Highest: 1819 Queens Road, Charlotte
Sold price: $2.5 million
Square feet: 8,726
Listing agent: Gay Dillashaw, Allen Tate Company
Selling agent: same
Gay Dillashaw weathered the real estate storm well, she says, by sticking to luxury classics like this six-bedroom, seven-bathroom Georgian style home. Although it was built in 2006, the house is designed to look much older and easily blends in with the neighborhood.
“This was a classic Myers Park, Queens Road house,” said Dillashaw, a broker with Allen Tate. “You couldn’t miss it because for the most part it really showed itself because the details were not overpowering but were very well done. It was beautifully designed.”
Dillashaw said she showcased a large open room across the back of the house that included a chef’s kitchen which opens onto a family room. The home also had a mahogany-panel study and a 1,100 square-foot carriage house on the property. The garage of the property was also a selling point, she said.
“It was a beautiful classic house with large rooms and not a lot of small rooms,” she said. “It had a beautiful, large well-proportioned suspended staircase. It had big spaces and tall ceilings even on the second and third floors and an elevator.”
Dillashaw said she had seen an uptick in the real estate market, but that her main observation about selling homes in Charlotte today was the fact that buyers were coming back to buy homes in the city instead of in the suburbs.
“People are moving back to Charlotte,” she said. “And that is great news. Last year was good and this year has been significantly better.”
Closing thought: Dillashaw said the important thing about selling homes in the current market is to remember that people are buying and selling homes by choice again. “People sat tight for a long time and they didn’t buy or sell unless they had to,” she said. “People are making more of a choice about selling and buying instead of being forced into that position. That is what we lost in 2008 through 2010 but it is definitely coming back now.”
Lowest: 75 Valley St., Concord
Sale price: $14,000
Square feet: 1,688
Listing agent: Lisa White, Central Piedmont Properties
Selling agent: Daniel Harrington, Exit Elite Properties
Lisa White said calling this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Concord a fixer-upper would be charitable. But, for the right investor, she said it could be made into a great rental property with a little TLC.
“The condition of the home was the leading factor in seeing it sell for just $14,000,” said White, a broker with Central Piedmont Properties who said she sells all kinds of properties in a seven-county area around Mecklenburg County. “It is an older home and did have some rehabbing done to it but not much.”
White said the home was a foreclosure owned by Bank of America and while she declined to name the new owners she said it was an investment firm that planned to renovate the property and likely set it up as a rental. She also said the new owners paid cash for the home.
“And that’s probably a good thing, because the condition meant it would not have qualified for any kind of loan or mortgage,” she said.
Selling agent Daniel Harrington could not be reached for comment.
White said the home had suffered a fire a few years ago and still had damage visible in the kitchen. She also said some of the home’s insulation and sheetrock work needed to be replaced and there were electrical repairs that needed to be done.
“It was basically a needy property. All the cosmetics would need to be replaced but it had a nice lot and a good view and it would make a good rental,” she said.
Closing thoughts: White said her advice to fellow real estate agents was to treat everyone they meet with kindness. “You don’t know what kind of battles they’re fighting especially in the foreclosure business,” she said.
A look at the highest-priced home sales in other counties:
2056 Solway Lane, Charlotte
Sold price: $286,000
Square feet: 3,798
212 Village Glen Way, Mount Holly
Sold price: $382,500
Square feet: 2,900
820 Lakeview Shores Loop, Mooresville
Sold price: $1.025 million
Square feet: 5,520
4594 Little Creek Drive, Denver
Sold price: $380,000
Square feet: 1,756
18007 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius
Sold price: $1.425 million
Square feet: 6,295
12615 Cottonville Road, Norwood
Sold price: $167,500
Square feet: 2,823
9219 Woodhall Lake Drive, Waxhaw
Sold price: $530,100
Square feet: 5,740