Our Favorite Things

One-of-a-kind 3226 Pickett is a piece of Durham history, and we love the character and quality that comes from a home having stood the test of 85 years. The main part of the house was built by Asa Pickett back in 1935 (our house’s “big brother,” a farmhouse built by Virgil Pickett in the 1880s, is two doors away), and when we remodeled we did our best to restore and preserve the original features: heart pine flooring, plank ceilings, original moldings and trim, textured plaster walls, Art Deco corner cabinet in the master bath, and so much more. When we were home-shopping, we saw lots of poorly built, “cookie cutter” houses. This one stands apart. It’s definitely one-of-a-kind!

Location, location, location – The downside of most farmhouses is, they’re located on farms outside of town! Ours, on the other hand, is perfectly situated: we’re within 2.5 miles of five schools (Hill Center, Durham Academy, Cresset, Trinity, and Forestview Elementary), 1.5 miles from Target, and easy walking distance to running trails. All the connection we need and all the peace and seclusion we want.

Thoughtful design – 3226 Pickett was built back when sites were thoughtfully chosen, and homes weren’t just plunked down on whatever land was cheap and available. The master bedroom is set up to face the sunrise every morning – open the curtains and wake up to the sunshine. We’re on high ground, so we don’t flood. And inside, the home has loads of character you just can’t find in today’s tract houses.

Dog run Drainable synthetic turf looks great and eliminates muddy paws – no more mud tracked through the house! Liquid waste drains through; solid waste rests on top of the surface so it’s easily cleaned. Having a dog run that’s separate from the main backyard also preserves the backyard – no dog poop to accidentally step in while playing with the pups or hosting a BBQ. (Here’s a list of even more reasons this house is perfect for dog-lovers!)

Kitchen and butler’s pantry – Beautiful, functional cooking space with an AGA range that’s a joy to use! We redid the kitchen in classic black and white, and while it was lovely on its own, buying the gloss black-and-chrome French-inspired AGA Elise brought it to the next level. It’s stunning to look at – we love how it enhances the opulent Art Deco feel of other parts of the house – and it’s absolutely incredible (and incredibly fun!) to cook on.  

Light-filled studio space – Banks is an artist, and the guest bedroom on the southwest side of the house gets beautiful natural light, has great views of the backyard, and has easy access to the utility sink. This room would also make a gorgeous home office!

Storage – This house has so much storage: custom kitchen cabinets with ample space, a butler’s pantry, built-ins, large closets in each guest bedroom, a closet in the studio, closet in the back entry/mudroom, closet in the front entry, his-and-hers closets in the master bedroom, and cabinets in the laundry room. Outdoors, there’s plenty of additional storage in the barn, including a workshop that doubles as a space to store our push mowers and other lawn equipment plus a smaller, separate storage area with cabinets; and in the old smokehouse. There’s space to park a riding lawn mower plus two Subaru Outbacks in the barn. (Don’t worry — there’s a turnaround off the driveway so you don’t have to back out onto Pickett Road.)

Want to learn more? Watch our video tour for a virtual walk-through of the house. Or, please reach out to our realtor, Mark Stone, at mark@markstoneproperties.com or 919.451.8049. He’ll be happy to help!

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