November 15, 2020

Fixer-Upper Victorian Cottage ~ circa 1900 ~ FOR SALE!

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and tackle a cute Victorian Cottage restoration?

Located in the West Square Historic District of Salisbury North Carolina, 721 S. Church Street is a single-story home in one of Salisbury's most prestigious neighborhoods. Yes, this home has suffered neglect and therefore it is the fixer-upper's dream project! Bcause of the conditin, this home is being sold AS-IS, but has SO much potential. 721 S. Church Street could easily be a three bedroom home with some minor reconfiguration. Currently, access to the third bedroom is through the bathroom, but a center hall could fix that.  Need to take a look?  Call/Text Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty! 704.213.6846.

Fixer upper houses -- a.k.a. “handyman homes” -- are distressed real estate properties that require repairs and/or remodeling. What makes fixer upper houses for sale so attractive are the asking prices, which are typically much less than traditional turnkey homes in the same area. That’s because the seller knows that the buyer will have to invest additional time and money into updating and improving a fixer upper property. And 721 S. Church Street . . . at just $45,000 . . . is no exception!

If you are considering a fixer upper as a first home, it's best to go after houses that are located in nice neighborhoods such as this one in Salisbury NC. Don't be scared off by fixer upper projects that look rugged. Often, some minor TLC can go a long way when it comes to renovating a fixer upper home. You need to be able to see past the imperfections. It’s all about condition and knowing your personal renovation budget limits.
This 1600+ SF home features a large living room and dining room. A unique vintage sawn balustrade decorates the front porch, probably original to the home. Historic Salisbury Foundation has Historic Covenants and Deed Restrictions on this home, and it is sold AS-IS. The best part about 721 S. Church Street is its location ~ its West Square Historic District neighborhood and its proximity to the vibrant center of Salisbury's award winning downtown with restaurants, public library, unique shopping boutiques, museums and galleries.

There are no definitive, fool-proof “Fixer Upper For Beginners” or “Fixer Upper For Dummies” solutions or resources. Indeed, fixer uppers have the unique ability to be total nightmares and/or absolute goldmines. We think this circa 1900 Victorian Cottage is a potential goldmine! Come be a part of the strong preservation movement in Salisbury NC! Call Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty to see (sorry ~ no sight-unseen offers are accepted!).  704.213.6846 is the number to call/text!

721 S. Church Street
Salisbury NC 28144

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

November 09, 2020

Circa 1938 Bungalow - Completely Renovated - FOR SALE!

The North Main Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina runs the length of the 600 block to the 1700 block of Main Street in a linear district ending at the Town of Spencer. North Main Street is the last remaining residential corridor leading to Salisbury's downtown district, and represents homes from the late 1800s to the 1920s in a nearly unbroken rhythm. Residents of the North Main Historic District enjoy two city parks just a few blocks away, and proximity to all the amenities downtown Salisbury has to offer: restaurants, nightlife, galleries, museums, the public library, and a plethora of unique shops and services! And now, here is your chance to live in the district and enjoy the history and the close-to-everything location! Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty is offering this charmer: A completely renovated circa 1938 bungalow in the center of the North Main Historic District. 

Welcome to 712 North Main Street! 

This single-story bungalow looks small from the outside, but inside offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Upon entering through the front door, a spacious combination living room and dining area greet you. The 1500+ square-foot home sports a brand new kitchen and new bathrooms. A large laundry room provides flex space that could be further utilizes as a home office. This is all enhanced by all new flooring/carpet and fresh paint throughout the home. A new deck off the rear of the house offers outdoor enjoyment, overlooking a deep back yard. A rocking chair porch completes the extension of outdoor living! Another plus: The home offers a new air conditioning system! 

Salisbury, North Carolina offers high-speed fiber optic broadband Internet and phone service through Hotwire / Fision, perfect for working from home! 

The North Main Historic District, as with all the local historic district designations within Salisbury, are subject to City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Historic District Guidelines for any exterior changes, repairs, or improvements. 

It's time to come see this sparkling clean bungalow and all its features!  The home is priced BELOW assessed value!  Call Greg Rapp: 704.213.6846 today!

726 N Main Street 
Salisbury NC 28144 

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

September 16, 2020

Listed on Day #1 ~ Sold on Day #2 ~ with Realtor Greg Rapp

Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty in Salisbury, North Carolina listed this "brand new" house, gift wrapped in its original shell on July 5, and on July 6th, this lovely nearly 2000 square-foot circa 1927 Craftsman farmhouse was under contract.  Today, it is SOLD!  215 S. Shaver Street is more than just renovated. This home went through a major gut-job . . . so everything, and we mean everything, is brand new, with one of the most successful blendings of old and new we've seen in a while.  No wonder, between this and Rapp's prowess at marketing vintage homes, this sold so quickly!

Welcome to 215 S. Shaver Street in Salisbury, North Carolina.

This 2-story 3-bedroom/2-bath vintage home, listed with historic home specialist Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty, is picture perfect! Gleaming paint within and without, sparkling metal roof, beautiful landscaping, enclosed in the white picket fence synonymous with the American Dream. The home has a new and totally awesome floor plan with large rooms throughout. And although this is a 1927 home . . .it's practically NEW!

The improvements were many! Where should we start? Perhaps with the brand new metal roof? Check. The brand new water heater? Check.  Brand new HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical wiring systems? Check! New kitchen and baths? Check!!! First floor owners' suite with new bath? Check, check, and CHECK!!!!! Many homes of this era are simply not insulated, but here ~ 215 S. Shaver Street has all new blown-in insulation.  And if all this were not enough, there are new ceiling fan light fixtures throughout the home.

Now, you old-house aficionados . . . don't you fret! Many original details remain! Many of the walls are the beautiful tongue and groove wainscoting, congruous to the period. Many of the original 4-over-1 windows are in place. Charming period mantel pieces remain over the three original fireplaces (non-functional). The wood floors, now beautifully refinished, are original.

We fell in love with the new open-style kitchen that overlooks the formal dining room. The kitchen is dressed in pretty tile backsplash and outfitted with new appliances. Pretty sidelights on either side of the stove that look out over the back landscape are a nice touch. A small enclosed rear porch leads to a rear deck off the kitchen.

The owners' suite on the main level offers a large walk-in closet and new bathroom with pretty tiled walk-in shower. You'll also find a new combination laundry room & half bath on the main level.

Upstairs, you'll find two bedrooms and full bathroom with an additional small open office area.

This historic Shaver Street home is loaded with curb appeal, from its deep rocking chair front porch, with its brick and architectural wood pillars, to its fresh coat of paint ~ and that handsome black metal roof! The large yard and grounds have been completely and meticulously newly landscaped, and towering mature trees offer picturesque dappled shade.

215 S. Shaver Street is located adjacent to the Brooklyn South Square Historic District, one of Salisbury's TEN historic districts. This means that surrounding homes are all from a bygone era and the neighborhood is chock-full of charm. But because this vintage home is near but not within a designated historic district, City of Salisbury Historic Design Guidelines (and restrictions!) do not apply.

This home is wonderfully situated just blocks from the the vibrant uptown area of Salisbury, and close to the Farmers' Market, two local breweries, two community theaters, and a plethora of restaurants, galleries, unique shops, and the public library. Need to travel? When you live at 215 S. Shaver Street, you have easy (less than a mile) to Interstate-85 and the Amtrak Station in the famous Salisbury Depot is just blocks away.

Even though this historic Shaver Street home is SOLD, now is the perfect time to call or text Realtor® Greg Rapp to locate other historic homes for sale.  Even better . . . if you are considering selling your vintage home, call Greg NOW while the market is hot!  We promised that 215 Shaveer Street would not linger on the market.  Let;s make that promise on YOUR house! 704.213.6846 is the number to call! 

215 S Shaver Street
Salisbury NC 28144
CMLS# 3637773
$185,000 SOLD

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

September 11, 2020

Circa 1875 Post Civil War Reconstruction Era Victorian SOLD ~ by Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty

In May of 2020, Realtor Greg Rapp listed another fabulous vintage home awaiting a new dawn! This unique country home restoration project was a special opportunity to own a Post Civil War Reconstruction-Era Victorian (with a story!) and surrounding acreage.  Within seven weeks, this beautiful property was under contract, and is now SOLD!  Are you and old-house lover?  Call Greg at Wallace Realty at 704.213.6846 to learn about other potential historic home opportunities in the Salisbury/Rowan!

Rolling southwest from Salisbury down the undulating country roads of Rowan County, North Carolina, you'll spot many a vintage home ~ some fabulously maintained . . . others . . . not so much! Oak View Farm, with its sprawling circa 1875 farm house at 1076 Deal Road, is one of these.

Built when Ulysses S. Grant was still president, this 2,454 square-foot farmhouse with two barns on 3.5 acres of property awaits your vision and elbow grease. Not for the faint of heart (or wallet), this ancestral home needed a complete restoration from top to bottom, interior to exterior, and any and all original details must be kept intact!

This Mooresville, NC home was originally a two-story Victorian vernacular farmhouse. The impressive front-projecting 2-story bay addition with its wrap-around hexagonal porch was an early change to the structure. The single story ell at the rear was added onto over the years and includes the kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom and a canning and curing room. The meat curing room is on the list of rooms that must be retained, and would make a great pantry!

Some original interior details remain, such as original beadboard walls in some rooms. Three bedrooms are on the second level, one in the front bay wing. These windows, many retain their original 'wavy' glass, and view of the countryside are enchanting!

The grounds were clearly once gardened: remnants of iris, fragrant chinaberry trees, and daffodils abound, yet due to recent property clearing and bush-hogging, little remains. What a grand sight this home probably once was in its heyday to the traveler rounding the sway of the then-dirt road on horseback or wagon. (Recall: Even the electric streetcar would not come to Salisbury NC until 1903-1905, rail was the prominent mode of travel to get around the country, and the automotive industry in the United States would not get a foothold until the first half of the twentieth century.)

Make no mistake about it, this home needed serious restoration work including foundation, chimneys, structural, ALL mechanical systems (i.e. heat/AC, plumbing, electric, etc.). Yet . . . the new owner has already begun the restoration process. We are thrilled to know this house will be saved and restored to its former grandeur.

1076 Deal Road is approximately equidistant from the North Carolina cities of Salisbury and Concord, and from the Interstate highways 77 and 85. This means easy access to shopping, restaurants, farmers markets, entertainment, public libraries, arts & culture, and more. Enjoy that idyllic country life while having near access to city amenities.

Preservation specialist Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty often has the scoop on what historic properties are available in the Rowan County area of North Carolina.  If you have that dream of owning an old house, with all its quality construction and characteristics, call Greg at 704.213.6846 to get the ball rolling. Then . . . let's roll up those sleeves and get started!

1076 Deal Road
Mooresville NC 28155
CMLS #3619623
$75,000 [tax value: $105,783]  SOLD!!

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

August 17, 2020

Privacy and History in this Circa 1820/1902 Farmstead with 47+ Acres | For Sale with Greg Rapp

Picture this: A private circa 1820/1902 Victorian farmstead on rolling and wooded 47+ 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 your wrap-around veranda, and lazy late summer afternoons in the hammock with your 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 it can be yours! Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty can make this vision come to life!

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 brings so much to the table. The Barger Farm 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.

A walk through the landscape surround the home and the rolling acreage reveals a beautiful series of surprises that connect the whole — a virtual encyclopedia of North Carolina native plants, wildlife corridors that restore natural migration paths, and nesting areas make the landscape dance with true visual rhythm.

This 2-story, 3,075 square-foot Victorian is set almost perfectly on a north/south axis with the front door facing south. It is sited below the crest of a hill overlooking a patch of woods with a small stream running at the bottom of the hill. Brown Road originally traversed in front of the house, where an enormous pair of pin oaks flanks the front yard and would welcome visitors coming up the drive. In the 1930s, the road was re-oriented and now home's rear elevation faces the road, albeit at 300 feet of setback.

The exterior of the home is lapped-board siding, much of it heart pine. The interior arrangement of rooms: twin parlors on either side of a wide center hall, two ells added at the rear, and two rooms on the second floor, are typical of the local farm houses of the period. But the L-shaped wrap-around porch and the three steep gables with decorative oak shingles on the front elevation are more unusual features in this farming community and give the house its special character. While the attached kitchen ell, wide beadboard porch ceilings, and large windowpanes indicate the house was built near the turn of the 20th century, 4575 Brown Road is deceptive; it has more character hidden within its walls than is evident at first glance.

The current structure is a much changed and expanded version of an earlier house. The original house, circa 1820, offered two rooms on each floor and an attic (utilized as sleeping quarters) with one or possibly two exterior chimneys (only one chimney remains). Large field boulders set into the earth form the foundation of the older structure. The sills are hand-hewn timbers. Along the sills are stamped Roman numerals which correspond to the numerals on the hand-hewn joists. In the older part of the house, there are no sawn sills or joists, and the timbers are joined with pegs.

A massive expansion in 1902 included the unusual 3 peaked dormers and expansive wrap-around porch. The foundation of this part of the house is brick piers. A rear upstairs bedroom and bathroom addition was added in the 1990s.

Many original mantles, woodwork, and floors remain, some with original hand-grained faux finish. The fireplace in the east room is the original 1820 fireplace. Several rooms feature original shiplap walls. At least one room features the original 1800s flooring, and others have the original flooring from the 1902 upgrade. A pretty bay window in front parlor accentuates the Victorian character.

The main floor offers two front parlors (one may be utilized as a fourth bedroom) flanking a center hall, dining room, kitchen, and main bath. A pretty sunroom flooded with natural daylight overlooks the gardens. The kitchen, featuring a handsome platter shelf and gleaming wood floors, exits via a small porch to the yard. The Wolf stove/range conveys. The upper story is home to three bedrooms (one added in the 1990s) and another full bath. The many original details, such as hand-grained doors and mantel pieces, create an organic and warm environment.

The property has approximately 10 acres of open field; the balance is wooded. Pretty bricked paths lead through gardens around the home. A small greenhouse sits in a fenced potager garden, still boasting tomatoes and basil but overgrown with passion flowers and petite scarlet morning glories. Pollinators enjoy a large stand of zinnia.

A short walk beneath trees, down the hill and around the bend, hidden by a windbreak of tall trees, reveals a large, ground-mounted solar panel array -providing electricity enough for 9 or 10 months of the year.  The stream and headwaters are protected by a Three Rivers Land Trust Conservation Easement, assuring the quiet enjoyment of the property and clean drinking water for future generations.

This sprawling property of fields and woods is the perfect opportunity for a gentle-person's farm, a bed & breakfast, horse farm - the possibilities are almost endless. The acreage can be leased for farming. 'Gentleman’s farms' are a way for environmentally conscious individuals with a strong respect for the land to explore sustainable methods of farming. Focusing on natural and organic maintenance practices and rebuilding natural habitats for native wildlife restores the land and creates an area of preservation to be enjoyed by future generations.  While the original barns and smoke house are long gone, a vintage corn crib originating from another property is across the driveway.

The Barger Farm on Brown Road is just 17 miles from the City of Salisbury, North Carolina, where you'll find unique shops and restaurants, two microbreweries, and art galleries, museums, and the Rowan Public Library. About a 20 minute drive, the rolling countryside of Mt. Ulla's scenery includes many multi-acre properties. At 4575 Brown Road, you'll have privacy, but you're not isolated. The surrounding woods create a VERY private oasis.

An all-brick two-car garage sits across the driveway from the home. Even the garage is more than meets the eye! To the right, a laundry room is at the first doorway; the second doorway is garden shed. To the left, a workshop sits behind the garage segment.

4575 Brown Road has been well-maintained, with a freshly painted exterior in 2019. IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The property is protected by a Three Rivers Land Trust Conservation Easement and cannot be subdivided.

Look at that brick drive!

So . . . put your boots on, grab your North Carolina Native Plants Guide, and call Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty to have an up-close-and-personal look at this marvelous farmstead: 704.213.6846

...and by this fall, you will be swinging in that hammock on that beautiful wrap-around know you will!

4575 Brown Road
Mt Ulla NC 28125
CMLS #3651645

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

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