217 College St., Oxford, NC 27565
Source: Preservation North Carolina
The Brown-Watkins House has been reduced to $35,000 and is waiting for the right person to call it home and restore it to its former splendor. I can’t describe this wonderful historic home better than Preservation North Carolina, so here are some snippets from their listing.
“The Brown-Watkins House is on a beautiful, broadly shaded avenue in the charming small town of Oxford. Oxford is conveniently located only 30 minutes from Durham and less than 40 minutes to Research Triangle Park and this house would make a fine home with an easy commute, once the extensive rehab is complete. College Street exemplifies the grand residences that were built for successful industrialists, tobacconists, merchants and professionals in turn-of-the-century Oxford. Proudly proclaiming itself as the “most beautiful village in the state” as early as 1830, Today, the area along College Street where the Brown-Watkins House is located continues to draw praise as an area where stylish homes and fine institutional buildings have been preserved.”
“The Town of Oxford was described a century ago as one of the prettiest towns in the state, and will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016. Today it remains an attractive example of small-town living with historic buildings situated on broad, beautifully shaded streets and a vibrant downtown.”
“The Brown-Watkins House was built c.1911 during a building boom in Oxford. It is a stately two-story Colonial Revival house with some Queen Anne characteristics including the prominent two-story front entrance portico that is slightly off-center. The broad full-width front porch supported by simple Doric columns unifies the façade giving the house a more symmetrical appearance. Most striking is the modified Federal style front entrance with a fanlight above the door and sidelights comprised of engaged fluted pilasters, dentil molding, and beveled glass. The heavy paneled door and entrance was crafted by Robert Morgan, Sr., a talented local builder. A simplified version is repeated at the side entrance. Other exterior features include an oval window with keystones next to the second floor balcony door, a lunette window in the pedimented portico of the two-story porch, a hipped roof covered with pressed metal shingles supported by a wide cornice band, and wide overhanging eaves with built-in gutters.
The front door opens into a large gracious south parlor with tall ceilings, wide cornice molding, a corner fireplace with a classical mantel enhanced by brilliant tile in the surround with cast iron coal insert. Large fluted pilasters and Ionic column lead into the stair hall further enhanced by an open string staircase with molded rail terminating in a curve into the Ionic column. Two sets of pocket doors lead into the north parlor. Additional interior features include simple yet classical mantels, period light fixtures, push-button light switches, period bathroom fixtures, wood floors, and plaster walls. Some doors have transom windows. An interesting curved rear addition was added mid-century providing the family with a pleasant sunroom finished with pine paneling.”
“The Brown-Watkins House has remained vacant for several years and has suffered from neglect. However, it would be possible to rehab the garage and live in the apartment while working on the house. Once the rehab on the house is complete, the apartment over the garage could become an income-producing rental. Flashing around the chimneys has failed, causing leaks that have resulted in damaged plaster on some ceilings and walls. The porch and eaves have been damaged by failure of the built-in gutters. The house will require a complete rehabilitation including structural and other repair to interior plaster and ceilings, HVAC, electrical and plumbing updates, new kitchen and bathroom updates, restoration of the eaves and porches, and some flooring repair.”
See the full listing here.