456 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Very rarely does an opportunity arise to join a world-renowned community from the vantage point of one of its most recognized and distinctive properties – 456 Queen St.
Fenced, gated, with the best personal security systems available, the property shows its grandeur to passers-by, while ensuring privacy for residents and guests. Floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors , balconies and terraces beautifully blur the lines between outdoors and in, making the most of lake breezes and the play of sunlight.
What distinguishes this grand residence is all of its various elements and influences, coming together to create a perfect backdrop for a myriad of uses and pleasures ~ from a stately family home to an incredible entertainment venue with guest comfort of prime importance.
By the numbers, the parcel is most impressive: 2.15 acres of gated property in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake featuring 4 distinct buildings, a 45 ft by 20 ft heated salt water swimming pool, 6 fireplaces, 5 furnaces/heat pump/air conditioners, 3 kitchens, 2 grand fountains, and 100 K.V.A. generator with capacity to operate the entire property. Living spaces include the main residence (5189 sq + 3374 in the lower level), the entertaining pavilion (2000 sq ft + 2000 sq ft in the lower level), a 920 sq. ft coach house and a 590 sq ft octagonal conservatory.
Built in 1904 by the Gibson sisters, the property’s provenance is fascinating ~ doctors, lawyers, Supreme Court justices, local politicians and the like have made this picturesque corner of Queen Street their home.
The current owners have invested 3 years of passion and vision in the expansion and re-creation of the home and property, under the guidance of Coventry Homes. This has been no ordinary renovation, and 456 will attract the most discerning buyer.
Based loosely on the classic Georgian centre hall plan, rooms are spacious and graceful, finishes sublime. Each of the bedrooms in the main house enjoy spa-like ensuite privileges, and a balcony reminiscent of the grand antebellum age. A clever loft storage room, accessible by the electronically controlled ladder is ideal to store precious collections. The fully finished lower level incorporates an open concept media/recreation room with a home gym. Scraped oak floors run throughout the home, incredible tile work, the finest of fixtures and finishes prevail.
The entertainment pavilion is a wonderful blending of form and function; eye-catching as it is artfully designed to make the most of temperate Ontario summers and perfect for large-scale entertaining or smaller, more intimate affairs. The kitchen here is spectacular and built for accessible cuisine adventuring.
The conservatory is an artist’s dream, with a raised cupola atop the many floor-to-ceiling windows anchored by an inviting fireplace.
The coach house includes a 1-bedroom living space perched above the 3-car garage, with a generous balcony of its own.
A perfect blend of off-the-beaten track and proximity to flight hubs, 456 Queen St. speaks to the sophisticates the world over be it to showcase fine art and collectibles or to entertain without limits.
If not a primary residence, this hallmark property might make a perfect 2nd, 3rd or 4th retreat.
Rich Niagara history abounds, and 456 is sited right in the thick of it all.
This area of Niagara was the home of first people of the Neutral Nation, giving way to Iroquois, Mississauga and Seneca Nations, and finally the strategic settlement and haven for the United Empire Loyalists. Niagara-On-The-Lake is recognized as the birthplace of Upper Canada, having hosted the first legislature and judicial processes mere steps eastward along Queen Street. During the war of 1812, residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake saw British, American and Native forces converging to do battle, and to this day many of the post-war buildings still stand, giving rise to the development of Ontario’s first heritage district. Exit the front gate at Queen Street, and find yourself on the Battlefield of Fort George National Historic Site grounds, or strolling onto the green at Canada’s oldest surviving (and still quite challenging!) golf course.
Of course, the view eastward along Queen looks significantly different today; downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake's charming streetscape glitters with world-class theatre, cuisine, shops and designer boutiques. Visitors from around the globe return time and time again to enjoy the superb dining options, trend-setting wines, luxurious spas and venerable accommodations. A sympathetic blend of history and modern culture and fine amenity, Niagara-on-the-Lake plays host to sophisticated travellers seeking understated elegance and refinement.
Transportation-wise, a perfect blend of off-the-beaten track and proximity to flight hubs: 10 minutes to Niagara District Airport (YCM) with 5,000-foot runway, 24-hour Customs clearance, NAV CANADA on site, Avgas and Jet Fuel refueling available as well as executive and personal charter. A 14-minute flight will land you at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is 40 minutes away, Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) is half that. John C Munro Hamilton International (YHC) is an hour, Lester B Pearson International (YYZ) 90 minutes away. Nexus lanes at Queenston-Lewiston, Rainbow and Peace bridges make land crossing into the United States simple.