The home of Cherryville’s first mayor, Melvin Rudisill, is set to be auctioned off next Saturday.
Built in 1890, the two-story Victorian structure features more than 3,300 square feet of living space, six fireplaces, five bedrooms, two baths, a walk-up attic, as well as all the original moldings and woodwork.
Robert Gates, owner of United Country – Gates Real Estate and Auction Group of Lincolnton, will be overseeing the auction, in conjunction with Krista Sands of Keller Williams.
“We think we’ll have a good turnout,” Gates said, adding that he’s hoping for between six and 10 bidders.
The residence, being sold by Penny Buff, was constructed by Rudisill. It was one of two houses he had built for his daughters, with a similar one across the street. The daughter who occupied the other residence went on to become mother of the well-known Cherryville physician, Dr. Forest Houser.
“This home holds a lot of memories for the people of Cherryville,” said Buff in a press release regarding the auction. “It is even rumored that an authentic Revolutionary War rifle is hidden somewhere within the walls of the house. The owner of the house was Julia Hall, daughter of Melvin Rudisill, and her husband. Their son, Herman, had an insurance company; so, they enclosed part of the original wraparound porch for his insurance office.”
Zoned as multi-use for residential or commercial purposes, the property, located at 115 S. Mountain St. in Cherryville, could be renovated into a business, Gates said. It is also already hooked up to city water and sewer.
Buff has had the house listed for a while, he said, and was ready to “accelerate the selling process.”
“It has tremendous potential — it’s a huge house,” he said.
While he noted that the structure was not in “mint condition” and would need some repair and maintenance work done, he highlighted its historical value and great location.
“This auction is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Gates. “This home would make an ideal tea room, or the new owner could restore it to its original glory. It’s not often buyers get the chance to purchase a true historic gem with this much potential and at a fair market-value price only auctions can provide.”
An open house for prospective buyers will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Aug. 3 auction will be held on-site at the residence at 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 10 a.m.
Property details, photos and terms and conditions can be found at GatesAuction.com. United Country – Gates Real Estate and Auction Group can be contacted at (866) 735-1977 or (704) 472-7598 for additional information or property showings.