January 12, 2022

Historic Victorian Cottage - Yours to Restore!

What could be more romantic than a Victorian cottage, shaded by magnificent trees, with its rocking chair porch and picket-fenced yard?!

The circa 1915 Cox-Rufty House, listed on National Register of Historic Places, is just that!  Welcome to 420 East Bank Street in Salisbury, North Carolina ~ a one-story late-Victorian home with a tall hipped roof, fabulous rustic stone foundation, a full-width rocking-chair front porch overlooking picket-fenced front yard, and HUGE shade trees. Swoon!

This quaint 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath in one of Salisbury NC's 10 historic districts, listed with Realtor Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC, has many original details/  Choose which way to enter: through the front door to a wide center hallway, or via the side door near your private parking area into a sunny side porch. The first things you'll notice are the original high ceilings, two original fireplaces (non-functioning) with their early 1900s mantels, the original beadboard walls, wood trim, and wood floors. 

The center hallway is flanked by two parlors ~ a very traditional floor plan for a home of this era. The parlor with the huge built-in bookcases to the right as you come through the front door has the potential to be the 3rd bedroom by closing off an old closet wall that was once removed and now serves as a walk-thru to the next bedroom. This next bedroom is technically your owner's suite with full bath. The between the deep mahogany painted parlor and dining room is the other bedroom.

The dining room, painted a brilliant peacock bluegreen (throughout!), boasts a chair rail and architectural molding trim.  Once the trim is picked out in more original paint colors, these features will be pop in this elegant room.

Adjacent to the dining room at the rear of the home is the kitchen, with soaring ceilings and newer cupboards. The kitchen exits either to a sunny side porch, or the beautiful, private, and deep fenced-in backyard. The yard is charmingly separated by a gazebo creating an outdoor room close to the house, and a wide swath of back lawn beyond. Here, you will see where landscaping will create a wonderful private oasis.

This 1,602 square foot home offers a shared driveway with a private parking area. The home is located in the Brooklyn South Square Historic District just 4 blocks from vibrant Downtown center.  Walk to the lovely Bell Tower Green center-city park, unique shops, restaurants, library, museums, art galleries, and nightlife. 

Homes within the local historic districts in Salisbury, NC fall under review by the City's Historic Preservation Commission for any exterior changes, repairs, or renovations. Refer to Local Historic Design Standards for regulation specifics, such as no vinyl siding or vinyl replacement windows. In most cases, original materials area required for any repairs or replacements.

This beautiful cottage clearly needs TLC but will be well worth the time, effort, and investment. The home is due for a new roof, interior and exterior paint, and some cosmetic work. The home at 420 E. Bank Street can easily be restored to the stunning Victorian cottage it once was. The home is being sold As-Is/No Repairs, and therefore is not FHA loan eligible. The home IS eligible for both Federal and State Historic Tax Credits, and Historic Preservation Grants for exterior work through City of Salisbury (offered annually). 

420 E Bank Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704 213 6846 Mobile 

October 21, 2021

Restored Circa 1925 Bungalow in Prestigious West Square Historic District - Salisbury NC ~ for SALE!


This opportunity is nearly like no other!  Yes, it is a circa 1925 bungalow, and 1920s bungalows can be found across the country.  But THIS outstanding 1925 Arts and Crafts is all about location, in addition to its fabulous upgrades and restoration!  Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC is offering this fine 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath home for under $300,000!  Just listen to these fabulous details . . .

Welcome to 418 W. Monroe Street, with handsome Flemish bond brick, in the heart of Salisbury's prestigious West Square Historic District. 

This beautiful Arts & Crafts home has undergone extensive restoration and renovation and is move-in-ready.  Newly fully restored and refurbished, this bungalow-style home has retained its charming vintage look on the exterior, yet the interior is fresh with both original and new crisp, contemporary details!

Before you even enter, the newly installed stamped concrete drive and parking pad is a sharp, clean addition that offers wonderful off-street parking.  

A brick path leading into the newly fenced front yard further takes you on up to everyone's favorite: the expansive rocking-chair front porch for your year-round enjoyment.

Enter through the cheerful yellow front door with handsome Arts & Crafts sidelights. Here you'll find a handsome living room to the left, with original cleanly whitewashed brick fireplace with open walls that peer into the kitchen behind.  Original, and unusual, 7-over-1 windows in the living and dining rooms offer loads of warm sunlight. 

Bright gleaming marble countertops in the kitchen create a clean glow. Here again, symmetrical open walls flank and frame the whitewashed exposed brick chimney in a stunning focal point.

A primary bedroom suite has been created on the main level, with large walk-in closet and full bath. Upstairs, 3 more bedrooms feature original 4-over-one windows and the addition of more HUGE extra closets.

The yard at a 418 W. Monroe Street is like that of a fairytale cottage, which translates to minimal upkeep!  A handsome brick courtyard at the rear of the home, surrounded by high privacy fence,may be your new favorite al fresco dining spot! 


The West Square neighborhood is one of Salisbury's (10) historic districts radiating from the center of town, and is filled with lovely sidewalks, huge shade trees, and an unbelievable collection of beautifully restored and maintained vintage homes: 418 W. Monroe Street is one of them!  The home overlooks the community's landmark Hambley-Wallace Mansion across the street, and is surrounded by other wonderfully appointed homes.

This must-see home is just 4 blocks from the public library and Salisbury's impressive new $13-million-dollar central park: The Bell Tower Green. Two more blocks and you're in the heart of the downtown with theatres, art galleries, eateries, bars, and specialty shops. Neighbors will tell you that downtown living is wonderful ~ where the sounds of church bells mark the hour, mature pin oaks shade the streets, and historic homes and buildings surround you! When you call Realtor® Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate to see this wonderful home, plan some extra time to walk the park, shop the shops, and grab a bite to eat or a craft beer from one of Salisbury's two award-winning microbreweries. You won't be disappointed!

418 W. Monroe Street is just a 1.5 miles from Interstate-85 that makes travel a cinch . . . and speaking of travel, the Amtrak depot in the Historic Salisbury Station is also just one mile away.  One hour north or south and you are in popular metropolitan areas: Charlotte, Greensboro, or Winston-Salem, yet in Salisbury you don't suffer the dense traffic that accompany these larger cities. You can visit their sports venues, museums, culture, and nightlife in a day-trip and return to the peace and quiet of Salisbury by evening!  The Blue Ridge Mountains are just a 2-hour drive, and the North Carolina coastline with its beautiful sandy beaches is a 4-or 5-hour drive.  You CAN have it all!

If you are ready for your dream home, with low maintenance exterior, brand new interior, and the ideal location in the prestigious West Square . . . the time is NOW to call Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC!  Book your private showing for 418 W. Monroe Street by calling 704.213.6846 today!

418 W. Monroe Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
CMLS #3794090

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704.213.6846 Mobile 

August 20, 2021

Victorian Cottage ~ Circa 1885 ~ For Sale & Move in Ready

This absolute charmer of a Victorian Vernacular Cottage, circa 1885, in Salisbury, North Carolina's Brooklyn South Square Historic District is move-in ready, and is perhaps the cutest home you've ever seen! And Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC, the area's expert agent representing vintage and historic homes, is the one to call: 704.213.6846 ~ but check out the details!

Welcome to 309 S. Shaver Street!

This Victorian era cottage defies cookie-cutter categorization. Although built in the Victorian architectural era, this single-story, circa 1885 cottage is cleanly designed without the embellishments of Queen Anne or other Victorian styles. Yet the design elements are there: a home framed by twin chimneys, a deep front porch with handsome pillars, the front door with its glass sidelights, long center hallway framed by symmetrical 15' x 15' front parlors, 10-foot ceilings, and many other vintage details.

This circa 1885 South Shaver Street home has the center hallway design of many single story Victorian homes, creating a wonderful open feel in the house. The rear part of the hallway may have at one time been a porch, and we love the array of windows that now let so much natural light into the generous space.  This bright central space is wide enough that we can picture a home with a computer desk and an arrangement of houseplants and greenery. The center hallway culminates in a cute little laundry room at the back of the home. Note the original plank walls!  Nothing says vintage home like 1880s plank wall material!

The mint kitchen is another bright spot in this home, with custom cabinets, gleaming wide-plank hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and a skylight streaming natural daylight into this efficient space!

The dining room off the kitchen boasts its original fireplace with brick hearth and mirrored mantel piece, one of two in the home, and original chair rail.. The second fireplace is in the front parlor across the hall. Both chimneys have been rebuilt.  You will also note the remarkable number of electrical outlets in each room, a very nice feature of the restoration of this home that brings it into 21st century modern lifestyle living!  (The front parlor could be used as a third bedroom, but has no closet.)

This super charming 2-bedroom / 2-bath (one missing its clawfoot tub) home retains lots of original details, and you will love its cheerful open feel.

The Owner's Suite has its own full private bath with lovely ceramic tile floors, plenty of storage space, and a walk-in shower.

Outside, you'll be picking your own peaches from the two peach trees in the white picket fenced front yard.  The extra deep back yard, surrounded with shade trees, is enclosed with stockade-style fencing, a great privacy screen and place for children to play or pets to run freely. This fence also clearly delineates the boundaries of the shared driveway, a common feature in the historic neighborhoods in Salisbury.

Nestled between the house and the expansive back yard is a super-cute large outbuilding or small barn that looks like it fell right out of a story book! The space between this barn and the home creates a wonderful outdoor patio room.

309 S. Shaver Street is in the Brooklyn South Square Historic District in Salisbury, NC. There is an active neighborhood association (voluntary participation) that keeps neighbors up-to-date on city happenings and creates a great communication channel for its residents.  This area of the neighborhood was the site of the infamous Civil War Prison ~ lots of history to be found here!

Brooklyn South Square is one of ten designated historic districts in Salisbury listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Like the nine other historic districts, the neighborhood is just beyond the central Historic Downtown, a historic district in and of itself.  

When you make 309 S.Shaver Street your home, you will be a hop-skip-&-jump from unique shops, farmers market, many locally owned restaurants, theaters with revolving play and musical productions, and art galleries.  Salisbury boasts a large independent book store, two local coffee shops, and a fabulous bakery with cupcakes to die for!  Purchase a bicycle at Skinny Wheels Bike Shop and take part in the community bike rides on Sunday afternoons.  Each June, grab a lawn chair and take in the free outdoor performance by the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony at the annual Pops-at-the-Post.  

So, you're looking for a super-cute historic house? A REALLY super-cute historic house? This home has been completely restored and might be just the one for you!!!!! Call Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC at 704.213.6846 to see this circa 1885 ~ move-in-ready ~ home for yourself!

Salisbury, NC 28144
CMLS #3773202

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704 213 6846 Mobile 

August 17, 2021

Circa 1910 Bungalow - Restored & Beautifully Revitalized - For Sale

This wonderful circa 1910 bungalow is newly and completely restored ~ with that new, fresh feeling ~ updated for today's lifestyles while maintaining the charm and details of the Arts & Crafts era: wide decorative trim, original mantels over three original fireplaces, beadboard wainscoting, 6.5' tall 'wavy glass' windows, and original heart pine floors, to name a few! Greg Rapp, with Salisbury Real Estate LLC, has listed this fine 4-bedroom vintage home, revitalized by One Block LLC, and it can be yours for $249,900!

Welcome to 311 Harrison Street in the Historic Chestnut Hill Neighborhood of Salisbury, North Carolina

The American Bungalow is one of the most popular residential architectural styles, and for good reasons. Over 2000 square feet of living space is one of them! But let's start outside! The exterior of this newly renovated and freshly painted home features Benjamin Moore Historical Collection paint colors in hues of sage green, warm taupe, with pale butternut gold accents. The second story gable is handsomely framed by twin chimneys.

A warmly inviting, deep L-shaped wrap-around porch creates a gracious entry, leading to the original purple-hued (yes, an historically accurate color!) front door with its beautiful wood detailing. The new porch posts, replicated to be congruous with the Arts & Crafts architectural style, feature handsome architectural detailing. 

The front entry welcomes you into the first of two spacious and sunlit front parlors with 10' ceilings and warm, beautifully refinished, heart pine floors. Beyond the beauty of the grand windows that stream loads of natural light into the parlors, each boasts its original fireplace and vintage mantels with beautiful authentic Cambridge tile hearths and surrounds. Noteworthy throughout the home is the gorgeous wide trim details painted a soothing pale taupe/grey, rather than the humdrum white we so often see.

Step through the second parlor to an amazing open-concept dining room that will stop you in your tracks! This "Insta-worthy" space features marvelous bay windows and the third of the home's pretty fireplaces, space fabulously flowing through a large opening into the chef's kitchen that WOWs with its gorgeous swirled black & white granite counters, an expansive work peninsula, and a handsome custom-made, reclaimed-pine stove hood — all bathed in scads of natural light. Where a pantry was removed in the kitchen, you can see the original footprint in the gleaming wood floors. Original beadboard wainscotingnarrow vertical planks of traditional tongue and groove paneling, compliments the freshly painted walls, while striking clean-lined lighting sets the mood.

An original rear porch has been enclosed to create a wonderful laundry room with salvaged period-correct heart pine floors from Virginia. 'New' historic exterior windows are additionally period correct, obtained from Historic Salisbury Foundation Ice House, the non-profit's salvage store offering historic architectural pieces. Many original exterior details remain in this new room, including the original exterior siding and a formerly exterior window that would have been overlooking the porch. A new half-bath was added here in the center hall.

The gracious first floor Owner's Suite is another spacious, light-filled space that includes a huge bedroom with its own fabulous walk-in closet and a private bath with marble and subway-tile shower and beautiful tile flooring.

And how much do we love the vintage swing window in this bath!

Owners have their own access to the porch, and another of the 
home's original fireplaces can be found here. What an oasis!

Follow the staircase up, with its original handrails and balustrade, to find the home's three upper bedrooms. Each bedroom offers their original closet with beadboard interiors. 

A newly installed 2nd story full bath conjoins the hall and an upstairs 2nd Owners Suite, and continues the home's theme of subway-tile tub surround and beautiful vanity and fixtures. The second smaller owner's bedroom suite offers a larger original walk-in closet. The front bedroom offers a fantastic array of triple windows overlooking the Chestnut Hill neighborhood park. 

All the baths in the home feature furniture-style vanities w/marble tops and high-end light fixtures ~ not your big-box-store everyday variety!

The beautiful new elevated wood deck overlooking the richly deep, nearly 200' backyard will be your new favorite al fresca dining area!  The rear yard offers some rare privacy with its border of mature shade trees. 

The unusual pie-wedge shaped yard offers loads of room for gardens, workshop or 'she-shed', play areas, and then some!  Let your imagination bloom in this wonderful green-space!

With this top-to-bottom restoration comes all new plumbing, electrical systems, and HVAC. A new roof was installed prior to this renovation in approximately 2017.  The home is SPARKLING clean with every surface, inside and out, freshly painted.

311 W. Harrison Street is located in the historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood that borders the prestigious West Square Historic District and Historic Downtown ~ rich with coffee shops, public library, independent bookstore, community theatre, unique shopping, and over 20 restaurants. Two local microbreweries and lots of local nightlife create a vibrant downtown just blocks from Harrison Street. The Bell Tower Green, Salisbury’s beautiful new center-city public park is nearby! 

If you love the style, charm, and detail of a turn of the century home, but are intimidated by the level of work a restoration entails . . . this is the home for YOU.  The work is done, and this circa 1910 house is like a sparkling new home. To see for yourself, give Realtor® Greg Rapp a call: 704.213.6846.  Make 311 W. Harrison Street yours!

311 W. Harrison Street 
Salisbury, NC 28144 
CMLS #3774658 

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704.213.6846 Mobile