May 11, 2020

Restoration Opportunity! Circa 1875 Farmhouse with Acreage at Oak View Farm - Part I

Roll up your sleeves and get ready! Realtor Greg Rapp has another vintage home awaiting a new dawn! This fabulous country home restoration project is coming your way!  To jump on this special opportunity now, call Greg at 704.213.6846. To learn more about what you're jumping into, read on:

Rolling southwest from Salisbury down the undulating country roads of Rowan County, North Carolina, you'll spot many a vintage home ~ some fabulously maintained . . . others . . . not so much! Oak View Farm, with its sprawling circa 1875 farm house at 1076 Deal Road, is one of these.

Built when Ulysses S. Grant was still president, this 2,454 square-foot farmhouse with two barns on 3.5 acres of property awaits your vision and elbow grease. Not for the faint of heart (or wallet), this ancestral home needs a complete restoration from top to bottom, interior to exterior, and any and all original details must be kept intact!

This Mooresville, NC home was originally a two-story Victorian vernacular farmhouse. The impressive front-projecting 2-story bay addition with its wrap-around hexagonal porch was an early change to the structure. The single story ell at the rear was added onto over the years and includes the kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom and a canning and curing room. The meat curing room is on the list of rooms that must be retained, and would make a great pantry!

Some original interior details remain, such as original beadboard walls in some rooms. The home has seen some funky remodeling in the name of updating (paneling, linoleum, dropped ceilings) that are not congruous to the home's historic era. The dual parlors have fireplaces, but the chimneys need rebuilding.

The kitchen's antique cast iron sink with built-in drainboard remains . . . a sign of an era gone by. The home's only bathroom is located in the rear ell addition. This home's restoration will more than likely include relocating this bathroom and perhaps adding additional baths.

Three bedrooms are on the second level, one in the front bay wing. These windows, many retain their original 'wavy' glass, and view of the countryside are enchanting!

A beautiful large barn on the property is showing signs of neglect and will also be part of this restoration, and of course you will want it! There are a couple of other outbuildings, but most that may have been there at one time are now long gone.

The grounds were clearly once gardened: remnants of iris, fragrant chinaberry trees, and daffodils abound, yet due to recent property clearing and bush-hogging, little remains. What a grand sight this home probably once was in its heyday to the traveler rounding the sway of the then-dirt road on horseback or wagon. (Recall: Even the electric streetcar would not come to Salisbury NC until 1903-1905, rail was the prominent mode of travel to get around the country, and the automotive industry in the United States would not get a foothold until the first half of the twentieth century.)

Make no mistake about it, this home needs serious restoration work including foundation, chimneys, structural, ALL mechanical systems (i.e. heat/AC, plumbing, electric, etc.). Remember we said, 'not for the faint of heart'? We meant it! In addition, 1076 Deal Road comes protected by Historic Salisbury Foundation preservation deed covenants and restrictions, meaning that all improvements must be made with like materials (wood windows for wood windows, wood siding for wood siding, etc.). But picture this home fully restored on its 3.83 (3.83 acres per legal description and survey less area in right of way leaves 3.504 acres)  surround, with barns, landscaping, and that horse or two you always wanted.

1076 Deal Road is approximately equidistant from the North Carolina cities of Salisbury and Concord, and from the Interstate highways 77 and 85. This means easy access to shopping, restaurants, farmers markets, entertainment, public libraries, arts & culture, and more. Enjoy that idyllic country life while having near access to city amenities.

You really must tour the home and property, no really ~ MUST ~ before considering its purchase. (1) Historic Salisbury Foundation, noted Salisbury NC preservation organization who has options on the property, will not consider any SIGHT-UNSEEN offers. (2) It will be important for you, the buyer, to understand firsthand the level of restorative work that is needed here. This vintage farmhouse is being SOLD-AS-IS, and the sellers will not be making any repairs toward the sale. Folks who are leaping at the chance to own country acreage and would like to demolish the structures? We regret that you'll have to look elsewhere: this is a restoration project that includes the house and outbuildings!

So here is our call for the serious restoration enthusiast: This special opportunity to own a 145-year-old home, built during the post-Civil War reconstruction era, on nearly four country acres ~ is here NOW for YOU!

Call preservation specialist Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty at 704.213.6846 for an up-close & personal look at this project. Then . . . let's roll up those sleeves and get started!

1076 Deal Road
Mooresville NC 28155
CMLS #3619623
$75,000 [tax value: $105,783]

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


  1. BEAUTIFUL!!! I am truly interested in restoration of this home.

  2. What a beautiful place this could be. Would be nice if it had more acreage. Still, it would be beautiful.