Welcome to your 50-acre Creemore hilltop haven. Entirely private, expansive, and finished to a very standard, this 5,600 square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home is your turnkey escape to the rolling countryside. Located on a forested high point surrounded by lawns, fields, and woodlots, this large property boasts 270-degree views to Georgian Bay and the hills of Creemore, a quaint village just six minutes drive. Mad River Golf Club, Devil’s Glen Ski Club, and Collingwood are 6, 12, and 20 minutes away.
Approximately 15 acres of mature 25-year-old pine forest at the front of the property provides a generous buffer from lightly-traveled Fairgrounds Road. A long drive winds through the trees, culminating in a circle that fronts ample flowerbeds, deep-red Debra Maples, and the stone-porticoed grand entrance to your new home. The house itself is surrounded by expansive lawns on all sides, landscaped with well-placed trees, shrubs, flowerbeds, a vegetable garden, an asparagus patch, and terraces that capture the views, as well as a pond close by. A spacious, attached three-car garage, also roofed in 40-year cedar shakes like the house, makes for effortless winter entries. There is ample extra parking space in the drive and a driveshed for equipment.
Grand, light-filled living space
A portico entryway greets travelers, while phalanxes of top-end windows flood rooms with brightness and delight occupants with 20-mile views. Walk through the front door into the Great Room and feel the sense of space and light. At one end, a wood-burning Rumford fireplace is sheathed in local granite running from cherry-wood floor to curved, vaulted ceiling. It’s bookended by great expanses of windows, which similarly line the other outer wall. Walk through double glass doors onto the stone-paved balcony for another vista that frames the sweep of South Georgian Bay.
To your right is the Chef’s Kitchen, boasting two islands and plenty of counter space, all finished in granite. Locally-sourced custom solid-wood cabinetry fronts generous storage space and high-end appliances, including a gas range and a double, wall-mounted oven. The kitchen opens onto the Great Room, while still maintaining enough separation for undisturbed meal preparation.
The Library adjoining the Great Room is currently outfitted with a desk and a sitting area. It contains one of two gas-burning fireplaces, extensive shelving, and rich wood paneling that cleverly conceals a Murphy bed. Double glass doors let onto the same balcony as the Great Room.
To give you a sense of the quality of this build, all baseboards, crown moldings, cabinetry, and shelving were milled from local hardwood, while balcony railings are custom wrought iron. Few expenses were spared in the construction of this 20-year-old home.
The main-floor Master Bedroom boasts a double-door walkout to a private balcony with a gorgeous view and a massive, ensuite bathroom finished in marble. The jet soaker tub is ideally located next to a picture window, but you might decide to walk past the tub and directly out to the private wooden deck with a built-in hot tub.
A formal dining room with an enormous bay window lets onto the drive and the grounds beyond, while separate laundry and powder rooms flank a spacious, stone-tiled mudroom for easy cleanups in winter and spring.
An extra-wide central staircase lands you in an above-grade Family Room that runs the length of the house. Complete with wall-to-wall wool broadloom, 10-foot ceilings and a gas fireplace, the Family Room currently holds a large sitting area with an entertainment centre, as well as a piano and large pool table, which come with the house. Three spacious bedrooms adjoin, each with a sliding-door walkout and one with a four-piece ensuite, including a jet soaker tub. The other two bedrooms share a four-piece, Jack and Jill bathroom.
If you wish to supplement the ski, golf, cycling and watersports opportunities that abound in the immediate area, your property is ideal for skating on the pond, cross-country skiing through the woods and over the fields, and tobogganing down the hills. You can walk through the woods, or straight across the fields to Mad River Golf Club if a member.
Storage a-plenty, inside and out
Inside, you will find plenty of storage, especially on the lower level, with cold storage, a cedar-lined closet, and a crawlspace. The Garage has ample shelving and ancillary storage space, while a separate Driveshed holds room for a tractor, a car, winter tires, and more. The Driveshed second story has dry-storage space for lawn furniture, winter sports equipment, and sundry.
Mechanicals, farming, and upkeep
House mechanicals are sound, with a double geothermal heating and air conditioning system, a backup generator set to switch on automatically, central vacuum and alarm system. The well, fireplaces, furnace and other items are upkept and inspected on a regular basis.
Lawnmowing and gardening, snow removal, and house checking are all tasks performed by local individuals on a handshake basis—relationships that you are welcome to assume. Likewise, a local farmer plants and harvests two fields on the property, an arrangement that reduces property taxes and results in manicured fields, as well as a yearly income stream.