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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January 27, 2019

Four-Bedroom Victorian Home for Sale. Historic Preservation Grants Available.

This beautiful turn-of-the-century 4-bedroom Victorian is for sale. An exceptionally deep wrap-around front porch escorts you into nearly 4000 square feet of living space with many original details, hardwood and tile floors throughout, and updated with all of the modern amenities.

Five fireplaces can be found in beautiful oversized rooms. Treat yourself to a sunny updated kitchen with granite tops & tile floor, with a butler's pantry with built-in shelving and cupboards AND a small food pantry adjacent.

The sunroom and breakfast room that span the width of the rear of the home overlook the private fenced-in courtyard. The large library features built-in bookshelves flanking the fireplace.

Upstairs, a laundry room is currently located in the 4th bedroom. The Owners Bedroom has a 15.5' x 5.8' walk-in closet.

418 West Liberty Street in Salisbury NC is located in the Ellis Graded School Historic District. As such, annual City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Grants are available for exterior improvements, renovations, and repairs.

Make this beautiful circa 1900 home your own, by calling Realtor Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty: (704) 213-6846.

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

January 26, 2019

Nearly 5000 Square Feet of Victorian Splendor Can Be Yours - Under $200K!

The Iconic circa 1909 J.R. Chapman House is for sale ~ $185,000.

If you love soaring ceilings, turrets, sweeping wrap-around porches, and long, tall windows, you're going to fall head-over-heels for this Spencer, North Carolina Victorian home listed For Sale with Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty. The inside of this massive Victorian home (4,922 square feet!) is chock full of all the things we love about old houses: hardwood floors, French doors, fireplaces with original mantels, and chair rails. This solid nearly 5000 square-foot ca.1909 Victorian home at 500 S. Carolina Avenue has it all!  And the best part?  This iconic home is priced at UNDER $200K!

Welcome to the J.R. Chapman House:

Spencer, North Carolina holds the largest contiguous National Historic District in the country. In addition to an expansive collection of vintage homes up and down its avenues, Spencer is home to the wonderful North Carolina Transportation Museum. Spencer’s Historic District reflects the wealth that the birth of the railroad brought, and is a unique example of a railroad town from the latter part of the Gilded Age. Great time and detail were put into building each house and these dwellings represent a historic era when the railroad industry was America’s moneymaking powerhouse.

Set with its narrow side to Carolina Avenue, its rounded veranda facing the corner, and broader facade with its fabulous projecting bay to Fifth Street, this picturesque Victorian home at 500 S. Carolina Avenue is an old-house-lover's dream. The most prevalent and impressive feature of the house is the three-stage corner tower. Originally capped by a conical roof, it currently retains a bell-cast top over the pressed-tin shingled third stage. Stone lintels and sills secure all of the windows.

Ionic columns uphold the sweeping wrap-around veranda which curves at the corner; porch entries have shallow gables. Two second-story doors indicate that the porch was originally topped with a balcony. If this impressive facade is not enough to set you swooning, the interior with glistening wood floors, 12-foot ceilings, period millwork, and tall windows certainly will.

Circa 1909 J.R. Chapman House is listed on Historic National Register as "One of Spencer's most imposing Queen Anne residences". This three-story brick dwelling at 500 S. Carolina Avenue was run as a boarding house in its early years. The spacious kitchen with its robin's-egg-blue cabinetry is across the hall from a massive dining room that was surely designed to entertain numerable guests. A 'pass-through' can still be found across from the kitchen along the dining room wall. The granite block fireplace in this room was constructed from bricks removed from the rear of the 2-car detached garage.

Inside the front door of this impressive brick and pressed-tin home, a large formal foyer awaits, with one of the home's two staircases garnered with handsome newel posts leading to the second floor. To your right, the formal circular parlor with elegant, tall windows treats you to your first glimpse inside the turret.

A grand 8-foot-wide central hall dominates the first floor, separating the turret parlor, the main floor owner's bedroom with en suite bath, and massive dining room to one side, and kitchen, pantry, laundry room, and bath to the other.  The hallway culminates at the large enclosed porch at the rear of the home.

The 2nd Story

500 S. Carolina Avenue has a second staircase leading from the side carriage entrance; this staircase was repositioned at some point and leads not only to the second story, but on up to the HUGE, 1600+ square foot attic - a generally open space just waiting to be finished space.

There are potentially NINE bedrooms - you heard us right - 9!! To the rear of the second story is a room that was once clearly a used as a kitchen. It and its two bedrooms across its hallway were perhaps a separate apartment at one time, accessed by the side staircase. (Once bedroom even retains a doorbell outside its door!) Another spacious center hallway on the second story is practically another room of its own accord.

The Attic

We might well have been saving the best for last. Up another flight of stairs is the attic. Bigger than some homes at 1600-1800 square feet, this enormous unfinished space could evolve to be something really special. The turret section has its original flooring, while the rest of the attic is just wide open space. One 'room' appears to have been finished off. Think of what could be done with this space!!

This wonderful Spencer NC home offers a separate 2-car granite block garage and a smaller outbuilding that would serve as a wonderful workshop. There is a small utility basement, accessed from the large enclosed rear porch.

While the J.R. Chapman House has undergone refurbishments and remodeling efforts over the years ( some incongruous with its historic character), the home has kept its original personality with many intact original details throughout. This magnificent home has been well cared for but could use some more attention to really make her shine!  The tub in one of the two upstairs baths is currently not connected. The tin roof may very well be original and may need a sealant and attention at flashing points (owners recently made some roof repairs). This nearly 5,000 square-foot picturesque home is being SOLD-AS-IS, yet is move-in-ready.

An impressive vintage home of this magnitude is not for everyone, but the old-house-lover with a passion for restoration will recognize this jewel for the treasure it is and, we're betting, will be pretty excited about restoring the J.R. Chapman House. After 110 years, we're thinking the home will welcome its new owners with just as much passion! Give old-house expert Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty a call (or text) at 704.213.6846 to see this iconic grandeur in person. Make this vintage circa 1909 home YOUR home!

500 S Carolina Avenue
Spencer NC 28159

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

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