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 baths (2 ensuites)

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

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