John C Plumer House, Circa 1814

$ 55,000
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MLS #1338123
Contact nameChrista Ross
Contact phone724-933-6300 x214
Year built1814
StatusProject - needs work
Home area2,736 sqft
Lot Area0.7 acres



In 1814, John C. Plumer built 131 South Water Street on the banks of the Youghiogheny River, for himself and his new bride, Elizabeth, upon his return from the War of 1812. A few years later in 1846, a 2-story brick addition was added to the Federal-style clapboard house. Today, the oldest building in West Newton still stands, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The 9 room home features classic millwork, wide-plank flooring, mantels and fireplaces, the original brick smokehouse and a quiet spot overlooking the river. The home is located near the main business district, and across the bridge from the Great Allegheny Passage, part of a recreational trail network connecting Pittsburgh to Washington DC. It is zoned both commercial and residential, opening a world of uses for a buyer with the dream of restoring a historic home and re-imagining a new chapter in its history. A bed and breakfast serving trail users, an intimate restaurant, event space, or a glorious single family house, all possibilities are open.

The Youghiogheny River Trail, just across the river from 131 S Water Street, is part of the Great Allegheny Passage which was voted as one of the 10 best long distance rail trails in the country by Bicycling Magazine. In 2017, an economic impact report estimated around 73,000 people passed through the West Newton portion of the trail. Many of the trail users during the summer months are traveling from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC as individuals and as part of organized tours. Services, attractions and lodging have sprung up in West Newton, and all along the trail, to serve these visitors. The Plumer House has tremendous potential to be part of this renaissance.
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The Plumer house was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1979. The property carries a historic preservation easement to protect the exterior of the building. Property is zoned commercial / residential and flood insurance will be required for the home.