Category Archives: 2014 Homes of the Month

December 2014 Home of the Month

Home of Eric Zoschg & April Sellers-Zoschg

We, April, Eric, Ash &Dixie (our 2 cats), moved to Raleigh in 2012 by choice, but landed in University Park at 812 Rosemont somewhat by chance. We moved to the neighborhood from Baltimore, where neither of us is from but where we lived for many years and met. Living in downtown Baltimore, we became rather spoiled being close enough to walk to lots of shopping & many restaurants.  We hoped to find the same situation in Raleigh.

After months of searching for a house rental, we found 812 Rosemont listed for rent on Craig’s List. It seemed like a great fit immediately, so much that April flew down that weekend, to meet with the owner, Margaret Strickland. As soon as April smelled the chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, she was sold. We moved in around NYE 2012 and fell in love with the house and the neighborhood immediately.

For us there was so much to like about the house: a basement, big yard, nice flow to the downstairs living area, screened in porch and a perfect spot for April’s home office.  Also with the original structure built in 1941, we felt the house had character with plaster walls, two fireplaces, and hard wood floors.  Including the basement there are 3 levels: the kitchen, dining room, den, living room, home office and laundry room are all on the first floor with 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms upstairs.

We wound up buying the house in the spring of 2013, about a year and half after moving in. Shortly thereafter, our new tenant, Jordan, arrived with our son’s birth in June 2013. Shortly after that, we began to explore redecoration ideas. First we had the exterior of the house painted, then the interior.  The inside of the house has taken on somewhat of a southwest theme inspired by a favorite vacation spot, Taos, NM. There’s lots of turquoise and Taos art throughout, even terracotta paint on the walls.

Work to the yard came next with new sod in spots, blueberry bushes, orange native azaleas, hydrangeas, peonies, and roses- to name a few. There are additional projects on our list, but for the time being we are content to pace ourselves and enjoy the nearby restaurants, get to know the rest of the neighborhood and enjoy our favorite sports teams.  Speaking of which you may see our flags flying out front: Eric is from the Pennsylvania area and a huge Steelers fan, while April is from South Carolina and a Clemson fan.

November 2014 Home of the Month

Home of Nina Block

I purchased the original house at 2403 Van Dyke Ave in January 2010. I have lived in the Cameron Village area since moving to NC in 2006, and loved the neighborhood. It also didn’t hurt that my sister lived across the street and 3 houses down on Van Dyke Ave. My house was 950sq feet and had never been updated since it was built in 1947. The Warren family lived in the home from 1947 until 1998 when it was purchased by a neighbor who made it into a rental house.

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After living there for 3 years it was time to do a major overhaul on the home. After some debate and the discovery of black mold and asbestos throughout the house, I decided to tear down the house and start anew.

I worked with neighbor Steven Ureña, of Ureña Architecture, to design my new home. I wanted a bungalow style house that wouldn’t stand out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. The new house was finished in the spring of 2014. It is 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and 2164 sq feet.

My talented neighbor Greg Readling (gregreadling@hotmail.com) designed and built one of my favorite features of the outside of the house, the big, beautiful front door.

October 2014 Home of the Month

Meet Jeff Burton: 2212 Roberts Street

As a Raleigh native attending Broughton High, the Cameron Village area has always been very familiar and special to me. This fondness led me to my first purchase in the neighborhood in 1998. Since then, I have purchased, remodeled, and developed new infill construction in the neighborhood and the downtown Oakwood area for the past 18 years. Houses and projects are my passion. I am thrilled to have just completed 2212 Roberts Street here in University Park. Living in a diversified urban and walkable area has made my life so convenient.

This 1900’s-era bungalow was relocated in 1948 from a lot where the Cameron Village shopping center is now located. It was laid on a new cinder block foundation positioned on the site. The house was uninhabited and in total disrepair upon purchase. My helper and I completely disassembled the structure by hand to the 1948 foundation footprint. Fifteen new footers and piers were poured to support the new girder and floor system. New 1st and 2nd floor framing was assisted by my old building partner. Twenty Eight-foot LVL beams engineer the cantilevered top structure that houses the master suite. This was designed by Charles Holden at Oxide Architecture.

My plan is to live here with my Chesapeake retriever Brooklynn while we begin the process of building another Oxide plan created for a lot a block over on the corner of Oberlin and Bedford. I would like to thank the neighborhood and the Association for enabling me to share the property and my story.

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Learn more about the construction of Jeff’s home at: http://oxidearchitecture.com/html/projects/roberts.html

September 2014 Home of the Month

Home of Trisha Simpson
911 Brooks Avenue

The little Craftsman house was built in 1932. Trisha Simpson is the sixth owner to live in the house. Before Trisha moved into the house in September 2010, extensive renovations were completed in the interior of the house: the bathrooms were gutted, hardwoods installed upstairs, new shelves for downstairs office, closet space added, and painting throughout.

In December 2013, a new metal roof was added, a new wood fence installed, and the exterior of the house was re-painted a cheerful pink. What better color to accentuate the ever growing collection of pink flamingos?
Trisha had always wanted a little pink house, and as the half-way point for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® every June, it was truly a serendipitous moment … She finally had a wonderful excuse to paint her house PINK. The pink house, in addition to the BRA-VO Tree (adorned with more than 200 bra donations), and other pink decorations that change from year-to-year help make the event special for The Race participants and those who join Trisha for the Pink Porch Party. While she uses The Race as the reason for the pink, the real reason is that she fell in love with two pink houses on the other side of Wade Avenue several years ago.

Landscaping work is next on the list. Unfortunately, the beautiful, huge oak tree in the front yard – one of the many reasons Trisha purchased the house – had to be taken down this spring because of interior rot. After a year of worrying about the tree falling during every storm, a dear friend pointed out that it could either be the loss of the house or the tree. While logic prevailed, the loss of the tree still hurts. But a new tree will start growing soon – perhaps one with lovely pink flowers.

The 82 year old house has become a welcoming home for Trisha, her curmudgeonly Basset Hound, Woofie, and her friends & family. It is perfect for entertaining and the location is the best location in Raleigh. But most importantly, the neighbors are wonderful.

 

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August 2014 Home of the Month

Home of Todd and Del Wehner

DelMarie and Todd Wehner have been interested in moving back into the neighborhood north of NC State since they met, and they started looking for houses to buy after they got married at the JC Raulston arboretum in 2012. They are the fifth owners of the house on 2504 Mayview Road, and have been working to make the house their home. The first projects were to get the garage door and basement windows replaced, and to improve security.

Del and Todd have been working on the house steadily, and have made it comfortable by now. So far, they have upgraded the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and landscape. The kitchen has been remodeled, with lighting, outlets, granite counters, plumbing, and cabinet refinishing. The attic has been made more efficient with new windows. A front porch was added last month, and has become their new favorite ‘room’.

They hope to continue adding value to the house over the next few years, but will be spending more time having fun instead of so much house renovation.

July 2014 Home of the Month

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2820 Van Dyke Avenue (The second of a pair of historically-linked houses. 2822 Van Dyke Avenue was the Home of the Month for June)

The home of Rob and Rhonda Moseley since 1994 has been the source of speculation as to its original function. Built in 1930 before Van Dyke Avenue was constructed, the home’s front entrance and interior layout orients to Dixie Trail. The story goes that the property served originally as the “carriage house” for 2822 Van Dyke, which was built in 1916 and also fronted Dixie Trail. Maps and other records have not been found yet to verify the story. Properties still exist along Dixie Trail (500, 510) that feature a long, narrow shape, fronting Dixie Trail. When the Moseleys purchased the home in 1994, the single story had been radically altered and rebuilt to a two story double-tier porch design that favors a Charleston style, with the home’s entrance still facing Dixie Trail. The interior had been gutted to the studs, with only the original pine floors on the first floor and 2nd story landing and some of the kitchen cabinets remaining. There is evidence that the original structure had an addition made to the eastern side on both the first and part of the second story many years earlier, and was where all of the bathrooms were located. Prior to that addition, it is not clear where bathrooms may have been located, adding to speculation of the structure not being a home originally. The home was listed (Section 7, page 183, National Register of Historic Places (2003) -www.hpo.ncdcr.gov) as the “Godfrey H Browne House” and described originally as a “one story, side gabled” house. Godfrey Browne was said to be a chemist.

The Moseleys inherited a failing foundation and raised the structure to replace the entire foundation before proceeding with renovating the interior. In 1996, Hurricane Fran toppled a huge oak tree that was situated where the detached garage is now located. The root ball was almost as large as the footprint of the garage.

The Moseleys are passionate about gardening and are beekeepers.

June 2014 Home of the Month

Jenny and Tony McGrail Home, 2822 Van Dyke Avenue, University Park

Our home at 2822 Van Dyke Avenue is one of the earliest examples of a Raleigh bungalow, according to an architectural survey done by the city some year ago and published by the City of Raleigh Museum. A bungalow is a one-story house type of Arts and Crafts design popular in the early 1900s. The house was built in 1916 by Professor William Hand Browne Jr. who came to teach physics and electrical engineering at NC State College in 1908. In 1916, the two departments were separated and Prof. Browne was appointed Head of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, the position which he held until his retirement in 1946.

The house existed before Van Dyke was a street. Its original address was 408 Dixie Trail. The stone house at the corner of Van Dyke and Brooks belonged to Prof. Browne’s associate in the EE Dept., R.S. Fouraker. We believe that these were the only 2 houses in this block during those early years. When we bought the property in 1985, the house east of us at 2820 Van Dyke (now Rob & Rhonda Mosely’s lovely home) was a small yellow bungalow (also facing Dixie Tr.) which, we were told, was the carriage house for Prof. Browne’s property. We don’t know how much land he originally held, but do know that he owned the parcel at Wade Av. and Dixie Tr. which is now Hymettus Park. He kept his bees there, ergo the name — for Mount Hymettus and its famous honey in Greece. In 1969, his heir Cicely Browne gave the Hymettus park land to the city of Raleigh with specific instructions that it only be used as a park, never to be developed. It is a beautiful little corner of nature, and we hope everyone will protect and maintain it, and pay respects to Prof. Browne and his family for preserving it for all to study and enjoy.

As for our little bungalow, we have enjoyed many happy years here, always striving to maintain its original style and craftsmanship as much as possible. When we moved here in 1985, it had been rental property for quite a long time. It was very neglected and had undergone some less-than-correct “remuddles”. We are restoring as we are able, and have hopes that a future owner with more time, energy and resources will be able to do more with the bones and structure of this very historic Craftsman bungalow to showcase it as it was during the early part of the twentieth century. Apparently we are happier with our little spot in University Park than Mrs. Browne was, as she named the home “Pitysmont”. We’ll never know how or why that came about, but it certainly would be interesting. We did have one visit back in the 90’s from a granddaughter who, by then was well advanced in years and a country doctor in Appalachia. We only visited for a short while, but she recalled to us that she and her parents had moved back in with the Brownes during the Great Depression years. She recalled that they lived in the attic, and she remembered extensive flower gardens up to Dixie Trail and all the oak trees all around.

In 1997 we told the Capital Trees Program of Wake County about the majestic white oak in our back yard, and gave them some background info on our house and property. In August 1998, our white oak was presented a Capital Trees award in the Historical category. We think Prof. Browne would be pleased.

A note about the log cabin in our back yard: It is not original to the property, but was rescued from demolition and moved here in 2000. The cabin had been relocated from the mountains to the Heritage Circle at the state fairgrounds, where it served many years as the Cider House down by the lake during the state fairs. We are friends with the Lingg family who make and sell apple cider at the NC State Fair, and when they had to upgrade their building, the old cider house was put on a flatbed truck (just barely shy of being demolished) and brought to 2822 Van Dyke Av. where it has lived a quiet life ever since.

And as for Van Dyke Avenue: Professor Browne’s granddaughter also told us that when Raleigh decided to turn his driveway into a city street, they asked if they could name it for him. Being a rather modest fellow, he said “No, but you can name it for my beard”. Photos obtained from NC State University archives do indeed show that he sported a very handsome Van Dyke beard.

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