Historic North Carolina home for sale after loving owner passes away

A historic century-old home in Monroe is up for sale, months after the death of the businesswoman who spent a decade lovingly preserving the two-story colonial.

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Rooms include chandeliers, green stained glass, and artwork. Therese Custis VHT-Studios

Gail Young Marshall, who founded Auctions by Marshall in 1981, bought the house at 903 W. Franklin St. in 2011 and immediately began its restoration, realtor Carolyn Tibbetts of Coldwell Banker Realty told the Charlotte Observer in a recent interview.

Tibbetts manages the $600,000 sale of the home by Marshall’s estate.

The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Marshall opened the house to visitors on a local home tour, Tibbetts said.

The house was built in 1919 for CC Stokes, Secretary-Treasurer of Icemorlee Cotton Mills.

The 4,149-square-foot home sits on a half-acre wooded corner lot and has six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and one partial bathroom.

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Grand Oaks has six bedrooms. Therese Custis VHT-Studios

Marshall named the Grand Oaks house after the oak trees in its 0.54 acres. “She loved the oak trees,” Tibbetts said.

She added several porches and chairs in her yard and enjoyed seeing all the bees and hummingbirds there, according to the real estate agent.

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The late Gail Young Marshall placed several porches and chairs in her yard. She loved seeing all the bees and hummingbirds on her wooded property. Therese Custis VHT-Studios

Marshall also loved antiques and decorated his home with them, Tibbetts said. Tibetan temple doors adorn the entrances to the living room, dining room and study, according to his listing.

Every room in the house has chandeliers and stained glass and doors. Marshall added the 37 green stained glass windows with diamond inserts.

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Therese Custis VHT-Studios

Marshall retained the home’s original 9-foot coffered ceilings and hardwood floors, as well as the original clawfoot tub.

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Other features include cork flooring and solid cherry countertops in the kitchen, as well as a bright solarium that overlooks the side gardens.

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The Grand Oaks kitchen has cork flooring and solid cherry countertops. Therese Custis VHT-Studios

The house also has a marble fireplace; sculptures and art; a master suite on the first floor; and a large dining room with a bay window.

The bedrooms let in plenty of sunlight and have views of the gardens and woods outside.

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The late Gail Young Marshall restored the house she called Grand Oaks to bring in sunlight and provide views of the gardens and woods outside. Therese Custis VHT-Studios

A two-story guesthouse on the property features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a kitchenette, two separate living areas, and a two-car garage.

“The house is as unique as the woman who bought it,” Tibbetts said. “She was an auctioneer, estate agent, artist and successful business owner. She combined these talents to bring the house to its current state.

Marshall created most of the carvings for the house and sourced period materials for trim and other upgrades, according to the agent.

“She put her heart and soul into the house,” Tibbetts said.

This story was originally published September 3, 2022 3:50 p.m.

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