Website matchmaking exists for people who want to make a change. But I’m not referring to the search for a significant other. Okay, maybe I am, but the significant other is this instance is the place in which you live. And the change might be one of scenery, or lifestyle, or priorities. Or maybe all three at once.
We should be able to input our requirements or preferences for the type of place we want to live or work and have an algorithm produce the perfect match for our unique specifications. Maybe this application already exists or maybe someone will develop it and put it out there, but in the meanwhile, I would like to provide a scorecard for the town of Almonte.
When you consider living in Almonte, you will find that Malcolm Street embodies the pinnacle of beauty and charm. Malcolm Street, drenched in history, is home to 143 Malcolm Street. "The Gatehouse" as it is known, is a beautiful example of past and present. The original structure has been tastefully expanded over the years to create a perfectly proportioned home with elegant style.
As you set foot on the property, you will notice the immaculate gardens and soothing landscape with significant trees stone features and dappled sunlight. The park-like property is teeming with songbirds and gorgeous flora. A grand deck and pergola lead you to a welcoming foyer. Once inside, space and light greet you. Gleaming hardwood floors anchor the grand open concept living, dining and culinary areas. The ceiling, framed with exciting architectural features, and the soft white walls reflect light from abundant windows throughout. A gas fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and opening to the second floor offer a lovely balance between coziness and openness. The Kitchen is a chef's dream with abundant stainless prep surfaces and seemingly endless storage in the well-crafted drawers and cupboards. The kitchen is adjacent to a fantastic dog spa or potting/greenhouse room for avid gardeners, and the space is fully equipped with a canine-friendly bath and massive skylight. The garage and yard may both be accessed through this well thought out room. The laundry and mudroom are also just off the kitchen, making for a great everyday entrance. Away from all the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, you will find a multi-purpose room that can serve as an office, studio or entertainment room. The current owners have their master suite adjacent to the office so as to have the convenience of one level living with a lovely ensuite. The bedroom and office on the main floor could well serve as a home business for any number of professionals.
The second floor is so enchanting with sloped ceilings, rich pine floors, two unique and cozy sleeping suites and a romantic main bath. The larger of the two rooms has access to a lovely balcony that overlooks the very private yard. Both chambers would be a welcomed retreat for guests or cool rooms for children. There are also some unique storage spaces tucked away on the second floor.
This home is so uniquely stylish that you must see it to fully grasp the amazing effect it will have on your soul.
THE GATEHOUSE HISTORY (as the owners know it)
In 1824 an estate was constructed for Almonte resident James Wylie, a local merchant, Rideau Canal contractor, postmaster, and farmer. The house was named Old Burnside as its location was adjacent to the rippling watercourse (Scottish ‘burn’) of the Mississippi River just outside the picture windows
The Gate House, constructed as one of two companion buildings to Old Burnside, was the roadside entrance for the riverside mansion; visitors would pass through its gates and continue down a laneway to the river where it turned downstream toward the main house.
Along this laneway, numerous jack pines were planted that remains to this day with an unknown number of gas-lit street-lamps, of which only one remains at the southeast corner of our GateHouse property.
The precise year for construction of the GateHouse is not known but estimated around 1880-1890. The house rests among great slabs of unbroken ledge that are sometimes evident throughout the neighbourhood; basement construction broke out several sizeable stones that have now become landscape features in the rear yard.
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