Washington County house built in 1860s has been a dairy farm, horse farm and family home
August 24, 2013 11:01 AM
Although it is no longer used as the main entrance to the home because of the road being moved many many years ago, the original entrace retains its inviting appeal.
The horse barn has three stalls with room for as many as six horses. The barn has electricity and there is an outdoor practice ring and lots of room to ride over the 9.4 acres.
The front hall or entry room is one of the spaces that has been added to this home. It passes through into the living room from the outside.
This ensuite bath features ceramic tile in the tub surround and on the floors.
Details of the hardware on the original parts of the home show the craftsmanship that was customary when this home was built.
The spacious dining room features crown molding, two built-in corner cabinets and a fireplace.
The bedrooms, in keeping with the rest of the house, are large and filled with natural light. This bedroom features an ensuite bath.
The living room is large and open and shares a fireplace with the front hall.
This four-bedroom home in North Strabane dates back to the 1860s. It has had numerous additions throughout the years. It sits on 9.4 acres and comes with a barn the can accommodate horses. It is on the market for $750,000.
Sam, one of the current owner's poodles watches horses graze in the pasture below the house.
What was the front of the house when it was built has become more of a side porch now. The main entrances are now from another side of the home, although the original front remains.
The home at 110 Canterbury Road in North Strabane.
The kitchen features a beamed ceiling. It also has a mural of one of the views of the property painted by a local artist.
By Lizabeth Gray Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
More than 40 years ago, Jim and "Pris" (Priscilla) Pfanstiel moved into their four-bedroom, wood-frame farmhouse to raise their children and run a business. Now the time has come to look toward something a little smaller ... maybe.
"You know, I have a change of heart about every half-hour," Mr. Pfanstiel said. "One minute I'm ready to move, the next I'm sitting on the porch having a drink thinking, 'Why not stay?' "
Mrs. Pfanstiel is slightly more sure. "I can say it's too much work for us, but I hate to leave it. It's so beautiful, just a very good spot to live."
So the couple have put the horse farm at 110 Canterbury Road, North Strabane, Washington County (MLS No. 961024) on the market for $750,000. The property is listed with Century 21 Frontier agent Bruce Fife (412-999-2639 or www.c21frontier.com).
Originally built to be a dairy farm, the sprawling house dates to the 1860s, according to the Pfanstiels, who spent a day tracing the deed at the Washington County Courthouse.
PG graphic: North Strabane (Click image for larger version)
"We traced it back to 1865, but we didn't go all the way deeper," Mr. Pfanstiel said.
And while additions have been added over the years, much of the house's heritage is still seen today. He said later additions were well-built but lacked the decorative trim of the original house.
"The original house has fantastic trim and big wide molding and at the corner of the doors there's a scroll-like square."
Mr. Fife says: "The house is just like going back in time," with high ceilings, dark woodwork and tall windows. Set on 9.4 acres, the home is secluded while remaining close to Washington Mall and other shopping areas.
The old-fashioned knob by the front door does not ring the bell the way it once did, but it's still a nice nod to the house's past.
Mr. Pfanstiel figures the driveway is roughly 200 yards from the main road. Most people enter through the back door because it is closer to the driveway. The back entrance leads through one of three porches. There is a front covered porch, a back stoop that faces the springhouse and a heated side porch with newer Pella thermal windows.
The 20-by-8-foot back entry has rich, dark hardwood flooring, a large white brick fireplace and a window facing the backyard. Off the entry is the 20-by-18-foot living room with built-ins next to a double-sided fireplace. The other side opens to the wood-paneled den, which measures 15 by 12 feet.
"In the den is another fireplace, very elegantly done if we didn't have grandchildren and great-grandchildren," Mr Pfanstiel said, laughing.
The 15-by-15-foot dining room is the perfect size for large family gatherings and there is a built-in corner cabinet and a dark-stained fireplace mantel that gives the room the feeling of a Victorian dining room.
Next is the 20-by-15-foot eat-in kitchen with exposed brick wall and a decorative black stove. The flu-less gas stove was installed about seven years ago. The Quaker Maid cabinets are solid cherry and there is a separate pantry for storage. The only thing the new owner may want to replace is the floor.
"One of our daughters had a Jack Russell who jumped up on the sink and turned on the water," Mr. Pfanstiel said. The sink overflowed and soaked the floor.
The kitchen's ceiling beams are decorative and can easily be removed if desired.
There is a powder room on the first floor next to the den and a full bath on the second floor along with a bathroom off the master suite. The full bathrooms were updated in the past couple of years.
The soft blue walls in the master bathroom are a nice contrast to the crisp white tiles that surround the tub. The master bedroom measures 15 by 13 feet and offers plenty of storage with two closets plus a deep walk-in closet big enough to be a nursery, if needed.
The other three bedrooms measure 15 by 15 feet. The fourth bedroom has a dormer, each with a deep closet. Three of the bedrooms have wall-to-wall carpeting and one has polished dark hardwood floors.
There is an attic but it's not really usable square footage.
Another historical touch is the home's springhouse. Part of a working dairy, the spring runs into a traceway where the milk cans kept cool, continuing onto a 500-gallon tank. From there, the water is piped into the house with the help of a pump that only activates when water is used.
"In 42 years, that stream has never even gotten smaller, just runs and runs and runs forever," Mrs. Pfanstiel said.
The couple could be using city water, which is available, but they "just don't see the need" and "don't miss the water bills."
Over the years there have been various upgrades to the house's mechanical systems, including a new electrical panel in the past five years. The home is radiator heated with a large gas-fired boiler. There are a couple of rooms with window air conditioners but the majority have ceiling fans.
"I need AC but Pris doesn't need it, so we compromise. ... We don't use it very often," Mr. Pfanstiel said.
In addition to the main house there's a self-contained apartment above the two-car garage with automatic garage door and a newer horse barn. Mr. Pfanstiel found the two-bedroom garage apartment came in handy as an office over the years. There is a simple kitchen with a small sink and refrigerator along with a full bathroom.
The horse barn features three stalls with room for as many as six horses. Currently home to five boarders, the barn has electricity and is in good condition. There is an outdoor practice ring and lots of room to ride over the 9.4 acres.
There is a gas well on the property and drilling in the area has brought economic change to much of the region. Over the past three years, four properties have sole on Canterbury Lane for prices ranging from $262,000 in December 2012 to $393,500 in April 2010 (www.realstats.net).
With three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, the owners have decided to make more use of their second home in Virginia Beach. It's time, they say, for another family to make this former dairy farm a home.