A Beyond Well-Appointed Interior with an Impressive Exterior
This 5,117 sqft one-of-a-kind First Shaughnessy house is beautiful.
Encircled by towering trees, tranquil garden vignettes, and grounds clad in extensive stonework, this two-and-a-half storey home built in a craftsman style and has been lovingly maintained for almost forty years by one family. Originally built in 1913, this elegant home has stood on Shaughnessy’s quiet West 19th Avenue for more than a century. Its unique architecture and period features are rarities in today’s residential architecture, but always stand out as exuding warmth and comfort in contrast to modern architecture’s oft criticism of coldness. This is definitely a home meant to be lived in.
Upon opening the door from the covered porch, the living room and dining room flank the front hall and its original oak flooring. Sliding 1912 period panel doors allow for the rooms to be partitioned off for privacy. The interiors are detailed and unique. The living room, seen below in green, features a custom recessed ceiling, a grand wood-burning fireplace, a rotunda perfect as a sitting area, and French doors opening to the backyard. The formal dining room – with a door opening to the kitchen – has a lattice of white beams across the ceiling creating a bold impression. These details exude luxury and reinforce what most would consider to be a stately home.
The house has three bedrooms offering plenty of space for family members to find their own space within the house. Two bedrooms on the second floor, each with their own walk-in closet, share a bathroom equipped with an oversized jetted tub and recently-installed LG laundry system. The master bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom, a walk-in closet and a sitting area with windows on three sides which could be a great reading nook.
Ready for Entertainment
The home’s kitchen is styled with French-country charm through the use of antique finish white cabinetry, a substantial granite island, and comfortable family seating area with wall-to-wall French doors leading to a private, multi-level deck. The kitchen is equipped with a Sub Zero fridge, two dishwashers, two ovens and a JennAir down-draft gas range. This allows for a capacity to entertain guests inside and outside during warm summer evenings, or watch a TV in the kitchen from the patio.
Just outside the kitchen is the main floor powder room, which features large, custom stained glass windows, granite floors and classic white fixtures.
The multi-purpose basement features black-and-white tile flooring and has a full bathroom. With an exterior entrance to the backyard, the tile flooring and close proximity to a bathroom gives the basement a good mud room potential. This can also be a fairly self-contained family rec room, or even a guest bedroom. The basement also has a fireplace.
On the side and rear of the house, there’s a multi-level deck. Extending out from the eating area in the kitchen through three sets of French doors, the spacious deck can accommodate a large set of patio furniture and as many guests. The lower deck is structurally-supported, has access for plumbing and electrical, and is prepared for the future installation of a hot tub. Beyond that, the backyard features hardscaping, such as a brick driveway which can double as a patio, and a collection of garden boxes allowing for easy gardening or growing of vegetables. And among the garden boxes: more space for patio furniture. This is a house built for entertaining your family, friends, neighbours and maybe more.
Oh, one more thing: there’s a double rear garage with laneway access built in the same style as the house too.
Not Just Shaughnessy – This is First Shaughnessy
First Shaughnessy is a special designation assigned to certain homes within Vancouver’s prestigious Shaughnessy neighbourhood. The area was first developed in 1907 and was intended to be “the city’s most exclusive residential enclave” with large lots to build grand homes. Fast forward more than 100 years, Shaughnessy remains almost as exclusive now as it was when those first houses were being built, but the twist is that First Shaughnessy lots are those original properties. Opportunities like this are rare.
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