With the bust in the housing market, there are a lot of deals to be had for someone wanting to purchase a home. A “house raffle” in Davie County is perhaps the sweetest of them all.
The Grand Prize of the Cooleemee House Raffle is an historic 3 bedroom mill cottage. Raffle tickets are $100 each. An “Early Bird” drawing will determine the winner of a $1,000 cash prize when 500 tickets are sold.
The Grand Prize drawing will take place in January, 2012 or when 1,000 have been purchased. All ticket sales will be conducted via the Internet through www.cooleemeehouseraffle.com. Official rules are posted there along with “This House Can Talk” history, a brief description of the town and other details about the raffle.
Proceeds to Benefit the Cooleemee Historical Association
“We have two goals for this contest,” says Tony Steele, the organization’s president. “First, this is something our organization can do to help raise the number of owner-occupied historic houses in town. Second, we operate three heritage museums and a unique kids history program. All need financial support.”
Cooleemee ~ A Great Family Friendly Place to Live!
Historical society leaders say they are really looking for a family that wants to own a home—not just win a prize. “We want to attract a good neighbor who likes the idea of living in a traditional community,” says Cooleemee Historical Association Vice-President Joey Shore. “This is a great place to live. That’s why I’ve moved back home.”
The raffle property is located at 105 Joyner Street in this small, former mill town located in the south end of Davie County. The South Yadkin River is only seven blocks away and the community boasts of an 80-acre nature park on its banks. Raffle rules require that the winner (or a member of their immediate family) live in the home for at least three years.
You are Invited to the “Open House” Tour Each Month
An “Open House” allowing those interested to tour the property will be held the last Saturday of every month, from 1-4 p.m.
“This is a walkable community,” says Steele. Every morning and evening, scores of people use ‘foot power’ to walk for exercise, go to the ice cream shop at the local shopping center or visit neighbors. Cooleemee is located about 15 miles from Salisbury and 30 miles from Statesville, Lexington, Mooresville and Winston-Salem.
Cooleemee Journal Office ~ Could be A One Room Bed and Breakfast?
Sitting on the Joyner Street lot, at the corner of Marginal Street, is the historic Cooleemee Journal office. “This place is ideal for an ‘empty nester’ or a family with older children,” says Shore. “That Journal building is nearly 700 square feet and could easily become a home office, a studio or a one-room bed and breakfast,” he added.
For sixty-six years, the weekly newspaper brought local mill employees and their families “the news” Last to live in the house was J.C. “Bud” Sell and his wife, Maxine, who have now both passed away. The Sell family published The Journal until it was purchased by the Salisbury Post after the mill closed in 1969.
Don’t Wait ~ Act Now ~ Good Luck!
Don’t let this unique opportunity slip by. Visit Cooleemee House Raffle on the web today to enter the Cooleemee House Raffle… and “Good luck”!