Reuben B. Robertson Collection

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Hendersonville Board of Realtors
1 July 1954

Mr. Karl F. Wenz
P.O. Box 287
Canton, N.C.

Dear Mr. Wenz,

As requested, a committee of the Hendersonville Board of Realtors has gone over Mr. Robertson's property "Hopewood" in Flat Rock and has arrived at the following figures:

1. Value of land: $35,000.
2. Present replacement value of improvements less depreciation: $125,000.
3. Present fair market value, assuming a willing buyer and a willing seller: $135,000.

All of the above figures are necessarily the opinion of the appraisal committee.  Therefore under Item 2, we would suggest that, if a more accurate replacement cost figure is required, the services of a contractor and landscape gardner [sic] be employed.

Sincerely yours,
F. W. Ewbank [sic], Secy.

Fee for appraisal: $125.


Flat Rock, North Carolina
The Land of the Sky

"Traditional Southern Residence on 70 Acre Estate"

Good modern living with facilities for gentleman farming are combined in this palatial estate in Flat Rock, Western North Carolina. Stately century old pines, broad green lawns, a private fishing lake, magnificent landscaping, orchard, flowers and an expensive vegetable garden enhance the property, located in a fine estate neighborhood. The entire estate is in excellent condition, the residence was carefully planned to require minimum maintenance and affords maximum comfort.

Location: Flat Rock, North Carolina, one of the finest resort towns in the South, with mild summer climate (nights are particularly cool - Summer average 71, Winter 41); altitude 2,200'; 1/2 mile to school; one mile to railroad station; 2 miles to golf club; 4 miles to shopping center in Hendersonville; fine lakes and bridal paths in vicinity; neighborhood zoned for fine residences. High elevation, excellent drainage and unexcelled spring water have made "Hopewood" one of the most attractive estates of this resort section.

Airport and Airlines: To Asheville-Hendersonville Airport, ______miles. Air Lines: Capital, Delta, and Piedmont.

Grounds: 70 Acres. ______acres pastures and meadows; ______acres timberland; ______acres garden; ______acres lake. Driveway from Robert E. Lee Highway to residence ______feet, flanked on both sides by ______stately trees. Fenced ______.

Residence consisting of ______rooms; ______bedrooms, ______baths. This residence was built during 1940.


Rooms by Floors:
1st Floor
2nd Floor

Water facilities and system:
Spring Water, unsurpassed in parity, color and taste.


Power & lights:

Fire Protection:



Caretaker's Cottage-Workshop

Tenant Cottage

Farm Buildings:
Machine Sheds
Outdoor Barbecue

Neighboring estates consisting of 50 big estates - some 20 of them survivors of the original colony with its rich atmosphere of antiquity and elegance, all in fine state of preservation.

Distinguished names of present and former occupants of these estates: Rutledge; Lowndes; Pinckney; King; Meminger - Secretary of the Confederacy; Poet Carl Sandburg; Mrs. Robert E. Lee, III; Gordon McCabe; Samuel Pickard, and many others.

Domestic help and trained gardeners as well as farm hands are available at low cost.

Beef Cattle raising:  Excellent pastures can take care of ______head of Beef Cattle.

Highest Immunity to Bombing:
Flat Rock, located in the interior 400 miles to the nearest point of sea shore, is an ideal location for a rural retreat - a place of survival in the atomic age.

Property Tax: $445.00

Present Replacement Cost less Depreciation: $l60,000.

Present Fair Market Value: $135,000.

Present Sales Price: $



The Champion Paper and Fibre Company
Company Correspondence

June 18, 1954

To: Mr. Wenz
From: May Holtzclaw
Subject: Cost of Hopewood

Dear Mr. Wenz:

After checking my figures back, I found a sheet with a few items that had not been included in the amount I gave you. As it now stands, I figure the cost $132,926.56.

As stated to you this covers purchase of estate, wrecking old house, building the new house, shop, sheds, barn etc., as well as repairs on the cottages, I have also included improvements in the way of landscaping (no farm work), improvements on big house and cottages (painting, repairs etc.) building the driveways, installation of elevator and the fire fighting system. The only item that might be questioned is the bill of A. B. Closson for drapes etc., which will probably be sold with the house. Also some farm equipment which no doubt will be sold with the house. I have not figured in any furniture, electrical appliances nor shop equipment. The conversion charge from coal to oil furnace however is included.