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156 Clarendon Avenue
156 Clarendon Avenue
Island Park/Wellington Village

A family of design lovers, a renovation-savvy owner, a superb interior space rethink by Urban Kaos (Winner of the 2013 Renovations/Additions category) plus the coolest deck and yard in the city: just some of the ingredients making this Wellington West Village century home a standard bearer for the pleasures of great design. With everything renewed from windows to wiring it's an exquisitely comfortable living experience you can move right into and enjoy.

Arriving at this home –one of the oldest in the neighbourhood – notice conserved details. The massive portico over the porch is original Arts and Crafts style. A new custom solid oak front door with large window compliments the look.

Inside, half walls define an entry hall that's open and inviting while retaining a dash of formality. The paneled reception closet door is both traditional and 21stcentury. Original moldings and high baseboards conserve authentic character.

The open concept living/dining space welcomes via a short hallway, introducing you to the outstanding spatial feel of this home with its high 9 foot ceilings. Light plays from new Pella windows on all sides. A wood burning hearth surrounded by custom display shelving keeps wintertime blues at bay. Halogen down-lights and original hardwood floors add warmth and style.

From the living room site lines embrace the spacious dining room with large projecting bay window. There's layout flexibility here with space for a dining table plus a sitting area with garden views. An elegant black clad Pella sliding door accesses deck and yard.

A dazzling galley-style custom kitchen is sociably linked to the dining room via a deep island with under counter seating. Gleaming white quartz countertops and crisp white cabinets seduce. Surrounding natural stone and wood tones keep the look warm. Two large pantries defy clutter. Appliances are uncompromising too, with gas cooktop and Euro oven. A wine cooler under a storage cabinet is one of many custom touches ready to please your crowd.

The replaced summer kitchen makes space for a chic main floor powder room, plus reception closet and storage. It's a generous entryway to the deck and two car garage - the main entrance for this home.

Step out to the first level of the deck: suddenly you're in California. The San Francisco based landscape designer who created this stylin' oasis easily confirms that state's "10 trend-years ahead" reputation. Ingenuity starts with a bold plan to re-imagine a corner lot as a huge private outdoor entertaining space. To make it work, high designer fences enclose the yard, creating a dramatic dark backdrop for artfully selected plantings. The super sleek ultra-tough Brazilian Ipe hardwood deck is fitted with planters and windscreen/privacy walls sheltering an eating area. An oversized Japanese-inspired pergola soars skyward.

Plantings of ornamental grasses, river birch trees, honey locusts, lilacs, callery pears and lime smoke trees. Also four very mature, gorgeous climbing hydrangeas and chocolate vines soften the posts of the pergola. Built-in exterior custom lighting - on timers beautifully accentuate plantings at night. Backyard completely secure.

Steps cascade to two shaped levels of patio. One is cobbled with in charcoal pavers. The next offers a fresh take on Zen using pebbles and slate. Massive "seat planters" cast in black concrete add visual pleasure while offering seating for large scale entertaining. Beyond cool? There's nothing like it in the city.

While in the yard pass through the elegant gate to the large two car garage -- rare in Wellington West. You'll appreciate the new automatic doors and plenty of custom-designed above garage storage space.

Back inside, head upstairs, savoring the extremely rare BC Douglas Fir stair treads and flooring. Why this home was built with this enduring "import" wood is a mystery. What's in no doubt: it's very rich looking and keeps looking beautiful.

Each of the three upstairs bedrooms has been masterfully revised without sacrificing character. One features an angular wall and cute transom window. A second has unique closet space. Carefully designed storage throughout the home by Kwik Kloset maximizes space. The master gains spaciousness from a mirrored wall of closets.

The main bath is a stunning spa-influenced classic with full mosaic wall, two person soaker tub and large walk in vanity. Natural light, heated floors, heated towel racks, stylish fixtures and shelving complete the "retreat" feel.

Downstairs a basement retreat – perfect for a work-out room or young media enthusiasts -- has warm bamboo floors, and is cozy year round thanks to foam insulation treatment. In fact, the entire home has been completely reinsulated keeping heating costs low.

It's all here and more: the pleasures of walk-able, loveable Wellington Village plus outstanding design and the entertaining possibilities of superb outdoor living space. To make it yours, plan your appointment very soon.

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