Way back in 1909, a land developer, financial broker and builder by the name of Geoffrey Walton built his dream home in Riverview.
Situated on a large 50 x 128-foot lot, even for a 2.5-storey home it was an impressive 2,781 square-feet.
However, when the First World War hit, the stately home was altered to become a duplex.
"The initial interior design was a very boxy, closed Victorian layout that featured a closed-in hallway next to the stairs that led into a sitting area that was separated from the kitchen, which was also separated from the dining area by another wall," says Roger Burns with Century 21 Bachman & Associates. "The interior you see today bears virtually no resemblance to that awkward layout."
Walk into the stately home nowadays and you find yourself in a wide open main living area that features seamless access between the living room, dining area and kitchen.
"The home was thoroughly renovated in 2001 by the outgoing owners," he says. "They modernized it without sacrificing character and poured all kinds of quality into it. The design is simply stunning."
In essence, opening the living room up to the kitchen and dining room unlocked the area’s potential. With no walls in the way, natural light from huge, well-placed windows natural light floods the areas, while views of the mature trees that surround the home are near-panoramic.
At the same time, a 9.5-foot ceiling works with all the natural light to create a light, airy and very welcoming ambience.
"The volume is impacting, setting a casual, inviting tone," says Burns. "This home has twice as many windows compared to other homes its age, which really brightens up the interior and helps bring the outside inside."
Then, you come to the kitchen, which is a sight to behold.
"It features a custom design with an enormous island with gas cooktop, granite countertops, maple cabinetry, a gorgeous backsplash and a huge pantry that surrounds a built-in convection wall oven and microwave," he says. "The dining area is only steps from the kitchen and offers a beautiful, treed backdrop through the window behind it."
From there, the kitchen flows naturally into a spacious, heated back hall entry, the family room and a seasonal veranda.
"The sprawling family room opens to a spectacular screened-in veranda with a door that leads out to a good-sized backyard deck. These three areas give a family everything they need — a place to bring hockey equipment into, a beautiful space to watch games or movies in, and a spacious veranda to enjoy in the spring, summer and fall."
Meanwhile, the home’s second level, which holds three bedrooms, a main bath and office, rivals modern homes in its overall function and livability.
"Both secondary bedrooms are huge, with big windows and ample closet space," says Burns. "The sun-drenched office, which is surrounded by windows and has a massive couch that’s perfect for taking a nap on, is a fantastic kids’ study or den."
Placed in a private spot at the end of an eight-foot-long hallway, the primary bedroom is simply sensational, he adds.
"It’s a big room with a wall of windows that lets in tons of natural light and a large walk-in closet/dressing room. There’s also a spa-like ensuite with tile floor and walls, re-glazed clawfoot tub, walk-in shower and maple vanity with dual sinks. It’s an incredible space."
Add in two more bedrooms and a three-piece bath on the top floor and a finished lower level with rec room, huge laundry room and storage/mechanical room with boiler and you have a wonderfully livable home that offers four levels — and more.
"You also get a lush, private backyard, detached double garage, hot water heat, air conditioning and upgraded insulation that brought heating costs down to that of a house half its size," says Burns. "This is the ideal family home. It offers incredible character, modern livability, exceptional quality and a wonderful location that’s close to the river and all kinds of amenities."
Location: 300 Balfour Ave., Riverview
Year Built: 1909
Size: 2,781 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 50’ x 128’
Contact: Roger Burns, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, 204-453-7653