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Updated September 19, 2020

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Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties

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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listing withdrawn September 1, 2019; relisted January 27, 2020
contract pending June 26, 2020
no longer under contract June 27, 2020

  • $99,900 (previously $150,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2,188 square feet, 0.5 acre
  • Price/square foot: $46
  • 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.”
    • “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, you might be interested to know there’s a Masonic lodge next door.
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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.
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336 W. Main Street, Yanceyville, Caswell County
Dongola House
Blog post — Restoration Project of the Week: Dongola House in Yanceyville, “the Most Pretentious Farmhouse of the Piedmont”

  • $85,000, 1.86 acres (originally $109,000)
    • Previously: $258,000, 9.84 acres
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms not listed, 2,881 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $30 (with 1.86 acres), $90 (with 9.84 acres, if that’s still on offer)
  • Built in 1832
  • Listed June 18, 2019
  • Last sale: Not available in online records
  • Preservation North Carolina listing: “Many people believe it will take a fortune to refurbish this palatial home– we have quotes for everything and it will take less $100K.”
    • “Preservation NC will work with you to preserve this Historic Treasure.”
    • Dongola House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina.
    • The house was also being marketed for office use.
    • The property is part of a larger piece of land owned by an LLC located in Washington state.
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502 W. Allenton Street, Mount Gilead, Montgomery County
The Scarborough House

  • $45,000 (originally $70,000)
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 2,840 square feet (per county; listing says 2,692), 3.77 acres
  • Price/square foot: $16
  • Built in 1892 (per county records)
  • Last sale: $16,500, August 1998
  • Listing: The property includes five outbuildings: well house, smokehouse, barn, corn crib and 1920s garage (Frankie Scarborough was one of the first car owners in Mount Gilead).
    • “The Scarborough House needs structural repairs to the rear hall floor and ceiling caused by a roof leak (recently dried-in), and porch repairs, removal of old ceiling tiles and carpeting, plus updates to the kitchen, baths, and mechanical systems.”
    • The property is still owned by a member of the Scarborough family.

Preservation North Carolina Listings

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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.
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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:
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The Nereus Mendenhall House (also known as The Oaks)
1753 Penny Road, High Point (house must be moved)

  • $5,000 (structure only)
  • Built around 1830
  • Listing: “This important early house with Guilford College ties must be moved – again! It has simple yet refined woodwork, mortise-and-tenon construction, and a modified Quaker plan ready for permanent new location.”
  • The house was moved to its present location in 1998 and now must be moved to a permanent location.
  • Dr. Nereus Mendenhall was born in nearby Jamestown. An advocate for public education, he served as principal of New Garden Friends School, which eventually became Guilford College. He is credited with keeping the school open during the Civil War.

Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County

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1008 Haywood Street, Greensboro
listing withdrawn March 4, 2018; relisted December 30, 2018
listing withdrawn November 5, 2019; relisted March 13, 2020 (at $189,000)

  • $218,999 (originally $499,000, last listed price was $309,998)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,604 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $137
  • Built in 1905
  • Listed November 25, 2017
  • Last sale: $65,000, November 1998
  • Neighborhood: Glenwood
  • Note: For sale by owner
    • Zillow listing says the house is 1,804 square feet; county tax records say 1,604.
    • Even reduced by more than 60 percent from the original price, it’s still around twice what you would expect to pay for a house in Glenwood that needs work.
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2017 Neelley Way, Pleasant Garden, Guilford County
contract pending February 14 to June 11, 2020
contract pending July 6, 2020
no longer under contract August 24, 2020

  • $185,900 (originally $269,900)
  • 10 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 7,617 square feet, 3.91 acres
  • Price/square foot: $24
  • Built in 1912
  • Listed February 7, 2019
  • Last sale: $292,000, October 2018
  • Note: The house is in very poor condition and is being sold as-is.
    • County tax records show the house being 7,617 square feet; the listing shows 5,882.
    • Offers must be submitted through RESNET.
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4201 Pineneedle Drive, Greensboro
under contract, September 2-September 28, 2019
under contract, October 2-November 13, 2019
under contract February 21, 2020
no longer under contract April 15, 2020
Blog post

  • $169,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,416 square feet, 3.76 acres
  • Price/square foot: $120
  • Built in 1903
  • Listed August 29, 2019
  • Last sale: $5,500, December 1982
  • Neighborhood: Summit Hills
  • Note: The Zillow listing now says, “This is a 1000 square foot, 2 bedroom, vacant land home” … whatever that means.
    • The listing originally said, “House is sold AS IS and will not qualify for FHA/Va loans.”
    • No heating or cooling systems
    • No photos or description of the interior
    • The property appears to be priced for development, as $120/square foot is a very high price for a house in this condition, even with the acreage. The listing originally said, “Would be a great property to develop.”

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

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9292 Creek Farm Road, Tobaccoville, Forsyth County

  • $795,000 (originally $900,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,580 square feet, 30.35 acres
  • Price/square foot: $308
  • Built in 1881
  • Listed June 1, 2020
  • Last sale: Not available in online records
  • Note: The owner says the house needs considerable work.
    • “Large open fields with creek. Farmhouse, large barn and numerous outbuildings. Land suitable for development or possible commercial use.”
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1701 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem
The Ashburn-Holland House

  • $99,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,270 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $78
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed August 29, 2020
  • Last sale: $54,000, March 2017
  • Neighborhood: Washington Park Historic District (NRHP)
  • Listing: For sale by owner
    • “Substantial work towards full restoration has already been started.”
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7520 Anchusa Street, Lewisville, Forsyth County
contract pending May 7 to June 5, 2020
contract pending July 16, 2020

  • $60,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,560 square feet, 3 acres
  • Price/square foot: $38
  • Built in 1920
  • Listed April 6, 2020
  • Last sale: Not available in online records
  • Note: The property has barely any frontage on Anchusa Street. U.S. 421 runs along one side of the property.
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7655 Salem Chapel Road, Northern Forsyth County

  • $47,000 (originally $54,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,696 square feet, 0.94 acre
  • Price/square foot: $28
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed May 20, 2020
  • Last sale: $40,000, January 2000
  • Note: A Homepath property
    • The property has a Walnut Cove mailing address but is just south of the county line in Forsyth County.

Alamance, Caswell and Rockingham Counties

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209 N. Wilba Road, Mebane, Alamance County
contract pending August 22, 2020

  • $258,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,607 square feet, 1 acre
  • Price/square foot: $99
  • Built in 1924
  • Listed August 14, 2020
  • Last sale: $136,000, August 1999
  • Listing: “Home needs some TLC to restore the historic character,” which has been damaged with the installation of replacement windows.
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7435 U.S. 158 East, Leasburg, Caswell County
The Walter Thomas House

  • $149,000 (originally $160,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,212 square feet, 1.71 acres
  • Price/square foot: $46
  • Built in 1850
  • Listed June 30, 2019
  • Last sale: $154,500, July 2009
  • Listing: “Partially restored 1850 Greek Revival home … beautiful restored staircase, 5 chandeliers, 7 fireplaces (one restored Thomas Day design), large columned front porch, upstairs balcony, roof 2007, new septic, plumbing, electrical upgrades, new insulation, plantation shutters, reinforced chimneys, side porch, dbl carport, smoke house …”

2041 Routh Road, Burlington, Alamance County

  • $100,000
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,608 square feet, 1.3 acres
  • Price/square foot: $62
  • Built in 1928
  • Listed September 17, 2020
  • Last sale: $31,000, April 1977
  • Note: The house has a Burlington mailing address, but it’s northwest of town beyond Glen Raven.
    • Listing: “Home listed as 1 bedroom but has additional room downstairs that could be used as another BR but has no closet. Additional 3 rooms upstairs could also be used as bedrooms but only has ceiling height of 6 foot 10 inches.”
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615 Piedmont Street, Reidsville, Rockingham County
listing withdrawn June 29, 2020; relisted July 31, 2020
contract pending August 31, 2020

  • $51,997 (originally $54,100, previously as low as $49,500)
    • Previously available in an online auction with a starting bid of $33,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2,205 square feet, 0.56 acre
  • Price/square foot: $24
  • Built in 1922
  • Listed April 17, 2020
  • Last sale: Conflicting information in online records
  • Neighborhood: Old Post Road Historic District
  • Listing: “Reviewing Offers Sat, Aug 22 at 12PM”
    • No air conditioning
    • Vinyl siding
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110 Burton Street, Reidsville, Rockingham County

  • $9,900 (originally $11,175)
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 906 square feet, 0.3 acre
  • Price/square foot: $11
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed August 15, 2020
  • Last sale: $11,610, June 2020 (foreclosure); last sale before foreclosure, $65,000 in April 2001
  • Listing: “No Showings Allowed due to Squatter in the Home/Condition of Home – DO NOT ENTER.”
    • “CASH ONLY. Pending Code Violations with the City of Reidsville”
    • “Sold As Is with Buyer to verify all Info, Systems, Conditions, Utilities, Surveys, Permitting, Code Violations, etc.”
    • Bank-owned property

Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Davie Counties

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183 Mullins Road, Advance, Davie County
contract pending September 7, 2020

  • $89,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,381 square feet (per county records), 2 acres
  • Price/square foot: $38
  • Built in 1890
  • Listed August 21, 2020
  • Last sale: Not available in online records (The February 2009 sale listed by Zillow is not documented in Davie County records.)
  • Listing: “100% tongue and grove wood panelling. Wood was taken from the trees off the property in 1955” No photos of the interior are included in the listing.
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212 River Street, East Bend, Yadkin County
contract pending August 29 to September 8, 2020
contract pending September 14, 2020

  • $75,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,227 square feet, 0.72 acre
  • Price/square foot: $34
  • Built in 1922
  • Listed August 24, 2020
  • Last sale: Note available in online records
  • Listing: “Many vintage details remain including light fixtures in downstairs bedrooms and hallway, shiplap siding and cabinet in kitchen, claw foot tub, and wainscoting in living/dining rooms.”

Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties

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102 W. 3rd Street, Lexington, Davidson County
contract pending September 17, 2020

  • $149,900 (originally $159,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,060 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $49
  • Built in 1922
  • Listed June 29, 2020
  • Last sale: $40,000, November 2012
  • Neighborhood: Park Place Local Historic District
  • Listing: “Currently 2bd/2ba ea duplex w/dbl.laundry. Can easily be single family home or B&B. Needs exterior paint. Hardwoods under most carpet. Price reflects “AS IS” condition.”
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202 S. Main Street, Asheboro, Randolph County
contract pending August 30, 2020

  • $89,900 (originally $94,900)
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms not given, 4,064 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $22
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed August 19, 2020
  • Last sale: $111,730, April 2006
  • Note: Single-family residence divided into four apartments and allowed to deteriorate. It clearly could be a lovely home if restored.
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326 Rockcrusher Road, Lexington, Davidson County
contract pending September 2, 2020

  • $40,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 992 square feet, 0.63 acre
  • Price/square foot: $40
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed August 31, 2020
  • Last sale: Not available in online records

Auctions

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6790 Ridge Road, Tobaccoville, Forsyth County

  • Auction cancelled (had been scheduled for Tuesday September 22, 2020, 10 a.m., Forsyth County Courthouse); no update available
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,201 square feet, 11.89 acres
  • Built in 1930
  • Last sale: $25,000, September 1984
  • Note: GIS overhead view of the property:
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235 Harper Street, Star, Montgomery County

  • Online auctions are held weekly.
    • Opening bid: $17,500
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,258 square feet
  • Built in 1902
  • Listed July 30, 2020
  • Last sale: $2,200, September 1941
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223 Holly Street, Franklinville, Randolph County

  • The owner has gone back to online auctions (accepted offers through August 27).
    • “Suggested offer” was $83,237 to $102,827
    • Months of online auctions have failed to sell the house (opening bid is $25,000; reserve previously was $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