House for Sale

Upscale Downsizing

With refreshed interiors, a centrally located Winston-Salem condominium accommodates any lifestyle

By Nancy Oakley

It’s become a cliché among Realtors, but we’re singing the praises of “location, location, location” nonetheless. Particularly if the property in question is smaller in scope than, say, a colonial manse, but no less gracious. Welcome to 1257 Kent Place Lane, a condominium nestled quite literally in the heart of Winston-Salem. “It was built in the mid-’80s,” says Chris Wilson, the Leonard Ryden Burr Realtor who’s listing the property, and who estimates the cluster of similar structures was “the first game in town as far as condos go.” Certainly the first — if not the only one — in the Buena Vista neighborhood. (And by the way, that’s pronounced “Byune-ah,” as anyone who’s lived in the Twin City for any length of time will tell you.)

Situated at the corner of East Kent and Arbor roads, the 3,700-foot space would suit just about any lifestyle. With four bedrooms, four full baths and two half-baths, a family with young children would fit comfortably (and be minutes away from several primary and secondary schools, Wake Forest University, and the commercial Five Points intersection). Similarly, empty-nesters with aging relatives would appreciate the condo’s proximity to Arbor Acres Retirement Community. Culture vultures would be a mere stone’s throw from Reynolda Mile (the stretch of Reynolda Road that includes Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Reynolda Village, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and Graylyn International Conference Center), while gadabouts and golf enthusiasts could easily avail themselves of the revered Old Town Club.

And don’t think, given the condo’s age, that it’s stuck in the ’80s. Its former darker English country vibe has given way to soft grays and creams — particularly in the kitchen — taking full advantage of the abundance of natural light. “Its got more of a Millennial appeal,” observes Wilson, referring to the current trend toward a cleaner “clutter-free” aesthetic. For “people who might be downsizing but have traditional furnishings,” he offers. And no desire to do yard work.

For anyone who wants a city haven to come home to — and still be in the center of the action — this one is hard to beat.

Vital Details
1257 Kent Place Lane, Winston-Salem
Asking price: $574,500
Listed by Chris Wilson of Leonard Ryden Burr
(336) 287-3330 or

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