Once owned by NHRA race champion Doug Herbert, the home has a storied celebrity past

The Old Burris Home in Lincolnton, NC

A magnificent estate situated on 23 wooded acres has entered the market for $1.4 million. “The Old Burris Home” has a rich local history and is currently a secluded sanctuary where nationally renowned artist/owner Donna Downey hosts art retreats and workshops. Located at 109 Saddletree Road, the 7,000-square-foot residence is marketed exclusively by Rob Drag and Jennifer Kane of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Lake Norman office. Listing details can be viewed here.

Built in 1976 for the Burris family, well-known furniture manufacturers, the seven-bedroom estate was once regarded as a hub of entertainment and celebrity visitors — New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle was among the home’s famous guests. Years later, NHRA race champion Doug Herbert purchased the property as his family residence.

Framed by 2’x6’ solid cedar, the meticulously crafted home showcases ceiling beams that were reclaimed from local schools and churches. Expansive windows and skylights bring the outdoors in, while four stone fireplaces ensure a cozy atmosphere. From the stunning wall décor to the spacious outdoor living areas — complete with a pool, pool house, bar and fire pit — art and nature blend seamlessly to create the ultimate oasis.


“This unique property is alive with an artist’s creative spirit. The discerning buyer will appreciate the home’s quality craftsmanship as well as the beauty and serenity of its expansive acreage.”

Rob Drag, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.


About Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has over 1,100 associates and employees in 40 locations throughout Florida and North Carolina. Premier Sotheby's International Realty also benefits from an association with the storied Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744. The brokerage is a division of The Lutgert Companies, a prominent member of Southwest Florida’s business community since 1964. For more information, visit

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Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Premier Sotheby's International Realty has over 1,000 associates and employees in 40 locations throughout Florida and North Carolina.

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