February 23, 2018

Compact Living ~ This Jewel is Under $70K! WOW!!

The tiny house craze is rippling across the country....but by definition, these diminutive homes are often less than 300 square feet (and on a trailer??). Wikipedia says, "The tiny house movement is a description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. There is currently no set definition as to what constitutes as a tiny house; however, a residential structure under 500 square feet is generally accepted to be a tiny home." It takes a special kind of person to live that minimally! But when these small homes are so darn appealing...what do you do?

You call Greg Rapp to buy this 2-bedroom, 1-bath, 640 square-foot home in Salisbury, North Carolina!  And now . . . . you can get this spotless gem for under $70,000!!  That's right, we said "WOW!!", too!

We said, "WOW!!", when we first saw 1708 N. Lee Street ~ this newly remodeled, sweet little home all nestled nicely back from the road into a deep and rolling, nearly half acre lawn. And just wait until you step inside...you won't believe your eyes!

1708 N. Lee Street has been totally refurbished, both inside and out. The home is freshly painted inside and out and original wood floors are beautifully refinished and everything is positively gleaming. The sunlit and open floor plan makes this cottage-sized home feel ever so spacious. Upon entry, you are immediately struck by the open living/dining layout, with a handsomely remodeled kitchen that overlooks all. "WOW!!"

An expanse of wall along the entryway is the perfect blank canvas for artwork, a large-screen television, or floor-to-ceiling bookshelves to create a library space.

Speaking of "WOW!!" factors, check out this kitchen!  Who knew all this kitchen could fit in this compact home! You will not be left wanting for storage or work space here! Striking new countertops are enhanced with the pretty glass tile mosaic backsplash in shades of black, cream, and gray. Counter-height cupboards and overhead cupboards abound! Look, there is even a built-in wine rack tucked into the corner between the stove and the new dishwasher! But the large center work-island will definitely be your go-to zone. Efficiently outfitted with soft-close drawers and an expansive butcher-block style top...you will love preparing meals here while you talk to guests seated right nearby!

And speaking of guests . . . you'll be wowing your friends with al fresco dinners and picnics  when the spacious kitchen and dining areas lead right out to a new 10' x 12' raised deck. This deck will be your favorite spot to take your morning coffee watching the sun rise over the trees, or ideal for watching super-moon rises and the occasional lunar eclipse!  "WOW!!" is right!

A small hallway takes us to a cute laundry cubby all ready for a stacking washer and dryer unit. The completely new bathroom features pretty ceramic tile and all new fixtures ~ and is bright and shiny, clean-as-a-whistle. Two nicely sized bedrooms face southeast or southwest respectively - guaranteed sun-shiny rooms!

As if all this is not enough, 1708 N. Lee Street offers a new long-life metal roof, new heat pump, and all new vinyl windows. AND...a roomy walk-out basement is perfect for a workshop, hobbies or storage. The home is totally electricity powered, electric heat and air (clean heating!!), electric water heater, and electric stove. "WOW!!"

This is a move-in ready home with low maintenance requirements.  This home's park-like yard gives it a country feel, but 1708 N. Lee Street is close to downtown Salisbury theaters, shopping, restaurants, and two new breweries. The historic Amtrak station is a short trek from home, as is I-85 access. While this home was built in the early 1970s, it is in a neighborhood of handsome vintage bungalows from the 1920s and '30s. The North Main Historic District is just a block away, lined with homes ranging from the late 1800s to the 1930s when the electric trolley line ran the length of Main Street to what is now the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

Less is definitely more with this compact yet spacious 2-bedroom house. The thoughtful, innovative use of space here will let you discover that a small house can actually lead to a simpler life. If you're just starting out, downsizing, or are totally enchanted by the 'tiny house' craze, you owe it to yourself to check this place out! You will be hard pressed to find a finer home for under $70,000 ~ "WOW!!". Call Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty at (704) 213-6846 to own this gem!

1708 N. Lee Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704.213.6846 Mobile 
704.636.2021 Office 


February 16, 2018

A New Price Makes This ca.1910 Restoration Even More Attractive!

Greg Rapp, historic property expert in Salisbury NC, has this wonderful home in a prime location in the prestigious West Square Historic District in Salisbury North Carolina on the market...and it is now offered at a NEW PRICE!!!  All this vintage house for $82,500!!

313 West Fisher Street is a solid ca.1910 2.5-story frame house nestled into a neighborhood of homes that attracts visitors from far and wide: Salisbury's Historic West Square. (The West Square is formally known as the Salisbury Historic District and was the first neighborhood here to be designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975).

(Read the Salisbury Historic District Inventory, National Register of Historic Places here: http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/RW0052.pdf)

This once marvelous home is a blank slate waiting for a buyer with vision and vivacity to restore it to its original grandeur.  At some unfortunate point in time, this nearly 4,000 square-foot house was divided into 3 apartments and will need complete rehabilitation and restoration. Fortunately, most of the original woodwork and floors remain. The home will need a new kitchen, baths, and mechanicals. A new roof installed in 2017 has stabilized the home.  The asking price, now $82,500, reflects the work that must be done here (tax value at 313 W. Fisher Street is $167,579) and it is bound to be worth it! 

313 W. Fisher Street is in a fabulous location just doors from the Rowan Public Library, and blocks from the historic downtown center of Salisbury. A large central park is planned across the street, expanding on where the small landmark Bell Tower Park currently exists.  Work has already begun on this sure-to-be-lovely central green-space in the downtown. You might be able to already picture yourself enjoying summer evenings on the wrap-around porch overlooking the park.

This home is surrounded by some of Salisbury's finest historic homes and is just waiting to join its peers! And not only is this grand vintage home priced well below its tax value of 167K, it is additionally is eligible for exterior grants through the City of Salisbury's Historic Preservation Grant program.  This home's restoration will be additionally be eligible for North Carolina Historic Tax Credits.

These fine homes are neighbors of 313 W. Fisher Street

The Historic Salisbury Foundation is the owner of 313 W. Fisher Street, therefore the home is protected by covenants and deed restrictions. The neighborhood is zoned Historic Residential, so apartments are no longer and option for this home - it must be restored to a single family dwelling. The home is 'Sold As Is'.

313 W. Fisher Street, a prime address in Salisbury, North Carolina, is just waiting for the right person to breathe new life into its historic bones. At $82,500 and a new roof, a new beginning is within sight! To assess this fine potential yourself, be sure to call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty. Also a restorer of antique homes, Greg can give you honest dialogue about the project at hand.

Contact Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 and make your appointment to be the next award-winning restoration project in Salisbury NC - at 313 W. Fisher Street.

313 W. Fisher Street
Salisbury NC 28144

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

February 14, 2018

Home Sweet Home ~ Another Happy Client Settles In!

April and Roger Anthony were staying at the beautiful Across the Pond Bed & Breakfast in Salisbury NC, looking at the area with thoughts of moving to the historic town from their 40 acre farmette in South Carolina. B&B owners Mary and Andrew Walker recommended Realtor® Greg Rapp . . . and the rest is history.

Today, the Anthony family closed on the 2400 square foot ranch home on Neel Street in Salisbury. Nothing is more gratifying than those smiles!

With the help of Greg, the Anthony's found their newly and fully remodeled home with a huge finished basement ~ perfect for play or entertaining. A large open floor plan lets natural light flow throughout the the home. The Anthony's have found a wonderful home in a popular location ~ thank you, Greg!

When it's time to purchase your next home, go with the Realtor that folks are recommending: Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty - (704) 213-6846. Let Greg put keys in your hand and smiles on the family's faces too!

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

February 13, 2018

Impeccably Restored ca.1895 Victorian ~ 3600+ Square Feet Under $250K!

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.  Even better news?  This stellar home is now under $250,000!

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.

Make the M.C. Rufty House Your Home

This amazing house can be your home!  Call historic house expert Greg Rapp at 704.213.6846 to make an appointment for a private showing to see how truly wonderful this home is 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