Sotheby's International Realty - Tionesta, PA
Nestled on a pristine, approximately 223-acre plot with a stream and river frontage, this iconic, presidential-caliber estate is the opportunity of a lifetime. Adjacent to a national forest and surrounded by mature hardwoods, the residence includes an approximately 18,000 square foot main home, three guest cabins and a four car garage with a workshop, as well as a beautifully renovated guest home clad in natural stone. A private road provides easy access to this utterly serene and completely secluded estate, which encompasses nine islands and nearly a half mile of frontage on the Allegheny River. Built in 1937 by the founder of Peerless Gas and renovated in 1990, this highly secure, historically significant compound has played host to visiting foreign dignitaries, Hollywood celebrities and two presidents, Eisenhower and Nixon. Upon touring the expansive main home, which offers a formal dining room that can seat up to 30 people, seven bedrooms and a 4,000 square foot great room with a stage and 26’ ceilings, or relaxing on the multi-level, partially covered deck, from which it is possible to fish in the Little Tionesta Creek, it is easy to see why. Designed for entertaining on a grand scale, the main home has a convenient circular driveway, two full kitchens, a large butler’s pantry, an in-law suite with two bedrooms, five fireplaces, multiple family rooms, and a variety of versatile gathering spaces, both indoors and outside. The great room is a centerpiece, as it has a white ash ceiling and stone walls, an impressive wood burning fireplace and a wall of doors that allow for a seamless connection to the deck. There is even a secret room that was built to hide the presidents in the event of an emergency. With hardwood ceilings, gorgeous area views and the Little Tionesta creek flowing underneath it, the deck highlights the estate’s idyllic, pastoral location. Located within a two hour drive from downtown Pittsburgh and large enough to accommodate a helicopter landing, the estate has recently hosted gatherings as large as 250 people. Not surprising given the history of the original owner, the estate is located on a natural gas well. The water is spring fed, allowing the property to be completely self-sufficient, if a natural gas generator or solar panels were installed. Added bonuses include a tennis court, an outdoor pavilion and fireplace, and all mineral and timber rights. Live in the elegant, fully renovated guest home, which includes a full kitchen, a fireplace and approximately 1,135 square feet, while renting out the main lodge or building an executive retreat, wellness center, hunting enclave or golf course—the possibilities for this scenic, well-located property are only bounded by the imagination. With a picturesque, natural setting adjacent to protected lands, frontage on the Allegheny River, and a variety of well-maintained, upgraded residences with numerous amenities, this exquisite, secluded estate is a destination unto itself.