On the Market in the Poconos: Lakeside Lodge in Greentown
This upside-down house wraps luxurious modern amenities in rustic tongue-and-groove pine, adds a guest house, and puts everything right beside Lake Wallenpaupack.
Are you willing to travel a little further afield to find your own piece of Poconos heaven?
If you are, we have a heavenly offering for you today: this Greentown lakeside house for sale, right on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack.
Located on the border of Pike and Wayne counties, Lake Wallenpaupack is the second-largest lake contained entirely within Pennsylvania. Created when Pennsylvania Power & Light Company built a hydroelectric dam on Wallenpaupack Creek in 1926, the 13-mile-long lake has a 52-mile shoreline, a piece of which will be your own when you buy this house.
There’s lots to do on and around Lake Wallenpaupack. In the summer, you can go boating (sail and power), kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing and swimming; in the winter, ice skating, snowmobiling and ice fishing, not to mention ice hockey and even ice golf during the annual Wally Ice Fest in February (assuming the winter has been cold enough for the lake to freeze over properly; the last two winters, that hasn’t been the case, but the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, which sponsors the event, is hopeful for the coming year, subject to social distancing, of course).
Hiking trails abound around the lake as well as in nearby state parks and forests as well.
All this means that when your friends hear you’ve bought a house on Lake Wallenpaupack, they will be clamoring to visit you when you’re up that way. Fortunately, you will be able to accommodate them all at this lakeside lodge.
The very nicely outfitted main house is built upside down in order to make the best use of its sloping lakeside lot. Up on top is the totally open main floor, combining a high-end kitchen and a spacious living/dining area that opens onto a full-width deck overlooking the lake.
The middle level, one floor down, also has a full-width deck, and it also contains the house’s three bedrooms and two of its three full baths. The primary bedroom includes room for a seating area, an en-suite bath, and access to the deck. You can also reach the deck from the home office, which French doors separate from the den.
The den has a handsome stone fireplace and built-in bookshelves.
While the upper two floors have oak floors to complement the pine walls and ceilings, the bottom level has a ceramic tile floor.
It also has a spacious gym with room enough to accommodate cots for your guests and a full bath with a sauna and a walk-in tub. An elevator connects all three floors.
You can walk out from the lowest level onto a gravel patio and your backyard. Stairs also connect the backyard to the upper levels.
The backyard contains a fire pit, and at the lake end, there’s a four-slip boat dock.
You can also put up guests in the two-story guest house next to the main house. It too is built upside down, with the bedroom next to its deck.
A sliding door connects the two, and the guest bathroom is extra-large and nicely outfitted.
Located in the Poconos’ northern reaches, Lake Wallenpaupack offers an ideal environment for those who truly want to get away from it all. The lake’s current owner continues the PP&L practice of banning outdoor lights and the cutting of trees on lands bordering the lake in order to preserve its unspoiled appearance. Urban civilization is likewise blessedly far away: the closest it gets to here is Scranton, about 40 minutes to the west on I-84.
All this means that you will enjoy a most sophisticated cabin in the woods on steroids when you buy this Greentown lakeside house for sale.
THE FINE PRINT
BEDS: 3, plus 1 in guest house
BATHS: 3 full, 1 half in main house; 1 full in guest house
SQUARE FEET: 3,500 (main house only)
SALE PRICE: $1,350,000
OTHER STUFF: Even though you get reliable, renewable electricity from the Lake Wallenpaupack dam, the house also has a Generac generator that can power the whole house for up to two weeks at a time should the power go out for some reason. It also has a 500-gallon underground propane tank to supply gas.
144 Waterfront Dr., Greentown, Pa. 18426 [Christopher Carr | Simple Choice Realty via Zillow]