Hillbrook: A Hosiery Magnate’s Enduring Legacy In North Carolina

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Photo: Tyler Redhead & McAlister Real Estate
Photo: Tyler Redhead & McAlister Real Estate

High Point, North Carolina is currently famed for being the furniture capital of the United States, bringing furniture designers from around the globe in for the High Point Market two times a year. High Point, though, like many other Southern towns, was also built on textiles and tobacco.

Hillbrook, was built for textile baron Comer Covington (he and his wife  Elizabeth Harriss Covington, were the founders of Harrris-Covington Mills) in 1930 and is considered one of renowned architect Luther Lashmit’s preeminent works. Lashmit, of the firm Northrup & O’Brien, was the architect behind other notable North Carolina homes such as  Graylyn Mansion (built for an RJ Reynolds president) and Adamsleigh (another grand home built for a textile titan). The home has alternately been described as a Norman Tudor and, in archival materials at the NCSU libraries as a Cotswold Tudor.

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The home sits on over five acres in the heart of the Emerywood neighborhood. It has been well-cared for over the years and has had an extensive renovation that focused on updating the mechanics of the home while leaving the charm intact.  Spruce Builders and Freeman Kennett Architects restored all four stories of the home.

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The six-bedroom home still has its original light fixtures, hand painted panels, bathrooms with hand painted wallpaper, and original furniture from the Covington family. An updated attic has been turned into a spa  complete with sauna, steam shower, soaking tub and work-out space. Even one of the sinks in the main level of the house is created of hand-carved onyx.

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The basement has a  thousand-bottle wine cellar with a separate tasting area. A silver vault has been turned into a cooling unit for more wine and also incorporates a bar. One other feature that might attract interest is that the home was created with secret doorways that lead to closets and bathrooms.

The home is listed with Tyler Redhead & McAlister Real Estate for $3.95 million.

Deidre WoollardDeidre Woollard is a real estate publicist who founded Luxist.com (later part of AOL.com), realtor.com, and is now a leading real estate publicist achieving placement for agents and properties in Architectural DigestThe Hollywood ReporterLos Angeles TimesCurbed, and more. She’s passionate about the intersection of branding, marketing, and writing, something she’s been able to pass on while teaching at UCIrvine Extension in their Digital Journalism program. In her spare time, you can find her under a tree reading on her iPad. Explore more great properties at LeverageRE.com.