March 23, 2019

Circa 1923 McCubbins House - A Restoration Project - SOLD by Realtor Greg Rapp

Do you drive around wishing you could fix up every fixer-upper you see, restore every bygone-looking home, and salvage every old door, mantel and garden?  Realtor Greg Rapp feels your pain!

Welcome to 1013 N. Main StreetSalisbury, North Carolina. This huge, 2000+ square foot historic home had seen better days, but it had never seen a better price. This fire-damaged, restoration-ready, 2-story weatherboard Four-Square needs more than a coat of paint to bring it back to grandeur.

This 1923 home was built by the McCubbins family and was part of the early 1900s "Steelworth" neighborhood that had been carved out of the plantation property known as 'Lombardy' owned by John Steele. While the Four-Square style house was influenced by the area’s bungalows, it is predominantly Colonial Revival in style and appearance, and is just waiting to be brought back to its former glory.

When this previously beautiful and stately home sadly sustained a fire in 2016, the owner donated the home to the Historic Salisbury Foundation whose teams of restoration craftsmen have been diligently working to stabilize it.

The structure was gutted, teams rebuilt the front veranda, and added a new porch roof. All of the wood windows have been restored.

Fortunately, this well-built home is structurally sound and is ready to rock a full restoration.

This home, in its present condition, is a blank slate, and ready for upfits. Luckily, Realtor Greg Rapp, specialist in historic homes and historic preservation, found a buyer with the vision and sweat equity to grasp this fantastic opportunity to renovate one of the most imposing homes in Salisbury's North Main Historic District!

It will be exciting to see this prestigious home being returned to its former splendor!

Do you have a vintage home that you are considering selling?  Greg Rapp is your agent! If he can sell a home like this... that needs EVERYTHING...think what he can do with yours!  Call 704.213.6846 to make it happen!

1013 N. Main Street

Salisbury, NC 28144
SOLD / Greg Rapp Realtor
Wallace Realty Co.

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

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March 22, 2019

926 South Jackson Street - a Restoration and Neighborhood Revitalization Project

Revitalization and concepts of 'new urbanism' are already in full swing in the historic Chestnut Hill Neighborhood of Salisbury, North Carolina. Here is an opportunity to be a part of Chestnut Hill's revitalization with the comfort of knowing you would not be the first!  And at $26,500 . . . this is a project you can afford to take on!

New Urbanism is a development model aimed at creating diverse, walkable neighborhoods. The basic principles of New Urbanism are not new; they are based on the elements of viable urban communities that were built prior to the dominance of affordable housing can support and/or spur neighborhood reinvestment the automobile and suburban sprawl.

This urban neighborhood, just blocks from the vibrant downtown Salisbury area, is framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrates local history, ecology, and building practices. Just to the west lies the nearly 20 acres of picturesque Chestnut Hill Cemetery established in 1888 and a favorite walking trail for many today. Here you'll find the single-story 1,496 s.f. circa 1900 Victorian home on its 50' x 130' lot beside newly created neighborhood pocket park.

Welcome to 926 South Jackson Street - a Restoration and Neighborhood Revitalization Project

This home is a complete rehabilitation project and needs new wiring, new plumbing, HVAC, and repair or replacement to parts of the beautiful metal roof and trim.  The house was last a duplex before lying vacant for some time (it has the remnants of two kitchens!), and will need to be restored to a single-family residence. While this circa 1900 house appears to be solid and level there are a few soft spots in the bathroom floors and limited structural work may be required, along with roof repair or replacement.

926 S. Jackson Street from 2012 Google Photo. House on the right is now demolished.

This neighborhood is part of the essential element of sustaining the historic fabric of the Salisbury metropolis and forms an identifiable area that:
• encourages citizens to take responsibility for their neighborhood’s maintenance and evolution; 
• is compact and pedestrian friendly;
• has many activities of daily living within walking distance, and interconnected streets designed to encourage walking and reduce the number and length of car trips;
• has a broad range of housing types and price levels that help bring people of diverse ages, races, and incomes into daily interaction;
• and is along transit corridors that link neighborhoods and revitalize the urban center of Salisbury.

Sound infrastructure should not be taken for granted. Successful communities need streets and transportation; water, wastewater, and stormwater systems; open space; lighting; and utility infrastructure. All this in place in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Attracting new buyers to this cusp neighborhood will be the catalyst to the revival movement that is already taking place in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Neighbors and new homeowners are generating a sense of community among residents and establishing stability in the neighborhood for the long-term well-being and revitalization effort.

The success of any neighborhood revitalization strategy depends, in part, on the involvement of the community. Community input and involvement is key here to the current success that Chestnut Hill is experiencing. 926 S. Jackson Street is located right next to a small community pocket park - installed by neighbors and volunteers when this area of the neighborhood was the focus of the City of Salisbury's award-winning BlockWork program.

This Victorian cottage will come with Historic Salisbury Foundation Covenants and Restrictions both on the interior and exterior. Historic Covenants and Restrictions will require that any original windows and exterior wood siding, interior millwork and decorative roof ornamentation all be saved and reused. With nearly 1500 square feet and a good floor plan, there is ample space to reconfigure the home to a 3-bedroom/2-bath dwelling.

Why invest in this vintage home at 926 S. Jackson Street now?

• The influx of new homeowners to the neighborhood adds to the diversity of the neighborhood, and generates the social bonding that helps to stabilize the neighborhoods;
• The partnerships created during the redevelopment efforts are benefiting the City's future redevelopment endeavors; and
• The improvement of a highly visible neighborhood within the City limits will help maintain the City’s population and encourage individuals and families to move into the historic downtown neighborhoods.

The difference between a vision that is implemented and a vision that remains, well, just a vision, is 926 S. Jackson Street. Be the implementation! Call Realtor® Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 to be a vital part of this revitalization!

926 South Jackson Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
CMLS #3485760

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

March 10, 2019

The NC Main Street Conference is Coming to Salisbury NC

Are you interested in downtown development?

On March 12th, the North Carolina Main Street Conference comes to Salisbury NC! The annual 3-day conference, held within a different beautiful NC community each year, is open to anyone interested in learning about downtown economic development. Attendees gain knowledge from networking with other downtown enthusiasts.

Classes, panel discussions, and workshops, facilitated by an impressive lineup of downtown professionals, offer a wide array of topics to help you make the most of YOUR downtown!

After decades of sprawl and suburban dominance, U.S. cities are experiencing rebounding populations, growing employment, and new public and private sector investments in infrastructure, real estate, and place-making. Much of this revitalization can be found in downtowns. It is a welcome and long-awaited upshot of shifting demographics, household structures, and market preferences that are driving higher demand for areas that are walkable and amenity-rich.

Communities that have a high density of office, retail, and residential space find that rents are significantly higher overall, and growing faster, than those in auto-dependent suburban developments, an indication of the pent-up demand for places built for people instead of cars.

These emerging development patterns hold promise for improving accessibility, fostering increased sociability and civic engagement, and generating job growth, creativity, and innovation. Leaders in urban, suburban, and rural communities are thus understandably hungry to better understand and harness the forces behind them to benefit more people and places. They are seeking strategies that scale beyond individual lots or blocks to reinvigorate arts and creative districts, parks, Main Streets, and other economic districts.

At the NC Main Street Conference, March 12 - 14, one of the panel discussions features Brett Sturm, Restoration Specialist at North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, is called 'Living it Up Downtown'.  Brett will be presenting with Salisbury's Diane Young and Pete Bogle speaking at the NC Main Street Conference here in Salisbury on Wednesday March 13th. They will be talking about the return of residential development to historic downtown centers such as Salisbury, and how available grant programs can facilitate building upfits and renovations to foster this emerging development pattern.

The NC Annual Main Street Conference is one of the many educational offerings, provided by the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center, a division within the state's NC Department of Commerce.  Register . . . or volunteer to be a Salisbury Ambassador . . . today!

And when you are ready to make Salisbury, North Carolina your home, give downtown real estate expert Greg Rapp a call: 704.213-6846.

Join the rebound!

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

February 25, 2019

The Circa 1882 Keen-Bostian House is For Sale!

The circa 1882 Keen-Bostian House, in the Brooklyn South Square Historic District of Salisbury, North Carolina is for sale!

This historic Victorian home not only offers vintage charm, but comes with a new roof, newly painted interior, newly painted exterior trim, and a newly fenced and landscaped yard with pergola-covered deck. The three (or 4!) bedroom home is updated with TWO new HVAC units, energy efficient windows, and vinyl siding! This 2608 square foot home is eligible for City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Grants and NC Historic Tax Credits for exterior improvements. In a neighborhood known for it Civil War history (and on the Civil War Trail), the Keen-Bostian Home is within walking distance to Salisbury's award-winning downtown featuring an array of wonderful restaurants, three community theaters, museums, breweries, shops and new dog park.

Welcome to 328 East Bank Street!

The residential architecture of Brooklyn South Square is predominately Italianate, with bungalows and pre-Civil War homes in between. During the late 1880s and early 1890s, late Victorian styles began to replace the Italianate as the district's most dominant architectural style. Therefore, dwellings built during this period often exhibit an interesting combination of elements typical of both stylistic categories. An example of this combination is the Keen-Bostian House at 328 E. Bank Street built ca. 1882, with a symmetrical facade with slightly projecting two-story entrance bay, decorative brackets and porches featuring turned posts and balustrades.

328 East Bank Street is characterized by an eclectic character featuring a triple-A roof accentuated by bold decorative brackets, a symmetrical composition featuring projecting, bracketed eves, and molded lintels with swag design. This eclectic character is further enhanced by a pedimented portico with turned posts. A difference in the configurations of the first floor windows and the windows on the first floor side bays and the second floor indicates that the house may have originally been a one-story dwelling and later expanded to two-stories.

The first floor features six over six double hung windows while the first floor bays and second floor feature four over four windows. This difference may indicate that the present appearance is the result of an expansion and remodeling effort which took place about 1885 after the original one-story dwelling was built. A gambrel roofed rear section was added, according to Sanborn maps, between 1913 and 1922.

The exciting eclectic character which characterizes its exterior is continued on its interior by a combination of handsome mantels and stair.

Through the handsome French exterior front doors, with transom and arched windows, soft beige ceramic tile floor leads from the warm and welcoming foyer, which features the handsome open-string stair with massive turned newel and turned balustrade, down a wide center hall past (2) formal parlors that retain their original plank wood floors, refinished to a warm glow.

In the deep pomegranate red parlor, built-in shelves flank the original Italianate-influenced mantel with carved posts, a wide shelf supported by heavy molded brackets, and a frieze containing a round molded medallion within a keys toned arch.

In the French blue parlor, another mantel, probably dating from the early twentieth century, is characterized by a more formal appearance, featuring heavy posts and shelf and pretty Cambridge tile surround. In both parlors, wonderful matching bay windows with window seats stream natural sunlight. (One of the parlors could easily be a 4th bedroom with the addition of a closet.)

The formal dining room offers floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving as well, flanking another fireplace mantel influenced by the Victorian style, is done in a more fanciful appearance with turned posts, paneled frieze and a light shelf supported by a heavy molded bracket. Off the dining room, a sweet pergola-covered deck offers opportunities for al fresco dining.

A sophisticated kitchen glows warmly with dark wood cabinetry and black appliances.

A large built-in hutch adds extra storage and counter space.

A first floor bedroom resides along the hallway. A pretty full bath with floor-to-ceiling white ceramic tile and a first floor laundry nook complete the main level.

Up the original staircase, a sunny landing greets flanked by two beautiful bedrooms greets you. Each bedroom features original coal-burning fireplaces with streamlined mantels with simple posts, arched openings, and heavy shelves.

Outside, the current owners invested in wonderful picket fencing to surround the back yard, now landscaped with flowering shrubs, perennials and pathways. A storage shed to the rear of the property makes a fine focal point.

This wonderful Victorian home is priced under $200,000, is updated and immaculate....and ready for YOU to move in and make it your own. The time is now to call or text Realtor® Greg Rapp to see this fine home for yourself. Greg has successfully represented an unparalleled caliber of historic residential and commercial architecture and numerous properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you love the feeling of being in an older home and the history that goes with it . . . call Greg today: (704) 213-6846. The circa 1882 Keen-Bostian House at 328 East Bank Street is waiting for you!

328 E. Bank Street
Salisbury NC 28144

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

February 03, 2019

3 Weeks on the Market . . . and SOLD . . . with Greg Rapp Realtor!

This handsome blond brick and stone ranch-style home with a full basement had a lot to offer! And that is why when Realtor Greg Rapp listed 1020 W. Monroe Street in Salisbury, North Carolina, in the Livingstone College National Historic District area ~ it lasted just 3 weeks on the market, had multiple showings daily, and closed this week!

Listed on December 4th and under contract the day after Christmas Day!  That's what happens with the right real estate agent! (704) 213-6846 gets you the Salisbury area Realtor that is moving property with a unique marketing plan that gets the job done! Call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty this spring to put YOUR property on the market!

1020 W. Monroe Street has a new owner. Let's get YOUR property moved today!

Give Realtor Greg Rapp a call: (704) 213-6846.

1020 W Monroe Street
Salisbury NC 28144
CMLS #3456721

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

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