Thursday, March 4, 2021


All photos by Vogel Creative
Tom Vogel, Cathy Koop and Raquel Fassler

Prepare to meet two of #HamOnt's greatest real estate gifts. 

Photos by Vogel Creative

They are icons. Bonified landmarks. 

They are ooh'd at. 
They are aah'd at.
They are swooned.
They are stalked (drive-bys and walk-bys).
They are Pinterested.

The McNab Terrace Guest House and The Herkimer Terrace are bricks and mortar beauty meet income potential, all wrapped up in an 1870s Italianate bow.

To say I am obsessed would be an understatement. Both fuel day dreams of a bygone era when they would have been single family residences for Hamilton's elite.

Today they consist of multiple units, but neither the allure nor the grandeur has faded. In today's world of isolation and close(d) quarters they would be funhouses of never-ending architectural admiration and exploration.

Imagine wandering the hallways behind soaring paneled doors; ascending gracious, curving staircases; and getting lost in all the details from the ornate plaster ceiling medallions to the hand carved marble fireplaces. These homes truly excite. Your opportunity to own #HamOnt history is here.

Learn more, and prepare to drool, below!

256-258 MacNab St N circa 1879 SOLD 

San Francisco Italianate and Victorian Gothic architecture are blended in perfect harmony, featuring deep window bays, gables, intricate cornices and bargeboard. 

These two adjoining Terrace houses are the centre residences in a series of six brick row houses ('the sisters'), designed by famed Hamilton Architect, James Balfour. 

256-258 MacNab has been a licensed level one lodging house since 1988. She features two main level self contained units + ten bedrooms over an incredible 6,141 square feet of living space.

There's loads of character, inside and out, including the original horse carriage entrance through the house to the rear parking area. Imagine all that has passed through in her over 140 year history!

Take the torch and appoint yourself the new steward of these painted ladies. 256-258 MacNab Street North are the ultimate package deal, being sold together for $1,798,000.

View full details HERE
Listed by Colette Cooper
Royal LePage State Realty

44 Herkimer St circa 1872 SOLD

This 5,300 square foot Second Empire abode is another James Balfour masterpiece. 

First built as an opulent single-family terrace house, 44 Herkimer is now an apartment featuring four private self-contained luxury units (two on the main floor, one on the second level and the final on the 3rd floor). I want them all!!!

They don't make them like they used to, and that's a fact.  In the late 19th century people wanted a style that reflected their cosmopolitan tastes and, unlike today, they were willing to pay for craftsmen who would realize their architectural ambitions. The detail from James Balfour's lovely terrace house shows the kind of elaborate fretwork that was possible at the time.

The trefoil patterns in the spandrels over the doorway illustrate a Gothic influence, as does the lancet or Gothic arch, while the column capitals are verging on a Renaissance style, like that found in the French Chateaux. 

Source: Ontario

View full details HERE
Offered at $1,975,000
Listed by Meltem Koseleci
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals

Artwork by Paul Elia. FRESH FACT: 42-46 Herkimer Street used to consist of 3 terrace homes with symmetry on both ends. Unfortunately the east-most terrace house was demolished to make way for a low rise apartment building.

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