April 28, 2013

Grand Vintage Circa 1925 Craftsman-Influenced Brick Home ~ A Special Find in Salisbury NC

301 MARSH STREET WEST Salisbury, NC  ~  Vintage 1925 Artisan Home ~  $350,000

You yearn for a pure aesthetic. 
Straight, uncomplicated lines. 
Hand craftsmanship. 
The color and texture of natural materials.  

Step inside the clean lines of 301 Marsh Street.

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Every once and a while, a fine house that sets itself apart from its peers arrives on the market. Solid and well-built, this beautiful home is almost 100 years old and is ready for the next 100! 301 Marsh Street is not a run-of-the-mill home of the period. You can tell by its fine appointments that it was built by artisans, offering all the simple style of the Arts and Crafts movement, created in exacting detail in a large, light-filled home. So whether you're a stickler for authenticity or just appreciate the beauty of this unfettered d├ęcor, you can achieve true craftsman style living at 301 Marsh Street, Salisbury, North Carolina.

This spectacular all brick circa 1925 home in the heart of the West Square Historic District in Salisbury NC is masterful blend of Arts & Crafts styling and Four-Square architecture, with influences of each making this specimen home a rare treasure. The Arts and Crafts movement of the 19th century spawned the Craftsman style home in the early 20th Century, resulting in comfortable and easily distinguished homes such as this one right here in Salisbury North Carolina.

The “Craftsman” in the Craftsman Style name reflects not only a love for the design of the home, but more fundamentally, a standard of quality and sustainability. Many of this Marsh Street home’s features are typical of Craftsman homes. The home retains original leaded glass, artisan woodwork, and features a marvelous collection of French doors throughout the main floor.

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Symmetry and Grand Craftsman Style 
 
How do you recognize the Craftsman style? Does it have a big front porch with wide supporting columns? Does it have several different styles of wood, brick, or stone? Is it light and bright, with plenty of windows to let in natural light? Does it have an open floor plan that oozes an open welcome? The fine vintage 1925 brick home at 301 Marsh Street offers these many features to its new owners. 

301 Marsh Street is a premium example of the Arts and Crafts sturdy, massive construction. The home is a grand showpiece, with spacious rooms, wide doorways and a shady front porch that begs to be a favorite summer space. The home can comfortably hold a number of people, with a dining room big enough to comfortably seat a large guest list. With more than 3,500 square feet, the home is a great family home, with plenty of room for work, play, studying, or togetherness. 

Formal symmetry creates a grand effect in both the exterior and interior of this two-story home. The superb layout ideally balances privacy and easy socializing. The home features elegantly simple lines, airy sunlight-filled rooms, low-maintenance construction, incredible view windows, a custom hearth, and beautiful finishes throughout. 


Through the multi-paned front door, you will enter a small vestibule, and from there through a leaded, glass door to the Great Room or living room. To the right, the windowed dining room through its French doors is set for elegant entertaining. To the left, the original fireplace with its finely crafted artisan mantelpiece and black tile firebox and hearth is the focal point of the Great Room, and another set of French doors highlight the entry to the adjoining sunroom that offers a cozy private retreat.  

Natural light streams in through the triple bank of paned windows in the Great Room and the adjacent sunroom’s multiple windows and doors. Through yet another set of French doors, a soaring center hallway with majestic staircase bisects the home. 

A very large downstairs den, painted a rich green typical of the Arts and Crafts palette, is adjacent to a small playroom at the back of the home. 



Breakfast Room or Butlers Pantry
The home features not one, but TWO butler’s pantries: One butler’s pantry that measures approximately 10’ x 10’, and in typical Craftsman style, is outfitted with a built in side bar. This large butler's area serves as a breakfast room and as a pass-through to the dining room. The second pantry is designed as a small hallway from the breakfast room to the main central and includes large built in hutch that provides plenty of storage for china, linens, and other wares. The laundry area is conveniently located off the kitchen. 
Butler's Pantry #2

The updated kitchen features tiled back-splash, stainless appliances with its Viking 4-burner gas range, oodles of cabinet space, and is complemented by a pass~through to the dining room. This very pleasant built-in pass~through window to the dining room allows the family chef to enjoy the view through the window alcove to the breakfast room, never cut off from guests.



A favorite spot will be the 15 x 9 foot sunroom with its ochre-tiled wallpapered walls and two pairs of French doors, one leading out to the large (over 550 square feet!) covered front porch with its brick and granite features and terracotta, quarry-tile flooring. A grand portico, although sized for a single automobile, aligns this grand covered space with granite stairs leading to the porch, easing transport of groceries from the car to the pantry. In addition to the front porch on the main floor, there is a small, screened sleeping porch at the back of the house, and a back patio for entertaining or dining al fresco. The back yard is fenced, with a giant oak tree as its central focal point. This oak tree, judged by its sheer enormity, may be older than the home! 

The master bedroom features a spacious walk-in closet, and an impressive bath with its deep tile lined tub and separate tiled shower, gorgeous wallpaper, and period fixtures. Each bedroom throughout the second floor provides a welcoming sense of home. 

Master Bedroom at 301 Marsh Street ~ circa 1925




All four upstairs bedrooms feature very large closets, unusual for a home of this era, and which probably says more about the affluence of the original owner rather than typical closet design of 1925. The large first floor den could easily be converted to a main-floor master suite by converting the small adjacent playroom to a master bath. The first floor bath is currently being remodeled in period fashion. 

Location ~ Location ~ Location
 
The Hall House Museum
There are 10 historic districts in Salisbury, North Carolina. Historic preservationists added the 30-square-block area consisting of the historic Downtown and the West Square residential district to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Salisbury’s prestigious West Square historic district contains many beautiful vintage homes from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. 

The West Square additionally features homes such as the cherished Dr. Josephus Hall House . The former home of Dr. Josephus Hall, who served as the Chief Surgeon at the Salisbury Confederate Prison, is just a few blocks from 301 Marsh Street. The Hall House features an impressive collection of mid-Victorian furnishings and decorative
The Utzman~Chambers House Museum
accessories belonging to the Hall family. Dr. Hall's pardon, signed by President Andrew Johnson, hangs in the upstairs hallway. The West Square also proudly includes the the Utzman-Chambers House, at 116 S. Jackson St., a Federal townhouse that was built in 1819. Period rooms contain Hepplewhite and Chippendale furniture as well as furniture made by Rowan County craftsmen. 

The Wallace~Hambley Mansion
Many of the homes in Salisbury’s West Square have been featured in the annual October Tour of Historic Homes sponsored by the Historic Salisbury Foundation, where owners of these fine specimen homes open their doors to thousands of guests drawn to Salisbury’s rich history, architecture, and culture. The Foundation, or the HSF, has been a driving force in the strong preservation culture in Salisbury NC, recognized throughout North Carolina. 

The vintage 1925 home at 301 Marsh Street in its central location in the West Square district is within walking distance to downtown Salisbury, just minutes away from shopping, dining, arts, and culture. The West Square historic district, in addition to being recognized for its fine collection of vintage homes, is preferred by many for its tree-lined streets, excellent walkability, and strong neighborhood culture. Schools for the area are Koontz Elementary, Knox Middle School and the historic Salisbury High School.

Music at the Looking Glass Black Box Theatre
Salisbury boasts a world-class arts community: art museum, public sculpture show, art galleries, symphony, three local theater troupes, and a vibrant music scene that covers the gamut: bluegrass, folk, jazz, blues, and rock. Last but not least is the food. Salisbury's restaurants are fabulous and are made even better by their proximity to the West Square neighborhood. The new owners of 301 Marsh Street can make a day of it, spending the morning at the downtown shops and galleries, or at the local farmers market, and then spend the evening taking in a play or live music at the local wine shop.

Rich in Character ~ Steeped in History
 
301 Marsh Street
Rich in character and history, this charming artisan home in the City of Salisbury NC is the perfect place to fulfill your vision of life in a beautiful small town. 301 Marsh Street is the one of the largest vintage Craftsman style homes offered for sale now in Salisbury, North Carolina. The home, built in 1925, is truly a craftsman’s home, with exceptional quality and attention to detail throughout the home obvious in both its historic and updated aspects. The property consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, large living and dining rooms, den, breakfast room, butler’s pantry, sunroom, and spacious front porch, all within the 3,500 SF of living space. This Marsh Street home features an amazing quantity of board feet of ash moldings and finish work, oak flooring, and handcrafted mantel piece at the living room fireplace. 

This solid brick home with full basement, expansive front porch, fenced back yard, and lawn irrigation system, is located in the prestigious West Square Historic District and is a true work of art that must be seen to be appreciated. An Arts and Craft home of this scale is a rare find due to the abundance of detail and cost of finely crafted construction. The home is tied to the earth with mature foundation plantings and its warm rich brick exterior blending it into its historic surroundings. This classic Craftsman style home located on quiet tree-lined Marsh Street in Salisbury’s West Square will not disappoint the tasteful style of any buyer. 

301 Marsh Street, Salisbury NC ~ Circa 1925 Craftsman Home ~ $425K

Contact Salisbury's premier agent for vintage homes, Greg Rapp, at 704.213.6846 to see and appreciate the straight, uncomplicated lines, the hand-craftsmanship, and the color and texture of natural materials in this vintage 1925 Craftsman home. Greg will help you achieve the pure aesthetic you yearn for in your home. 

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