Prime Location, Character Galore!
Quietly nestled behind mature hedges and trees on the corner of Grove Avenue and Hampton Road lies a beautiful historic treasure in pristine condition. 18 Hampton Road is a very well-kept and beautifully restored home with curb appeal plus overlooking the Rothesay Common. What a fabulous location within walking distance to all levels of schools both public and private, the Rothesay Yacht Club, Rothesay Tennis Club, Post Office, Restaurants, Bank and three churches! Just walk across the street to enjoy the Rothesay Craft Fair or the Concert on the Commons Series on Thursday evenings during the summer months. Locations don’t get any better than this, especially with the extensive privacy of the property on the .6 acre, 26, 781 sq ft lot!
And historic renovations don’t get any better either! Built in 1922 this home was originally built for the McAvity family and has only changed hands twice until now! During extensive renovations carried out between 1993 and 2012, (complete list on file) the home has been lovingly restored in minute detail inside and out for the current owner by our area’s top tradesmen including renowned master woodworker Roy Kippers, meeting and exceeding all codes of historic planning, expertly marrying historic style with modern conveniences. Some of the renovations in the extensive restoration includes; restored hardwood flooring, new back staircase and basement staircase, upgraded wiring and electrical to 200 amp entrance, upgraded insulation, updated plumbing, every square inch of the house inside and out repainted (2012), new kitchen and bathrooms, new roof 2004, new fibreglass oil tank, all hot water radiators removed spray painted and reinstalled with new plumbing connections and this list goes! The eves troughs on this house are solid copper as are the three covered entrances and down spouts, and there are three separate alarm systems; one for the house, the first floor of the carriage house and the second floor. Many of the light fixtures are vintage. The wiring, cable and phone lines are underground. What this means for you is a completely renovated historic property in mint condition and move in ready!
The home is spacious with a floor plan that is very comfortable with 2491 square feet on the main floor and 1886 square feet on the second bringing the total to 4377 square feet not including the finished attic.
From the moment you pull in the driveway through the mature cedar hedge you can appreciate the pleasing curb appeal, classic style and old world ambiance of the house and manicured grounds. The house has a very inviting front covered entrance will double pillars and attractive fan transom leading into a tiled vestibule with wainscoting, perfect for cold days preventing the low temperatures from entering the house. Entering the large central foyer through a French door with side lights you get just a taste of what’s to come. This central foyer conveniently connects to the home office, living room, family room, original dining room, powder room, main staircase and back staircases and side entrance.
An attractive study or home office with beamed ceiling, built-in bookcases, three quarter height wainscoting and stone wood-burning fireplace is located directly off the foyer just inside the vestibule. Also, off the foyer is a gracious living room with wide crown moulding, hardwood flooring, large window and wood-burning fireplace with attractive brick surround, arched firebox, and painted wood mantel with hand-carved knee brackets. An adjoining room originally used as an additional sitting room (similar to a double parlour affect) is currently being used as a formal dining room. This is a bright sunny room with large windows on two sides. All window coverings are included.
The family room is very spacious and conveniently located directly off the kitchen. This handsome room features oak flooring, oak crown moulding, oak beamed ceiling and large bay window with window seat.
This kitchen has been renovated in keeping with the era of the home with new cabinetry, counter tops, appliances, lighting and a tin ceiling. A wide arch opens into the nice-sized eating are with windows on two sides, hardwood flooring, crown mouldings and tin ceiling as well. All appliances are included.
Off the kitchen is the original formal dining room currently being used as a den. This spacious sunny room has windows on two sides and a wall of built-ins designed for china and linens. Replacement bulbs for the kitchen light fixture are included. What elegant dinner parties can be enjoyed in this lovely space! There is also a powder room conveniently located under the main staircase near the side entrance.
This well-planned home has not one but two hardwood staircases! The main staircase is very elegant with the curved bottom volute and large window with European chandelier on the landing leading to a central floor plan. The second back turned staircase was rebuilt in solid hardwood and leads directly from the kitchen area to the upper stairs hall.
On the second floor we find five bedrooms, all with hardwood flooring and two with ensuite bathrooms including the master bedroom. The master has a dressing area and two nice-sized closet and features the third wood-burning fireplace, oh so cozy on cool winter nights! There is a third main bath on this floor as well servicing the other three bedrooms. Also from this level another hardwood turned staircase leads to the finished attic. This is a great space for storage, play room for children, exercise room, second home office, etc.!
The basement is another great area for storage as it is always cool and most importantly dry. The walls and floor are poured concrete and a large laundry room is located on this level as well as a half bath and furnace room. The oil furnace runs the hot water baseboard system and has fibreglass tanks and an amazing 82% efficiency rating!
One of the most amazing features of this property is the carriage house which can be called nothing if not awesome! This building was built in 2006 and much care and planning was given to the design to have it resemble a garage of the 1920’s. This was a job very well done! All the exterior doors are solid wood built by Black River Woodworking, windows are of the highest quality, the space is heated and there is parking for two full size cars and one sports car or compact. This building is 25’ x 50’ and features a garden centre with extensive counter tops and stainless steel sink, storage lockers at the back for seasonal tires, etc. and a full bathroom with shower. The crème de la crème of this building is the 1250 square foot flex room located on the second level. Top of the line by any standards, this space features an abundance of custom built, solid wood shelving, countertops and storage also supplied by Roy Kippers. The space has solid wood trim and crown mouldings, plush carpeting with thick underlay and efficient convection heating. It would be suitable for a number of uses including an art gallery, artist studio, screening or audiophile room, collectibles, multiple room office and would make a first class library! This space could easily be converted into a guest apartment. Whatever use you choose for this space you are sure to be surrounded in luxury!
The grounds of the property have privacy, lovely gardens, plenty of paved parking and a fenced in-ground heated oval-shaped, vermiculite pool with covered cabana. This pool was completely revamped in 2013 with all underdeck plumbing replaced, skimmers redone, new diving board, filter system, pump, liner and “wedding cake” steps installed!
If you are considering to upsize your lifestyle and the heart of Rothesay is your dream location that you should have a closer look and consider this fine property! For your private appointment for viewing please contact Katherine Bacon, Global Luxury Specialist at 506-650-8575 Voice/Text