History for Sale

Friday, July 11, 2014

CHISOLM HOME circa 1850s

"The brim of the Escarpment provides many breathtaking views, reminders to Hamiltonians of who they are and what forces have shaped their city...For all of its foibles and frailties, Hamilton is blessed with uncommonly beautiful building stock, some of which dates back to the city’s childhood."
- Michael Gordon , Hamilton Magazine, Spring 2010 Interiors issue

77 Claremont Drive, Hamilton, ON circa 1850s

This home is truly the "summer block-buster" of the Real Estate market. And all the hype is worth it. What's not to get excited about this solid limestone manor that pre-dates confederation!?

  • The previous owners had torn antique wallpaper matched and refabricated by custom contractors during a restoration directed by the former curator of Whitehern. To my disappointment the current owners have removed. Good thing there is lots more character to love in lieu of this tragedy. Befores and Afters:

  • A discreet trap-door hidden under the living room rug – the space was originally the dining room – leads to a crawl space in the basement. It has been suggested that during the days of Prohibition, forbidden liquor could be stealthily squirrelled away when scornful eyes paid a visit.
  • The home’s namesake was James Chisholm, lawyer to the McQuesten family, and Whitehern staff have discovered correspondences that hint at convivial social relationships.
  • Limestone exterior house
  • At edge of escarpment with city views of Lake Ontario to Toronto
  • Imported mahogany paneling in the family room
  • 3 gas fireplaces
  • 2 sunrooms
  • Hardwood throughout
  • Chef's gourmet kitchen w/granite counters, 3 sinks & work stations and high end appliances

  • Wine tasting room with french door w/out to backyard oasis

  • Interlocking walkways, beautiful gardens, and an exquisite plunge pool (heated, saltwater & night lighting

  • 4 bdrms + 4 bahs (2 ensuites)

View full listing HERE
Offered for sale a $1,098,000

Related LINK "Post Mortar"

Thursday, June 26, 2014



"South of Aberdeen" has become a major selling phrase in Hamilton Real Estate and its no wonder as some of the city's most impressive homes line this historic tree-lined street. And the stretch of Aberdeen between Bay St South and James Street South is home to "Mansion Row." So much beauty your head will spin!

Your neighbour to the east! The others are just as FRESH:)
And that mine did when I was out last night and saw the for sale sign planted in front of this English Manor Style home.

70 Aberdeen is truly one of Hamilton's landmark homes, built by Pigott Construction (see related links below). It sits on a gorgeous 68 x 263 ft park like lot that defies urban perceptions. Other FRESH features include:

  • 26' x 50' in-ground pool
  • Centre Hall Plan
  • Magnificent landscaped estate sized lot
  • Abundant windows with stone lintels
  • Oak hardwood floors with inlay
  • High ceilings
  • 2 fireplaces with handcrafted surrounds
  • 8 inch baseboards
  • Plaster walls and ceiling mouldings
  • Highly walkable neighbourhood

View full listing HERE
Offered at $1,250,000


  • This house will sell  and sell FAST
  • Its a unique home offering a once in a life time opportunity to live in the city's MOST prestigious neighbourhood
  • 73 Aberdeen which sold earlier this year (across the street by the same broker) is a much GRANDER and character rich home. Hands down wins on HOUSE in my opinion (see related links below). 
  • That being said, this home wins on LOT and offers greater potential overall. The decor is dated but can easily become a "10" with good design choices and updates. 


73 Aberdeen Avenue

1930s Pigott Built

Sunday, June 22, 2014


This side hall manor house built in 1830 by Scottish Stone Masons has survived virtually unchanged inside and out for almost two hundred years! 

FRESH FACT: Known as Kirby house, built by Andrew Todd KIRBY. 

I actually viewed this house a few years ago at an open house (a very busy one) and without hesitation this is the most hauntingly beautiful home I have seen. The ceilings soar, the rooms dwarf and the character seduces. Truly a time capsule property. Some vision required but a worthy trade-off considering everything is historically intact.


  • Large (.97 Acre) lot 
  • 12 ft ceilings
  • Floor to ceiling window bays with paneled shutters
  • Two and a half foot thick stone walls
  • Black walnut staircase
  • Giant fanlight arch
  • Eleven foot pre-confederation window
  • Sixteen foot first floor landing
  • Two large matching Count Rumford fireplaces
  • Oversize cross and bible* solid black walnut doors 
6 panel door common in the years preceding 1850 and seen again in the
1920s during the colonial revival period. The stiles and rails of the door form a pattern suggestive of a cross, the two lower stiles and rails form a pattern vaguely suggestive of an open book, representing the bible.

Offered at $799,000