This porch says, 
“Come set a spell . . .”

CorrespondentJuly 3, 2014 

A bracketed front gable with double-hung windows covers a rocking-chair front porch accented with flat, ornamental balusters, beadboard ceiling and brick steps.

SALLY KEENEY — Correspondent

Set back from the street under towering hardwoods, the wooden porch with its squared columns, ornate balusters and beadboard ceiling calls to passersby to settle into one of the Adirondacks and enjoy the park-like view on the other side of the street.

A year before Venable was renamed Carrboro in 1913, the house at what is now 213 Hillsborough Road was built. In the early 1900s, the porch would have been as inviting, even if surrounded by more farmland than the acre upon which it now sits. The detached, brick kitchen would have been in full use.

The old brick kitchen still graces the property, but now an updated kitchen inside the 2,979-square-foot main house opens to a breakfast nook and light-filled family room. The new kitchen also has access to a large back patio with an in-ground swimming pool to the left – a plan that allows many guests to enjoy parties at this house. A combination of wrought-iron and wood privacy fencing along with mature trees and shrubbery makes most of the grounds an oasis sheltered from the public eye.

The kitchen has top-of-the line, stainless steel appliances, a gas cooktop and farmhouse sink basin. There is ample storage in the tall, glass-door wall cabinets. Recessed ceiling lights and under-cabinet lights

A swinging door from the kitchen leads to a formal dining room whose heart pine floors gleam in light from a wall of double-hung windows and French doors that lead to the living room. A built-in window seat is the perfect place to hide table leaves, books, blankets, office equipment or hobbies.

The spacious dining room opens to a formal living room with crown moldings, beadboard ceiling and brick fireplace. A long front entry of heart pine floors and beadboard ceilings sets the tone for visitors. The stairwell to the second floor bedrooms has oak newel and banister. Decorating these inviting spaces for any holiday would be easy.

The house has three bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The master bedroom suite is on the main floor and has a separate sitting area (or desk/work area). The master bath has both a large, glass-enclosed shower and an oversized bathtub. The updated look is completed with patterned tile floors and granite counters on modern cabinetry supporting double vanities. The two upstairs bedrooms are large and have several closets for storage. Each bedroom has its own bath.

In addition to the detached brick kitchen, there are several other outbuildings: gardening shed, garage/workshop and guest house. The guesthouse needs some updating, but is a perfect place for teens or out-of-town guests as it has its own kitchenette, bath, living area and bedroom spaces. Guest house has been painted, including the front porch. And this charming little getaway has a new roof.

Children living in this house would attend Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools: Carrboro Elementary, McDougle Middle School and Chapel Hill High School.

This property is being offered at $899,000 by Re/Max Winning Edge listing agents Laura Zimmerman Whayne and Lynne Zimmerman who can be reached at 919-740-3981 or 919-883-7035, respectively. To see more photos of the property, go to and type in the address: 213 Hillsborough Rd., Carrboro.

To suggest your home or neighborhood be featured in this section, contact Sally Keeney at or 919-932-0879.

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