OldHouses.com logo

Listing No. 25236

Prev Next # 13 of 50

of the list
All Listings

Back to List

New Search

For Sale

New Price $1,145,000

c. 1837 Antebellum

1430 Smith Level Rd
Coles Crossing Estates
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Antebellum Smith-Cole House

Chapel Hill's finest example of Historic Preservation is looking for a new steward and it could be you!
Circa 1840, the antebellum Smith-Cole House, also known as Oakland, was the seat of 1500+ acre Price Creek Plantation. Restored to its former glory & then some in 2003, its Federal Style graces 10 gorgeous acres & is often referred to as "that beautiful house with the red tin roof & 2 black dogs". Watch the video to get a glimpse of what fun it is to merge today's lifestyle with historic significance in the Southern Part of Heaven.
Scroll down for more information

Come on in & take a look (video)

Bedrooms 4
Full Baths 3
Heated Sq. Ft. 3,349
Unheated Sq. Ft. 2,281
Stories 2
Acres 10
Lot Size
814x475x937x549
Property Taxes
$ 8,885
Assessed Tax Value
$ 782,100

Features.

  • 1st Floor Bath
  • 1st Floor Bedroom
  • 2nd Floor Laundry Room
  • Breakfast Room
  • Crawl Space
  • Den
  • Dining room
  • Foyer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Laundry Room
  • Living room
  • Circular driveway
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Fireplaces
  • Gas Logs
  • High Ceilings
  • Walk-In Closets
  • Wood floors
  • Tin Roof
  • Central air
  • City water supply
  • Dishwasher
  • Gas heating
  • Security System
  • Septic Tank
  • Water Heater - Electric
  • Claw-foot Tub(s)
  • Stained Glass Windows
  • Center Hall 15x11

Like This Listing?

Agent Contact Information

Franklin Street Realty logo Beth Louden photo

Beth Louden

919.929.7174

919.619.0973 Mobile

homes.franklinstreetrealty.com/idx/agent/11305/beth-louden

CONNECTED TO THE WORLD

Steeped in history, circa 1840, Chapel Hill’s largest and finest Antebellum Residence

The style is double-pile Federal. Its classic four-over-four symmetry is breathtaking. A wide gracious center hallway & simply beautiful staircase connect the rooms, and what was once a back porch is now a gourmet kitchen. Restored with today's lifestyle in mind; preserved for generations to cherish & enjoy.

The home belonged to three Smith siblings, Mary, Francis & Sidney, and was the seat anchoring 1,500 countryside acres called Price Creek Plantation. Mary died in 1881—her Will divided the land giving a 100 acre parcel and $250 to each of her nieces. Cornelia, the oldest & Mary’s favorite was the grandmother of Pauli Murray, an African American attorney, educator, civil rights activist & Episcopal priest, who wrote the autobiography “Proud Shoes” in 1956. Smith gave the remainder to Chapel of the Cross who sold in 1904. Shortly after, the parcel with the plantation house was purchased by William C. Cole, Smith’s former farm manager It remained in the Cole family until William’s death in 1924 when it passed to Cole’s son George & his wife Alice where they raised their 2 daughters, Barbara & Sarah. After George’s death in 1999, the house remained vacant, lonely & pining for a new owner. *

Diane Eckland purchased the property in 2002 (with fellow old house aficionado, Dorothy Teer) to bring it back to life. Diane, winner of 2015 Preservation Achievement Award, has been restoring area homes since 1980. Her favorite project to date is 1430 Smith Level Road. “It is the most memorable because of its age, history, original condition, quality of its original construction and the magic that remains there to this day”. She claims to get goosebumps every time she visits.

* For more history, read the new book by H.G. Jones with David Southern “Miss Mary’s Money, Fortune & Misfortune in a North Carolina Plantation Family 1760-1924”

Important & Interesting Notes

The Key family purchased in 2004 when Jeff accepted a job based near the RTP. They’ve always lived in historic homes & were especially excited with the extensive & expert renovations by Diane. Jacquie was thrilled to put her design & painting background to work with such a wonderful backdrop & immediately claimed the restored kitchen house as her studio. Henrietta & Oliver have grown up here & agree with Diane that living here is magic and comes with a fair degree of notoriety. The family is often introduced as the people who live in “that beautiful house with the red tin roof & the fantastic black dogs (Hagrid & Lola)!”

3350+- SF skillfully & carefully renovated double pile Federal style home & kitchen house

2281 SF includes new patio, restored fabulous front & side porch, new handsome 3 car garage designed to blend with existing historic structures

10.14 gorgeous acres with circular drives, pastures, magnificent oaks & specimen trees , lovely views of natural & finely detailed landscaping

Four generously sized bedrooms, 3 baths (includes main level en suite guest room)

Light-filled gracious center foyer sets the stage for casual elegance & easy flow

Fabulous floor plan is just right for entertaining and accommodating friends, family & guests

Handsome living room with original wainscoting & fireplace (now gas)

Separate dining designed to be as formal or informal as you would like

Beautiful family room is perfect for spill over from the kitchen (original wood-burning fireplace)

Gourmet kitchen with one of the prettiest antique windows on the world

Original porch harvested to become sunny breakfast room

Romantic master with original wood-burning fireplace; master bath with original claw foot tub discovered discarded on the grounds & restored

Amazing original doors & hardware, windows, heart pine floors, brick chimneys, mouldings & more.
Diane is happy to tour with you & discuss the entire restoration and options to suit your lifestyle.

















Room Dimensions

MAIN LEVEL
Foyer 9.25’ x 15.5’
Living Room 17.75’ x 15.5’
Dining Room 17.75’ x 15.5’
Family Room 15’ x 15.5’
Kitchen 10.25’ x 13’
Breakfast Room 20’ x 7.75’
2nd Bedroom 15’ x 15.5’
Porch 44.25’ x 8’
Porch 6.25’ x 20.5’
Patio 37.2’ x 22’

UPPER LEVEL
Master Bedroom 17.75’ x 15.5’
3rd Bedroom 15’ x 14.25’
4th Bedroom 15’ x 14.25’

ADDITIONAL AREA
Detached Studio 16’ x 14’
Studio Porch 16’ x 6.5’
Detached 3-Car Garage 24’ x 35’

Chapel Hill's Livability ~ One of the best college towns in the country

Chapel Hill is one of the best college towns in the country filled with friendly neighbors, bustling commerce, academic and athletic excellence, long-standing tradition and a welcome sense of Southern Elegance.

#5 on US News’ list of Best Places to Retire

#10 on CNN Money’s list of Best Places to Live

#7 on Livability's list of Top 10 Foodie Cities 2013: A Second Helping

#4 on Livability's list of Top 10 Cities with the Best Music Scene outside of Nashville, NYC, and LA

Comments & Feedback

All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal. OldHouses.com is not responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, misprints and shall be held totally harmless.

Listing No. 25236

Prev Next # 13 of 50

of the list
All Listings

Back to List

New Search

Like This Listing?

Agent Contact Information

Franklin Street Realty logo Beth Louden photo

Beth Louden

919.929.7174

919.619.0973 Mobile

homes.franklinstreetrealty.com/idx/agent/11305/beth-louden

CONNECTED TO THE WORLD

Your Feedback

Help & Support.

Return to Top
Pinterest
[X]