Sep 27, 2020 - Real Estate

Home tour: Former SouthPark Magazine editor says goodbye to Plaza Midwood bungalow

1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland exterior

1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland exterior

Former SouthPark Magazine editor Sarah Crosland listed her three-bed bungalow last week, asking $549,900. The house went on the market Saturday morning and Crosland got an offer by Sunday night.

Given its location and price point — and Charlotte’s market — it’s not surprising this stylish bungalow went under contract so quickly.

Crosland moved into the home in 2009, and though she’s made some aesthetic changes, it still has its 1940 old-school charm.

“I loved Plaza Midwood’s old bungalows and tree-lined streets,” Crosland said of what originally drew her to the home more than a decade ago.

Though some of her favorite spots, like Soul Gastrolounge and Undercurrent Coffee, are within walking distance of the bungalow, she decided to move just a little outside of Charlotte.

“I wanted to try something different and fell in love with a spot in Belmont (the town, not the neighborhood),” she said.

At 1,340 square feet the Plaza Midwood bungalow has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

The house: The bungalow was built in the 1940s, and its historical appeal has been preserved with touches like glass doorknobs and the original moldings. It got its major update in 2006; the owners at the time created a larger kitchen, deck, and owner’s suite.

Most of the updates Crosland’s made have been cosmetic, given the house had a major reno just a few years prior to her moving in. But she did instal hardwoods throughout.

Crosland describes her style as “boho-chic-meets-cottage,” and it translates beautifully through her choice of artwork, textiles, and furnishings. You’ll see relaxed silhouettes, shades of blue and pink, and carefully curated pieces of art and accessories.

1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland porch
Everything about the porch has me swooning: the narrow plank Robin’s Egg blue ceiling; the lush greenery; the punchy front door; and the perfect amount of space for some lounge furniture.
1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland living room
1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland dining room

Best spot in the house: Just off the kitchen there’s a breakfast nook. It was designed for a kitchen table, but Crosland opted for a loveseat and made it more of a cozy sitting room, with lots of colors drenched in sunlight.

“It’s such a cheerful spot for me to have coffee in the mornings,” she said. Friends also like to kick back and chat there while Crosland cooks dinner.

1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland kitchen
1704 Fulton Ave Sarah Crosland nook
The best seat in the house, this is where Crosland sips coffee each morning (or cocktail/wine in the evening). This is technically a dining nook, but I love the idea of a cozy sitting room.
1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland bedroom 2
1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland bedroom
The house still has its original moldings and glass door knobs which bring out its 1940s charm. Crosland decorated in a warm, cozy boho style, but the traditional architecture can complement any style.

Raise the coop: In addition to putting in wood flooring, Crosland also transformed the shed in the backyard to an outdoor living space.

The space is original to the home and has been anything from a garage to a chicken coop. Crosland elevated it quite a bit, adding a new roof and updating its entire structure.

The interior has white shiplap walls and a pitched roof with painted beams. The multi-purpose space could be anything from an outdoor living room with a TV and lounge seating to an artist’s studio.

1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland fire pit
1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland shed
Crosland fully renovated this former shed/chicken coop. It’s now a true outdoor living area.
1704 Fulton Ave. Sarah Crosland back
The backyard has a fire pit area, stone patio, and a wood deck. It’s fenced in and a manageable size.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Crosland. This one’s off the market, but if you’re looking for your dream house check out our weekly Hot Homes roundup. Have an interesting home you’d like us to feature? Email [email protected].


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