Sunday, November 10, 2019


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I  Offered at $1.499 million  I
Presented by Mark & Vivian DeBruyn-Smith
Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage


Welcome to 222 Martin Road, located on a serene 8.3 acres just outside of the core of downtown Ancaster

This majestic 135+ year old homestead is bordered by the tributary of Sulphur Creek flowing north and under the bend at Mineral Springs and through the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. 

However, her lush Carolinian forest surroundings offer far more than just surface beauty. 

In fact, researchers have proven the power of greenery and its cause-and-effect relationship with human beings.

Nature improves creativity attention span, self-discipline and physical fitness, all while reducing stress and helping us to better connect with people. 

Furthermore, our affinity toward nature is genetic and deep-rooted in evolution. Because forests, flowers, and fauna have surrounded humans for most of our existence, scientists believe this is the reason why nature feels to many of us like a comfortable, familiar place. 

Such explains why most people prefer to book accommodations that have a great view; or why patients who receive a natural view from their hospital bed recover sooner than others; or why we often retreat to nature to clear our minds when we’re stressed. 

222 Martin Road is a textbook, if not dream, example of a nature retreat. 

The land is a part of many hectares of forest, which includes colourful meadows, cold-water streams, stunning geological formations and an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife. The landscape, as you see today, was excavated by a succession of glaciers that disappeared some 10,000 years ago. 

Just imagine the peace and tranquility of being surrounded by nature, fresh air and clear skies. Picture your long, private tree-lined driveway coming to a clearing and welcoming you home to your storybook circa 1880s farmhouse.  

Revel in your gabled front porch, in-ground pool, studio (or potting shed), and, YES, your very own barn board clad carriage house, fully insulated and heated. Not to mention, a generously sized free-range chicken coop at the rear of the property to solidify your perfect unison with nature.

Inside you will marvel over wide-planked original wood floors, a curvy and ornate century old staircase, and a grand great room with a 2-storey natural stone fireplace and a floor to ceiling wall of windows. All just scratching the surface of so much more character to love!

222 Martin Road not only offers the opportunity for home, but sanctuary. Nature surrounds you and the home respects her back with heating and cooling provided by an efficient and environmentally friendly Climate Master 4-ton vertical earth loop geothermal heat pump. Seize the opportunity today to make this 2,700+ square foot, 5-bedroom house your very own!


As Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Study Nature, love Nature, stay close to Nature. It will never fail you.”


Martin Road was important to the community as a link between the railway at Mineral Springs and the farms in the Jerseyville Road area. 

The present owner was told by a local historian, Jim Green, that people living at the base of this hill would, for a penny, provide horses to help fatigued teams of horses pull their loads up the hill. 

The current lot (8.3 acres) is a small part of a 200-acre parcel of land granted to loyalist Captain Peter Tenbroeck in 1798. Tenbroeck was a commander of a company in Butlers’ Rangers. 

Matthais Chrysler of Winona bought the lot in 1818 and established a sawmill on it, but lost everything at a Sheriff’s sale in 1840.

The property was owned by James Heslop family from 1844, and then his son Robert Heslop to the early decades of the twentieth century. Robert and his wife, Margaret Hill, had six children. The oldest children lived in the house until the 1920s. 

Robert Heslop was the nephew of John Heslop — the first Reeve of Ancaster, elected 1850. John Heslop lived at Woodend on Mineral Springs Road.  Woodend is now the site of HCA offices.

The neighbouring farm to the east was owned by Richard Martin after whom Martin Road is named. In 1946, Richard Martin served on the jury of the famous Evelyn Dick trial. The year of the trial neighbours came together to help Martin with his harvest. Locals would gather at Martin’s farm to play cards after church on Sundays.

The land is the site of the Ancaster saline spring known to the inhabitants as a Salt Well. The well was written about in the American Journal of Science and Arts (1849):  “… two miles west of the village of Ancaster on the land of Mr. Robert Heslop. A well was such some years since, to the depth of third feet; and during the war of 1812, it is said a considerable quantity of salt was manufactured.” 

Source: Research provided by the owner and listing agents with contributions from local historian, Jim Green.


I  Offered at $1.499 million  I
Presented by Mark & Vivian DeBruyn-Smith
Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage
905.525.3737 Bus / 905.570.2500 Cell

1 comment:

  1. That was wonderfully written and well researched. Wow Adam ... you add a level of value to properties like this that make all the difference!