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Sold: The Historic 1902 McNairy House, $415,000

4831 Lake Jeanette Road, Greensboro
The McNairy House

  • Sold for $415,000 on August 6, 2021 (originally $445,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,300 square feet, 1.91 acres
  • Price/square foot: $126
  • Built in 1902
  • Listed April 12, 2021
  • Last sale: $285,000, August 2002
  • Note: The house originally was the centerpiece of the huge McNairy farm, which included the area around Lake Jeanette Road and Bass Chapel Road. The house and its surrounding 1.91 acres remained in the McNairy family until 1996.
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$7.5 million and It’s Yours: The 1937 J. Spencer Love House in Irving Park

As J. Spencer Love was building Burlington Mills into the largest textile company in the world, he moved to Greensboro and built an 11,000 square-foot house befitting his status as one of 20th century America’s more prominent ground-breaking, union-busting industrialists. The mansion sits at 710 Country Club Drive on 3.3 acres of prime Irving Park property, and it went on the market this week for $7.495 million.

“The Love House is a palatial Georgian Revival mansion inspired by eighteenth century Virginia houses,” the neighborhood’s National Register nomination says. “It features Flemish bond brickwork, a steep hipped roof with segmental-arched dormers and a modillioned cornice, a five-bay facade with a swan’s neck pedimented entrance, a string course between floors, and brick corner quoins. Large one and two-story wings project from either side of the main block. An expansive landscaped lawn fronts the house and is bordered by a molded brick wall.”

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A Victim of the 2008 Crash, Sold at a Loss: A 1921 Mansion in High Point, $700,000

Tudor Revival (left) and and Colonial Revival (right) rub shoulders at 603 Hillcrest Drive in High Point’s Emerywood neighborhood.

The Conant-Praigg House was sold in April, almost four years after being put up for sale and almost three years after the owners gave up and took it off the market. It was finally sold without being listed publicly again. There are at least a couple reasons why it was a particularly difficult sell. One was a quirk of history.

Even in the hottest sellers’ market in recent memory, the sellers took a $150,000 loss on the house, and that was after owning it for 13 years. They had bought it, sadly, just two weeks before the 2008 real-estate market crash (they paid $850,000 in September 2008). Home prices have recovered overall, but, all these years later, there are still an unfortunate few houses that have been left behind.

The April sale, though, was the second in a row in which the sellers took a significant loss. The 2008 price was $50,000 less than the price paid in 2006. Prices may have peaked before the crash, but there’s another issue at 603 Hillcrest Drive.

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New Listing: A Condo in the Old General Greene Hotel, $269,900 (Under Contract in Two Days)

121 W. McGee Street, Apartment 2B
contract pending July 29, 2021

  • $269,900
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,685 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $160
  • Built in 1921 (per county, see note below)
  • Listed July 27, 2021
  • Last sale: $192,500, August 2017
  • HOA: $267/month
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Greensboro Historic District
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605 Park Avenue: The 1920 Boyhood Home of the Preddy Brothers, Greensboro’s Great Heroes of World War II

Update: The house sold for $225,000 on April 30, 2021.

There have been quite a few heroes who were born or lived in Greensboro — Levi Coffin in the earliest days; in the 20th century, Rick and Wes Ferrell, the A&T Four and Ron McNair; and more recently, Joey Cheek and Loretta Lynch, to name a few. Among the greatest were George and Bill Preddy, the World War II fighter pilots who grew up in Dunleath. George was a barnstorming pilot-turned-flying ace and totally fit the part with his Clark Gable mustache and brilliant smile. He was the top P-51 Mustang ace of the war, credited with 26.83 enemy air-to-air victories (including two shared victories). Younger brother Bill followed George into the European theatre. He, too, proved himself an outstanding fighter pilot and was honored as one of the liberators of Czechoslovakia.

Today, their family’s home at 605 Park Avenue is a beautifully restored little bungalow. Their father, George, was a Southern Railway conductor. He and his wife, Clara, had the house built in 1920; Clara sold it after his death 52 years later. Last week, It was put up for sale again. The owners accepted an offer in two days. The asking price was $199,900.

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New Listing: 420 McAdoo Avenue, A 1905 Bungalow Long Owned by One of Southside’s Earliest Families

420 McAdoo Avenue
The Margaret Murray Thornton House

  • $295,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,071 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $142
  • Built in 1905
  • Listed March 29, 2021
  • Last sale: $156,600, November 2014 (foreclosure)
  • Neighborhood: Southside
  • Note: Older homes in Southside rarely come up for sale. There have been only two in the past three years.
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Sold: A ‘Near Perfect’ Piece of Old Salem in Greensboro’s Irving Park, $730,000

709 Blair Street
The Tom and Sara Sears House

  • Sold for $730,000 on March 15, 2021 (listed at $800,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,974 square feet (per county), 0.73 acre
  • Price/square foot: $184
  • Built in 1979
  • Listed November 18, 2020
  • Last sale: The house has been owned by the sellers since it was built.
  • Neighborhood: Irving Park
  • Note: The house is a meticulous copy of the John Vogler House in Old Salem, built in 1819.
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111-113 E. Gate City Boulevard: Long Ago a Synagogue, Now A Million-Dollar Orphan in Downtown Greensboro

This 1910 duplex is the last trace of a residential neighborhood in the 100 block of the former East Lee Street. The address is 111-113 E. Gate City Boulevard, and the owners have put the house and its tiny lot up for sale for $1.06 million (yeah, I laughed, too). The lots on either side are vacant. The Union Square campus is across the street. The duplex is the only residence on Gate City Boulevard for blocks in either direction. It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1910, downtown Lee Street was overwhelmingly residential.

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New Listing: 2312 Lafayette Avenue, One of the Older Houses in Kirkwood, $699,700

2312 Lafayette Avenue
The Proctor-Cardwell House
… or, if you prefer, The Ballard Brothers Fish Company House

  • $699,700
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 2,902 square feet 0.42 acre
  • Price/square foot: $241
  • Built in 1928
  • Listed February 23, 2021
  • Last sale: $455,000, March 2015
  • Neighborhood: Kirkwood
  • Note: The house was built by Kirkwood Inc. in 1928 and was a rental property until the company lost it to foreclosure in 1931. It was bought by the Ballard Brothers Fish Company of Cape Charles, Virginia. Although the company doesn’t appear to have had any other presence in Greensboro, it continued to use the house as a rental property (the company appears still to be in business, dba Cherrystone Aqua-Farms).
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The Charles Augustus Hendrix House: A Grand 1890s Mansion in Dunleath, $300,000

Update: The house sold for $200,000 on June 15, 2021.

Those great Doric columns grab your attention, don’t they? The Charles Augustus Hendrix House is one grand old mansion. And at $300,000, it’s far more affordable than most of its surviving peers. The house needs some work, but, unless there are stuff-of-nightmares issues (foundation, plumbing, etc.) unseen in the listing, that could be a remarkable price.

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209 Aberdeen Terrace: An Interesting Family’s 1924 Bungalow, With a Price Reflecting the Times

The Aubrey and Georgia Lloyd House has a lot going for it. It’s a lovely Craftsman bungalow, it’s in the very attractive West Market Terrace neighborhood. From its owners’ perspective, the best thing about it may be that they bought it for $206,500 two years ago, and now they’re about to sell it for $370,000 or so.

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4606 N.C. Highway 150 East: An African American Blacksmith’s 1913 Home to be Auctioned

Update, July 31, 2021: The auction has been rescheduled for Wednesday August 4, 2021.

Prince Taylor bought a piece of land in Browns Summit from Ceasar and Jeannette Cone in 1903. It cost $164. The lot was described as “being lot no 1 Block C Ceasar Cone’s subdivision adjacent to the city of Greensboro.”

Prince built his house there in 1913, according to county records, but it may have been earlier (property records that old aren’t always exactly correct). He was a blacksmith, and he kept working until about 10 days before he died in 1953 at age 87. The home stayed in his family until his last surviving daughter sold it in 1987.

The house, at 4606 N.C. Highway 150 East in Browns Summit, has been scheduled to be auctioned twice, in 2020 and 2021. Both auctions were canceled. It was last sold for $115,000 in 2005. It has four bedrooms and one bathroom in 2,224 square feet. The lot is 1.15 acres.

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303 S. Mendenhall Street: A 1914 Harry Barton Classic in College Hill, $449,900

Update: The owners accepted an offer three days after putting the house up for sale. It sold for its full asking price on December 18, 2020.

The way historic houses are selling these days, it’s no surprise that the Effie M. Anderson House went under contract just three days after it was put on the market. Designed by the esteemed Harry Barton, it has been designated a Guilford County historic landmark. And it has been beautifully restored by the current owners.

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803 E. Bragg Street: A 1915 House Gets a Bold New Look That Tests Its Owners’ Nerve

How 803 E. Bragg Street looked when it was listed in August

Older homes that are stripped of their historic character usually aren’t very interesting. It’s increasingly common for renovators to go the cheap route and drain the character from classic homes — installing vinyl siding, replacing original windows with slickly marketed “maintenance-free” ones, tearing out distinctive moldings, doors and floor plans for homogenized blandness.

From the outside, 803 E. Bragg Street in the Asheboro Community was something else again. And that’s putting it mildly. The house lost its historic character, but, for a while at least, it gained an attention-grabbing new look, one that turned out to be too much for even the owners.

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New Listing: 1715 Wright Avenue, A Fisher Park House in Sunset Hills (Maybe)

Update: The house sold for $475,000 on December 4, 2020.

However it got there, the Esther W. Armfield House does look a bit out of place at 1715 Wright Avenue. This is a modest corner of Sunset Hills, down where the neighborhood starts turning into College Park. On a block of mostly bungalows, Mrs. Armfield’s stately Colonial Revival with its towering columns stands a bit apart, like a rich, elderly recluse who turns up unexpectedly at a neighborhood cookout.

Why it is where it is turns out to be a somewhat uncertain story involving First Presbyterian Church, maybe, and one of Greensboro’s more prominent architects of the early 20th century, who neither designed the house nor lived in it.

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A Historic Family’s 1911 Schoolhouse Is Available for Relocation

Update October 13: The price is now $2,500 for the schoolhouse.

Update October 9: The price is now $500 each for the schoolhouse and the smokehouse. The other outbuildings are $100.

Brothers John and James McNairy looked at the schooling available to their children in Guilford County and decided it would be home-schooling for their kids. That term didn’t exist in 1911 when the brothers were thinking about it, and their solution isn’t one that most home-schoolers would consider today: They built their own schoolhouse and hired a teacher for it. They used the building as a school until 1920, when their youngest children completed their education.

The McNairy family schoolhouse still stands on a piece of what used to be the large McNairy farm in north Greensboro, and it can be yours to take home for $100 $500 $2,500. The owner is working with the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund to relocate the schoolhouse and the McNairys’ old smokehouse, which also is available for relocation for $100 $500.

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New Listing: 1405 Fairmont Street, a 1930 Gem Hidden Away in West Market Terrace, $350,000

Update: The house sold for $342,750 on February 12, 2021.

The William and Irma Kampschmidt House is an interesting example of the architectural diversity of West Greensboro’s early years. West Market Terrace and adjoining neighborhood Westerwood were built out largely in the 1920s and ’30s, a time when home-buyers valued distinctiveness and style. The Kampschmidt House has both.

A brick, double-gabled bungalow, it sits at 1405 Fairmont Street, two blocks removed from busy West Friendly Avenue and just a couple blocks from Lake Daniel Park. There’s not another house like it in the neighborhood (or probably the rest of Greensboro). West Market Terrace is largely boxed in by the park and Josephine Boyd Street, which eliminates its streets’ use as cut-through drag strips. It’s a quiet corner of Greensboro but still close to UNCG and downtown.

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New Listing: The Fisher-Carlson-Latham House in Fisher Park, $589,900

Update: The house sold for $493,000 on January 29, 2021.

605 N. Church Street is just the kind of place historic districts were created to save, a remarkable example of early 20th-century architecture. The wraparound front porch curving out toward the street, second-story porch above it, leaded-glass windows and cross-gambrell roof all combine for a look that’s as distinctive as it is elegant.

The Dutch Colonial is for sale at $589,900, and even at that price it’s a relative bargain. With 3,735 square feet, the price works out to $158 per square foot. Similarly impressive homes in Fisher Park have been selling for $190 to $250 per square foot.

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Two Million-Dollar Mansions Sell Suddenly in Irving Park, But You Still Have a Few to Choose From

Greensboro’s most expensive neighborhood just experienced a little jolt of activity. A pair of million-dollar-plus historic homes were sold on consecutive days last week. The prices on both were remarkable, even for Irving Park. And the sales were fast: One house hadn’t been listed for sale; the other had been on the market for a single day before the owners accepted a full-price offer.

Those sellers are making it look easy, but in recent years it hasn’t been unusual for Irving Park’s most expensive classic houses to sit for months or years before they sold. If they sold. In the past three years, five houses priced $700,000 to $1.7 million have been withdrawn without sales, and two others have been sold at a loss. During the same time period, 21 others have sold, generally after being on the market a few weeks to as long as five years.

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Here’s a Weird One at the Dolly Madison Condos on North Elm Street

The Dolly Madison Condominiums, built in 1930 at 1013 N. Elm Street in Fisher Park

Update: The listing was withdrawn without a sale October 1, 2020.

Units at the Dolly Madison condos don’t come up for sale very often. Two have been sold in 2020; the last one before those was in 2017. That makes what’s happening with condo B8 so interesting.

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New Listing: 1332 W. Friendly Avenue, A Beautiful 1918 Craftsman

Update: The owners accepted an offer four days after putting the house on the market. It sold for $290,000 on December 4, 2020. 

The Morton House, 1332 W. Friendly Avenue, is older than Friendly Avenue itself. When the house was built in 1918, there must have been a road, but it’s not clear from the City Directory whether it had a name (Gaston Avenue, which later became the downtown part of Friendly, didn’t extend that far). Later, it was called West Market Place and then Madison Avenue before Friendly took its current form. This week, the house went up for sale at $290,000. It’s a gorgeous Craftsman, very well restored.

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New Listing: The Cornelius Blair House, A Sweet Little 1921 Cottage on Englewood Street, $189,900

Update: The house sold for $200,100 on October 27, 2020, $10,200 above its asking price. The owners accepted the offer two days after the house was listed for sale.

914 Englewood Street
The Cornelius Blair House

Lindley Park and Sunset Hills get a lot of attention as beautiful, historic neighborhoods, and rightly so, but there’s a largely overlooked neighborhood right next to them that has some beautiful and vastly more affordable historic homes.  The Brice Street neighborhood has been almost overrun by low-end landlords because of its proximity to UNCG, but you can find some fine homes there as well. When they come up for sale, the trick is getting to them before Greensboro’s voracious “real estate investors” do.

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The Odell Byerly House: An Antique King’s Mansion in Sedgefield, $650,000

If you were looking for Odell Byerly’s house in Sedgefield back in the ’60s, you would have found 5703 Anson Road eventually and maybe would have guessed, correctly, that this must be the place. The one with the big columns, like the big columns that made Byerly’s Antiques an I-85 landmark for 40 years.

The Byerly House is a classic Colonial Revival. It’s gracious, rather formal and big — 4,600 square feet. It’s for sale now for $650,000.

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Dunleath Suddenly Seems To Be the Hottest Neighborhood in Greensboro

721 Fifth Avenue: A classic 1915 Foursquare across the street from Sternberger Park

There aren’t usually too many houses for sale in Dunleath. Lately, though, there’s been a little burst of activity, with four houses coming onto the market from late July through late August. All four sellers accepted offers within days. And five other Dunleath homes have sold this summer as well. It’s not so unusual that houses are selling quickly in Dunleath, just that there are so many at once. Has Dunleath ever been a hotter neighborhood?

Those houses range from several beautifully restored homes to some really sad cases of neglect, about what you might expect from a historic district. Here are a few examples. Continue reading “Dunleath Suddenly Seems To Be the Hottest Neighborhood in Greensboro”