Annual Meeting – Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association 2/8/2022

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting of the Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association, Tuesday, February 8th, 2022, at 7pm via zoom. Use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88085275898?pwd=MlJhbTJHS3NDYTFZT2JZVDA5UWg5Zz09

Updates from the City (Tamara Sheffield), County (Judy Klusman), Health Department (Alyssa Harris), City/2040 Plan (Alyssa Nelson), and Neighborhood Rules (Theresa Pitner).

Attendees will also be given a copy of the Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association By-Laws with suggested changes included. Neighbors are asked to look these over and attend a meeting scheduled for later in the year to vote.

Want to be a part of the “action”? Let us know if you would like to join our Board of Directors. We meet once a month on a Tuesday evening for about an hour to plan events and share neighborhood news. All residents and community stakeholders are invited to this Annual Meeting.

Caroling – Dec. 23

Join us to sing Carols and Christmas songs to our Fulton Heights neighbors on Thursday December 23 at 6 PM. Meet at Maupin Avenue Presbyterian Church, corner of Fulton and Mitchell. Please be on time. The Trolley will take us, stopping at designated homes. Please wear a mask. Refreshments will be served at the church following. Sponsored by Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association.

Meet your Board Members and Officers

President: Linda Jones- ljheidi600@gmail.com

Vice President: Theresa Pitner-theresapit@hotmail.com

Secretary: Duane Galloway: duane.galloway@rccc.edu

Treasurer: Ellen Kirk: eqkirk1@gmail.com

Board Members:

Randy Foster (Pastor, Maupin Ave Presbyterian)- rdfoster@carolina.rr.com

Geoffrey Hoy- dotgeofhoy@gmail.com

Andrew Pitner- apitner2@yahoo.com

Daphne Safrit- dasfrit@live.com

Starr Shive- starr.vic@gmail.com

Caroline & Mark Stephenson- caroline.g.stephenson@gmail.com

Geof Wilson- gfwilsonv@urbandriftwood.com

Real Estate Report

Submitted by Susanna Hollingsworth:

Fulton Heights current market as of Friday March 19!*

Active listings: O (But one is coming very soon!) 5 CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT INCLUDING ONE ON RIDGE AVENUE (SORT OF AN OUTLIER). SOLD PROPERITES IN THE LAST 180 DAYS &  14 SOLD IN THE LAST 270 DAYS. AVERAGE PPSF=$95.51 WHICH HOLDS TRUE EVEN IF YOU TAKE OUT PINEHURST, FOURTH ST AND 2 ADDITIONAL PRICE OUTLIERS.

THE AVERAGE LISTED PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT IS $98 -BUT WE ARE WAITING TO SEE THE ACTUAL CLOSED SALE PRICES.

Average list price=$178,115

Sold listings in the last 270 days: 13 total-Not counting Pinehurst or Fourth Street recent sales-although they were listed as FH neighborhood.

Average Days on Market: 13- but the median number was 5 days!

Average HLA (Heated Living Area) was 1816sf and the median HLA was about 1611 sf.

Average Sale Price/List price ratio was about 98-99% (normal in this market when the house is priced right!) But this stat will be updated soon due to all the upcoming closings.

We have about 475 houses in central Fulton Heights from Elm Street to Heilig Avenue so our turnover rate is less than 4%. People like to stay here!

As of today the average interest rate on a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.9% and 2.3% on a FRM 15 year loan. Interest rates are slightly on the rise. 

Please call me if you would like to get an accurate CMA (comparative market analysis) on your home and I can give you an expert broker opinion on value. I work hard for all my buyers and sellers to get the best deal, limit your liability, help you work with financially qualified buyers, keep you safe and spare you the hassle of deals gone bad! Plus, I love my neighborhood and live at 219 Mitchell! I am invested in getting great qualified buyers in here and getting property values to remain stable while we work together to keep this historic neighborhood diversified, equitable and inclusive!

Neighborhood Music Teacher is Back in Action!

An Artist in Residence at the Center for Faith and the Arts, Fulton Heights resident Laurie Klaus is excited to put pandemic isolation behind her! Though virtual lessons will still be an option, in-person voice and piano lessons, as well as audition prep coaching, will be offered beginning the week of April 12.

All in-person lessons will be at the Center for Faith and the Arts, on Harrison St. in Salisbury. There are currently limited openings for private lessons and coaching sessions. Laurie continues to monitor changes in CDC guidelines, hoping she will soon be able to safely expand her studio through offering various types of music classes. Information about future classes will be posted on the Center for Faith and the Arts’ Facebook page, as well as on Laurie’s Instagram (pianolauriek).

An award-winning Music Director/Keyboardist known throughout the Piedmont’s theatre community, Laurie specializes in audition preparation for musicals, teaching people to hear pitch and match it, and expand singers’ vocal ranges. She enjoys working with all ages and levels of experience, with current students ranging in age from 5-75. Her piano students’ levels range from beginner to intermediate.

Outside her studio, Laurie is sought out for her skills in teaching and directing vocals, conducting for musicals, and performing as both an accompanist and pit musician. During the pandemic, she was thrilled to be able to music direct Lee St. Theatre’s Fun Home and Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s Head Over Heels. This spring, she will be accompanying a college student for his senior trumpet recital, and music directing Old Courthouse Theatre’s Nunsense, which will be produced in May. 

Past career highlights include contracts with Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, where she conducted instrumental ensembles as they prepared to open the park’s live shows. During their 2013 Christmas Town, she conducted a 16-piece orchestra from the piano for Gloria!, USA Today’s top-rated Christmas Show in Theme Parks for that season. She was honored to be in the pit orchestra for the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s musical, Zelda: An American Love Story, at Flat Rock Playhouse, where she was contracted the following season as a rehearsal pianist for Les Miserables.

For information about rates and available lesson times, Laurie can be contacted at 704-245-2802 (text or call), through Instagram message, or via email at laurieklaus2@gmail.com.

Back to “The Neighborhood”

Submitted by Starr Shive:
In 1973, my husband, Vic and I bought our first house on Mitchell Avenue.  After a lot of work on the house, we had two wonderful sons and enjoyed spending 10 great years in “The Neighborhood”. Lots of friends, sidewalks for strolling, and Eaman Park Pool.  
Vic’s job gave us an opportunity to move to Louisiana.  We had 10 years there and enjoyed a lot of new experiences.  Thankfully, we returned to Salisbury “our real hometown” ,and bought a house in another neighborhood.  
Long story short, our boys grew up, went to college, and got married and had 2 children each.  Sadly, my husband passed away and I stayed in the house for about 3 more years until I decided to scale down.  Lucky for me I found a fixer upper on Wiley Avenue.  After 2 years of tender loving care and much deliberation I bought the house and was back in “The Neighborhood”……where I belong!  
No regrets!  Again I have these wonderful sidewalks, friendly neighbors, and Eaman Park Pool is still there!!