September 17, 2018

Circa 1925 Multi-Family - SOLD - by Realtor Greg Rapp

How often do you come across a circa 1925 multi-family property in a historic district looking for a new owner? We'll tell you . . . not that often!

Yet ~ along came 1102 S. Fulton Street in the area the locals call SoFul (South Fulton).  Down the road, the quaintest little commercial district hosts a coffee shop, a bakery, and a yoga and wellness center.  The Fulton Heights Historic District, one of Salisbury North Carolina's most desirable neighborhoods sits behind: a grid of circa 1900-1940 Arts & Crafts bungalow homes along tree-lined streets, a neighborhood park, and gardens and sidewalks galore.


The two handsome Arts & Crafts buildings, each had once been stately single-family homes, each hold (4) apartments. The property was listed 'For Sale' on July 24th, and by August 1st Realtor Greg Rapp had the property under contract. On September 12, 2018, Greg Rapp closed the deal on 1102 S. Fulton Street. The neighborhood looks forward with anticipation to see the refurbishments on these stately vintage buildings new ownership will bring!

When you are either in the market to sell your vintage property, or you have always dreamed of living in an older home, built with the quality materials and craftsmanship that seldom exists in newer properties . . . contact Greg Rapp, the area's expert on historic homes and properties. Call or text 704.213.6846 to list your home or commercial property today, and while we can't promise 7-week turn-around on all sales, Greg can ensure the 'SOLD' sign is hung sooner rather than later! Don't wait! Call today!







Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 
www.realestatesalisbury.net 





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September 16, 2018

The Perfect Home - SOLD by Greg Rapp

Every once in a while, the perfect home comes along -  turn-key and ready to go! This lovely single-story 3-bedroom / 2-bath home came to market bedecked with new cedar shake exterior shingles, a new roof, new HVAC, new kitchen, new bathrooms, new drywall, pre-finished hardwood floors, new replacement windows and much more! Are you sensing a pattern here?  And you guessed it...move-in-ready home is SOLD ~ another success story with Realtor® Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty.

An accomplished contractor purchased this home at 123 11th Street in the Town of Spencer, North Carolina for himself and his wife and totally refurbished it, and now his expertise is the new owner's gain!












The property included the extra lot next door, combined to create nearly an acre of level yard surrounded by trees for wonderful privacy.  And speaking of outdoors, the nearby Spencer Woods, a 42-acre natural area with trails and walkways, is just 2 blocks away.


When award-winning real estate agent Greg Rapp listed this home at 123 11th Street, he knew it would not sit for long on the market.  When you want YOUR property to move, give Realtor Greg Rapp a call... or text (704) 213-6846 - and get your home SOLD!  





123 11th Street
Spencer NC 28159
CMLS#3400199
$149,500






Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 
www.realestatesalisbury.net 





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September 15, 2018

Another Restoration on the Way in Historic Salisbury NC

This beautiful circa 1910 home in the prestigious West Square Historic District is SOLD ~ thanks to preservation specialist Greg Rapp, Realtor with Wallace Realty.


313 West Fisher Street is a lovely 2.5-story frame house set in a pretty landscape nestled into a neighborhood of homes that attract visitors from far and wide. Historic Salisbury Foundation had been working on the stabilization of this home under their revolving fund that helps preserve Salisbury area historic homes.  The Foundation commissioned Greg Rapp to sell this historic home. The West Square is formally known as the Salisbury Historic District. It was the first neighborhood in Salisbury to be designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 when the preservation movement first gained momentum in this city of vintage homes and is supported by a strong neighborhood association.
(Read the Salisbury Historic District Inventory, National Register of Historic Places here: http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/RW0052.pdf)


This home, although beautiful and stately and in one of Salisbury's most desirable neighborhoods, is not your move-in-ready structure. Formerly divided into multiple apartments, locally ordinances regulate that the home, once empty for a specified amount of time, must be converted to its original single-family stature. This is no small task, especially when the home had suffered some periods of neglect. Fortunately, some have the vision to see what a home like this can become, especially in a neighborhood of this quality. The new owners closed on the home mid-September 2018.

Buying a ‘fixer-upper’ is a romantic proposition. Anyone who appreciates a good antique can understand the nostalgic appeal of a vintage home whose walls are filled with history. Older homes have amazing character traits and historical features that most new homes simply do not have. The custom, hand-crafted qualities of an older home usually mean long-lasting value and a durable structure that one cannot find now-a-days. Most of today’s builders do not take the time to dove-tail wooden joints, or hand-scrape large wooden ceiling beams. These are the qualities that make us fall in love with a historic home.


Older homes have character that’s hard to buy: Wide-plank wood floors, solid wood craftsman doors, wrap around front porches … the list of reasons to love an elderly home could go on forever. To a certain extent, you can replicate these characteristics into a newly built home, hiring a custom builder that can build homes that are full of character, allowing you to forgo all the unseen repairs of an older relic. However, a new home usually comes with a young neighborhood that is still developing, which means no massive century-old trees in the front yard, and unpredictable neighborhood developments. A tree-lined street and quaint neighborhood do not happen overnight, hence the appeal of older neighborhoods where everything is already in place and established.

There is a reason that older homes are still standing — they were built to last. (Adapted from '10 Things Nobody Tells You about Buying an Older Home', Shelley Little, June 17, 2014, Freshome's Very Best / Moving, https://freshome.com/2014/06/17/10-things-nobody-tells-buying-older-home/)

When you are ready to sell your vintage home, or you're ready to purchase the antique home of your dreams, give Salisbury NC real estate agent Greg Rapp a call: 704.213.6846. Recognized as the area's premier specialist on the sale of historic homes, Greg will help you through every step of the transaction, whether buying or selling. Let's make your vintage home sale a reality!








Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 
www.realestatesalisbury.net 





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September 04, 2018

Country Living Near the City - The Best of Both Worlds - FOR SALE!


Between the City of Salisbury, hopping with shopping, restaurants, and night life, and the waves of High Rock Lake lapping the shores, is a stretch of road that rapidly evolves from the bustle of this small city to rolling countryside. Along Stokes Ferry Road, which takes you from the small city of Salisbury out to rural landscape, High Rock Lake and beyond, you'll find this perfect single-story 3-bedroom/2-bath brick home for sale on over half an acre of property. And now, this home can be yours for just $125,000!

Welcome to 4060 Stokes Ferry Road, listed for sale with Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty.


Up a concrete drive, this well-kept, 1,378 square-foot brick home is set back from the road in a deep .63 acre yard lush with rose bushes and backed by a deep woods for privacy! Enjoy the depth and beauty of the yard from a rocking chair front porch or the nice rear deck overlooking the property.



The tiled-floor kitchen is flush with cabinets in a warm honey-pine, and the adjoining breakfast room is awash with sunlight.



4060 Stokes Ferry Road has a new roof installed in 2016. A garage has been converted to extra living space. And you'll find plenty of closet space in this solid home. For more storage, you'll appreciate the small outbuilding for storing lawnmowers and garden tools.


When you make 4060 Stokes Ferry Road your home, you will be close to all the amenities the City of Salisbury has to offer, but far enough away to enjoy Carolina-blue skies and the country life. Dunn's Mountain Park is just around the corner (you've just got to check out the view!!), and the recreation areas along High Rock Lake and Tuckertown Reservoir are just up the road.



Let Realtor® Greg Rapp show you how nice it will be when 4060 Stokes Ferry Road is your home! Call or text 704.213.6846 today for a showing. 


4060 Stokes Ferry Road
Salisbury NC 28146
CMLS#3410607
$125,000







Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 
www.realestatesalisbury.net 




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September 03, 2018

Iconic Victorian ca. 1909 Home ~ Can Be Yours!

If you love soaring ceilings, turrets, sweeping wrap-around porches, and long, tall windows, you're going to fall head-over-heels for this Spencer, North Carolina Victorian home listed For Sale with Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty. The inside of this massive Victorian home (4,922 square feet!) is chock full of all the things we love about old houses: hardwood floors, French doors, fireplaces with original mantels, and chair rails. This solid ca.1909 Victorian at 500 S. Carolina Avenue has it all! 

Welcome to the J.R. Chapman House.

Spencer, North Carolina holds the largest contiguous National Historic District in the country. In addition to an expansive collection of vintage homes up and down its avenues, Spencer is home to the wonderful North Carolina Transportation Museum. Spencer’s Historic District reflects the wealth that the birth of the railroad brought, and is a unique example of a railroad town from the latter part of the Gilded Age. Great time and detail were put into building each house and these dwellings represent a historic era when the railroad industry was America’s moneymaking powerhouse.

Set with its narrow side to Carolina Avenue, its rounded veranda facing the corner, and broader facade with its fabulous projecting bay to Fifth Street, this picturesque Victorian home at 500 S. Carolina Avenue is an old-house-lover's dream. The most prevalent and iconic feature of the house is the three-stage corner tower. Originally capped by a conical roof, it currently retains a bell-cast top over the pressed-tin shingled third stage. Stone lintels and sills secure all of the windows.

Ionic columns uphold the sweeping wrap-around veranda which curves at the corner; porch entries have shallow gables. Two second-story doors indicate that the porch was originally topped with a balcony. If this impressive facade is not enough to set you swooning, the interior with glistening wood floors, 12-foot ceilings, period millwork, and tall windows certainly will.



Circa 1909 J.R. Chapman House is listed on Historic National Register as "One of Spencer's most imposing Queen Anne residences". This three-story brick dwelling at 500 S. Carolina Avenue was run as a boarding house in its early years. The spacious kitchen with its robin's-egg-blue cabinetry is across the hall from a massive dining room that was surely designed to host numerable guests. A 'pass-through' can still be found across from the kitchen along the dining room wall. The granite block fireplace in this room was constructed from bricks removed from the rear of the 2-car detached garage.



Inside the front door of this impressive brick and pressed-tin home, a large formal foyer awaits, with one of the home's two staircases garnered with handsome newel posts leading to the second floor. To your right, the formal circular parlor with elegant, tall windows treats you to your first glimpse inside the turret.



A grand 8-foot-wide central hall dominates the first floor, separating the turret parlor, the main floor owner's bedroom with en suite bath, and massive dining room to one side, and kitchen, pantry, laundry room, and bath to the other.  The hallway culminates at the large enclosed porch at the rear of the home.



The 2nd Story

500 S. Carolina Avenue has a second staircase leading from the side carriage entrance; this staircase was repositioned at some point and leads not only to the second story, but on up to the HUGE, 1600+ square foot attic - a generally open space just waiting to be finished space.

There are potentially NINE bedrooms. To the rear of the second story is a room that was clearly a used as a kitchen. It and its two bedrooms across its hallway were perhaps a separate apartment at one time, accessed by the side staircase. Another spacious center hallway on the second story is practically another room of its own accord.







The Attic

We might well have been saving the best for last. Up another flight of stairs is the attic. Bigger than some homes at 1600-1800 square feet, this enormous unfinished space could evolve to be something really special. The turret section has its original flooring, while the rest of the attic is just wide open space. One 'room' appears to have been finished off. Think of what could be done with this space!!







This wonderful Spencer NC home offers a separate 2-car granite block garage and a smaller outbuilding that would serve as a wonderful workshop. There is a small utility basement, accessed from the large enclosed rear porch.



While the J.R. Chapman House has undergone refurbishments and remodeling efforts over the years ( some incongruous with its historic character), the home has kept its original personality with many intact original details throughout. This magnificent home has been well cared for but could use some more attention to really make her shine!  The tub in one of the two upstairs baths is currently not connected. The tin roof may very well be original and may need a sealant and attention at flashing points (owners recently made some roof repairs). This nearly 5,000 square-foot picturesque home is being SOLD-AS-IS, yet is move-in-ready.




An impressive vintage home of this magnitude is not for everyone, but the old-house-lover with a passion for restoration will recognize this jewel for the treasure it is and, we're betting, will be pretty excited about restoring the J.R. Chapman House. After 109 years, we're thinking the home will welcome its new owners with just as much passion! Give old-house expert Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty a call (or text) at 704.213.6846 to see this iconic grandeur in person. Make this vintage circa 1909 home YOUR home!



500 S Carolina Avenue
Spencer NC 28159
CMLS#3397192
$195,000






Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 
www.realestatesalisbury.net 




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