Extreme Makeover: Emerywood Edition — At 642 Colonial Drive, Only the Address Is the Same

The first clue that something is up at 642 Colonial Drive in High Point is the description in the neighborhood’s National Register nomination:

“The house has a brick veneer, brick chimney on the facade [where did the chimney go?] with a blind, stuccoed arch [no arch, either], and eight-over-eight, wood-sash windows with blind arches over the windows and door on the first story [still no blind arches]. The three-light-over-four-panel door is recessed slightly on the left end of the facade [no] and flanked by four-light sidelights [not]. A one-story, hip-roofed porch extends from the right elevation [no porch], supported by full-height brick piers [no piers]. A one-story wing on the left elevation [no wing] has paired, eight-light, metal casement windows [no casement windows].”

That actually was 642 Colonial, but in its caterpillar stage:

This is the house in 2010. It appears to have emerged in its current form between 2013 and 2019. The house sold for $58,000 in 2013, and a Google Street View photo dated June 2019 shows the house as it looks today.

The house is now 4,600 square feet. At $629,000, that comes out to a relatively modest $136 per square foot (other current Emerywood listings range from $141 to $219 per square foot). The interior is remarkable — glorious ceilings, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, there’s a lot going on. How much of it is original is an interesting question.

642 Colonial Drive, High Point
The C. Myron Cecil House

  • $629,000 (originally $650,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4,624 square feet, 0.4 acre
  • Price/square foot: $136
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed December 7, 2020
  • Last sale: $58,000, April 2013
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood, Uptown Suburbs Historic District (NRHP)
  • Note: Before 2013, the last previous sale was about 44 years earlier, October 1969, for $34,000.
    • District NRHP nomination: “The house is listed as vacant in 1929; the earliest known occupant is C. Myron Cecil (Cecil Grocery) in 1930.”

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