Updated October 3, 2020
Some older properties, especially outsized, rural ones, are marketed as possible commercial properties — B&B’s, vineyards, event venues and such — rather than or in addition to residential use.
303 Burke Street, Gibsonville, Guilford County
The Burke Manor Inn & Pavilion
listing withdrawn January 2021
relisted March 2021
- $2.2 million
- 6 bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, 5,166 square feet, 2.64 acres
- Price/square foot: $426
- Built in 1906
- Listing date not known
- Last sale: $1.1 million, January 2011
- From the inn’s website: “Caesar Cone, a textile magnate and co-founder of Cone Mills Corporation, built the house on 303 Burke Street in 1906. In 1911, Caesar Cone sold the home to J.W. Burke, where 4 generations of the Burke family resided in the estate. The Brady Family bought Burke Manor in 1999 and restored the home to its original grandeur, as designed by the Cone family. The Brady’s converted the grounds into an inn with the idea of transforming the house into a bed & breakfast. The owners today, Lori and Lil Lacassagne, purchased Burke Manor in 2011. ”
- The property includes an in-ground pool.
- $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.
354 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, Surry County
listing expired August 1, 2019
relisted April 10, 2020
- $915,000 (originally $1.175 million)
- 11 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 7,567 square feet, 22 acres
- The figures are totals for a cottage and four log cabins.
- Price/square foot: $121
- Built in 1940
- Listed August 1, 2018
- Last sale: $3.6 million, February 1992
- Note: The property includes four log cabins and a cottage that are now rented for weddings and events. It is part of Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery.
- Located a mile outside Elkin and two miles from Interstate 77
- The property includes creeks, a lake and a pond.
- The cottage has two suites with a bathroom in each.
- The main log cabin has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a large entertainment area, a dining room that can seat more than 50 people, a fully equipped kitchen and a covered porch overlooking the lake.
- Two cabins are two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplexes.
- The fourth cabin is a game room with a pool table, card table, satellite television, stereo, bar and bathroom.
- All furniture, fixtures and equipment are included in the sale.
- One of the cabins:
- 7 bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, 5,024 square feet, 0.66 acre
- Price/square foot: $169
- Built in 1901
- Listed July 8, 2021
- Last sale: $152,000, April 2014
- Neighborhood: Mount Airy Historic District
- Note: The listing gives the square footage as 4,700.
- District NRHP nomination: “Large, impressive two-story brick late Victorian style house with granite trim, dominated by a two-and-one-half story polygonal projecting bay and one-story wrap-around porch with spindle frieze.
- “The virtually unaltered house also features decorative, tall, corbelled and recessed panel interior chimneys, one-over-one windows with granite lintels and sills, granite string course extending around the house above the second story windows, decorative sawn brackets supporting wide overhanging eaves and Colonial Revival interior features.
- “Built in 1901 by contractor J.A. Tesh for W.E. Merritt, who owned a hardware store and brickyard, and was the founder of the Renfro Textile Company and one of the founders of the Mount Airy Furniture Company.”
- William Edward “Ed” Merritt (1867-1946) was born in Chatham, Virginia. His wife, Caroline Octavia “Carrie” Kochtitzky Merritt (1868-1960), was a native of Oakland, Missouri. After they came to Mount Airy, Ed’s parents and five of his six siblings also moved to the town.
- From the Mount Airy News: “As is often the case, this new blood energized and benefited the community, as they established or led several major businesses: Merritt Hardware, Renfro Hosiery, Mount Airy Furniture Company, Merritt Machine Shop, Piedmont Manufacturing Company, and Floyd Pike Electrical, the North Carolina Granite Corp., and others. Several family members have served as town commissioners, the city engineer, the Surry County Draft Board, the county Board of Commissioners, and in the US Navy and Army.”
- 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 3,179 square feet, 3.1 acres
- Price/square foot: $219
- Built in 1914
- Listed August 30, 2021
- Last sale: $299,900, March 2020
- Listing: The property includes an owners cottage of 1,343 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchenette and a loft over one of the bedrooms.
- The property also has a carport and five outbuildings, three of which are connected via a wooden deck. “These building are currently used for storage, but could easily be converted into artist studios, pottery workshops, guest rooms, gift shop or event space.” The others are a children’s play house and a tobacco barn.
115 S. Pearl Street, Troy, Montgomery County
listing withdrawn June 19, 2020; relisted August 15, 2020
contract pending May 9, 2021; no longer under contract May 9, 2021
- $549,900 (originally $599,000)
- 6 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 5,135 square feet, 0.42 acres (see note)
- Price/square foot: $107
- Built in 1892
- Listed July 14, 2019
- Last sale: Listing says it was in 1910; no further information is available online.
- Listing: For sale by owner
- The house is on a lot of 0.42 acre. The listing references two additional lots that are included, apparently another 0.43 acre total.
- The house is across the street from the Montgomery County Courthouse.
- “A portion of the home was the original town post office and has remained in the same family since 1910.”
- “Remington chandeliers from Pennsylvania, mahogany over-mantles from plantations on the Mississippi River, fireplaces throughout. Hidden doorways and many nooks and crannies with quirky charm. … An impressive 2 story pine paneled entrance with original oak floors, stained glass window, and a massive staircase … Original 10′ & 12′ stamped metal ceilings. Elegant formal dining room has been known to seat 30+ family and guests. A fully stocked library with volumes of antique books. … 20×36 foot wine cellar in basement with stone fireplace and steel reinforced storm shelter.”
- “Perfect for a bed and breakfast, home-based business, shop, office, educational facility or just a residence for large family or someone who welcomes an abundance of visitors.
- “Entertainment/game/billiard room is 25 x 36 with pool table included An indoor pool remains structured under the large billiard room floor if so desired to convert back into function.”
- “A 64×32′ garage holds approx. 18 cars and is located on additional 2 lots (included) just perfect for a multitude of needs from collector cars to business product storage.”
- This appears to be the garage:
- $399,000 (previously listed as high as $595,000 and as low as $368,000)
- 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 4,790 square feet, 0.57 acre
- Price/square foot: $83
- Built in 1903
- Listed July 23, 2018
- Last sale: $365,000, August 2016
- Neighborhood: Hunter-Decatur Street Historic District
- Note: The property includes seven fireplaces; main-level master with en-suite, 12’x11′ walk-in closet and private side yard; wrap-around front porch; large back yard with in-ground pool, hot tub, two pergolas and privacy fencing.