June 10, 2018

Single-Story Home with LOADS of New Updates in Town of Spencer, NC

Wait until you see this perfect home! Turn-key and ready to go! This lovely single-story 3-bedroom / 2-bath home is coming to you bedecked with new cedar shake exterior shingles, a new roof, new HVAC, new kitchen, new bathrooms, new drywall, pre-finished hardwood floors, new replacement windows and much more! Are you sensing a pattern here?

An accomplished contractor purchased this home at 123 11th Street in the Town of Spencer, North Carolina for himself and his wife and totally refurbished it, and now it is for sale! His expertise is your gain!

A super-nice feature is the new 20' x 24' sunroom with gas-log fireplace, tile flooring, and an extra deep closet.

Outdoors: A fenced-in patio makes a wonderful area for entertaining and al fresca dining.  What looks like a storage outbuilding is the cutest and coziest 'She-Shed', with a finished interior and cable TV connection. The detached over-sized single-car garage has plenty of power and is set up as with a workshop.

Inside: Just look at those floors! The kitchen's handsome tile backsplash beautifully sets off the deep cherry hues of the cabinetry.  An wrap-around expanse of counter top creates plenty of room for creating gourmet dinners and desserts!

One of the two baths is outfitted with beautiful white subway tile, while the shower offers ceramic tiles in natural hues.

The property includes the extra lot next door, combined to create nearly an acre of level yard surrounded by trees for wonderful privacy.  And speaking of outdoors, the nearby Spencer Woods, a 42-acre natural area with trails and walkways, is just 2 blocks away.

An on-demand water heater will keep your utility bills low, and while we're watching your purse strings, note that the 2017 taxes for 123 11th Street are just $1,460.

123 11th Street is a must see property that won't disappoint.  Give Realtor Greg Rapp a call or text - (704) 213-6846 - to see this home in person!  Homes are selling quickly this time of year and we're confident this one won't hang around on the market for long!  

123 11th Street
Spencer NC 28159

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

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June 09, 2018

Can't Afford to Buy in Prestigious West Square? Build!!

Greg Rapp, real estate agent with Wallace Realty Company, has the rare opportunity for you to scoop up a building lot in the prestigious West Square Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The homes in this historic neighborhood are not just vintage, but most often grand in both aesthetics and magnitude. The area frequently hosts the annual Historic Salisbury Foundation's OctoberTour of Historic Homes, where private homeowners open these spectacular homes for viewing to a large ticket-holding attendee roster.

Taking advantage of this opportunity to purchase a .31 acre lot (average size lot for in-town city residential acreage) and build the home of your dreams is a must-do! The deep, irregularly shaped lot is lined with mature shade trees. The neighborhood is a grid of vintage homes, sidewalks and shade trees, a most welcoming sight. The West Square is close to historic downtown Salisbury amenities, such as theater, unique shopping, and a plethora of restaurants.  And the best news yet. . . this lot is priced BELOW tax value!

Because this building lot is located in one of Salisbury's (10) historic districts, the city's Historic Preservation Commission has exterior oversight and designs must be approved as such. Additionally, the Historic Salisbury Foundation holds covenants and restrictions here. A copy of the recent survey and deed restrictions are on file ~ ask Realtor Greg Rapp (704.213.6846) to view.

Gather your house plans and give Greg a call/text/or email. Just wait until you see this opportunity in this lovely neighborhood! Call 704.213.6846 today!

600 S Jackson Street
Salisbury NC 28144

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

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June 02, 2018

The Iconic Circa 1909 J.R. Chapman House - A Historic Spencer NC Landmark

If you love soaring ceilings, turrets, sweeping wrap-around porches, and long, tall windows, you're going to fall head-over-heels for this Spencer, North Carolina Victorian home listed For Sale with Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty. The inside of this massive Victorian home (4,922 square feet!) is chock full of all the things we love about old houses: hardwood floors, French doors, fireplaces with original mantels, and chair rails. This solid ca.1909 Victorian has it all! 

Welcome to the J.R. Chapman House.

Spencer, North Carolina holds the largest contiguous National Historic District in the country. In addition to an expansive collection of vintage homes up and down its avenues, Spencer is home to the wonderful North Carolina Transportation Museum. Spencer’s Historic District reflects the wealth that the birth of the railroad brought, and is a unique example of a railroad town from the latter part of the Gilded Age. Great time and detail were put into building each house and these dwellings represent a historic era when the railroad industry was America’s moneymaking powerhouse.

Set with its narrow side to Carolina Avenue and broader facade with projecting bay to Fifth Street, this picturesque Victorian home at 500 S. Carolina Avenue is an old-house-lover's dream. The most prevalent and iconic feature of the house is the three-stage corner tower. Originally capped by a conical roof, it currently retains a bell-cast top over the pressed-tin shingled third stage. Stone lintels and sills secure all of the windows.

Ionic columns uphold the sweeping wrap-around veranda which curves at the corner; porch entries have shallow gables. Two second-story doors indicate that the porch was originally topped with a balcony. If this impressive facade is not enough to set you swooning, the interior with glistening wood floors, 12-foot ceilings, period millwork, and tall windows certainly will.

Circa 1909 J.R. Chapman House is listed on Historic National Register as "One of Spencer's most imposing Queen Anne residences". This three-story brick dwelling at 500 S. Carolina Avenue was run as a boarding house in its early years. The spacious kitchen with its robin's-egg-blue cabinetry is across the hall from a massive dining room that was surely designed to host numerable guests. A 'pass-through' can still be found across from the kitchen along the dining room wall. The granite block fireplace in this room was constructed from bricks removed from the rear of the 2-car detached garage.

Inside the front door of this impressive brick and pressed-tin home, a large formal foyer awaits, with one of the home's two staircases garnered with handsome newel posts leading to the second floor. To your right, the formal circular parlor with elegant, tall windows treats you to your first glimpse inside the turret.

A grand 8-foot-wide central hall dominates the first floor, separating the turret parlor, the main floor owner's bedroom with en suite bath, and massive dining room to one side, and kitchen, pantry, laundry room, and bath to the other.  The hallway culminates at the large enclosed porch at the rear of the home.

The 2nd Story

500 S. Carolina Avenue has a second staircase leading from the side carriage entrance; this staircase was repositioned at some point and leads not only to the second story, but on up to the HUGE, 1600+ square foot attic - a generally open space just waiting to be finished space.

There are potentially NINE bedrooms. To the rear of the second story is a room that was clearly a used as a kitchen. It and its two bedrooms across its hallway were perhaps a separate apartment at one time, accessed by the side staircase. Another spacious center hallway on the second story is practically another room of its own accord.

The Attic

We might well have been saving the best for last. Up another flight of stairs is the attic. Bigger than some homes at 1600-1800 square feet, this enormous unfinished space could evolve to be something really special. The turret section has its original flooring, while the rest of the attic is just wide open space. One 'room' appears to have been finished off. Think of what could be done with this space!!

This wonderful Spencer NC home offers a separate 2-car granite block garage and a smaller outbuilding that would serve as a wonderful workshop. There is a small utility basement, accessed from the large enclosed rear porch.

While the J.R. Chapman House has undergone refurbishments and remodeling efforts over the years ( some incongruous with its historic character), the home has kept its original personality with many intact original details throughout. This magnificent home has been well cared for but could use some more attention to really make her shine!  The tub in one of the two upstairs baths is currently not connected. The tin roof may very well be original and may need a sealant and attention at flashing points. This nearly 5,000 square-foot picturesque home is being SOLD-AS-IS, yet is move-in-ready.

An impressive vintage home of this magnitude is not for everyone, but the old-house-lover with a passion for restoration will recognize this jewel for the treasure it is and, we're betting, will be pretty excited about restoring the J.R. Chapman House. After 109 years, we're thinking the home will welcome its new owners with just as much passion! Give old-house expert Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty a call (or text) at 704.213.6846 to see this iconic grandeur in person. Make this vintage circa 1909 home YOUR home!

500 S Carolina Avenue
Spencer NC 28159-2120

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