August 02, 2014

414 Park Avenue ~ 5 Bed/4 Bath Victorian ~ Restoration Nearly Finished!

Update 3/23/2015:  The listed price on this 414 Park Avenue home is now $110,000 ~ down from $129,900.

At the gateway to the Historic Park Avenue/Long Street Historic District, 414 Park Avenue, the oldest house in the District with nearly 4,000 square feet of living space, is everything the restoration craftsman wants in a historic Victorian. 

Like many Victorian homes of its day, 414 Park Avenue's exterior is graced with a wonderful wrap-around front porch and (2) sitting balconies. The circa 1891 Victorian home features enormous rooms, hardwood floors, ample center hallways, and nine . . .yes (9) . . . fireplaces! Let Realtor® Greg Rapp (704-213-6846) show you this opportunity to make this gracious home your own.

This beautiful 5 bedroom, 4 bath Victorian is one of Salisbury's 10 Historic Districts. The North Long Street~Park Avenue Historic District was posted to the National Register of Historic Places in June of 1985.  The neighborhood features architecture from the late 19th and 20th century: Colonial Revival; American Bungalow/Craftsman; Victorian and Gothic.   

The architecturally significant periods are: 1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949.  There are over 46 properties considered "Contributing Properties". This house at 414 Park Avenue, already a jewel in the neighborhood's crown, will be a masterpiece when its restoration and rehabilitation are complete.

The asymmetrically-designed house is sheltered by a shingled roof enlivened by a projecting pediment gable, a hip extension, and hip-roofed dormers.The terraced and nicely landscaped front lawn and wide central walk is enclosed with charming picket fencing, and the concrete staircase from the city sidewalk to the veranda welcomes guests with an entry pergola at the gate ~ creating a sense of arrival. The over 500 square-foot wrap-around porch is straightforward in design without the more elaborate trimmings of the Victorian era and is a gracious entertaining or just-plain-relaxing area. Windows in plain surrounds and a second floor balcony all complete the façade. 

The home, with a good portion of its restoration process already been completed, retains much of its original charm.   Built as an elegant single-family residence, 414 Park Avenue has (5) bedrooms, (4) baths (presently 2 baths are operational, 2 are gutted for restoration). 

The home features 2 master suites, a huge wrap around porch & 2 balconies. You will be enchanted by the spacious rooms & versatile floor plan featuring hardwood floors through most of home. The first floor ceiling height reaches 11 ft. in most rooms. 

The center hall plan is finished with symmetrically molded surrounds, a turned baluster staircase, and original fireplace with its clean-lined mantel. Numerous original features still remain and include fireplaces and mantels in many of the rooms.  The library has a custom built computer station & a wall of shelves.

The renovated kitchen is delightfully large and sunny, and features granite counter tops and wonderful lighting. It opens with French doors to the renovated dining room with its built-in china cabinet. The kitchen additionally features a walk-in pantry and rear mudroom that opens to a walled patio space, that was once an enclosed room, and leads to the large back lawn with a detached one-car garage and alley off-street parking.


414 Park Avenue is just blocks from Salisbury's thriving Arts District, where the newly constructed Lee Street Theatre hosts play, music performances, comedy shows, and more.  The Rail Walk Studios & Gallery just around the corner hosts original works of 7 or more local artists.

This is a work in progress! This c. 1891 property shows signs of its history and the seller has priced it in relation to the average value of similar houses in the area with consideration for the work that needs to be finalized. The listing price of $129,900 reflects the remaining needed restoration vs. the grand scale of this 4000 square-foot home. The shingled roof is approximately 10-15 years old, and in good shape, and the present owner replaced a flat roof over the rear bedroom in 2013. The present owner installed a new HVAC system on the ground level but heat and air remain to be installed in the upper level.  There is no HVAC on the second story. FHA financing may be available with a 203K loan for this beautiful home. 

Need to know more?  Call Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846. This spacious vintage treasure of a home can be yours!

Salisbury, NC 28144 
MLS #: R56745 

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


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