Unique Southern Estates
An Excerpt from an Article Written By Caro Anderson
Finding homes that serve up royal elegance, Southern Style is tough in Charlotte, a city where history often seems to mean what happened last week. But for Billy Maddalon finding them, running them, and making sure that every detail is perfect has become a career.
Billy runs the business with his father, Mark Maddalon, who is also a managing partner. The father-son team, with a group of local investors, formed a holding company known as Unique Southern Estates. Mark Maddalon, who is a commercial real estate broker, handles most of the financial issues, Billy the in-house issues, like menus, and a full time staff.
Billy Maddalon spent part of his childhood in his grandparents home on Euclid Avenue, just around the corner from the Morehead Inn. As a boy, Maddalon says he used to think "..boy, this is a big old house." That years later he would help to preserve the old house he used to admire and turn it, not into a profitable venture, but also one of the most respected places to hold special events, like weddings and business luncheons, remains something of a marvel to him.
Maddalon spares little expense. When it comes to food, everything is fresh! The furniture, fixtures, and many of the decorations are antiques. He's always looking to buy more antiques and many Charlotteans have figured this out. They call Maddalon when they are selling things or holding estate sales. He never pays retail for anything. And he never stops acquiring, which is probably a good idea. Given his ambition, he may be furnishing and running a lot more unique houses in the North Carolina and South Carolina regions.
Although Maddalon always has his eye open, he says timing is everything. It's not too often everything clicks as well as the Morehead Inn and the Vanlandingham Estate have. Some day, something else will, and the wait is fine with him. If it happened more often, it wouldn't be Unique, would it?
Billy Maddalon's Acheivements & Community Involvement:
·Alexander Youth Network, Board of Visitors, 1998-2000; Board of Directors, 2000-present
·Central Carolinas Voices and Choices Environmental Coalition, land use action team, 1998-2002
·Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneur of the Year, 1998
·Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, 1998-2001
·Charlotte Business Journal, chosen “40 Under 40” most influential persons in Charlotte
·Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors, 1999-2004
·Foundation for the Carolinas, Impact Fund, Class of 2000
·Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Board of Directors, 2004-2005
·North Carolina State University Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 1999-present; President, 2006-2008
·North Carolina State University Humanities Foundation, Board of Advisors, 1998-present; President 2004-2005
·Time Out Youth, Board of Directors, 2004-2005
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