May 22, 2019

CALL TO ACTION | Contact our State Representatives for the Empire Hotel

The Empire Hotel in downtown Salisbury, North Carolina is an iconic structure in the center of the city with a legacy stemming from the year 1855.

In 1855, Attorney Nathanial Boyden began construction on the 3-story building that would become the Boyden House. Construction lasted until December 1855 and the hotel formally opened in May 17, 1859. Over the years the building transferred owners to become the Davis House, the Central Hotel and lastly the Empire Hotel. The Empire Hotel closed for good in 1963, leaving its rooms empty for almost 40 years.

Salisbury, NC, with a population 33,524, is a central location on the I-85 Corridor between such populous cities as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. These cities boast a population of approximately 3.2 million total. Founded in 1753, Salisbury’s downtown is nationally recognized as a model for preservation and downtown development, benefiting from $130 million in investment, $60 million of which has been in the last 10 years.

In 2017, Black Point Investments, LLC signed a purchase and sale agreement with plans to develop the property into market-rate apartments. Initial plans also provide for the development of retail storefronts along South Main St., including the retail space in the large former Montgomery Ward main floor, mezzanine and basement. Combined, the project will allow for approximately 29,000 square feet of retail space.

There have been many attempts at rehabilitating the hotel over the years. The Empire Hotel has a rich legacy, and its current efforts for rehabilitation require your help.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed state budget included the Empire Hotel restoration as one of 68 local projects statewide that would receive grant money. The governor’s proposed grant would invest $26.4 million to 68 projects to spur economic development in rural areas. Communities would provide at least $1 for every $4 of state funds invested in the project.

The grant would mean $1 million for the Empire Hotel project if approved. However, the same Empire Hotel funding is not included in the state House’s budget. And Sen. Carl Ford, R-33, said it is unlikely the project will be added to the Senate budget. Ford is expecting the Senate budget to be unveiled later this month.

Please consider emailing or calling our local representatives in support of these redevelopment efforts. While Gov. Roy Cooper has outlined financial support of the rehabilitation project of the Empire Hotel, local representation is likely not going to support the project.

The restoration of the Empire Hotel means that history will live on, and a pivotal structure in the center of Salisbury's downtown again contributes to the town center's vitality. Support of the restoration project means increased food options, more retail, a more business friendly and professional downtown for Salisbury.

Contacts for our NC representatives can be found here:

To call Rep. Ford or Warren:

FORD - (919) 733-5665

WARREN - (919) 733-5784

Thank you in advance for your consideration in contacting our elected officials to support Main Street USA.

Greg Rapp Realtor®
Wallace Realty Co. 
301 S. Main Street 
Salisbury NC 28144 

May 05, 2019

Circa 1890s Victorian Cottage in Prestigious Historic District - It Can Be Yours!

Looking for that sweet Victorian storybook cottage of your dreams? Look no further. Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty offers 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.

308 West Monroe Street, a 1890-1910 folk Victorian Queen Anne with 1,329 square feet, two-bedrooms and 2.5 baths, is nestled between three circa 1897 sister houses in the heart of the prestigious West Square Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina. Two large pin oaks, the owner's rock garden, and iron fencework frame the property and offer wide swaths of shade, cooling the home in summer and creating the most enjoyable front-porch experiences.

The adorable front porch is a prize-winner, with spindle friezes, trefoil brackets, and turned elements figuring prominently in its ornamentation. Decorative dentil molding trims the home's bay windows. The home's exterior was recently painted as part of many recent upgrades, including an added bath and kitchen re-do.

Stepping inside, the knock-out feature in the spacious front parlor is the tray ceiling bedecked with a stunning ceiling mural, all framed by impressive crown molding and trim. A faux-fireplace is framed by two large windows in the parlor's bay. 

The formal dining room is equally handsomely trimmed with wide crown molding.

Enter the farmhouse-style kitchen through lacy corner brackets . . . and you are sure to be impressed with plenty of cabinet space and counter work-areas.

A mudroom just off the kitchen leads to a half bath with a hidden laundry room.

The tongue-&-groove beadboard walls throughout and more handsome crown moldings are a stunning statement to the homes vintage beginnings.

The Owner's Bedroom Suite has its own private bathroom with a claw foot tub. The second bedroom has a box-bay window. Again, pretty original beadboard walls speaks to the home's vintage era.

The pretty shaded (and private!) back yard, a-bloom with irises and evergreens, offers a large outbuilding that would be perfect for a workshop, artist's studio, a "She-Shed" or "Man-Cave", or more!

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 is eligible for City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Grants for exterior improvements. The home's interior is all freshly painted. A newer roof replaced original tin roofing.

If pictures are not enough to convince you of the complete charm of this spectacular and move-in-ready Victorian cottage in the West Square, then it's time to give Realtor® Greg Rapp a call: 704.213.6846. Let Greg tell you the advantages of purchasing a historic home in Salisbury, and the rest, as they say, will be history!

308 West Monroe Street
Salisbury NC 28144

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

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April 26, 2019

Park-Like Setting - SOLD by Realtor Greg Rapp

Inset into a large, corner, park-like lot - sprinkled with tall pine trees - sits the single-story 1,517 square foot home at 504 W. Newton Street in Spencer, North Carolina... and today...this home is SOLD by Realtor Greg Rapp!

This 3-Bedroom/2-Bath home offered a rear deck and a front porch for relaxing and enjoying the sunlight filtering through the trees in this park-like atmosphere.

If living in the middle of your own park was not enough, the home also features a spacious living room and a large kitchen with oak cabinets, eat in area, a garden window and separate utility closet for washer and dryer.

The 504 W. Newton Street neighborhood features lovely homes with rolling landscapes and large shade trees.  The home is right across the street from North Rowan High School (no being late for school!), is close to Interstate-85 (be anywhere in minutes!), Spencer downtown area and the NC Transportation Museum.

Wouldn't you love to be sitting on your deck this autumn as these beautiful trees take on their fiery glow? It's too late to scoop up 504 W. Newton Street, but give Realtor® Greg Rapp a call or text at (704) 213-6846 to find your park-like setting!

504 W. Newton Street
Spencer NC 28159
CMLS #3414204
$124,900 SOLD!

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

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April 18, 2019

7 Days on the Market and SOLD! BOOM!

The sale on this beautiful Vernacular Victorian in Salisbury, North Carolina's Brooklyn South Square Historic District closed today.

Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty listed this 4-bedroom, 2600+ square foot house on February 24th . . . and by March 13th, the circa 1900 Keen-Bostian House was under contract. Today . . . the new owner has the keys!

Located in one of Salisbury's (10) historic districts, this home's location is a neighborhood known for its Civil War history (and on the Civil War Trail), and 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. Many of the historic districts are in close proximity to the downtown here, radiating out from the city center, and offer the same amenities.

In addition, when you purchase a home in one of Salisbury's historic neighborhoods, you are eligible to take advantage of the City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Grants and NC Historic Tax Credits for exterior improvements. What's not to love??!!

Thinking of moving to Salisbury NC, where the historic preservation culture is alive and well, maybe to own your own vintage home? Give Greg Rapp a call - the real estate agent recognized as the area's expert on historic neighborhoods and properties. Ready to sell? Get the same quick turn-around that Greg is noted for: List your home by calling 704.213.6846. BOOM!

328 E. Bank Street
Salisbury NC 28144
$179,900 SOLD!!!

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

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April 14, 2019

Air BNB? A Bed & Breakfast? The Fabulous Victorian You Always Wanted?

The Iconic circa 1909 J.R. Chapman House is for sale ~ now at $175,000!!  *See note.

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 $180K!

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

* NOTE:  This home is zoned for single-family residential.  If an alternate use is being considered, such as an Air BnB or Bed & Breakfast, a Special Use Permit may be required from the Town of Spencer.  Please take all such considerations to the Planning and Zoning Department:

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

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