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Still Lovin’ the 1970s in Southern Pines

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Recently, 915 East Indiana Avenue in Southern Pines was listed for rent. I had never been in this house before and it was a little mystery to me. Sitting on the hill, it has a tiny Prairie influence, built in 1971 with modern lines and a lot of potential. Since I’m a 70s fanatic right now both in design and architecture, I wanted to take a look before it went off the market.


I was thinking the existing exterior might look a tad better with some changes influenced by this,



Formal living room or dining room, it’s family’s choice

Dining room transforms into this,

great looking original ceiling fans in the bedrooms, no change required

This the dance hall or the family room that overlooks the backyard.

99% of the time I don’t like short, high built in shelves, so we’ve got to make this entertainment central,


And on the opposite side of the room, I’d convert some of the existing windows into a set or two of french doors and try to create something like this,

Most updates always include opening up rooms to create a better flow and this kitchen is no exception. There’s excellent opportunity to make a bright kitchen filled with natural light here with great, existing windows over the sink and in the breakfast nook.





Great master bedroom on the main level with original ceiling fan and lots of light,

Master takes on this kind of feel,


There are three more bedrooms, two upstairs with a bath and a guest suite downstairs. Nice wide open rooms, great space. Do you see why I like the 70s? It doesn’t have to be about avocado green appliances and orange and brown decor everywhere.

Wondering if the Scout II comes with?



SOLD: 48 Wildwood Court

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A 1960s Rambling Ranch Fixer Upper

This is the house that you haven’t heard about until now, 665 South Valley Road. Although it’s not on our MLS, it will be and it’s in my favorite neighborhood, the Southern Pines Golf Club neighborhood. We’ll update you as soon as we do have online listing information.

For now let’s explore the possibilities of this nearly 3,000 square foot rambling ranch built in 1961.

The house begins with the custom trim on the front door that suggests that they’ll be more of that 60’s character awaiting you inside.

Step in to the foyer and straight ahead is the kitchen, to your left is the formal living room and to your right is the hallway leading to the three bedrooms. Let’s go left,

Interesting corner fireplace in the formal living room, keep traveling around and there’s an open dining/living area concept.

Keep traveling past the dining table in to an addition that is basically a sunroom that connects the house to the garage. That guy bending down is Dan and he isn’t being creepy, he’s trying to figure out the flooring situation in the dining room, he wants to know like we all do, is there oak hardwood under there which was common in the 50s and 60s. Unfortunately, we only found plywood subfloor.

When we wind through the sunroom we end up in the family room with built-ins with that special 60’s trim and another cozy fireplace. The family room is open to the kitchen, separated by some columns and countertop.


Clearly the original owners sprung for custom cabinets that tied in to their welcoming front entry. Consistency in design, we can appreciate that.



Walk-in pantry is pretty awesome

small breakfast nook on the right side of the kitchen, imagine a built-in banquette here?

Moving down the hall toward the bedrooms there is one bathroom on the hall that is a good size but needs a cosmetic overhaul. Choice items on the countertop…

This is 1 of 3 bedrooms, the other bedroom is of similar size.

All three bedrooms are on this side of the house as well as 2 of 2.5 bathrooms. This is the master bedroom.

There is an en-suite bathroom in the master and a pair of his and hers closets. There are some particularly special original light fixtures in the master bath. Star light, star bright.

There is a lot of square footage in this house devoted to a generous sewing room and an office and a laundry room. I didn’t take any photos here but we have a suggestion on how to make those spaces work a bit harder. The footprint of the house is already generous enough to allow the new owner to create a larger master suite in the workspace.

We ended our tour walking around the exterior.


There’s mostly side yard on the property but tons of space to run and roam on the old golf course which is now a large field.

Got Your Attention? Schedule your private tour with Dan and I by calling (910) 684-3146 or send an email to


Listing Courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens, Scott Lincicome


Estately Living in Southern Pines

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I’ve been watching the 1920s gem at 145 Highland Avenue in Southern Pines for a minute and we took some time to visit recently and it didn’t disappoint as most homes in this part of the Weymouth Heights neighborhood typically don’t.


This home is an absolute diamond in the rough and when I say rough, I mean it needs an overhaul and a significant restoration.

The backyard and property is something like a rolling European hillside, framed by two Holly trees just beyond the slate patio. Throw open the french doors off the living room, walk out on to the patio and wonder if you haven’t been transported to another place and time.

The kitchen is right at the front of the house and looks on to the driveway and it was renovated around the 1960s. It really needs a complete demolition with some thought about which walls to get rid of. You can see the back stairwell that comes down from what we thought were guest quarters. Love back stairwells!

When you enter in to a small foyer you can go left to the kitchen or right in to the living room. The floors are in great condition here in living room and in other parts of the house as well. Cosmetically, this room needs work, the windows need restoration and there is no lighting.

Close up of windows in the living room,

We move past a powder room downstairs and alongside the dining room and up the main stair case but at the foot of the stairs there was a well-trimmed peek-a-boo door. Maybe an old dumbwaiter, but there was no elevator system? Those people look familiar to me…

Once you get to the top of the main stairwell, you enter a hall with two bedrooms and a bath. Overhead there is what looks to be the biggest air return you’ve ever seen but I think it was probably a house fan that when turned on circulated fresh air throughout the entire house. These bedrooms might be children’s bedrooms or bedrooms for other immediate family. We labeled this the family wing.

Once you round the stairwell you enter what we thought would be the master bedroom and a closet/dressing room for each of the homeowners. We didn’t photograph any of the bedrooms because they were all similar, light filled white rooms. The master bathroom is of modest size from a time when we didn’t require large master baths. It has beautiful original fixtures but the pedestal sink was hardly tall enough for me.


We wind around through the guest quarters which includes two more bedrooms and a bathroom and down the back stairwell in to the kitchen. Notice the unique choice for newel post design on the stairs, is it teeth?

Back out through that tiny foyer and out the front door.


If you want to see this gem for yourself, Call (910) 684-3146 or send an email to so that we can set up an appointment for you to take a look.


If you decide to buy this home, we’re on the ready with renovation consultation, design and contracting resources. See our renovation work at The Estate of Things.



A Dreamy 1970s Fixer Upper

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New to the market is 185 Little Road in Southern Pines.

It’s a 1970s dreamcicle that woke me up at 5:00 am. The house is set back in the quiet Southern Pines Golf Club neighborhood which reportedly is Donald Ross’ favorite golf courses. It’s pretty unassuming on the exterior but once you go inside you can almost instantly recognize sweet, tri-level modern living.

Love at first site, do you agree?


Remove the screened in porch to bring more outdoors in to the family room?

Good flow with an entry on the main level



This section of wallpaper in the dining room would be hard to let go.


There’s additional living, office, guest quarters possibilities on the lower level with the laundry room

Master suite in place

The back of the house looks like maybe a South American treehouse in the jungle.


It’s a great house with loads of potential and it would be really great if someone with some vision would be this gem and not just make it another “flip”.

Here’s some visual aide to help you imagine what this house can become,


Here’s the thing, we don’t think this house will last long on the market so Call (910) 684-3146 or send an email to so that we can set up an appointment for you to take a look.


If you decide to buy this home, we’re on the ready with renovation consultation, design and contracting resources. See our renovation work at The Estate of Things.


Images courtesy of Emily Henderson


What You Can Buy for $350,000 in Southern Pines

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The market here in Southern Pines is still moving quickly even as summer winds down. This is due in part to low inventory, meaning there just are not that many homes for sale – especially in the downtown area. So if you have been considering listing your home for sale, it’s a great time to do it and Dan and I are here to help so call (910) 684-3146 or email

If you know that you want to live in Southern Pines, let’s take a look at what’s on the market at the $350,000 price point.

Ranch-style homes are certainly dominating the field right now and all four of these homes need different levels of updating from TLC to overhaul. So if you’re ready to put your stamp on something, these next four are for you.


455 South Ridge Street


495 South Ridge Street

705 South Ridge Street


1215 East Indiana Avenue

And if you’re just not in to renovation, there’s this new craftsman cottage popping up. Once it’s finished add a window box and move the furniture right in.

630 West Maine

Want to go take a look at any of these properties? Let’s Talk, (910) 684-3146


Just Add Porch

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A new friend of mine from Legacy Magazine (coming Fall 2017) mentioned this house in a recent conversation. She loves white farmhouses as much as I do and after she mentioned it I took a second look and immediately envisioned a front porch added across the front. Add in a few other cosmetic changes like a metal roof, subtract the shutters, change the front door and this house could easily go from colonial to farmhouse in a couple of quick months.

There is a lot of indoor and outdoor living space, the property is beautiful with two ponds and the house has been thoughtfully renovated. Country living in Carthage, North Carolina in a rural setting. My favorite part of the small town of Carthage is definitely Buggytown Coffee and the thrift shopping that has been cropping up in the last couple of years.

Listing courtesy of Angela Thompson Group at KW Pinehurst

If you’d like to make an appointment to see this property or talk about the possibilities, email me at