August 28, 2017

Historic Salisbury Foundation 'At Risk' ca. 1890 Home ~ Sold by Greg Rapp!

Historic Salisbury Foundation (HSF) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and revitalize the historic fabric of Salisbury and Rowan County. The Historic Salisbury Foundation focuses on historic preservation education, neighborhood revitalization, advocacy, and the preservation of historic landmarks and structures. HSF has saved over 100 historic buildings through an active revolving fund program. A distressed property is acquired, stabilized and sold with protective covenants to a buyer who completes the renovations to meet their needs and tastes.

Enter 1008 N. Main Street, The C. L. EmersonHouse, in the North Main Historic District of Salisbury, North Carolina. Once one of the grander homes along the North Main Street promenade, and still a pivotal property (per its listing on the National Register of Historic Places), this fabulous bungalow-turned-Victorian (see circa 1903 photo below) had been treated as a rental property for many years. The final blow to the home's dignity was a small kitchen fire in 2016. The owners donated the home to the Historic Salisbury Foundation . . . and the rest, as they say, is history!

1008 N. Main before a renovation that added the turret and other Victorian touches.

HSF contacted Greg Rapp, real estate agent with Wallace Realty who is well-known for his marketing of historic properties, to list and promote this challenging 'at-risk' vintage home. In 53 days, Rapp had this home under contract, and just 3-weeks later the sale was finalized. The new owner has plans for a full restoration of this circa 1890 home.

Greg Rapp received the Preservation Professional and Craftsman Award for the Marketing of Historic Homes and Neighborhoods from the Historic Salisbury Foundation in 2015. When residents in the Salisbury/Rowan area have a vintage property to sell, there is no question who to call: (704) 213-6846.

We hope you will know who to call! Call or text Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846 for a consultation.

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

August 27, 2017

Lovely Golf Course Condo is Ready to Move In! So Ready - It's Already Under Contract!

Realtor® Greg Rapp barely finished uploading the photographs and posting a yard sign when the offers for this super-nice condominium at 315 Eastwood Drive in Salisbury NC started rolling in!

315 Eastwood Drive is one of the nicer units in Eastwood Village and ~ this place is ready to move in!

This pretty 2-story 3-bedroom/2.5-bath condo, with over 1,800 square feet of living space, sits on a wonderfully wooded lot overlooking the Corbin Hills Golf Course, a well-maintained, casual and friendly course with an abundant of grassy fairways and trees.

The home features a newly updated kitchen with new upscale kitchen cabinets and granite countertops. A great living space offers a warming gas fireplace. The owners installed new bamboo laminate throughout the home and gave everything a wonderful coat of fresh paint. Didn't we say move-in ready? This is move-in-ready and then some!

As if the golf course locale was not enough, this handsome home is located right across from the pool! A fantastic screened porch leads to a generously sized deck with a hot tub and golf course views.

This beautiful home, located just minutes from historic downtown Salisbury, will not sit on the market for long. In fact, Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty listed this beauty on August 18th, and by August 24th it is under contract!

Don't worry! To learn more about any other available Eastwood Village condos or to receive custom notifications when a new property is listed for sale in Eastwood Village, give Greg Rapp a call at (704) 213-6846.

Moral of the story: List your home with Greg Rapp. Call (704) 213-6846 for a free consultation today!

315 Eastwood Drive 
Salisbury NC 28146

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

August 24, 2017

Vintage 1890 Victorian Farmhouse ~ Under Contract in Eleven Days.

Nestled in the old town center of Cleveland, North Carolina, you'll find The Fleming House ~ a circa 1890 Victorian Farmhouse. This beautiful vintage home, on nearly two park-like acres, features four bedrooms and 2 full baths in 4053 square feet of living space.

The owner's of The Fleming House had listed it for sale in early spring of 2015 with another real estate agent (or two!), yet it languished on the market for nearly two full years!  On April 13th, Realtor® Greg Rapp listed 203 W. Main Street for sale, and with savvy historic-home marketing strategies, had this fine vintage home under contract by April 24th.  On June 5th, the new owners had the keys to their new home!

Long known in the Salisbury/Rowan area for sales of historic homes and properties, Greg Rapp is the expert when it comes to marketing ~ and selling ~ vintage homes. If you've always wanted to make a historic house your home, know one knows the antique and historic home market better than Greg. Ready to sell your historic home? Call Greg today at (704) 213-6846, and ask to how he makes it happen!

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

August 21, 2017

Welcome to 216 Mitchell Avenue ~ Circa 1921 Craftsman Brick Home for Sale

Greg Rapp, real estate agent with Wallace Realty, listed this beautiful Arts & Crafts brick home in the fall of 2016. When a devastating fire burnt the home of a family in another Salisbury neighborhood, Greg negotiated with the seller of 216 Mitchell Avenue to allow the displaced family to temporarily lease the home, taking it off the market.  This is the community of Salisbury, where neighbors work together for a quality of life for all.  But now, this fine home at 216 Mitchell Avenue in the popular Fulton Heights neighborhood is back on the market...and for just $157,000

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

The Circa 1880 Mowery-Peeler House is For Sale!

The handsome two-story Italianate weather-boarded Mowery-Peeler House was built about 1880 by George Mowery after his wife purchased the entire block upon which the house sits in February of 1880.  And today. . . 138 years later, this fantastic home is for sale with Realtor® Greg Rapp. Call or text (704) 213-6846 to schedule your private showing of this gorgeous vintage home . . . and see what this home at 229 S. Long Street in Salisbury, North Carolina has to offer here!

Here's what the National Register of Historic Places has to say about the Mowery-Peeler House at 229 S. Long Street:  "Representing the district's original Italianate architectural character at its height, it is characterized by a steep gable roof, a symmetrical composition dominated by a two-story projecting entrance bay, and tall interior chimneys. Its Italianate character is further developed by projecting side bays, and the typical heavy, molded decorative brackets which adorn the roof, the porch, and the side bays, as well as tall, paired one over one windows with slightly arched heads." (National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form, Brooklyn-South Square Historic District, April 11, 1985)

"The interior maintains a handsome, yet understated motif. A fine open string stair with massive turned newel and elegantly turned balustrade rises from the front entry, while heavy plaster arches form interesting alcoves at the side bays and on either side of first floor fireplaces. Two interesting styles of mantels provide a light touch to the restrained interior. One mantel features heavy posts, a heavy molded shelf decorated with a molded diamond-shaped motif, while others feature an extended shelf over heavy posts and a frieze with a recessed lozenge-shaped motif identical to the mantels in the nearby Huff House located at 403 E. Bank Street. Due to the widening of S. Long Street which threatened to demolish it, the house was purchased by the Historic Salisbury Foundation in 1981 and moved slightly to the east of its original location." (National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form, Brooklyn-South Square Historic District, April 11, 1985)

As described in the National Register of Historic Places, this gorgeous Italianate home sits in a prominent place in the Brooklyn South Square Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina, where it was moved in 1981. The Mowery-Peeler home's striking 2-story Italianate architecture features unique dual front porches with standing-seam metal roofs (longevity!), and beautiful dual bay alcoves projecting from the north and south facades.

Under a decorative portico, the front door boasts curved windows and handsome trim. Under widely overhanging eaves, large carved brackets decorate an ornamental cornice throughout, and tall, narrow one-over-one windows grace each facade, very typical in Italianate residential architecture. The expense and craftsmanship lavished on the exterior offers testament to the prosperity and optimism of the era from 1840 to 1885 in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Upon entry through the handsome front doorway into 229 S. Long Street, you enter a small foyer with doors to the right and left that enter onto the two front porches.

A fine open string stair with massive turned newel and elegantly turned balustrade rises from the front entry. The split staircase has with two landings, with one branch heading to the rear of the home, and the other to the front rooms. The home retains much of its original millwork & and hardwood floors.

The gourmet will go wild for the ultra-spacious updated kitchen resplendent with cherry cabinets anchored by an enormous center work island with counter seating and granite tops. A corner sink make smart use of often awkward corner space!

The kitchen sits between a beautiful formal dining room to the west, and a cozy den to the east for relaxing after meals.  One of the home's (5) fireplaces with its original 1880 mantel can be found in this room with its original beadboard walls.

The exquisite dining room is one of two rooms with the fabulous bay window alcove.

The formal parlor is an especially beautiful room, with bay window alcove, gleaming hardwood floors, and arched built-in book shelves and cabinetry flanking the vintage fireplace. These gracious 1st-floor rooms all feature prized 10' ceilings.

Owners Suite has sitting area with built-in closet system &  its own fireplace. 

The center chimney divides the Owners' Suite into two distinct zones: a lovely sitting area with tiled fireplace, seating, and a built-in closet system, and the private sleeping area.

A spacious Master Bath completes the Owners' Suite in this vintage home.

Two more upper level bedrooms and another bath exude vintage style and character . . . and yes . . . a claw foot bath tub! Here you'll note the original vintage swivel transoms above the doors, installed to allow hot air to move through and out of the rooms in the days before central air-conditioning!

Step outside, through the kitchen door, and you'll find a wonderful Charleston-style back porch area with exposed brick wall that overlooks a private & scenic patio area. This L-shaped porch is a favored gathering place for both owners and guests!

In the private back yard, a newly built center entertainment deck provides the perfect place for cookouts and sun-catching!

The Mowery-Peeler House at 229 S. Long Street additionally offers a generously-sized two car garage and small out building with its brick walk approach.  Privacy fencing in this rear portion of the yard makes for a cozy outdoor retreat.  You'll note the handsome picket and brick-pillared fencing that surrounds other back portions of the yard, while newer iron fencing encircles the landscaped front yard.  Knock-Out™ Roses and liriope grace the corner of the property, creating a landmark vista in the Brooklyn South Square Historic District.

The landscape surrounding this 2800+ square foot vintage 1880 home is thoughtfully planted and immaculately kept. Large birch trees provide dappled shade, while acuba, Japanese maples, and a variety of perennials create a park-like setting on this prominent corner lot.

If you've always dreamt of owning your own vintage historic home, now is your chance. This completely restored and well-kept 136-year-old home is just waiting for you to settle in. In the heart of one of Salisbury's 10 historic districts, when 229 S. Long Street is your home, you'll be a stones throw from the vibrant downtown alive with restaurants, galleries, 2 craft breweries, and 2 community theaters....not to mention all the wonderful shops and festivals in the downtown area. And if that isn't enough to lure you in, the City of Salisbury offers a Historic Preservation Incentive Grant annually that assists homeowners in the historic districts with exterior maintenance, upfits, and repairs. Salisbury is well-known for its preservation culture and shares that ethic with homeowners here, creating the foundation for future restoration and rehabilitation of these 100+ year old homes and properties.

The time is right to call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty ~ (704) 213-6846 ~ and make the circa 1880 Mowery-Peeler house your home!  

The Mowery-Peeler House ~ ca. 1880 
229 S Long Street
Salisbury NC 28144-5017

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