Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bucket List Lifestyle: Historic Homes

I have always had an infatuation with Historic homes, after all I lived in Wilmington, NC for 22 years. Perhaps that is why I went to real estate school while I was living in New Orleans in the 1990's. I enjoyed strolling up and down St. Charles Avenue, admiring the Antebellum mansions and formal gardens. I could just feel the smooth red oak floors beneath my feet, inhale the sweetness of jasmine floating through the open floor-to-ceiling windows along the wrap-around porches. Ahh, yes...there is beauty in the simplicity yet elegance in the architecture.

I have 2 gorgeous Historic Homes listed for sale right now, and I'd love nothing more than to sip lemonade on the front porch of each with you. Ready to explore these beauties?

204 Bailey Avenue, Kenly, NC 27542
This classic Queen Anne was built in 1910 and has been lovingly updated yet retained it's classic appointments. Majolica tile adorns each fireplace mantle while Ionic columns  grace the front porches. Original restored hardwood floors throughout the entire home, transom windows, 12-foot ceilings, formal parlour and dining room. And a breathtaking dogleg main staircase. What in the world is a dogleg staircase, you may ask? Let me show you!

204 Bailey Avenue main staircase
This home is 204 Bailey Avenue, Kenly, NC, 27542. To view this listing in its entirety, please visit it on my website. Would love to take you there to experience it for yourself!

Next up we have the Clifton-Perry House, an 1875 Victorian in Louisburg, NC. This lovely lady is on the Louisburg historic registry and has been smartly renovated to its original elegant splendor. Come join me on a rocking chair to learn more.
211 N. Main St, Louisburg, NC 27549

Renovated down to the studs and all systems have been replaced, tin and shingle roofs are newer along with the HVAC. Zoned O&I, there is the potential to make this Southern charmer a Bed and Breakfast. I'd sure love to drink coffee on that glorious front porch! Speaking of porches, the Clifton-Perry House even has a sleeping porch currently used as a sunroom/den.

One of my absolute favorite things about this home are the floor-to-ceiling walk-out windows in the parlour and dining room. Imagine the breeze flowing through with all those windows open! Autumn is coming, what a perfect time of the year to catch some zzz's on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Check out this parlour window!
Clifton-Perry House front parlour

I invite you to walk through the narrated virtual tour or visit the full MLS listing online for more info. To search for additional Historic Homes in the Greater Triangle Area, visit my website search here. If you would like a personal tour of these classic Southern beauties please call or email me. Anyone can own one of these Bucket List homes, just realize you're investing in the future by preserving the past...there is quite a bit of maintenance involved so they're not for the casual homeowner.