There isn’t a bigger name in post war real estate development in Charlotte than Crosland. Recently, Crosland has developed notable Charlotte area projects like Birkdale Village, Alpha Mill Apartments, Blakeney, and Sharon Corners. However, back in the 1940’s and the decades that followed, John Crosland developed popular neighborhoods like Beverly Woods, Beverly Woods East, Governor’s Square, Rock Bridge, Clanton Park, Fairmeadows, Foxcroft East and Seneca Park. By 1961, 10% of all new homes that year were built by Crosland; making him the area’s second largest home builder.
Before selling the single family homebuilding division off to Centex Homes in 1987, John Crosland Sr had constructed more than 13,000 homes across Charlotte. Additionally, the Crosland multifamily division constructed more than 20,000 units across the Southeast.
In 1951, John Crosland Sr. constructed one of the most iconic homes outside the current entrance to Charlotte Country Club at 3021 Belvedere Ave. While today, the area is marketed as Plaza Midwood, in truth, this neighborhood was developed in the early 20th century as Club Acres. As Charlotte Country Club was the first country club in Charlotte (ahead of Myers Park Country Club), Club Acres became the place to be among Charlotte’s Who’s Who of the day. The radio station WBT was founded in a chicken coop in Fred Laxton’s yard (it was torn down to make way for a new entrance to the club). Other notables included Charles Crutchfield, William Tate, and even Victor Shaw, the mayor of Charlotte from 1949 to 1953. Victor Shaw’s most notable contributions were the expansion of Independence Blvd, the planning of the Charlotte Coliseum (Bojangles Arena – the largest steel dome structure in the world upon it’s completion) and Ovens Auditorium.
Crosland’s house was designed by draftsman Warren Mobley, an associate of architect Thomas C. Richenbaker. The home was designed with inspiration of the Charlotte Country club with it’s recessed portico, slender 2 story columns, and whitewashed brick.
In 2010, the current owners purchased the 3,720 sq. ft. home for $727,000 and today, nearly 600 sq. ft. larger, this property is being offered for $1,695,000.
As the listing photos detail, the current owners appear to have spared no expense in updating the property complete with a “cook’s kitchen”, saltwater heated pool, a heated carriage house; all the while maintaining Warren Mobley’s original design.
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