A home so special that it has been in the same family for over 120 years. This much admired and stately heritage designated Victorian stone home is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to acquire. The house and grounds have been meticulously maintained over the years and is ready for the next family stewardship. The house has been featured in Home and Design magazine and in the Real Estate section of the Globe and Mail. Its beautiful front porch, with recent Trex composite flooring and exact replicated railings, has been photographed by many.
A breathtaking 2-storey addition was added in 1985 to the back of the house, creating an incredible breakfast room, with vaulted ceiling, and recreation room loft space above. You will adore the cast iron railings and stained glass acquired from a former United Church building in nearby Exeter.
The cherry staircase in the front foyer is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Your dream home office, quietly separated on the ground floor, has large windows and a theater surround sound system. The double living room hosts a baby grand piano by Wente (yes… the piano is included in the sale), custom built bookcases and the original fireplace. The modern farmhouse style kitchen, with slate / wide-plank engineered hardwood floors, was redone about four years ago. High end finishes such as leathered quartzite counters, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry (check out the exposed stone wall detail) make this an exceptional space to cook and casually entertain.
On a practical note, the spacious back entrance mudroom, accessed via the covered side entrance. has built-in cupboards with flagstone flooring and an entrance directly into the two-car garage. There is even a main floor laundry room. Unheard of conveniences in a period home.
On the second floor, all three bedrooms have large principal rooms with original trim, high ceilings and stained glass. Throughout the house are magnificent cherry and maple hardwood floors.
Summer isn’t far away. The property is an absolute paradise, with flagstone surrounding the saltwater inground swimming pool (10 feet at the deep end) and a year-round two-person infrared sauna (located in the pool house). The park-like grounds sit proudly high above the street; add to the positioning, soaring trees, perennial gardens, and mature landscaping which ensure absolute privacy.
St Marys is a picture-perfect postcard town. Vibrant, friendly, growing, and prosperous. It has one of Ontario’s prettiest heritage designated downtown cores filled with stone buildings and quaint shops. Purchase fresh local produce at the farmer’s market, which runs from Victoria weekend to Halloween.
Enjoy the great outdoors and stay active. Kayak or canoe along the Thames River. Walk or hike along the abundance of trails, including the Grand Trunk Trail with its bridge over the Thames River providing spectacular panoramic views. Skateboard or roller blade at the Skate Park. Golf or dine at St. Marys Golf & Country Club or nearby River Valley Golf & Country. Play pickleball or picnic in one of the many parks. Did you know that the swimming quarry is Canada’s largest outdoor freshwater swimming pools (not that you would need it given you have your own saltwater pool)?
It is ideally situated between Stratford, with its theatrical, musical and culinary delights, and London, a regional healthcare centre; not to mention its proximity to Lake Huron and the beaches.
A short distance away is the historic St Marys Railway Station that now offers daily GO train service to downtown Toronto.