Uncommon Offering: Mix of new construction and remodeled homes transforms neighborhood

Homeseeker Image By Cindy Hodnett - Homeplace Writer

For many years, the landscape of Winston-Salem's "south side" has remained relatively unchanged. If you travel down Highway 150 into Davidson County, you'll see that residential building has increased, but around the Clemmonsville Road area, things look much as they did 40 or 50 years ago. However, an industrious local builder has dramatically changed the appearance of one south-side community on Thompson Drive. With an unusual perspective on affordable starter homes, Tony Krofchik has recreated a familiar landscape and is breathing new life into an established development.

"There was a time in the not-so- distant past that we remembered Thompson Drive in a different way," said Linda Abrams of Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors. "When you visit Thompson Drive today, you'll see how the scene has changed. There used to be a few older houses sitting on larger-than-normal tracts of land. Now, you'll find those same few houses remodeled and sitting beside newly constructed homes. Thompson Drive now has the ambiance and character of the old and the new."

Abrams says Krofchik wanted to enhance Thompson Drive and build nice, affordable homes. Adding that Krofchik has a "soft spot for people who can't buy a lot of house," Abrams says the builder honors the tradition of the surrounding community. "The renovation of the older homes has been done with attention given to preserving the age-old charm while also giving each house the conveniences of today. Whenever possible, the unique nostalgic charm has been unspoiled by restoration."

A 1930s farmhouse on Thompson Drive was restored to its former glory and also improved for future generations. Eight-inch baseboards, bead-board ceilings and a graceful front porch adorn a four-bedroom, two-bath home that is perfect for a family or empty-nesters. The home is under contract, but it was inspiration for construction in the community.

Krofchik built two more farmhouses for Thompson Drive after remodeling the existing original. At 1635 Thompson Drive, a three-bedroom, two-bath two-story has an open floor plan on the main level. Nearby at 1627 Thompson Drive, the airy design is repeated, allowing family members to easily retreat upstairs at the end of the day without disturbing household activity. The home at 1635 Thompson Drive lists for $114,900, and 1627 Thompson lists for $115,500.

A rear deck overlooks the wooded backyard and adjacent creek at 1720 Thompson Drive. In this cozy two-story, a roomy interior complements a rocking-chair front porch. Three bedrooms provide ample space for children or guests. This property lists for $109,900.

All of the houses on Thompson Drive will be open today from 1 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and Abrams will be on site to answer questions.

"These bright, open floor plans provide all the necessities," Abrams said. "The homes, renovated or new, have already attracted first-time home buyers, singles and those just looking for that comfort level in a house that's close to their work, play or shopping."

To see the homes on Thompson Drive this afternoon, take Highway 150 (Peters Creek Parkway) to the Clemmonsville Road exit; turn right on Clemmonsville Road and then left at the first light on Old Salisbury Road; continue about ½ mile to Thompson Drive on the right. For more information, call Linda Abrams at (336) 761-5932 or go to www.cbtriad. com/linda.
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