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The Beauty of Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia’s Capital City, is located on the beautiful Vancouver Island in Canada. From the minute your plane touches down, your lungs will expand and relish healthy, fresh, ocean-circulated air.

Here you can enjoy boating, beaches, world-class shopping and a super natural environment.

Looking to settle down in Victoria?

Check out this Unique listing!

Victoria boasts a spectacular setting of ocean and mountain vistas and offers numerous economic, cultural and recreational opportunities. 

Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada and with greenery in evidence throughout the year there is little wonder that it’s called the City of Gardens!

The Inner Harbour is the heart of Victoria and for many boaters is the gateway to the City of Gardens. Bordering the harbour are the ivy-covered Fairmont Empress hotel, the world-renowned Royal British Columbia Museum and the magnificent BC Parliament Buildings.

UPLANDS ESTATES in Oak Bay | Victoria, British Columbia

Privately nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, away from all drive-through traffic, this rare artisan creation awaits. 9,878 square feet of interior luxury living. 1,745 square feet of exquisite patio entertaining areas including a full outdoor kitchen and gas fire pit. All with .71 acres of surrounding, ever-changing flowering gardens and trees highlighted by a meandering river and waterfalls. This is the first time this property has been offered for sale since completion in 2012. Visit the website for Floor Plans, Video, 3D Renderings & 100+ Photos. $6,995,000

Listing provided by Cathy Duncan.

Cathy & Associates Ltd. | cathy@cathyduncan.com | 250.888.9343

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Step Back in Time in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This magnificent heritage home is one of Toronto’s most prestigious addresses.

It was built in 1901 with traditional red brick, stone, and wood detailing. The details maintain the striking Queen Anne Revival styling done by the prolific Toronto architect C. J. Gibson. It was thoughtfully restored from 2017-2021. The home rests on a 43-by-106-foot corner property. 

“It is a rare offering in Toronto’s Historic Yorkville,” says listing agent Jay Egan of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty. “Very seldom do properties of this size — that are completely renovated/restored — become available. The king of Lowther is one of the finest examples of Heritage revitalization in the city.”

 The Victorian exterior and remodeled interior are up to today’s standards. “Shumacher designs intentionally designed the interior to reflect its heritage with a seamless, well-thought-out modern décor,” says Egan.

Features include 6,800-plus square feet, six bedrooms, seven baths, two kitchens, a media room, and a nanny suite.

The home also includes a glass wine cellar, gas fireplaces, spa-style baths and a private patio with built-in grill.

The home is listed for $12.995 million and is perfect for “a family looking for a magnificent and rare downtown estate in the heart of the most sought-after locations in Toronto,” says Egan.

For more information contact, Jay Egan, 416.504.6133, jay@bhhstoronto.ca, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty

 

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Outremont, Québec, Canada

Sophistication and Warmth in Outremont, Québec

An exceptional stone mansion

“It is nestled on prestigious Maplewood Avenue in the heart of Outremont in Montréal, Canada,” says listing agent Maureen Brosseau of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Quebec. “It is surrounded by lush park-like gardens and blends the charm of the old world with the convenience of the new.”

On 13,672 square feet, this residence boasts seven bedrooms, five baths and a lower-level ballroom. It is a true entertainer’s delight. Features include a formal living room, dining room, home office and gracious outdoor spaces.

 Enjoy enchanting terraces for al fresco dining under the stars.

“Timeless elegance abounds and the home offers superior craftsmanship for the connoisseur of vintage architecture,” says Brosseau. “It is ideal for those whose lifestyle demands the finest.”

For more information, contact: Maureen Brosseau, 514.995.4597, mbrosseau@bhhsquebec.ca, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Quebec

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Birmingham, Michigan

Renovated Home in Birmingham, Michigan

Overlooking the 18th fairway on the Birmingham Country Club Golf Course

“My favorite room is the master bedroom that has views of the golf course,” says Kathy Wilson of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HWWB Realtors, who is listing the property for 1.2999 million. The master bedroom suite also includes cathedral ceilings, a wet bar, a bath with dual vanities and heated marble floors, and French doors to the private upper balcony.

The home also includes:

  • Open kitchen with a center granite island and built-in wine fridge
  • Octagonal breakfast nook with a tray ceiling and inlaid wood floors
  • Formal dining room with custom millwork
  • First floor office with mahogany built-ins and a coffered ceiling
  • Four bedrooms
  • Three full and one half baths
  • Lower level with a theater room with a projector and large screen and a workout room

A covered front porch, balcony, and flagstone patio round out the property.

For more information contact: Kathy Wilson, 248.321.8700, kwteam@hwwbrealtors.com, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HWWB Realtors

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Fine Country Living in Ontario, Canada

This 75-acre property sits in one of the most sought-after Burlington, Ontario, Canada locations.

The gated property welcomes all with beautiful, rolling topography, mature trees, exquisite gardens and open fields.

“What this property offers is rare,” says listing agent Lesley Cumming of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. “Not only with the 75 acres of privacy, but the uniqueness of multiple living spaces, which works so well for a family compound or work/life environment.”

The property includes a 5,000-square-foot main house,  a three-plus-one-bedroom bungalow, a four-car coach house with lofted living space above, a circa-1850s bank barn, 15 horse stalls, seven paddocks, two ponds, and so much more.

The main house features four-plus-one bedrooms.

“This home has a beautiful center hall plan with each space offering sophistication and comfort all at the same time.” says Cumming. “My favorite room in the house is the sunken four-season sunroom. It is spacious and cozy with one of four fireplaces and so many windows to take in the rolling topography and sunshine.”

This home was built by Mennonite builders 21 years ago. The main entry has a grand foyer with a sweeping staircase.

There is also a kitchen with a center island, which opens to the breakfast table, living room and sunroom — perfect for the entertainer and chef.

The lower level consists of a games room, family room, gym, office, 3-piece bath, wine room, and a separate entrance to the outside.

Outdoor living includes an inground pool, wraparound porches, and numerous terraces.

This property offers hiking, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, extensive trail rides and fun in the sun.

“This home would be perfect for a family to enjoy,” says Cumming, who is listing the home for $7.85 million CAD. “There is so much to offer for everyone. From a possible family compound with multiple living spaces to the barn, paddocks, indoor riding ring, many acres of farmed land, and more.”

Your Muskoka-like setting, minutes outside of the city, doesn’t look any better than this.

For more information contact: Lesley Cumming, lesleycumming11@gmail.com, 905.973.1275, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

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Whitefish Lake, Minnesota

Once-in-the-Lifetime Opportunity on Whitefish Lake, Minnesota

Own a 3.17-acre peninsula with this Whitefish Chain estate on Whitefish Lake, one of the 14 connected lakes on the Whitefish Chain in Minnesota.

The full log-constructed main home includes three magnificent stone fireplaces.

“The sunroom is special,” says listing agent Bruce Larson of Larson Group Real Estate Keller Williams Professionals. “It’s a cat bird seat where the room is all glass and from there you have a view of what is happening throughout the grounds, at the docks, and at the cabins.”

 

This professionally landscaped peninsula is studded with mature trees and is complemented by fabulous decking systems, paver driveways, flagstone patios and flagstone walkways.

“The lodge gives you the feel of a great lodge in a national park,” says Larson.  “It offers phenomenal craftsmanship and detail.”

Enjoy the surrounding famous Whitefish Chain, boating, fishing, swimming, snowmobiling, and so much more.

Located 150 miles north of the Twin Cities and minutes from the resort town of Crosslake, Minnesota, amenities include a regional airport, great restaurants, premier golf courses, and unique retail shops.

“This home is perfect for someone that enjoys the best of lake living Minnesota has to offer,” says Larson. 

For more information contact Bruce K. Larson, 218.831.7653, Bruce@LGKWPro.com, Larson Group Real Estate Keller Williams Professionals

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Owego, New York

River Views in Owego, New York

This historic and private 3.05-acre estate features direct Susquehanna River frontage in picturesque Owego, New York.

The Claude Bragdon-designed home (1902) includes original millwork, floors, a leaded-glass-front entrance suite, and an ornate dining room ceiling.

“Even the original door bell system which notified servants, is still installed and working to this day,” says co-listing agent Jeffrey Lamica of Keller Williams Greater Rochester who is listing the property with Christopher McCarthy.

This Georgian-style residential retreat welcomes all with multiple porches and a grand front entrance. It features 6 bedrooms with en suite baths and 5,700 square feet.

“This is a grand home from a by-gone era, with large windows and tall ceilings,” says Lamica.

Amenities include an in-ground pool, pool house, arbor garden, and riverfront gazebo, perfect for outdoor entertaining.

It is currently run as a turnkey, executive bed and breakfast and event center and the carriage house (1905) event center includes a full commercial kitchen. It is ideal for business or personal space.

“This home would be perfect for the entrepreneur who is interested in the hospitality industry or individuals who love to host large scale events at their home,” says Lamica.

For more information contact:

Christopher McCarthy, RE Salesperson, crmccart@kw.com,  585.973.8245

Jeffrey Lamica, RE Salesperson, jeffreylamica@kw.com, 585.507.6345

Keller Williams Realty Greater Rochester: Broker, 585.362.8900

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Boston, Massachusetts

Historic Architecture Meets Modern Luxury in Massachusetts

“The home was once lived in by Nathaniel Hawthorne,” says listing agent Joshua Stephens of The Moving Greater Boston Team with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential. “He is one of the greatest fiction writers in American literature and best known for The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851).”

This 5-bedroom, single-family home is in Beacon Hill, Massachusetts. It is the quintessential home — pairing Old World charm with modern conveniences and luxury. There is even a beautiful urban oasis in a private outdoor garden/patio.

Luxury living spans across the home’s five floors in a family-friendly layout. Detail throughout includes five fireplaces and ornate millwork, and the finest in home entertainment, WIFI, speakers, and security.

The chef’s kitchen is perfect for entertaining with an island, state-of-the-art appliances, and ample storage.

A large and inviting living/dining room on the second floor opens to a media room with a wet bar. Upstairs an expansive owner’s suite is complete with a walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom with a heated floor. The lower level doubles as an au pair suite or a home gym.

For more information, contact: The Moving Greater Boston Team, 617.744.4677

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Style, Grace, and Hudson River Views in Cornwall, New York

This exquisite custom-built home in Cornwall, New York greets all with its half-circular driveway, meticulous landscaping, and stunning mountain and Hudson River views. The home offers superb craftsmanship and extraordinary architectural details throughout.

“My favorite room in this house is the sunken living room with a beamed ceiling, cozy stone fireplace and curved wall of windows along the back of the room that overlooks the gorgeous pool and property,” says Tina Townsend of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties who is listing the home for $1.25 million.  “It is a very custom home, and this room helps give it its cozy character.”

The home also features a grand two-story marble foyer with a curved staircase and a family room with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. The primary suite includes a wall of windows and an exterior deck with views. Rounding out the property, the backyard includes a poolscape and patio.

For more information contact: Tina Townsend, 914.456.4097

 

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Glencoe, Illinois

Blocks from the Lake in Glencoe, Illinois

Boasting a stunning renovation, this Glencoe home is a real classic with an upscale redo.

“The most beautiful aspect of this home is the new buyer can walk to Lake Michigan and enjoy all the sunshine and peace it has to offer,” says listing agent Martha May of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago who is listing the property for $1.9995 million.

This five-bedroom, five-full- and 1-half-bath home features 4,500-square-foot, a polished quartz and quartzite kitchen, and a first-floor office.

The home also includes two newly refaced fireplaces. The family room, off the kitchen, features a Verona polished mosaic fireplace surround and flush hearth flush to the floor. And, the living room features an Athens white-marble fireplace surround and hearth flush to the floor.

The second floor features two family bedrooms and a hall bath, an en suite bedroom, guest suite and primary bedroom.

Rounding out the home, the 1,900-square-foot finished basement includes recreation areas, an exercise room, pool table, and a full bath.

For more information contact: Martha May, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, 847.533.0559, mmay@bhhschicago.com

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