210 S Townville Street Seneca, SC 29678
Own a piece of history in this beautiful Victorian home located in historic downtown Seneca, South Carolina. This significant treasure sits on the highest point in Seneca, offering mountain views and cool evening breezes. Entertain friends and family in the spacious living areas or operate your own bed and breakfast for guests to experience late 19th century architecture and small town Southern living. Built in 1885 by Colonel J.W. Livingston and his wife, Clara Kilpatrick Livingston, who moved their family to Seneca from nearby Pendleton, this home boasts 4700 plus sq ft of ornate craftsmanship. The Livingston-Stribling House has a rich history due to J.W. Livingston’s legacy as a local newspaper editor and South Carolina State Senator and due to his son-in-law, Dr. J S. Stribling’s general physician practice that was run out of the current master bedroom during the early 1900s. The home’s over-a-century-year-old woodwork of the entrance rooms and staircase is a joy to behold. Details of the exterior include original turned columns, steep roof gables, stained glass attic transoms,1800 sq ft of wide wrap-around porches, and ornate millwork. Inside, you’ll find seven fireplaces, ten-to-twelve-foot ceilings, heart pine flooring, eight-foot doorways, original moldings and stairways, ornately crafted mill work, fretwork, and pocket doors. Care has been taken to preserve the Victorian character of the house during updates and restorations, which includes a new roof in 2021. Renovations have been executed in accordance with the Secretary of State's Guidelines by the Restoration of Properties on the National Register of Historic Places. With 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in this 4,730 square foot home on a full one-acre parcel, you are offered a cozy home feeling while provided with plenty of space to entertain up to 100 party guests. Architect owner has worked diligently to preserve the original beauty of the home and at the same time create an environment for living and for guests. Note: Two more bathrooms can be created in large walk-in closet spaces to yield 4 suites with private bathrooms. Local zoning also allows the home to be used as a bed and breakfast. Tax breaks are available for updating historic homes or using them as a business. Parking is easy with a circular driveway and street side parking. The incredible backyard offers a barn with extra storage along with an adorable playhouse. Landscaping design is based on an heirloom plan, which incorporates traditional shade trees and varieties of trees, shrubs and blooming perennials. The backyard also boasts the only known Osage orange tree in Oconee County. Nearby Clemson University, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and Lake Jocassee make this a wonderful destination for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. A less than two hour drive to Atlanta, Charlotte, or Asheville avails you to major airports, entertainment, shopping, and dining. This stunning Upstate South Carolina Victorian home is an extraordinary historical jewel awaiting its next chapter.
Listing Brokerage NameAllen Tate Lake Keowee West
Community - Seneca
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Seneca is a charming town located along the shore of beautiful Lake Keowee in Upstate South Carolina. Boasting a popular historic district, lakefront homes, and plenty of small-town attractions, Seneca is a wonderful place to call home.
Seneca real estate includes an array of homes ranging in style, size and price point. There are a number of homes in Seneca located along the shore of Lake Keowee, offering breathtaking lake vistas and immediate water access. Seneca homes are typically situated on spacious lots, enjoying the natural beauty of this charming town.
Lifestyle and Attractions
Situated along the southern shore of the sparkling Lake Keowee lies Seneca, a charming town of just over 8,000 residents. The historic downtown area of Seneca features a number of shops, eateries and other local businesses, concentrated in the charming Ram Cat Alley filled with buildings built between the 1880s and 1930s. This narrow 21-building commercial district is filled with character and history, and remains a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
See a movie at Premiere Seneca Cinema 8 or a production at the Oconee Community Theatre in Seneca. Or explore the great outdoors just outside of town with a visit to Lake Keowee, where you can go skiing, boating, fishing, swimming, or hiking along nearby trails. The historic Lunney House Museum was built in 1906 and features a beautiful Arts & Crafts interior filled with period furnishings. Oconee County Hospital is located in Seneca, providing quality healthcare for residents and those living in surrounding communities.
Nearby Schools and Higher Education
Seneca is served by the School District of Oconee County, which operates 16 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, and a state-of-the-art career and technology center. Additionally, there are a number of private school options available within the region. While there are no colleges or universities in Seneca, residents may easily access the institutions in nearby Clemson, including Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University, and Clemson College.
Seneca was originally founded as Seneca City, named for a Native American village in the area and the Seneca River. Seneca was situated at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Railroad and the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad, which are now part of the Norfolk Southern Railway. Two engineers for the Air Line Railroad purchased the land from Colonel Brown of Anderson, South Carolina. The land was divided into one-mile lots stemming from a stake driven into the center of the railroad intersection, which marked the center of town. The town held an auction on August 14, 1873 and Seneca City received a charter on March 14, 1874. It wasn’t until 1908 that the town’s name was changed to Seneca.
Seneca became a prominent marketing and shipping point for cotton, and eventually, a passenger terminal, a number of hotels, and a park — now called Norton-Thompson Park — were built near the railroad tracks. Several textile mills were also erected in Seneca and most have since closed their doors.
The town saw significant growth with the construction of Lake Hartwell in 1963, Lake Keowee in 1971, and Lake Jocassee in 1974.
Approximate Distance to:
Anderson: 25.5 Miles
Greenville: 37.5 Miles
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport: 50.5 Miles
- Oconee Memorial Hospital: 2 Miles
- Greenville Hospital: 36 Miles
- Highway 28 S: 1 Mile
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