1326 Mordecai Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604
3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | 1,756 sqft | $325,000
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115 N. Bloodworth St.
  1. The Newsome-Jones House. 1924. Nestled in the heart of the Mordecai National (not local) Historic District, this Craftsman-style Sears and Roebuck catalog home features many updates including standing seam copper roof and new heat and air added in 2007.
  2. Known as the Sunbeam or Elmwood model, the Sears plan featured a sleeping balcony, in this case enclosed. Sears first offered its Modern Homes catalog in 1908 in order to boost lagging sales of its building products.
  3. The Brazilian walnut (ipe) porch flooring was added in 2009. The seller who lives nearby has been gradually restoring the house since 2006.
  4. This and other kit homes are listed in a recent Raleigh Historic Development Commission guide and featured on the web site of national kit homes expert, Rose Thorton. The fireplace is decorative.
  5. The floors were recently refinished.
  6. Craftsman-style six-over-one windows virtually surround the entire house. This is the view from the dining room.
  7. The big but dated kitchen gives buyers future choices. The flooring is new. A long driveway allows side-yard parking just steps away from the kitchen on the left. See agent remarks about a second adjacent driveway shared with the neighbor to the right.
  8. The versatile floor plan offer lots of flex space. The is a first floor bedroom/office/study/studio/guest room near the full first floor bath. This and another back room upstairs are additions to the original Sears plan.
  9. Subway-tile, a title floor and period English stained glass windows are part first floor bath updated in 2007.
  10. The sleeping balcony, just as promised in the catalog, is one of three flex spaces in the plan.
  11. The 15x12 ft south facing bedroom catches the sun.
  12. Upstairs, the third flex space, also an addition to the original Sears plan, could be an office, nursery, whatever.
  13. The storage shed was added in 2010. Note again the copper standing seam roof added in 2007. Long ago the kictchen was bumped out and the Sears plan modified by the addition of the shed dormer in the back of the house.
  14. The exterior was carefully painted in 2007-2008 after making need siding repairs with top quality lumber.
  15. Family friendly Friday night concerts are a neighborhood gathering place on the lawn of the Mordecai Historic House and park.
  16. At nearby Seaboard Station, Tyler's Taproom recently joined ACE Hardware, Marigold Parlor, Phydeaux Pets, Logans nursery, J. Betskis, Seaboard 18 and several other shops and restaurants. More shops and eats are coming nearby backing on Peace St.
  17. This is one of several neaby parks serving the Mordecai neighborhood. Call for map showing boundiries of historic district and the location of these and other features of the neighborhood.
  18. Grab lunch and vanilla coke at the Person Street Pharmacy that dates back to 1910. The Person street shops include the PieBird restaurant, Marsh Woodwinds jazz venue, Nicoles Gallery, and the new Rapid Fitness Center. More coming in the fall.
  19. The PieBird on N Person St is one of many nearby restaurants and shops that are adjacent to the seamlessly connected Oakdale, Mordecai and Historic Oakwood neighborhoods.
  20. The Person Street shopping area includes a new Rapid Fitness Center and will soon include the Market Restaurant and Yellow Dog Bakery, relocating from elsewhere.
  21. The Burning Coal Theater is nearby in the renovated Murphey School.
  22. The nearby Governor's Mansion.
  23. Walk everywhere. This is the view from the new NC AIA Center for Architecture and Design looking south past the state government offices, legislative building, museums and the old Capitol to the private office and residential towers.

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