Historic 1938 Plaza Midwood home near Charlotte Country Club asks $1.4M

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The 80-year-old, 6,500-square-foot Charles Barnhardt House in the heart of Plaza Midwood is now on the market.

The home, commissioned by Barnhardt, a well-known figure in the county’s textile industry, was designed by Martin E. Boyer, one of the “premier” architects of the 20th century, and completed in 1938.

Dan Morrill, Consulting Director of the Historic Landmarks Commission, calls it an “incredibly sophisticated piece of architecture.”

The front of the house incorporates elements typical of the ’30s such as half-round bay windows and a porch and the back is lavish, flamboyant and imaginative.

Despite its history, the home was slated to be demolished this year to make room for the new Cramer’s Pond development. The Historic Landmarks Commissioned stepped in and purchased the land, designated the home as a historic landmark and moved forward with restoration efforts.

“This will be a very, very challenging project, but we felt that we needed to step forward,” Morrill told the Agenda in February. “It’s a very important house for the neighborhood’s character.”

[Related: Plaza Midwood’s historic Charles E. Barnhardt House is being restored]

With core restorations complete, the 6-bedroom, 4-bathroom home is officially on the market with a $1,495,000 as-is asking price.

According to the listing, “This historic gem is ready for that special buyer who appreciates a 1930s estate like nothing else in the city.”

Sitting on just over an acre, the home includes a library, two master bedrooms, both a garage and a carport, basement, attic and an enclosed patio and terrace. Original features, such as the stairways, balance grades and doors, have been protected.

Both neighboring lots are also for sale, should a buyer be interested in expanding the size of the lot.

A number of cosmetic repairs and renovations are still needed on the “historic gem,” but owners will receive 50% property tax credits due to the historic landmark designation. There’s just one catch that comes with it — the preservation covenant in the home’s deed means that the Historic Landmarks Commission will get the final say on any kind of material alteration.

Prospective buyers can see inside this weekend during a double open house.

HM Properties will host two open houses this Saturday and Saturday, 1-3 p.m. each day. Find it at 3217 Maymont Place.

Photos by Stephen Wilfong Photography

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Kylie Moore
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