March 16, 2014

Circa 1903 Folk Victorian Home for Sale in the Prestigious West Square Historic District ~ Salisbury NC

Located in the prestigious West Square Historic District of Salisbury, North Carolina ~ is 418 S. Ellis Street ~ a beautiful 2200+ square-foot, 4-bedroom 2-bath, Folk Victorian home with many of its circa 1903 architectural details in place ~ for sale at $139,900.  

Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty ~ specializing in historic and vintage homes ~ will show you the many advantages to living in a Victorian turn-of-the-century home in one of Salisbury's 10 historic districts....

Wooden exterior Double French Country doors at 418 S. Ellis Street communicate grandeur and majesty ~ one of many original details immaculately in place. The Double French Country doors, with original double wood Victorian screen/storm doors, allow for a wider opening into a home facilitating the moving of large pieces of furniture. The double front entry doors compliment and add value to this gracious home.

Step through the double door entry ~ and enter through the large entryway foyer, which is practically a room unto itself.

From here, French doors lead into the front parlor. Nearly all the rooms in this home are nicely dimensioned at 15 x 15 ~ no challenges of the rectangular room space!

The spacious dining room off the kitchen is finished with wainscoting ~ and retains it's original ceiling fixture ~ as well as it's fireplace with unique tile surround.

The kitchen is completely charming: white cabinetry with leaded glass cabinet doors and white ceramic tile countertops ~ and loads of storage and work space!

Two of the home's four bedrooms are on the first floor level, the Master Bedroom and the smallest of the bedroom (13 x 8), used by the present owners as an office. You'll note crown moldings in many of the rooms as another wonderful detail adding to the home's special charm.

Up the staircase finished with original wainscoting is another large landing ~ another room unto itself ~ and two more of the home's bedrooms. One is currently being utilized as a craft room!

The home boasts four original fireplaces with original mantel pieces and tile work ~ some are now upfitted to include gas logs. The fireplaces are in parlor, dining room, and two bedrooms. How nice to cozy up to on a winter's eve!

And in perfect synergy with Southern living, the original large front porch will be your favorite sitting spot on a warm summer evening. The porch, in true Folk Victorian style, is trimmed with its original 1903 spindlework, eave brackets, and jigsaw cut adornments.

About the Folk Victorian House Style:

The simple Folk Victorian homes, built between 1870 and 1910, were a more affordable alternative to the ornate Queen Anne Victorian and the Eastlake Victorian styles. Before the age of the railroads, families built no-fuss, square houses in the Folk style, however the rise of industrialization made it easier and more affordable to add those decorative details to otherwise simple homes because decorative architectural trim could be mass-produced. As the railroad expanded, factory-made building parts could be sent to far corners of the continent. In addition, small towns could now obtain sophisticated woodworking machinery. A crate of scrolled brackets might find its way to Kansas or Wyoming, where carpenters could mix and match the pieces according to personal whim... or, according to what happened to be in the latest shipment.

Folk Victorian houses usually have these features: 

• Brackets under the eaves
• Porches with spindlework or flat, jigsaw cut trim

Many Folk Victorian houses were adorned with flat, jigsaw cut trim in a variety of patterns. Others had spindles, gingerbread, and details borrowed from the Carpenter Gothic style. With their spindles and porches, some Folk Victorian homes may suggest Queen Anne architecture. However, unlike the Queen Anne Victorian style, Folk Victorian houses are orderly and symmetrical houses. They do not have towers, bay windows, or elaborate moldings.

Ellis Street ~ West Square Historic District

This wonderful vintage1903 home at 418 S. Ellis Street sits on one of the more prominent streets in the West Square Historic District. Ellis Street is lined with beautiful turn-of-the-century homes and quiet, tree-lined sidewalks. The home's deep lot at 65' x 179', and spacious but private back yard, provides room for a possible future garage. The gardens are nicely established ~ the front walkway is framed by mature dogwood trees ~ a sight to behold in springtime!

The roof on this wonderfully maintained home is only 4 years old. You'll be delighted with the plenty of storage space at your disposal in this home.Along with nicely proportioned rooms, the main entry foyer and upstairs landing area are rooms unto themselves.You'll enjoy low yearly taxes of approximately $1,625.

Let Realtor® Greg Rapp help you make this wonderful home your own! Call Greg at 704.213.6846 or email him at to make an appointment to see 418 S. Ellis Street, Salisbury NC ~ and any number of other wonderful historic homes in the area. Greg specializes in vintage homes and can help you find that dream home rich with history you've been waiting for!

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