Monday, May 7, 2018


21 Chilton Place, Hamilton, ON circa 1800s

Number twenty-one is a jewel amongst the treasure of homes on Chilton Place. This south west cul-de-sac is comprised of an exclusive collection of just nine houses, located in the epicentre of south Durand.

The original one and a half storey side gable brick cottage on Chilton was owned by Hanaiah Campbell, a carpenter born in 1844. It was partially demolished and rebuilt in the late 1870’s. There’s a good chance Campbell himself was involved in building the original house as vernacular architecture, by definition, traditionally did not use formally-schooled architects, but relied on the design skills and tradition of local builders.

The rebuild signified a boost in wealth where the original design evolved to a more formal and polite architecture, with stylistic elements of design intentionally incorporated for aesthetic purposes beyond the building's functional requirements.

These features still shine today and range from handsome exterior shutters to the lead glass fanlight and door connecting the vestibule to the main living space. They also include an elegant arched built-in bookcase, original brass door hardware and an ornately carved marble fireplace mantel with an equally ornate iron firebox -- both adorned with fruit, flowers and vines. The later, truly a work of art, is unlike any fireplace you have ever seen on your Hamilton house hunts before!

An aesthetically pleasing but functional historical addition was the alteration of the roof line to include a large formal dormer facing onto Chilton Place. This dramatically increased space and light, boosting the original 1.5 storey home to 2 full storeys.

In terms of more current improvements, the recently re-stuccoed home has undergone over $250,000 in upgrades.

Twenty-one Chilton’s main floor features a master bedroom suite with a stunning ensuite bath, large principle rooms with 10' ceilings, a beautifully designed custom kitchen plus a relaxing sunroom overlooking the wonderfully designed rear yard.

On the second level are 2 additional bedrooms for family and guests, a private office, bedroom level laundry and additional 3rd bath.

Hamilton’s Durand neighbourhood is famous for its beautifully restored stock of grand nineteenth and early twentieth century homes and mansions. This is especially so in the coveted pocket bound to the north and south by Markland Street and the escarpment, and to the east and west by James Street South and Queen Street South. Unfortunately for those house hunters looking to down-size or right-size, their options are limited and their choice typically defaults to more simple century cottages, or history deficient new builds.

Luckily for the future buyers, 21 Chilton was 130+ years ahead of your needs and wants, evolving from simple to sophisticated over the past century.

21 Chilton’s main street entry is south of Markland, but there is also a hidden alley access at the end of the street from Aberdeen. Regardless, all roads lead to architectural delight and the most attractive neighbourhood walks you could imagine.

In fact, just down the street, at number 27 Chilton, is the charming red brick cottage once owned by world renowned interior designer, Harvey Sobel. His stunning ‘Versailles-like’ gardens are still maintained today by the current owners.

Photo by Kathy Renwald, The Hamilton Spectator

If you’re in the market for something special, but not excessive, consider 21 Chilton, where elegance, quality and character are timeless.

View full listing details HERE
Offered at $1,195,000
Presented by Mark & Vivian DeBruyn-Smith

Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage

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