December 31, 2016

Happy New Year ~ From Greg Rapp!

Fireworks, champagne toasts, and large- and small-scale celebrations launch 2017 across continents in countries which follow the Gregorian or Roman calendar. From well-attended fireworks displays from Sydney to London, four days of partying in Rio and Edinburgh, to the crystal ball dropping in New York’s Times Square, the threshold between December 31 and January 1 provides plenty of reasons to celebrate!

REALTOR® Greg Rapp wishes you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year ~ in a multitude of languages from across the globe!

♦ Danish: Godt Nytar

♦ Dutch: Zalig kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

♦ French: Bonne Annee

♦ Galician (Northwestern Spain): Bo Nadal e Feliz Aninovo

♦ German: Frohes Fest und guten Rutsch

♦ Irish: Bliain Mhaith Úr

♦ Italian: Felice anno nuovo

♦ Japan: Akimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu

♦ Maltese: Is-Sena-t-Tajba

♦ Philippines: Manigong Bagong Taon!

♦ Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo

♦ Romanian: Un An Nou Fericit

♦ Spanish: Feliz Ano Nuevo

♦ Swedish: Gott nytt ar!

Happy New Year!
From Greg Rapp 
& Wallace Realty Company!

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

December 22, 2016

Live Close to Everything! 921 Lincolnton Road in Salisbury is For Sale!

Located right near the outer perimeter of the Fulton Heights neighborhood in Salisbury, North Carolina is not a bad place to be! When you live at sparkling clean 921 Lincolnton Road, you get the best of all worlds: a close knit neighborhood of modest homes interlaced with sidewalks, big shade trees, and families . . . yet just around the corner from our many much-needed amenities for banking, shopping, dining, gas stations, and even exercising. Yes, the J. F. Hurley Family YMCA is just around the corner! Welcome to 921 Lincolnton Road, where area Realtor® Greg Rapp has this sweet single-story 3 bedroom home just waiting for YOU!

This little 1221 square-foot charmer with its rocking chair porch is in move-in condition, boasting fresh paint, two new bathrooms, and new replacement tilt out double insulated windows throughout the home (except the kitchen).

The kitchen overlooks a sunny and pleasant dining area, keeping the chef connected with guests!  The kitchen and dining area feature new laminate flooring, while the rest of the home has the warmth and beauty of hardwood floors.

The sunshine yellow wakes up the living room like the rising sun. The feng shui color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting yellow vibes always lighten and brighten any room, as well as create a cozy, welcoming feeling. And just look at those gleaming wood floors! What a treasure!

Three pretty bedrooms bedecked with large 6-over-6 paned windows are cozy, light-filled spaces with more of those shining wood floors. Two baths and a spacious laundry room are added bonus features!

Outside, you'll enjoy looking out over the nearly 130-foot deep yard from a nicely sized rear deck. A deep driveway provides parking with additional on-street parking available behind the house.  From here is where you'll pop into your car and within minutes you'll be taking care of just about any errand you'll want to run. The vibrant commercial area of Jake Alexander Blvd is just a stone's throw away from 921 Lincolnton Road, with banks, restaurants, grocery store . . . even Dunkin' Donuts! An errand run is no longer and excursion ~ but just a hop, skip, and a jump!

And now. . . we've been saving the best for last!  This updated move-in ready home is priced at UNDER $80,000!!!  That's right!  You'll be hard-pressed to find as nice a 3-bedroom home for $79,900!

Do you need to see more? The time is right to give one of the area's top real estate agents a call: Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty at (704) 213-6846. Let Greg show you what living at 921 Lincolnton Road is all about! Get the best of all worlds in YOUR new home!

921 Lincolnton Road
Salisbury NC 28144

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

December 16, 2016

Under Contract in 10 Days! Moral of the Story: List Your Property with Greg Rapp

At the Rowan and Davie County line, just outside of Salisbury North Carolina, and along the southeast bank of the South Yadkin River, sits the landmark circa 1875 Lindsay-Tatum-Wyatt House on its nearly 17-acre parcel.

On Thanksgiving Day 2016, Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty Company listed this unique property for sale. With over a dozen showings in as many ensuing days, this incredible property with its vintage centennial home, rolling acres, 1600 feet of river-front, stables, and a club house with an incredible history . . . Greg had the Lindsay-Tatum-Wyatt House at 8670 Hwy 601 under contract. . . and in just 13 days.

Take a virtual stroll through this fantastic piece of country property here!

Should you be interested in presenting a back-up offer for the circa 1875 Lindsay-Tatum-Wyatt House, contact real estate agent and 'old-house' expert Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846, or email:

8670 US Hwy 601

Salisbury NC 28147




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

December 13, 2016

Handsome c.1922 Foursquare Home In Fulton Heights Can Be Yours!

One of Salisbury, North Carolina's more desirable neighborhoods is the historic Fulton Heights neighborhood - a close-knit sidewalk-laced grid of homes that date between 1900 and the early 1930s, creating the ambiance and appeal of the All-American neighborhood. And now, a Fulton Heights address can be yours: Welcome to 328 Mitchell Avenue, and American Foursquare home on a beautiful corner lot in the center of Fulton Heights, listed with Realtor® Greg Rapp, the area's 'old-house' expert!

The American Foursquare
  • Simple floor plan
  • Boxy, cubic shape
  • Full width front porch with columnar supports and wide stairs
  • Offset front entry in an otherwise symmetrical facade
  • Two to two and a half stories
  • Pyramidal, hipped roof, often with wide eaves
  • Large central dormer (The dormer feature is not present at 328 Mitchell Avenue. Was it once there?  We don't know for sure!)
  • Large single light windows in front, otherwise double hung

Stately 328 Mitchell Avenue sits on an slightly elevated double lot surrounded by handsome granite block retaining wall. The American Foursquare style was popular between 1890 and about 1935. After 1900, it was one of the most popular house styles in both rural settings and on small city lots. True to the style, this circa 1922 home is a sensible two-story home that is comfortable to live in, and aesthetically pleasing in its simplicity. The Foursquare takes its name from its simple, cubic shape and floor plan which is divided into quarters on each floor. Like the Prairie style, the Foursquare has a low pitched, hipped roof with a deep overhang. Frequently, they are seen with a large, hipped central dormer, however the home at 328 Mitchell Avenue does not have this feature. It does have the notable large wide porch, supported by handsome columns, that runs the full width of the house.

328 Mitchell Avenue offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a half-bath within its 2248 square feet of living space. A fourth upper room can certainly be another bedroom, but has no closet (For bedrooms that lack a spacious walk-in closet, an armoire or wardrobe can be a blessing!). A nice feature is the 1st floor owners suite with large walk-in closet, separate bathroom, and 1st floor laundry room.

The home is graced with a formal living room and dining room. The kitchen is outfitted with vintage knotty pine cabinetry, pretty wood floors, and has a nice tile backsplash. All the rooms in this Arts & Crafts era home are spacious and symmetrical with beautiful heart-of-pine floors.

In addition to the beautiful double lot, a rare instance in this tightly woven neighborhood, the yard is fenced with charming pickets, and holds a nice detached garage with workshop area. A partial basement, with additional crawl space, makes another great workshop area.

Tin Roof

A greater portion of this fine home at 328 Mitchell Avenue sports a classic tin roof. Metal roofs offer many benefits, including:

• Longevity. Metal roofs can last 40 to 70 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12 to 20 years.

• Durability. Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack, and may be impact-resistant (depending on which metal you choose). In addition, metal roofs don't need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require. However, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.
• Safety. Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike.
• Energy efficiency. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10% to 25%.
• Environmentally friendly. Metal roofs not only have 25% to 95% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In contrast, most shingle tear-off waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream – up to 20 billion pounds per year.

While you're buying a vintage ca.1922 home, the home has many modern updates. The home is vinyl-sided, providing a low maintenance exterior finish. A lovely patio abuts the back of the home, shaded by a retractable awning. The expansive front porch was recently outfitted with a new floor, and new HVAC components have recently been installed. 

328 Mitchell Avenue was home to an elderly couple whose pace of life had slowed, and the home shows some want of refreshing, but is in good repair and well-maintained.  The price is right for this beautiful, solid home in the Fulton Heights Historic District*, where many homes are selling for much more!  Give Greg Rapp a call at (704) 213-6846 to see this home and all its wonderful details. Fulton Heights can be YOUR address in the near future!

Salisbury, NC 28144
List Price: $129,900
MLS#59236 / CMLS#3235853

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

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December 09, 2016

Mitchell Avenue Arts & Crafts Home | Fulton Heights Historic District

Welcome to 216 Mitchell Avenue ~ For Sale with Greg Rapp!

The Fulton Heights neighborhood in Salisbury, North Carolina is a treasure trove of beautiful homes dating from the 1900-1940 era. Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty has earned the nickname "The Fulton Heights Expert", after listing and selling several homes in this national historic district.  And now, this c. 1921 Arts & Crafts brick home at 216 Mitchell Avenue, the primary avenue through the neighborhood, is for sale.  Call Greg at (704) 213-6846 for a private showing of this wonderful home! And in the meantime. . . take a tour with us here! 

216 Mitchell Avenue is a quality-built 4-bedroom/2 bath home listed in the Fulton Heights Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. This fine two-story brick four-square boats a wrap-around hip roof and a deep Prairie-Style porch supported by thick square columns, extending over porte-cochère*, with a hipped central dormer in front. A brick walk takes you past the deep terracotta-tiled rocking-chair front porch to the interior.

A classic feature of Arts & Crafts homes are built-in bookshelves often flanking a fireplace . . . and 216 Mitchell Avenue retains this wonderful feature with the original 1921 cabinetry surrounding the living room masonry coal-burning fireplace.  Note the pretty oak hardwood floors through the living & dining rooms.

The sunlit kitchen has original built-in china cabinets, pretty ceramic tile counters, and a striking pressed back-splash reminiscent of old tin ceilings.

A rear porch was enclosed to make another sitting room before you exit through sliding glass doors to the sun deck that takes you to the fenced back yard with its raised bed gardens and a charming fountain.

The upper level in this two story home houses four bedrooms (bedroom #4 has no closet) and an upper bath with unique original blue & white tile. The downstairs bath also houses the laundry room.

Fulton Heights Historic District was one of Salisbury's Street Car subdivisions. Laid out in a grid, the neighborhood is interlaced with sidewalks creating a friendly atmosphere for walking and neighborhood activities.

"Salisbury, with a population of only 7,100 by 1910, was the state's least populated area to acquire an electric streetcar system that survived many years. About 1902 the Southern Development Company began building a new subdivision, Fulton Heights, located a mile south of Salisbury. J. M. Maupin, William Murdoch Wiley, and three men from elsewhere were the investors. At the same time, Southern Railway was establishing a major maintenance facility in a new town, Spencer, three miles northeast of Salisbury. The Fulton Heights developers pushed for a streetcar system that connected their neighborhood to downtown Salisbury and Spencer. What strengthened the system was the steady expansion of the Southern Railway facility (and Spencer) and Fulton Heights (which added an amusement park). In fact, many managers of the railroad lived in Fulton Heights and commuted to work on the streetcar. 

Though the Salisbury and Spencer Railway Company, operator of the streetcar system, maintained its name for several years, it involved different owners. By 1911 the system was sold to North Carolina Public Service Company. Shortly thereafter, another streetcar line was added from North Main Street, near the Southern Railway depot, north to the Yadkin Valley Fairgrounds (present site of the Veteran's Administration Hospital). Activities at the fairgrounds included circuses, races, and fairs. A traveling circus, Charles Sparks' Circus, spent the winters there during 1912-1919. Southern Power Company purchased the nine-mile system in 1919.  Ed Rankin, who grew up in Spencer because his father worked for Southern Railway’s shops, recalls a special treat streetcars afforded him. "When I was old enough to go by myself, my mother would give me twenty-five cents on a Saturday morning, and I would pay five cents to ride up town (to Salisbury), ten cents for a movie ticket at the Victory Theater, five cents for a hot dog or candy bar, and five cents for return trip. It was a great--and rare--treat in the depths of the Great Depression."  (DEVELOPMENT OF STREETCAR SYSTEMS IN NORTH CAROLINA, Walter R. Turner

Mitchell Avenue was the site of the original trolley line, and the tracks are rumored to still be beneath the attractive planted medians that divide the avenue down its center. Common alley ways can often be found behind the homes - great places for parking - and 216 Mitchell is no exception. The streets are lined with homes that reflect nationally-popular architectural trends from the period spanning 1903 through the 1940s, most rendered as modest cottages and bungalows but also including a relatively small number of houses of the late Victorian era. An active neighborhood association plans ever-popular events such as annual Easter-egg hunts and a Halloween parade that attracts children from all points of Salisbury.  The neighborhood worked with the City of Salisbury to install a small neighborhood park ~ prized by the residents.

This beautiful 1860+ square foot home holds many original details from its 1921 beginnings, such as the original mantel piece, cabinets, and the original 4-over-1 Arts & Crafts style windows. Vintage, yes...but have no fear, the home has modern updates including a new HVAC system and new electric panel.

Make Fulton Heights your home

Isn't it time you took at look at the very popular Fulton Heights neighborhood ... and make one of these beautiful vintage homes your own?  If so, the time is right for you to call Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846 to claim the Arts & Crafts beauty at 216 Mitchell Avenue, Salisbury NC!

216 Mitchell Avenue
Salisbury NC 28144



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

* porte-cochère: coach gate or carriage porch,; a porch or portico-like structure at a main or secondary entrance to a building through which a horse and carriage (or motor vehicle) can pass in order for the occupants to alight under cover, protected from the weather.