Updated mid-century modern ‘masterpiece moldings’ in Chapel Hill


A mid-century “masterpiece” has been renovated at 2312 Honeysuckle Court in Chapel Hill.

It’s newly listed now and, judging by the hundreds of views and saves on Zillow (and its pending updated status), it’s a catch-it-before-you-miss-it kind of thing.

“Words simply cannot do this home justice,” agent Jaye Kreller said in the ad.

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Built in 1969, the 3,281-square-foot, two-story home is located in Chapel Hill’s historic Lake Forest neighborhood.

Designed by mid-century modern architects Sumner Winn and Jon Condoret in Chapel Hill, it is nestled in the woods. Also known as the residence of Hal and Jo Fallon, it sits on 1.1 hectares of land at the end of a cul-de-sac.

2312 Honeysuckle Court in Chapel Hill Zillow

From the street it’s almost indistinguishable: a mix of red brick and thin plywood siding, freshly painted Sherwin Williams-Riverway green, sliding into the surrounding foliage. A wraparound porch gives the illusion of hanging out among the trees.

But when you step inside, past the shocking red front door, it’s an ode to mid-century modern living: a split-level entry, cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, a wall of glass windows.

Although it has been overhauled with the latest appliances and finishes, the “architectural vision remains completely intact,” said Kreller, a broker with Carrboro-based Inhabit Real Estate.

Even the brand new geometric wallpaper in the living room is a nod to the past.

But it’s not cheap. The five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms are listed for $1.2 million, or about $366 per square foot. Homeowner association fees are approximately $540 annually.

It last sold in 2009 for $420,000, records show.

2312 Honeysuckle Court in Chapel Hill Zillow
2312 Honeysuckle Court in Chapel Hill Zillow
2312 Honeysuckle Court in Chapel Hill Zillow
2312 Honeysuckle Court in Chapel Hill Zillow

“Some people get to live in a beautiful house, and some people get to live in a work of art,” Kreller said.

An extra advantage: the great location.

The neighborhood is around Eastwood Lake and hiking trails. It is approximately a seven-minute drive to Village Plaza (Whole Foods, Jersey Mike’s, PTA Thrift Shop) and Eastgate Mall (Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Bruegger’s Bagels, The Loop) and the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Many homes in the area, built in the 1950s, have undergone renovations and additions. Several have been demolished and rebuilt. The plots vary from 0.3 to 1.7 hectares. Homes typically sell from the mid-$400,000s to more than $800,000. Eastwood Lake privileges are included in an annual fee.

Only serious buyers need to register. The offer had a strict deadline: offers had to be submitted by Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m

Less than 11 days on the market, the home is listed as ‘pending’. Not bad in a sluggish market where houses stay on the market longer with high mortgage rates.

In April, the median price (at the midpoint) for a single-family home in Chapel Hill was $548,000, according to Redfin. That is a decrease of 24.4% year on year.

On average, Chapel Hill homes sell after 11 days on the market, compared to 34 days last year.

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Chantal Allam covers real estate for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. She writes about commercial and residential real estate, covering everything from deals, expansions and relocations to major trends and events. She had previously covered the Triangle technology sector and was a journalist on three continents.