Although I’ve seen thousands of homes over my 25 year career, this one stopped me in my tracks.
Rarely have I seen a home that is so artfully and thoughtfully blended with its surroundings and where every inch built to such an exacting standard of quality.
The house is completely private and is reached by a winding driveway through the woods. It’s situated on 10.5 acres in the beautiful Pretty River Valley which has got to be one of the most scenic areas in the Province. The 2500 acre provincial parklands attract hikers, skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts and people wanting to reconnect with nature’s best.
This house was originally a 1970’s Panabode. In 2007, the owners decided to completely, and I mean completely renovate the structure with a new foundation, new roof, new EVERYTHING. They needed more space and added a very contemporary addition that somehow works in a perfect harmony of old and new.
Like the house, the detached garage blends perfectly into the wooded landscape and the second floor houses the most amazing studio complete with a kitchenette, 2 pc washroom, cathedral ceiling, sound-proofing. Built by a musician for a musician and as a home office, there really isn’t a way to describe it; you just have to see it to believe it.
Outside is a veritable playground that starts with a gunite sports pool, a solar outdoor shower, hot tub, multi-tiered decks, a custom playground and playhouse for the kids, a custom fire-pit and… an extensive trail network that winds through the woods and up the ridge to a private little log cabin overlooking the Valley. The owner says he loves to climb up there to play his guitar, to decompress and unwind.
The house and property incorporate numerous eco-friendly features such as ICF construction, solar evacuated tubes to heat the garage and pool, extensive Bamboo cabinetry, local and sustainable materials and so much more.
If you are ready to put life back in your life, then this is a must to see. Be forewarned – you won’t ever want to leave.
This home is listed at $1,300,000 and you can learn more at www.PrettyRiverRoad.com.