October 28, 2013

Forest Glen ~ Private Community Living ~ a Special All Brick Home ~ $499,000

Salisbury, North Carolina is a historical city located along Interstate 85 within an hour's drive to Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston Salem. One of the premier residential communities in Salisbury is Forest Glen. Located on Hwy 150 just two miles from Jake Alexander Blvd., Forest Glen offers the best of private yet casual suburban living with easy access to the region's major cities.

Forest Glen features facilities that include tennis courts, a large built-in swimming pool, and clubhouse for residents to host gatherings of up to 100 people. Community architecture features a beautifully landscaped entrance, winding shady streets and cul-de-sacs, antique verdigris streetlights and mailboxes, walking trail, and curbed streets with sidewalks. A single entrance and exit controls access to the community to enhance safety of homes and residents.

Forest Glen Home Owners' Association has organized Community Watch Zones to facilitate close communications and care of our residents. Great local schools and excellent regional health care make Forest Glen the premier choice for families to settle and build homes in Salisbury.

Wallace Realty Realtor® Greg Rapp has the Forest Glen community home you've been waiting for! 226 GLENVIEW DRIVE WEST has everything you could ask for and more! 226 Glenview is a custom-built Reid Link home. This 5,536 square foot brick home, with gorgeous mature landscaping and trees, has four large bedrooms and four full baths, as well as an additional half-bath.

The master suite is on the main level and features a large separate sitting room, walk-in closets, and an extremely spacious bathroom with a tiled and marble bath.

The 20' x 20' kitchen with its vaulted ceiling, complete with skylighting, is a chef's dream with double ovens, solid surface counter tops, and cherry cabinets, and central work island.

The great room has built in nooks, vaulted ceilings where sunlight streams in through large palladium windows, and a gas-log fireplace. This is where you truly see the glory of the custom-built home. The great room opens to the dining room, separated by circular columns, which in turn opens to another sitting area, again flanked with formal columns. The space simply undulates from living area to dining area to living area.

A sunroom off the main level overlooks the back yard, a wonderfully sized room at 14' x 27', and is heated and cooled via a separate heat pump.

But the really special room in this home is the second story bonus room ~ an enormous 37' x 22' carpeted room with another sunlit palladium window, wall-to-wall built-in bookshelves, beamed ceilings, and a built-in wet bar.

When you move into this all brick home, with its huge attic and storage space, its 3-car attached garage, and large laundry area, you also get a central vacuum system, intercom system, a back-up Generac house generator, and a complete irrigation system for the mature landscape. In addition, the Homeowners Association gives you privileges to the pool, tennis courts, club house and nature trails. The Forest Glen community has all the amenities of a gated community without the hefty price tag!

Contact Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 to see this spacious and solid brick home at your earliest convenience. You'll appreciate the quiet beauty of the Forest Glen neighborhood from the first glance, and you'll know in a heart-beat that this is the home you've been waiting for!

October 20, 2013

A Pre-Civil War Log Home ~ Secluded Country Lot ~ $150,000

Rowan County, North Carolina has a wealth of historic homes and architecture dating from the 1700s, 1800', and early 1900s. But even so, the number of remaining pre-Civil War dwellings is dwindling. Yet, this marvelously secluded home in the Rockwell area is just that! The circa 1855 Joseph Henry Mingus House, situated deeply off-road at 2220 Gold Knob Road, down a long gravel drive, is a late antebellum style log farmhouse, built just before the Civil War.

Yes ~ this is an 1850's log home!  This sophisticated early 19th century building method renders these homes a significant part of the historic architectural fabric of Rowan County and a foremost contribution to the architectural history of the State. The log construction was very seldom if ever left uncovered on the exterior but was covered with weatherboards.  These carefully finished, permanent log dwellings are very different from the lost log cabins ~ often crude, temporary construction used by early settlers or for mountain cabins. The squared-log construction used on the log homes (logs hewn on four sides for better fit) is sheathed with weatherboard ~ a common and more sophisticated method of construction (Hood, Davyd F, 1983). You'll see when you walk through the front entrance to 2220 Gold Knob Road that the door jamb itself is perhaps at least a foot deep!

The interior of this nearly 2200 square-foot c.1855 living piece of history follows the Quaker style of architecture (a large living space and two smaller chambers) with a very open floor plan with lots of light shining into the kitchen and dining areas.

The wide mantel in the large 25' x 18' living room may be the original piece. This home, though predating the Civil War in construction and retaining the character of such a home, has many modern upfits. The master bedroom is on the main level and has a walk-in closet. Each of the 3 large bedrooms has its own full bathroom!

The kitchen is now designed with a long breakfast bar facing the work area that is nicely outfitted with honey-toned cabinetry. A good-sized unattached garage will hold two cars and more.

The Joseph Mingus House, featured in Davyd Foard Hood's wonderful book, The Architecture of Rowan County, is one of a group of substantial weatherboarded log houses built late in the antebellum period whose distinct symmetry differentiated them from the earlier nineteenth-century log houses. The home is capped with a charming green metal roof. Many folks who are interested in making their house more energy efficient while adding a beautiful and striking major design element, and never want to replace their roof again, consider a metal roof. It will likely last a lifetime and it is practically maintenance-free. The practical advantages of a metal roof are that it makes your home safer in harsh weather and can significantly cut down on your energy bills. Metal roofs are durable (Monticello — Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home — still wears its original "tin" roof . . . and it's in fine shape to this day). Aesthetically, a metal roof is versatile in design to complement many architectural styles, from a century old farmhouse to a contemporary home.

According to family tradition, the Joseph Henry Mingus House, was originally built on Campbell Road and was moved to 2220 Gold Knob Road. The home was built about 1855 as the plantation seat on this farm that was originally some 370 acres. Over the years, Mingus considerably increased the size of this plantation. In his will, he left his eldest son two tracts of land; his eldest daughter 100 acres off the southeast end of what he called 'the Wood place', his second son received the remaining 170 acres of the Wood place, and his second daughter and youngest son, were left equal parts of the homeplace and buildings. Of those buildings, the house and small log crib remain. Joseph Mingus Jr. owned the farm until his death in 1941, after which it was sold by his daughter (Hood, Davyd F, 1983).

Photograph from The Architecture of Rowan County, Davyd Foard Hood

The house consists of a rectangular two story log block with a one story frame ell at the rear elevation, both covered with weatherboards and gabled roofs. The one-story hopped roof porch supported by square chamfered posts, shelters the central entrance and its flanking bays on the homes south or front entrance. At some point the porch was widened to span the entire front of the home. A massive brick chimney stands at the center of the house's west elevation (Hood, Davyd F, 1983).

This home is not visible from the road. It is nestled in a clearing down a long gravel drive, just minutes from the town of Rockwell, NC. This is a very private setting sitting on almost an acre of land ~ semi-surrounded by woods. The yearly taxes for 2220 Gold Knob Road are only $833.

This 1855 home at 2220 Gold Knob Road is for sale at just $150,000 ~  a country estate pre-dating the Civil War in a secluded setting, with all the modern amenities. Call Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty, 704.213.6846, to see this piece of history for yourself. A home this special will not languish on the market. This is the opportunity you've been waiting for to own a rare piece of pre-Civil War architecture! Contact Greg ~ 704.213.6846 ~ today!

October 07, 2013

Historic OPEN HOUSE ~ Saturday October 12th & Sunday October 13th ~ 3:00-5:00PM

Salisbury North Carolina will host its 38th Annual October Tour of Historic Homes on October 12th & 13th ~ a ticketed event. 

You are invited to view another historic home ~ for free ~ during the Historic Open House at 301 W. Marsh Street.

This grand circa 1925 solid brick Craftsman-style home is for sale, and she is opening her doors, welcoming guests and prospective home-buyers, as she hosts her first open house from 3:00pm - 5:00pm on Saturday & Sunday October 12th & 12th.

Please stop by to take in the grandeur of this beautiful home, the tree-lined neighborhood, and to picture yourself owning a historic home of your own!

Open House ~ HOUSE FOR SALE ~ $369,000
Where: 301 W. Marsh Street
When: Saturday October 12 & Sunday October 13th
Time: 3:00PM ~ 5:00PM

Who:  Greg Rapp Realtor® ~ 704.213.6846!

No ticket required!

301 W. Marsh Street ~ FOR SALE ~ $369,000 ~ MLS # R54911A