“It’s the house that everyone wants to see inside,” John Spidaliere, real estate agent at Puffer Morris, tells me as he turns the doorknob which leads into 201 East Orange Street.
This particular home actually began on the opposite corner of where it is now located. James Hamilton sold the lot located on the opposite corner to Mary and Abraham Neff in 1751 for just 80 pounds. However, the lot on the opposite side, where 201 East Orange Street was built, was an area frequently referred to as “Barton’s Gardens,” and was referred to in adjoining deeds.
But in 1779, both parcels were sold to John Musser with the understanding that he must build a “substantial dwelling within ten years” and pay yearly ground rent. In every document which followed, as the property was bought by future owners, the garden area has always been a crucial aspect of the home and specifically referred to. And it is easy to understand why. A short walk through the circling pathway in the garden is enough to refresh you and make you feel one with nature right in the middle of our beloved city.
Starting in 1900, the house began to change in structure with the addition of a garage and first floor study, as well as the dining room being converted into a reception room, and additional plumbing.
The entire property is simply breathtaking, as well as vast and pristine. The kitchen is the most modernized room of the house with a six-range gas range stove and gorgeous Amish-made cabinetry in the kitchen area as well as the preparation area behind the kitchen.
The information sheet about 201 East Orange Street states the following remarks: “A three story oval staircase with traditional federal pattern carpet rises from a 28-foot vestibule. This is a museum quality home from 1864 with various additions. The kitchen is new with granite, cherry, and maple woods and opens to a staircase to the second floor and attaches to 14×7 foot pantry. The iron gated car park and garden are well cared for and provide city privacy. There is an attached garage.”
The three-story house includes a built-in dishwasher, built-in wet and dry bar, garbage disposal, hardwood floors, gas oven and range, kitchen island, security system, breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, a family room, attic, laundry room, den, foyer, master bathroom, mud-room, garden, three full baths, two half baths, and four bedrooms.
The property, both inside and outside, is absolutely astonishing. “It’s one of the grandest properties in Lancaster city,” John says of the historical home. The rooms are open with several doorways, big windows which let in plenty of natural light, and a rather impressive staircase leading to each floor. There is even a secret compartment in the banister which was made to hold a weapon (specifically a rifle).
Just imagine if you lived here…