March 09, 2015

America's Favorite Architectural Style: The American Craftsman Bungalow! Priced Right!

It's America's favorite architectural style: The American Craftsman Bungalow!

These are the homes that were built by true craftsmen - the homes our grandparents or great-grandparents owned. They are becoming scarce in many communities as they fall into disrepair, or are bull-dozed to make room for modern, cookie cutter homes. However, in Salisbury North Carolina, these special, well-preserved residences are dream homes to those who crave their appeal. And Greg Rapp has just the American Bungalow for you!

Built in 1915 in a quiet, highly desirable neighborhood in Salisbury NC, this authentic American Craftsman Bungalow at 221 Wiley Avenue retains many original details: the beautiful wide front door with sidelights, many original lighting fixtures, and gorgeous masonry fireplaces.

This single-story rustic home has the classic details of the bungalow style ~ 10' ceilings, a long center hallway connecting all the elements, bedrooms to the left, living, dining, and kitchen areas to the right, and 2 large front parlors with their original masonry fireplaces intact. 

9-over-1 pane windows throughout the home let in tons of light. 

The living and dining room, like so many Bungalow floor plans, are graciously sized, and feature oak hardwood floors throughout, and working transoms over doorways to let cooling summer air waft through your home. 


The dining room's original 1915 details include a built-in china hutch and classic plate molding around the circumference of the room . . . and the beautiful vintage brass light fixture that appears to be original to the home. 

A particularly nice feature of the floor plan is the breakfast room nestled between the kitchen and dining rooms!

The kitchen has tile counter tops, lots of cupboard space, and features its original vintage cast iron, porcelain coated sink. 

The home has a separate laundry room with beadboard walls off the kitchen to the back (how nice!) with a window that overlooks the backyard and lets the afternoon sun come streaming in. 

This great bungalow has a large attic accessed via a staircase ~ a space that has wonderful potential for renovating to add additional second story living space. 

Here in North Carolina, and nearly everywhere else, the covered and railed front porch is everyone's favorite gathering spot, and when Wiley Avenue is your home, it will be yours too!  

Porches and the South work so well together, don't you agree?

And speaking of porches... an additional wonderful screened back porch, a 'sleeping porch', is just the perfect spot to take in summer evenings, overlooking your deep yard with brick patio and small cottage garage. 

This wonderful rustic bungalow at 221 Wiley Avenue retains many of its original architectural details ~ the original and gracious wide front door with sidelights, wood screen door, dentil woodwork, beamed eaves, and cornice brackets set this Wiley Avenue home apart from so many others that have undergone renovation only to lose these special details. 

The price, at just $69,000 (YES! Not $165,000 . . . just $65,000!) reflects some updating this rustic bungalow needs. The home is structurally sound*, but has literally been untouched for many years. Cosmetic and aesthetic updates are all it needs to become a museum piece Craftsman Bungalow!

The Fulton Heights Neighborhood in Salisbury NC, not only a national historic district, is noted for being family friendly. You'll nearly always see walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and even a dog-walking group along the grid of sidewalks in this historic district, where the homes nearly all date from the early 1900s when the first trolley system was installed that connect Fulton Heights to downtown Salisbury and on out to the Spencer Shops. The original trolley tracks are rumored to still be in place along what are now planted medians on some of the Fulton Heights avenues. In addition to having great walkability, the neighborhood has its own park, and is close to downtown Salisbury's many unique shops, restaurants, galleries, and performing arts theaters. Salisbury is well-known for its vibrant art scene! 

The American Bungalow was the darling of middle-class families and the dominate house style from 1905 until the 1920s. It quickly faded from favor by the early 1930s and many homes fell into disrepair over the following decades. Today, the Craftsman is one of the most often restored house styles in America due to its manageable size, open design, and prime location in first-rung neighborhoods near or surrounding the city centers across America.  The same is true of our 221 Wiley Avenue bungalow home in Fulton Heights.

Are you ready to have an authentic American Bungalow of your own? Now is the chance to make 221 Wiley Avenue your home, and at such an affordable price in such a desirable neighborhood, how can you go wrong? You know this is a special opportunity ~ so give Greg Rapp/Wallace Realty a call at (704) 213-6846 today and take a look at this wonderful property. A little vision and elbow grease and 221 Wiley Avenue is ready to be your personal showcase!

Call Greg Rapp for more details! 

 *The right front corner of the front porch will require some shoring up due to tree root intrusion there. Otherwise the foundation is in good shape.

221 Wiley Avenue
Salisbury NC 28144
MLS # R56086



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

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