Final update September 1, 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listing withdrawn January 21, 2021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
1 Chowan Road
contract pending August 4, 2021
- $875,000 (originally $950,000)
- 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 5,111 square feet, 1.73 acres
- Price/square foot: $171
- 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.”
- 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 3,348 square feet, 3.67 acres
- Price/square foot: $179
- Built in 1940
- Listed August 27, 2021
- Last sale: $250,000, March 2021
- Note: The house was owned from 1960-1964 by the Episcopal Church, initially by the Diocese of North Carolina and beginning in 1961, by All Saints Episcopal Church on Groometown Road when its status was raised from mission to parish.
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.
220 W. Market Street, Unit number not given
contract pending August 6, 2021
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 715 square feet
- Price/square foot: $190
- Built in 1926
- Listed August 4, 2021
- HOA: $150/month
- Last sale: $76,200, March 2021
- 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, 1,384 square feet
- Price/square foot: $72
- Built in 1901
- Listed August 9, 2021
- Last sale: $12,000, November 1982
- Note: The house is the lone residential property left on what was once a mostly residential block between West Gate City Boulevard and the railroad tracks. It’s a rental now, with vacant lots on either side and across the street. Otherwise, the block is occupied by a couple of industrial or warehouse buildings. It’s the only residence remaining in the Gate City Boulevard area from South Elm Street west to Fulton Street.
- Although county records date the house to 1901, it doesn’t appear in the city directory until 1923. The occupants listed were John Williamson, a firefighter, and his wife, Hattie, and Claude Ward, a brakeman, and his wife, Eva.
Elsewhere in Greensboro
Classic homes are found in many neighborhoods around Greensboro, including Brice Street, Highland Park, Lamrocton, McAdoo Heights, Pomona and other areas.
- $1.25 million
- 5 bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms, 4,617 square feet, 7.8 acres
- Price/square foot: $271
- Built in 1900 (per county)
- Listed August 25, 2021
- Last sale: $249,000, November 2003
- B&B website: “A rich tobacco community of leaders named for Zachariah Groome (1827-1904) bought this farmland in 1888. The Groome Family built this particular house around 1890.”
- Zachariah was born in Caswell County in 1827 or 1828 (sources differ). By 1840, his family had moved to Rockingham County. He lived there until 1883, serving as a county commissioner 1869-72.
- He moved briefly to Randolph County before buying 500 acres of land southwest of Greensboro in Guilford County and establishing the Groometown community.
- Zachariah married Louisa Blackburn (1923-1850) in 1849. He married Lavinia Jane Whittemore (1835-1898) in 1852. They had 12 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood.
611 Bellemeade Street
contract pending January 29 to April 8, 2021
listing withdrawn July 31, 2021
relisted August 10, 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
- Sold for $190,000 on August 17, 2021 (listed at $185,000)
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 965 square feet
- Price/square foot: $197
- 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.