O Henry Oaks is a residential neighborhood of Greensboro and is bordered by Spry Street to the north, 16th Street to the south, Yanceyville Street to the east and North O Henry Boulevard to the west. The neighborhood covers .946 square miles and is within the city’s 27405 zip code area.
Singles and couples live in the houses and apartments of O Henry Oaks, with over half of the population living in owner-occupied homes. The average listing price of a house in the neighborhood is $66,675, but the average selling price is $36,000. Compared the Greensboro-High Point areas, the O Henry Oaks community draws singles and young families with its affordable housing.
O Henry Oaks is named after William Sydney Porter, who used the pen name, O. Henry. Born in Greensboro in 1862, Porter wrote over 400 short stories. He was known for writing short stories with twist endings, including the classic,”The Gift of the Magi.”
Outdoor enthusiasts in O Henry Oaks have three major public gardens as family friendly opportunities for nature walking, hiking and biking. The Bicentennial Garden was created in 1976 as a landmark and destination to honor the United States’ bicentennial. The garden contains a wedding gazebo, a sensory garden and sculptures.
The Greensboro Arboretum is located inside Lindley Park. The 17-acre site has permanent plant collections and special display gardens. It is an educational inspiration for gardeners, landscape designers and homeowners. The Bog Garden is in Benjamin Park and resembles a wetland nature preserve. It is a unique place where nature lovers can observe birds in their natural habitat.
The Greensboro botanical gardens trails provide access to all three gardens and are open year-round. The city provides over 80 miles of trails to its residents for walking, running, hiking and bicycling.