May 30, 2017

Another Historic Fulton Heights Home ~ SOLD by Greg Rapp!

One of Salisbury, North Carolina's more desirable areas 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. Realtor® Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty has built a reputation for knowing, marketing, and selling vintage and historic homes. And now, another Fulton Heights address welcomes new neighbors! Welcome to 328 Mitchell Avenue, a circa 1922 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 ~ and SOLD!

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.

Says the seller, "Thank you again for your help with the sale of my parent's home. This sale had many challenges and with my being out of state, I really needed someone who knew the market. You kept me updated throughout the entire process, provided invaluable feedback and advice, and persisted when things got shaky. Selling this house quickly and for the best possible price was a top priority for me and my parents. You delivered on all fronts! Thank you!"

The aesthetic beauty of historic homes is a magnet for many home buyers, as is the often unmatched architecture that has withstood the test of time. And, if you’re thinking about buying a historic home, you’ll be happy to learn additional benefits may come with the purchase of a historic property.

Many states and local governments offer tax incentives in the form of tax credits or lower interest loans for preserving and restoring historic structures. You have to qualify for this tax abatement, and while the amounts won’t make you rich, they’re still benefits you wouldn’t otherwise receive when buying a new house. The City of Salisbury often offers Historic Preservation Grants for exterior improvements to homes located within the local historic districts here. Many home owners find this financial assistance most useful for painting and repairs, and the City invests in the historic properties.

This fine Fulton Heights Historic District home is sold...but it's not too late to contact Greg Rapp with your wish list for the home of your dreams. Salisbury, North Carolina is known for its impressive inventory of historic homes. . . let Greg show you your next home! 
Call or text: (704) 213-6846!  

Thinking of selling your vintage home? Call Greg today for the area's expert in historic properties! (704) 213-6846!

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

May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day ~ from Realtor® Greg Rapp

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events to reprise the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. 

We Honor You Today

To all of our veterans
Far and near,
We thank you for your service
For all those years.

You sacrificed your time,
And some gave your life.
You preserved our freedom
By willingly paying the price.

Many of you
Were sent overseas.
You were wounded in battle
With scars and disease.

But courageous and brave
You weathered the storm.
You faced every battle
With faith and beyond.

We honor you with joy
For all that you've done.
You stood strong for our country,
For our daughters and sons.

So no one stands alone,
We walk hand in hand.
Remember, we are with you.
Together we shall stand.

We salute you today.
Hear what we say.
Let our words speak eloquently
In this special way.

On this Memorial Day,
Let us express our love and thanks
For the sacrifice you paid.
You served in honor
For many years and days,
And we will never forget
How you were strong and brave.

© Susan R. Smith | Published on May 26, 2017

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

May 28, 2017

Country Club Hills ~ A Serene Neighborhood ~ Classic Home for Sale

Let Realtor® Greg Rapp take you on a leisurely drive through the Country Club Hills neighborhood in Salisbury North Carolina, and the first thing to impress you will be the softly undulated streets lined with huge old shade trees. As you move up and down these curving and rolling, shaded avenues, your second impression will be the marvelous array of beautiful, stately homes. An opportunity to make one of these your home is here now: Welcome to 327 Camelot Drive.

327 Camelot Drive is a spacious and classic 4-bedroom home and, like many in this beautiful established neighborhood, sits deeply off the road amid a park-like wooded setting on nearly an acre lot (0.80 acre).

With nearly 2700 square feet of living space, the 2-story home at 327 Camelot Drive is surrounded by magnificent old-growth shade trees, and a bounty of flowering landscape that includes a plethora of azaleas, blooming dogwoods, ferns and hosta that is a feast for the eyes each spring season.

This traditional styled architecture provides a charming entryway with paneled walls and that sits between the formal living room and formal dining room, both large, nearly 16' x 16' rooms. Note the classic 6-over-9 mullioned windows ~ such a bright and classic touch!

Your favorite room might become the huge yet cozy den ~ an expansive room with wood box ceiling beams and oak wainscoting. A spectacular masonry wood burning fireplace features a brick hearth and handsome wall-to-wall mantel piece for displaying books and family treasures. This spacious room is the perfect gathering place, or maybe just the place for you to curl up in a chair with a book while sunlight streams over your shoulder.

The den overlooks a wonderful brick patio that again overlooks the backyard plush with foliage and greenery. The wood burning fireplace has been fitted with a Heatilator® that blows warm air through the space, a feature you will surely enjoy during the brief North Carolina winter season.

You'll note the gleaming refinished oak floors in this room, echoed throughout this Country Club Hills home. The den moldings and trim work are all unpainted this room its distinctive Colonial feel.

The sunny kitchen is outfitted with a center island with gas cooktop and breakfast bar. A sweet bar cabinet is fitted with a small bar sink ~ perfect when entertaining! Oodles of cupboards with under-cabinet lighting, both open for display or fitted with sleek cabinet doors, provide plenty of storage! A built-in wine rack assures you'll have a stock for drop-in guests!

Just wait until you see the wonderful wood-paneled screened-in porch that sits between the kitchen and the oversized 2-car garage.

A charming brick walk takes you to this wonderful 3-season sanctuary room that provides a side-entry to the home whereupon you can enter either the kitchen or garage, or step out back to the brick patio and fenced back yard with mature plantings that bloom for 3 months through the spring..

If you park in the large attached garage . . . you walk straight through this room to the kitchen. You will love how this room offers almost year-round extra living space.

A nice surprise on the main level of this stunning home is a separate and private wing off the main living areas with a beautiful bedroom with full bath / laundry room. This room is backed by an exterior built-on shed or storage room. It would make a fairly easy remodel project to remove the wall between to expand this room to a ground-level Owner's Suite!

Let's Go Upstairs!

At the top of the staircase, a bright and airy mezzanine leads you to the 3 remaining bedrooms and upstairs full bath.

Each upper bedroom has (2) closets each!

More beautiful oak floors gleam and details such as 6-panel doors await!

Extras at 327 Camelot Drive include the spacious 24' x 24' garage with an additional 24' x 8' workshop space. The back yard has a small shed or outbuilding. The house can be cooled with a whole-house fan ~ saving on AC costs! A pull-down staircase allows attic access for more plentiful storage.

Surely, you're ready to see 327 Camelot Drive for yourself! Give Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty a call at (704) 213-6846 for a private showing of your new Colonial home in Country Club Hills in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Salisbury, NC 28144
MLS #59557
List Price: $245,000

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

May 06, 2017

The M.C. Rufty House ~ Gracious & Eclectic ca. 1895 Victorian ~ For Sale!

Representing the Brooklyn South Square Historic District's late Victorian character at its highest level and surrounded by a variety of attractive landscaping that marks its sense of place, this circa 1895 two-story weather-boarded frame house is a must see! Loaded with character and restored and maintained with incredible integrity, the M.C. Rufty House offers over 3,600 feet of soaring ceilings, original period details, and gracious Victorian living space.

Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty knows his Victorian homes, and this one has got that special something.  Let Greg tell you all about it: (704) 213-6846 ~ and read more here:

The ca. 1895 M.C. Rufty Home

Welcome to the circa 1895 M.C. Rufty House.  The handsome Victorian residence at 310 E. Bank Street, one of the most eclectic in the district, was built about 1895 by prosperous local merchant Milton C. Rufty.  It remained in the Rufty family before being sold to Ruby White in the early 1970s.

A prime representation of the district's late Victorian character, this grand vintage home at 310 E. Bank Street in Salisbury, North Carolina is characterized by a steep gable and roof with a projecting front gable and an extremely handsome wrap-around porch, now partially enclosed, which embellishes its asymmetrical façade.

The enclosed portion of the wrapped porch is now a beautiful east-facing, multi-windowed, heated and cooled sunroom, garnering morning sunlight for your morning coffee. The front porch, the most notable feature of the house, is supported by robust turned posts with molded brackets, which also adorn the eaves of the home. This enthusiastic Victorian character continues through the development of a small second floor balcony, also featuring the same turned posts and molded brackets. The current owners decorate this balcony with a life-size animated Santa Claus figure that waves to holiday passers-by!  It's a wonderful and special place to sit and watch the neighborhood go by!

This 122 year old gem has gone through extensive restoration over the years and could not be better accommodated.  This large 2-story home was just freshly painted inside & out (March 2017) and it purely sparkles. Among the many updates the current owners have provided the home are custom storm windows and a new roof (2007). A gas tankless water heater keeps utility bills lowered!

Inside, the handsome center entry hall with its original shiplap walls is flanked by large dual parlors graced with French doors, a common design in a Victorian home of this era. Wood floors glow, robust moldings gleam, and many rooms sport vintage original fireplace mantels and period woodwork. Stately columns support the entry to the formal living room parlor. Beautiful French doors separate this parlor from the formal dining room where another fireplace awaits. Note the pleasing architectural details throughout. The parlor to the east is currently used as a large home office ~ its wall of built-in bookshelves making it a perfect library. French doors here lead to the cozy heated/cooled sunroom that was once part of the original wrap-around porch. Both front parlors feature original fireplaces, two of the five fireplaces overall found in the home (non-operational). 

A large Owners Suite is on the first floor. You'll enjoy the huge private bathroom with its handsome beadboard, dual vanities, heated towel bar, and corner jetted garden tub with attractive custom tile-work. Through the master bath is a large walk-in closet/dressing room.

The pièce de résistance is the custom gourmet's kitchen. This citrus-warmed room features all the amenities the chef could want: a huge center work island equipped with a Jenn-Air luxury gas cooktop, a prep sink, and a breakfast bar. Along the sidewall are double ovens and built-in microwave. The pretty glass-front cabinets provide lots of storage while showing off your beautiful cookware, dishes and glasses, and the pressed coppery backsplash and granite counters are a delight! One of the many original fireplaces is in the kitchen, with exposed brick chimney.

Step down from the kitchen toward the rear of the home, through a unique arched doorway (there are several of these wonderful doorways in the home) and your jaw will drop. Here, a wonderfully spacious great room overlooks the rear patio and deep expanse of backyard. A pretty custom tile floor takes you on a path to the outdoor living areas, and a lovely bay window offers views of the deep stretch of landscape and the patio. Off of this fabulous room, you'll find an impressive 15' x 11' laundry room with tons of storage . . AND a screened side porch!

Upstairs and via another large center hall, you'll find 3 more large, sunny bedrooms, and an additional full bath.

301 E. Bank Street enjoys a deep yard, and yes . . that is a granite block picnic table back there!  The large yard blossoms with flowering trees throughout the seasons. A small one-car garage at the rear of the driveway has lots of potential as a studio or workshop.

The Brooklyn South Square Historic District - National Register of Historic Places

The Brooklyn South Square Historic District was initially developed in the early 1800s as an industrial area, with the construction of a cotton factory in 1830 that consisted of a four-story brick building and several smaller brick cottages. The factory operated into the late 1850s but was vacant by the start of the Civil War. It was purchased by the Confederate government and converted into the prison for captured Union soldiers. The prison was closed before the War's end and was completely destroyed by the Union troops in 1865. Only one home in the district today predates the Civil War. The district consists of the large elaborate houses of prosperous businessmen and merchants, as well as the smaller, more modest dwellings of railroad workers, salesmen, and clerks, an important element in the development of residential neighborhoods around the edge of Salisbury's downtown commercial district during the mid and late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Although significant structures are located on every street ~ the focal point of the district is centered on E. Bank Street. The 200 block of E. Bank Street, west of the railroad tracks, contains the district's oldest dwellings, while the largest and most architecturally elaborate houses of the late nineteenth century are situated near the intersection of E. Bank and S. Long streets east of the railroad tracks. This is where the M.C. Rufty House is located. While the Brooklyn South Square district is located on the edge of downtown, it is enhanced by numerous old shade trees, friendly sidewalks, and a variety of landscaping. (Read about the Brooklyn South Square Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places >HERE<). The Brooklyn South Square Neighborhood Association keeps residents informed, interacts with the City of Salisbury for quality of life issues, and hosts neighborhood get-togethers.

Living in Salisbury NC Historic Districts

Salisbury, North Carolina has (10) nationally registered historic districts and (5) locally designated historic districts. Each features streets lined with massive old shade trees and an astounding inventory of vintage homes dating from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s, representing a wide variety of architectural styles. Most of these neighborhoods are centered around a small yet vibrant historic downtown alive with unique shops and wonderful independent restaurants, two community playhouses, a nationally accredited art gallery, and more. Many downtown events keep the streets alive with people and music. The City of Salisbury often extends a Historic Preservation Grant program to district residents to assist in exterior improvements, one of the many ways that the strong preservation ethic here works to retain the amazing stock of vintage homes you'll find in Salisbury. Contact Greg Rapp for more information about living in a historic home in Salisbury NC at (704) 213-6846.

Make the M.C. Rufty House Your Home

Call historic house expert Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 to make an appointment for a private showing to see this wonderful home at 310 E. Bank Street in Salisbury. You'll be hooked! It's time to make this fabulous Victorian the home you've always wanted ~ The ca. 1895 M.C. Rufty Home!

Salisbury, NC 28144
MLS#59524 / CMLS#3278611
List Price:  $249,900

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