August 05, 2019

Treasure Hunting in Salisbury, North Carolina ~ Antique Shops & Antique Homes

You're buying that fabulous vintage home you've always wanted - built with character and quality that is not to be found in today's newer homes.  Generous windows, gleaming wood floors, original mantel pieces and perfect wood moldings . . . and now . . . to furnish it!

Salisbury, North Carolina is home to (10) residential historic districts, filled with vintage homes from the mid-1800s to the 1940s ~ and every residential architectural style you can name: Victorian Queen Annes, Arts & Crafts bungalows, Georgian mansions, even the grand Châteauesque stone and brick circa 1902 Hambley-Wallace House.  The area is also home to a plethora of antique and vintage shops ~ plenty to choose from ~ so that furnishing and decorating your new historic home will be not only a snap, but a joy as you tour the area for the best finds!

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Let's take that tour!

• Off Main Gallery | (704) 639-1890
East Council Street, Salisbury NC 28144

This tiny treasure trove is nestled into a sweet little shop just off North Main Street . . . one block from the Main Street/Innes Street 'Square'.  Filled to the brim with art and collectibles, the stock ever-changes as curator and local artist Clyde scours the area for the best and most interesting pieces. And when you're talking with Clyde, trust us, you'll be getting some of the best local color you'll find!

• Salisbury Emporium | (704) 642-0039 |
230 E Kerr St, Salisbury, NC 28144

The Salisbury Emporium, opened in 1993, is a collection of more than eighty-five shops and galleries located in the historic Overman-Frick Building adjacent to the iconic Salisbury Train Station. Since before World War I the Frick Company supplied sawmills, steam engines, threshers, tractors, and heavy farm equipment to Rowan County and surrounding rural areas from this building. The 15,000 square foot, 100 year old brick warehouse has been renovated and developed as retail space. Now ~  The Salisbury Emporium supplies antiques, home accessories, furniture, fine art, gifts, railroad items, military relics, books, pottery and much more from this vintage circa 1905 building, directly across the street from the popular Lee Street Theatre.

• Priscilla Clark Designs | (704) 870-8981 |
119 West Innes Street, Salisbury, NC 28144

Priscilla Clark is a Certified Interior Designer hailing originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She studied Interior Design at Dawson College in Montreal Quebec, and is a graduate of the Residential Interiors program at the University of Alberta. A former visual artist and fashion designer, Priscilla has worked as an interior designer at several independent design studios over the years, and was most recently the principal designer at Modern Relic Designs in Edmonton, Alberta. She is now the principal designer at Priscilla Clark Designs, an interior design and home décor retail shop.

A self-confessed old house nut, Priscilla has rehabilitated several historic homes, and her most recent project has been the circa 1915 Ovella White-Burton house on Wiley Avenue in Salisbury, North Carolina where she currently resides. 

Priscilla loves and practices all styles and genres of Interior Design, specializing in historic preservation and making old homes beautiful!  Her shop on W. Innes Street in Salisbury, North Carolina offers color consults, space planning, furniture and accessory sourcing and placement, home renovation, finish selections, and much, MUCH more!

• Stately Homes |  704-633-6220 |
126 North Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144

Antique store specializing in 18th and 19th century American, French, Italian, Dutch and Swedish antiques, as well as high-quality vintage furniture from manufacturers such as Baker, Kittinger and Henredon. Antiques, silver, estate jewelry, and art are here, and owner Jeff Penfil is an award-winning interior designer, offering design services through the shop. There are fine Persian and Turkish handmade rugs gracing the floors of the store, chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and original watercolor and oil paintings on the walls, all for sale...and priced to sell!

• Salisbury Antiques & Artifacts | (704) 762-9278 |
111 South Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144

Stroll back in time finding that perfect gift or fine antique/collectible you would love to have in your home in this sprawling antiques consignment shop that occupies a central location in the center of Salisbury. Enjoy a fine glass of wine, beer or soda while you explore all the treasures we have to offer!

• Happy Life Vintage Shop | (704) 213-7822
1401 Old Concord Road, Salisbury NC 28146

This fun and quirky vintage shop has such variety ~ everything from furniture, fun garden art, jewelry, clothing, and home decor ~ all priced to please! Each room in this brick bungalow turned to lovely shop has amazing little treasures. 

• Thomas Hoke Antiques Warehouse | (704) 467-3456 |
125 Lane Parkway Salisbury, NC 28146

Located just slightly to the south of Salisbury, just off the Interstate-85, this 6500 sq. ft. shop houses a fantastic collection of hand-selected antique furniture & accessories from the countrysides of England and France. Open only on Saturdays from 10:30am - 5:30pm, it's worth the short jaunt down the highway!

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When you are house-hunting with Realtor @Greg Rapp, let him share with you the benefits of living in a vintage home in one of Salisbury's historic districts - there are plenty! Call Greg today to find the home of your dreams: 704.213.6846. And then . . . enjoy your antiques shopping!

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

#OldHouseGuy #GregRappRealtor #SellingSalisbury #ListWithMe #RealEstateSalisbury #SalisburyNC #HomesForSale #LoveMyJob

August 04, 2019

Another Fantastic Vintage Home - SOLD by Greg Rapp

WOW!! We told you about this wonderful circa 1920 bungalow - listed with Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty - and offering 3,025 square feet of Arts & Crafts living space, 5 bedrooms, and 3 baths . . . and now it is SOLD!!  This gorgeous home at 200 West 14th Street, Salisbury, North Carolina is almost more Victorian than bungalow, was under contract in (14) days . . . and now has a new owner!

This beautiful vintage home sits just outside the borders of the North Main Street Historic DistrictSalisbury NC is home to (10) historic districts and the preservation culture thrives here!  So . . . just because you missed the opportunity to own this circa 1920 beauty doesn't mean there might not be another just as wonderful.  Greg Rapp, recognized as the area's premier agent for the marketing and sales of vintage and historic homes, can find you another ~ and perhaps the home of your dreams!  Call 704.213.6846 and let's get the ball rolling. 

Looking to sell your home?

Call Realtor Greg Rapp, at 704.213.6846, for your listing appointment today while the home buying season is still in full motion. (When the kids go back to school and the holidays approach, home buying considerably cools!)

200 W 14th
Street Salisbury, NC 28144
CMLS# 3517552
$214,000 SOLD

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

#GregRappRealtor #RealEstateSalisbury #OldHouseGuy #LoveMyJob #SellingSalisbury #SalisburyNC

July 31, 2019

Bungalow AND Extra Parcel ~ Under $70K!!!

WOW!  This wonderful circa 1925 bungalow AND an extra lot ~ for less than $70,000??!!  You know this doesn't come along every day!  But here it is:  209 N. Yadkin Avenue!  You'd better get on the horn right now and call Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty at 704-213-6846 and scoop up this deal!

This two-bedroom/single-bath bungalow offers a whole lot of house for 1,594 square feet! Beyond the ample front porch, the spacious living and dining rooms await, with handsome arched doorways, chair molding, and pretty wood floors.Well here it is!has your perfect investment opportunity (it is even currently rented ~ and the tenant will stay ~ if you like!). And wait...the best part??? This home is priced at just $69,000!!!

The cute country kitchen is wonderfully sunlit with lots of windows providing plentiful natural light.

This circa 1925 home at 209 N. Yadkin Avenue is a great house for starting out in home ownership, downsizing or flipping. The home's exterior has been freshly painted a handsome charcoal gray with bright white trim; the porch roof has had recent repairs, and the home was updated with a new gas furnace in 2014. This said, the home is being sold 'As-Is' (no further repairs will be completed).

But wait . . . there is more!

The adjacent lot is included with sale of the house - combined provides nearly a half acre of property (.44)! The combined tax value for the two parcels is $76,791.*

Spencer, North Carolina is home to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, just blocks from 209 N. Yadkin Avenue.  You'll love the nostalgic sounds of the steam engine whistles when they come to visit! A handsome park planned for the uptown area is soon to become a reality. Adjacent to the Town of Spencer is the City of Salisbury, with a thriving arts district, live community theater, and a downtown alive with more unique shops and restaurants. The Interstate is just a few minutes away and Salisbury is home to a historic Amtrak depot...making transportation here a snap. For recreation, High Rock Lake is just a stone's throw away.

Scoop up this wonderful house and double yard before it's too late!  At just $69,000 ~ what a deal!!!! Call or text Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 to make this home yours!

209 N. Yadkin Avenue
Spencer NC 28159
CMLS: #3510212

211 N. Yadkin Avenue*
Spencer NC 28159 
CMLS: #3510686 

*The lot is for sale independently of the house: listed at $6,500. The house will NOT be sold independently without the lot.

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

#OldHouseGuy #GregRappRealtor #RealEstateSalisbury #HomesForSale #SellingSalisbury #SpencerNC #RealEstate #ListWithMe #LoveMyJob

July 29, 2019

Circa 1897 Victorian Cottage - SOLD by Greg Rapp

If you had your eye on this sweet Victorian storybook cottage of your dreams ~ you just missed it!! Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty offered this terrific blend of old world charm and new world comfort in a sweet single-story circa 1890s farmhouse Victorian in the heart of Salisbury, North Carolina on May 2nd . . . on May 15th it was under contract, and on June 12th, this historic home belonged to new owners!

308 West Monroe Street, a 1890-1910 folk Victorian Queen Anne  is nestled between three circa 1897 sister houses in the heart of the prestigious West Square Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina. 

In the center of the Historic West Square and only blocks from the Rowan County Library and Downtown center, which is bustling with plenty of activity, 308 W. Monroe Street is a stone's throw from Salisbury's many and varied restaurants (Italian, American Bistro, Thai, and Vietnamese, to name a few!), community theaters, shops and brewery options!

Located in a Historic District overlay, this sweet home and others like it are eligible for City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Grants for exterior improvements. 

While you might have missed out on this home, Realtor® Greg Rapp is the area's expert in historic property real estate and can find your dream 'old house'.  Salisbury, North Carolina is noted for its preservation culture and a tremendous stock of historic homes . . . something for every budget!  These older homes are built with quality construction and materials that just do not exist in today's new construction. Partner with Greg Rapp and find your dream historic house!  It's as easy as dialing 704.213.6846!

AND . . . if you are an owner of an older home in the Salisbury area and thinking of selling, then it's time to give Realtor® Greg Rapp a call: 704.213.6846. Let Greg tell you the advantages of listing with the areas historic home expert . . . and the rest, as they say, will be history!

308 West Monroe Street
Salisbury NC 28144
$144,900 SOLD

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

#SellingSalisbury #HomesforSale #RealEstateSalisbury #OldHouseGuy #GregRappRealtor #ListWithMe #SalisburyNC

July 28, 2019

Patience and Perseverance have a Magical Effect

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." ~ John Quincy Adams

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world." ~ Harriet Tubman

"I have learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work." ~ George Behrendt

"Patience is the companion of wisdom." ~ Saint Augustine.

What to these word of wisdom have in common?  Patience.

If you follow Realtor Greg Rapp, you hear some pretty miraculous success stories: "Sold in 4-hours"; "Sold in 4-days"; "Sold in 4-weeks". 

But this was not the story for 418 W. Liberty Street in the Ellis Graded School Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina. And not for all the tea in China could we understand why this immaculately preserved, circa 1900 4 bedroom/2.5 bath, 3199 sf home languished on the market. Offering graciously large rooms, formal living & dining rooms, a modernized eat-in kitchen, a library, and one of the most awesome breakfast room - sun room combinations we have ever seen . . . still this Victorian home sat patiently on the the multiple listing service, sat patiently on, and even sat patiently on YouTube. But as we all know, good things come to those that wait!

At last, patience and perseverance and their magical effect win again. Greg Rapp closed the sale this month on this beautiful home with its elegant wrap-around porch gracing its front, and its spacious secluded courtyard patio the view from the sunroom. Sometimes, the 'magic', especially with vintage houses, is finding that perfect match of buyer and home. We KNOW that the historic 100+ year home is not for everyone, and that the buyer of such is often one with a passion for the character and quality that come with an 'old house'.

The sellers stuck it out with their real estate agent, and won out in the end.  

The moral of the story?  "Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance." ~ Virgil

418 W. Liberty Street
Salisbury NC 28144
$175,000  SOLD

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

July 26, 2019

Just when you think your property is TOO challenging . . .

When you specialize in ~ because you LOVE ~ vintage homes and buildings, their history and their stories, sometimes the grand Victorian mansion comes your way . . . and sometimes it's just the opposite.

Welcome to 1210 N. Main Street in Salisbury, North Carolina. The North Main Street Historic District, one of (10) districts in Salisbury, runs straight through the center of the North Main Neighborhood, affectionately known as NOMA. North Main Street is the last remaining residential corridor leading to the City of Salisbury's downtown center, and is lined with period homes representing residential architecture from 1900 through the early 1930s.

When Realtor® Greg Rapp listed 1210 N. Main Street, he knew this was one of those challenges. In rugged condition, this work-in-progress Victorian vernacular home is on record as a circa 1924 structure, although the design and other details relate strongly to an earlier date, perhaps more like 1900. With plenty - and we mean plenty - of elbow grease, this home could easily be a very nice 3 bedroom / 2 bath home and still have a large living room, kitchen and dining room. Luckily, lots of period millwork remained in the home.

This home needed a complete restoration and was being sold 'AS-IS' and, if that were not enough in the challenge department: CASH only.

BUT . . .

The reason Greg Rapp is known as the Preservation Professional and the area's Historic House Expert is demonstrated once again at 1210 N. Main Street. Listed 06/24/19, under contract 06/27/19, and closed 07/11/19 . . . this is how a real estate agent earns this type of recognition.

AND . . .

Listen to what the sellers of 1210 N. Main Street had to say (posted to

"Greg Rapp Superstar! 

I just wanted to take a minute and sing the praises of Greg Rapp! It was such a pleasure to sit back and watch someone wield a craft they have honed to perfection! If anyone knows Historic Salisbury and her homes and how to sell them it’s Greg! Our home had challenges in multiple areas and I’m sure was not the easiest he has been asked to move but Greg never had a negative word and really encouraged us to seek what we wanted. I had fears as the house next door had languished for months under another agent even though it was in better shape than ours, Greg faced it head on. Our house was under contract within 48 hours of Greg putting up his sign, I am convinced that this result was because of the way Greg works his market and has a following. If you are looking to sell OR buy in NOMA please don’t look at anyone else besides Greg Rapp."

~ Michael Canterbury, 1210 N. Main Street, Salisbury NC

AND . . . (the following thread ensued):

• Seconded!  ~ Erin Wood, NOMA North Main Neighborhood

• We have talked to him and we feel like he is exactly who we needed! Congrats on selling so quickly.  ~ Diane Peoples, NOMA North Main Neighborhood

• I would also concur!  ~ Jacqueline Millican, NOMA North Main Neighborhood

• I bought my house from Greg Rapp in 2008. He was great then and he is even greater now.  ~ Marty Martinez, Fulton Heights Neighborhood

• To add to the respect he brings, when Greg appears before City Council, his opinions are well thought-out, thorough, straight-forward, supportable, and honest.  
~ City of Salisbury City Councilperson David Post, W. Innes Street Neighborhood

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Photo: Michael Cantebury /

1210 N Main Street
Salisbury , NC 28144
$36,500 SOLD!

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

#OldHouseGuy #GregRappRealEstate #GregRappRealtor #ListWithMe #SellingSalisbury #SalisburyNC #RealEstateSalisbury #RealEstate #HomesForSale #LoveMyJob

July 24, 2019

Service Station Opportunity! Highly Visible Corridor!

The TOP-6 Reasons for you to buy this commercial building:

1.) It's on Highway 29, running from the Interstate north of the Town of Spencer, into the City of Salisbury, and on south to China Grove, Landis, Kannapolis, Concord, and ultimately Charlotte and beyond. Talk about visibility!!

2.) It's a 3-bay service station in Spencer, North Carolina! There is not another along this stretch of highway! 

3.) Travel along Highway 29 from the NC Transportation Museum to the City of Salisbury . . . and you will pass one, yes ONE, gas station.

4.) The 'As-Is' sale of this 1800+ square foot building includes all equipment: a tire machine, wheel balancer, mig welder, and exhaust pipe bender. The pumps are in working order (per owner).

5.) You have auto mechanic and shop knowledge you've been dying to use to be self employed (at last!!)? This is THE opportunity you've been waiting for!!

6.) It is offered for just $100,000!

The TOP-6 Reasons for you to call Realtor® Greg Rapp (704.213.6846) and make that purchase offer:

(See Reasons 1-6 above!!) 

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Look at this location!!!! 

(Location, Location, Location!!! And that is no echo!!)

YES - that is the NC Transportation Museum a stone's throw to the north, where literally thousands of visitors come annually for multiple events, including the extremely popular Polar Express event that is held at Christmas time, but sells OUT in October! And YES - that is the Salisbury Country Club slightly to the southwest! And if you were to zoom out . . . you would see the City of Salisbury (38,000 residents in the city, another 100,000 in the surrounding county) just 2 miles up the road! Can you imagine the traffic count? YES - this is a popular and well-traveled corridor!

This is an EXCELLENT opportunity to transform this ready-to-go and highly visible spot back into a profitable service station . . . or another highway business use! Think outside the box!

Think about this...but don't think too long! Give Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty a call: 704.213.6846 to make this commercial opportunity YOURS!

712 S Salisbury Avenue
Spencer, NC 28159

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

July 14, 2019

Refreshing Circa 1917 Arts & Crafts Bungalow in Salisbury NC

The Arts & Crafts Bungalows reflect the architectural movement of their day: All were meant to counter the excess of the Victorian period by returning to the past when handicrafts displayed the laborer’s personal involvement in the work. The results are one of America's longest standing and most popular residential architectural style. And Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty has a wonderful circa 1917 specimen for sale in Salisbury, North Carolina ~ fabulously refreshed and move-in ready!

The fabulous circa 1917 Craftsman Bungalow at 907 N. Main Street is in the heart of the North Main Historic District in Salisbury, a town known for its preservation culture and (10) historic districts!

This single story bungalow exhibits Craftsman details from outside to in. The solid granite foundation and porch pillars compliment the period correct (although freshly painted in 2015) rich earth-tone paint scheme, exemplifying the Arts & Crafts Movement. The spacious front porch provides a quiet and private, thanks to a gorgeous row of blooming crepe myrtles along the tree lawn, spot for taking in sunsets. Just look at the wonderful original period window work in this home!

The front porch leads you through the front door elegantly trimmed in handsome beveled sidelights into the living room with original built-in bookcases and fireplace with original mantel.

An elegant entry framed by matching beveled glass sidelights flows into the beautiful dining room with the signature craftsman style high windows, meant to accommodate your buffet/side=board, and original plate rail for your collectibles.

The chef will fall in love with the updated kitchen with tile backsplash and granite tops, butler's nook, and small food pantry.

The Owner's Suite offers loads of storage built-ins and a beautifully updated bath.

An enclosed back porch is set up as laundry room and back bar area that overlooks the private and picturesque back yard, where a newly installed patio features stamped concrete for year-round use.

907 N. Main Street has a detached single-car garage at the base of the shared driveway. The home received a new roof in 2015, and full new exterior paint in 2015. The deep back yard and front grounds are immaculately landscaped. This home is move-in ready!!

Located in North Main Historic District, exterior improvements to 907 N. Main Street must be approved by the City of Salisbury's Historic Preservation Commission. Grant funding is available for exterior work in historic districts. The home is just blocks from the center of the historic downtown, where restaurants, galleries, unique shopping, and nightlife thrive. The beautiful historic Amtrak train depot is just blocks to the east, and access to Interstate I-85 is about a mile away, making travel a piece of cake! Enjoy the beautiful City Park and Hurley Park just a couple of blocks to the west, bordering the neighborhood.

This darling 1900+ square-foot 3-bedroom bungalow can be YOURS! Call Realtor® Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 for your private showing today!

907 N. Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

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