Landmark Lancaster mansion, built by Urban, under contract
nThe Roslyn home, built at Marietta and President avenues in 1896 by famed local architect C. Emlen Urban, was formerly the home of Watt & Shand co-founder Peter T. Watt. BY TOM KNAPP, Staff Writer
The Roslyn mansion, a palatial home on Lancaster's fashionable west end, is being sold for an undisclosed sum after more than five years on the market.
Bill Sands, listing agent for Sands & Co. Real Estate, based in Reading, said the vacant 9,320-square-foot house at 1035 Marietta Ave. is under contract, although the sale will not be finalized for another few weeks.
The Roslyn home, built at Marietta and President avenues in 1896 by famed local architect C. Emlen Urban, was formerly the home of Watt & Shand co-founder Peter T. Watt.
Sands said he cannot identify the buyer or reveal details of the sale until the deal is closed. The 2.14-acre property was most recently listed at $850,000.
The reduced price -- the site was listed at $1.25 million a year ago, and was significantly higher when it first went on the market -- reflects the "functional obsolescence and condition of the property," Sands said.
"The property has fallen into some disrepair ... although, as far as I know, it is going to continue to be used under the residential zoning."
The three-story Chateauesque-style Victorian mansion had been owned since the 1970s by Lester and Thelma Eshelman. Mrs. Eshelman died in December 2011 at age 92.
Lester Eshelman, who still owns the house, is selling the property through a legal trust, Sands said.
The house has stood empty for more than a year, he added, during which time there has been some deterioration.
It has 19 rooms, including a grand hall, 10 bedrooms, five bathrooms, a library, a breakfast room and a formal dining room.
The house lists beautiful woodwork, seven fireplaces and stained-glass windows among its features. A carriage house with an apartment also stands on the property.