July 23, 2015

Seriously Cute House ~ Seriously Needs Work ~ Seriously Great Price!

The Fulton Heights Neighborhood in Salisbury North Carolina is known locally for its local park, its grid of walkable sidewalks, and its wonderful collection of vintage homes. Built as one of the first 'suburbs' of the City of Salisbury in the early 1900s, a trolley system once threaded through the neighborhood, over to North Main Street, and on to Spencer North Carolina. Supported by a strong neighborhood association, the Fulton Heights neighborhood is a very desirable area in which to live ~ close to city amenities but a contained neighborhood rich in history.

An opportunity for a fixer-upper in this neighborhood doesn't come often, but here we have a circa 1928 Fulton Heights bungalow ripe for the picking! 

This circa 1928 approx 1500 sq ft. 2-bedroom (formerly 3-bedroom) / 1-bath home at 427 Heilig Avenue is as cute as can be on the outside. A single story bungalow with a wrap porch extending the front of the home and down one side (complete with porch swing!)creates the quintessential summer Southern vibe.  A large deck in back overlooks the large, fenced-in, sloping back yard.

The interior has seen some remodeling that is inconsistent with the bungalow's original architectural concept. Formerly, the home perhaps had two front parlors, common to the era, but a wall had been removed between the two creating a large living room (24' x 14') that spans the front of the home. You'll see where support columns have been left in place, but have created a hole in the flooring. An impressive stone fireplace spans one wall, complete with wall-to-wall raised hearth, a nice seating area or place for decorative items, books, and pillows.

The interior has other signs of neglect.

A once-charming kitchen needs an entire redo, from old linoleum flooring to cabinetry. A cute breakfast room streaming with natural light was probably once a rear porch, separated from the kitchen area by an arched doorway and built-in shelves.   You'll note original beadboard wainscoting and chair rail along the walls.

A formal dining room sits between the kitchen and front parlor.

A bit of really unfortunate news is that former owners were pet lovers . . . but not in a good way. The home retains an unfortunately strong pet odor. The original hardwood floors are in place but will more than likely require complete sanding and refinishing to abate the odor, and likewise for all interior walls: they will need refinishing and painting again for odor abatement.

The good news:  The home retains much of its original circa 1928 millwork and hardwood floors. The home could easily be restored to either a 2-parlor or 3-bedroom home if the removed wall in the living room was rebuilt. The duct work has been removed but HVAC components are still in place.  The home has both attic and basement.

Yes, this house needs work, but a home in the Fulton Heights Neighborhood will earn its value back in short order once restored.

While 427 Heilig Avenue is currently uninhabitable, you would never know from the street view. This home has lots of curb appeal and will make a wonderful restoration project for the right person. The home is being sold as-is / where-is, and the asking price of $36,000 reflects the needed work.  The tax value on this property is just over $80,000!

For more information on this home, and many other historic homes in the Salisbury/Rowan County area, contact Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty for more information! 

Call Greg at (704) 213-6846.

Salisbury, NC 28144 
MLS #: R57947 
List Price: $36,000

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

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