February 27, 2016

Bungalow-Hunters! Score an Affordable & Authentic Arts and Crafts Home!

Preservation and restoration enthusiasts! America's most popular vintage home design is the Arts & Crafts or Craftsman Bungalow!   ~ and Historic Preservation Real Estate Agent Greg Rapp has just listed this large Craftsman bungalow in the North Main Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina! All of the hard & expensive work has been done! Here is your chance to get a good deal on this style of historic home & pick up where the current owners left off.  Bungalow-hunters can score an affordable Arts and Crafts home at 1701 N. Main Street, Salisbury, North Carolina! Get your phone ready to call Greg at 704.213.6846 to see this bungalow for yourself!

Overlooking the Main Street promenade from its elevated lot and wide front porch typical of the era, this pivotal 1910 Craftsman at 1701 N. Main Street has many of its original historic details in place, but a new roof, new heat & air conditioning, and new plumbing are going to make the modern side of living far easier!

Two front parlors are completely restored . . . just look at those sparkling floors, and we love when folks have not painted over original wood trim ~ beautiful! Restored pocket doors in the two front parlors glide as smooth as butter!

And speaking of details ~ three terrific mantles showcase Cambridge tile firebox surrounds in beautiful shades of green. How lovely to have the original tiles and wood mantels intact! The coal-burning fireplaces have their original iron fireboxes ~ so handsome!

The remainder of this fine home needs the finishing touches. The kitchen has been updated with new cabinets. And again ~ the pretty floors just shine!

The dining room will be gorgeous once its restoration has been finished ~ with its bay window and built-in china cabinet, a classic Craftsman feature.

Note the beadboard wainscoting and claw foot bath tub in the bathroom!  Love~LOVE!

You will love the huge wrap-around front porch ~ the classic must-have feature for any fine Southern home. Imagine sitting here in the year 1910, with the trolley cars humming to and fro along Main Street from the Town of Spencer to Fulton Heights, Salisbury's first 'suburb'.  Many of the beautiful historic homes along the North Main corridor were built just after the trolley system was installed in 1905.  Some say the tracks are still beneath the pavement along the promenade (and in fact you can see remnants of trolley tracks on Caldwell Street further in town!)!

Tax records indicate 1701 N. Main Street built in 1910. The National Register of Historic Places lists this home as circa 1915. The Historic Register classifies homes as Pivotal, Contributing, Intrusion, and Fill.  Contributing is the highest attribution.

This circa 1910 2-bedroom-2 bath home has already been outfitted with replacement windows. There is the potential to expand into the second floor of this 1.5 story home if one were to install a stair case.  The exterior has been totally scraped & awaits your choice of paint colors.  Here in Salisbury, if you are a member of the Historic Salisbury Foundation, you are rewarded with significant discounts at Sherwin Williams Paint!  And the Foundation also maintains a wonderful resource for architectural salvage materials at their 'Ice House' to help outfit your home with period details.  Call the HSF to know more!

A great view of the dining room bay window from the exterior, and the handsome granite block retaining wall.

And did you know that the City of Salisbury offers Historic Preservation Grants to homeowners in its historic districts? The City offers the grant cycle once per year, typically in October, with winners having through the rest of the fiscal year to complete their project or in other words, projects must be completed by June. Applicants must own and occupy their house to qualify, but this is a great incentive for people wanting to make improvements to the exteriors of their historic homes!

So you see, while 1701 North Main Street is a restoration in progress, much of the 'big stuff' that often scares folks away from a home rehab project have already been done!  This vintage home is just blocks from restaurants, shops and the Rowan County Library, and Salisbury is within an hour of Charlotte, Winston-Salem, & Greensboro, NC.    

The timing is right to call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty at 704-213-6846 to make this collector's item Arts & Crafts home your own...and score on an affordable bungalow!

Salisbury, NC 28144 
MLS#: 58492
List Price: $69,000

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

February 21, 2016

Another Vintage Home Sold ~ by Greg Rapp!

Take a peek at this wonderful circa 1935 home in the beautiful Catawba College area of Salisbury, North Carolina ~ 311 Lantz Avenue!

This gorgeous residence is a perfect example of what you get when you purchase an older home. The details cannot be matched! Gleaming hardwood floors welcome you through the lovely entry, in through the pretty foyer & handsome staircase.
Original details such as the curved newel post, arched doorways, and built-in shelving are classic 1930's architecture.

The spacious kitchen retains the original metal cabinets, a revived trend! The original masonry fireplace, French doors, and bead board walls are wonderful unique statements underlining the character of this vintage home!

Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty is well-known for his expertise with marketing the older vintage homes in the Salisbury-Rowan area. In 2015 alone, Greg sold 52% of the historic homes here in Salisbury.

If you are in the market to buy a vintage house with details and character like no other, give Greg a call at 704.213.6846 and you'll be on your way to owning your own classic home. Ready to sell that historic house? Greg's niche marketing targeting the vintage-home audience outsells the rest!

Put it to the test! Call or text Greg Rapp today: (704) 213-6846.

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

February 17, 2016

Cute ♦ Cute ♦ Cute ~ Move-In-Ready ~ Nearly 2 Acres!!!

This house is so cute, it could be right out of a story book! But you can huff and puff all you want...this solid brick house isn't going anywhere!

Built in 1945, this 1.5 story brick home's exterior features the arched portico entries to the L-shaped, wrap porch. Enter through the front door to front parlor, and the first thing you'll notice is the gorgeous wood floors, or will it be the brick corner fireplace, or maybe it will be that the entire place is a~fresh with new paint!

The sunny kitchen is spotless with white cabinetry, fresh countertops, and warm terra-cotta colored flooring. The kitchen has a great little butler's pantry, and a room to the side that would make a great laundry room.  The formal dining room sits between the front parlor and the kitchen.

Off the living room is another room that would make a great den, library, or office, again with the beautiful wood floors that are throughout this wonderful home.

The Master Bedroom is on the main floor, with a doorway to the sheltered rocking-chair area of the porch . . . . a great place to take your morning coffee!

The second story opens to a center room that could be an upstairs sitting room or playroom, flanked on either side by two of the coziest bedrooms you ever saw!

3435 Long Ferry Road sits on nearly two acres of land ~ country air, but just minutes from I-85! Along the winding Long Ferry Road that heads from Salisbury to High Rock Lake, this low maintenance home is out in the country, and with the extra lot, totaling 1.74 acres, you could have a proper farmette, raise chickens, or plant a huge garden!

And after you've harvested all your garden goodies, store them in your walk-out basement that has a nice workshop area.

A single-car garage on the property is uniquely built of terra-cotta block ~ something you just don't see every day!

Wonderfully repainted through & through, this cute-cute-cute 3 bedroom home is ready to move in! To see it for yourself, give Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty a call: (704) 213-6846.

Salisbury NC 28146 

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

February 15, 2016

Commercial Building ~ Solar Heat ~ Prime Location ~ Under Tax Value!!!

Looking for a GREAT LOCATION for your business?  Look no further!!!

There are three main ‘drags’ in Salisbury, North Carolina:  Jake Alexander Boulevard (red), Main Street (green), and Innes Street (purple).  If you are looking for a business location with prime visibility here, these main thoroughfares are where you would start. The problem is, as is true for many prime locations, costs in such an area can be prohibitive.

So if you are looking for great visibility along a main thoroughfare, but cost is an issue…. look no further!!  Look no further than 1029 Old Innes Street in Salisbury NC.   

This solid masonry and steel beam building sits in a prime commercial locale, with many, MANY thriving businesses around it.  And at just $89,900, when the tax value is at $126,440, the price can’t be beat!!!

While not directly on Innes Street, Old Innes skirts around and parallel to Innes, 1029 OLD INNES STREET WEST can be seen from the main drag.  This 2560 square-foot building sits on the corner of Old Innes and Lloyd Streets.   

The reason many people do not want their private home on a corner lot is exactly because it is so visible, too visible for private lives. . . but for a commercial location ~ exactly what the doctor ordered!

To help you further save on your commercial location costs, this fine building with its spacious 20’ x 15’  lobby (or sales showroom) and expansive 47’ x 31’ shop area (which could be transformed to fit a variety of utilization), uses  solar heat with gas back up ~ making this building a low maintenance and low cost alternative.   

The shop has hanging gas heaters; radiators heat the offices via solar hot water and have a hydrothermal gas backup unit. On top of all this, (pun intended), the roof on 1029 OLD INNES STREET WEST is only approximately 8 years old.  

This fine masonry property also has (2) half baths and a break room area.  A roll-up garage door at the rear of the building offers exceptional accessibility, reached via a side driveway.   

The building has a small covered porch, providing your customers with a welcoming front, and sits on a grassy lawn that could be landscaped to add to that welcoming feel at your new business location.

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You will not find a nicer commercial building at a better location at a better price than this! 

Call Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 to see 1029 OLD INNES STREET WEST, so you don’t miss out on this opportunity to visualize your business ~ where others can visualize it too ~ along one of the three main thoroughfares and prime commercial districts in Salisbury NC

1029 Old Innes Street W.
Salisbury NC 28144 

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

February 14, 2016

Home is Where the Heart Is!

Home is where the heart is!

 Happy Valentine's Day! 

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty

February 13, 2016

The Stats Are In! Greg Rapp & Wallace Realty #1 in Historic Property Sales!

Yes ~ The stats are in! 
Greg Rapp & Wallace Realty 
are #1 in Historic Property Sales!

Salisbury, North Carolina and the surrounding rolling countryside and small towns of Rowan County are well known for the historic architecture here. Unlike many Southern towns that suffered the loss of such architecture during and after the Civil War, a great number Salisbury's beautiful homes and downtown buildings are intact, and they tell the story of their history like nothing else can.

Greg Rapp is also recognized as the expert in the area for historic home sales and marketing and for promoting the preservation and reuse of the vintage architecture in Salisbury's downtown. His vision led to the purchase and renovation of the 1800s Bernhardt Hardware in on N. Main Street that is now home to thriving restaurants and retail at the street level with residential living spaces above.

So if we know all this ~ why the drum roll?

Because the numbers don't lie! And this is why you should list with Greg if you are wanting to sell that old house...or if you are in the market to buy an antique home and wouldn't move into a new home if it landed on you! (We know who you are!)

Here's the deal:

When real estate agents list a home for sale, they can 'key' the property as historic. This is the tool we use to see how many historic homes are available for sale when you say, "I am really interested in an older home."

Additionally, real estate agents look at each part of the home-sale transaction as an individual transaction. Example: Greg Rapp sells a house for his seller. That's one transaction. Greg Rapp sells this same house to a buyer. That's a second transaction. You and I tend to see this as one transaction, as in 'the house sold' ~ BOOM! But that is not how it works in the world of real estate!

We'll show you how this works! 

In the period from January 2015 to January 2016, if we key in 'historic' and 'Fulton Heights' (one of the 10 historic districts in Salisbury NC) in the Salisbury Rowan Association of Realtors® database, there were 19 historic property sales in the Salisbury area...or 38 transactions. Of those 38 transactions, 14 of those were Greg Rapp's. That's 37% of the total historic sales! And if we look at Wallace Realty as a company, Wallace agents closed 21 of those 38 transactions. That's 55% of the market!

We can look at this in another way that is actually much simpler...and to the point.

There were 19 historic properties sold. 
10 of those were sold by Greg Rapp.  
That's 52% of the historic sales 
attributed to ONE AGENT:  
Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty!

Friends, the numbers don't lie! 

When you are looking for a historic home in the Salisbury/Rowan area...Wallace Realty is the agency to call, and Greg Rapp is your agent! When we say no one knows historic and vintage properties like Greg Rapp, we mean it! And we have the stats to prove it!

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