Mansions: 2022 Sales

Mansion Sales: 2018-2021

1201 Crescent Drive, Mount Airy, Surry County
The Lindsey Holcomb House

  • Sold for $595,000 on May 17, 2022 (originally $650,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 4,326 square feet, 1.34 acres
  • Price/square foot: $138
  • Built in 1935
  • Listed August 16, 2021
  • Last sale: $175,000, July 1989
  • Neighborhood: Taylor Park
  • Note: Slate roof
    • Listing: “Shown to qualified buyers only.”
    • District NRHP nomination: “The Winston-Salem architectural firm of Northup and O’Brien designed this rambling Colonial Revival residence for H. Lindsey Holcomb in 1934. Holcomb was an executive with Mount Airy’s Pine State knitwear company, along with John Springthorpe Sr. whose 1937 house is also in Taylor Park. The two-story brick-veneered house was completed the following year.
    • “The architects artfully juxtaposed the two-story core section with other sections of one, one-and-a- half, and two-story height, set in line or at right angles to the core, in order to create the appearance of a house with a long additive evolution. The multiple gable roof planes are sheathed with slate shingles and the white-painted brickwork has randomly projecting broken bricks that create an aged, weather-beaten look.
    • “Dentil cornices, formed by corbeled header bricks, cross the front elevations of the two-story side-gable core and a slightly lower two-story section which telescopes from the core’s north gable end. The non-symmetrical placement and grouping of the many six-over-six wood sash windows adds to the overall effect of age and accretive development.
    • “The front entry features a classical surround with dentils and a broken pediment with a center urn. An ornamental metal grille covers the front door. Chimneys, one interior and one exterior, punctuate the two main gable ends and a bay window projects from the front of a one-story front wing.
    • “A story-and-a-half wing connects to a three-bay garage at the rear, which has three gabled dormers on its roof. The connection is shown as open-air on the 1948 Sanborn map but is now enclosed.”

2615 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem

  • Sold for $1.087 million on May 13, 2022 (listed at $1.2 million)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,782 square feet, 1.22 acres
  • Price/square foot: $227
  • Built in 1921
  • Listed October 6, 2021
  • Last sale: $765,000, August 2013
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: The property includes a three-car detached garage with an apartment.

407 Hillcrest Drive, High Point
The Robert K. Amos House

  • Sold for $531,300 on May 5, 2022 (listed at $489,900)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,203 square feet, 0.44 acre
  • Price/square foot: $126
  • Built in 1939
  • Listed March 31, 2022
  • Last sale: $390,000, January 2021
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood/Uptown Suburbs Historic District (NRHP)
  • Note: The listing shows only 3,875 square feet.
    • The property includes a detached garage with an unfinished second-floor room.
    • RealtorTalk: “Stunningly unique”
    • District NRHP nomination: “This two-story, side-gabled, Colonial Revival-style house has been significantly altered with the addition of a stone veneer on the first-floor facade and covering the two exterior end chimneys.
    • “The house is three bays wide and double-pile with vinyl siding on the second-floor level and vinyl windows. Two sixteen-light picture windows on the first-floor facade project slightly under flared, hipped copper roofs.
    • “The replacement door has a one-piece sidelight and transom and is sheltered by an octagonal porch with a flared copper roof and supported by slender columns.
    • “A one-and-a-half-story, side-gabled wing on the right (west) elevation has two gabled dormers on the front. A one-story, shed-roofed porch on the left (east) elevation is supported by square posts with arched openings and has been enclosed with screens.
    • The earliest known occupants were R. Kenner Amos (dates unknown) and his wife, Melvin Hayes Amos (1924-2016) in 1942. Amos was manager of Melrose Hosiery Mills.
    • Melvin lived in the house until 1968, when she sold it and moved to the home they built in Holden Beach in 1959. She was a Girl Scout leader and president of the Keyauwee Area Girl Scout Council. She served as secretary of the Holden Beach Zoning Board and was a board member of Holden Beach Property Owners.

102 W. Decatur Street, Madison, Rockingham County
The Charles B. Pratt House

  • Sold for $440,000 on April 21, 2022 (listed at $399,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4,049 square feet, 0.49 acre
  • Price/square foot: $109
  • Built in 1895
  • Listed March 4, 2022
  • Last sale: $234,000, March 2001
  • Neighborhood: Decatur-Hunter Historic District (local)
  • Note: The property includes a detached five-car garage.
    • An antique store operated in the house in the 1980s.
    • Charles Benton Pratt Sr. (1858-1928) was a merchant, businessman and livestock agent in Madison. He started a general merchandise store with his brother Thomas Ruffin Pratt (1856-1931); it later became the Pratt Hardware and Furniture Company.
    • “They sold farm implements, household hardware, building supplies and funeral supplies,” according to Following the Trails of the Southern Pratts, by F. P. Pratt. “They were the local agents for Oliver Plow Company and sold Majestic wood kitchen ranges. Charles also was livestock agent and sold horses, mules, and other livestock.”
    • The brothers also operated a funeral home.
    • Charles and Thomas had nine siblings. Two died in childhood; five others died by age 36.

959 Wellington Road, Winston-Salem
The Pratt-Taylor-Kelly House

  • Sold for $1.577 million on April 8, 2022 (listed at $1.699 million)
  • 3 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 5,043 square feet, 1.72 acres
  • Price/square foot: $313
  • Built in 1954
  • Listed March 15, 2022
  • Last sale: $250,000, May 1976
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: A 1950s mansion unusually rich in exterior detail, including two front-gable wings on either side of the center section, which features a curved portico, dentil molding under the eaves and corners with quoins.
    • The property includes a circle drive, detached two-car garage, and a pool and pool house.
    • The address first appears in the city directory in 1955 as 959 Kinleigh Street, the only house on the street and the first time the street itself was listed. The original owner was the colorful Geraldine Fleshman Pratt, who bought the property in 1954. She was a 1923 graduate of Salem College. For many years society columns found her in New York City, Winston-Salem and West Palm Beach. She was invariably identified as Mrs. Stewart C. Pratt; he was a New York investment banker (Stewart Camden Pratt, 1885-1951).
    • Geraldine was at least a part-time resident of Winston-Salem as early as 1940. She bought several properties in Winston-Salem in the early 50s, but her name didn’t appear in the city directory until 1955. In 1958, she sold the house to the Stratford Investment Corporation.
    • Geraldine’s moment of fame came two years later when she successfully went to court to adopt her 4-year-old granddaughter.
    • In 1959 the house — on the now-renamed Wellington Road — was sold to William Mills Taylor (1916-1979) and Margaret Parks Taylor (1925-2019). He was the local agency manager for Security Life and Trust. They sold it in 1976.
    • The current sellers bought the house from the Taylors in 1976.
  • Sold for $709,900 on April 8, 2022 (originally $724,900)
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,201 square feet, 11.67 acres
  • Price/square foot: $169
  • Built in 1850
  • Listed February 14, 2022
  • Last sale: $585,000, November 2019
  • Note: The property includes a three-car detached garage with guest quarters and a barn.
    • The house has been homogenized to look as much like a modern home as possible (vinyl siding, what look to be replacement windows, etc.), particularly on the inside.

1040 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem
The Alex and Mamie Gray Galloway House

  • Sold for $2.1 million on March 24, 2022 (listed at $2.385 million)
  • 6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, 8,461 square feet, 2.23 acres
  • Price/square foot: $248
  • Built in 1926
  • Listed September 2, 2021
  • Last sale: $1.71 million, September 2006
  • Neighborhood: Reynolda Park
  • Note: Designed by Luther Lashmit, original landscape design by Thomas Sears
    • Designated as a Forsyth County historic landmark, qualifying it for a tax credit of up to 50 percent
    • The main house’s entire slate roof was replaced in 2019.
    • The property includes 1,458-square-foot guesthouse with recently remodeled kitchen and bath, not included in the square footage.
    • The house was built for Alexander Henderson Galloway Jr. (1870-1935) and Mary Eliza “Mamie” Gray Galloway (1876-1944). Alex had a diverse career among Winston-Salem’s leading corporations, including Brown Brothers Tobacco Company, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Wachovia Bank. Later he was a partner in the Galloway and Jenkins Insurance Agency before serving as manager of the Carolina and Zinzendorf hotels.
    • Mamie attended Salem Academy and at Miss Carey’s School in Baltimore. She and Alex married in 1901. She was a younger sister of Bowman Gray, who became president and chairman of RJR. He also was a benefactor and the original namesake of the medical school at Wake Forest University. Their father, James Alexander Gray, was one of the founders of Wachovia.
    • Alex died in an auto accident on the Greensboro-Winston-Salem highway. Mamie suffered a stroke that night and died nine years later after another stroke.

209 Shadow Valley Road, High Point, Davidson County

  • Sold for $815,000 on March 24, 2022 (listed at $749,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 4,690 square feet, 4.21 acres
  • Price/square foot: $174
  • Built in 1940
  • Listed February 11, 2022
  • Last sale: $550,000, March 2017
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood Estates
  • Note: The property is barely west of the High Point city limits and Guilford County line in Davidson County. The houses across the street back up to the city/county line.
    • The property includes a 528 square-foot guesthouse with 1 bedroom and one bathroom.

349 Pine Valley Road NW, Winston-Salem
The Thad and Nell Lewallen House

  • Sold for $980,615 on March 11, 2022 (listed at $1.2 million)
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 half-bathrooms, 4,718 square feet (per county), 1.28 acres
  • Price/square foot: $208
  • Built in 1946
  • Listed November 8, 2021
  • Last sale: $285,000, May 1981
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: Designed by William Roy Wallace
    • The listing shows 5,831 square feet.
    • The property’s original address was 410 Westview Drive.
    • The house was built by Alvis Thad Lewallen (1888-1945) and his wife, Nell Shippey Lewallen (1897-1979). They bought the property in 1943. After Thad’s death, Nell owned it until 1965.
    • In 1936, Thad was a partner in Bennett-Lewallen, a wholesaler of candy, fountain supplies, over-the-counter drugs, tobacco and other products, when he bought the rights to Goody’s Headache Powder from local druggist Martin Goodman. Although Goody’s was created after rival products B.C. and Stanback, Thad turned it into the market leader (and sponsor of Richard Petty). After his death at age 57, Nell and, later, their daughter, Ann Lewallen Spencer (1928-2016), ran the company. It was sold to GlaxoSmithKline in 1995 and then to Prestige Brands in 2012. (Click here for more on the company and the headache-powder industry)

2011 Granville Road, Greensboro
The L. Homer Hole House

  • Sold for $1.5 million on February 25, 2022 (originally $1.75 million)
  • 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and two half-baths, 7,247 square feet, 1.4 acres
  • Price/square foot: $207
  • Built in 1926
  • Listed May 10, 2021
  • Last sale: $850,000, October 1987
  • Neighborhood: Irving Park
  • Greensboro: An Architectural Record: “A full-height portico of four columns fronts this Neoclassical Revival-style dwelling. In its shadow, the central entry is framed by an oversized Palladian surround.”
    • Lemuel Homer Hole (1874-1948) and Marguerite Forbes Hole (1885-1941) were the original owners. He was in the insurance business, according to the city directory (Greensboro: An Architectural Record says he was an executive with N.C. Public Service Company; the city directory’s roster of executives for the company doesn’t include him). He later served on the city Planning and Park Commission.

623 Woodland Drive, Greensboro
The Norman and Mildred Cooper House

  • Sold for $1.635 million on February 18, 2922 (listed at $1.599 million)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,424 square feet, 0.44 acre
  • Price/square foot: $370
  • Built in 1933
  • Listed February 8, 2022
  • Last sale: $1.01 million, February 2015
  • Neighborhood: Irving Park
  • Note: The property includes a detached two-car garage, workshop, playhouse and separate bike storage.
    • The property was bought in 1934 by Norman Copes Cooper (1904-1972) and Mildred Hudgins Cooper (1909-1997), who owned it for 49 years. The address first appears in the city directory in 1935 (as 723 Woodland). Norman was district agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mildred served as president of the Children’s Home Society in 1945 and was active in the organization for many years. After Norman’s death, Mildred stayed in the house until she sold it in 1983.

907 Rockford Road, High Point
The Charles Kearns House

  • Sold for $712,500 on January 26, 2022 (originally $775,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,306 square feet, 2.58 acres
  • Price/square foot: $165
  • Built in 1946
  • Listed September 4, 2021
  • Last sale: $235,000, May 1980
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood
  • Note: The original owner was Charles Leslie Kearns (1910-1979), executive vice president of Crown Hosiery Mills, which was founded by his father, Gurney Harriss Kearns. Charles was a longtime member of the Greensboro-High Point Airport Authority, president of the High Point Rotary Club and director of the Chamber of Commerce, High Point Hospital and other organizations. His brother, Amos, was secretary-treasurer of Crown Hosiery and served as mayor of High Point.

5405 Mecklenburg Road, Sedgefield, Guilford County

  • Sold for $850,000 on January 6, 2022
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,326 square feet (per county), 1.12 acres
  • Price/square foot: $196
  • Built in 1940
  • Not listed publicly for sale in MLS
  • Last sale: $580,000, December 2017
  • Neighborhood: Sedgefield
  • Note: The property includes a two-car carport and an in-ground swimming pool. It’s located in the Sedgefield Country Club Golf Course.