioned street lamps along a landscaped median separating two lanes of traffic. Large flowering fruit trees are breathtakingly beautiful in April.Ghent is an energetic, people-oriented neighborhood where residents take to the sidewalks whenever the weather permits, which is often in the mild New Bern climate. In recent years, it has become a highly desirable section for homeowners and has undergone a lot of sprucing up. Bungalows and cottage-style homes with neat lawns make up a large part of the neighborhood.
Some residences feature antebellum column fronts, and many have open or screened porches for those warm summer evenings.The neighborhood is close to one of the area’s nicest amenities, the new YMCA, which includes a Jr. Olympic-size swimming pool, a gymnasium, weight rooms and a racquetball court. the “Y” also offers day care and exercise classes.
Ghent is also fortunate to be situated between Fort Totten Park, which has a baseball field and bleachers, and the larger Lawson Creek Park, a popular fishing spot with nature trails, boat launches and picnic tables. Homes are larger here than in many of the new housing developments surrounding New Bern. Prices range from $65,000 to $120,000.