Charlotte, NC has many fine homes. For me, this one ranks at the top.
Built in 1951, iconic Hampton Manor is arguably Charlotte’s finest home. At 8,700 square feet, this is not Charlotte’s largest home, but the architecture, construction, and finishes put it at the top.
Hampton Manon features seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. This is the original Hampton Manor house that sat on quite a bit of land. In 1951, this home would have been on the outskirts of Charlotte but today it is in the heart of prestigious South Charlotte neighborhoods. It is near both Quail Hollow and Carmel Country Clubs. The original land has been divided into very large lots for other neighboring homes. They’re all surrounded by a distinctive brick wall and an iron entry gate. This home has its own gated entry.
The architect of Hampton Manor was Herbert Hunter, a well-known North Carolina architect. Hunter designed many landmark buildings in North Carolina and was an architect for the National Park Service, designing numerous park buildings. A special opportunity came when he was personally selected by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to make the drawing for the White House Oval Room. He served in the Navy in both World Wars, planning hospitals and other facilities. Hunter is best known for his campus work, typically in the popular Georgian Revival-Colonial Revival style with red brick accented by bold classical detailing. He worked in this style in planning the campus and designing the original buildings of High Point College (now High Point University). He continued the style with the Elon College Buildings (now Elon University), where after a fire, the industrialist Holt and Duke families sponsored construction of five buildings “all of colonial architecture.” He used a similar approach at the new campus of the Junior Order United Mechanics National Orphans Home, which was generally modeled on the University of Virginia as seen below.
A visual tour of some of the rooms of Hampton Manor makes it clear how it ranks high among Charlotte’s finest homes. The architectural details and classical decorative accents put this home in a league of its own. It features antique, imported mantels and other touches that one simply cannot get these days without great expense. The home is currently on the market for $2 Million which is below the cost to rebuild such a stunning home.
The property has been restored over the past decade. It features a six car garage, eleven fireplaces, a “pub” room, a music room, and three kitchens.