March 28, 2014

Fully Restored c. 1946 Stucco & Terracotta Spanish Colonial Revival Home ~ Just $100,000

Spanish Mission, Spanish Colonial, and their offshoots, Spanish Eclectic and Spanish Revival, are some of the oldest architectural styles in the country. Celebrating the architecture of Hispanic settlers, Mission Revival style houses usually have arched dormers and roof parapets. Some resemble old Spanish mission churches with bell towers and elaborate arches.  The earliest Mission style homes were built in California, USA. The style spread eastward, but most Spanish Mission homes are located in the southwestern states. Thick stucco walls and terracotta tile roofs make these homes particularly suited for warmer climates.

The architecture of 18th century Spanish Catholic missions in the American southwest inspired the Mission-Style house design. Revived in the sunbelt states around the turn of the century, Mission-Style quickly caught on across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida. By the 1920s,architects were combining Mission styling with features from other movements, such as Prairie, Pueblo, and Arts& Crafts.

This home at 726 N. Fulton Street, with its stucco walls and terracotta tile roof, actually represents the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture. Colonial and mission styles confirm the eclectic's base identity, often referred to as Spanish Colonial Revival. The Spanish Colonial architecture is simpler than the Mission Style, with stucco and terracotta, but with less detail.

This fully restored 2-story circa 1946, 1800+ square foot home is a solid stucco-over-brick and masonry, Spanish Colonial Revival home featuring terracotta tile roof and lots of original details such as eave brackets and exterior brick inlay.  (Note: This is hard coat masonry stucco and not synthetic water based stucco ~ a huge difference in quality!) This 3-bedroom, 2-bath home has been freshly repainted inside and out and updated with wonderful tile work within. 

Advantages of Stucco Homes

•  Stucco’s seamless appearance draws more attention to the home's other details, such as window trim, railings, wooden beams, roofing, etc.
•  It is one exterior finish option that just never seems to go out of style. Stucco can last over fifty years, depending on your local climate and how well you maintain it. 
•  Stucco consists of cement, lime, and silica applied in several layers over wood or metal lath. Since these layers basically form a concrete shell around a house, a stucco home requires less energy to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
•  Stucco can also help to reduce sound transmission. This is a great benefit to anyone living in a crowded neighborhood or across from a freeway interchange. It also is fire retardant, and in some situations, it has saved homes from being consumed by fire. It even resists rot, mildew, and molds.

The Advantages of Terracotta Roofing

Fire Protection
  • Terracotta roof tiles are among few roofing materials that are fire-resistant. This is especially important if your home has a fireplace or is in an area with many trees, is near power lines or is in close proximity to neighbors.  Any flying ash, coals, or sparks from a chimney or a neighboring residence or building that has caught fire, or a downed electrical wire, will not ignite a terracotta roof.  
Energy Savings
  • Due to their density and shape, terracotta roof tiles provide a greater layer of insulation on top of your home than other types of roofing. They reflect the hot summer sun, rather than absorbing the heat as most types of shingles do, and help keep your home cooler in summer. In the winter, they provide an extra barrier to help trap rising heat, keeping your home warmer. The result is lower cooling and heating costs, which can be significant depending on the climate of your area.
  • On average, terracotta roofing lasts two to three times as long as traditional asphalt or wood shingle roofing. Such a tile roof could last up to 100 years but more commonly 50 to 60 years. Although the initial cost of a terracotta roof is more than that of an asphalt shingle roof, it may cost less in the end since replacement will not be necessary for nearly a lifetime or more.
Low Maintenance
  • Unlike other roofing materials, insects or birds do not damage terracotta; it can withstand serious storms much better, and requires far fewer repairs and maintenance. Terracotta tile performs well in high winds, hail, snow, dust storms ,and frost. You should regularly inspect a terracotta roof for damage, but the only maintenance required is replacement of broken tiles or cleaning by spraying with water if the home is located in an area prone to mold and mildew. Typically, tiles break only when struck with force, usually by a tree limb.
Environmentally Friendly
  • Terracotta roofing is one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials available. They are made from clay, an abundant natural resource, using a process that has little ill effect on the environment, unlike production of asphalt shingles. In addition, because they last so long, they create far less waste due to replacement than other roofing materials. In fact, terracotta tiles are often recycled, avoiding the landfill altogether.

The Spanish Colonial Home at 726 N. Fulton Street

A large curved driveway takes you off the street on unto the property at 726 N. Fulton Street.   You might park either in the large drive, or in the spacious 2-car portico, an extension of the home that also features that wonderful terracotta tile roof, one of the most eye-catching design elements of the house.
A wonderfully spacious wood-paneled 1st floor utility/laundry room between the kitchen and the screened back porch can double as an office or small den, and features a beautifully finished hardwood floor. And how nice not to have to go to the basement for laundry!

The galley-style kitchen features beautiful black-granite tile countertops and back-splash, soft green stone tile flooring, and loads of cherry-finish cupboards.  

The dining room with hardwood floors and large windows features chair molding and ceiling crown molding. 

With windows on three sides, the sunlit literally streams into the 20’ living room with its original 1946 fireplace with marble hearth and surround, and original wood mantle piece. Hardwood floors gleam in this large living area.

A tiny powder room with its original sky-blue ceramic tile is part of a larger bath on the main level. There is enough room in here to place some interesting bath furniture or a wardrobe! 

The center staircase to the second story features its original railings and spindles.  The front door with geometric sidelights lets light stream through this main entry.  There are 20 little windows on either side of the front door, which is covered by a terracotta roofed portico on the exterior.

The second story rooms feature hardwood floors throughout. There is a large walk-in closet in the Master Bedroom with its stained glass window decor. The upstairs bath is all newly tiled with dramatic black and white ceramic tile work and a unique stone vanity. A linen closet at the top of the stairs is a nice touch.

A favorite spot to sit on warm summer nights will be the screened in back porch overlooking the large 100’ x 145’ corner property with its exterior wood patio and canopy of mature shade trees.

This beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival home at 726 N. Fulton is just one residential block from Salisbury’s City Park and Hurley Park in a neighborhood full of sidewalks for walking.  The City Park Neighborhood association provides a communication channel for residents with City officials, but there are no homeowner fees.  The neighborhood is close to downtown shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries.  

The house features a very large full basement that is clean and dry. The house has a new roof, new HVAC, new water heater, & new replacement windows. This house should live virtually maintenance free for years to come.

This 1946 Spanish Colonial home is unique to the Salisbury/Rowan County area…only a few of its kind exist here! Your home, and at just $100,000, is a collector’s item!  Let Greg Rapp show you the great features of this solid home!  Call 704.213.6846 and we’ll set up an appointment for you to tour this wonderful stucco and terracotta home!

726 N. Fulton Street, Salisbury NC 28144 ~ MLS#: R56204 ~ $107,500

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