A ’70s North Carolina Home With Towering Windows Lists for the First Time in a Half Century

On the market for $1,650,000, the wood-and-glass house by Sumner Winn shows off some of the regionally revered architect’s signature moves.
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Property Details:  

Location: 2617 Meacham Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Price: $1,650,000

Year Built: 1970

Architect: Sumner Winn

Footprint: 2,962 square feet (four bedrooms, three baths)

Lot size: 27.01 acres

From the agent: "Architecturally significant Sumner Winn–designed home. First time on the market in over 50 years. Noteworthy modernist details including large glass areas, an impressive brick fireplace, brick floors, wood walls, concealed gutters, and extensive built-ins. Set on an exceptional 27-acre wooded lot with dramatic views and a delightful stream. Expansive porch and outdoor living areas including a former grass tennis court. A vintage, undisturbed midcentury-modern design awaiting your vision."

Late architect Sumner Winn built the wood-and-glass residence at 2617 Meacham Road in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1970. Winn, who was born in Massachusetts and studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, moved to Chapel Hill around 1960 and worked at local firms until he established his own practice in 1973.

Winn was known for designing houses with impressive corner windows, brick fireplaces, and extended post-and-beam eaves. These original details have been carefully preserved throughout the 2,692-square-foot home.

A full-height brick fireplace anchors the living room near a built-in seating area with open shelving above.

The wood, glass, and brick palette continues into the kitchen, where a wall of windows below the vaulted ceiling brings in views of the woodland lot.

In another room, a built-in sofa with overhead shelving echoes the seating area in the main living space. One of the walls is lined with wooden cabinets situated below the wood-framed windows.

In total, the 1970s residence includes four bedrooms and three baths.

The North Carolina home opens to an expansive porch and includes multiple outdoor gathering areas across the roughly 27-acre lot.

2617 Meacham Road in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is currently listed for $1,650,000 by Tom Heffner of Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty.


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