April 13, 2011

425 Elm Street ~ The Arts & Crafts Bungalow ~ NEW LISTING MLS 52109

During the 1920's and 30's, the Bungalow was America's favorite house. In many areas of the country, entire neighborhoods were created with Bungalow designs. At the turn of the 20th century, Bungalows became associated with the Arts & Crafts Movement. It was an idea that centered on the idea of preserving traditions of handcraftsmanship.


The 425 Elm Street Arts & Crafts bungalow is in the heart of the highly desirable Fulton Heights neighborhood in Salisbury NC with easy access to Interstate-85 with multiple choices for shopping, restaurants, employment centers and excellent schools at a great price!! Located in a historic district just minutes from downtown amenities, 425 Elm Street offers unique Arts & Crafts movement designs with a downstairs master bedroom, a large “rocking chair deep” front porch, and more.


This 1917 Arts & Crafts style Bungalow offers the features you'd expect from the time period. This 3-bedroom, 1,787 square-foot, American Craftsman bungalow typifies the common styles of the American Arts and Crafts movement, with common features to include low-pitch roof lines on a gabled or hipped roof; deeply overhanging eaves; exposed rafters or decorative brackets under the eaves; and a front porch beneath an extension of the main roof.


The Front Porch: 425 Elm Street’s most exciting feature, common to the architectural style, is the front porch beneath an extension of the main roof. Note that no matter the style of bungalow, they have one important feature in common - the bungalow porch. Bungalows have great porches. Because of the nature of design, the bungalow porch creates a sense of community. Homeowners would sit on the porch after a hard day’s work to rest and talk with neighbors and friends. There's nothing quite like sitting on a bungalow porch and watching the world go by. This 10x21 foot front porch is ideal for relaxing & entertaining.


The Butler’s Pantry with Built-in China Closet: Built-in furnishings have been a part of domestic architecture for centuries, but built-ins reached their full potential during the Arts & Crafts movement. Built-ins are much of the reason that bungalows can be compact and still "live large." These fittings are common to Craftsman houses and 425 Elm Street is no exception with its fine built-in china closet in the butler’s pantry.


Many built-ins, such as benches, bookcases, and china cabinets, were assembled in place by carpenters. (To determine if a built-in was constructed in place, check the back—a cabinet with a plaster back wall was likely built in place.) There were many options for design including art glass doors, window sashes, moldings, and the rest of a house's millwork to match. When the builder started working on the house next door, he could choose completely different built-ins and put them all into a bungalow that was otherwise identical to the neighboring one, giving it a completely different look and level of customization. This is how many bungalow neighborhoods developed; enough choices existed to make each bungalow unique.


425 Elm Street features transoms in the Living Room & Master Bedroom, and beautiful French doors leading from the Living Room to the Dining Room. There are hard wood floors throughout – the Living Room and Dining Room LR & DR have oak strip flooring. The Dining Room has unique windows for placing buffet or sideboard underneath. The bungalow’s kitchen is complete with new counter tops and cabinets in addition to the original built china closet. Special and very popular features of the large bathroom is the claw-foot tub & plenty of closet space. A large unfinished walk out basement leads to wonderful fenced back yard. The current owners did all the hard work so this charming Arts & Crafts bungalow is ready and waiting for your finishing touches.


The restoration movement over the past two decades has embraced all styles of older homes. The Bungalow, however is considered by national housing experts as the most treasured of all older homes, primarily because of its charm and unique features. To see this beautiful and affordable specimen of fine American architecture in an ideal neighborhood, contact Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846. Wallace Realty, MLS 52109