Neo-Victorian House for Sale in Morgantown, West Virginia: Historic Beauty, Classic Charm, Glorious Spaces
Beauty. Charm. History. And oh, so much space! These luxuries and more await you at 200 Jackson Avenue.
An exceptional home in the South Park neighborhood of Morgantown, West Virginia
When the current owners purchased their South Park home in 1985, they thought it was “The One.” Now, more than 35 years later, they know it was a perfect choice. They look back with fond memories of entertaining friends, raising a family, walking to and from downtown Morgantown, playing in the back yard, and spending evenings on the front porch admiring the twinkling lights of the city below.
“There are so many things we’ve loved about this beautiful place,” says homeowner Katherine K. “It’s a piece of Morgantown history. The woodwork is gorgeous. The windows are enormous. The layout is spacious. The yard is so big you can do anything you like in it. The possibilities inside and out are just endless.”
Soon after moving in, Katherine and her husband redesigned the kitchen, adding the greenhouse window that is now a focal point of the home. They finished the attic as well, turning it into a playroom for littles and gathering spot for teens.
“The attic could easily be repurposed into an impressive home office, a luxurious master suite, or so many other types of spaces,” she says.
As the owners’ needs have changed over the years, the four bedrooms throughout have served as office spaces, exercise rooms, and TV rooms. The deck located off the dining room became a favorite spot, with the expansive back yard (the property is a double lot) providing privacy for outdoor enjoyment.
Morgantown’s favorite neighborhood
South Park is one of Morgantown’s most beautiful historic neighborhoods. It is filled with a mix of older and newer homes, with neo-Victorians adding grace and beauty to the cityscape.
Jackson Avenue crosses Grand Street, one of two main thoroughfares through the neighborhood. Number 200 is three blocks from Morgantown High School, with downtown dining, shopping, and entertainment only a few minutes further on.
“Our house is within easy walking distance of downtown and WVU,” Katherine says. “I commuted by foot to my job for many years and often took the opportunity to walk to a downtown event, the Farmer’s Market, or the Rail Trail.”
“The neighborhood itself provides great opportunities for walking too,” she continues. “We love sitting on our front porch greeting neighbors out for a stroll.”
Historic Home Built for Early 20th Century WVU President
200 Jackson Avenue was built in 1905 for then-WVU President Eli Marsh Turner. It is listed with the West Virginia & Regional History Center under West Virginia History on View.
During his eight years in office, Dr. Turner more than doubled student enrollment and broke with tradition to hire the university’s first woman librarian. Before leading WVU, Dr. Turner served as an attorney and a West Virginia state senator.
A home with classic design and space for entertaining
“The ornamental fireplaces,” says White Diamond broker Melissa Hornbeck when asked about her favorite features. “There are so many. One in each bedroom and three on the main level. And they’re all unique! That type of classic detail is impossible to recreate today.”
Other favorites include:
- Original woodwork
- 9-foot ceilings
- Flexible interior and exterior spaces
- Primary suite
- Walk-out basement
- Off-street parking
And of course, she loves the stately beauty of the broad, wrap-around front porch and picture windows, with a bird’s eye view of Morgantown, day or night.
“The house is absolutely gorgeous when it is decorated for the holidays,” adds Katherine. “One of our favorite memories is of our annual holiday party. It started small with just a few colleagues, but over time it grew into a gala tradition for 100 or more guests each year.”
The spaciousness of the main floor allowed for mingling through the various rooms, and the attic space gave young visitors their own space to enjoy. “Many lasting friendships started or continued as a result of our bringing together the mix of people we met through work, kid activities, social events, and on and on.”
Is this house your “One”?
The historic Morgantown home at 200 Jackson Avenue is listed by Melissa Hornbeck, Broker of White Diamond Realty.
The sellers have enjoyed more than 35 years in the home that was once their One. Now they offer it to new buyers looking for the chance to make this grand property their own.
If it may be the one you’ve been looking for, reach out to Melissa at 240.727.5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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5,188 SQ FT
Morgantown High School, South Middle School, and Mountainview Elementary School
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