Always Two Sides – John Baldwin vs Bath NC

Incredibly interesting article regarding a developer from the Raleigh NC area that has moved to a quaint, historic hamlet on the North Carolina coast. I am familiar with John Baldwin and his portfolio of estates in the Raleigh NC area – some of you are as well! Victoria Park in Rosemont in Wakefield Plantation? Surely that rings a bell for some of you….

While I am most definitely “for” economic stability in small towns and “keeping in local” I can’t condone changing the landscape of a location that has preserved a way of life and atmosphere for so many years. Businesses are vital for an area to retain the local workforce and keep money flowing into the local economy but at what cost?

Obviously, I have not attended any of these meetings and I am just on the outside looking in basing an initial opinion on an article. However, I do know some of the story from the Wakefield Plantation side of the equation…… just saying.

Please, take a moment and read the article – what are your thoughts? I know developers that specialize in preserving historic elements and I don’t think they would approve.

Bath fights developer for its soul – Local – The Sun News

Historic Home Restoration and Rehabilitation – Part IV

Historic rehabilitation is a subject that I promised to touch on and I am excited to provide you with some avenues for research.  This is quite a complex area and I will do my best to highlight the important points and suggest additional resources as we go along.

I hope that you have enjoyed my previous posts regarding historic homes and that you continue to find this information relevant in your quest for a historic property.  If you missed any of my previous posts here they are:

“Rehabilitation” is defined as “the process of returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values.”  ~  from The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation is the MOST comprehensive resource I have yet to find for guidelines when rehabilitating a property.  The guidelines are broken down into several categories:

  • Masonry, Wood, Metals
  • Roofs, Windows, Entrances/Porches, Storefronts
  • Structural Systems, Spaces/Features/Finishes, Mechanical Systems
  • Site, Setting
  • Energy, New Additions, Accessibility, Health/Safety

and lastly, Standard Guidelines which will be the focus of this post.

The Four Key Components to the Standard Guidelines are:

  1. Identify, Retain and Preserve:  The form and detailing of those architectural materials and features that are important in defining the historic character.
  2. Protect and Maintain:  Once characteristics are identified the next obvious step would be to protect and maintain what is existing.  It would stand to reason that protection is the first logical step before proceeding with any work on a historic property.  Protecting can be as simple as cleaning gutters, caulking, rust removal, etc.  It is during this phase where much of the present physical condition of a property can be assessed.
  3. Repair:  After physical assessments are complete and steps have been taken to protect the property repair can commence on the property.  This is where the individual sections (mentioned above) of The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation come into play.  The sections are extremely detailed for which materials can be used and the extent of the work that can be performed.
  4. Replace:  Only when the level of deterioration or damage of materials precludes repair can complete replacement be considered. (for example, an exterior cornice; an interior staircase; or a complete porch or storefront).

Whether you are contemplating a historic property rehabilitation project, starting one or in the middle of one The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation is one resource that you MUST have. Other resources available and encouraged are:

Be sure to check back soon for the next post in this series that is near and dear to my heart.  With the middle of hurricane season upon us I thought it might be beneficial to give you some resources should your historic property be affected by a natural disaster.

If you have any questions regarding historic homes or are ready to start your search please feel free to email me!  I would be delighted to help.

Is Your Future Historic Home On This List?

Here are a few more homes that are available in both Wake County and Franklin County.  Again, this does not represent all that is available but is merely a short list with some choices.  Enjoy!

416 N. College Street Owned by Capital Area Preservation this Circa 1930 home is a stunning beauty!  This home was moved from the seminary to it’s current location is Historic Wake Forest.  Inside unfinished but has some original trimwork and hardwood floors.  3bedrooms / 1 bath and over 1500 sq ft with additional 700 sq ft that can be finished.  $159,900.00

613 N. Main Street Impressive, fully restored Circa 1910 home located in Historic Wake Forest!  10′ ceilings, hardwood floors, updated kitchen, new windows and fresh exterior and interior paint.  Huge front porch, patio with pergola, brick sidewalks and driveway and fenced!  5 bedrooms / 3 baths and over 2600 sq ft.  $360,000.00

1428 Mays Crossroads  Stunning plantation home Circa 1817 with 20 acres making this ideal for a horse farm!  Lovingly restored and maintained with heart of pine floors, original trimwork, 4 fireplaces, updated plumbing and electrical and stocked pond.  4 bedrooms / 4 baths with over 3500 sq ft.  $1,250,000.00

These are just a few more exceptional examples of what is available in the Wake Forest and Northern Wake and Franklin County area.  For more details on these properties or to start a search for your historic home please feel free to give me a call or email me.  I would be delighted to help!

Also, if you are seeking more information for the Wake Forest area please be sure to check out Life In Wake Forest

Is A Historic Home Right For You? Part I

Historic Wake ForestPurchasing a historic home is an exciting opportunity to preserve history, restore charm and character to an older home, extend a legacy and experience history all in one. If you are anything like me you have a deep-rooted love for historic homes. I am in awe of the artchitecture and the craftsmanship of these romantic, antiquated homes and the vibes that run through the veins of the homes when I place my hand on a railing or bannister are overwhelming. For me, it is an experience that I seek out as often as possible.

While the dreamy visions of restoring an old treasure may intrigue you – you must first evaluate the consequences (and the benefits) of underatking such a, at times, Herculean effort.

First and foremost we must define what a historic home is. A historic property by North Carolina definition is:

The quality of significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture is present in districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and:

A. that are associated with events that have made significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or

B. that are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; or

C. that embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or

D. that have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.

** It is important to note that there are federal, state and local agencies that all have subtle differences. It is important to check in your local area for specifics.


Now that we know how a home qualifies – where are they?

There are many places to search for historic homes. I would be remiss at this point if I did not mention the best way to seek out these homes are to enlist the help of a Realtor® that is well-versed iHistoric Wake Forestf the niche of historic properties. An educated Realtor® will be able to assist you in your search, your homework and the paperwork involved. A few places that you can surf on your own while contemplating the big leap are:

While each of the sites mentioned have a broad variety of historic homes for sale they do not represent a complete list of what is possibly available in your area.

Once you have found your potential gem in the rough it is very important to sit down prior to a signed contract and assess your financials. You must take into account all of the work (and money) that will be required to bring the home “up to code”. It is highly advisable to have a home inspection done PRIOR to making an offer so that you will have clear vision of the work that lay ahead.

There are many financial assistant programs available to individuals involved in restoration projects……

I do hope that you join me for Part II in a few day – I will highlight some of the grant programs available to the purchaser of a historic home.

I hope you stay with me to explore the historic home opportunities and allow be to help you Establish Your Circa in My Back Yard….