311 W Park Drive – For Sale

311 W Park Drive, Raleigh NC

As the roaring 20’s got underway and Babe Ruth began playing for the Yankees, a fine colonial style home was built overlooking the largest park in Raleigh’s distinctive  Cameron Park neighborhood. 

At that time, Cameron Park Neighborhood was far out of town.
Now, 98 years later, it’s a desirable historic downtown neighborhood.

The home at 311 W Park Drive is a contributing structure to Cameron Park’s historic designation.  As such, it’s a candidate for North Carolina’s renovation tax credits.

It’s now for sale and needs a little TLC to bring back it’s inherent grandeur.

The layout is thoughtful. Circular flow of the first floor is great for entertaining.

Visualize incorporating the butler’s pantry into a beautiful modern Kitchen adjacent to the spacious Dining Room.

Options exist for both upstairs and downstairs master suites.
First floor full bath and master bedroom upgrades have been left unfinished.

Upstairs rooms surround a large central landing.
Envision the smallest room (presently a nursery/office) as a bathroom with private access to the upstairs master bedroom.

Parking is easy off the back alley or on the street out front.
But you won’t need your car as often in this wonderful walkable location.

We’re working on a couple of videos, such as 3D walk through and drone tour. Will post those videos and more photos very soon.

In the meantime – Check out the audio podcast!

Allmand Holmes House – Video Podcast

This is the video version of Whitfield Tart discussing his family home.
Downloadable audio-only version podcast is posted here.

The Allmand Holmes House, built in 1856, is a Greek Revival style home located in Clinton, NC. Halfway between Raleigh and the North Carolina Coast.

Listed on the National Register of historic places and perfectly situated on a stunning one acre lot in the historic district – walkable to downtown Clinton.

Enjoy the rare elegance provided by this extraordinary home. Pamper family and friends with the pleasure of large rooms and graceful porches – upstairs and down.

Behind the main house, are 3 other structures – an interesting original smokehouse, a mid-century guest house and the old carriage house which has been converted into a guest house.

Some updating is needed but the numerous original architectural details are astounding – including paneled wainscot, intricate staircase, Greek Revival door and window surrounds. Five of the six fireplace mantels are original. A marble mantle in one parlor was imported from a lost plantation house called Pleasant Retreat.

Wrap-around porch along the back was long ago enclosed to accommodate a kitchen. The original kitchen off the back porch was then converted to a garage. Good options are available to incorporate a modern kitchen, including reclaiming the original kitchen space.

Enjoy!

509 Holly Branch – A Chat with Joe Neal – SRP004

Photo of 509 Holly Branch Drive, Holly Springs NC

Do you bring your work home?  Joe does.  
He brought it home to Holly Springs for years.
Because Joe brought his work home, the new owner of 509 Holly Branch Drive will enjoy a special treat.  And Holly Glen neighborhood will continue to benefit as well.
You see, Joe has his Ph.D in Horticultural Science and teaches at NC State University in Raleigh.  He used his horticultural skills to create a unique landscape around the home.  A garden with something on display throughout the year.
Joe talks about it in this podcast. 

Crabtree Jones House – A Conversation with Myrick Howard – SRP003

Photo of Crabtree Jones House in April 2017

Myrick Howard, President of Preservation North Carolina, shares the journey to save Crabtree Jones House.

Built around 1810 by Nathaniel Jones. who was known as Crabtree Jones, it sat happily on a hill for over 200 years, a couple of miles from downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Then progress threatened in the form of a new apartment complex. Destruction of the Crabtree Jones House was a clear and present danger.

Preservation North Carolina, with cooperation from the Raleigh Historic Development Commission, hatched a plan to take the home on a short but challenging journey to safety.

The plan was a success and Crabtree Jones House has been beautifully renovated by the new owners.

Check out PNC’s Bubbles & Brews Brunch at Crabtree Jones House on 10 September 2017.

Featured photo courtesy of David Strevel – Capital City Camera Club.