Updated July 27, 2021
A downtown neighborhood of classic old houses and well designed new homes that fit together into a redeveloped “traditional neighborhood”
Southside’s older homes rarely come up for sale. There have been only four since 2017, and there aren’t any available now.
A classic golf course community developed beginning in the 1930s, lying at the southwestern edge of the city
3215 N. Rockingham Road
Blog post — 3215 N. Rockingham Road: A 1935 Cotswold Tudor manor house for $2.9 million
listing withdrawn January 21, 2021
- $2.9 million (originally $3.25 million)
- 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 half-baths, 10,696 square feet, 2.88 acres
- Price/square foot: $271
- Built in 1935
- Listed November 2015
- Last sale: None
- Note: Located on the Sedgefield Country Club golf course
- 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 5,111 square feet, 1.73 acres
- Price/square foot: $186
- Built in 1975
- Listed June 23, 2021
- Last sale: $513,000, October 2018
- Listing: “Authentically modern and historically preserved, this home is a living piece of art”
- The house sits along 600 feet of the 13th and 14th holes of the Sedgefield Gold Club course.
- “Its minimalist design creates unobstructed views of the course and surrounding landscape, highlighted indoors by vaulted ceilings, immense windows, and natural woods.”
- Designed by iconic Modernist architect George Matsumoto. N.C. State College of Design: “Matsumoto taught architecture at the (then) School of Design from its inception in 1948 until 1961, after which he went into architecture practice full time. He came to North Carolina from San Francisco, and, along with Dean Henry Kamphoefner and the founding faculty of the School, led the state to the forefront of the modernist architecture movement. Many faculty members, including Matsumoto himself, were in practice while teaching, and the residences and commercial buildings they designed are still celebrated today.”
The residential neighborhood within Greensboro’s central business district has experienced a renaissance over the past couple decades. Many classic retail buildings now have renovated condos above them.
- 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,685 square feet
- Price/square foot: $160
- Built in 1921
- Listed July 27, 2021
- Last sale: $192,500, August 2017
- HOA: $267/month
- Neighborhood: Downtown Greensboro Historic District
- Note: Condo in McGee Lofts, formerly the General Greene Hotel
- District’s NRHP nomination, describing how the building originally looked: “A three-story brick structure erected ca. 1915. Four intact, simple wooden storefronts at street level, including hotel entrance. Upper floors have six-bay divisions with course of rusticated stone trim running under the sills on each floor. Flemish bond brickwork on front facade, common elsewhere. Mock wooden balustrades flank hotel sign above third floor.”
Elsewhere in Greensboro
Classic homes are found in many neighborhoods around Greensboro, including Brice Street, Highland Park, Lamrocton, McAdoo Heights, Pomona and other areas.
4831 Lake Jeanette Road
The McNairy House
contract pending June 28, 2021
- $425,000 (originally $445,000)
- 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,300 square feet, 1.91 acres
- Price/square foot: $129
- 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.
- Francis and Mary Boyd McNairy moved to North Carolina from Pennsylvania in 1761. They bought land on Horsepen Creek; 20 years later it was part of the site of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Their house was used as a hospital after the battle; prominent local minister, educator and ardent revolutionary David Caldwell provided emergency medical treatment (he also was a self-taught physician). The home was dismantled in 1967 and reassembled at the Greensboro Historical Museum, where it still stands.
- In the 19th century, all but one of the McNairs followed Francis and Mary’s son John to Tennessee. James McNairy (born 1809), a lawyer remained. “A large landowner like his father, he served as a justice of the peace, as well as a member of the state legislature,” according to Tim Cole of the Greensboro Public Library.
- At the turn of the 20th century, James’s descendants included brothers John and James McNairy, who built a schoolhouse for their children on the property. With the help of the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund, the current owners recently sold that building, and it was relocated.
611 Bellemeade Street
contract pending January 29, 2021
no longer under contract April 8, 2021
- $279,000 (originally $298,900)
- 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 1,878 square feet
- Price/square foot: $149
- Built in 1921
- Listed November 2, 2020
- Last sale: $200,000, May 2010
- Neighborhood: Cedar Street
- Note: Rental property
- Aluminum siding
4303 Princeton Avenue
contract pending July 6, 2021
- 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 2,280 square feet, 0.59 acre
- Price/square foot: $121
- Built in 1925
- Listed July 5, 2021
- Last sale: December 2012, no price recorded on deed (bought from HUD after foreclosure)
- Neighborhood: Highland Park
- Note: The property is located next to a park.
- $265,000 (originally $274,900)
- 5 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 3,651 square feet, 3.14 acre
- Price/square foot: $73
- Built in 1901
- Listed May 1, 2021
- Last sale: $155,000, November 1995
- Listing: “… simply needs some TLC. Will need a trash out for items left behind by previous owner.”
- The listing shows 7,064 square feet; county records show about half that.
707 Englewood Street
contract pending July 23, 2021
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,206 square feet
- Price/square foot: $170
- Built in 1932
- Listed July 16, 2021
- Last sale: $155,000, March 2014
- Neighborhood: Brice Street
4221 United Street
contract pending July 17, 2021
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 965 square feet
- Price/square foot: $194
- Built in 1934
- Listed July 13, 2021
- Last sale: $77,900, May 1997
- Neighborhood: Highland Park
- Note: Out-of-state owner
- The original owner may have been Elmer Dayvault Yost and his wife, Bessie Ladd Scarborough Yost (1899-1993). Elmer (1894-1983) was the founder and owner of Dixie Realty & Loan Co., now Berkshire-Hathaway Yost & Little. He would have used 4221 United as a rental property. The street was then called Winston-Salem Road, which included United Street and parts of what are now Holden Road and West Market Street.
- The Yosts sold the house in 1936 to Clarence Willard Bolling (1897-1961), one of the proprietors of the Phillips-Bolling Lumber Company. He and his wife, Audrie Penelope Nicholson Bolling (1905-1974), lived in the house for a few years before the deed was put into Audrie’s name in 1939. She was an inspector for the Mock, Judson, Voehringer hosiery mill and later Kayser-Roth. By 1941, she was living on Oakland Avenue, and Clarence had disappeared from the city directory (as had Phillips-Bolling). Audrie continued to live on Oakland Avenue and to own 4221 United until her death in 1974.