January 13, 2019

Circa 1915 Bungalow - 4 Bedrooms & Loads of Storage - FOR SALE!

The Arts & Crafts Bungalow is one of the country's most enduring architectural home styles. What many time deceivingly appears to be a cozy cottage is often a home of considerable square footage, classic design, and sensible floor patterns. This wonderful circa 1915 Craftsman Bungalow in the desirable Fulton Heights neighborhood of Salisbury, North Carolina is no exception! Welcome to 223 Wiley Avenue, in one of the ten historic districts in Salisbury NC, listed with Greg Rapp, historic house expert with Wallace Realty.

Here are just a few of the bullet points that make this circa 1915 Arts & Crafts Bungalow special. . .

• 2,335 Square Feet!
• (2) story!
• (4) Bedrooms!
• Private parking alley!
• (2) spacious living rooms!
• Formal dining room!
• Master on Main Level!!
• HUGE master bath!
• Open Floor Plan!
• Mega-closets! (6 upstairs alone!!)
• Totally renovated 2010!
• Vinyl siding, metal roof, new electrical system!
• Awesome front porch!
• Fenced back yard!
• Awesome neighborhood!

. . . under $200,000!!!! Give your #OldHouseGuy Greg Rapp a call or text to see it in person: 704.213.6846.

Need more? Read on!

Notably, this 2-story 2,335 square foot home sits aloft on an elevated lot overlooking Wiley Avenue. Standing on the spacious brick and wood front porch, you are easily 15 feet above the street level with a king-of-the-mountain view of this charming, walk-able neighborhood. A handsome granite retaining wall separates the sidewalk from the elevated front lawn and gardens.

Through the front door you'll find yourself in a large open foyer flanked by dual parlors. (This home may have originally had a center-hallway design, as was often a common floor plan.) While both of these spacious rooms offer the classic and beautiful, large 4-over-one windows, the living room parlor to your right includes the original fireplace and provides the view through the home to the formal dining room and open kitchen.

The kitchen is wonderfully equipped with a center work island, ceramic tile floor, and loads of cupboard space. A cute laundry room is tucked behind the kitchen! A charming rear porch overlooks the fenced-in back yard.

Back to the foyer, you'll find a hallway that leads to the 1st floor bath, and to the 1st floor Master Suite . . . which has one of the largest baths we've ever seen in a home of this era. The owner's bedroom includes a large walk-in closet, and wait until you see all the closet space in this home!

Upstairs, (3)* more bedrooms reside. Each as its own walk-in closet and (3) more large closets are in the hall space...a total of (6) large closets upstairs! You won't be wanting for storage space at 223 Wiley Avenue!!!

This beautiful home is newly on the market and located in the heart of Fulton Heights.

The Fulton Heights neighborhood is known for its family-friendly grid of tree-lined, walk-able streets; its neighborhood park, and its proximity to downtown amenities such as unique shops, restaurants, museums and galleries.The neighborhood was the city of Salisbury's first 'suburb' and an electric trolley car system connected it to the city and nearby Spencer, North Carolina. The houses of the neighborhood reflect nationally-popular architectural trends from the period spanning 1903 through the 1940s, most rendered as modest cottage and bungalows but also including more stately houses of the late Victorian era. A network of alleyways, an original development feature that remains today, service the rear of most of the houses giving access numerous period garages.

The district is supported by a strong neighborhood association that provides communication for the neighborhood and plans wonderful events such as Easter Egg Hunts, an annual Halloween Parade that is attended by 100s, and a Christmas Home Tour.

223 Wiley Avenue** has had a complete rehab and restoration approximately 10 years ago, and offers a newer metal roof, vinyl siding and new electrical system. A common back alley offers plenty of parking in the rear of home.

Come see for yourself the spaciousness of this beautiful Arts & Crafts home in one of Salisbury, North Carolina's most desirable neighborhoods! You won't be disappointed!  Call Greg Rapp at (704) 213-6846 today!

*Note: Two of the bedrooms are adjoined, meaning you must walk through one to get to another. The two can be individual bedrooms or the one room could be a dressing room or play room for the adjoining room, or could be an upstairs den. Alternatively, a small hallway could easily be installed to created private access to the front bedroom.

** 223 Wiley Avenue is listed under the Fulton Heights Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places as the K.C. Kluttz House, built in 1938 and as a one-and-a-half-story side-gabled bungalow with central gabled dormer and engaged porch roof.

223 Wiley Avenue
Salisbury, NC 28144
CMLS #3458488

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

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January 08, 2019

Classic All Brick Southern Charm - Sold by Greg Rapp

In the heart of the West Square Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina, known to its residents as 'Old Salisbury', you'll find a grid of tree lined streets rimmed with fabulous homes from the early 1800s through the early 1900s.

Offering all the appeal of a gentler time... Take a peek at 513 S. Jackson Street - an attractive 2-story brick home centered in the Historic West Square. But peek is all you can do. Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty just helped new owners sign the closing papers on this wonderful circa 1936 home.

The home is notable, not just for its nearly 2,800 square feet, but for the charming dual front porches spanning the front facade that call to mind an Antebelum era. Note the double set of French doors on the upper level!

This spacious home offers (4) bedrooms, (3) baths, a formal living and dining room, and a fabulous paneled den with gas log fireplace, and more. Just look at the gracious space in these large rooms!

A sweeping drive takes you behind the home to the 2-car garage, not seen from the road.

When you are looking for that vintage home of your dreams, call no other than Greg Rapp, recognized in the Salisbury, North Carolina area for his expertise with older and historic homes:  Call 704.213.6846 to make that dream come true!

513 S. Jackson Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
CMLS #3308381

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

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January 05, 2019

Wooded 3-Bedroom Home for Under $115,000 Can Be Yours!!

Like a large cabin in the woods, this 1,517 sq. ft. single-story home at 504 W. Newton Street is nestled into a large, corner, park-like lot, shaded by a grove of tall pine trees. This 3-bedroom / 2-bath home is priced at under $115,000! Call Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty (704.213.6846) to make it yours today!

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This fine Spencer, North Carolina home offers a rear deck and a front porch for relaxing and enjoying the sunlight filtering through the trees in this park-like atmosphere.

The home features a spacious living room and a large kitchen with oak cabinets, eat-in area, a garden window and separate utility closet for washer and dryer.

The bedrooms are located in their own wing down a hallway - offering plenty of privacy in this one-story home.

This solid house has plenty of storage, including a separate storage shed wired for electricity. The detached 2-car carport could easily be fully enclosed and renovated to create another room within the home.

The 504 W. Newton Street neighborhood features lovely homes with rolling landscapes and large shade trees. The home is right across the street from North Rowan High School (no being late for school!), is close to Interstate-85 (go anywhere is minutes!), Spencer downtown area and the NC Transportation Museum.

Wouldn't you love to be sitting on your deck this spring as these beautiful trees begin to bud with the glory of the season? Give Realtor® Greg Rapp a call or text at (704) 213-6846 to view 504 W. Newton Street in person.

504 W. Newton Street
Spencer NC 28159
CMLS #3414204

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

January 04, 2019

Spacious and Gracious - 3200 Square Foot circa 1900 Home - Under $195K

Radiating from, and including, the historic downtown center of Salisbury, North Carolina, are ten historic districts ~ each a fantastic collection of intact vintage homes and architecture, some dating pre-Civil War. And in the heart of the Ellis Graded School District, you'll find this gorgeous turn-of-the-century Victorian ~ a landmark on its slightly elevated lot ~ for sale with Salisbury's 'old house' specialist Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty.

Welcome to 418 W. Liberty Street

This sprawling- nearly 3200 square foot - home may be a circa 1900 masterpiece, loaded with original period details, but this spacious and gracious home accommodates today's life styles with wonderful modern amenities and updates. And priced under $195,000, you won't believe the expanse of glorious living space at this price!  But first, let's take you up the front steps, past the granite block retaining wall, to see this home that commandeers the entire 400 block of W. Liberty Street!

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Guests to 418 W. Liberty Street are welcomed by a rolling lawn and pristine landscaping, but the most impressive exterior feature is the exceptionally large wrap-around veranda that sweeps across the entire front width of the home and around half the side. The recessed doorway is a featured design element of this Victorian beauty. Circular columns support the high, sky blue ceiling in true Southern style. You'll enjoy many a sunset with friends and family gathered 'round in rocking chairs in this special place.

Inside, five fireplaces and gracious over-sized rooms await. A spacious and welcoming foyer, truly an additional room, trimmed with crown molding and chair rail - and truly an additional room, takes your eyes to an elegant staircase with handsome newel post and around to surrounding rooms. Plantation shutter frame the windows here and in the stairwell...and throughout the main level of the home.

Enter to the left to your beautiful living room. This formal parlor's focal point is the fireplace, while the crown molding is another special detail. Soaring ceilings, chair rail, and a front bay window are elegant finishing touches.

A set of French doors takes you from foyer to the gracious formal dining room, featuring another fireplace with simple mantel piece, that is perfect for entertaining and adjoins the front parlor. Bonus: a coat closet in this room! (This could become a main-story master bedroom!)

Entertaining in your large, deep red, formal dining room will be a treat, especially with the Butler's Pantry conveniently situated between this fireplace graced room and the beautifully updated kitchen. Don't you just love the diamond-paned door leading to the sunroom?

The east facing kitchen (morning sunlight!) is a delight of rich details! This cozy room has been wonderfully updated. Deep black granite counters gleam, and warm wood cabinetry blends perfectly with the diagonal tile floor. Zoom in and you'll find pretty cabinet knobs, including the whimsical pulls on the cupboards flanking the farmhouse sink, a lovely plate rack cupboard, wine rack, and pretty pebbled-glass cabinet fronts. Note the pot rack above the sink, the roll-front appliance cupboard, and the pull-out onion/potato baskets. These details add so much to this pleasant and work-efficient space. The crown molding above the cabinetry is a fine architectural touch.

A large breakfast - work island peninsula with butcher-block top not only provides a dining area, but has extra storage beneath, and shelving at its flank. A large mirrored wall visually extends the room. You will love this wonderfully designed, sunlit space that exits to our two favorite places in the home: The enclosed patio and the breakfast room with connecting sunroom.

Along the rear of the home the cutest sunlit breakfast room ever leads to the most wonderful sunroom. The tile flooring extends through the Breakfast Room, then gorgeous hardwood flooring takes over in these bright rooms, where an abundance of windows, including French push-out casement windows, and French doors overlook the ultra-private, spacious fenced patio.

And see the wonderful arched doorway? Enter here to the home's 240 square-foot library ~ a warm room featuring bookcases that flank the fireplace and doorway. Here you'll find plantation shutters, hardwood flooring, and more crown molding.

A cute downstairs bathroom features a vintage pedestal sink!

Let's Go Upstairs!

Up the staircase to the second story, a large mezzanine greets you. Note the spectacular hardwood floors again that reoccur throughout this impeccably restored vintage home.

Here, four very large bedrooms await. The Owner's Suite offers a spacious bedroom with coal burning fireplace, an enormous (15'5" x 5'8" !!!) walk-in closet with loads of built-in shelving, and a private bath.

Adjoining the master bedroom are bedrooms #2 and #3, equally large and also equipped with closets, a rarity in a house of this era! The current owners outfitted bedroom #4 as an upstairs laundry room ~ a wonderful convenience, but certainly easily reverted to a bedroom. Bedroom #2 has another of the home's five fireplaces.

Let's Go Outside

Remember we told you the kitchen and sunroom exit to a private patio? Here it is!

A wonderful large, private and open-air space, lush with plantings, to enjoy evenings, cookouts, friends, and family! We believe a porch ran across the rear of the home (note the brick piers) that is now enclosed to house the heated breakfast room and sunroom.

The work horses in this ca. 1900 home that bring it into the 21st century are the new heat unit for first floor, a newer roof (2009), blown-in insulation, and a full basement (unfinished).

Neighborhood and History

The Ellis Street Graded School Historic District contains a remarkably intact collection of historic resources from the late nineteenth century, when the area was rural with only a few homes and a school, to the mid-twentieth century when it was fully developed to accommodate the growing population and urbanization of the city. The street patterns and traditional land use have continued largely unchanged to the present, preserving the historic character of the district.

At the center of the district, where W. Kerr Street dead-ends at N. Ellis Street, is the 1881 Ellis Street Graded School building (No. 45), which serves as a core of the neighborhood. Today, in a park-like setting, this cruciform, low-scale building, despite a series of additions and demolitions during its period of significance, closely resembles its original configuration.

The builders of 418 W. Liberty Street were attorney Augustus and Helen Price. In 1905 Price inherited the property, which was the entire southern half of the block, from his father Charles Price, a notable local attorney who was the legal counselor for the WNCRR and division counselor for the Southern Railway, among others. Charles Price had purchased the property from Francis Shober. Augustus and Helen Price built the Liberty Street home and four more homes at 301 to 313 N. Ellis Street.

Homes in the historic districts in Salisbury, NC are subject to Salisbury Historic Preservation Commission rules for any changes to the exterior of home. That said, the city often offers Historic Preservation Grants that assist owners of historic homes with the costs of exterior repair and upgrades!

Location, Location, Location!

418 W. Liberty Street is just 4 blocks from Salisbury's Arts District, where the nationally acclaimed Waterworks Visual Art Center resides, Lee Street Theatre community theater, Rail Walk Gallery & Studios, and the new Morgan Ridge Rail Walk Brewery are part of what make Salisbury a special place to live. A second new brewery, the award winning New Sarum Brewing Co., and a plethora of unique restaurants and shopping boutiques are a few blocks to the south in the downtown historic district, where the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony hosts an annual outdoor summer concert, and another community theater troupe, the Piedmont Players keeps the calendar busy with two theater locations, the historic Meroney Theatre and the newly renovated Norvell Children's Theater. Getting around is a breeze as well. Salisbury has (3) interstate exchanges, and is an Amtrak hub in the historic Salisbury Depot. Salisbury is an hour's drive to the larger metro areas of Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem ~ is a 2-hour drive to scenic Asheville, and a 4-hour drive to the ocean! A strong preservation culture embraces Salisbury, supported by such agencies as the Historic Salisbury Foundation, that hosts an annual tour of historic homes, the prized OctoberTour™.

If we don't have you convinced yet that this is The Place to Be ~ in this beautifully preserved home at 418 W. Liberty Street ~ then we must invite you to come see for yourself. Let Realtor® Greg Rapp show you the advantages of living in a quality built vintage home (they don't make them like they used to!), resplendent with character and details. Call for a private showing appointment today: (704) 213-6846. This home will not disappoint!

Salisbury, NC 28144
List Price: $194,000

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

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