Offered for sale is a one-of-a-kind Italianate
mansion located in the heart of historical Lewisburg. The property has
undergone an intensive 4 year renovation. The final stage of the renovation of
the exterior and interior is in progress.
Prestigious Bucknell University is
within walking distance and downtown Lewisburg is only one block away. While
the Susquehanna River is just two blocks away, the property sits on the highest
point in Lewisburg and is out of the flood zone. Lewisburg is conveniently located,
enabling an easy 3 hr. travel to New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia and 4 hrs.
property known as the “Tuscan Villa” is a Lewisburg landmark, part of Walking
Tour #1: Notable Architecture of
Downtown Lewisburg, and included in Bucknell BILL Course 119: That Old House: Lewisburg’s Historic
Architecture. In July 2013, the Union County Historical Society selected
the “Tuscan Villa” to represent Lewisburg in their bicentennial celebration
tour- “Historic Ramblings” which was a great success.
At the turn of the century the “Tuscan
Villa” was owned by Benjamin Focht, Pa State Senator and US congressman, owner
of Lewisburg Saturday News , His
tombstone honors him as the “Father of Old Age Pensions.” . In 1941 the mansion
was converted to an 8 unit apartment building by his daughter, as were many of
the larger homes in the area, possibly because of the Great Depression. The
recent restoration has returned it to a stately main house, a tenant house and
a carriage house, which: would be ideal for on-site staff lodging, in-law
quarters, B&B, in home business, or 2 luxury apartments with your personal
residence in the main house.
House: Consists of approx. 5600 sq. ft., 12ft. ceilings on 2 levels, a grand
mahogany split access staircase, 10ft high oak/walnut doors, original chestnut flooring
with walnut inlay located in the impressive living room and formal dining room,
(2) marble fireplaces, (7) private bedrooms (four are currently used as an art
studio) master suite (which includes a full bath/ large sitting room/ and
kitchenette with laundry facilities), a new main level custom kitchen, a coffee
bar beside the library, (4) full baths and a powder room. Note: new kitchens,
baths, electrical, appliances, lighting fixtures, plumbing, sewer, heating/cooling
throughout. A spectacular grand entry “Florentine" style hand painted ornate
ceiling surrounding a custom hand blown 2 tiered Murano glass chandelier, and a 4th floor panoramic cupola with a 360 view.There is a gorgeous brand new red standing seam roof on the Main and Tenant House areas!
House: consists of approx. 1800 sq. ft., 10ft. ceilings on 2 levels, original
hardwood floors on first level, new carpet on 2nd level, (3) private
bedrooms, the master bedroom has an extended changing room with lighted stained
glass accent, new kitchen with appliances & bamboo flooring, formal dining
room, large living room, (1) new full bath and (1) new powder room. Once again new
kitchen, baths, electrical, appliances, lighting fixtures, plumbing, sewer, separate
heating/cooling throughout, separate electric meters from main house, separate
entrance but could easily be reconnected to main house if desired.
House: consists of approx. 1200 sq. ft., a grand great room with original
exposed beams/cathedral ceiling, bamboo flooring, formal dining room, new
kitchen and appliances, new full bath (2) private bedrooms, laundry facilities,
large outdoor deck and a full oversized 1200 sq. ft. garage.
units are combined by an impressive Italian courtyard with designer floral
plantings, a lovely curved walking path, a flagstone style patio with a 3 tier
fountain, a custom pergola and a covered porch/patio with private powder room
entrance. A perfect outdoor dining area or a peaceful Italian getaway. Your
private patio garden and a view of playful hummingbirds are only steps away!
Possibilities are endless. Finishing
touches are now being done, allowances are available and partial owner
financing is available to assist in a smooth transition for financially
qualified clients. Because of the complexity of the property, more info is
provided on the Tuscan Villa blog
(Realtor coop could be considered. Call for details)