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A Textile Magnate's Grand Southern Mansion Lists for $899K

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Location: Concord, North Carolina
Price: $899,000
Though its 70-year-old owner Margaret West tells the Wall Street Journal she imagines her combination Queen Anne and Colonial Revival mansion would make for a great bed and breakfast, its most significant changes over the years have come from its time as a school. For about three decades starting in 1969, the North Carolina home was a private school called the Cabarrus Academy, during which time four classrooms were added on, bringing the total square footage to 10,740. Now, the home textile industrialist James William Cannon built in 1905 is on the market for $899K.

According to the Sotheby's listing, period details include "inlaid hardwood floors, grand sweeping staircases, high ceilings, a domed turret and ornate moldings." There's also a stained-glass skylight at the top of the front stairs.

West, who lives across the street in another home built by Cannon, calls this one "almost a welcome to the city," situated as it is a block from historic downtown Concord, twenty-or-so miles outside of Charlotte.

· William Cannon Home [Sotheby's]