Photos: Inside boyhood home of Charles Kuralt

Photos: Inside boyhood home of Charles Kuralt

Photos: Inside boyhood home of Charles Kuralt

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by BOBBY SISK / NewsChannel 36

BOBBY SISK / NewsChannel 36

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 12:30 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There is new proof of just how far-reaching the foreclosure crisis has become. 

While researching neighborhoods with bank-owned homes, NewsChannel 36 came across a house in South Charlotte with quite a history. It is notable because of who used to live there, and real estate brokers say it shows no house or area is immune to foreclosure.

After spending the early years of his career in Charlotte, the late Charles Kuralt made a name for himself during 37 years at CBS News. From the front lines of war, to the roads of the country he loved, Kuralt's interest in journalism started while he was a boy, living in a house in what was then rural Charlotte.

"This one certainly has a history," said broker David Benham.

The Kuralt family hasn't owned the house on Kuralt House Court in years. It was renovated in 2004 and used to anchor a neighborhood of new homes. But, this past year, the most recent owner foreclosed. 

"We're seeing foreclosures in every neighborhood in the country for the most part. I mean, there is no isolated neighborhood," said Benham.

Benham has the Kuralt House listed at $425,000 and he says it's already under contract. 

Concord-based Benham Real Estate Group focuses solely on foreclosures and is run by David Benham and his twin brother, Jason.

"Right now in the Charlotte area we have about 750 homes in our inventory," he said.

That is nearly double just a few years back and no longer is Benham only dealing with lower-priced homes.

"You would never see a house like we're in today, the Kuralt House, in your inventory," Benham said.

Throughout the Kuralt home there are original features, like plaster walls, fireplaces and a staircase that leads to an area over what used to be a porch. On the roof, there is a cupola that Kuralt had handmade for his parents in Mexico during his time travelling with CBS. 

Benham says most buyers are looking for a good deal and he feels this house is one of those. It just so happens, it also has its own story to tell.

"It's fun when these guys have a back story to them. It's easier to sell that way," Benham said.

Benham and his brother have their own unique story. Both were minor-league baseball players before getting into real estate in 2003. The company, with offices near Concord Mills Mall, now has offices in six states.

Even with thousands of homes in their inventory, Benham says the Kuralt boyhood home comes in as one of the most unique.

"A house like this always stands out," he said.

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