Greensburg ‘Castle House’ for sale

Judith Zeng

An early 20th-century, two-tale stone dwelling regarded in Greensburg as the “Castle House” for its stone turret, entrance arches and parapet is attracting prevalent focus from prospective potential buyers — even from as much absent as Florida, in accordance to the agent selling the home.

“I put it on the ‘For the Appreciate of Aged Houses’ (Fb website page), and it obtained a large amount of comments. It has been revealed a whole lot, and we have had a good deal of inquiries. It’s absolutely for a particular style of man or woman,” stated Linda Decker, a Real estate agent with Howard Hanna Genuine Estate Services’ Hempfield office environment.

The five-bedroom, 2½-tub house, which is on a half-acre parcel at 126 Westmoreland Ave., is mentioned at $319,900. It has been on the sector considering that November. Margaret DiVirgilio and Linda Earnest purchased the house in 1989 for $125,000, in accordance to the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds.

The house functions considerable woodwork, hardwood flooring, stained-glass windows and a coated entrance porch with tile inlay. There are crafted-in cupboards and pocket doors and a wood fire. A fifth bed room occupies the third flooring. A detached garage is accessible from a rear alley.

Earnest reported they loved residing in the residence but wished to downsize to a home on one particular ground. Taking treatment of a house with three flights of stairs and five bedrooms became difficult.

“We definitely loved it. The most important pull for the put was the uniqueness. It is these types of a beautiful position to adorn for Xmas,” Earnest claimed, including little ones loved coming to the “Castle” for Halloween to trick or address.

“Our only regrets are that we would like we would’ve relished that home additional in its place of generally operating,” Earnest and DiVirgilio stated in a joint assertion.

The “uniqueness,” nevertheless, had its drawbacks. Earnest said they deemed replacing the curved windows in the turret right until they identified out it would value $8,000 to replace them and maintain them in the unique wooden frames.

The residence does have a tragic record.

It was created in 1903 in the Underwood Prepare of what then was Greensburg Borough by John N. Boucher, a veteran lawyer and historian in the county.

Why he selected to structure a home in the fashion of a castle, or who designed it, is not regarded. Boucher was a French and Indian War and Revolutionary War background buff who wrote two histories of Westmoreland County, 1 of which was “1918 Old and New Westmoreland,” in accordance to a newspaper report printed immediately after his dying in 1933.

He died at 77 right after a slide from his entrance porch, in which he landed on a concrete sidewalk and fractured his hip, according a Pennsylvania Division of Health document detailing his death. The trigger of loss of life was detailed as uremic convulsion, an sign of kidney failure.

The newspaper tale detailing his lifestyle — he was mentioned as a useful member of the Western Pennsylvania Historical Modern society — mentioned it was believed he was “getting alongside well” when news of his loss of life was introduced.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Evaluation workers author. You can call Joe at 724-836-5252, [email protected] or by means of Twitter .

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