College Hill

Updated May 15, 2020

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A note to Realtors and prospective home buyers about buying properties in historic districts

Single-Family Homes

212 S. Mendenhall Street
The Brockmann-Ogburn House
contract pending May 3, 2021

  • $475,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,545 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $187
  • Built in 1904
  • Listed April 29, 2021
  • Last sale: $349,000, July 2018
  • Note: The property includes a two-car garage with electricity and attic space.
    • The first owner of the house was Charles Joseph Brockmann (1865-1954), a first-generation German-American born in Greensboro. He bought the land for $350 in 1902 and owned it for 51 years. He taught music at the Normal and Industrial College, now UNCG, and was proprietor of the Moore Mineral Spring at 1007 Spring Garden Street, now part of the UNCG campus. He previously lived at 404 Lithia Street, which is now the section of Tate Street running from Walker Avenue to Gate City Boulevard. His widowed mother, Bertha Raven Brockmann (1830-1910), and older sisters Emma (1858-1927) and Laura Brockmann (1863-1943) lived nearby at 716 Walker Avenue. Laura also taught music at the college and later lived at 212 S. Mendenhall herself.
    • Charles established the school’s first orchestra in 1900. UNCG remembers the Brockmanns: “Music performance (or applied music) has been a concentration within the music department since UNCG opened in 1892. The first concentration in performance offered was in vocal. It was not until 1900, with the addition of Charles J. Brockmann and his sister Laura Brockmann to the faculty, that a concentration in instrumental became available for piano and violin. Under this duo, the music department expanded by creating the first university orchestra, as well as offering classes in piano, which were previously taught off campus.”
    • Charles sold the house in 1953 to Thomas and Carrie Lorena Coffey Ogburn (1912-1981). Thomas Leighton Ogburn Sr. (1911-1993) was a postal worker and later a salesman. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. The Ogburns sold the house in 1979.
    • Later, the house fell into the hands of absentee landlords who let the house fall into ruin. It was bought by the city Redevelopment Commission in 1992, which sold it to architect Bruce Cantrell in 1993. He and his wife, Ann, restored the house.

311 S. Mendenhall Street
The John and Elizabeth Edmunds House

  • $425,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 2,492 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $171
  • Built in 1908
  • Listed: “Coming soon”
  • Last sale: $275,000, July 2015
  • Note: The listing shows 2,819 square feet.
    • John R. Edmunds (1864-1938) was a civil engineer. He and his wife, Elizabeth O’Connell Edmunds (1871-1958), bought the property in 1909, and it remained in their family for 52 years. After his death, Elizabeth and their daughter Mary Nash Edmunds (1910-1993) continued to live in the house. Mary spent her career as a clerk for the Internal Revenue Service. She sold the house in 1961 and moved across the street to an apartment at 320 South Mendenhall.
    • Carl G. Pemberton Jr. (1929-1996) and his wife, Ruby Wood Pemberton (1927-1982), bought the house from Mary and owned it until 1996. They divided the house into two apartments, initially sharing it with Carl’s widowed mother, Zelda.
    • By the time Carl died, the house had deteriorated so severely it was bought by the city Redevelopment Commission and was sold to Lane and Joy Herndon for restoration.

220 Tate Street
contract pending May 9, 2021

  • $329,900 (originally $350,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,628 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $126
  • Built in 1905
  • Listed April 12, 2021
  • Last sale: $273,000, December 2006
  • Note: Rental property. Even though it has five bedrooms and is very near UNCG, the house cannot be rented to five college students. Greensboro does not allow single-unit dwellings to be occupied by more than four unrelated persons. Under historic district zoning, the house cannot be divided into multiple units.

801 W. McGee Street, Unit 21
National Register of Historic Places
contract pending April 19, 2021

  • $155,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 917 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $169
  • Built in 1905
  • Listed April 17, 2021
  • Last sale: $134,500, June 2019
  • HOA: $198/month
  • Note: Unit in Wafco Mills, former grain mill
    • Top-floor, two-story corner unit

801 W. McGee Street, Unit 5
National Register of Historic Places
contract pending May 4, 2021

  • $129,000
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 766 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $168
  • Built in 1905
  • Listed April 29, 2021
  • Last sale: $100,000, May 2018
  • HOA: $198/month
  • Note: Condo in Wafco Mills, former grain mill

801 W. McGee Street, Unit 23, Greensboro
National Register of Historic Places
contract pending May 14, 2021

  • $115,000
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 605 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $190
  • Built in 1905
  • Listed May 11, 2021
  • Last sale: $85,000, March 2006
  • HOA: $198/month
  • Note: Condo in Wafco Mills, former grain mill

Multi-Unit Homes

116 S. Mendenhall Street
The Rev. Dr. Pinckney Lafayette Groome House
contract pending April 28, 2021

  • $375,000 (originally $400,000)
  • Triplex: Downstairs unit has four bedrooms and two bathrooms; upstairs units each have two bedrooms and one bathroom; 4,760 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $79
  • Built in 1890
  • Listed April 8, 0221
  • Last sale: $300,000, February 2019
  • Note: The house appears to have been divided into apartments as far back as 1925.
    • The first recorded occupant, in 1896, was Rev. Dr. Pinckney Lafayette Groome, editor of the North Carolina Christian Advocate and author of Rambles of A Southerner in Three Continents (published in 1889 and still in print through a publisher called Forgotten Books).

704 Spring Garden Street
listing withdrawn December 14, 2020 (previously for sale in a package with two other properties)
relisted December 15, 2020

  • $325,000
  • Triplex: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,745 square feet (single-family home divided into three apartments)
  • Price/square foot: $118
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed June 5, 2020
  • Last sale: $150,000, July 2001
  • Note: Originally a single-family home, the house was divided into three apartments decades ago.