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 

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