27 DEERFOOT TRAIL
NEW PRICE $485,000
For the 50+ buyer it has just the right amount of living space for your Muskoka lifestyle.
Set in prestigious and serene Woodland Heights, nestled on the outskirts of Huntsville, Ontario Muskoka you are within minutes of golf, skiing, restaurants, shopping, the hospital and many other amenities. It also a short drive to Algonguin Park.
This ranch style home is an idyllic piece of Muskoka Real Estate, with views over wooded terrain to the lake, is set back from the road and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. Informal treed lawns with their dramatic outcrops of Muskoka rock are planted with deer-resistant bushes and flowers. There are two gates at the top of the driveway for you to enter the fenced back garden where you, and not the deer, can enjoy the lawn surrounded by lilies and roses. Your kitchen herb garden is a must in the raised bed. A private Japanese garden, also accessible from the master bedroom suite and en-suite bathroom, lies beyond the bamboo fencing. Beyond the 8’ high rear fence is a large triangular area of undeveloped woodland awaiting your ideas. To complete the garden tour you walk alongside the fence through the perennial bed and into the side rose garden, planted with hardy Explorer roses, connecting with the rock garden in the front garden. The BBQ deck outside the enclosed porch has electrical and plumbing connections underneath for a hot tub.
The asphalt driveway terminates in a generous turnaround parking area between the attached double garage and the separate double garage. In case you miss it later, you might want to look at the detached double garage now. The garage doors can be opened electrically, but easier to go past the log pile and enter by the side door. Upon entering you will find an extra room, with its own blow heater, that can serve as a store room fitness room, or more likely as a man-cave. This leads you into the double garage, which rarely houses cars but does admirably as a workshop and storage area, substituting for basement storage space. Fixed wooden stairs take you from the garage through a ceiling trapdoor into the attic storage space, or the ‘barn style’ door in the sidewall accepts larger items.
Return to walk up the Muskoka stone pathway to the porch and front doorway. You may be curious about the trillium cut outs on the gable - a ‘trademark’ that the local builder incorporates in all his buildings. This porch gets late afternoon and evening sun and is an ideal spot to sit. On the right of the porch, under the hydrometer, there is a Honda generator, which can be hooked up to supply essential power needs in a power outage.
The comfortable single floor plan is ideal for recreational or retirement living. The home was developed on the lines of Susanka’s (http://www.susanka.com) small house (combining discrete room spaces which provide privacy into an open concept design) and mixes vacation use Muskoka cottage origins with modern high-end renovations for year-round living. It really is cozy!
The double garage on the right and the living area on the left flank the entrance hall. The second bathroom still has two doors for access from the hallway and a way in and out as a short cut if a hot tub was installed. The tiled shower is decorated with four Iznik tiles brought from Istanbul.
The under stairs open space is ideal for additional storage. Stairs take you up to the large L-shaped bonus room above the garage that accommodates family or guests easily and is quite separate from the master bedroom. The small limb of the L could be walled across to make a child’s bedroom or an office space as the wall at the top of the stairs has been constructed to accept a door into that area. As an added bonus an air conditioning unit is installed in this room.
To the left of the hall you enter the main living area. Most of this has the comfort of in-floor radiant heat and some areas have supplementary baseboard heaters. The Muskoka stone wood-burning fireplace heats the entire house if left on for 24 hours in the winter as the stones heat and continues to radiate warmth. In the summer there is no need for air-conditioning as the open windows and ceiling fan cool the house.
The open plan living area adjoins the kitchen with the dining and living room separated by the Muskoka stone fireplace. The dining room leads into a home office and an additional bedroom.
The custom Downsview kitchen is the main feature of this home. Its contemporary high gloss white finished cabinetry wipes clean with a damp cloth. The African granite countertops are spectacular. Miele appliances are integrated seamlessly with the units and include a combined convection-microwave oven housed underneath the island opposite the dishwasher. You need to open the doors and drawers to see the hidden drawers in the drinks cabinet, the spice rack, magic corner for storage in the corner and the wooden cutlery trays.
The laundry room is conveniently located next to the kitchen.
The music/sunroom adjoins the living room and overlooks the back garden. A four-season porch opens from the living area. This currently serves as a fitness room but could be linked to the laundry room for extra utility room space or furnished as a garden room.
Moving to the master bedroom suite means entering a peaceful place, which provides a walk-in closet and has an individual air conditioning unit for the few days when it is very humid in summer.
A dressing room with custom built-in wardrobes links with the Charles Anthony designed Japanese inspired en-suite bathroom. This is a marble tiled oasis with an open shower with rain-head and wall showers. The large soaker tub looks out over the Japanese garden and a double vanity and toilet and bidet complete the suite. Choose to leave from the en-suite bathroom or bedroom to re-visit the Japanese garden or re-trace your steps for another look at the kitchen.
If you missed the attached double garage and the separate double garage and storage area, then this is the time to go there. This is an opportunity to live in a friendly recreational and year-round community.
If you're looking for a property for sale in Muskoka, look no further. Contact the Aben Team today to set up a date & time to see this beautiful home.