National Register Properties: Recent Sales

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279 Old Rail Road, Mount Airy, Surry County
The William Carter House (aka The Carter-Miller House)
William Carter House NRHP

  • Sold for $2 million on August 3, 2020 (listed at $1.925 million)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 5,678 square feet, 15.9 acres
  • Price/square foot: $352
  • Built in 1834
  • Listed November 15, 2019
  • Last sale: $1.3 million, March 2009
  • Note: “Few houses in the county survive from the early nineteenth-century Federal period. … [The Carter House is] one of the most impressive, as well as one of the best preserved, dwellings of the period. It is the only pre-1850 brick house remaining in Surry County (and one of only three surviving from prior to 1900), which, in itself, renders it significant.” (NRHP registration form)
    • The property is protected by a preservation covenant held by Preservation North Carolina.
    • Located northwest of Mount Airy, west of Interstate 77
    • A creek forms the rear property line.
    • The property includes a “Mountain-Style Lodge” of about 550 square feet, built in 2006 along the creek.
    • The original brick house is now located behind a large 20th-century addition.

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5869 U.S. 158 West, Locust Hill, Caswell County
The Moore House, 1790 (aka Stamp’s Quarters, aka the Moore-Gwyn-Ewalt House)
Moore House NRHP
Blog post — Historic House of the Week: A 1790 Federal-Style Mansion in Caswell County on the National Register

  • Sold for $1.4 million on July 6, 2020 (listed at $1.75 million)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms, 6,226 square feet, 200 acres
  • Price/square foot: $225
  • Built in 1790
  • Listed June 1, 2018
  • Last sale: Unavailable in online records
  • Note: The property apparently has a Yanceyville address but is located in the Locust Hill area, southwest of Yanceyville.
    • Listing: “The Moore-Gwyn-Ewalt House, a classic Federal style attributed locally to a design by Thomas Jefferson [Note: Jefferson’s name does not appear in the National Register documentation] was originally built in 1790 for Samuel Moore, a successful planter. The current owners added 2 flanking wings in 1995 housing 2 additional master bedrooms, a kitchen, family room & 2 offices. The 200+/- acres of fields & managed forests give the Moore-Gwyn-Ewalt House the appropriate landscape for its period & history, including the formal boxwood gardens & a fenced garden. Heated & cooled Guest House. Pond”

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3125 N.C. Highway 62 N., Blanch, Caswell County
The John Johnston House
Blog post — The 1820 John Johnston House in Caswell County: An Immaculate Little Cottage on the National Register, $118,500

  • Sold for $131,000 on June 26, 2020 (listed at $118,500)
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 937 square feet, 2.59 acres
  • Price/square foot: $140
  • Built in 1820
  • Listed May 28, 2020
  • Last sale: $48,000, December 2015
  • Note: The house is a few miles northeast of Yanceyville toward Milton.
    • The second floor (486 square feet) has heat and cooling but can’t be counted in the square footage because the ceiling height is only 6 feet, 10 inches.
    • A real ell was added in the house’s 1990 restoration, containing a kitchen and bathroom.
    • National Register nomination: “The John Johnston House is an academically-restored early nineteenth-century rural house type that has almost disappeared from the North Carolina landscape. The house is set in a pristine section of this rolling Northern Piedmont rural county and evokes the feeling of the antebellum tobacco culture which gave rise to a plantation economy that supported several notable plantation seats. Although a number of the county’s great plantation houses are maintained in good condition, many of the modest, well-crafted Federal-inspired dwellings that once housed early nineteenth-century small planters have followed a typical progression of conversion to tenant houses, then to produce or equipment shelters, and finally, to abandonment and neglect.”
    • “In 1990, the John Johnston House, fallen into disrepair and bordering on decay, was rehabilitated with a meticulous academic restoration to its antebellum appearance, and a rear ell was added to render the house suitable for modern residential use. The owner recognized that a rare early house-type was concealed under early twentieth-century shed porch additions and a layer of stucco. As a result of the restoration, all early twentieth-century alterations were reversed, including the removal of the stucco and porches from all facades. The stucco was probably applied during the 1910s or 1920s, reflecting a common treatment of many other Caswell County buildings. The original beaded lapboard siding and window framing, which were deteriorated beyond repair, were replicated and milled to closely resemble the historic.”

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80 Country Club Road, Tryon, Polk County
Friendly Hills
Friendly Hills NRHP

  • Sold for $1.05 million on March 13, 2020 (originally listed at $2.475 million)
    • An online auction that ended October 29, 2019, was unsuccessful.  The property was to be sold at or above $975,000.
  • 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4,553 square feet, 17.54 acres
  • Price/square foot: $231
  • Built in 1924
  • Listed April 20, 2018
  • Last sale: $250,000, April 1983
  • Note: Friendly Hills was owned by Margaret Culkin Banning, novelist, essayist and an early advocate of women’s rights, from 1936 until her death in 1982. She spent the winters there (instead of her home in Duluth, Minnesota).
    • “In addition to its acreage, Friendly Hills is composed of a 1924 Tudor Revival house, a 1920s-1930s swimming pool, a small log cabin built in the 1920s or 1930s, a stone-lined fish pool that probably dates from the 1920s, a 1988 workshop-garage, a 1988 well house, and a mid-1980s garage apartment.” (National Register nomination)
    • It’s located 1 1/2 miles from downtown Tryon.
    • Friendly Hills is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina.

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1415 Kellenberger Drive, McLeansville
Miramichi NRHP
Blog post 1 (April 2017)
Blog post 2 (May 2018)
contract pending as of September 23, 2019

  • Sold for $650,000 on October 31, 2019 (originally listed at $750,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,757 square feet, 32 acres
  • Price/square foot: $173
  • Built in 1921
  • Listed April 6, 2018
  • Last sale: $365,000, May 1999
  • Note: The property includes a pond and a detached building that could be used as a studio, guest house or workshop.

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118 S. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem
The Conrad-Starbuck House
Conrad-Starbuck House NRHP

  • Sold for $330,000 on August 16, 2019 (listed at $699,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,129 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $64
  • Built in 1890
  • Listed April 30, 2018
  • Last sale: $630,000, April 2008
  • Note: The house is being marketed as a B&B, office, business or restaurant.
    • The property is next to the Cherry Street exit ramp on Business 40.

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2177 Highway 801 S., Advance, Davie County 
The John Edward Bell Shutt House
Shutt House NRHP

  • Sold for $82,500 on July 29, 2019 (listed at $89,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,606 square feet, 6 acres
  • Price/square foot: $51
  • Built in 1885
  • Last sale: The property has been in the Shutt family since the houses were built.
  • Note: The original one-and-a-half story timber frame house was built in 1885; the larger three-bay-wide weatherboard story-and-a-half house was added in 1905. They’re connected by a breezeway, providing air circulation throughout the house.
    • The property is eligible for state and federal tax credits.

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112 N. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem
The Thurmond and Lucy Hanes Chatham House
National Register nomination

  • Sold for $1.325 million on April 5, 2019
  • 12 bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms, 8,738 square feet, 2.72 acres
  • Price/square foot: $152
  • Built in 1925
  • Listing date not available
  • Last sale: $704,000, February 2013
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: Designated as a Forsyth County Landmark
    • The property does not appear to have been listed before the sale.

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2058 Brentwood Street, High Point
The Model Farm
Model Farm NRHP

  • Sold for $31,100 on December 19, 2018 (listed at $30,000)
  • 7 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 3,359 square feet, 1.99 acres
  • Price/square foot: $9
  • Built in 1867
  • Listed September 13, 2018
  • Last sale: $30,000, May 2014
  • Note: The property, once 200 acres, now sits in a commercial/industrial area and is not suitable for residential use.
  • From the National Register nomination (2008): “The Model Farm house manifests a high degree of integrity due to its retention of its original, character-defining exterior architectural elements such as weatherboards, window and door surrounds, and the sidelights surrounding the front door. The interior also possesses good integrity, with original fireplace mantels, ten-foot ceilings, and door and window surrounds. The original stair design includes simple rectangular balusters and a turned newel post and cap. The original floor plan is intact other than the installation of a bathroom in place of the pantry between the dining and kitchen in the 1940s. … The Model Farm was established by the Baltimore Association of Friends to Advise and Assist Friends in Southern States in 1867 to educate Southern Quakers and other area farmers of the most modern methods to reclaim the soil, practice animal husbandry, and produce abundant crops.”

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707 Blair Street
The James H. and Anne B. Willis House
Willis House NRHP
Blog post

  • Sold for $524,095 on August 2, 2017 (originally listed at $600,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,077 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $170
  • Built in 1965
  • Listed April 8, 2017
  • Last sale: $495,000, October 2002
  • Neighborhood: Irving Park
  • Note: Mid-Century Modern classic, designed by the Lowenstein-Atkinson firm. The house has been meticulously restored by the current owners. Lot is 0.7 acre.