This graceful, charming Georgian-style home across the street from the Lewisburg United Methodist Church is nearly a century old but doesn’t show its age. In addition to 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, noteworthy features include two fireplaces, a modern gourmet kitchen, a sunroom/library, a large screened porch, an upstairs sleeping porch and deck, a finished attic and a double garage apartment.
A stone walkway leads to the elevated front porch with a view overlooking Washington Street. The home’s welcoming entrance opens to a central entry hall with the original hardwood flooring and an eye-catching pressed tin ceiling. Double glass doors lead to a family room on the right, with dentil crown molding, a chair rail, a ceiling fan and built-in corner hutches. To the left of the entry hall, the living room features an inviting gas fireplace with a decorative wood mantel and tiled hearth, built-in bookshelves and a built-in corner hutch.
The contemporary kitchen has a slate tile floor and recessed lighting. The cabinetry is cherry and the countertops are granite offset by a glass tile backsplash. A central island with a prep sink and disposal provides extra work space. Windowsills are deep, with room for houseplants. Appliances include a Wolf gas range with 4 burners and a grill, a Frigidaire refrigerator with a pull-out freezer drawer, a Bosch dishwasher and a Kitchen Aide trash compactor.
The dining room has hardwood flooring, a stained-glass chandelier and crown molding. French doors open to the living room, and a second set of French doors exit to a large screened porch. Attractive and comfortable, the porch has a beadboard ceiling, a ceiling fan and Brazilian ipe flooring, considered the toughest, most long-lasting outdoor decking material, naturally resistant to decay and insect and weather damage. The porch overlooks the beautifully landscaped backyard and exits to a small brick patio on one side and a partly covered area on the other side with an American Outdoor gas grill.
There is also a sunroom/library on the main level, with wall-to-wall windows on three sides. This relaxing, sunlit space has a gas fireplace with a wood mantel and a raised hearth, built-in bookshelves accented with soapstone, hardwood flooring, a beadboard ceiling, recessed lights and a ceiling fan.
The first level includes a full bath. All the flooring on this level, with the exception of the sunroom/library, is heated, keeping the home cozy in the winter months.
The central staircase leads to the second level, where three bedrooms open to a large landing with built-in bookshelves. The master bedroom, which has hardwood flooring and a ceiling fan, connects to the master bath through a spacious, room-size walk-in closet with built-in storage. The master bath has a tiled walk-in shower, a pedestal sink and a slate tile floor.
Bedroom 2 has a screened sitting/sleeping porch with ipe flooring. This porch opens to a large deck where spiral stairs descend to the back yard. Bedrooms 2 and 3 have hardwood flooring and share a bath with a tiled shower-tub, a porcelain vanity and a marble floor with a striking basket-weave pattern.
Interior stairs lead from the second level to the finished attic, which features pine paneling and recessed lighting. The attic serve as a fourth bedroom, or it can be easily repurposed as a recreation room, playroom or workout space.
The home’s unfinished lower level includes the laundry area, and is essentially a utility and storage space.
The 2-car detached garage in the rear of the property incorporates a one-bedroom apartment with a small kitchen, which previous homeowners have found to be a popular rental unit. A washer and dryer are downstairs. Because the property fronts on both Washington and Foster Streets, the apartment can be accessed privately via Foster Street.
A large but very cozy, livable home filled with thoughtful touches, this charming Georgian is located on the edge of downtown Lewisburg, only a short stroll from restaurants, shops and entertainment.
Often called an ideal small town, Lewisburg has fine dining, boutique shopping, a golf course, an 8-screen cinema and a lively arts scene. Annual events include the State Fair of West Virginia, two food-themed street festivals and a literary festival. The Greenbrier Valley Theatre, West Virginia’s official state theatre, offers year-round live performances, and well-known artists appear in concert at Carnegie Hall. In addition to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, the community is also home to an attractive campus of New River Community and Technical College.
The Greenbrier, 8 miles away in White Sulphur Springs, is one of the world’s top luxury resorts. The hotel’s offerings include multiple golf courses, a spa, a tennis complex, a casino, over 50 boutique shops and a dozen restaurants.
The nearby Greenbrier River draws anglers and kayakers, and the 75-mile long Greenbrier River Trail is popular with hikers and bicyclists. Snowshoe Ski Resort, a scenic 90-minute drive to the north, is the largest ski complex in the Mid-Atlantic States, and it has an extensive system of mountain biking trails available in the off-seasons.