October 15, 2014

The 39th Annual October Tour of Historic Homes ~ Did the Historic Bug Bite You?

This past weekend, the Historic Salisbury Foundation presented its 39th Annual October Tour™ ~ the annual tour of historic homes in Salisbury, North Carolina, hosted by the Historic Salisbury Foundation ~ when 1000s of people flock to Salisbury to see a selection of private historic homes open to the public!

Ten historic homes were featured in this year's, the 39th annual, tour.  This is one of the biggest weekends in Salisbury NC ~ with loads of events tied to October Tour™ ~ a Bootlegger's Ball, October Tour Night Out in Downtown Salisbury, the Bank Street Cafe with live music and entertainment on the Josephus Hall House Museum lawn, and the Oil Painters of America Artists' Reception, also on the lawn on Saturday evening.

Salisbury, North Carolina is known for its fantastic inventory of vintage homes, dating from as early as 1793 (The John Steele House) and on up through the 1800s Victorian Era through the early 1900s Arts & Crafts Movement.  During the Civil War, the Union Army had already been through Salisbury before the escalation that caused the troops to burn down towns and structures.  When Stoneman's troops again entered Salisbury at the end of the war in 1865, they spared the homes, only burning to the ground the infamous Confederate Prison and any of its supplies.  Therefore, Salisbury has the good fortune to retain much of its housing stock from that era ~ a luxury many southern towns were unfortunately not granted.

Once you've come to Salisbury, seen these fabulous homes, and experienced the thriving arts and cultural scene in the downtown area (theater, live music, art galleries, wine shops, bookstores, and antiques ~ even a world-class wedding gown shoppe) ~ you might have caught the 'bug' to own a historic home of your own.  That's your signal to call Greg Rapp (704.213.6846) ~ Realtor® with Wallace Realty, Salisbury's most established real estate company.  Greg has the most thorough selection of historic home listings and has been recognized for his expertise in the historic home market.  Here is a partial list of available homes in the historic arena, and there is something for everyone:  

(1) The Mary Steele-Scales House /Circa 1893.  A historic 2000+ square foot, 2-story, 3-bedroom Victorian home, on just under 1/2 acre landscaped property in the North Main Historic District ~ a steal!
126 E. Steele Street
MLS #: R55310 


(2) The J. R. Crawford House / Circa 1900.  This historic 4-bedroom, late Victorian dwelling is one of the more elaborate homes in the North Main Historic District. A renovation partially complete and in process, it is priced accordingly.
826 N. Main Street
MLS #: R56628

(3) The Ramsey-Voss House, Circa 1929. Built in 1929, this 3-bedroom brick Arts & Crafts cottage, on an elevated lot and separated from Main Street by its attractive stone retaining wall, is typical of the English influenced cottages built in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  The arched porch openings and a wonderful 'secret garden' at the rear of the home set apart this artist's cottage from the rest of the district's homes.
920 N. Main Street
MLS #: R55460

(4) The Knox House, Circa 1900.  A Vernacular Queen Anne, this 2700+ square foot home with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths has graciously large rooms, an impressive foyer and staircase to an upper mezzanine, and a 3/4 wrap-around porch.
226 S. Ellis Street
MLS #: 56682

(5)  The Wright/Kessler Cannon Mills House, Circa 1891*. Gorgeous, nearly 4000 square-foot Victorian, partially restored, with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, a huge wrap-around veranda, and fully restored kitchen. 9 decorative fireplaces. A work in progress, but totally liveable and just 2 blocks from Salisbury's Rail Walk Art District and Downtown. 
414 Park Avenue

(6) The H. C. Lentz House, Circa 1915This rustic authentic American Craftsman retains many original details: wide front door with sidelights, some original lighting fixtures, masonry fireplaces. Covered and railed front porch, screened back porch. Deep yard with brick patio and small cottage garage. Needs some refurbishing and updating. Located in the very desirable Fulton Heights neighborhood.
221 Wiley Avenue
MLS#: R56086 

(7) The Milford Hills Neighborhood, Circa 1930. Dutch Colonial Revival circa 1930 home with 4 bedrooms/2 baths ~ large rooms with over 2300 square feet in the Milford Hills neighborhood.  This deceivingly spacious home was a Sears-Roebuck 'kit' home! 
128 Milford Drive South
MLS #R56901 

(8) The Fulton Heights Neighborhood, Circa 1956This wonderful specimen of a Mid-Century Modern brick home, single story, 3 bedroom/2 bath, has a magnificent lot, over an acre of land, with large shade trees and pines, and an expanse of open meadow beyond the back yard.  Many of its mid-century modern architectural details are still in place: vaulted and beamed ceilings, geometric windows, & brick interior walls. The main living spaces are on the 1st level, and a walkout basement level includes a large rec room or additional bedroom and bath.
1124 Boyden Road
MLS#: R56183 

And if a commercial space is what you're looking for, especially after seeing the charming downtown area of Salisbury with its many buildings dating from the 1800s and up, then check out this general store space on the highly traveled Innes Street corridor:

The O.O. Rufty General Store, Circa 1900.  Over 12,000 square feet, 8300+ above grade, 3-story building in Downtown Salisbury that sees over 22,000 car count per day. Excellent retail location, with the fantastic potential to upfit the second story to residential living with the City of Salisbury's new incentive grants**. 
126 E. Innes Street
MLS# C56243 


There are many other wonderful historic listings, both residential and commercial, in Salisbury North Carolina!  So  . . . 

If you've been 'bitten' by the historic bug, and there are plenty of good reasons for that to happen, then give Realtor® Greg Rapp a call ~ (hint: remove the x from the email address) ~ 704.213.6846!  He's got the cure!


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


* The Wright/Kessler Cannon Mills House at 414 Park Avenue is described in the National Register of Historic Places Long Street/Park Avenue Historic District Inventory as follows: "One of the oldest houses in the district, this two-story weatherboarded frame dwelling has been covered in stucco and has undergone other modern alterations. Although some of its original exterior ornament survives, these modern alterations have reduced its significance. Its early history is obscure and the identity of its original builder is not known. It was probably built about 1891 and appears on the 1891 map of the area produced by the Central Land Company. However, it does not appear in city directories until 1907 when it was occupied by prosperous grocer R. W. Wright. City tax records indicate the home as built in 1900.

**  To learn more about the City of Salisbury's newly adopted incentive grants for the downtown area, click [HERE].


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