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. to Pittsburgh.
The 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!
Tenant 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.
3. Carriage 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.
All three 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)