Richard K.C. Ling, Broker
Harvey Kalles Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
Idalia, Port Hope
85 Victoria Street South, Port Hope ON Canada
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Commissioned by Arthur Williams for his Daughter in late 1800's
Fine Example of Italianate Architecture
Restored, Manicured Gardens, May Accommodate three distinct Families
Or One Large One
On a Cliff overlooking Port Hope Golf and Country Club and Lake Ontario
98 Ontario Street
~A Writer and Consultant Weekend Retreat~
Just Over an Acre
All Brick with Four Columns
Concentric Brick Circular Drive
Surrounded by Mature Trees
Canadian $288,000 / ~ U.S. $257,000
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Peeking in from the road, over the two entrance column with lantern on top of each, the stately grounds and facade gives the impression of a much larger estate. Driving in onto a broad crush brick path to the concentric Inground Brick Circular Drive reinforced this notion. I can see why the property has been featured in Port Hope's House and Garden Tours.
Dixie has impeccable tastes with the fusion of colours and furnishings which gives the impression of walking into the private Dressing Room at Holt Renfrew. A very cozy home indeed, with Semi Open Concept in Kitchen and Dining Room, formal Living Room with Walk-Out to large Deck. The lower level Great Room with Wood Stove and a Wall-to-Wall Brick Backdrop and windowed to the back gardens gave me a really warm and fuzzy feeling. I can see comfortably hanging out with my close friends over wine in front of a roaring fire. The Utility Room is SO SPACIOUS! Dixie uses it as the secondary office for her support staff as well on the occasion that she works over the weekend! (Don't we all!)
Originally 3 Bedrooms - now 2 has been combined to form Master with Sitting and 3 Piece Ensuites.
I hate to tell you this but the property is sold conditionally in just a few days. There is a 24 hour escape clause - so hurry!
Notes on The Region
Tap into what the cognoscenti have known for several years, a little bit of insider information if you will - Port Hope is turning into a bedroom community of Toronto. 50 minutes of highway driving east of Toronto on HWY 401, Port Hope is one of (maybe a couple), towns in Ontario that has a proactive Heritage Conservatory that has prevented bulldozing of Century Homes for Parking Lots - "managed growth" is a term that comes to mind.
And it is a good thing. Steeped in history, it was the playground of the Rich and Famous since the early 1800's. That would explain all the majestic estates in the surrounding countryside.
Northumberland County, wherein lies Port Hope, benefits from the growing trend of "city folk" moving out from the hustle and bustle in the "big smoke" to somewhere quieter and safer. With the Internet revolutionizing the way we do business and communicate, many have taken advantage of what telecommuting has to offer. When we placed the Director of Marketing for a major National Bookstore in Grafton 4 years back, he traded his home in North York for a 100 acre farm with a restored Century Home that once belonged to the Masseys for $550,000. I am sure it's worth a lot more now.
Northumberland County is only part of this phenomenon of "managed growth", although Port Hope, being the closest, has positioned itself to be a gateway of sort. Port Hope, indeed, is unique with it's water frontage, Yacht, Golf and Country Clubs, developed cultural events and mildly eccentric denizens. We have the Big Apple in Colborne that opens year round attracting millions. And Brighton turning into a well received retirement community - great success in the development of Brighton-by-the-Bay by a REIT. Then Prince Edward County, with picturesque Picton, is turning into the other Wine Producing region. After selling The Hillcrest in Port Hope to an area Spa, I see a few more popping up that provide a variety of alternatives and choices. Another client from the U.K., now a good friend, is setting up another one in Brighton. I am sure this will be quite special - as influenced by her background as a hotelier in Africa and her son as an impresario in the entertainment/music industry in the U.K. and New York. Then there is Trenton and Belleville, led by one of the most dynamic Economic Development Boards in the person of Chris King; and Kingston, which is experiencing phenomenal growth.
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