Dressed in black and white this elegant three story Second Empire home invites images of formal garden parties and white tent events. Built in 1875, expanded on in the 1970's and completely renovated this year, the home rests on just shy of 2 acres that are filled with large mature trees and sweeping emerald lawns. Ten foot ceilings, 14 inch baseboards, plaster ceiling mounts adorned with crystal chandeliers, exquisite century old pine floors, walnut staircases & 8 foot doors all add to the dramatic spaciousness of this historic beauty. The grand entrance's towering windows flow around the intimate dining room, all perfectly lit by natural light originating from the west. A modern chefs kitchen dressed in dazzling white quartz with a nine foot centre island over zebra marble floor opens onto the fireplace room overlooking the rear yard & pool. Upstairs the master suite features carved wooden cornice and even more crystal chandeliers to fit the Napoleon the Third inspired architecture. The white marble spa inspired ensuite retreat is an experience you won't want to end. Seven entrances, four porches, a fenced private yard, BBQ patio, gardens, a large shaded barn and ten car circular drive further add to this one of a kind home's greatness. This home boasts over 4500 sq ft of beauty plus a bonus 578 sq.ft loft waiting to become your own private studio.
Listed at 1,649,000.
This home is triple brick with board and batten siding on carriage house addition.
A large outdoor space to view the back of the home with multiple roof lines and the large semi circular window to the loft which is a unique architectural element adding great natural light to this space.
Large custom pool with concrete deck, pool house and river rock gardens. There is a large barn and shed in the background outside the pool enclosure.
The main entrance to the Empress showcasing the original pine plank flooring, windows, walnut staircase, 14inch baseboards and 8ft front glass doors. The crystal chandelier is hanging from the original plaster ceiling mount.
Original windows, flooring, baseboard and trim with a modern contemporary light fixture highlighting the 10ft ceilings.
The large kitchen has black zebra marble flooring with a 9ft white quartz island and counter tops. The cabinetry is custom white high gloss featuring high end appliances including a 36 inch gas stove and a rectangle crystal light fixture. This room adjoins the fireplace room and a large pantry area with floor to ceiling storage in the same high gloss cabinets. The art is Canadian native by Christian Morrisseau in the black and white colour scheme. There is a large wooden deck through the glass door off the kitchen for out door dining .
The master bedroom is black with 9ft mahogany doors to master bath. These rooms have hand carved wooden cornice work showing the 2nd Empire craftsmanship. A custom build close form floor to ceiling is missing from the photo. Original pine floors and an abundance of light from the many windows in the room.
The master bath has white marble flooring with a large soaker tub, walk in shower and mother of pearl tile surround. The vanity has a white quartz top with crystal handles on the faucets.
The office space is large on the main floor with vaulted ceilings and views to the side yard and a glass walk out to the pool area.
The fireplace area is opposite the kitchen with vaulted ceiling, large glass windows, cylindrical crystal lighting and a glass door walk out to the pool area.
- Michael Grocholsky