July 23, 2021

Gutted Grandeur? No Problem. Circa 1896 Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House SOLD ~ with Greg Rapp Realtor

It certainly isn't every day that a property this unique comes on the market....or that the average real estate agent is in a position to market something so incredibly different: A highly visual historic landmark, a potential residence situated in a largely commercial area, granite stone architecture including a two-story tower and wrap-around porch . . . and almost nothing, save for a few original details, inside.

Yes ~ and Historic Salisbury Foundation contracted with Greg Rapp, Salisbury Real Estate LLC, to sell the 3-story, circa 1896 Historic Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House in Salisbury, North Carolina in early 2021.  There does not exist a comparable sale in both years and for miles around with which to place a price on such an asset.  This grand home on nearly an acre of downtown Salisbury property, protected with City of Salisbury Landmark Status, offers solid granite walls, a separate outbuilding (the original kitchen), and nearly 5,000 square feet of gutted space! Despite the condition, many original details, remain, yet the structure will require a vast investment to return it to its former glory ~ whether eventually deemed commercial or residential. How does one come up with a 'comp' for such?

Regardless, Greg's expertise with historic and vintage properties wins again.  Today, the Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless house is sold.  AND . . the new owner has exciting plans to turn this fabulous structure into an event venue. More news on this to come . . . watch for a press release in the Salisbury Post!

Greg Rapp of Salisbury Real Estate has long been a champion of preservation and restoration in the Salisbury/Rowan community. Greg hopes that the renovation and adaptive reuse planned for this circa 1896 home will be the catalyst for more improvements along this commercial stretch of South Main Street in downtown Salisbury!

For a chance to see the Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House in person, purchase your ticket for Historic Salisbury Foundation's 46th Annual OctoberTour - the nonprofit's annual fundraiser and personal tour of historic homes and properties. Tickets and information available at www.octobertour.com or by calling the HSF office at 704.636.0103.  The house was also one of the subjects of the Ghost Guild's paranormal studies this year, and they will present their findings this year as one of the OctoberTour events!  We can't wait!

The real moral of the Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House is this:  Think ~ If Realtor® Greg Rapp can value and sell this challenging property, one that will take major commitment and investment to restore . . . think what he can do in selling YOUR property!  Schedule a listing appointment today with Salisbury Real Estate LLC today: 704.213.6846.  Let's do this!

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704 213 6846 Mobile 

July 03, 2021

Beautiful Ranch on Large Wooded Lot ~ For Sale with Greg Rapp

The Ranch-Style home never gets old! Whether your focus is the practical or the beautiful, ranch style homes are made to be forever homes. They're functional, easy to maintain and easy for most homeowners to personalize. With a low profile and accessible spaces, ranch homes have it all!

Welcome to 187 Spring Oak Drive in Salisbury, North Carolina!  This 3 bedroom/2 bath ranch home nestled in a quiet wooded has lots to offer!  Let's start with the rocking chair front porch that spans the width of this one-story 1,351 square foot home. 

The popular open-style floor plan with combo kitchen - dining - living room creates a welcoming spacious feeling, and the cook is never hidden away from guests!  And speaking of cooks:  The kitchen offers excellent work space, a pantry-style closet and a terrific work island with outlets for all your gadgets and appliances! 

The owners' suite provides a separate vanity just outside of the more 'functional' bathroom and offers a over-sized walk-in closet.

A large laundry room could double as a second pantry or will just come in handy for extra storage. 

All three bedrooms feature brand new carpeting, installed 2021!  

An expansive elevated rear deck overlooks the .65 acre wooded lot and gently sloping back yard. 

187 Spring Oak Road has been freshly painted both inside and out and has a recently installed new roof (2014) ~ with new gutters too!  The well-pump was replaced in 2018.  The property also offers a good sized 2-car garage with extra storage above, new garage doors, tracks and motors. 

As our lives change, so do the ways we use our home. Ranch style homes with bedrooms that are all on one floor offer the greatest flexibility for life style changes. Today, it may be a bedroom, but for empty nesters, it may become an office. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that sewing/craft room on the first floor? How about a formal game room or parlor once junior moves out? 

Is it time to consider a Ranch-Style home to add flexibility to YOUR life-style? If so, it's time to give Realtor® Greg Rapp / Salisbury Real Estate a call: 704.213.6846 gets it done!

187 Spring Oak Drive
Salisbury, North Carolina 28147

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704 213 6846 Mobile 

June 27, 2021

The Circa 1868 Stewart-Marsh House is For Sale!

West Square Historic District, also known as the Salisbury Historic District, is one of Salisbury, North Carolina's most prestigious neighborhoods.

When Salisbury, North Carolina was laid out as the new county seat, it was divided into four quadrants by the intersection of the primary axis of the streets now known as Innes and Main Street.  The town plan was clarified into a grid system that remains largely unaltered today.  By the middle of the 19th century, the "great western ward" had become the most fashionable residential quadrant.  In 1857, the Fayetteville Observer described the West Square as "the part of town where the best dwellings are located."  In the West Square, you'll find the circa 1868 Stewart Marsh House at 220 S. Ellis Street!  Let Realtor® Greg Rapp | Salisbury Real Estate LLC give you a tour!

The Stewart-Marsh House, built during the Reconstruction era after the Civil War, is a Federal-style 2-story frame structure three bays wide and one bay deep with a gabled roof and two exterior single-shouldered chimneys on each gabled end.  A meticulously kept brick walk leads you to the handsome one-story pedimented gabled portico that shelters the entry. 

The home offers 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Inside the front door, a center hall is flanked by the formal living room to the right and a beautiful knotty-pine walled den at the left, each with original fireplaces, mantels, & original wood floors.  

A formal dining room between the living room and kitchen streams natural light with a large window array. Our favorite spot: The screened porch off the living room offers a shady retreat with cool breezes in summer. 

The first floor fireplaces are their original soft brick. (Two upstairs fireplaces were removed at some point.) A wood-walled storage closet under the staircase still has its original lock and key.

Back through the center hall, you'll find the one and two-story additions that were built onto the rear portion of the original 4-room house over the years.  Here you'll find the kitchen with Corian counters, loads of cupboards, and an adorable breakfast nook with double banquette seating. The kitchen opens to a sitting room that was originally a porch, evident from the slope of the ceiling. This offers French doors that lead to a charming rear deck overlooking pristine gardens.  Just off this sitting room you'll find the first floor bedroom, currently used as an office, that offers the home's third full bath and dual closets. This would make a wonderful main-floor owners' suite.

A wide turned staircase  leads to a galleried landing flanked by the two upper bedrooms. Each of these bedrooms once had sleeping porches facing the sweeping back yard.  These porches have been converted to spacious bathrooms, offering a beautiful private bath for each room.

This beautiful home features many original wood floors, relatively narrow planked on the main floor and wide-planked upstairs. One of the upstairs bedrooms features its original wide wooden board ceiling. Most of the window are original 6-over-6, with almost square panes of glass.

A wide swath of undulating concrete drive leads to a cottage-style detached garage with second-story storage room, surrounded by the deep back yard resplendent with garden flowers and foliage. The garage has water and natural gas plumbed to the building (but not yet connected).

This immaculate home with many original details has been featured twice in the annual OctoberTour™ historic home tour sponsored by Historic Salisbury Foundation. The current owners have kept this vintage home in immaculate condition both inside and out and have taken great pride in preserving its historic integrity. The Stewart-Marsh House, while nestled in the desirable West Square Neighborhood, is close to many downtown amenities: library, shopping, restaurants, museums and galleries, and the City's new $12 million central park (www.BellTowerGreen.com). Call Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC to schedule an appointment to view this fine home in person.  704.213.6846: Own a piece of history!

Stewart Marsh House circa 1868
220 S. Ellis Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704 213 6846 Mobile