January 27, 2019

Four-Bedroom Victorian Home for Sale. Historic Preservation Grants Available.

This beautiful turn-of-the-century 4-bedroom Victorian is for sale. An exceptionally deep wrap-around front porch escorts you into nearly 4000 square feet of living space with many original details, hardwood and tile floors throughout, and updated with all of the modern amenities.

Five fireplaces can be found in beautiful oversized rooms. Treat yourself to a sunny updated kitchen with granite tops & tile floor, with a butler's pantry with built-in shelving and cupboards AND a small food pantry adjacent.

The sunroom and breakfast room that span the width of the rear of the home overlook the private fenced-in courtyard. The large library features built-in bookshelves flanking the fireplace.

Upstairs, a laundry room is currently located in the 4th bedroom. The Owners Bedroom has a 15.5' x 5.8' walk-in closet.



418 West Liberty Street in Salisbury NC is located in the Ellis Graded School Historic District. As such, annual City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Grants are available for exterior improvements, renovations, and repairs.

Make this beautiful circa 1900 home your own, by calling Realtor Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty: (704) 213-6846.









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





January 26, 2019

Nearly 5000 Square Feet of Victorian Splendor Can Be Yours - Under $200K!

The Iconic circa 1909 J.R. Chapman House is for sale ~ $185,000.

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 nearly 5000 square-foot ca.1909 Victorian home at 500 S. Carolina Avenue has it all!  And the best part?  This iconic home is priced at UNDER $200K!

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, its rounded veranda facing the corner, and broader facade with its fabulous 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 impressive 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 entertain 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 - you heard us right - 9!! To the rear of the second story is a room that was once 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. (Once bedroom even retains a doorbell outside its door!) 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 (owners recently made some roof repairs). 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 110 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
CMLS#3397192
$185,000






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




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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
$194,500






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






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