803 E. Bragg Street: A 1915 House Gets a Bold New Look That Tests Its Owners’ Nerve

How 803 E. Bragg Street looked when it was listed in August

Older homes that are stripped of their historic character usually aren’t very interesting. It’s increasingly common for renovators to go the cheap route and drain the character from classic homes — installing vinyl siding, replacing original windows with slickly marketed “maintenance-free” ones, tearing out distinctive moldings, doors and floor plans for homogenized blandness.

From the outside, 803 E. Bragg Street in the Asheboro Community was something else again. And that’s putting it mildly. The house lost its historic character, but, for a while at least, it gained an attention-grabbing new look, one that turned out to be too much for even the owners.

Six weeks after putting the house up for sale, the owners withdrew the listing, repainted it in a more conventional way and let it go again.

803 E. Bragg Street, v2.0

It was an interesting experiment! Go big or go home! Actually, there was more going on than the colors. The house was was initially priced at $295,000, far above what any other house in the neighborhood would sell for (now at $250,000, it’s still way above the rest of the block). The owners are from Chapel Hill and may or may not know anything about the local real estate market.

For the record, the house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,379 square feet ($105/square foot). It has been thoroughly renovated.

The house is more distinguished by its history than its colors. From 1969-1997, it was owned by Ezell Blair Sr. and his wife, Corene, parents of Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair Jr.), one of the Greensboro Four.

803 E. Bragg Street
listing withdrawn September 19, 2020
repainted and relisted October 13, 2020

  • $250,000 (originally $295,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,379 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $105
  • Built in 1915
  • Listed August 2, 2020
  • Last sale: $21,000, April 2019
  • Neighborhood: Asheboro Community