May 30, 2013

117 CIRCLE DRIVE ~ Perfection and Detail ~ Just $159,000

If attention to details is what catches your eye than this home is exactly what you are looking for! This stunning Craftsman style bungalow at 117 Circle Drive is a gleaming specimen from every architectural detail to its paint colors of the circa 1924 American Arts & Crafts Movement. 

Right from the start, you are greeted at the front door with fine Craftsman woodwork in the multi-paned beveled glass door with 14-pane sidelights. In fact, the windows in this home are one of its many very special features. Many are beveled and multi-paned. For example, most rooms feature 15-over-1 paned windows ~ the kitchen features a pair of 10-over-1 windows over the sink ~ the dining room streams with light through a beautiful 18-over-1 window between two 9-over-1 sets ~ just beautiful!!


Period Craftsman features follow throughout 117 Circle Drive.The warmth of stained millwork surrounds you in both the living & dining rooms where French doors with beveled glass panes sets off the oak floors. Original built-in bookcases, again with glass panes, flank the original coal-burning fireplace in the living room, with its original planed-wood mantel piece, tiled hearth and surround, and cast-iron firebox with beautifully detailed iron summer cover. 
 


A beveled glass side door in the living room leads to the cozy brick and quarry tile front porch over looking meticulous landscaping ~ French doors lead from the living room to the dining room.


Another beveled glass door takes you from the living room to a center hallway that in turn takes, you to the 1920’s style kitchen.



The clean-lined kitchen at 117 Circle Drive features warm taupe walls, wonderful cream-colored subway tile accents, soapstone counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.A small butler’s pantry with built-in, glass-paneled hutch sits between the kitchen and dining room, creating a cozy breakfast nook.


Subway tiles are additionally featured in the hall bathroom. Subway tiles get their names from the ceramic tiles used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century. Subway tiles in Circle Drive’s kitchen and hall bath add a traditional feel to a place, and their look and quality certainly never gets old.


117 Circle Drive is a single-story, 3-bedroom home. The master bedroom contains the home’s other masonry fire place, brick with a cast-iron firebox, another non-functioning but decorative remnant of another time, a charming craftsman detail for the master suite that could be outfitted with gas logs for those cool North Carolina winter evenings. The master features wainscoting details as well. The home's second bathroom, near the master bedroom, is full of character with detailed ceramic tile design and marble counter top. 


The attention to detail in this 1924 home is impressive.Arts and Crafts detailing gives this home character. Decorative eave brackets lend architectural interest, as do the massive square brick columns with granite trim at the tiled front porch. The charming and welcoming front entry is detailed with quarry-tiled steps topped with Tuscan columns, one of the most recognizable architectural elements the world over. These Tuscan-styled columns and their timeless elegance have been featured on the work of architects and builders since ancient times. Further exterior elements adding character and functionality include the intricate brickwork, beveled glass, and the mission-style gateway and arbor to the back yard.


Inside, Arts and Crafts detailing such as the millwork wainscoting and picture rails (no nail holes!) in the living and dining rooms, several architectural built-in storage cabinets, all give this home the feel that it has been lifted right out of the early 20th century without a scratch!  Even lighting fixtures are in keeping with the Craftsman era styling.


The current owners of 117 Circle Drive enclosed a small back porch off the kitchen to create a heated and cooled office space.This space opens to a two-tiered deck with privacy trellising, where you will find panoramic views of the private, fenced back yard, the landscaping, and the cute one car garage with attached carport. 


A charming stone patio with small inset fire pit finishes off this backyard oasis. The yard is shaded with maples and magnolias in true southern style, with a mature Japanese maple the focal point in the front raised-bed landscape. Even this attention to detail is perfectly in place. 


This over 1900 square-foot home has been sensibly upgraded and well maintained over the years and it shows! The home has only had four owners, two of which were architects.117 Circle Drive is virtually maintenance free, an all brick & real stucco structure, accented with sturdy tile and granite features.The HVAC system is only a year and a half old, and the home has a newer roof.


If period Craftsman detailing in near perfect condition is your cup of tea ~ then this home at 117 Circle Drive deserves more than a passing glance. Every detail in this home has been preserved or upgraded with style and respect for the character and history of this circa 1924 Arts & Crafts home. What’s that. . . you’d like to see for yourself? Then call Salisbury real estate agent Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 to schedule your visit to your new Arts & Crafts home. The pictures don't do it justice!!


117 Circle Drive, Salisbury NC ~ c. 1924 Craftsman Bungalow ~ $159K