The term ‘hidden gem’ might have been created to describe this stunning retreat – on the Niagara Parkway, but a world away from anything. Surrounded by lovingly-tended Japanese gardens and bordered by the breathtaking Niagara River, this home must be experienced.
Nine-and-a-half-foot glass front doors welcome you into a space filled with natural light, inviting the outdoors in. Designed by renowned local architect Wayne Murray, who also handled its wise and carefully crafted subsequent expansions, this uniquely elegant home blends seamlessly into its lush Niagara landscape. At every turn, the light streams in - through the floor to ceiling windows in the gracious living room and elegant dining room where guests will raise a glass to your good taste - and even through skylights that illuminate nooks spacious enough to house living trees.
This is a home for welcoming family and friends, with a supremely functional Salvarani designed kitchen featuring an expansive island with both seating and a gourmet stove top, illuminated by a large skylight overhead as well as sleek track lighting. The Travertine tile floors, Corian countertops, double ovens and twin dishwashers, capacious pantry with pull out drawers, built-in butler’s pantry and abundant storage space, make this the sociable but sophisticated chef’s dream.
In the dining room, guests will want to linger in the warm glow cast by the eye catching chandelier imported from Spain, and the double-sided gas fireplace that enhances both the living and dining areas.
With large, bright bedrooms and capacious office spaces both up and downstairs and a master suite whose bathroom is a marvel of marble, surrounded by windows overlooking the river, this is a heavenly blend of privacy, luxury and the relaxing visual power of nature. Custom Caesar stone double vanity, oversized deca sinks, a 39” x 62” glass steam shower with rain head faucet and an enormous air-jet soaker tub are completed by tumbled marble flooring.
A gas fireplace makes the Master Bedroom the ultimate retreat, along with a 56” wall mount flat screen television - one of many located discreetly throughout the home. You’ll even find one on the elegant, sheltered outdoor dining veranda!
In the lower level, a pair of wood-burning fireplaces with stunning conical copper hoods are the focal point for an entertaining space so spacious, you can not only accommodate all your friends but also offer a pool table to entertain them. If the game becomes too heated, you can simply walk out onto the deck, through the enormous sliding doors.
Are cars your passion? You might decide to live in the well-appointed four-car garage, with gleaming epoxy flooring, hot/cold water taps and central vac – designed to help keep your vehicles as pristine as their surroundings.
This home flows as naturally as the Niagara River that sweeps past its shorefront property. Though currently showcasing the owner’s jaw-dropping collection of art and furnishings, what leads you effortlessly from room to spacious, gracious room, are the views - river and lush green garden. Outside, expansive multi-level decking around a crystalline pool invites you to wander and appreciate the beauty of the carefully cultivated oriental gardens. Surprisingly, though you’re not more than ten minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake on what Winston Churchill referred to as the ‘most beautiful Sunday drive in the world’, you’ll enjoy such privacy, you’ll never see a glimpse of the Parkway and never hear a sound.