Bungalows and Cottages

Updated December 3, 2022

A bungalow is a one or one-and-a-half story home, typically with a front porch and often, though not always, relatively small and intimate. “Cottage” as an architectural style (rather than as functional description, such as vacation cottage) describes small homes, informal and descended from modest farm houses and other rural dwellings.

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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

Recent Sales

227 W. Spring Street, Elkin, Surry County
The Ted and Avis Brown House

  • $449,900
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms, 2,447 square feet, 0.56 acre
  • Price/square foot: $184
  • Built in 1939
  • Listed September 26, 2022
  • Last sale: $119,000, May 2007
  • Neighborhood: Gwyn Avenue-Bridge Street Historic District
  • District NRHP nomination: “Until Avis Brown’s death in 2005, she and Ted were the sole occupants of the house since its construction. To mark the date of construction, they placed a stone date block on the side of the central chimney that says, ‘Avis & Ted Oct 1939.’
    • “Ted Brown was a volunteer fireman in 1936 who later became Elkin’s long-time fire chief. He also owned Brown Machine Company across the river in Jonesville. In 1930, Ted and his brother, Jake Brown, constructed Elkin’s first airplane, a one-passenger Heath-Parasol. In this, they followed in the footsteps of their father, who nearly thirty years earlier had built Elkin’s first automobile.
    • “The one-and-a-half-story Period Cottage is sheathed with irregularly-laid cut stone. The unusual masonry includes flat arches with keystones over the casement windows and a round arch framing the small fanlight above the front door.
    • “The asymmetrical house has a gabled roof with flared eaves, including over the central door. A wing projects forward at the west end of the three-bay facade, a short ell projects from the rear, and a set-back porch extends from the east side. A ground-level terrace fronts the east two-thirds of the house.”

Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County

700 Magnolia Street, Greensboro
sale pending November 21, 2022

  • $499,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 1,753 square feet, 0.14 acre
  • Price/square foot: $285
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed November 19, 2022
  • Last sale: $199,500, April 2017
  • Neighborhood: Fisher Park Historic District (local and NRHP)
  • District NRHP nomination: “Colonial Revival: Gambrel-front roof with pedimented side dormers; full-facade front porch supported by fluted Doric columns.”

505 Woodlawn Avenue, Greensboro
The Elizabeth and Charles Kendall House
sale pending October 28, 2022

  • $495,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,387 square feet (per county), 0.18 acre
  • Price/square foot: $207
  • Built in 1925
  • Listed October 24, 2022
  • Last sale: $163,000, May 2014
  • Neighborhood: Westerwood
  • Note: The listing shows only 2,232 square feet.
    • Elizabeth Kendall (d. 1961) bought the property in 1922 and built a house quickly enough to be listed in the 1922 city directory. Her husband, Charles B. Kendall (d.1941), was a printer. Interestingly, only Elizabeth’s name is listed on the deed. They lost the house to foreclosure in 1936.

303 Springwood Avenue, Gibsonville, Guilford County

  • $255,000 (originally $265,000)
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,303 square feet, 0.31 acre
  • Price/square foot: $196
  • Built in 1917 (per county)
  • Listed October 12, 2022
  • Last sale: $67,500, December 2008
  • Realtor hype: “Oldest home in Gibsonville city limits.” If the house was built in 1917, that’s not even close to true.

615 Chandler Avenue, High Point
The Rev. Samuel and Lollie Hensley House

  • $235,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 1,938 square feet, 0.27 acre
  • Price/square foot: $121
  • Built in 1927
  • Listed November 7, 2022
  • Last sale: $120,000, October 2010
  • Listing: “Seller’s did not pull permits for work completed to the following: main bathroom, conversion of existing half bath into full bathroom (main level), and HVAC installation. Currently there’s 3 full bathrooms in home however per tax record home is documented as 1.5 baths and MLS input is reflective of the same. Seller says make an offer.”
    • The original owners were the Rev. Samuel Thomas Hensley (1875-1930) and Lollie Elizabeth Tomberlin Hensley (1882-1962). They were listed in the city directory in 1928, the only house on Chandler Avenue (as it was for several years) in its first year appearing in the directory. Also listed were two of their five children — son Gay, a student; and daughter Ila, a teacher (they had three other sons as well — Alba Homer, Samuel Jr. and James). Lollie continued to live in the home for about 11 years after Samuel died.

907 N. Church Street, Greensboro

  • $200,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,050 square feet, 0.11 acre
  • Price/square foot: $190
  • Built in 1910 (per county)
  • Listed September 6, 2022
  • Last sale: $42,000, June 2004
  • Neighborhood: Fisher Park Historic District (local and NRHP)
  • Note: The listing refers to it as “your very own historic home project.” In the listing’s photos house looks to be in good shape, so that may refer to something that can’t be seen.
  • The district’s NRHP nomination identified it as a bungalow built between 1925 and 1930. The address first appears in the city directory in 1917.

410 E. Whittington Street, Greensboro
The Bessie Brame House
sale pending September 26, 2022

  • $195,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,075 square feet, 0.18 acre
  • Price/square foot: $181
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed September 19, 2022
  • Last sale: $39,000, June 2020
  • Neighborhood: Arlington Park
  • Note: Renovated with cheap plastic floors, replacement windows and siding.
    • The listing shows 1,444 square feet.
    • It’s not clear who the original owner was. Bessie Virginia Bitting Brame (1893-1981) bought the house in 1916 and owned it until 1933. Although she was married, only her name appeared on the deeds. Her husband, Arthur Archie Brame, was an assistant steward at the Guilford Hotel.
    • By 1931, Bessie was listed as Arthur’s widow, although he reportedly didn’t die until 1943. She had become a clerk with Dixie Fire Insurance Company.
    • The house number was originally 446.
    • What it looked like when it was sold in 2020:

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

668 N. Spring Street, Winston-Salem
The James M. Lentz House

  • $699,000 (originally $749,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,182 square feet, 0.17 acre
  • Price/square foot: $220
  • Built in 1905
  • Listed on September 22, 2022
  • Last sale: $150,000, June 2021
  • Neighborhood: West End Historic District (local and NRHP)
  • District NRHP nomination: “The Lentz House is a one-and-a-half-story frame bungalow with a broad gable roof with overhanging, braced eaves, three hipped dormers across the front, a south side bay window, nine or twelve-over-one sash windows, and an unusual wrap-around engaged porch with paneled posts set on brick plinths.”
    • At one point, the house had aluminum siding. The listing says it now has vinyl siding, which is very unusual in a local historic district.
    • “A cement and stone retaining wall begins at the front walk and wraps around the east and north sides of the property.
    • “James M. Lentz, Forsyth County’s Register of Deeds for twenty-nine years, purchased the property in 1913, although city directories list him at this location as early as 1907.” Lentz (1891-1949) died at age 81. He was still in office as register.
    • The Lentz family owned the house until 1975, when they sold it to Elizabeth Ann Melton (dates unknown). She owned the house until 2019.
  • $350,000 (originally $425,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 2,544 square feet, 0.62 acre
  • Price/square foot: $138
  • Built in 1924
  • Listed August 26, 2022
  • Last sale: Unclear in online records
  • Note: Covington Memorial Park is across the street.
  • $230,000 (originally $269,900)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,269 square feet, 0.11 acre
  • Price/square foot: $101
  • Built in 1915
  • Listed August 1, 2202
  • Last sale: $25,000, March 1979
  • Neighborhood:
  • Listing: “… classic bungalow in need of a buyer that will make it the jewel that it can be.” It needs cosmetic work — interior painting, floor refinishing, etc. — and perhaps a kitchen makeover (and who knows what you can’t see in photos), but it appears livable as is.
  • District NRHP nomination: “Craftsman Bungalow. One and a half story; side gable; weatherboard; ten-light, Craftsman-style transom over single-light windows; front-gable dormer; front-gable porch; battered posts on brick piers; wood shingles in gable ends and on dormer; knee braces; exposed rafter tails. 1915 CD: James and Jessie Prater, a plumber”

4837 Oakdale Drive, Winston-Salem
sale ending November 17, 2022
no longer under contract November 23, 2022

  • $209,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 1,744 square feet, 0.44 acre
  • Price/square foot: $120
  • Built in 1947
  • Listed November 10, 2022
  • Last sale: $59,000, January 2020
  • Note: The property turns up on Google Maps as 4837 Oakdale Drive and as 4746 Dippen Road, which apparently is an obsolete address. The county GIS system identifies it as 4837 Oakdale only.

4326 Tise Avenue, Winston-Salem
sale pending November 29, 2022

  • $205,000 (originally $225,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,707 square feet, 0.39 acre
  • Price/square foot: $120
  • Built in 1925
  • Listed May 23, 2022
  • Last sale: $66,500, September 2006
  • Neighborhood: Montview
  • Note: Replacement windows

Alamance, Caswell and Rockingham Counties

106 N. 6th Street, Mebane, Alamance County

  • $469,900 (originally $549,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,412 square feet, 0.70 acre
  • Price/square foot: $195
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed July 18, 2022
  • Last sale: $54,000, August 2015
  • Note: The property includes a detached three-car garage.

416 W. Front Street, Burlington, Alamance County
sale pending July 11, 2022
no longer under contract July 16, 2022

  • $350,000 (originally $365,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,139 square feet, 0.29 acre
  • Price/square foot: $164
  • Built in 1909
  • Listed July 7, 2022
  • Last sale: $159,900, October 2006
  • Neighborhood: West Davis Street-Fountain Place Historic District (local and NRHP)
  • District NRHP nomination: “This well-maintained frame bungalow, although altered by the use of vinyl siding, retains much of its original fabric and contributes to the overall character of the district.
    • The one- and one-half-story structure has a side-gable roof and gable dormer, a side-lighted entrance, full-facade porch extending to a porte-cochere supported by paneled posts on brick piers, purlin brackets and wood shingles in the gable ends, and shed-roofed projecting side bays.”

504 Hillcrest Avenue, Burlington, Alamance County

  • $280,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,124 square feet, 0.25 acre
  • Price/square foot: $132
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed October 26, 2022
  • Last sale: $155,000, June 2006
  • Neighborhood: West Davis Street-Fountain Place Historic District (local)
  • Note: The property is in the local historic district, but outside the boundary of the National Register district.

1518 W. Davis Street, Burlington, Alamance County

  • $275,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 1,730 square feet, 0.58 acre
  • Price/square foot: $159
  • Built in 1930
  • Listed October 29, 2022
  • Last sale: $150,000, September 2017
  • Note: The property includes a two-car detached garage and and an oversized driveway for additional parking.

641 Haw Road, Browns Summit, Rockingham County
sale pending June 3 to September 9, 2022
sale pending October 18, 2022

  • $269,900
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,361 square feet, 11.74 acres
  • Price/square foot: $114
  • Built in 1910
  • Listed May 31, 2022
  • Last sale: $500,000, November 2005 (see note below)
  • Note: The property is in Rockingham County, although it has a Browns Summit mailing address.
    • The disparity in price between 2005 and today results from this sale including only one of four tracts included in the previous sale.
    • Listing: The property includes a barn and an unspecified number of ponds.
    • Not owner-occupied

516 W. Front Street, Burlington, Alamance County
The Stubbins House
sale pending November 6, 2022

  • $255,000 (originally $265,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,366 square feet, 0.14 acre
  • Price/square foot: $189
  • Built in 1926 (per county)
  • Listed September 23, 2022
  • Last sale: $115,000, June 2022
  • Neighborhood: West Davis Street-Fountain Place Historic District (local and NRHP)
  • District NRHP nomination: “Standing in an area known for its more substantial structures, this late nineteenth century one-story frame cottage is a good example of the more traditional forms of architecture used in Burlington.
    • “Its single-pile rectangular form is topped by a pressed tin triple-A gable roof and expanded to the rear by gable-roofed double ells. The openings on the three-bay facade are sheltered by a hip-roofed porch with square posts and simple balustrade.
    • “A second facade with central gable is found on the side of the west ell; the porch at this entrance is identical to that on the front except for a turned balustrade.”

604 Boyd Street, Reidsville, Rockingham County

  • $197,000 (originally $207,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,628 square feet, 0.38 acre
  • Price/square foot: $121
  • Built in 1928
  • Listed October 12, 2022
  • Last sale: $3,500, February 1990
  • Neighborhood: Old Post Road Historic District (local), Reidsville Historic District (NRHP)
  • District NRHP nomination: “This attractive one and one-half story frame bungalow was built between 1922 and 1929, according to Sanborn maps.
    • “Clad in brown wood shingles [now vinyl siding], it is topped by a side gable roof and has a wide shed dormer across the facade.
    • “Wood shingles cover the tapered posts [now replaced] supporting the engaged porch which shelters the asymmetrical three-bay porch. Mature trees shade the house.”

Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Davie Counties

227 W. Spring Street, Elkin, Surry County
The Ted and Avis Brown House

  • $449,900
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms, 2,447 square feet, 0.56 acre
  • Price/square foot: $184
  • Built in 1939
  • Listed September 26, 2022
  • Last sale: $119,000, May 2007
  • Neighborhood: Gwyn Avenue-Bridge Street Historic District
  • District NRHP nomination: “Until Avis Brown’s death in 2005, she and Ted were the sole occupants of the house since its construction. To mark the date of construction, they placed a stone date block on the side of the central chimney that says, ‘Avis & Ted Oct 1939.’
    • “Ted Brown was a volunteer fireman in 1936 who later became Elkin’s long-time fire chief. He also owned Brown Machine Company across the river in Jonesville. In 1930, Ted and his brother, Jake Brown, constructed Elkin’s first airplane, a one-passenger Heath-Parasol. In this, they followed in the footsteps of their father, who nearly thirty years earlier had built Elkin’s first automobile.
    • “The one-and-a-half-story Period Cottage is sheathed with irregularly-laid cut stone. The unusual masonry includes flat arches with keystones over the casement windows and a round arch framing the small fanlight above the front door.
    • “The asymmetrical house has a gabled roof with flared eaves, including over the central door. A wing projects forward at the west end of the three-bay facade, a short ell projects from the rear, and a set-back porch extends from the east side. A ground-level terrace fronts the east two-thirds of the house.”

1065 N. Main Street, Mount Airy, Surry County
The W.E. Lindsay House

  • $359,900 (originally $449,900)
  • 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,178 square feet, 0.30 acre
  • Price/square foot: $113
  • Built in 1930
  • Listed June 1, 2022
  • Last sale: $304,000, September 2021
  • Neighborhood: Lebanon Hill Historic district
  • Listing: Previously a triplex used as a B&B.
    • District NRHP nomination: “W.E. Lindsay is thought to have been the original owner of this Craftsman bungalow, which was probably built around 1920. In 1922 Lindsay was the manager and secretary-treasurer of the Alpine Woolen Mills. He lived at this address in 1928.
    • “The story-and-a-half frame house has a conventional bungalow form, with a low-pitched side-gable roof that supports a large gabled dormer and flares to engage a front porch. The porch and a porte cochere on the left side have stout square wood columns on river-cobble pedestals. The honey-colored cobbles, which are also used for the foundation and two interior chimneys, are not an unusual material for a ca. 1920 bungalow but they stand out in Mount Airy where most stonework from the period is local granite. The house is sheathed with wood shingles and there are large triangular brackets in the gables of the main roof and porte cochere and under the front corners of the porch roof.
    • “Since the house was first surveyed in the 1980s, two added front entries—presumably the result of the house’s conversion into apartments—have been removed to return the façade to its original three bays of windows flanking the front door, apparently when the house was returned to its original use as a single-family dwelling. Other features include replacement windows, exposed rafter ends, and rear shed and gable dormers.
    • “By 1948 the house had been converted to the Lindsey Apartments, a name that remained in use into the 1960s.”

415 Broad Street, Mount Airy, Surry County

  • $289,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,187 square feet, 0.30 acre
  • Price/square foot: $133
  • Built in 1925
  • Listed September 21, 2022
  • Last sale: $139,000, May 2018

119 Cedarbrook Road, Jonesville, Yadkin County

  • $199,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,764 square feet, 1.18 acres
  • Price/square foot: $113
  • Built in 1917
  • Listed November 19, 2022
  • Last sale: $112,000, July 2018

351 Gwyn Avenue, Elkin, Surry County
sale pending November 14, 2022

  • $135,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,603 square feet, 0.18 acre
  • Price/square foot: $84
  • Built in 1915
  • Listed November 10, 2022
  • Last sale: $22,100, August 1994
  • Neighborhood: Gwyn Avenue-Bridge Street Historic District (NRHP)
  • District NRHP nomination: “The earliest known occupant of the one-story frame house was William Cone Cox (1890-1969), an executive with Chatham Manufacturing Company.
    • “Now sheathed with vinyl siding, the house has a truncated hipped roof with intersecting gables on the front and south side. A diamond-shaped louvered vent decorates the front gable.
    • “The house has an interior chimney, shed rooms across the rear, and two-over-two sash windows.
    • “Originally a wraparound porch with turned posts, sawnwork brackets and a turned balustrade carried across the three-bay facade and around the south side of the house. At some point between 1942 and 1983, the side porch was replaced by a gabled room whose front is flush with the main facade. The porch balustrade has been removed since 1983.”

Davidson, Randolph and Montgomery Counties

1030 N. Main Street, Troy, Montgomery County

  • $309,000 (originally $389,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,688 square feet (per county), 2.13 acres
  • Price/square foot: $115
  • Built in 1915
  • Listed September 14, 2022
  • Last sale: Not identifiable in online records
  • Note: The property includes a pond and several outbuildings.
    • The listing gives the size as only 2,294 square feet.

1214 Sunset Drive N., Asheboro, Randolph County

  • $250,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,560 square feet, 0.52 acre
  • Price/square foot: $160
  • Built in 1945
  • Listed August 3, 2022
  • Last sale: $152,000, February 2022
  • Note: An unusual little house (oddly, there’s an almost identical house in Reidsville, in the 1700 block of S. Scales Street)
    • For sale by owner

209 N. Main Street, Denton, Davidson County

  • $235,750 (originally $250,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 1,980 square feet, 0.49 acre
  • Price/square foot: $119
  • Built in 1933
  • Listed May 18, 2022
  • Last sale: $37,011, February 2012
  • Listing: “… in the heart of Denton!”

435 W. Allenton Street, Mount Gilead, Montgomery County

  • $175,000 (originally $198,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,810 square feet, 0.72 acre
  • Price/square foot: $97
  • Built in 1913
  • Listed August 12, 2022
  • Last sale: $36,000, November 2021

210 Warner Street, Thomasville, Davidson County
sale pending November 11, 2022

  • $131,900 (originally $152,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,088 square feet, 0.17 acre
  • Price/square foot: $121
  • Built in 1930
  • Listed October 10, 2022
  • Last sale: $65,500, July 2020
  • Note: No central air conditioning