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Updated November 27, 2021

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Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County
Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
Alamance, Caswell and Rockingham Counties
Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Davie Counties
Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties

Auctions

Recent Sales

1567 Belmont Road, Linwood, Davidson County
Beallmont

  • $75,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2,422 square feet, 2.6 acres
  • Price/square foot: $31
  • Listing: “Rare NC example of 1840s Picturesque Cottage with decorative lattice porch, bay window and early woodwork.”
    • “The original small two-story frame house was built by either Doctor Robert Moore, the original grant holder, or his son Ebenezer, in the late eighteenth century or early nineteenth century. A two-story log addition was built early on. Ebenezer’s son-in-law Burgess Lamar Beall, a prominent physician and politician, transformed the house into a fashionable picturesque villa in the late 1840’s. … The side wing was added during the picturesque villa remodeling and also featured latticework. The current one-bay wide porch was added in the twentieth century.”
    • The house has been moved to a nearby lot with access to a small pond. The surrounding land will be protected by a conservation easement.
    • The house will require a complete rehabilitation, including structural repair, restoration carpentry, new systems, bathrooms and kitchen.

Preservation North Carolina Listings

653 Vernon Road, Wentworth, Rockingham County
The King House

  • $69,000
  • Bedrooms and bathrooms not specified, 1,643 square feet, 10 acres
  • Price/square foot: $42
  • Built in 1802
  • Last sale: 1785, price not available
  • Listing: “The farm has been continuously owned and operated by the King family and was designated a North Carolina Century Farm in 1986 and a Bicentennial Farm by the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture in 2017.”
    • “Early log house with large stone chimneys, exposed beaded ceiling joists, wide wall planks, hand-forged door hardware, and a rear wing, once an early separate kitchen. Family cemetery with ancient soapstone markers nearby all situated on a scenic ridge between Wentworth and Reidsville.”
    • “The house has been covered by rolled asphalt siding. Small sections have been uncovered to reveal lap siding on the main house and board-and-batten siding on the kitchen.”
    • “The house will require a complete rehabilitation including repair of the roof (some 5v metal panels were ripped off in a recent storm), restoration/repair of log structure, installation of new systems including electrical, plumbing and HVAC, a new kitchen and bathrooms.”
    • The property for sale includes the cemetery. It’s a 10-acre piece of a 240-acre farm.

148 Bridge Street, Milton, Caswell County
The Gordon-Brandon House

  • $32,500
  • 1,968 square feet, 1.7 acres
  • Price/square foot: $17
  • Built around 1850
  • Listing: “It was purchased by an absentee owner in 2000 and suffered several years of neglect. Happily, it was recently purchased by a local preservationist who has enlisted Preservation NC’s assistance to find someone to purchase and restore it to its former elegance.”
    • “An unusual example of a uniquely Milton house type, the Gordon-Brandon House is a modest-scale raised Greek Revival cottage consisting of a brick lower level and a wood frame upper level containing the main entrance and ornamentation.”
    • “The house has suffered neglect for several years and will need a complete rehabilitation.”
    • The property is located in the Milton National Register Historic District and is eligible for tax credits.
    • In better days:

Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County

221 College Road, Greensboro
listing expired November 1, 2021

  • $224,900 (originally $300,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,660 square feet, 1.04 acres
  • Price/square foot: $85
  • Built in 1917
  • Listed May 27, 2021
  • Last sale: $70,000, March 2014
  • Note: Not owner-occupied

4620 Groometown Road, Greensboro
listing removed November 27, 2021

  • $209,900
  • 5 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 3,651 square feet, 3.14 acres
  • Price/square foot: $57
  • Built in 1901
  • Listed August 27, 2021
  • Last sale: $247,969, July 2021
  • Note: Foreclosure sale in June 2021

607 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
The Jacob W. Lindau House
contract pending June 30 to August 4, 2021
contract pending September 13, 2021
no longer under contract September 22, 2021

  • $149,900
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,750 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $55
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed June 16, 2021
  • Last sale: $31,625, March 2018 (see note below)
  • Neighborhood: Dunleath Historic District
  • Note: One of the most egregiously maimed historic homes in Greensboro
    • Divided into three apartments
    • The asking price is about five times the amount the owners paid in 2018. No exterior improvements appear to have been done, and no interior pictures are included in the listing.
    • Online listings include misleading figures on the last sale. It was one of four properties sold as a package for $127,500. No individual prices were broken out. County property records show the price as $31,625, the most appropriate figure under the circumstances.
    • The original owner was Jacob W. Lindau, secretary-treasurer of the Southern Finishing & Warehouse Company at Proximity. The National Register nomination for the district describes the house as Queen Anne-Colonial Revival.
    • Photo with 2017 listing:

4007 Oak Ridge Road, Summerfield
contract pending June 5 to July 15, 2021
contract pending August 16, 2021

  • $142,500 (originally $150,000)
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,308 square feet, 5 acres
  • Price/square foot: $109
  • Built in 1938
  • Listed July 28, 2020
  • Last sale: Not identifiable in online records
  • Listing: “…a lot of potential for the right person with a keen eye, a lot of Elbow Grease and TLC.”
    • Something you don’t see everyday: “A bonus yard feature is a fire box for cooking Beets in a Steel Pot.”
    • “No septic or well records on file at Guilford Co. Environmental Health.”

507 Newton Street, High Point
contract pending July 21to November 9, 2021
contract pending November 12, 2021

  • $100,000
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,611 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $38
  • Built in 1909
  • Listed July 18, 2021
  • Last sale: $92,500, October 2004
  • Neighborhood: Oakwood
  • Note: Rental property
    • Listing: “Some renovations have already started – just need your finishing touches.”
    • The house includes a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom in-law suite (included in the bedroom and bathroom numbers above).

7808 Jackson School Road, Browns Summit, Guilford County
The Ira and Hattie Herbin House
contract pending August 31, 2021

  • $85,000 (originally $100,000)
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 786 square feet (per county), 3.1 acres
  • Price/square foot: $108
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed July 21, 2021
  • Last sale: $550, December 1942
  • Note: Ira Herbin Sr. (1911-1989) bought the house in 1942 and lived there until his death. He was an employee of Cone Mills’ White Oak Plant. His wife, Hattie Jane Milton Herbin (1920-2019), then owned the property until her death.
    • For much of his life, Ira was one of two unrelated men named Ira Herbin in Browns Summit. The other, Ira Russell Herbin (1898-1960), was a farmer and building contractor.

231 Lewis Street, Gibsonville, Guilford County

  • $84,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,168 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $73
  • Built in 1889
  • Listed November 7, 2021
  • Last sale: $33,000, November 1999
  • Note: Rental property

2417 Cypress Street, Greensboro
contract pending September 17, 2021

  • $70,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 934 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $75
  • Built in 1922
  • Listed July 20, 2021
  • Last sale: $49,583, May 5, 2021
  • Neighborhood: White Oak
  • Note: The house is being sold less than three months after its last sale with no apparent work done and a mark-up of almost 50 percent.
    • Words picked up verbatim from previous listing: “The water and utilities are not on. Copper pipes were stolen.”

1513 Highland Avenue, Greensboro
contract pending August 14, 2021
no longer under contract October 5, 2021

  • $55,000 (originally $49,950, later $65,000)
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 745 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $74
  • Built in 1935
  • Listed June 22, 2021
  • Last sale: $26,000, June 9, 2021
  • Neighborhood: Glenwood
  • Listing: “Great fixer upper opportunity”
    • “Roof will be replaced 7-10-2021, price will change after finished.” Both of those things happened.

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

9292 Creek Farm Road, Tobaccoville, Forsyth County
listing withdrawn December 7, 2020
relisted April 22, 2021

  • $499,900 (originally $900,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,580 square feet, 30.35 acres
  • Price/square foot: $194
  • Built in 1881
  • Listed June 1, 2020
  • Last sale: Not available in online records
  • Note: The owner says the house needs considerable work.
    • Previous listing: “Large open fields with creek. Farmhouse, large barn and numerous outbuildings. Land suitable for development or possible commercial use.”
    • “60 foot right of way to Pizza Hut.”

6576 Holder Road, Clemmons, Forsyth County
contract pending May 29, 2021
no longer under contract June 28, 2021

  • $276,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,047 square feet, 3.81 acres
  • Price/square foot: $264
  • Built in 1922
  • Listed April 1, 2021
  • Last sale: Data not available online
  • Note: The house has no central heating system, but it does have central air conditioning.

2424 Lomond Street, Winston-Salem
contract pending September 8, 2021

  • $68,000 (originally $77,500)
  • 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 879 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $77
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed April 12, 2021
  • Last sale: $52,000, September 2002
  • Neighborhood: Sunnyside-Central Terrace Historic District
  • Listing: “Property needs total renovation”
    • No photos of the kitchen or bathroom are included in the listing.
    • District NRHP nomination: “One-story hip-roof bungalow with hip-roof dormer; wide eaves; wood shingle siding; six-over-six replacement windows; engaged/shed-roof porch supported by paired, square posts; vertical vinyl siding under porch; exposed rafter tails.”

725 E. Devonshire Street, Winston-Salem
contract pending August 25 to September 1, 2021
contract pending September 23, 2021
listing withdrawn November 9, 2021

  • $49,900
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,080 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $46
  • Built in 1922
  • Listed July 6, 2021
  • Last sale: $29,000, February 1987
  • Neighborhood: Waughtown-Belview Historic District
  • District NRHP nomination: “Craftsman Bungalow. One story; side gable; shed-roof porch; battered posts on brick piers; shed-roof dormer; vinyl siding; five-over-one windows; standing seam roof; knee braces.”

Alamance, Caswell and Rockingham Counties

608 Vance Street, Reidsville, Rockingham County
Villa Fortuna, aka The Jennings-Baker House
Jennings-Baker House NRHP
Blog post — Villa Fortuna: An Eclectic 1888 National Register Property in Reidsville, $99,900
listing has been withdrawn and relisted repeatedly since 2019
contract pending June 26-27, 2020
contract pending November 7, 2021

  • $200,000 (previously as low as $99,900)
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2,188 square feet, 0.5 acre
  • Price/square foot: $91
  • Built in the late 1880s, per NRHP nomination
  • Listed February 26, 2019
  • Last sale: $25,000, June 2011
  • Note: For sale by owner
    • Listing: “the perfect blend of unpretentious elegance and a rustic urban farm.”
    • “This house is for someone with vision, passion and some skills would be handy.”
    • “The 30’x32, steel frame greenhouse has a block base. There is a 8’x12′ barn used for my goats. It is Amish made with a metal roof and 2 lofts. The woodshed is 3′ deep x 13′ long. There is an addition not included in the square footage. It includes a sun room, a pantry, and mud room off the driveway.”
    • Answering the most obvious question: “YES there is a urinal on the wall in the purple bedroom. The last owner put it there it is no longer hooked up.”
    • Previous listing: “The facing came off the back of the second story and squirrels got in and damaged the wiring in the ceiling of the purple bed room. All 22 windows need to be replaced [Editor’s note: or, better yet, repaired].”
    • NRHP nomination (1986): “… a distinctive example of a vernacular use of elements of the Gothic Revival and Italianate styles of architecture popular in the mid nineteenth century.”
    • The first owner and probable builder of the house was William G. Jennings, a brick manufacturer.
    • “Only six brick houses dating from the years prior to 1890 are known to survive in the city, and it is unlikely that any substantial number more were built. Of these six, five can be described as in the Italianate style or exhibiting Italianate influence. … The Jennings-Baker House is a much more vernacular and personal expression of Victorian tastes, as it combines elements of several styles. The triangular patterned brickwork above windows and doors on the facade have a vaguely Gothic flavor, while the segmental arch openings on the side and rear elevations and in the ell … are typical of masonry construction of the period. The facade’s projecting bays and porch suggest the influence of architecture predominantly found at military institutions, while the corbel table on the facade and the parapeted side elevations of the main block are reminiscent of commercial architecture in the late nineteenth century.”
    • “This combination of elements strengthens the possibility that Jennings may have intended his house as a sort of advertisement for what was then a young enterprise, exhibiting the products of his brick yard and demonstrating the masonry skills of his workers.”
    • If you’re a traveler from the East, the lodge meets next door.

948 Grooms Road, Reidsville, Rockingham County

  • $189,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2,034 square feet, 5.84 acres
  • Price/square foot: $93
  • Built in 1890
  • Listed October 8, 2021
  • Last sale: $37,500, October 2003
  • Listing: House “is waiting on a restoration to bring back to it Glory.”
    • The property includes a spring.

724 N. Bridge Street, Eden, Rockingham County
contract pending September 17, 2021

  • $125,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,918 square feet, 2.4 acres
  • Price/square foot: $65
  • Built in 1919
  • Listed October 20, 2020
  • Last sale: $50,000, October 1994
  • Listing: “Property is being sold ‘as is’ and with all the contents. … Second story has 2 bedrooms, small office and some plumbing but is not heated. … Blower on air conditioner not working.”
    • The owner lives out of state.

214 N. Henry Street, Stoneville, Rockingham County
contract pending October 27, 2021

  • $111,500 (originally $129,900)
  • 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,410 square feet, 0.52 acre
  • Price/square foot: $33
  • Built in 1917
  • Listed September 1, 2021
  • Last sale: $100,800, April 2021
  • Note: The listing contains an above-average amount rigamarole about how you have to make an offer online and get it approved “by all parties,” etc.

836 Lawsonville Avenue, Reidsville, Rockingham County

  • $99,999
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,528 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $65
  • Built in 1929
  • Listed June 26, 2021
  • Last sale: $44,000, November 2016
  • Listing: “Needs some TLC.”

Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Davie Counties

2953 Westfield Road, Mount Airy, Surry County
contract pending August 1, 2021

  • $139,500
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,306 square feet, 2.3 acres
  • Price/square foot: $107
  • Built in 1925
  • Listed March 16, 2021
  • Last sale: $30,000, June 1983
  • Listing: “Fixer upper but move in condition … . Includes a large cinder block workshop”

1145 Joe Scales Road, Sandy Ridge, Stokes County
contract pending October 8, 2021

  • $130,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2,982 square feet, 29.06 acres
  • Price/square foot: $44
  • Built in 1920
  • Listed July 6, 2021
  • Last sale: October 1948, no price recorded on deed
  • Listing (please excuse the seller’s yelling): “VALUE IS IN LAND AND TIMBER. HOUSE, WHILE APPEARING SOUND NEEDS A GREAT DEAL OF WORK AND RENOVATIONS WHICH SELLERS WILL NOT DO. CONTENTS IN HOUSE WILL BE BUYER’S RESPONSIBILITY. IT IS NOT KNOWN WHERE OIL TANK IS, NOR WELL, NOR SEPTIC/FIELD. NOTE SIZES OF ROOMS, WITH SUBSTANTIAL RENOVATIONS, HOUSE COULD BE VERY NICE 100+ YR OLD HOME.”
    • “SELLERS CANNOT TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURIES OF POTENTIAL BUYERS OR AGENTS WHO ENTER THE HOME.”
    • The property includes a small cemetery “near or inside the northern boundary of the property.”

705 Pinnacle Hotel Road, Pinnacle, Surry County

  • $125,020
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2,527 square feet, 0.68 acre
  • Price/square foot: $49
  • Built in 1830
  • Listed September 3, 2021
  • Last sale: The lot was part of a tract of 25 acres last sold more than 30 years ago.
  • Note: Out-of-state owner
    • Listing: “Owner re-located and home has been vacant for years.”
    • “(2) monitor heaters heat the main level and are the only known heat source.”
    • “Master Bedroom does not have a formal closet.”

197 Spring Street, Mocksville, Davie County
contract pending November 10, 2021

  • $49,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,732 square feet, 0.32 acre
  • Price/square foot: $28
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed November 10, 2021
  • Last sale: $8,500, March 1984
  • Note: No heating or air conditioning systems
    • No interior photos are included in the listing.

Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties

3369 E. Holly Grove Road, Davidson County
contract pending April 10, 2021
no longer under contract June 18, 2021

  • $175,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,549 square feet (per county), 11 acres (see note)
  • Price/square foot: $113
  • Built in 1868 (per listing)
  • Listed February 25, 2021
  • Last sale: Before 1990; no identifiable deed found online.
  • Neighborhood: The property has a Lexington mailing address but is well to the east, just beyond I-85.
  • Listing: No heat or air conditioning systems.
    • The tax card shows 13 acres. The listing says some land was taken for the I-85 corridor. Eleven acres is an estimate subject to survey.
    • County records also show the date of the house as 1900.

500 Fairview Drive, Lexington, Davidson County
contract pending August 19 to October 1, 2021
listing withdrawn October 1, 2021; relisted October 9, 2021
contract pending October 11, 2021

  • $150,000 (originally $165,500)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,684 square feet, 0.47 acre
  • Price/square foot: $56
  • Built in 1937
  • Listed July 13, 2021
  • Last sale: $82,500, November 1992
  • Note: The house is in livable condition but needs updating.

406 W. Allenton Street, Mount Gilead, Montgomery County

  • $148,500
  • 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,189 square feet, 1.74 acres
  • Price/square foot: $47
  • Built in 1925
  • Listed April 6, 2021
  • Last sale: $48,000, December 2001
  • Listing: The house has its original slate roof.
    • Plaster walls are “in surprisingly acceptable condition”.
    • Unpainted, original woodwork throughout house
    • No central heating or air conditioning
    • Comment on county property card: “REAR OF HOUSE IN BAD SHAPE”

610 Westside Drive, Lexington, Davidson County
contract pending July 9 to August 1, 2021
contract pending August 13-23, 2021
contract pending September 1-28, 2021
contract pending October 11, 2021

  • $105,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,759 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $38
  • Built in 1923
  • Listed June 29, 2021
  • Last sale: $42,000, September 2017
  • Neighborhood: Rosemary Park, Lexington Residential Historic District
  • Note: No central air conditioning
    • Caveat emptor: The pictures with the listing suggest the house is in relatively good shape cosmetically, but it’s priced like a broken-down wreck.
    • District NRHP nomination: “Weatherboarded Craftsman Foursquare with a front-gable roof and a shed-roofed porch supported by square posts spanned by a wood railing; porte cochere at south end of porch, single and paired 4/1 sash on the lower level, vinyl replacement windows on the upper level; entry with sidelights, brick end chimney, wood-shingled gables, triangular eave brackets, exposed rafter ends.
    • “The house appears on the 1923 Sanborn map and was occupied by Edward and Mildred F. Hooper in 1937. Mr. Hooper was a meat cutter at Sink and Green. The Hooper’s son, Edward Jr., was a clerk at Efird’s Department Store.”

253 Poplar Street, Randleman, Randolph County
listing expired June 8, 2021; relisted August 3, 2021
contract pending October 28 to November 5, 2021
listing withdrawn November 8, 2021

  • $89,900 (originally $110,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 1,800 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $50
  • Built in 1880
  • Listed January 13, 2021
  • Last sale: $62,000, September 2017

601 Foy Avenue, Lexington, Davidson County

  • $75,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 996 square feet, 0.31 acre
  • Price/square foot: $75
  • Built in 1897
  • Listed September 23, 2021
  • Last sale: $30,000, February 2021
  • Note: The listing includes no interior photos.
    • The owner of the house goes by the name My Fast House Offer LLC.

412 7th Avenue, Lexington, Davidson County
contract pending November 12, 2021

  • $60,000 (originally $65,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,404 square feet, 0.37 acre
  • Price/square foot: $43
  • Built in 1902
  • Listed October 22, 2021
  • Last sale: $28,000, November 2016
  • Neighborhood: Lexington Residential Historic District
  • Note: “One-and-one-half-story side-gable bungalow with a recessed wraparound porch supported by square posts on brick piers; 4/1 sash, gabled dormer, exposed rafter ends, brick piers infilled with concrete block, interior chimney, asbestos siding. The house appears on the 1916-17 city directory map and was occupied by Mrs. Nannie L. Lanning, the widow of Joseph Lanning, in 1925-26.”

105 E. 2nd Avenue, Mount Gilead, Montgomery County
contract pending August 31, 2021

  • $20,000 (originally $50,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,734 square feet, 0.67 acre
  • Price/square foot: $7
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed August 2, 2021
  • Last sale: Not available in online records
  • Listing: “… needs lots of work but has endless possibilities.”
    • Apparently was divided into two apartments.
    • The for-sale listing shows 4,101 square feet and 5 bedrooms, compared to 2,734 and 5 in county records.
    • No heat or air-conditioning system
    • Asbestos siding

Auctions

223 Holly Street, Franklinville, Randolph County
contract pending March 26 to April 3, 2021
contract pending April 29 to May 1, 2021
contract pending June 24 to July 6, 2021

  • Alternates between online auctions and periods of direct offers
    • “Suggested offer”: $103,930 to $118,586 (originaly $56,698 to $111,944)
    • Previous online auctions: Opening bid $35,000, reserve price $97,930, $53/square foot
  • 3 bedrooms, 2  bathrooms, 1,856 square feet, 3.29 acres
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed December 12, 2019
  • Last sale: $79,764 (foreclosure auction), September 2019; last non-foreclosure sale price was $96,100, August 2002
  • Note: Bank-owned property