A crown jewel of High Point’s Emerywood
By Ashley Wahl
It’s not often that a 1920s-era home stays in the same family for almost an entire century, but such is the case for 905 Forest Hills Drive in High Point.
That is, until it sells.
Built in 1926 — just three years after the completion of Emerywood, the 9-hole Donald Ross golf course adjacent to the house — elements of English architecture reign, including its white stucco exterior and cross-gabled, steeply pitched roof.
Impressive as it was then, it’s stunning by today’s standards. And if you had a bird’s eye view, you’d appreciate how it utterly stands out in contrast to the vibrant green landscape while nestling into the lush surrounding forest, like the adjacent High Point Country Club.
Designed by Northup and O’Brien, a thriving and prominent architectural firm in Winston-Salem from 1916–1953, this stately gem is what architectural historian Benjamin Briggs describes as a “distinctive variation” of Tudor revival, with a nod, perhaps, to whimsical Storybook variants that became so popular in the 1920s.
In other words, it’s nothing short of romantic.
Defined by its arched entryways, elegant trim and handsome wood paneling, the interior is resplendent with charm and natural light, offering over 5,000 square feet of livable space. The first level includes a spacious and stunning living room with Egyptian marble fireplace. After this stately and formal introduction, look for a thoroughly modern kitchen and adjacent breakfast room. Of course, there’s a formal dining room, and to kick back and relax, choose either a cozy den, a keeping room, a sitting room or a sun room complete with flagstone flooring, picture windows and a black-and-white striped awning. Upstairs: four bedrooms, laundry and three full baths.
Separate from the house, the apartment above the three-car garage adds an additional bedroom, full bath, kitchen and den. An outdoor gazebo is surrounded by tidy landscaping.
Proximity to the High Point Country Club is certainly a draw. Members have access to two golf courses — Emerywood and Willow Creek.
Although its original homeowners, Helen and J.E. Millis (as in Adams-Millis Hosiery), didn’t come here for the world-class golf, Emerywood’s eighth tee is practically an extension of the home’s spacious backyard.
“This was my grandparents’ house,” says current owner David Covington. “I basically grew up here.”
David and wife, Jennifer, bought the house from his mother and uncle in 1982. While the original footprint hasn’t changed, they brought the interior up-to-date and converted a former sleeping porch into a bathroom suite for the master bedroom, where you’ll find the home’s second fireplace.
“We have mixed emotions about leaving here,” says David, but since their three daughters have fled the nest and started families of their own, it’s simply time.
This is a family house for sure. One that offers peaceful vistas, spaciousness and a true sense of place at Emerywood. And with any luck, this timeless gem is ready to start its next century and a second heritage with new owners.
The Details: 905 Forest Hills Drive, High Point. Asking price: $1,150,000. Listed by MooMoo Councill of Coldwell Banker Advantage. (336) 457-0701