Estate in Chapel Hill’s Historic District Available for $4.7 Million

March 24, 2022
620 E. Frankin St., Chapel Hill, N.C.

An entertainer’s dream, this southern classic home has gardens, a wine cellar, caterer’s kitchen and more.

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to own this stunning estate in beautiful and sought-after historic Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Located at 620 E. Franklin Street, this nearly 9500 square foot home on over an acre, the property is conveniently situated adjacent to the University of North Carolina’s campus. The three-bedroom residence with four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms is listed with Viki Pace-Morris in Fonville Morisey’s Chapel Hill office and is offered for $4.7M.

“If location is important, there’s no better place than this world-class masterpiece in the heart of the prestigious historic district of Chapel Hill,” said Pace-Morris. “Adjacent to the UNC campus, this classic southern beauty has been renovated with extraordinary attention to detail – from the gardens to the wine cellar – it’s an entertainer’s dream.”

Built in 1908, the home has been lovingly maintained and updated with every modern convenience. Ornate front gates open to a wide brick walkway leading to the welcoming covered front porch – ideal for enjoying a cold lemonade on a warm summer day. There is ample parking on the side of the home in the large, paved motor court and in the three-car garage, which is unusual for Chapel Hill’s historic district.

Greet your guests in style in the elegant, spacious foyer with enticing views of the first-floor formal rooms. Your dinner parties and family celebrations will be remembered in the large dining room under the double crystal chandeliers. Serve drinks before dinner from the wet bar with a beverage chiller.

A feminine, light-filled living room is ideal for your grand piano and to enjoy conversation with your guests before dinner. On the other side of the long center hall, you’ll find a masculine living room/library with impeccable, stately millwork, connecting to a billiard room.

The well-equipped kitchen will appeal to the foodie in everyone, featuring a long center island, double ovens, warming drawers, dishwashers and sinks. The kitchen is open to an expansive informal dining area with a coffered ceiling and flooded with natural sunlight from its large bay window seating area and French doors leading to the garden. Beyond the informal dining area is the sunroom with built-in bookcases and a long window seat – ideal for relaxing with a good book.

The carved staircase leading to the second level is a work of art and truly makes a statement in the center of the home.  Upstairs, you’ll find a spacious office with built-in cabinetry to enjoy some quiet time or to work remotely.  On this level, there are two comfortable ensuite bedrooms with sitting rooms. The owner’s suite has two large custom closets – one with masculine woodwork and another feminine one including a dedicated shoe closet and a section of the closet designed to house evening gowns. A laundry room is also located on this level with two washers and dryers.

On the third floor you’ll find an exercise room with lots of natural light from its skylights. The ensuite bathroom features a regular shower, as well as a steam shower.

The lower level has an office, laundry room and is perfect for the wine connoisseur with its magnificent wine cellar and wine tasting room. Brick walls and tile flooring invoke the feeling of sipping wine in Tuscany. It will be easy for your catering team to prepare impressive feasts for your next party in the caterer’s kitchen, equipped with an ice maker, multiple ovens, refrigerators (including one dedicated to chill fresh flowers for entertaining) and plenty of counter space. An elevator transports food from the catering kitchen to the first and second levels of the home.

In warm weather, open French doors from rooms at the back of the house to extend your party to the terrace overlooking the yard’s exquisite landscape design, including a trellis and fountain. As a certified wildlife habitat, the gorgeous garden has been designed with plantings to encourage birds and other wildlife to the property – without the use of pesticides. Typical of southern homes, colorful magnolia and crepe myrtle trees adorn the property.

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