Home & Garden Tour

Plaza Midwood Home & Garden Tour 2024



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Friday, May 3rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. & Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Plaza Midwood is buzzing with excitement as we gear up for the highly anticipated annual Home and Garden Tour! Following last year's unprecedented sellout success, we're anticipating another spectacular event. While a limited number of same-day tickets may be available at The Vine Church, we strongly advise purchasing your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment in case of an early sellout. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!
 
This year's home tour promises a diverse array of attractions, with the spotlight shining brightly on the historic Shaw Estate post-renovation. Many of you may fondly recall its pre-renovation debut on the tour back in 2021! From a meticulously small, renovated bungalow to sprawling mid-century style residence, we have a captivating mix of old and new awaiting your exploration. But the excitement doesn't end there. Prepare to be enthralled by a variety of unique highlights, ranging from a speakeasy to a customized camper van and even a couple of cool spiral staircases.
 
Just like in previous years, several tour locations will enliven your taste buds with delectable food and drink samples from our beloved local businesses. Plus, Charlotte Joy Rides will be generously offering electric bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis, available at The Vine Church. We extend our gratitude to our title sponsor, Jeff King of Savvy & Co, whose unwavering support has been instrumental in making this event possible.
 
Notes:
1. This is a "Rain or Shine" event. No refunds will be given due to weather.
2. Sponsors may not be at the home on both days, details still being finalized.
3. Please email hometour@plazamidwood.org with any questions.

 

Click here to see the 2024 tour locations!

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2023 Home & Garden Tour Map - Recommended Bike Route

A wonderful way to explore Plaza Midwood is by walking and biking. Use this route with the 'Ride with GPS' app to easily navigate your way! Taking this slower approach to touring allows guests to soak in all the unique architecture and lovely curb appeal throughout the neighborhood. Plus, it's better for the environment and it's just plain FUN!  If you don't have your own bike, Joy Rides will be providing free electric bikes to ticket holders on a first-come basis from the ticket table at The Vine Church (2101 Belvedere Ave). Or take advantage of the "Park & Walk" lot at the Holy Trinity Church (1900 The Plaza), located near many of the tour locations.


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Purchasing & Picking Up Your Tickets

Tickets for the Home Tour are priced at $35, with a special 10% discount for PMNA members purchasing online during the pre-sale period. Tickets are limited to 1,500 and we SOLD OUT last year. We encourage you to secure your tickets early by purchasing online or visiting Moxie Mercantile starting April 27th.

How do I purchase tickets online and pick them up?

Purchase in advance using the GET TICKETS button above. PMNA members can sign in to receive a 10% discount. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the ticket table on the days of the event. Be sure to save your confirmation email just in case. Online sales will close at 10pm EST on Thursday night before the tour.

Pickup your tickets at Moxie Mercantile from April 22nd to May 2nd OR at during the event at the ticket table located in front of The Vine Church at 2101 Belvedere Ave. The ticket table will be open during event hours on Friday and Saturday, until all tickets are picked up or sold. 

How do I purchase tickets in person?

Purchase in person from April 22nd to May 2nd at Moxie Mercantile. If any tickets are remaining, you can also purchase on the days of the event at the ticket table for $35. No PMNA discount available when purchasing in person. The ticket table is located in front of The Vine Church at 2101 Belvedere Ave and will be open during event hours until all tickets are picked up or sold.

 

 

Home Tour/Midwood Maynia 2023 T-Shirt Art

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Design generously created by neighbor Melissa Scrhopp

2020 Winter Street | Home & Guest Cottage of Hamilton and Milly Cort


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In 1945, the original owner of 2020 Winter Street began a project in the waning days of World War II. Notes in the deed refer to the structure as a garage apartment and an intent to build a primary residence “after building restrictions” had been lifted. Time passed however, and the concrete and brick garage apartment was adapted as a primary residence and eventually a rental property. The Corts have enjoyed the experience of meeting several of the former residents, learning about its history and ultimately finishing the project of the original builder by building a primary structure and converting the home back into a garage in 2021 – a mere 76 years after the project began. The building of the new house was a labor of love for the Corts who have lived on the street since 2006. While content in their small bungalow, a growing family, a desire to do more entertaining and passion to create something new compelled them to make the move four houses down Winter. The bright open space on the first floor with an adjacent porch has been a fun place to welcome family, friends and neighbors. They’re excited to share their home with neighbors and attendees.

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2600 Belvedere Avenue | Home of Camden Rouben and Amelia Joy Nuwer
Sponsored by Substrate Wine & Vermouth and The Improper Pig (both coming soon to the Plaza Midwood area!)

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Camden and Amelia welcome you to their home, a 1940s cottage designed by Stratton O. Hammon. A native Kentuckian architect, Hammon set high standards for residential architecture in his home state (Camden’s also) of Kentucky and across the country, including here in Charlotte. Hammon was a member of the Colonial Revival movement and an unapologetic traditionalist, eclectically and artfully adapting historic forms to contemporary use.

Hammon’s original blueprints for 2600 Belvedere can be seen fondly on display in the entryway hall. The builders of the home picked the plans from a New York based magazine, McCall’s, as was popular during the time of catalog home shopping. The preservation and renovations of the home through the years has created a unique floor plan which includes a wrought iron balcony and spiral staircase added in the 1980s, and the transformation of the original motor and coal rooms into an elevated contemporary living room in 2016.

Camden and Amelia fell in love with the quaint cottage at first sight and purchased it in 2021. Home shopping during the COVID pandemic was challenging, but the couple set their sights on the Plaza Midwood neighborhood after moving to Charlotte in 2020. They hit the ground running with interior design and renovation projects adding a greenhouse for their pet tortoise and cactus collection; bathrooms outfitted with funky wallpaper; and the creation of pollinator-friendly landscaping. The house is also haunted, we mean occupied, by two black cats, Uno and Dos. Keep on the lookout for future projects as the couple are currently underway with plans to build a detached garage designed by Alter Architects, a Charlotte based boutique design firm.


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2400 Mecklenburg Avenue | The Knowlton-Shaw House
Sponsored by The Salins Group
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The stately Colonial Revival mansion situated at the corner of Mecklenburg and Matheson Avenues, renowned as the Knowlton-Shaw House, was originally the residence of James Wolcott Knowlton and his wife Marie. Constructed in 1928, it exuded elegance and dignity from its inception. James, a Duke Power executive, and Marie were leaders in both business and the arts in Charlotte at the time. Victor and Elsie Shaw purchased the home in 1944. Victor Shaw served as mayor of Charlotte; though only for one term, it proved pivotal in the city’s history. Shaw was instrumental in the building of the country’s first domed coliseum designed by noted architect AG Odell, Jr., now known as Bojangle’s Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium. In December 2018, Charlotte’s Historic Landmarks Commission and Preserve Mecklenburg, with invaluable assistance from Plaza Midwood’s Ben Collins of the Salins Group, found a buyer for the property, saving it from demolition. The Terranova Group purchased the site in February 2020 and agreed to a preservation easement ensuring the house’s conservation.


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3309 Knowlton Lane | Home of Stephen and Kimberlee Stansbery
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This 2022 new construction by the Salins Group is one of eight cottages nestled behind the historic Knowlton-Shaw Home currently under renovation (also on tour) which fronts Mecklenburg Avenue. For many, this development has been a site of curiosity leaving some wondering how the attached-style homes could be introduced while respecting the fabric of the surrounding neighborhood. Under the watchful eye of Preserve Mecklenburg, Terra Nova and the Salins Group found their inspiration from the formal English-style garden located behind the Knowlton-Shaw home that would become the center courtyard for the Knowlton Cottages. With homes facing the interior, the new cottages experience an intimate setting of privacy combined with a sense of community. Having lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade, the Stansbery’s had been looking for a high-quality maintenance-free setting. The Knowlton Cottages offered them a unique opportunity to upsize but with the convenience of downsizing. The interior successfully blends old world details and modern aesthetics to create a home that is always described as warm and welcoming.


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2547 Country Club Lane | Home of Ellen Kelly

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Realtor Ellen Kelly is an expert at transforming houses into homes—you might even call it her passion. Ellen settled in Plaza Midwood in 2013; this is the fourth location she has called home in PM. After living in the house for a short time, Ellen decided to double its size and began construction. Only the secondary bedrooms were retained from the original structure; they were enhanced with larger windows to give the illusion of more space and an en suite was added to one of the bedrooms. She expanded the home from a two bed/two bath to a three bed/three and ½ bath layout. Ellen’s design expertise shows in the bold and purposeful choices  throughout. The renovation, infused with the Midcentury aesthetic, was completed early in 2024. An avid art collector, Ellen has curated here favorites to fill every corner of the home. From colorful antique Persian rugs scattered throughout, to striking statement paintings and sculptural light fixtures, the art seamlessly integrates into the living space. Ellen’s commitment to supporting local artisans shines in the details: custom Moroccan tile in the kitchen by Marrakech  Connection/Zellige Tile Studio, plaster kitchen range crafted by Polly Dolittle and bespoke window treatments by Lois Plowman/Devereaux Designs.

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2036 Tippah Avenue | Garden of Udo Robitsch and Lisa Springer
Sponsored by milkbread (Saturday morning only), Arts Plus, and the Holt School of Fine Art
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Lisa and Udo have lived in Plaza Midwood since 2000. Lisa grew up in Charlotte not far from their current home, then moved to Germany for eight years to live with Udo, a German native. While there, Lisa was inspired by the lovely gardens rich with flowers. After moving back to the US in 1999, they wanted to buy a home where they could cultivate their own garden. Bit by bit, they have worked together to transform the “nandina plantation” into their version of paradise. Lisa and Udo love the creative process of designing the beds and nurturing their growth and maturation. For the past two years they have enjoyed the creative assistance of Heather Alexander, owner of Lunar Landscaping. Heather opened up the backyard further and created enchanted areas like “Lovers Lane” and “Puppy Paradise”—all areas beautifully illuminated by extensive landscaping lights. They love Plaza Midwood because of all the friendly neighbors, dogs, and beautiful gardens throughout the neighborhood. If you happen to pass by the house, Udo is quick to offer you a cutting or seedling. Udo and Lisa are also loyal supporters of the Community Garden in Midwood Park.

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2001 The Plaza | Home & Garden of Chris Ellan and Rachel Demeter
Sponsored by Crown Town Compost and The Windfield Group w/ Compass Real Estate
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Longtime residents of Plaza Midwood, Chris and Rachel were looking for more space during the pandemic and happily fell into the opportunity of a lifetime to renovate and move into 2001 The Plaza. The home has no shortage of stories and history and it was important to them to keep the traditional feel of the home while adding modern touches. Taking it down to the studs, they reconfigured the original layout to make it more open and functional. Reminiscent of the year it was built—1925, they chose deco-inspired color and pattern for their design. While Rachel took the reins inside, the backyard space is Chris’ pride and joy with a custom garage space for all his “toys.” The entire project took nearly two years and as with most construction during the pandemic, things got delayed —and delayed again, even prompting them to move in with friends for several months. But they are thrilled with the results and look forward to showing off their labor-of-love project to friends and neighbors.

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1525 Thomas Avenue | Home & Van of Chris Braund and Karen Van Sickler
Sponsored by The Culture Shop
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When Karen and Chris first saw this home in 2008, it was love at first sight. Since then, they have enjoyed updating and improving the property, staying true to many of the Arts and Crafts elements of this 1924 bungalow, but also accommodating a more modern lifestyle. The exposed rafter ends, bay front window, cozy front porch, and field-stone foundation and chimney are all original elements. Renovation work has carefully restored the original wood windows and wavy glass, and wherever windows were added, they were custom-built to match originals. Previous homeowners expanded the home to around 2,000 square feet by adding a bedroom and sunroom, providing a good foundation for a recent major update within the existing footprint. A center hall was removed, the kitchen expanded and an awkward space was repurposed between the kitchen and sunroom – allowing a peek into the side garden. Great care has been taken to replicate original elements in the renovations. The screened porch leads out back to a deck, stone patio, workshop and potting shed retreat. Fun Fact: Also available to tour is Karen and Chris’ pandemic project that started as an empty cargo van. They customized it by hand, installing insulation, electronics, walls/floor/ceiling, plumbing, beds and cabinetry.

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1421 Pecan Avenue | Home & Garden of Paul and Emily Zarbatany

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Paul originally bought this 1930 traditional four-square house as rental property over twenty years ago. Soon after, in 2001, he developed the adjacent lots as two quadraplexes housing eight condos. In 2009, he and Emily moved in with their 18-month-old son and welcomed a daughter in 2013. Over the years they have renovated extensively, including a bedroom/den conversion in 2019, complete redesign of both the kitchen and powder room in 2020—and the addition of a pool in 2022. Fun Fact: One of the home’s early owners, Jack Cameron, owned and operated a sign shop from the basement in the 1950s. Second to his love of signs and art was baseball. He is credited with inventing a modern-style padded baseball glove as a result of his tinkering. According to The Charlotte News in September 1954, “Jack Cameron was celebrated for his important contribution to the sport of baseball.” Paul named the condominiums next door “The Cameron” in Jack’s honor and memory.

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1405 The Plaza | Home of Rodney Hines and Mark Puckett
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Mark and Rodney have lived in the area for 12 years and fell in love with this little gem, purchasing it in 2020. Located in the heart of Midwood’s Historic District, the streetscape begins with a picket fence that perfectly frames this pristine 1930’s bungalow. One of the owner’s favorite things to say when describing their home is, “We live in the little yellow house with the white picket fence.” A 2015 restoration combines historic charm and trendy amenities in the 1300 square foot home. As you step inside, the open floor plan is a blend of old and new with refreshed architectural details. The dining area has loads of windows and leads into the designer kitchen featuring custom cabinets, quartz countertops along with a chefs’ island. The owners’ suite features an oversized bath with custom tile work, a double headed walk-in shower and huge walk-in closet. Further extending the living space is a large, screened porch with a tongue and groove vaulted ceiling, perfect for the temperate North Carolina weather.

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1833 Sprague Avenue | Home & Garden of Dennis and Negar Iskra
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Dennis and Negar, both architects, met in San Francisco where they truly enjoyed the eclectic scene the city offered and relished their small home which included a serene backyard and a hidden wine cellar and speakeasy. When opportunity brought them to Charlotte in 2017, they intentionally sought a neighborhood with a similar vibe, and a home with opportunities to recreate both features. Plaza Midwood was their only choice. Thanks to a very patient realtor, some diligent homework, and a bit of luck, they found their bungalow on Sprague Avenue—where they saw an opportunity to recreate some of what they left behind. The home was live-in ready—at least on the inside. The backyard, however, was steeply sloped and impossible to maintain, or enjoy. And, the crawlspace, though surprisingly tall, was the typical PM dirt surface. That’s where the adventure began. After many, many truckloads of fill and rock, the backyard was transformed into a retreat, complete with a putting green and bocce court. The crawlspace was expanded, now featuring a small wine cellar room. With these changes, and many thoughtful design touches, the original house was transformed into a home designed for the enjoyment of friends and great company.

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Thank you to our Gold Sponsors!

GOLD Sponsors will be at the homes during the tour:
Munson Realty Group • Birdsong Brewing Co. • High Cotton Home Co. • Cold Hearted Gelato • The Bohemian: A Wine Bar • Marrakech Connection • Haraz Coffeehouse • Improper Pig • Substrate Wine & Vermouth • Crown Town Landscapes • The Winfield Group with Compass Real Estate • Table & Twine • Moxie Mercantile • The Salins Group • The Culture Shop • milkbread • The Holt School of Fine Art • Arts+ • Southern Strain Brewing Company • Midwood Coffee Roasters • Pizza Baby

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