Updated April 15, 2020
A downtown neighborhood of classic old houses and well designed new homes that fit together into a redeveloped “traditional neighborhood”
420 McAdoo Avenue
The Margaret Murray Thornton House
Blog post — New Listing: 420 McAdoo Avenue, A 1905 Bungalow Long Owned by One of Southside’s Earliest Families
contract pending March 30, 2021
- 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,071 square feet
- Price/square foot: $142
- Built in 1905
- Listed March 27, 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.
- The house sits at the corner of McAdoo and Murray streets. Originally part of the Murray family’s large estate, the property was bought in 1901 by Margaret Murray Thornton (1872-1926) from her mother, four siblings and other relatives. After her death, her husband, Charles Dilk Thornton (1872-1947) owned the house until 1943. He was born in Gloucestershire, England, and worked as a dispatcher for Southern Railway.
- The Greensboro Redevelopment Commission bought the house in 1997 as part of Southside’s redevelopment.
A classic golf course community developed 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listing withdrawn January 21, 2021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
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.
- $1.06 million
- Duplex, bedrooms and bathrooms not specified, 3,312 square feet, 0.14 acre
- Price/square foot: $320; per acre: $7.42 million
- Built in 1910
- Listed February 23, 2021
- Last sale: $82,000, June 2001
- Neighborhood: Downtown
- Note: This duplex is the last trace of a residential neighborhood in the 100 block of the former E. Lee Street. The lots on either side are vacant. The Union Square campus is across the street (click the aerial view to see it larger).
- The property was purchased in 1909 by the Greensboro Hebrew Congregation, predecessor of Temple Emanuel. They owned it until 1924 but bought it back again in 1929. They sold it in 1945.
- From 1946-52, it was owned by the N.C. District of Assemblies of God.
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
- 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,300 square feet, 1.91 acres
- Price/square foot: $135
- 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
- $287,900 (originally $298,900)
- 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 1,878 square feet
- Price/square foot: $153
- Built in 1921
- Listed November 2, 2020
- Last sale: $200,000, May 2010
- Neighborhood: Cedar Street
- Note: Rental property
- Aluminum siding
905 Englewood Street
contract pending March 8, 2021
- 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, 1,830 square feet
- Price/square foot: $144
- Built in 1922
- Listed March 8, 2021
- Last sale: $240,000, May 2020
- Neighborhood: Brice Street
2624 West Court Street
contract pending March 17, 2021
- 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,220 square feet, 0.34 acre
- Price/square foot: $29
- Built in 1928
- Listed March 11, 2021
- Last sale: $16,000, September 1983
- Neighborhood: Lathamtown
- Listing: “This fixer-upper has lots of potential.”