August 06, 2018

Fabulous ca. 1920 Arts & Crafts Home in Prestigious West Square - For Sale

Picture living in Salisbury, North Carolina in the early 1900s. The electric street car is on its rollicking route to and fro from the Fulton Heights neighborhood (Salisbury's first suburb),  on out Main Street to the Spencer Shops. The Model T begins to dot the streetscapes. Horse and buggy are still carrying wares to merchants in town. Women's fashions would evolve from long hobble skirts to hemlines that gradually began to to lift to just above the ankle.

The "Great Western Ward" had already become, by the middle of the nineteenth century, the most fashionable residential quadrant in Salisbury. In 1857 E. J. Hale, senior editor of The Fayetteville Observer, described what the Salisbury Historic District, now known as The West Square, as "where the best dwellings are located" ••• a "fashionable region containing beautiful lots, and all good houses."

Between 1910 and 1930, a stunning Arts and Crafts 2 1/2-story weatherboarded home, with its crescent drive and impressive masonry and granite portico, was built on West Horah Street, just off Fulton Street.  Welcome to 319 West Horah Street in Salisbury, North Carolina, listed 'For Sale' with Realtor® Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty.



This grand 2,411 square foot vintage home, now part of the Fairmont Terrace Condominium complex, is special in that, as a condominium, it has no yard upkeep, save attractive foundation and street plantings, is close to downtown Salisbury restaurants and shopping, yet retains all the advantages of living in a spacious single-family home.  Located on a tree-lined streets in one of Salisbury's finest neighborhoods, this pristine home at 319 W. Horah underwent a comprehensive restoration in 2004 and it shows: every detail looks fabulous.... and once you step onto the property, you will sense the craftsmanship both old and new.





Step from the curved drive (the handsome crescent driveway hold two cars easily), up the solid granite steps to the spacious and semi-private front porch. This rocking chair portico features beautiful Arts & Craft architectural features such as the brick half-wall where porch rails would be, capped with heavy granite slabs. The archetypal Arts & Crafts porch supports are piers: massive wood architectural posts that are distinctively tapered from bottom to top on all four sides, springing from the top of thick stone. Pause to enjoy summer breezes on the porch swing here, or enter on the impressive original beveled glass front door lined with beveled sidelights. Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the main floor greet you, beautiful crown moldings encircle each room, while wonderfully large 8-over-1 windows let the large rooms abound in natural light.



The vast living room features the original marble-tile-clad fireplace, now outfitted for gas logs, as the focal point in the room. French doors with working transoms separate this parlor from the dining room and stair hall. Look at these oak floors!






Another door leads you to a cozy library or den with its own handsome masonry coal burning fireplace taking center stage, with its original cast-iron cover and grill.



Through the library door, you will find yourself in a stair hall bedecked with original newel posts and balustrade.  Along the wall, a Victorian sink is the only clue that a tiny lavatory is tucked under the staircase.



Your steps take you next to an expansive kitchen loaded with WOW-factors!  The modern kitchen is resplendent in blond ceramic tile floors, counter tops, and backsplash with custom decorative tile inserts. The large center work peninsula separates the chef from the breakfast room and provides ample counter and cupboard space.  Handsome cabinetry with pebbled glass fronts here and there, plate racks and storage cubbies, abound.  The gas cooktop sits beautifully amid the smooth tile surroundings. Sunlight streams from large windows with deep sills.

The side door leads to the common alley...a great place to pull up to unload groceries!



Enter from the kitchen, or through the French doors in the living room, to the spacious dining room.  Another large room with beautiful floors, crown moldings, and more 8-over-1 windows, a repeating feature in the home. (The dining hutch in the photo does not convey, but is an indicator of the grand scale of this gracious room.)



Up the beautifully refinished stairs (just look at that fabulous beadboard, and each stair tread and riser just shines!), you'll find yourself in a mezzanine from which 3 large bedrooms radiate.  The mezzanine hallway offers 3 lighted closets and a laundry, a rarity for a home of this era. Each of the bedrooms is additionally equipped with ceiling fans and closets outfitted with organizers.  One of the hall closets is a cedar closet.



Before we take you on a tour of the bedrooms, walk past the two upper baths, one lavished with white ceramic tile, a lovely white porcelain console sink, and deep vintage, cast-iron pedestal tub ~ the other with a pedestal sink and lovely stippled walls.






Then stop for a moment at the end of the hall to relax in the Florida room, just the coziest sunlit space in this grand home, featuring weatherboard walls and a tin floor.  This adorable sitting room is more than likely a now-enclosed space that was once outdoors. Walls of windows will make this a favored spot on sunny winter days.

Each of the spacious bedrooms offers the 8-over-one windows prominently featured throughout the home and more of those impeccable hardwood floors.  The room that might well be considered the master bedroom has a large walk-in closet, with a door leading to the attic stairs.



Topping the house under the hipped roof with hipped dormers is a large, clean, partially floored attic. The home at 319 W. Horah Street also has a partial basement where water heater, furnace, and electric panels reside.



While the home is technically classified as a condominium (the home has no yard, but offers pretty foundation and street plantings), it is excluded from the Fairmont Terrace condo association, therefore no condo dues. This is a stand alone home that is part of the overall condominium plat, however the home is excluded from all condominium rules and regulations and carries NO fees, and gets no maintenance or insurance coverage from the HOA. Yearly taxes are approximately $3,126.




If a gracious historic home with little to no yard maintenance, in a gracious tree-lined neighborhood, yet close to downtown art galleries, museums, and parks sounds like the lifestyle you've dreamed of, give historic house expert Greg Rapp a call for your private showing of 319 W. Horah Street.  The time is now!




319 West Horah Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
CMLS#3421094
$219,000





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