This century-old 4-bedroom, 3½-bath grand residence enjoys a secluded setting just above historic Lewisburg. A winding drive leads through mature woods to a small clearing, where the home’s stately exterior faces east with a columned, wraparound porch. The interior has been creatively re-imagined to marry its distinctive design elements with contemporary creature comforts.
Built by Henry Frazier Hunter as a family residence, the Hunter House was purchased by the Greenbrier College for Women in 1962 and the State of West Virginia in 1973. The once lovely home had fallen into a state of sad disrepair until its purchase in 2015 by Lewisburg residents Paul and Mary Lindquist, who set about restoring the property and completely renovating the interior. Recognizing a solidly-built architectural gem tucked away in a fabulous location, the Lindquists have created an elegant, comfortable and ultimately very livable home.
An Arts and Crafts light fixture looks like it has always graced the porch, but it is one of many seamlessly added touches. An original brass light fixture hangs in the entry hall. In an era when most homes were lit by gas lanterns, the Hunter House was one of the first all-electric homes in the region.
The living room, to the right of the entry hall, is framed by columns. An eye-catching tile fireplace finished with green tiles manufactured in 1906 by the Wheatley Tile Company in Cincinnati serves as both a practical feature and a conversation piece. The mantel, decorative corbels and hearth are all crafted with this unique tile. The well-lit room has 4 windows. A Thermopane glass door exits to the side portion of the wraparound porch. The entry hall and living room, as well as 90% of the home, have the original oak flooring.
A sliding pocket door, also original to the home, divides the dining room from the entry hall. The dining room features a brass light fixture and second Wheatley Tile gas fireplace. The dining room gets plenty of light from 5 windows.
Spanning nearly the entire width of the rear of the home, the 40-foot kitchen/family room incorporates a large gourmet kitchen and a spacious sitting area with a wood-burning brick fireplace and built-in bookcases. The kitchen has solid custom-made oak cabinetry and attractive quartz countertops. An eat-at island seats four and provides extra work space. The counter that divides the kitchen from the family area has a noteworthy feature: drawers on both sides. A separate custom-made wet bar provides storage for spirits, glasses and stemware, and a place for the family mixologist to practice his or her craft. The all-new appliances include a GE Profile dual fuel range, a GE Profile microwave, a GE Profile dishwasher, and a Maytag wall oven. The kitchen has recessed and hanging light fixtures. The kitchen area exits to a covered back porch and access to the back of the home. The large kitchen and family room, and their proximity to the living and dining areas and wraparound porch, create excellent “traffic flow” for entertaining.
Also on the main level are a half-bath with a marble counter and porcelain sink, a small office, and a bedroom suite. This bedroom serves as a very private fourth bedroom, or as a guest room. It has a hanging brass light fixture, four windows, and its own exit to the wraparound porch. The tiled bath has a shower, a pedestal sink, and a medicine cabinet.
An oak staircase leads to the second level. An exposed brick wall in the stairwell adds an interesting visual element. A large landing at the top of the stairs provides access to three bedrooms and two baths.
The master suite has 4 east-facing windows and a 17-foot oak window seat. Glimpses can be had through the trees of the local library, the community college and Carnegie Hall and the mountains beyond the town. The master bedroom has a 9-foot ceiling with a ceiling fan, and a large, carpeted walk-in closet with built-in shelves. The luxurious master bath includes a 6-foot soaking tub original to the home, an exceptionally attractive tiled walk-in shower, a double vanity with a marble counter and porcelain sinks, and two medicine cabinets. A second walk-in closet/dressing area with built-ins is accessed from the bathroom.
Bedroom 2 has four west-facing windows with spectacular views of the woods and a 16-foot window seat. This bedroom has a walk-in carpeted closet with built-in shelving.
Bedroom 3 has a wooded view, a 12-foot window seat and a hanging light fixture.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a tiled bath accessed via the landing. This bath has a shower-tub combo and a cherry vanity with a cultured marble counter and an integrated sink.
Also on this level are a laundry area, a linen closet with additional storage for suitcases, and pull-down access to a large storage attic.
The energy efficient home has foam insulation from the basement, including the crawl spaces, to the attic. Original windows have been retrofitted with interior storm windows that essentially turn them into modern double-glazed windows. Where necessary the older windows have been replaced with Thermopane ones. As a result of the insulation and window treatments, the home is remarkably noise-proof.
The concrete floor basement is heated and provides ample storage and space for utilities. The basement also includes an insulated wine cellar with a cooling unit. There is an exit to the back of the house from the basement.
A driveway encircles the home, and a covered portico on the south side of the house provides shelter for one vehicle and sheltered entrance to the home.
The wooded property is located just above the town’s Academy Park, which includes the Greenbrier County Library, the campus of New River Community and Technical College, the North House Museum, and Carnegie Hall. A path leads through the woods to nearby Lewisburg Elementary School. Jim’s Drive-In, a classic drive-in with great burgers, fried green tomato sandwiches and shakes, is just across the road.
Sometimes called America’s Coolest Small town, historic Lewisburg offers shopping, fine dining, a lively arts scene, the annual State Fair of West Virginia, and proximity to outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, golfing and skiing. The city hosts two annual food festivals, a literary festival, year-round theatrical and musical performances at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre and Carnegie Hall, and free outdoor concerts in the summer months.
The nearby Greenbrier, a world-class luxury resort on 11,000 acres, has 10 restaurants, 55 boutique shops, 5 golf courses, a tennis stadium and a 500-seat wedding chapel. The resort hosts an annual PGA tournament and serves as the summer training camp for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
Snowshoe, the mid-Atlantic region’s largest ski complex, is a 1½ hour drive to the north on Route 219. A four-season resort, Snowshoe also has challenging trails for mountain biking, and a Gary Player-designed golf course rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest.
A beautiful, one-of-a-kind home in a location that couldn’t be more convenient to downtown Lewisburg, the Hunter House has undergone an extensive and inspired makeover and is turnkey ready.