December 25, 2020

Wishing you a joyous holiday!

Have a joyous holiday one and all!  Thank you for a wonderful year, despite our interesting times!  You're the reason I love my job!

Celebrate with me, the coming of a new year!

Warm regards,

December 01, 2020

Circa 1820 Victorian Farmhouse with 47 Acres ~ Under Contract in 41 Days ~ and SOLD!

Picture this: A private circa 1820/1902 Victorian farmstead on 47+ wooded, rolling acres in the countryside of central North Carolina, lush with native plants, and with its own stream. Picture horses grazing, and chickens pecking in the yard. Picture fall evenings on a wrap-around veranda, and lazy late summer afternoons in the hammock with a favorite read. Picture soaring ceilings, vintage fireplaces, and wide plank floors. Picture a sunroom with an abundance of plants and books for winter wiling-away the hours. Yes! The Barger Farm, with its uncomplicated luxury, is what you're envisioning...and now . . . PICTURE IT SOLD!!! Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty made this vision come to life for one lucky buyer!

Featured in 'The Architecture of Rowan County - A Catalog and History of Surviving 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Century Structures (Davyd Foard Hood), The Barger Farm at 4575 Brown Road in Mt. Ulla, North Carolina was historically a multi-acre farm, a tract of land originally owned by Lord Granville (The Granville District essentially encompassed the northern half of North Carolina, circa 1729), whose home has stood the test of time.  Greg Rapp sold this home in 41 days!

This property was not without its challenges.  
  • It's an old house!! 
  • While it came with 47 acres, the property has a Three Rivers Land Trust Conservation Easement which places restrictions on the property's use.
  • The house had previously been listed with another real estate agent for 300+ days!
The sellers said that within the 40 days it was listed with Greg Rapp, there were more showings of this fantastic property than the original listing had in nearly a year....and today it is sold!  

2-story, 3,075 square-foot Victorian on 47 acres is not for everyone, but Greg Rapp's expertise with vintage homes, and connecting with buyers, made this happen. Not only does Greg's marketing plan glean success when it comes to vintage homes, but Greg also has the expertise to traverse the sale of an older home: Understanding construction techniques that were used 100 years ago (and explaining them to inspectors and appraisers!) is part of what makes Greg successful in selling these special homes and properties.

So . . . get your phone out, and call Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty to start the wheels rolling in selling YOUR house.  It doesn't have to be a challenging Victorian for Greg to get it SOLD!  The integrated marketing plan makes the magic happen: 704.213.6846

4575 Brown Road
Mt Ulla NC 28125
CMLS #3651645
$575,000  SOLD

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

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Tudor-Style Cottage - Circa 1934 - Offers Storybook Appeal

Just wait until you see this stunning English Tudor in the desirable Fulton Heights Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina! Let Greg Rapp, Realtor with Wallace Realty, take you on a storybook adventure!

Not only is this one of the sweetest houses, with its unique Tudor styling on this popular tree-lined street with planted medians through the center ~ this circa 1935 2-story home at 502 Mitchell Avenue has just about everything going for it! Let's start with the exterior!

You can't mistake the traditional Tudor styling: A brick home with a steeply pitched roof, and a variety of tall windows, with the look of a storybook cottage. Here, all the exterior wood has been freshly repainted. A handsome brick walk leads to the off-center formal front entry, while a beautifully planted path dips to the back yard, furthering the storybook feeling . . . like you're dropping down into Alice's rabbit hole adventures in Wonderland*. This path takes you to a brick and concrete patio partially covered by pergola ~ overlooking a meandering, sloping expanse of garden and back lawn accessed by a sweet iron gate and brick staircase. Mature trees offer dappled shade in this pretty and private rear yard. Swept away yet? Let's go inside!

In the front door, you'll be impressed immediately by the gorgeous original oak flooring. The spacious living room with original brick fireplace mantel and a trio of 6-over-one windows offering loads of natural light flows through French doors into the dining room, another beautiful space with large windows.

Our favorite room, and perhaps it will be your's, is the sunroom with a wonderful skylight feature and a fabulous curved multi-paned window that uniquely opens inward ~ more storybook appeal! The east wall of this room is all more multi-paned windows and pretty exposed, painted brick.

The sunlit kitchen offers so many terrific features! New hand-hewn wood counter tops, a farmhouse sink, and an efficient layout that includes a pass-through bar to the butler's pantry that doubles as a small breakfast room with breakfast-bar seating and built-in cupboards.

Upstairs you'll find two bedrooms and a full bath and half-bath. The full bath features pretty beadboard wainscoting with chair rail, common in a home of this era, and pretty decorative tile. The owners' suite features a spacious sitting room with a charming little window seat and two cedar-lined closets. You might note vintage radiators here and there throughout the home, now disconnected, but adding to the historic charm of the home. 

But wait...we are not finished with our interior tour!

A walk-out basement completes your living space at 502 Mitchell Avenue! The dry basement, currently used as workshop area, could easily be converted into a 3rd bedroom. The basement doors lead out to that pretty patio.

This all-brick home has been well-maintained . . . and it shows. The home had a new roof installed in 2007 and new HVAC units in 2016. Bathrooms are both updated.

Fulton Heights is one of ten Historic Districts in Salisbury but has no HOA or rules. This popular walkable neighborhood, supported by a strong neighborhood association that hosts parties, picnics, and parades, is close in proximity to downtown Salisbury's amenities including public library, unique shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries, theaters, two micro-breweries, and the new Bell Tower Green central downtown park which is currently under construction (expected completion Spring 2021).

Are you ready to start your own storybook adventure? Call Realtor Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty ~ 704.213.6846 ~ and let's start turning the pages!

502 Mitchell Avenue
Salisbury NC 28144

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

*Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass," "The Hunting of the Snark," "Jabberwocky," and "Sylvie and Bruno."

November 15, 2020

Fixer-Upper Victorian Cottage ~ circa 1900 ~ FOR SALE!

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and tackle a cute Victorian Cottage restoration?

Located in the West Square Historic District of Salisbury North Carolina, 721 S. Church Street is a single-story home in one of Salisbury's most prestigious neighborhoods. Yes, this home has suffered neglect and therefore it is the fixer-upper's dream project! Bcause of the conditin, this home is being sold AS-IS, but has SO much potential. 721 S. Church Street could easily be a three bedroom home with some minor reconfiguration. Currently, access to the third bedroom is through the bathroom, but a center hall could fix that.  Need to take a look?  Call/Text Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty! 704.213.6846.

Fixer upper houses -- a.k.a. “handyman homes” -- are distressed real estate properties that require repairs and/or remodeling. What makes fixer upper houses for sale so attractive are the asking prices, which are typically much less than traditional turnkey homes in the same area. That’s because the seller knows that the buyer will have to invest additional time and money into updating and improving a fixer upper property. And 721 S. Church Street . . . at just $45,000 . . . is no exception!

If you are considering a fixer upper as a first home, it's best to go after houses that are located in nice neighborhoods such as this one in Salisbury NC. Don't be scared off by fixer upper projects that look rugged. Often, some minor TLC can go a long way when it comes to renovating a fixer upper home. You need to be able to see past the imperfections. It’s all about condition and knowing your personal renovation budget limits.
This 1600+ SF home features a large living room and dining room. A unique vintage sawn balustrade decorates the front porch, probably original to the home. Historic Salisbury Foundation has Historic Covenants and Deed Restrictions on this home, and it is sold AS-IS. The best part about 721 S. Church Street is its location ~ its West Square Historic District neighborhood and its proximity to the vibrant center of Salisbury's award winning downtown with restaurants, public library, unique shopping boutiques, museums and galleries.

There are no definitive, fool-proof “Fixer Upper For Beginners” or “Fixer Upper For Dummies” solutions or resources. Indeed, fixer uppers have the unique ability to be total nightmares and/or absolute goldmines. We think this circa 1900 Victorian Cottage is a potential goldmine! Come be a part of the strong preservation movement in Salisbury NC! Call Greg Rapp at Wallace Realty to see (sorry ~ no sight-unseen offers are accepted!).  704.213.6846 is the number to call/text!

721 S. Church Street
Salisbury NC 28144

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

November 09, 2020

Circa 1938 Bungalow - Completely Renovated - FOR SALE!

The North Main Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina runs the length of the 600 block to the 1700 block of Main Street in a linear district ending at the Town of Spencer. North Main Street is the last remaining residential corridor leading to Salisbury's downtown district, and represents homes from the late 1800s to the 1920s in a nearly unbroken rhythm. Residents of the North Main Historic District enjoy two city parks just a few blocks away, and proximity to all the amenities downtown Salisbury has to offer: restaurants, nightlife, galleries, museums, the public library, and a plethora of unique shops and services! And now, here is your chance to live in the district and enjoy the history and the close-to-everything location! Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty is offering this charmer: A completely renovated circa 1938 bungalow in the center of the North Main Historic District. 

Welcome to 712 North Main Street! 

This single-story bungalow looks small from the outside, but inside offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Upon entering through the front door, a spacious combination living room and dining area greet you. The 1500+ square-foot home sports a brand new kitchen and new bathrooms. A large laundry room provides flex space that could be further utilizes as a home office. This is all enhanced by all new flooring/carpet and fresh paint throughout the home. A new deck off the rear of the house offers outdoor enjoyment, overlooking a deep back yard. A rocking chair porch completes the extension of outdoor living! Another plus: The home offers a new air conditioning system! 

Salisbury, North Carolina offers high-speed fiber optic broadband Internet and phone service through Hotwire / Fision, perfect for working from home! 

The North Main Historic District, as with all the local historic district designations within Salisbury, are subject to City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Historic District Guidelines for any exterior changes, repairs, or improvements. 

It's time to come see this sparkling clean bungalow and all its features!  The home is priced BELOW assessed value!  Call Greg Rapp: 704.213.6846 today!

726 N Main Street 
Salisbury NC 28144 

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

September 16, 2020

Listed on Day #1 ~ Sold on Day #2 ~ with Realtor Greg Rapp

Realtor® Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty in Salisbury, North Carolina listed this "brand new" house, gift wrapped in its original shell on July 5, and on July 6th, this lovely nearly 2000 square-foot circa 1927 Craftsman farmhouse was under contract.  Today, it is SOLD!  215 S. Shaver Street is more than just renovated. This home went through a major gut-job . . . so everything, and we mean everything, is brand new, with one of the most successful blendings of old and new we've seen in a while.  No wonder, between this and Rapp's prowess at marketing vintage homes, this sold so quickly!

Welcome to 215 S. Shaver Street in Salisbury, North Carolina.

This 2-story 3-bedroom/2-bath vintage home, listed with historic home specialist Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty, is picture perfect! Gleaming paint within and without, sparkling metal roof, beautiful landscaping, enclosed in the white picket fence synonymous with the American Dream. The home has a new and totally awesome floor plan with large rooms throughout. And although this is a 1927 home . . .it's practically NEW!

The improvements were many! Where should we start? Perhaps with the brand new metal roof? Check. The brand new water heater? Check.  Brand new HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical wiring systems? Check! New kitchen and baths? Check!!! First floor owners' suite with new bath? Check, check, and CHECK!!!!! Many homes of this era are simply not insulated, but here ~ 215 S. Shaver Street has all new blown-in insulation.  And if all this were not enough, there are new ceiling fan light fixtures throughout the home.

Now, you old-house aficionados . . . don't you fret! Many original details remain! Many of the walls are the beautiful tongue and groove wainscoting, congruous to the period. Many of the original 4-over-1 windows are in place. Charming period mantel pieces remain over the three original fireplaces (non-functional). The wood floors, now beautifully refinished, are original.

We fell in love with the new open-style kitchen that overlooks the formal dining room. The kitchen is dressed in pretty tile backsplash and outfitted with new appliances. Pretty sidelights on either side of the stove that look out over the back landscape are a nice touch. A small enclosed rear porch leads to a rear deck off the kitchen.

The owners' suite on the main level offers a large walk-in closet and new bathroom with pretty tiled walk-in shower. You'll also find a new combination laundry room & half bath on the main level.

Upstairs, you'll find two bedrooms and full bathroom with an additional small open office area.

This historic Shaver Street home is loaded with curb appeal, from its deep rocking chair front porch, with its brick and architectural wood pillars, to its fresh coat of paint ~ and that handsome black metal roof! The large yard and grounds have been completely and meticulously newly landscaped, and towering mature trees offer picturesque dappled shade.

215 S. Shaver Street is located adjacent to the Brooklyn South Square Historic District, one of Salisbury's TEN historic districts. This means that surrounding homes are all from a bygone era and the neighborhood is chock-full of charm. But because this vintage home is near but not within a designated historic district, City of Salisbury Historic Design Guidelines (and restrictions!) do not apply.

This home is wonderfully situated just blocks from the the vibrant uptown area of Salisbury, and close to the Farmers' Market, two local breweries, two community theaters, and a plethora of restaurants, galleries, unique shops, and the public library. Need to travel? When you live at 215 S. Shaver Street, you have easy (less than a mile) to Interstate-85 and the Amtrak Station in the famous Salisbury Depot is just blocks away.

Even though this historic Shaver Street home is SOLD, now is the perfect time to call or text Realtor® Greg Rapp to locate other historic homes for sale.  Even better . . . if you are considering selling your vintage home, call Greg NOW while the market is hot!  We promised that 215 Shaveer Street would not linger on the market.  Let;s make that promise on YOUR house! 704.213.6846 is the number to call! 

215 S Shaver Street
Salisbury NC 28144
CMLS# 3637773
$185,000 SOLD

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