July 12, 2017

Live, Work, Play in Salisbury North Carolina

Here is just a snippet of some of the wonderful things that happen in Salisbury, North Carolina each month of the year! This video series, 'Salisbury Now', is composed by the City of Salisbury public communications group, and we think they do a great job!

Salisbury NOW (episode 010) from City of Salisbury, NC on Vimeo.

What the video doesn't tell you is that the cost of living, and the cost of purchasing a home here in Salisbury NC, is much lower than many surrounding cities!

An adorable vintage bungalow, with 3 bedrooms and two baths, plenty of square footage, and loads of original period details can run you into the hundreds of thousands in the Charlotte/Mooresville areas.

But here in Salisbury, the same can be as little as just UNDER $100,000 to just under $200,000.

Greg Rapp, licensed Realtor® with Wallace Realty, Salisbury's oldest and most established real estate firm, has a breadth of knowledge covering vintage homes in this area. . . as well as newer homes and subdivisions! Let's put some money BACK in your pocket when you purchase a Salisbury NC home! Then you, too, can enjoy the many and varied events hosted in Salisbury, North Carolina, each month of the year!

Greg Rapp Realtor®

June 30, 2017

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July Weekend!!!

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

June 20, 2017

This ca.1875 Home is for Sale!

Looks can be deceiving...what looks like a cute little bungalow is really over 2400 square feet of vintage home featuring a lovely center entry hall flanked by dual parlors, three sets of French doors with transom, 4 bedrooms, two full baths, and the cutest country kitchen ever! All this AND formal dining room, a family room off the kitchen, screened porch, and sun deck.  Shhhhh ~ a secret room upstairs has its own balcony overlooking the deep, fenced back yard overflowing with perennial gardens surrounding a Victorian potting cottage! Add the large 3-car garage with extra workshop area and the wrap-around front porch ~ and you can't miss!

Modern updates in this vintage home include vinyl siding (low maintenance, anyone?) and a tankless on-demand gas water heater (low utility bills, anyone?).

Let's take a look around!

Located in the Brooklyn South Square Historic district of downtown Salisbury, North Carolina...the Circa 1875 Shaver-Trexler House is close to so many of the wonderful amenities a historic downtown offers: two community theatres, unique shopping, many terrific restaurants, and downtown events such as concerts, wine tasting events, and festivals.

Call Greg Rapp to see this lovely home for yourself: (704) 213-6846. This is a whole lot of house for the money: $149,900! Reach out to Greg today and make the c. 1875 Shaver-Trexler House your home!

Salisbury, NC 28144 

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

June 07, 2017

Homes Are Selling Quickly in Rowan County, North Carolina. List with Greg Rapp!

Turn around on homes in Salisbury, North Carolina and the surrounding area are getting shorter and shorter. Gone are the days when a home would languish for years on the market. 

Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty recently listed these three homes, for example, and had them under contract in just days. Greg has more stories like these to share!

Are you ready to sell your home or property? The time is right to call Greg Rapp - (704) 213-6846. Let's do this!

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

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June 04, 2017

Restoration Buffs! Here is Your Dream House! Just $27,500!!!

Do you fantasize about renovating and living in a gorgeous vintage home?

Old house lovers are very different from the average décor enthusiast. Where a “normal” person sees a neglected pile of bricks that’s seems to be past its prime, an old house lover sees nothing but potential. Being able to see past decades of grime, peeling paint, and terrible trends is akin to having a superpower.

Here is the opportunity to put your superpower in action!

Welcome to the circa 1900 C. L. Emerson House in the North Main Historic District of Salisbury, North Carolina.

If you’re the type of person whose heartbeat quickens at the mere mention of “original details,” you’re not alone. And Realtor® Greg Rapp is the guy to talk to about historic homes such as this gem.

If the family of this home could tell you about this house, they would tell you that it used to be one of the most beautiful houses in this downtown Salisbury, North Carolina neighborhood. It was originally built about 1900 (probably earlier) and still holds all of the character of its era. Handcrafted wooden doors, original hardwood floors, a pretty staircase, and the fabulous "rocking chair porch" supported by the most unique stone pillars in all of Salisbury. The home itself needs drastic repairs, but the bones and location make this a great buy!

The circa 1900 C.L Emerson House has been in the same family until just 2016. The Emerson family donated the home at 1008 N. Main Street to the Historic Salisbury Foundation in late 2016. The foundation worked to stabilize the house and put protective covenants in place to maintain its distinctive architectural features and to preserve the association with the Emerson family. The importance of this property on North Main Historic District cannot be overstated, according to Executive Director Karen Hobson. “The renovated C. L. Emerson House will provide an important anchor to this section of North Main Street”. North Main Street acts as the northern gateway into Salisbury, and the C. L. Emerson House will be a catalyst to the continuing revitalization of the neighborhood.

The National Register of Historic Places identifies this home as "Pivotal" in the North Main district, saying:

"Built by Salisbury's first oil dealer, C. L. Emerson, this unusual two-story dwelling emphasizes the asymmetry and irregular massing so characteristic of the late Victorian period. Emerson, who delivered oil to the city's homes and businesses by horse and wagon, lived in the house until his death in the 1940s. The home was then occupied by his widow and later by his son, C. L. Emerson, Jr., and his wife Nellie, who still resides in the house. Unlike its more eclectic Victorian contemporaries, it features a steeply pitched side gable roof interrupted by a broad gable and majestic five-sided turret on the front, and gabled and hipped roof dormers at the rear. The asymmetrical first floor facade is defined by a porch supported by tall, fluted, stone pillars, found only on one other structure in the vicinity. A hint of the rich exterior ornamentation found on some of district's other Victorian dwellings is provided by circular sawn vent located high in the front and side gables and by diamond-shaped mullions which divide the upper sash of windows in the front gable and turret, as well as those windows which rise up the south elevation along the course of an interior stair."

It is of interest to note that the Register does not take into account the early renovation to the home that added extra square footage, and the upper turret that created another upstairs bedroom. A circa 1903 photo shows the home's original architectural style . . . more of a Stick-Style Victorian.  Along the way, several feet were added to the south side of the home and porch, the interesting turret was added, and the signature stone columns along the porch replaced the original turned posts and ornate brackets.

Originally built in a Stick Style Victorian circa 1900 it was later modified & enlarged by 1908 to represent a Queen Anne Style with a second story turret, full front porch & unique stone porch columns. This home retains most of its original stain grade millwork. It has unusual pierced kitchen cabinet doors that mimic the porch balustrade. The home sustained a very small electrical fire causing VERY LITTLE damage, but the home will need a complete restoration. The home appears to have newer gas heat and central AC. Located in the heart of Salisbury's North Main Historic District, 1008 N. Main Street is categorized as 'Pivotal' in the National Historic Register.

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1008 N. Main was unfortunately a rental home in recent years, and it shows in its wear and tear. You'll also find strangely placed toilets due the rental nature. The catalyst for the family's donation of the home to the Historic Salisbury Foundation was an electrical fire in the kitchen in 2016. The fire itself caused little damage, but overall neglect had already taken its toll. The C. L. Emerson House will require complete restoration.

As you enter this 117+ year old home, you find yourself in a spacious foyer or entry parlor. It is definitely a room unto itself with a corner fireplace (non-functioning at this time), and the handsome staircase to the upper floor. Original wainscoting and chair rail as well as thick wood moldings and trim bedeck this room.

French doors take you from entry to the formal living room or front parlor. This room features a striking bay windowed area overlooking the veranda. Yes, that paneling has got to go, and we're sure the drop ceilings sadly hide the original tall ceilings that would have been common to a home of this era! A wonderful turned fretwork piece remains in the large open doorway between this parlor and the next room. Original window casing molding tell remnants of the homes history. The room off the front parlor could possibly be a den or family room, yet has a closet, so could be modified as a main floor bedroom with the addition of some doors.

The dining room features the cutest little built-in china cupboard. And while you'll again find original wainscoting and trim, here is where you'll also find one of those surprise toilets! It is something of a miracle that the woodwork in this vintage home escaped painting over the decades, unlike so many others of this era, and holds its original stain!

A small electrical fire in the southwest facing kitchen caused damage to the ceiling here, but you can clearly envision what a cheerful kitchen this once was, and clearly a complete overhaul will be needed here. Look at the cutwork in the cabinet doors! It mimics the cutwork balustrade on the front porch!

A curving staircase that may have been the original path to the 2nd story is found here in the kitchen. The stairway is impassable at this time, but such a unique feature to this home! Off the kitchen is an enclosed & heated back porch/laundry room with a doorway that takes you to the large back yard.

Up the stairs, past the uniquely stacked trio of windows (part of the early addition to the home), you'll find 3 bedrooms and a full bath.

Outside, 1008 N. Main Street enjoys a prominent third-of-an-acre corner lot where the side street, W. Miller Street, slopes down to not one but two beautiful city parks: City Park and Hurley Park. Huge shade trees help keep the house cool in summer, but what appears to be two newer AC units, one for each story, remain intact. The home also appears to have newer gas heat. At this time, due to the kitchen fire, there is no functioning electricity in the home.

The circa 1900 home at 1008 N. Main Street in Salisbury is located in one of Salisbury's local historic districts, and therefore the city's Historic Preservation Commission retains oversight regarding exterior changes, repairs, or improvements. The city often offers matching Historic Preservation Grants to assist home owners in the historic districts with repairs.

The C. L. Emerson home will additionally come with Historic Salisbury Foundation protective covenants and deed restrictions.

The home is being sold "As-Is", but at $27,500 for this 2124 square-foot home . . . the price considers the work and investment needed by the right buyer who can envision its potential.

Do you fantasize about renovating and living in a gorgeous vintage home? Old house lovers ~ we know you see nothing but potential here. Call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty at (704) 213-6846 ~ and put your superpower into action!

Salisbury, NC 28144
MLS #59581
List Price: $27,500

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

May 30, 2017

Another Historic Fulton Heights Home ~ SOLD by Greg Rapp!

One of Salisbury, North Carolina's more desirable areas is the historic Fulton Heights neighborhood - a close-knit sidewalk-laced grid of homes that date between 1900 and the early 1930s, creating the ambiance and appeal of the All-American neighborhood. Realtor® Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty has built a reputation for knowing, marketing, and selling vintage and historic homes. And now, another Fulton Heights address welcomes new neighbors! Welcome to 328 Mitchell Avenue, a circa 1922 American Foursquare home on a beautiful corner lot in the center of Fulton Heights, listed with Realtor® Greg Rapp, the area's 'old-house' expert ~ and SOLD!

Stately 328 Mitchell Avenue sits on an slightly elevated double lot surrounded by handsome granite block retaining wall. The American Foursquare style was popular between 1890 and about 1935. After 1900, it was one of the most popular house styles in both rural settings and on small city lots. True to the style, this circa 1922 home is a sensible two-story home that is comfortable to live in, and aesthetically pleasing in its simplicity. The Foursquare takes its name from its simple, cubic shape and floor plan which is divided into quarters on each floor. Like the Prairie style, the Foursquare has a low pitched, hipped roof with a deep overhang.

Says the seller, "Thank you again for your help with the sale of my parent's home. This sale had many challenges and with my being out of state, I really needed someone who knew the market. You kept me updated throughout the entire process, provided invaluable feedback and advice, and persisted when things got shaky. Selling this house quickly and for the best possible price was a top priority for me and my parents. You delivered on all fronts! Thank you!"

The aesthetic beauty of historic homes is a magnet for many home buyers, as is the often unmatched architecture that has withstood the test of time. And, if you’re thinking about buying a historic home, you’ll be happy to learn additional benefits may come with the purchase of a historic property.

Many states and local governments offer tax incentives in the form of tax credits or lower interest loans for preserving and restoring historic structures. You have to qualify for this tax abatement, and while the amounts won’t make you rich, they’re still benefits you wouldn’t otherwise receive when buying a new house. The City of Salisbury often offers Historic Preservation Grants for exterior improvements to homes located within the local historic districts here. Many home owners find this financial assistance most useful for painting and repairs, and the City invests in the historic properties.

This fine Fulton Heights Historic District home is sold...but it's not too late to contact Greg Rapp with your wish list for the home of your dreams. Salisbury, North Carolina is known for its impressive inventory of historic homes. . . let Greg show you your next home! 
Call or text: (704) 213-6846!  

Thinking of selling your vintage home? Call Greg today for the area's expert in historic properties! (704) 213-6846!

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

May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day ~ from Realtor® Greg Rapp

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events to reprise the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. 

We Honor You Today

To all of our veterans
Far and near,
We thank you for your service
For all those years.

You sacrificed your time,
And some gave your life.
You preserved our freedom
By willingly paying the price.

Many of you
Were sent overseas.
You were wounded in battle
With scars and disease.

But courageous and brave
You weathered the storm.
You faced every battle
With faith and beyond.

We honor you with joy
For all that you've done.
You stood strong for our country,
For our daughters and sons.

So no one stands alone,
We walk hand in hand.
Remember, we are with you.
Together we shall stand.

We salute you today.
Hear what we say.
Let our words speak eloquently
In this special way.

On this Memorial Day,
Let us express our love and thanks
For the sacrifice you paid.
You served in honor
For many years and days,
And we will never forget
How you were strong and brave.

© Susan R. Smith | Published on May 26, 2017

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

May 28, 2017

Country Club Hills ~ A Serene Neighborhood ~ Classic Home for Sale

Let Realtor® Greg Rapp take you on a leisurely drive through the Country Club Hills neighborhood in Salisbury North Carolina, and the first thing to impress you will be the softly undulated streets lined with huge old shade trees. As you move up and down these curving and rolling, shaded avenues, your second impression will be the marvelous array of beautiful, stately homes. An opportunity to make one of these your home is here now: Welcome to 327 Camelot Drive.

327 Camelot Drive is a spacious and classic 4-bedroom home and, like many in this beautiful established neighborhood, sits deeply off the road amid a park-like wooded setting on nearly an acre lot (0.80 acre).

With nearly 2700 square feet of living space, the 2-story home at 327 Camelot Drive is surrounded by magnificent old-growth shade trees, and a bounty of flowering landscape that includes a plethora of azaleas, blooming dogwoods, ferns and hosta that is a feast for the eyes each spring season.

This traditional styled architecture provides a charming entryway with paneled walls and that sits between the formal living room and formal dining room, both large, nearly 16' x 16' rooms. Note the classic 6-over-9 mullioned windows ~ such a bright and classic touch!

Your favorite room might become the huge yet cozy den ~ an expansive room with wood box ceiling beams and oak wainscoting. A spectacular masonry wood burning fireplace features a brick hearth and handsome wall-to-wall mantel piece for displaying books and family treasures. This spacious room is the perfect gathering place, or maybe just the place for you to curl up in a chair with a book while sunlight streams over your shoulder.

The den overlooks a wonderful brick patio that again overlooks the backyard plush with foliage and greenery. The wood burning fireplace has been fitted with a Heatilator® that blows warm air through the space, a feature you will surely enjoy during the brief North Carolina winter season.

You'll note the gleaming refinished oak floors in this room, echoed throughout this Country Club Hills home. The den moldings and trim work are all unpainted wood...giving this room its distinctive Colonial feel.

The sunny kitchen is outfitted with a center island with gas cooktop and breakfast bar. A sweet bar cabinet is fitted with a small bar sink ~ perfect when entertaining! Oodles of cupboards with under-cabinet lighting, both open for display or fitted with sleek cabinet doors, provide plenty of storage! A built-in wine rack assures you'll have a stock for drop-in guests!

Just wait until you see the wonderful wood-paneled screened-in porch that sits between the kitchen and the oversized 2-car garage.

A charming brick walk takes you to this wonderful 3-season sanctuary room that provides a side-entry to the home whereupon you can enter either the kitchen or garage, or step out back to the brick patio and fenced back yard with mature plantings that bloom for 3 months through the spring..

If you park in the large attached garage . . . you walk straight through this room to the kitchen. You will love how this room offers almost year-round extra living space.

A nice surprise on the main level of this stunning home is a separate and private wing off the main living areas with a beautiful bedroom with full bath / laundry room. This room is backed by an exterior built-on shed or storage room. It would make a fairly easy remodel project to remove the wall between to expand this room to a ground-level Owner's Suite!

Let's Go Upstairs!

At the top of the staircase, a bright and airy mezzanine leads you to the 3 remaining bedrooms and upstairs full bath.

Each upper bedroom has (2) closets each!

More beautiful oak floors gleam and details such as 6-panel doors await!

Extras at 327 Camelot Drive include the spacious 24' x 24' garage with an additional 24' x 8' workshop space. The back yard has a small shed or outbuilding. The house can be cooled with a whole-house fan ~ saving on AC costs! A pull-down staircase allows attic access for more plentiful storage.

Surely, you're ready to see 327 Camelot Drive for yourself! Give Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty a call at (704) 213-6846 for a private showing of your new Colonial home in Country Club Hills in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Salisbury, NC 28144
MLS #59557
List Price: $245,000

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