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Situated in the heart of Irvington, this house was designed by Ellis Lawrence and it is both beautifully positioned in the community an on its large two and a half city lots.
Known as the James Cameron house, it was built in 1909 and has been thoughtfully upgraded whilst retaining all of the original character of the period. This lovely home is an entertainer and cosy all at the same time with a figure of 8 circulation pattern on the main floor comprising two living rooms, formal dining room, butlers pantry and large kitchen which in turn gives out to the large patio and wrap around yard for those summer evenings! The flexible floorplan on all levels means there's space for everyone, everywhere.
There are details you notice upon entry - a large inviting foyer with living rooms on either side and a generous staircase leading to the second floor. The entryway features original tile that matches not only the quarter light glass either side of the oak front door, but is also reflected in the stained glass windows on the landing.
To the upper left of the foyer is a powder room, the large kitchen with stainless gas appliances, windows galore, and enough cabinetry to store a few sets of crockery and silverware. Around to the butlers pantry and you'll find a second dishwasher, warming oven, fridge and sink - plenty of space for your dinner parties! Keep going to the formal dining room that features a wainscoting, plate rail, picture rail and space for an 18 seat table. Now you are all the way around to the main living room with it's built-ins, large wood burning fireplace and plenty of seating. The lovely thing about this floor is the flow - 100 people for an event doesn't feel cramped and yet the rooms are not so grand that you'd knock around on your own either.
Up the stairs to the second floor, there are three bathrooms serving 5 bedrooms. The primary bedroom has a fireplace and access to a side deck that runs the entire side of the house. This room is also wired for surround sound and the built in book cases have space for a large TV. This room adjoins what was maybe a nursery or dressing room and there is a small bathroom here too with a nice shower tucked in. Three further bedrooms take up the remaining corners of the house with bathrooms either side. See the floor plan for clarity!!
Up to the gracious third floor, where a games room or den begs to used! A guest bedroom in the eaves compliments a 4th bathroom and more storage than your luggage could possibly use.
All the way back down stairs and around to the butlers pantry reveals the stairs to the basement. Partially finished and completely dry (world class art has been stored down here) you'll find a wine room, furnace room, large laundry room, a finished playroom and a powder room.
Outside there is a driveway leading to an oversized single garage, steps up to the patio with the first of three water features and double doors into the kitchen. Around to your left you'll see the 2nd water feature - three falls of water that collect into a small collecting pond that in turn flows out to a small stream around the flower beds to the much larger slate wall & pond at the end of the garden. It is where you'll want to put a comfy chaise lounge and read or perhaps meditate a bit at the end of a busy day.
7 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 powder rooms, 2 living rooms, formal dining room and huge kitchen - come and see for yourself!
I am both a Realtor and Interior Designer. I have transitioned from simply selling homes to selling what makes homes beautiful.
©Suze Riley 2013