October 30, 2014

Showing Residential Spaces in the Bernhardt Hardware Building

The circa 1882 Bernhardt Hardware building at 113-117 North Main Street in Salisbury, North Carolina is undergoing extensive renovation that will create three new retail or business spaces on the street level, and six exciting new residential spaces on the second story!
Realtor® Greg Rapp has already begun showing the residential apartments that will line the upper level!  The only 1-bedroom space has already been leased, but (5) more opportunities are available!  There is one 3-bedroom space and (4) 2-bedroom units available for lease.  Contact Greg at (704) 213-6846. The spaces are merely framed out, so you must use your imagination when taking a visit, but renovations are expected to be complete by January 2015!  Picture yourself looking out of the three arched windows that overlook main street in your new downtown loft apartment!
One apartment, the pièce de résistance, will be two-story, with it's own rear access from the large parking area and an upper mezzanine level that overlooks the 1st floor living spaces where the Master Bedroom and Bath will reside.  We're very excited to see these when they are complete!  And we're thrilled that more residential areas are coming to Downtown Salisbury to grace its already vibrant arts & cultural scene with more feet on the street!  

Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty is showing and signing leases for these spots today!  The retail 1st level is filling as well, so if you are interested in moving your business to this great new space ~ give Greg a call at (704) 213-6846!   

Get a jump on this wonderful new opportunity in Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina!

Editor's note:  
The photographs used in this article are for conceptual use and may not accurately reflect the finished spaces for this project.

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

October 27, 2014

Open House ~ Sunday November 2nd ~ 108 Canteberry Drive, Salisbury NC

You are invited to an Open House at 
108 Canteberry Drive 
in the Country Club Hills neighborhood of Salisbury, North Carolina ~ 
this Sunday, November 1st, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

This large 2-story, 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom home sits on a beautiful wooded lot shaded with towering mature shade trees.  The Country Club Hills section of Salisbury is a secluded, established neighborhood whose winding streets are filled with fine older homes and that wooded feel.

The adjacent lot next to 108 Canteberry Drive is also for sale under a separate MLS listing, however, the home and lot, together making a 1-acre parcel, can be purchased together.

The home at 108 Canteberry Drive has not been on the market in 30 years!   Come out this Sunday to see if it's time to make this house your own!

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

See more at: http://www.realestatesalisbury.net/2014/09/canteberry-drive-in-country-club-hills.html and

October 26, 2014

Greg Rapp ~ Selling Houses Today in Salisbury-Rowan County ~ Today & Every Day!

Another success story hit the books today in Salisbury, North Carolina, when Realtor® Greg Rapp closed the deal for 215 Autumn Chapel Road in the Miller Chase neighborhood, a newer rural subdivision, in Salisbury, North Carolina. 

Greg just closed the sale today on this immaculate move-in ready Miller Chase home, with its fresh paint and newly carpeted floors.   
This single-story home features a great floor plan with both eat-in kitchen and formal dining room, and a large living room with a gas log fireplace. We love the Master Suite with its trey ceilings, bay window, walk-in closet, private bath with Jacuzzi tub, separate shower & double sinks.  (A trey ceiling is a rectangular architectural feature that is either inverted or recessed.)

Home buyers:  This home in Miller Chase is SOLD . . . but Greg Rapp has many other homes to show you...and signs on more homes every day! 

Home sellers:  If you've been trying to sell your home, maybe it's time to give Greg Rapp a call!
Call Greg today ~ 704-213-6846 ~ you won't be sorry!

We want to hear from you! Send an email today!

Original artwork from the home at 215 Autumn Chapel Road

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co.

704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

October 21, 2014

Cute As A Button ~ Circa 1920 American Bungalow in Granite Quarry NC ~ $79,900

411 MAIN STREET SOUTH (Granite Quarry) 
Salisbury, NC 28146
MLS #: R57056

Just down the road from the City of Salisbury in the center of North Carolina, is the Town of Granite QuarryGranite Quarry is a beautiful town located approximately three miles south of Downtown Salisbury.  

Granite Quarry is often referred to as a bedroom community of Salisbury, but folks who live there will tell you they are the “Master Suite”.   The scenic drive into town yields beautiful parks and well maintained and inviting neighborhoods that are comfortable and appealing.

Let Realtor® Greg Rapp introduce you to Granite Quarry, by showing you his adorable circa 1920,  2-bedroom/1-bath American Bungalow, sitting comfortably on Main Street. (Main Street is now quietly off the NC Rt 52 main corridor through town.) 

This cute-as-a-button home, at 411 Main Street South, has all the features of one of the most popular residential architectural styles in our history:  The Bungalow.  Bungalow characteristics commonly feature:

  • 1 – 1 1/2 stories
  • Low-pitched roof, often with broad eaves
  • Entry typically opens directly into living room
  • Often has a large front porch that creates an outdoor room
  • Easy access to outdoor spaces like verandas, porches, and patios
  • Open floor plan maximized for efficiency and flow from room to room with minimal space wasted on hallways

This Granite Quarry bungalow at 411 Main Street South is no exception!  The spacious 20 x 13 foot living room greets you as you step inside from our favorite feature, the large front sitting porch with its granite piers.  The combined kitchen and dining area is a roomy 20 x 11 feet! A laundry room to the rear of the home was formerly a back porch, which is now enclosed and offers tons of storage space!

Did we mention this home is as cute as a button? It is in MOVE-IN condition with a freshly painted interior and a new metal roof just installed in 2010. The bathroom is freshly remodeled.

This single-story home is ideal as a starter home or for the retired who'd like to downsize! The fenced-in back yard includes a nice storage shed that will convey with your home purchase.  All appliances and heat are electric (clean & dry!)...AND with the home's vinyl siding and metal roof ~ this charming bungalow is virtually maintenance free! 

Granite Quarry has churches of most denominations, schools (elementary, middle, high and private), parks, walking trails, and most day-to-day amenities including shopping and small restaurants. 

Here is list of local schools in the Granite Quarry area:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Granite Quarry:
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (about 3 miles; Salisbury, NC)
  • Davidson County Community College (about 23 miles; Thomasville, NC)
  • NASCAR Technical Institute (about 24 miles; Mooresville, NC)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (about 27 miles; Charlotte, NC)
  • Forsyth Technical Community College (about 34 miles; Winston Salem, NC)
  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (about 35 miles; Charlotte, NC)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (about 35 miles; Charlotte, NC)

Public highschools in Granite Quarry:
  • Rowan Co Early College (1333 Jake Alexander Blvd S; Grades: 9-12)
  • East Rowan High (175 St Luke's Church Rd; Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Granite Quarry:
  • Koontz Elementary (685 East Ritchie Rd; Grades: KG-5)
  • Granite Quarry Elementary (118 South Walnut St; Grades: PK-5)
  • Dole Elementary (465 Choate Rd; Grades: PK-5)
  • Southeast Middle (1570 Peeler Rd; Grades: 6-8)
  • Erwin Middle (170 St Luke's Church Rd; Grades: 6-8)

If you can't find what you're looking for in Granite Quarry, you're sure to find it within a forty-five minute or less (much less!) drive.  Up the road, the City of Salisbury is a cultural hub with live theater, music venues, art galleries, and museums, as well as a plethora of restaurants and shopping opportunities.  To the north and south, the cities of Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte offer even more 'things-to-do' and places to see!  Living in Granite Quarry takes you out of that city bustle, and offers a clean, safe community with great personality and a feeling of the way things used to be ~ with the attractions that cities have to offer just a stones-throw away!

Contact Greg Rapp at (704)213-6846 to take in what Granite Quarry, North Carolina, and this cute-as-a-button Bungalow at 411 Main Street, has to offer!

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

October 20, 2014

Lot for Sale ~ In the Country Club Hills Neighborhood ~ A Unique Opportunity!

WOW!!!  The opportunity to purchase a lot in the well-established Country Club Hills neighborhood of Salisbury, North Carolina doesn't come along every day!  BUT .  .  . Here it is!!!

This 125 x 168 foot lot in the established Country Club Hills area is right smack in a beautiful residential neighborhood overflowing with wonderful homes and huge old-growth shade trees.  Now you can build the home of your choice in this fine neighborhood.  The lot has a nice flat grade, so building will not be a challenge.

This lot was previously being sold as part of the home-sale for 108 Canteberry Drive, where the buyer could purchase either the home on its single lot, the home and the adjacent lot, or the lot itself. . . and therefore it was one of those 'best kept secrets' that the lot was available on its own.  The owners have decided to break the vacant parcel out of the home sale...and now its available for YOU! (You can still purchase the home and lot together if you choose ~ and the home price has been reduced from the original asking price!)

Come see this beautiful neighborhood, and see if this piece of land is what you've been looking for in this wonderful older area of Salisbury NC!  Call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty today and drive out to see it: (704) 213-6846.

The lot is just visible to the rear of this photo

MLS #: L57052
Canteberry Drive
Salisbury NC 28144 

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

October 18, 2014

Living in the City! Why You Should . . . and Can Soon!

Editors Note: All the first story retail spaces, in what is now known as the Bernhardt Luxury Lofts, are filled, and all but two apartments are leased. Call Greg Rapp at 704.214.6846 for more info. (5/23/2015) 

Urban homes that are carved out of grand old buildings offer irreplaceable design traits along with a few challenges.

Often, older urban structures contain brilliant architectural characteristics that are part and parcel of a bygone building standard: soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, lots of windows, and rich finish materials generally used in lobbies or elevators. With the benefits of urban life becoming clearer and clearer, it's no wonder that people are showing a strong preference for it.

Americans are leaning towards a pronounced shift in the housing market over the past decade, with a preference for urban living, more demand for walkability, mixed uses, and access to public transit. Couple these trends with abundant recreational opportunities, urban green spaces, and well-designed
residential infrastructure, and the future of cities looks very bright.

Cities are smarter for you

Because higher density and mixed uses promote more casual exercise, larger cities often are healthier. Every 30 minutes per day spent in a car increases the likelihood of obesity by three percent, whereas walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods decrease it by seven percent.  Polls show that the longer your commute, the lower your well-being.  Decentralization, fragmentation and longer commutes can significantly hinder the ability to form community ties, research reveals.

Cities are smarter for the economy 

Cities are economic engines! As population density rises, so do wages and productivity: for every 50-percent swelling in density, productivity grows by 2-4 percent. In most states, just one or two metropolitan areas account for the majority of the state's GDP.  Often, one city alone accounts for the bulk of economic output.  Cities bring opportunities for wealth and for creative inspiration that results from face-to-face
contact with others. The interaction of people living in close quarters fosters the kind of collaborative creativity that has produced some of humanity's best ideas. Cities breed innovation by putting people with diverse views in close proximity, fostering "cauldrons of creativity."

Cities are smarter for the environment 

Urban development is significantly more efficient with resources, because higher density yields lower waste. A recent Berkeley study revealed that the average footprint for households in major urban areas is less than half the national average, while it can be twice the average in suburbs. New York, the largest U.S. city, is also the greenest by far for per-capita consumption. Its carbon emissions are less than a third the national average, and electricity use is 75 percent lower than Dallas. Because walking and public transit are popular, gasoline consumption now approximates U.S. levels from the 1920s. Denser land use also preserves more area for natural development. According to estimates, a single acre of forest absorbs enough carbon and produces enough oxygen to meet the annual needs of 18 people. Reforesting the land of a single Big Box retail site can nullify the environmental footprint of over 300 people.  (Hosey, L., Why Cities Are Smarter, Huffingtonpost.com, Posted: 03/06/2014)

Live in Downtown Salisbury NC

The City of Salisbury, North Carolina, recently adopted Revitalization Incentive Grants for the downtown area, or what is know here as the Municipal Service District (MSD).  The grants encourage development of existing buildings and the creation of residential units in the downtown.  Enter...the historic Bernhardt Hardware Building!

Bernhardt Hardware, oil on canvas, by Robert Toth

The c. 1882 Bernhardt Hardware Store finally closed for business after having been the City of Salisbury's downtown hardware source as far back as 1927.  Developers purchased the Main Street building in 2013 via Realtor® Greg Rapp and, after meeting with architects and designers, began work on the historic structure in earnest mid-2014.

Plans are moving full-speed-ahead to have retail, offices, and a restaurant on the street level...but the really exciting development will be the (6) new loft-style residential spaces on the upper level (drawings courtesy of Stout Studio Architecture).

Apartment #5, the only 1-bedroom space, is already rented!

But there are 5 more available!  Apartment #3 is a 3-bedroom space ($2,000/month), and the remainder are 2-bedroom spaces ($1,200/month).  Call Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty, who is managing the leasing for the residential spaces, at (704) 213-6846 to get a jump on these living spaces!

Our favorite is Apartment #6, which will be a 2-story space with it's own entry from the rear parking lot, and a wonderful mezzanine level overlooking the first floor ($2,000/month)!  This apartment will feature a seamless kitchen/dining/living area on the first floor, which will be open to the soaring height of the second story ceiling, and will include a 1st floor bedroom, office, or guest room, and ground level bath.

Up the staircase to the mezzanine, you'll find the Master Bedroom with full bath and plenty of closet and storage space!  (Note: the photo here is presented as conceptual and may not be an accurate representation of the finished space.)

One of the more desirable qualities of an urban homes like what we are soon to see in the Bernhardt Hardware space is achieved by the long, tall windows that not only define a room, but also increase the sense of space with panoramic views. The sight of cityscapes, skylines, boulevards, fountains, and bustling streets provides an excitement reserved for city living.  (Note: the photo here is presented as conceptual and may not be an accurate representation of the finished space.)

The Bernhardt Hardware Building renovations, at 113 N. Main Street in Salisbury, NC, are slated to be complete by January 2015. If city living in one of these fabulous newly appointed apartments in a historic 1882 building is up your alley...give Greg Rapp a call: (704)213-6846. We are signing leases NOW!

(Note: the photo here is presented as conceptual and may not be an accurate representation of the finished space.)

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

October 17, 2014

Who's Selling Houses? Greg Rapp, That's Who! Who You Gonna Call?

Success in the Historic West Square neighborhood ~ Salisbury North Carolina's first nationally designated historic district!

The circa 1903 Folk Victorian at 418 S. Ellis Street , located in the prestigious West Square Historic District of Salisbury, North Carolina, is a beautiful 2200+ square-foot, 4-bedroom 2-bath, Folk Victorian home with many of its original architectural details in place . . . and was just sold by Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty ~ who specializes in historic and vintage homes.  Greg is the agent to call if you are trying to sell or purchase an older home with character and history that none but the vintage homes have!  Greg's expertise is reflected when he demonstrates the many advantages of living in a historic home in one of Salisbury's 10 historic districts.

The home at 418 S. Ellis Street retains so many of the wonderful features of turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture:  The French parlor doors, spacious 15 x 15 rooms, fireplaces with original mantles, leaded glass kitchen cabinetry, wainscoting, and so much more.

Just a peek at the exterior with its double French Country entry door, gingerbread trim, and the must-have sweep of front veranda let you know that something special awaits you inside!  You can read more (and see pictures!) about this Folk Victorian home here >>> http://www.realestatesalisbury.net/2014/03/circa-1903-folk-victorian-home-for-sale.html.

Salisbury,  North Carolina has a most impressive inventory of homes dating from the 1800s and early 1900s, representing a plethora of architectural styles: Queen Anne, Folk, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Tudor, Spanish Revival, Four-Square, and even Mid-Century Modern.  There is something for everyone...and at every price range.  Contact Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846 to make an appointment to see the selection, and get a glimpse of life in any one of the (10) historic districts in Salisbury NC.  Salisbury is known for its preservation mindset and is famed for the wonderful homes and historic downtown buildings.

Wanting to sell your vintage home?  No one....NO ONE...has the track record of selling historic homes in this area that Greg Rapp has.  List your home today and share your success story here...on RealEstateSalisbury.net!

Call Greg today: 
(704) 213-6846!


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