Category Archives: 2015 Homes of the Month

December 2015 Home of the Month

2715 Rosedale, Home of Sallie Ricks

My Rosedale home is a mid-century house designed by Milton Small, Jr. FAIA (1916-1992) and it is a contributing structure in the West Raleigh Historic District.  The interior is simple, with lots of built-in storage and wide expanses of glass.  I appreciate the open design and realize the positive ways it influences me.  Looking out the windows into the woods in the back and the flowers in the front can bring peace at the end of a hectic day!  The front yard garden and house are mostly hidden from the street by a tall evergreen hedge which gives me privacy and an added sense of being close to nature.

The house, built in 1953 for the Donald and Marion Anderson Family, appears modest from the front but from the back, is so stately as it stands up to the woods.  There is a little path leading down to the creek where wild deciduous azaleas and pitcher plants grow nearby.  When I first moved here, about 30 years ago, I loved to garden.  Now, I reap the benefits of an old garden gone wild, like me, but there’s always something blooming to entertain no matter what time of year.

December 2015 HOM - 2715 Rosedale - Panorama

I have done some interior renovation to my home, but feel it’s my responsibility to maintain this historic house close to the original design and to protect it.  I hope when I leave, the next residents feel the same way about it.  You can see pictures of the house when brand new and read more about Milton Small at “http://www.ncmodernist.org/small.htm”  (Scroll down midway.)

I have enjoyed living in University Park and working many years at NC State University.  What a luxury to be able to walk to work through our neighborhood!  Now I am retired and still walk a wide loop through the neighborhood for exercise, and enjoy the diversity of sites along the way: Cameron Village, the post office, the Players Retreat, the new development, the University edge, Hillsborough St. hangouts and many charming residences.  Planners and designers try to emulate what we already have in our neighborhood and I am so happy to live in University Park!

 

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November 2015 Home of the Month – 606 Chamberlain Street

UPHA Home of the Month – 606 Chamberlain Street
Home of Dustin Smith and Burton Buffaloe

Dustin and Burton fell in love with University Park years ago, while visiting the Raleigh Rose Gardens. The eclectic and diverse neighborhood, with its many parks and urban, walkable lifestyle, suited them perfectly. In 2013, after discovering there was a lot available on Chamberlain St., they immediately jumped on it. Their builder, Concept 8, allowed Dustin and Burton creative freedom with the design.

606Chamberlain Dining Room

606Chamberlain Kitchen 

606Chamberlain Bedroom 606Chamberlain Bathroom

Their home has a contemporary farmhouse look with a blend of old and new. Outwardly dark, it has a mix of styles, bright contemporary art woven with “old soul.” Throughout the house you will see “found objects” like reclaimed beams, old dressers transformed into vanities, and even a pair of 300-year-old church gates.

606Chamberlain Front 606Chamberlain Rear

Dustin and Burton are currently building a courtyard between the main home and their detached garage. Dustin’s brother, Chad, with “Gardenwanted Nc,” is designing and managing the home’s landscaping and courtyard. The outdoor fireplace, also underway, is being crafted by Rick DeMartino Masonry. This outdoor space will be the heart of the home, with a dining area nestled under a large wooden pergola, now being crafted by Eric Padden.

606Chamberlain Courtyard

October 2015 Home of the Month – 105 Henderson Street

105-107 Henderson Street

A duplex, home of Henry Steiginga (owner) and Beth Mayberry (renter)

105 Henderson Street - before renovation
2014 – Before Renovation

Beth Mayberry writes:

Wanting to escape the heat of Florida’s summers, and wishing to be closer to his grown children, Henry Steiginga purchased the 1946-era duplex at 105-107 Henderson St. in 2014. The duplex was in need of some tender loving care, to say the least. However, it had a lot of character and potential! Henry decided to take a chance on this drab old house (see “before” picture) and make it a home. He started work almost immediately, tackling plumbing and electrical issues. Essentials resolved, he replaced the HVAC units for both sides, installed new windows and roof, put up new fencing, and removed overgrown tree limbs.

Henry has done extensive landscaping in the front yard, planting beautiful crepe myrtles, figs, junipers, and others. He installed a new pebbled driveway, porch railings, and fresh new shutters painted an eye-pleasing apple green.

105 Henderson Street - Today
105 Henderson Street – Today

The changes have been noticed by neighbors in the area. Many who walk by comment to me on how good everything looks! Henry’s at his winter place in Florida, but looks forward to next summer’s projects here at his duplex home in University Park.

September 2015 Home of the Month

407 Dixie Trail
Home of Brian and Shauna Alexander

We began our time in University Park, as young college students, renting a house on Mayview Road.  We grew to love this area and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in Raleigh.  We bought our first home in 2004 and lived there for almost 10 years.  After our first child was born, we tackled a huge kitchen renovation in that home, but as our family grew, it was time to look for another house.  We knew we wanted to stay in University Park and we had always loved the inviting front porch at 407 Dixie Trail.  As we entered the house, we knew this would be the perfect spot to raise our two boys.  What we later discovered, is not only is this a great house, but we have wonderful neighbors.  At any given moment, there are boys (and a few girls) running in and out of the house and playing back and forth between yards.  We love the community and friendships we have made in University Park and look forward to many years to come.

407 Dixie Trail-livingRoom 407 Dixie Trail-frontDoor

407 Dixie Trail was built in 1922.  There have been approximately 3 families that lived in this house since the 1920’s.  When we closed on the home, we were given several photographs from a descendent who had previously occupied the house.   Looking at the long-ago pictures and the recent ones, you can compare the features of the living room and the front door then and now.

407 Dixie Trail - Vintage Photos 407 Dixie Trail-event

(The boy by the front door in the old photo is identified as Percy L. “Skip” Bostick, III. In the photo of the elegant couple in front of the fireplace, the gent in black tie is identified as “Warren Barfield, soloist.” No identification, alas, for the gowned young woman.)

August 2015 Home of the Month

1011 Parker Street
Home of Vincent and Sarah Chung

Built in 2014, 1011 Parker Street is a new addition to the University Park neighborhood. Vincent’s a native North Carolinian and Sarah’s originally from Rochester, New York. We met as longtime residents of Chicago, Illinois.

Vincent lived in the University Park neighborhood while attending NC State; after returning for a visit, Sarah fell in love with its tree-lined streets, walking proximity to Cameron Village, and beautiful architecture.

We purchased the property from Vivian Irving: civil rights activist, Raleigh Hall of Famer, and owner of the historic Irving-Swain Press. With a deteriorating foundation, plans to build upon the existing home proved fruitless. For our new construction, we wanted a craftsman bungalow to match the block and preserve the aesthetic integrity of 1011 Parker Street’s previous incarnation.

August 2015 HOM - Chung House
August 2015 HOM – Chung House Living Room

For our home, Architect Jody Brown craftily adapted a modern bungalow design he created for a Durham infill project. Rusty Caudill of Caudill Design Group meticulously executed the plan, and creatively realized many of the finishing touches. Caudill showcased the house in the 2014 Wake County Parade of Homes, so perhaps you’ve already seen it up close.

August 2015 HOM - Chung House
August 2015 HOM – Chung House Panorama

We’re excited to be part of the community and to meet our new neighbors!

July 2015 Home of the Month

405 Dixie Trail
Home of Heather and Tony Spencer

405 Dixie Trail was built in 1999. The lot that it sits on was originally the side yard of its neighboring house, 401 Dixie Trail. The owners of 401 divided the lot, built 405, and moved into this new home. The two houses still share a brick-and-iron fence that dates to 1930.

We purchased the house in May of 2014. Although new to Dixie Trail, we had lived in the neighborhood for seven years on Mayview Rd., where we renovated our first house. When our family grew, and it was time to look for another house, we knew we wanted to stay in University Park.  Since 405 Dixie Trail is not as old as many of the homes in University Park, we have not had to tackle any major renovations the way we did in our previous house.  We are slowly changing a few things like hardware, and paint colors, to make it our own. One of the first changes was painting the front door a bright acqua!

405 Dixie Trail, built circa 1999

The previous owners at one time had a beautiful yard, with lots of flowers and roses. When we purchased the house it had been empty for some time, and the lack of care had taken its toll on the landscaping. This past year we have started replanting shrubs and seeding grass in the back yard. It is certainly a work in progress.

One of the things we like most about our home is the great neighbors we have. We love the eclectic nature of the neighborhood, and its prime location to shopping and restaurants, as well as the neighborhood schools.  We can usually step outside and find kids playing, neighbors chatting on front porches, and passers-by stopping to say hello.

June 2015 Home of the Month

2607 Van Dyke Avenue

Home of Teri Meadows Hires

I don’t know much about the history of this house other than it was built in 1940 by J. Y. Phelps and I am the ninth owner since that time. The longest ownership was by Carlyne Clayton and wife from 1946 to 1985. The first picture shows the house in 1995 when it was owned by Pamela Tyler. I purchased this house from Jon and Mara Buxbaum in July 2009 as they were building another home in University Park (where they still reside).

Front View Circa 1995
Front View Circa 1995, City Land Records

I’m an NC native and was moving back to the Raleigh area having lived in Boston, Dallas and New York since graduating from Meredith College many years ago. Simply put, it was time to come home. There was no doubt University Park was my ultimate destination – my brother and sister-in-law are also UP residents, I love the diversity of this neighborhood, and I wanted to be able to walk to shopping and restaurants. I was visiting from New York one weekend and decided on a whim to walk through the house, and I immediately knew this was where I wanted to live. The company I worked for at that time was reluctant to let me work remotely, but persistence and determination won out and I moved without having their final blessing! Like I said, I knew this was the house and neighborhood for me!

The house itself was in amazing condition, definitely move-in ready without requiring any repairs. Jon and Mara had taken excellent care of the house and had already undertaken a major renovation by adding a second story for the master suite.

Renovated Front Yard and Landscaping, 2607 Van Dyke
Renovated Front Yard and Landscaping, 2607 Van Dyke

Because of this, I could focus attention on the outside, so over the first few years I tackled the front and back yards.

Ken Brooks (another UP resident) from Brookscapes created the overall design and installed a pavestone patio, retaining walls, drainage, new front steps and railings, as well as completely new landscaping. I am thrilled with my backyard oasis!

Back Yard landscaping, 2607 Van Dyke
Back Yard landscaping, 2607 Van Dyke

Last year I finally tackled an indoor project, renovating the kitchen and den, which included new flooring, appliances, cabinets, lighting and countertops. We also as turned what was the breakfast room into a butler’s pantry for much needed additional storage.

Kitchen Renovation, 2607 Van Dyke
Kitchen Renovation, 2607 Van Dyke

This house is a wonderful combination of old character and modern touches that represent the charm of University Park. I wouldn’t have it any other way!