September 25, 2016

Fulton Heights Homes are Selling! Thanks to Greg Rapp!

The Fulton Heights Neighborhood Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina is an intact representation of a middle and upper-middle class residential neighborhood that developed in the early twentieth century.

Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty is well-known for marketing and selling houses in the historic Fulton Heights neighborhood. 


Greg's track record of repeatedly selling the largest percent of historic homes in the Salisbury NC area is demonstrated in the Fulton Heights district as well as several of the other (10) historic districts in Salisbury.

SOLD:

  • 723 Maupin Avenue
  • 511 Heilig Avenue
  • 506 Maupin Avenue
  • 602 Maupin Avenue
  • 1118 Fries Street
  • Elm Street
  • 200 Mitchell Avenue
  • 1403 S. Fulton Street
  • 629 Maupin Avenue
  • 410 Mitchell Avenue
  • 1124 Boyden Street
  • 221 Wiley Street
  • 329 Heilig Avenue
  • 427 Heilig Avenue
  • 324 Maupin Avenue
  • 501 Mitchell Avenue
  • 817 Mitchell Avenue

And now...add another to the list! 325 Mitchell Avenue: Sold by Greg Rapp!


Fulton Heights is among several neighborhoods of the period in the state that, back in the day, boasted amenities such as a streetcar system and large park area within its boundaries. The developers of the neighborhood formed the Southern Development Company and sponsored the extension of the city's existing streetcar tracks to the neighborhood in 1904.

Several streetcar suburbs emerged around the turn of the century in North Carolina's larger cities, but the streetcar line that serviced Fulton Heights in the town of Salisbury, was distinguished in that it provided direct transportation for workers commuting to the nearby Southern Railway Spencer Shops.

Though the park and the streetcar tracks have been replaced by a landscaped median, the median on Mitchell Avenue is rumored to still have the streetcar tracks beneath the surface, the neighborhood still conveys a strong sense of its origins as an early twentieth century residential suburb with its varietal collection of well-maintained housing, wide avenues and generous landscaping.


As an inducement to people to buy lots in the new Fulton Heights Neighborhood, Salisbury’s first development outside of the city’s boundaries, promoters opened Fulton Heights Park in 1906. The July 4th celebration included a sunrise salute, parade, baby show, baseball, fireworks, field sports, dancing, music and prominent speakers.  The electric streetcars made trips to the park every 15 minutes. The park ceased operation when the trolley no longer ran.


The neighborhood is laid out in grid patterned streets along which houses, rendered in nationally-popular styles, were regularly spaced within well-landscaped yards. Fulton Heights is among several neighborhoods of the period in North Carolina that boasted amenities such as a streetcar system and large park area within its boundaries. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.


325 Mitchell Avenue will be the perfect home for the young family that just purchased the dwelling. Neighborhood sidewalks are often a-bustle with families walking, exercise enthusiasts walking or jogging, dog-walkers and more.  The neighborhood  hosts events throughout the year, such as a Christmas Home Tour, Easter Egg Hunt in its Centennial Park, a Halloween Costume Contest and Parade (every child is a contest winner!), and more. A neighborhood coffee shop hosts live music on weekends. A collaborative co-working technology hub is right next door. At 10Thread, which sits in the Fulton Heights neighborhood, individuals or small businesses can rent office space, enjoy free coffee, complimentary 1 gigabit-per-second Internet speeds and free access to conference rooms.


There are plenty more opportunities to purchase (or sell!) homes in the Fulton Heights Neighborhood of Salisbury, North Carolina.

If this family-oriented neighborhood lifestyle appeals to you and you're ready for that move...contact Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846 and let him work with you to find that perfect home! Thinking of selling your Fulton Heights home? Let Greg's track record speak for itself...and help you on the way to that move!








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





September 18, 2016

The Empire Hotel in Salisbury NC is Under Contract!

The Empire Hotel in downtown Salisbury is one of the largest buildings in the four blocks known as 'The Square', and for years it has held nothing but untapped potential. In August of 2016, long-awaited announcements were made that the circa 1800s hotel was finally under contract! The City of Salisbury revealed details of the first steps toward the sale of the building in the 200 block of South Main Street, and introduced the new owner/developer.


The hotel originally opened in 1859, then known as the Boyden House, after Nathaniel Boyden, a local attorney and political figure. The building is an example of Beaux-Arts architecture, a French term meaning “fine arts,” and the style is known for being highly ornamented.

The hotel was a gathering place during the Civil War, and according to local lore, the hotel was occupied by federal officers following the Civil War, according to the building's history page on the county web site. On April 1, 1870 General Robert E. Lee and his daughter took a carriage from the Salisbury Railway Depot to the Boyden House to have breakfast.

The hotel was remodeled in the early 1900’s by Frank P. Milburn, who designed the Salisbury Depot. After extensive renovations in 1907, the name was changed to Central Hotel and then later, the Empire Hotel. There was once a domed ballroom on the top floor, and local lore suggests that there was a tunnel from the hotel to the Meroney Theatre across the street to allow famous actors, such as Charles Chaplin, to go back and forth without going outside through crowds and inclement weather. The hotel closed in 1963 after 104 years in business. (Whisenant, D., August 11, 2016, http://www.wbtv.com/story/32736179/empire-hotel-sold)



Downtown Salisbury Inc. purchased the building in 2007, and then our Great Recession hit...causing a stall in the development of this wonderful potential in the heart of downtown.

Realtor® Greg Rapp, with Wallace Realty Co. in downtown Salisbury, has been managing leasing varied retail spaces in the Empire Hotel for Downtown Salisbury Inc. for several years.  With Downtown Salisbury's budget constraints and limited maintenance on the structure, leasing these prominent spaces has been an interesting challenge.

History Preservation Partners Holding, LLC (HPPC), known for developing Loray Mill in Gastonia, now has the Empire Hotel under contract, with due diligence expected to last one year, and intends to develop the property into apartments above and street level shops. Initial plans include 29,000 square feet of retail space in the former Montgomery Ward main floor, mezzanine and basement. WOW!

While the Empire is undergoing its 'due diligence' with HPPC, retail leases are likely to be unavailable here, but if you are looking for a prime downtown location for your business, be assured that Greg Rapp can help you find it! Greg was the match that lit the flame under the award-winning Bernhardt Hardware restoration in downtown, and the catalyst for bringing the buyers to the old Stokes-Snider House, now a fabulously restored bed & breakfast.  Greg is on top of the varied grant programs that are available and more to make establishing your business in Salisbury feasible. 


Greg Rapp can make it happen for you, too!




Put this number in your phone:  (704) 213-6846 . . . and when you are ready, give Greg Rapp a call. Together, let's get your business into one of these fabulous spots in historic Downtown Salisbury!









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





September 12, 2016

Affordable Homes are Selling! Let's Make it Happen!

400 Jordan Avenue in Spencer, North Carolina is SOLD!

Not everyone is looking for the 'McMansion'! Many don't mind...and even seek out...the modest, and AFFORDABLE, home! And thanks to Greg Rapp, Realtor® in Salisbury, North Carolina, another family has a home of their own!

400 Jordan Street was a foreclosure. . . . but this doesn't mean that it was a hopeless case!

Roughly 7 million Americans lost their homes during the Great Recession. Now, seven years later, the first wave of those consumers might be ready to dip their toes back into the housing market, as their credit reports are finally clean of that negative entry. The group has been dubbed “boomerang buyers.”



400 Jordan Street is a good, solid home located on a wonderful corner lot in historic Spencer, home to the North Carolina Transportation Museum. This cute 3 bedroom/2 bath home offered a large master suite, an updated kitchen, a wonderful glassed-in sun porch and single car garage.


There are lots more AFFORDABLE homes on the market!  While it's true that many of these lower priced homes need some TLC, and some more than others, all it takes is a bit of vision and elbow grease to make these homes into beautiful and comfortable living spaces, as they originally were.  

Interested? Let's talk! Call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty ~ where there is something for everyone and everyone's budget. (704) 213-6846...put this number in your phone and call when you're ready!











 


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




September 03, 2016

Walk to Downtown Shops & Restaurants...When You Own the Queen Anne Victorian at 120 N. Jackson Street!

Own a Piece of Salisbury History!

Make 120 N. Jackson Street either your next home, or your next business locale!

Dr. John Whitehead, founder of the Whitehead-Stokes Sanatorium, in 1899 built four houses facing south in the 300 block of West Council Street in Salisbury, North Carolina. One of which is the house which was relocated to 120 North Jackson Street in 1986 ~ The John Whitehead House.  These four homes are now a designated historic district, one of 10 historic districts in the City of Salisbury.


The Shaver Rental Houses National Historic District is the smallest district in Salisbury, and it is located in the heart of the historic downtown. At the edge of neighborhoods (The West Square and the Ellis Graded School Historic neighborhoods), yet similarly at the edge of thriving businesses and the main corridor of W. Innes Street, this home is at the heartbeat of Salisbury.  The district includes only four properties, including three Queen Anne style homes on W. Council Street and the cottage at 120 N. Jackson Street. This homes represents a significant example of rental housing built in Salisbury between the 1890s and 1910 in response to the city’s tremendous growth. The house embodies the distinctive architectural features characteristic of modest Queen Anne style houses of that period, exhibiting asymmetrical massing, steeply pitched hipped roof with cross gables, one story wrap around porch and dominant front facing gables. The best part?  T
he circa 1899, single-story Queen Anne Victorian home known as The John Whitehead House at 120 North Jackson Street is FOR SALE via agent Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty (704.213.6846) ~ and for less than $130,000!


Victorian Residential Architecture

A list of Queen Anne features can be deceptive. Queen Anne architecture does not adhere to an orderly list of characteristics—the Queen refuses to be easily classified. Bay windows, balconies, stained glass, turrets, porches, brackets, and an abundance of decorative details may combine in unexpected ways.

Also, Queen Anne details can be found on less pretentious houses. In American cities, smaller working-class homes were given patterned shingles, spindle work, extensive porches, and bay windows. Many turn-of-the-century houses are in fact hybrids, combining Queen Anne motifs with features from earlier and later fashions.

The John Whitehead House is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Typical of a simple, yet well-finished one-story Queen Anne Style cottage, 120 N Jackson Street has kept much of its original integrity. It boasts a cross gabled roof and full width porch with turned posts and baluster as well as spindlework frieze.

The home, in its wonderful central downtown location, served as the offices for several years; its kitchenette and six spacious rooms make the home a perfect office setting. Yet, with minimal remodeling, The John Whitehead House can be reestablished as a residential home (it will need a full-bath installed ~ it has one half-bath currently).

Inside, 120 N. Jackson Street is handsomely detailed with molded door and window framed and reeded wainscoting throughout. The  mantels are simple but boldly detailed with a variety of molding patterns and bulls-eye ornaments. Solid four-panel doors have delicate brass hardware.


The large center hall, nearly 40 feet long by 8 feet wide, is a room unto itself, handsomely separating the front and rear portions of the home by an opening fitted with glazed French doors and a handsome spindlework lunette. It opens to the front and rear of the house. The original door with tall arched lights remains at the rear entrance but the front door was replaced in an earlier remodeling, from what might have been a simple door and window surround, characteristic of Queen Anne houses, with elaborated pediments.


This historic home looks small from the exterior, but once you step inside you'll see how spacious 2140 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 1 half-bath can be... including the adorable cubby kitchen or kitchenette ~ with its arched entry and efficient use of tiny space including built-in china cabinet and cream-colored cabinetry. And, with the sink nice and close to the stove, you don't have to haul meal preparations very far! How nice to have the sink near the window with a nice view into the small back yard.


You will love the large bay window nook in the front parlor. A similar nook can be found in the historic Stokes-Snider House, originally home to Dr. J. Ernest Stokes, one of the South’s eminent surgeons, and partner with Dr. John Whitehead, who together championed the Whitehead-Stokes Sanitorium, which grew over the years to a 60-bed hospital at the corner of North Fulton and Liberty streets. The Stokes-Snider House at 324 N. Fulton, sold by Greg Rapp, is now gloriously restored to a bed & breakfast called 'Across The Pond'. Stories passed down through time tell us that Dr. Snider's wife would sit in the 'nook' and watch for patients coming up the path!

This beautifully preserved Queen Anne can be your next home, a live-work potential right in thriving downtown Salisbury, or can be purely a home for your business. Let Greg Rapp know your vision...and make an appointment to see this piece of North Carolina history...and make it your own! (704) 213-6846.



120 N. Jackson Street
Salisbury NC 28144
$129,900
MLS#58765









 


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




August 29, 2016

The Gables | Premiere 55+ Community | Immaculate New Home for YOU!

Welcome to The Gables, Salisbury's Premiere 55+ community. Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty has just listed this immaculate home in Salisbury, North Carolina. This sweet home is only 1-year old . . .and looks brand new! There are so many wonderful features about this home, the homes in the community, and The Gables community in general! Where to start!!!


Entering this community, you'll be struck at the neat-as-a-pin texture of every home, lawn, and garden.  The home owner's association at The Gables covers lawn maintenance, and every home has an irrigation system in place in the front yards.  Concrete driveways are spotless and each home boasts pretty gardens abloom with a variety of perennials, annuals, and evergreens.


Meander through winding roads of the neighborhood to the cul-de-sac where 708 Cordova Court is waiting for you! This immaculate 1912 square-foot home features a rocking-chair front porch that leads you through to the pretty entryway foyer. Just wait until you see this pristine 1.5 story, 2-bed/2-bath home!


Relax fall and winter evenings in your spacious living room by the gas-log fireplace. Spring and summer evenings will find you on the rear patio lined with Knock-Out™ roses.


The beautiful kitchen offers tons of storage space, shining granite counters, & an arched window into the formal dining room. You'll love how the kitchen expands to the large combination breakfast/sunroom area.





The spacious Owner's Suite features a large bathroom and walk-in closet.



A sprawling 22'x11' finished Bonus Room is above the garage and could fill myriad uses, from storage to playroom to guest room!




Life at The Gables offers a low-key, low-maintenance lifestyle! The home owner's association provides yard maintenance. The Club House, located at the heart of the community, offers residents a unique opportunity to meet and network with other neighbors. And best of all....this home is move-in ready!


Are you ready for that low-key lifestyle? If so, then it's time to call Realtor® Greg Rapp. Schedule a time for Greg to walk you through your next home. All you have to do is unpack and enjoy!  Start dialing 704.213.6846 now!

708 Cordova Court
Salisbury NC 28146
MLS#59002
$221,900








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