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.

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