About the Balsam Estate
Entry Hall and Grand Foyer
The richness of the gleaming marble flooring combine with exquisitely detailed millwork and a soaring grand ceiling with dramatic stained glass dome above the foyer rotunda to create a sense of arrival that rivals the world’s most prestigious properties. This is a home that exudes privilege and panache at every turn. This is Balsam House. And there’s nothing quite like it anywhere.
At the heart of the home is the Great Room, a room of grand proportions that provides a large seating area for family and entertaining. Lofty 11’ ceilings detailed with coffers and beams create a casual ambiance, further enhanced by a dual gas/wood burning fireplace with automatic sliding glass door and full slab Italian Calacatta marble surround. A built-in walnut entertainment cabinet houses all the requisite electronics. One set of elegant double doors leads onto a stone terrace and rear gardens, and two sets lead to the solarium card room.
Dining Room and Prep Area
The exquisite Dining Room excels at formal as well as casual entertaining. This stunning space overlooks the bounteous grounds. Millwork-paneled walls compliment the tray vaulted ceiling in a dove gray finish. Smart Home Lutron lighting and sound system create a concert quality experience. Decorative crystal lighting by Fine Art Lamps creates an atmosphere to dignify any event. The Servery/Prep Area includes custom Downsview Kitchens solid walnut cabinetry with a second built-in dishwasher, while opposite is a humidity-controlled secondary wine cellar.
The custom-designed and built Downsview Kitchen features face frame cabinets and walnut face frame base cabinets and 5’ x 9’ central island with sink. The island, kitchen counters and backsplash are all topped with Calacatta marble. A stunning oversized hood canopy with architectural brackets frames the 60” dual fuel gas range equipped with 6 burners and removable griddle. The kitchen offers an integrated Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer as well as refrigerator and freezer drawers in the large island. Built-in ovens, a steam oven and built-in Miele coffee maker offer the ultimate in convenience. A spectacular dinette with built-in cabinetry completes the kitchen suite.
Music Room and Card Room
These gorgeous retreats are the perfect place to enjoy a symphony or a game of Hearts. The completely millworked panelled walls and tray vaulted ceiling contribute to an ambiance of casual enjoyment. Dove grey coloured builtin cabinetry and a marble fireplace surround add to the sense of sublime peace engendered by this truly beautiful space. Windows are Heat-Smart Triple Glazed by Loewen for extra insulation and sound protection.
Main Floor Office and Study
This bright room offers a triple workstation study for large families with lots of homework! The room includes contemporary built-in Walnut and Alder cabinets, desks, bookshelves and storage. The granite-topped counter height workstation features pendant task lighting above. Wall finishes include custom trim work and brick veneer clads the walls that surround the front window elevation with triple pane glazing and stained Douglas Fir sashes.
Doubling as a secondary laundry area for smaller wash-loads, the Mudroom has built-in storage cubbies that hold lots of coats, shoes and boots for busy, active families. Hamper storage located in the centre island is ideal for soiled sports equipment. There is a large sink area for easy wash-ups while heavy-duty bead board walls and ceiling and large format porcelain tile flooring can easily handle the extra traffic and wear. The 3-car garage is located off the Mudroom. Even here, elegance and style are at the forefront.
Upstairs Hall and Niche
The grand upper hall repeats the main floor architectural rotunda with circular custom metalwork railing that overlooks the main level. Above is the rotunda stained glass dome which brings in natural light and adds a grand sense of artistry to the space. Custom plaster mouldings and plaster coves highlight the rotunda and house integrated LED lighting. Custom wall panelling and trim work compliment the elegant rift and quarter sawn engineered wide plank hardwood flooring. A niche, located in the stair hall offers a cozy area for seating and reading.
The Master Bedroom’s vaulted tray ceiling decorated with silver leaf faux finish panels exudes elegance and panache, and works beautifully with the cream-coloured beaded wall covering and espresso-stained walnut built-in cabinetry. Central to the suite is an integrated linear gas fireplace with solid slab marble surround and mantle while engineered wide plank hardwood flooring adds stylish warmth. ‘His and hers’ walk-in closets feature built-in millwork cabinetry and integrated LED lighting. An adjacent Private Study with a double desk and built-in millwork storage cabinetry is equipped with a bar fridge.
The exquisite Ensuite is architecturally divided into three balanced spaces; the ensuite with ‘his and hers’ vanities, a Bain Ultra freestanding tub and symmetrical built-in cabinetry. A separate water closet is equipped with a Neorest toilet with integrated washlet seat and pedestal lavatory. A luxurious 6’x6’ walk-in shower includes heated marble bench and Kallistra nickel silver fixtures with rain head shower and 6 body sprays. The Ensuite is finished with espresso stained walnut millwork and Calacatta marble slabs accented with Gris De Savoie marble accents and mosaic.
In a lively hot pink palette with transitional detailing in millwork, here is the ideal bedroom for the perfect princess. Builtin bookshelves flank a large window and comfortable built-in window bench. A matching built-in desk and storage add convenience and style. A 4-piece ensuite includes a freestanding tub, nickel silver plumbing fixtures and built-in cabinetry featuring a handy make-up area with plenty of storage. White Thassos marble with black and white marble mosaic accents throughout create a darling ambiance for this all-fun bedroom suite.
An elegant and upbeat turquoise palette with transitional detailing in millwork is a terrific space for a privileged and stylish girl-cave. Millwork includes builtin bookshelves on either side of the large window with built-in window bench. The adjoining 4-piece ensuite includes built-in cabinetry with make-up area and stunning white Thassos marble with blue glass mosaic accents throughout.
This is a bedroom designed for the future. The neutral palette offers an ambiance of tranquility and peace with lots of clean, architectural ‘step’ detailing reflected in the ceiling and also the millwork cabinetry. The cabinetry includes built-in library shelving as well as a fully equipped desk and storage area in solid cherry accented with task lighting. Segmental arch terrace doors overlook the rear gardens and let in lots of natural light.
Wine Cellar and Exercise Room
Dramatic bronze finish metal doors open to the Wine Cellar that can double as an extra dining area. Featuring a fully functioning mechanical system for expert humidity control. Built-in cabinetry and custom beamed ceiling in walnut stained white oak complement the racking system with soft close drawers. Finishes include silver Travertino stone slab flooring detailed with Eramosa Vein Cut stone borders and copper mosaic inserts. The mirrored Exercise Room is set off in a natural solid walnut with durable Mondo Ramflex indoor sports flooring.
Entertainment Area and Family Room
This grand space is the perfect venue for entertaining and large gatherings. The bar area is adjacent to the wine tasting area and wine cellar that dazzles with Concetto onyx and glowing LED lighting. Integrated appliances and an ice maker and bar fridge offer the ultimate in convenience and style. The entertainment area has a central linear gas fireplace with silver Travertino solid slab stone surround, accented by white Thassos marble in the mantle and hearth. The space features contemporary rift cut white oak and stainless steel cabinetry.
Loft / Guest Bedroom
Irrigation and Exterior Lighting
Above the garage is an additional spacious 5th bedroom boasting a full 4-piece ensuite and oversized living room.
All gardens are equipped with irrigation systems. Landscape lighting including recessed LED step and path lighting are installed throughout, set off by decorative fixtures for the perfect outdoor haven.
All entry gates and fencing feature custom iron railings for a classic look and durability.
Exterior Construction Materials
Of solid engineered wood construction, the exterior is architecturally designed in the English Manor style, clad in Indiana limestone and Wiarton Ledge rock. All the terraces and garden landscaping features are covered by Eramosa natural stone.
The home features two separate, completely heated garages that hold up to 5 vehicles, one 3-car garage and one 2-car, each with insulated garage doors, polyaspartic coated floors, built-in slat wall organizing system and built-in stainless steel cabinetry.
The roof is of durable cedar shingles, fitted with copper rainwater collectors.