August 17, 2020

Privacy and History in this Circa 1820/1902 Farmstead with 47+ Acres | For Sale with Greg Rapp

Picture this: A private circa 1820/1902 Victorian farmstead on rolling and wooded 47+ 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 your wrap-around veranda, and lazy late summer afternoons in the hammock with your 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 it can be yours! Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty can make this vision come to life!

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 brings so much to the table. The Barger Farm 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.

A walk through the landscape surround the home and the rolling acreage reveals a beautiful series of surprises that connect the whole — a virtual encyclopedia of North Carolina native plants, wildlife corridors that restore natural migration paths, and nesting areas make the landscape dance with true visual rhythm.

This 2-story, 3,075 square-foot Victorian is set almost perfectly on a north/south axis with the front door facing south. It is sited below the crest of a hill overlooking a patch of woods with a small stream running at the bottom of the hill. Brown Road originally traversed in front of the house, where an enormous pair of pin oaks flanks the front yard and would welcome visitors coming up the drive. In the 1930s, the road was re-oriented and now home's rear elevation faces the road, albeit at 300 feet of setback.

The exterior of the home is lapped-board siding, much of it heart pine. The interior arrangement of rooms: twin parlors on either side of a wide center hall, two ells added at the rear, and two rooms on the second floor, are typical of the local farm houses of the period. But the L-shaped wrap-around porch and the three steep gables with decorative oak shingles on the front elevation are more unusual features in this farming community and give the house its special character. While the attached kitchen ell, wide beadboard porch ceilings, and large windowpanes indicate the house was built near the turn of the 20th century, 4575 Brown Road is deceptive; it has more character hidden within its walls than is evident at first glance.

The current structure is a much changed and expanded version of an earlier house. The original house, circa 1820, offered two rooms on each floor and an attic (utilized as sleeping quarters) with one or possibly two exterior chimneys (only one chimney remains). Large field boulders set into the earth form the foundation of the older structure. The sills are hand-hewn timbers. Along the sills are stamped Roman numerals which correspond to the numerals on the hand-hewn joists. In the older part of the house, there are no sawn sills or joists, and the timbers are joined with pegs.

A massive expansion in 1902 included the unusual 3 peaked dormers and expansive wrap-around porch. The foundation of this part of the house is brick piers. A rear upstairs bedroom and bathroom addition was added in the 1990s.

Many original mantles, woodwork, and floors remain, some with original hand-grained faux finish. The fireplace in the east room is the original 1820 fireplace. Several rooms feature original shiplap walls. At least one room features the original 1800s flooring, and others have the original flooring from the 1902 upgrade. A pretty bay window in front parlor accentuates the Victorian character.

The main floor offers two front parlors (one may be utilized as a fourth bedroom) flanking a center hall, dining room, kitchen, and main bath. A pretty sunroom flooded with natural daylight overlooks the gardens. The kitchen, featuring a handsome platter shelf and gleaming wood floors, exits via a small porch to the yard. The Wolf stove/range conveys. The upper story is home to three bedrooms (one added in the 1990s) and another full bath. The many original details, such as hand-grained doors and mantel pieces, create an organic and warm environment.

The property has approximately 10 acres of open field; the balance is wooded. Pretty bricked paths lead through gardens around the home. A small greenhouse sits in a fenced potager garden, still boasting tomatoes and basil but overgrown with passion flowers and petite scarlet morning glories. Pollinators enjoy a large stand of zinnia.

A short walk beneath trees, down the hill and around the bend, hidden by a windbreak of tall trees, reveals a large, ground-mounted solar panel array -providing electricity enough for 9 or 10 months of the year.  The stream and headwaters are protected by a Three Rivers Land Trust Conservation Easement, assuring the quiet enjoyment of the property and clean drinking water for future generations.

This sprawling property of fields and woods is the perfect opportunity for a gentle-person's farm, a bed & breakfast, horse farm - the possibilities are almost endless. The acreage can be leased for farming. 'Gentleman’s farms' are a way for environmentally conscious individuals with a strong respect for the land to explore sustainable methods of farming. Focusing on natural and organic maintenance practices and rebuilding natural habitats for native wildlife restores the land and creates an area of preservation to be enjoyed by future generations.  While the original barns and smoke house are long gone, a vintage corn crib originating from another property is across the driveway.

The Barger Farm on Brown Road is just 17 miles from the City of Salisbury, North Carolina, where you'll find unique shops and restaurants, two microbreweries, and art galleries, museums, and the Rowan Public Library. About a 20 minute drive, the rolling countryside of Mt. Ulla's scenery includes many multi-acre properties. At 4575 Brown Road, you'll have privacy, but you're not isolated. The surrounding woods create a VERY private oasis.

An all-brick two-car garage sits across the driveway from the home. Even the garage is more than meets the eye! To the right, a laundry room is at the first doorway; the second doorway is garden shed. To the left, a workshop sits behind the garage segment.

4575 Brown Road has been well-maintained, with a freshly painted exterior in 2019. IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The property is protected by a Three Rivers Land Trust Conservation Easement and cannot be subdivided.

Look at that brick drive!

So . . . put your boots on, grab your North Carolina Native Plants Guide, and call Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty to have an up-close-and-personal look at this marvelous farmstead: 704.213.6846

...and by this fall, you will be swinging in that hammock on that beautiful wrap-around know you will!

4575 Brown Road
Mt Ulla NC 28125
CMLS #3651645

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

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August 04, 2020

Sold in Two Days! List with Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty!

Remember when we said "Stunning Ranch - Better Hurry"?  We weren't kidding!

Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty listed this wonderful ranch on June 13th. . . and it was under contract on June 15th.  The deal on this handsome home on nearly 1.5 acres closed on July 16th! 

Additionally, there were multiple offers on this Rockwell, North Carolina home!!

The new owners will be enjoying their built in pool for the rest of the summer.

Greg Rapp's record for home sales is testimony to the success of a unique marketing strategy.  Home sales are doing very well, despite difficult times, and buyers now are the serious buyer!

List your property with Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty, and we will be telling buyers to hurry to close on YOUR home! To get in on the action, call Greg at 704.213.6846 to make your listing appointment.  There is no time like the present!

Welcome to 1009 Sides Street ~ SOLD in TWO DAYS by Greg Rapp / Wallace Realty

1009 Sides Street
Rockwell, North Carolina
CMLS #3630899
$259,000 SOLD

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