Archdale was known as Bush Hill when Quakers first settled there in 1786. While the origin of the original Bush Hill name remains a mystery, the name Archdale is in honor of the early Quaker governor, John Archdale.
Archdale is a city that treasures its heritage while constantly looking toward a vibrant future for its more than 11,000 residents. Situated just a few miles south of High Point -- North Carolina's furniture capital -- and straddling I-85, Archdale is more than just a place you drive through on your way to somewhere else. It's a little city with its own beat, and a perfect mix of urban and country amenities along with progressive and traditional values.
Moving to Archdale
Standard drill applies here: look early and often, and be ready to strike, especially if you are seeking a place on the coveted south side. Vacancies are easier to find to the north, but to nail the prime spots, be ready to make your move quickly. Always have pay stubs and references in hand when you go to meet a leasing agent or landlord, and make sure your bank can cash the check you need to write for a month's rent and security deposit.
What You'll Find
Archdale has a great mix of large and small single-family homes, townhouses, mobile homes, and apartments. Try to be a bit flexible when you are checking out the selection available, and instead of just looking to rent an apartment (for those who hate yard work), keep your options open to things like a house to rent or townhouse (sliver of yard work).
Archdale's eight square miles are fairly equitably split in half by Interstate 85. Income level and rent are almost double to the south compared with the north end of town. However, don't let this dissuade you from finding your perfect (and less expensive!) place on the north end; overall crime rates in Archdale were almost half of the U.S. average in 2012 (Archdale: 157; U.S.: 299, both per 100,000 citizens). Let's break down the differences between the nabes below and let you know what's what.
North Main: Closer to the larger city of High Point, the North Main area of Archdale puts you in the midst of the urban sprawl. Streets are more tightly packed together, and you are closer to the extended dining and restaurant options in the city to the north, as well as the businesses that have dribbled down to the south. You are also more likely to find an apartment to rent, whether you're looking for studios or two-bedroom apartments. You're not likely to find all-bills-paid apartments in Archdale, but some complexes -- like Brookwood -- include a few utilities with your monthly rent.
South Main: Ah, the land of milk and honey and caviar and bling! Okay, not really, but if your rental tastes run a little on the high end, you'll want to look in this area. While the vast majority of homes in Archdale contain three bedrooms, if you're looking for a four- or five-bedroom place, this is where you should be. Some of the homes here are a little older (built before the 1970s), but they've lasted this long, so you may as well assume they were built to withstand whatever you can throw at 'em.
Living in Archdale
You'll find most of your shopping and dining needs met along Main Street. One of the first things you'll learn when living in Archdale is that Main Street has some crazy directional markers. You can start driving on Main from the bottom of Archdale and pass from S. Main to N. Main and back to S. Main again, at which point you're in High Point, and not Archdale any longer. Once you become accustomed to that, getting around is a breeze.
One of the draws for choosing a home in Archdale is that Archdale residents have one of the lowest commute times in the country, at 15 to 30 minutes. High Point is only four miles away, and Greensboro is a quick 15 to 20 miles up the interstate. You will certainly want to have a car while living in Archdale; the WalkScore for the city is 38, and although High Point does send a bus line into the city, it's a straight route on Main Street and isn't convenient for those who live farther than a few blocks from the main drag.
The city does offer a 96-acre park with walking trails, and even has an 18-hole disc golf course and horseshoe pits along with the traditional picnic shelters and ball fields. For much of your wilder entertainment purposes, you will have to travel a few (very few) miles into the larger city, which will feel like your own city if you confuse the two South Main Streets surrounding Archdale's North Main.