June 03, 2021

Everyone's Favorite: The Bungalow ~ SOLD by Greg Rapp | Salisbury Real Estate LLC

The Arts & Crafts Bungalow is the one home architecture design that has stood the test of time, and adapts itself to nearly all lifestyles and demographics!  Spacious rooms, high ceilings, deep verandas, and fireplaces!  This beautiful 1923 Craftsman-Style bungalow on North Fulton Street in Salisbury, North Carolina is no exception!

Realtor Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC spotted this home that originally needed a bit of TLC, and contacted a local investor who purchased and refurbished it from top to bottom!

705 N. Fulton Street, with three bedrooms, 2 baths, and over 1500 square feet now sports a new roof, all new electrical service, and a new kitchen. The original floors were intact but are now beautifully refinished.  The deep rocking chair front porch has new flooring, and a beautiful new wood deck overlooks the expanse of back yard.  A HUGE basement presents a newly poured concrete floor throughout.  Original windows overlook the other vintage homes along Fulton Street. The home is close to parks and walking trails, as well as the downtown area of Salisbury, filled with unique shops, galleries, public library, theaters, and breweries.

And today . . . this fine specimen of a historic Arts & Crafts home has a new owner, who says, "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. -C.S. Lewis. Cheers to this new adventure! I couldn’t have done this without my friends or Greg Rapp, hands down the best realtor I’ve ever worked with!"

Because Greg Rapp is so well connected to local investors and the buyer/seller market in this area, he was able to match a buyer to the seller through this pipeline before the house was ever publicly listed.

Are you ready for quick turnaround on YOUR property?  Call Greg at 704.213.6846....the area's expert on vintage and historic homes.

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705 N. Fulton Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
CMLS #3746597
$187,000  SOLD!!

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704 213 6846 Mobile 

May 20, 2021

Unique Circa 1925 Artist's Bungalow Sold!

Nestled into an idyllic corner of the North Main Historic District of Salisbury, North Carolina, sits a unique circa 1925 Arts & Crafts bungalow.  From the front facade, elevated from the sidewalk with a small set of brick steps, the home resembles many another bungalow with its shutter windows, azaleas and rose bushes, and gracious rocking chair porch with stately columns. But 120 E Miller Street has a surprise within! 

In 1960, a pair of sisters owned the now 2284 square-foot J. E. Blalock House.  It came to be so spacious as the sisters essentially added a second home abutted to the original Miller Street bungalow.  Unlike the common duplex, each sister had their own 'apartment', but living spaces flow from one to the other, not divided by separating walls. So, yes, two kitchens, two living rooms, two baths, and four bedrooms, seamlessly flowing from one to the other with a long stretch of sunlit windows.

In recent years, the reclusive artist Kenneth Koskela lived in the home, using the second apartment as studio and workspace, surrounded by a massive library of art, architecture, and history books, and a plethora of art supplies.

Realtor® Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC listed the historic J. E. Blalock House, with its beautiful heart of pine floors and Craftsman features like the matching windows besides the fireplace in the living room, the unique window styling for a buffet in the dining room and the original circa 1930s kitchen cabinets, on April 10th. . . and this unique dwelling was under contract by April 14th.  Yes, it needed TLC but buyers saw the potential here in this striking home. Today, new owners move into this historic home!

The J. E. Blalock house is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts and is located in Salisbury's North Main Historic District directly behind the historic ca. 1799 John Steele House on what was once the Lombardy Plantation.  Changes to the exterior must be approved by the City of Salisbury's Historic Preservation Commission.  

So many homes in Salisbury, North Carolina ~ particularly in the (10) historic districts that radiate from the center of town, are located close to a variety of amenities including public library, art gallery, two breweries, multiple restaurants, theaters, and boutique shops.  And when you list your home with Greg Rapp / Salisbury Real Estate ~ you have the advantage of a a real estate agent who KNOWS THE AREA and can share with your potential buyers the beauty and benefits of living in Salisbury NC! Call Greg today to list YOUR home:  704.213.6846  

Homes are selling lightning fast ~ use the agent who can maneuver the process in step with the speed you need!  GREG RAPP | SALISBURY REAL ESTATE LLC | 704.213.6846

120 E Miller Street
Salisbury NC 28144-3616
$129,000  SOLD!!!

Greg Rapp 
704.213.6846 | GregRappRealtor@gmail.com

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February 26, 2021

Circa 1897 Second Empire Granite Castle for SALE in Salisbury, NC!

The bold granite exterior. The 15 spacious rooms spread over three floors. The steep mansard slate-tiled roof, punctuated by numerous dormers. The two-story tower topped by a granite balustrade. The handsome structure in back that was the original kitchen. Long a conversation piece for both its majesty and current state, we are talking about the Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House at 619 S. Main Street.  This extremely unique property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of four important houses left on South Main Street, a once proud residential street that long ago fell victim to commercialization. And now, this circa 1897 granite block home is FOR SALE with Realtor® Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate. One of the finest homes on the market available for restoration!

This wonderful, historic 4,898 square-foot Gothic Revival granite home was home to General McCanless, who raised his family in the beauty of this home. Constructed of granite block, this property sits on one full acre along Main Street in the beautiful downtown area of Salisbury, NC. The property includes an historic cookhouse with its original working fireplace. The Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House is a unique rusticated granite-block 3-story house. Most distinctive features are its rounded tower, wraparound porch, and mansard roof with decorative slate shingles. 

The structure has been empty, and has been the victim of several attempted restorations; however, the exterior is remarkably intact. The interior integrity ranges from good to gutted, yet many features survive. 

The 1st floor front reception and parlor rooms retain their original form, including the parlor's curved walls and moldings. 

The main staircase leads to the 2nd story where there are four bedrooms and a sitting room. The front bedroom also retains its curved walls, baseboard, closet with shelving, and the mantel with its tile hearth.  The homes impressive 12-foot ceilings and much of the incredible millwork remain.  

The 3rd floor, while at first glance seems to have nothing intact, upon further examination shows to be retaining its original framing, layout, narrow wood flooring, and molded window surrounds.  There were two first-floor bathrooms, but they are now gutted.

Just to the rear of the home, the original cookhouse - or kitchen building  - retains two rooms and a central chimney and original fireplace. 

Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless was an energetic man who at his death on Jan. 27, 1920, was described in a Salisbury Evening Post obituary as “a great builder” and “doubtless identified with more enterprises than any other man of this county of any age.” Between at least 1891 and 1917, McCanless had a hand in the organization, funding and building of an extraordinary number of ventures. In addition to countless commercial endeavors, he is credited with the layout of Thomas Street and built several other houses. He macadamized some of Salisbury’s streets, and was involved with Salisbury’s streetcar system through the Salisbury Electric Light and Street Railway Co, Spencer Street Railway, and the Salisbury-Monroe Railroad. Much of the Salisbury of today is due in very large measure to Mr. McCanless’ activities and interests. Manufacturing, farming, mining, quarrying, banking and other activities owe much to his guiding hand and wisdom. 

“The Architecture of Rowan County,” by Davyd Foard Hood, describes the house as a Second Empire stone house, and it is perhaps the only domestic example of the style rendered in stone in North Carolina.

The Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House is set back from the street on a grassy, but treeless, one-acre lot.  A sidewalk separates the lot from the street right-of-way. North of the house, the lot is bordered by a tree-and shrub-planted green space lining Military Avenue. Beyond the rear of the house to the east, railroad tracks raised on an earth berm separate the National Cemetery from the properties along South Main Street. 

A two-story, stuccoed, Craftsman-style dwelling - originally the home of the McCanlesses' son, Walter - stands to the southwest across South Main Street. The home is now used commercially. To the north, west, and south of the McCanless House, South Main Street - once lined with grand one and two-story dwellings - is now populated by commercial buildings.

Ed Clement, a Historic Salsibury Foundation board member, is quoted in the Salisbury Post as saying that an engineer who examined 616 S. Main Street considers it to be structurally sound, and was impressed with the two-brick thickness of some of the walls, the wide floor joists and relatively good condition of much of the interior woodwork as well as the solid granite facing outside. The unique granite columns for the front porch are surprisingly intact, though the granite balusters are missing in a corner. However, the house needs complete rehab.

The Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House has vast potential as a commercial property ~ or can be converted to a domestic residence. It was a restaurant (Bonaparte's) in the 1980s, and was a fabric store, amongst other uses.  Most recently the property was owned by Livingstone College who planned to use the structure for their culinary school.  The structure is currently a blank slate that could be live/work space, a brewery, offices, restaurant ~ or a home ~ endless possibilities. Its size, capacity, zoning and location allow for many options.  The hope is that the house’s return to prominence can spark a revitalization on South Main Street in Salisbury.

An additional lot (Parcel 015-399A) is included in the sale [the extra lot is partially zoned as flood plain].

In June 2019, Historic Salisbury Foundation (HSF) purchased the Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House from Livingstone College.  The house was featured in the Foundation's October Tour 2020. In January of 2021, HSF entered into a three year partnership with The Ghost Guild, Inc. to explore reports of unexplained activity in and around the property. The Ghost Guild, Inc. is a registered nonprofit organization that will be investigating the Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House several times per year and present its findings as part of the Foundation's annual October Tour.

This property has local Landmark status with discounted property taxes. Property is also on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible for both federal and state tax credits if used in a commercial application or state tax credits if used as a residence. Historic Salisbury Foundation Covenants and Deed Restrictions are listed in the document section of the listing.

The Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless house is listed below tax value, and is being sold AS-IS. To see the house in person, call Greg Rapp / Salisbury Real Estate at 704-213-6846 and make a showing appointment.  Don't let this fabulous structure's rugged appearance fool you ~ it is an astounding building with superior potential ~ a diamond in the rough! 

619 South Main Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
CMLS #3710108 [commercial]
CMLS #3710299 [residential]

Greg Rapp 
Realtor® Broker
Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704 213 6846 

January 01, 2021

Circa 1900 4-Bedroom Home for Sale ~ $95,000!

What are chances of finding a 4-bedroom/2-bath home for under $100,000?  One in a million, you might say!  Yet, this circa 1900 home at 727 S. Church Street in Salisbury, North Carolina is just that ~ and on a beautiful tree lined street in the West Square Historic District, the first neighborhood in the area to receive National Register historic designation.  And Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC, the area's expert on vintage homes, has it listed for $95,000!

This 2300+ square foot home with a deep front porch and pretty multi-paned windows is freshly painted throughout the interior.  Many original details remain in this Victorian vernacular style home, such as beadboard walls and hardwood floors.  

Inside, you'll find a layout typical of a two-story home of this era: dual parlors flank the front door, each with pretty original mouldings and original fireplace surrounds and mantel pieces.

You will love the updated kitchen and baths. The kitchen offers a large island and combo dining area with built-in china cupboard.  Off the kitchen you'll find a pantry and sunny laundry room. 

The home had a new gas HVAC system installed in 2018 and a new water heater in 2019. The home is supplied with a new 200-amp electrical service and has been rewired. 

The deep, nearly quarter-acre lot provides lots of room for gardening, entertaining, or play and has a charming 20'x12' shed.

This is a wood frame house with wood siding. The "brick" appearance is asphalt shingles estimated to have been installed sometime during the 1940's-1960's. The wood exterior shingles under the asphalt siding may need some repair or replacement. 

727 S. Church Street is in close proximity to Salisbury's award winning Historic Downtown, with a large library, unique shops, over 20 restaurant choices, community theater, museums and galleries and two micro-breweries.  A central park is under construction. 

This fantastic Victorian home is listed at just $95,000!  Great home for the price ~ it will NOT linger on the market!  Call Greg Rapp today: 704.213.6846 ~ to make it YOURS! 

727 S. Church Street 
Salisbury NC 28144 

Greg Rapp 
Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704. 213. 6846  

December 25, 2020

Wishing you a joyous holiday!

Have a joyous holiday one and all!  Thank you for a wonderful year, despite our interesting times!  You're the reason I love my job!

Celebrate with me, the coming of a new year!

Warm regards,

December 01, 2020

Circa 1820 Victorian Farmhouse with 47 Acres ~ Under Contract in 41 Days ~ and SOLD!

Picture this: A private circa 1820/1902 Victorian farmstead on 47+ wooded, rolling acres in the countryside of central North Carolina, lush with native plants, and with its own stream. Picture horses grazing, and chickens pecking in the yard. Picture fall evenings on a wrap-around veranda, and lazy late summer afternoons in the hammock with a favorite read. Picture soaring ceilings, vintage fireplaces, and wide plank floors. Picture a sunroom with an abundance of plants and books for winter wiling-away the hours. Yes! The Barger Farm, with its uncomplicated luxury, is what you're envisioning...and now . . . PICTURE IT SOLD!!! Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty made this vision come to life for one lucky buyer!

Featured in 'The Architecture of Rowan County - A Catalog and History of Surviving 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Century Structures (Davyd Foard Hood), The Barger Farm at 4575 Brown Road in Mt. Ulla, North Carolina was historically a multi-acre farm, a tract of land originally owned by Lord Granville (The Granville District essentially encompassed the northern half of North Carolina, circa 1729), whose home has stood the test of time.  Greg Rapp sold this home in 41 days!

This property was not without its challenges.  
  • It's an old house!! 
  • While it came with 47 acres, the property has a Three Rivers Land Trust Conservation Easement which places restrictions on the property's use.
  • The house had previously been listed with another real estate agent for 300+ days!
The sellers said that within the 40 days it was listed with Greg Rapp, there were more showings of this fantastic property than the original listing had in nearly a year....and today it is sold!  

2-story, 3,075 square-foot Victorian on 47 acres is not for everyone, but Greg Rapp's expertise with vintage homes, and connecting with buyers, made this happen. Not only does Greg's marketing plan glean success when it comes to vintage homes, but Greg also has the expertise to traverse the sale of an older home: Understanding construction techniques that were used 100 years ago (and explaining them to inspectors and appraisers!) is part of what makes Greg successful in selling these special homes and properties.

So . . . get your phone out, and call Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty to start the wheels rolling in selling YOUR house.  It doesn't have to be a challenging Victorian for Greg to get it SOLD!  The integrated marketing plan makes the magic happen: 704.213.6846

4575 Brown Road
Mt Ulla NC 28125
CMLS #3651645
$575,000  SOLD

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

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Tudor-Style Cottage - Circa 1934 - Offers Storybook Appeal

Just wait until you see this stunning English Tudor in the desirable Fulton Heights Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina! Let Greg Rapp, Realtor with Wallace Realty, take you on a storybook adventure!

Not only is this one of the sweetest houses, with its unique Tudor styling on this popular tree-lined street with planted medians through the center ~ this circa 1935 2-story home at 502 Mitchell Avenue has just about everything going for it! Let's start with the exterior!

You can't mistake the traditional Tudor styling: A brick home with a steeply pitched roof, and a variety of tall windows, with the look of a storybook cottage. Here, all the exterior wood has been freshly repainted. A handsome brick walk leads to the off-center formal front entry, while a beautifully planted path dips to the back yard, furthering the storybook feeling . . . like you're dropping down into Alice's rabbit hole adventures in Wonderland*. This path takes you to a brick and concrete patio partially covered by pergola ~ overlooking a meandering, sloping expanse of garden and back lawn accessed by a sweet iron gate and brick staircase. Mature trees offer dappled shade in this pretty and private rear yard. Swept away yet? Let's go inside!

In the front door, you'll be impressed immediately by the gorgeous original oak flooring. The spacious living room with original brick fireplace mantel and a trio of 6-over-one windows offering loads of natural light flows through French doors into the dining room, another beautiful space with large windows.

Our favorite room, and perhaps it will be your's, is the sunroom with a wonderful skylight feature and a fabulous curved multi-paned window that uniquely opens inward ~ more storybook appeal! The east wall of this room is all more multi-paned windows and pretty exposed, painted brick.

The sunlit kitchen offers so many terrific features! New hand-hewn wood counter tops, a farmhouse sink, and an efficient layout that includes a pass-through bar to the butler's pantry that doubles as a small breakfast room with breakfast-bar seating and built-in cupboards.

Upstairs you'll find two bedrooms and a full bath and half-bath. The full bath features pretty beadboard wainscoting with chair rail, common in a home of this era, and pretty decorative tile. The owners' suite features a spacious sitting room with a charming little window seat and two cedar-lined closets. You might note vintage radiators here and there throughout the home, now disconnected, but adding to the historic charm of the home. 

But wait...we are not finished with our interior tour!

A walk-out basement completes your living space at 502 Mitchell Avenue! The dry basement, currently used as workshop area, could easily be converted into a 3rd bedroom. The basement doors lead out to that pretty patio.

This all-brick home has been well-maintained . . . and it shows. The home had a new roof installed in 2007 and new HVAC units in 2016. Bathrooms are both updated.

Fulton Heights is one of ten Historic Districts in Salisbury but has no HOA or rules. This popular walkable neighborhood, supported by a strong neighborhood association that hosts parties, picnics, and parades, is close in proximity to downtown Salisbury's amenities including public library, unique shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries, theaters, two micro-breweries, and the new Bell Tower Green central downtown park which is currently under construction (expected completion Spring 2021).

Are you ready to start your own storybook adventure? Call Realtor Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty ~ 704.213.6846 ~ and let's start turning the pages!

502 Mitchell Avenue
Salisbury NC 28144

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

*Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass," "The Hunting of the Snark," "Jabberwocky," and "Sylvie and Bruno."