When you envision your dream home, is it a private oasis nestled seamlessly into the landscape along the Kennebecasis River? A beautiful home where unique character and quality meet and abound? This architecturally designed English-Style home at 53 Meenans cove Road on Matthews Cove was lovingly created seven years ago to bring the outdoors in and engage the senses, taking you back in time while engaging all the latest in amenities. A nature lover’s paradise on 1.72 acres, this is a perfect home to watch the migratory water birds such as heron and mallards come and go with the changing of the seasons. Listen quietly to the haunting sound of the Canadian loon or the swoosh of air through the wings of an ascending flock of Canada Geese as they take to flight from the cove at the end of a calm twilight evening. If you are a boater a mooring can be placed about 100 yards out into the cove for deep water. If you prefer to canoe or kayak Saunders Brook located on the property gives to easy access to the river. The oft-expressed saying ‘you have to see this to fully appreciate it’ could not be more appropriate in this particular case. All interior doors are solid wood with transoms over the doors and windows. The base and trim are all mill-worked solid cherry custom made in one-piece. The care and craftsmanship that has gone into the design and quality of construction of this 2500 sq ft home is an extremely rare find in the province of New Brunswick or anywhere.
As you enter the front door you are instantly met with soaring ceiling heights from the great room and sweeping views up the cove. This home boasts ten feet ceiling height throughout the entire first floor and ten to eleven and a half feet on the second level. This casual open concept living space offers a comforting tranquility that will soon become your favourite room in the house. The warmth of the oversized cozy wood-burning fireplace with slate hearth, soft recessed lighting and Brazilian Tigerwood exotic hardwood flooring all contribute to the repose. This large room facing the water boasts 8’ high garden doors accessing the back deck and steps for easy access to the waterfront. The flooring was specifically chosen for its hardness and resistance to scratches making it literally ‘dog proof’! Add to this the radiant in-floor hot water heating system found throughout the two principal levels and you may just never leave this room– or wear socks – again!
The great room opens directly onto the dining room. This inviting room also enjoys views of the fireplace and the water, having huge windows bringing the outdoors in and also 8’ high garden doors accessing the attached covered terrace.
Discerning homebuyer’s will instantly recognize the name and craftsmanship of Roy Kippers and this custom built kitchen of his creation certainly does not disappoint. With solid cherry cabinetry, oversized sunny window above a large copper apron sink embellished with a waterfront reed design, spectacular Brazilian granite countertops and two-tiered 3 ’x 6 ’ central kitchen island, custom cherry hood vent with walnut inlay and a premium Kitchen Aid Architect’s Series appliance package, the artistry of design and execution here is evident. Lucky the home chef who gets to enjoy this fantastic kitchen!
Just as this home draws the outdoors in, it has also been designed to draw its occupants out. The delightful outdoor covered terrace accessed from the kitchen/dining room has been exquisitely finished to act as an extension of the living space. This 16’ x 16’ covered outdoor room with soaring ceiling features slate tile and exposed wood beams to complement the beauty and serenity of this natural sanctuary. From this vantage point, you can survey the 200+ feet of water frontage as well as the Crown protected greenbelt that lies directly adjacent the property.
The ground floor level offers a flexible living configuration and easy traffic flow. A bright riverside room – currently set up as a home office/studio – was designed with one-level living in mind that would easily transition into a main floor bedroom with a generous three-piece ensuite bathroom with large shower should your lifestyle lend itself to this. This would make the perfect guest room for any family member or friend visiting who may require one-level living. This bathroom is also accessible from the hallway doubling as a powder room for guests. Completing this main floor is a convenient huge mud/laundry room which is perfect for children, dogs or for kicking off your Wellies after working in the garden or coming back from a kayak on the river.
The expertly crafted staircase is another example of the craftsmanship and uncompromising materials selection that went into the construction of this home. Brazilian Jatoba treads (scratch resistant, perfect for dogs), a walnut handrail and inlays, cherry trim and wrought iron spindles from the George Bezdan ironworks foundry of Burnaby, BC round out the features. This unique staircase with two landings features gradual steps, not too steep which those with any kind of mobility issue will appreciate. Up the airy second level sits a lofty master suite with soaring 11½’ ceilings to allow for oversized windows that offer unspoiled views of the cove, river and mountains beyond. This true owner’s retreat boasts a four-piece spa-like ensuite featuring a deep soaker tub, separate shower and oversized vanity with unique 40” trough-style oversized sink in a five foot solid walnut custom vanity by Roy Kippers. The third bedroom which is located on this level shows, like a second master suite also with 11 ½ ’ ceilings and four-piece ensuite also featuring a deep soaker tub and separate shower. Both bedrooms feature transom windows above solid wood doors. The charming library with large dormer window, 10’ ceiling and two walls of book cases makes a handsome study, den, creative studio or work space on this level. It was designed to be easily converted into an additional fourth bedroom if need be.
The home’s systems and longevity was top of mind throughout the design phase and the home was built to an exceptional level of efficiency to reduce operating costs and minimize energy consumption. The home is clad in a kiln dried, resquared & rebutted architectural Select Eastern White Cedar shingles designed to last a lifetime and the roof covering is an architectural shingle with a 35-year lifespan. Renowned for their outstanding craftsmanship, energy efficiency and innovation, all of the windows throughout the home are triple-glazed Kohler windows.
The lower daylight walkout basement level with 8’ ceiling contains a spacious fully finished family room with easy care laminate flooring accessed through French doors. This level is accessed from the out of doors via double steel French doors allowing in natural sunlight. There is plenty of storage space, so important to many with today’s lifestyle. Storage space includes a large storage room with shelving, mechanical room, electrical room also with shelving and an off- season closet.
There is 2” rigid board insulation beneath the foundation and on the outside of the foundation walls along with 1” TrueFoam along with an insulated stud wall creating an R-value of R27 in the basement. The roof is an extraordinary R60 and the exterior walls are R-30! This is a home that was built to pass down through generations! No problem to heat this well-planned home! With 200-amp service to the home and 100-amp service to the carriage house – both services buried underground as to not interrupt the landscape – there is plenty of power for additional requirements. An 875 gallon septic tank sits to the rear of the property and has been clearly labeled in drawings for easy servicing however a complete set of architectural drawings will be included in the transfer of the home for future reference.
The oversized 28’ x 24’ carriage house with decorative cupola is waiting to be finished to suit your needs. With more than enough space for toys (motorcycles, snow mobiles, canoe, kayak), gardening equipment and vehicles, the space also offers a bonus loft. With windows on all four sides, this bright, sun-drenched space is waiting for your unique purpose and vision. As an art studio, home office or yoga retreat, this personal Shangri-La is waiting for you to complete the interior.
This is the perfect blend of design, functionality and lifestyle; the perfect union for those looking for the comfort and peace of mind of an expertly crafted modern home close to all urban conveniences but with the all the charm, character and seclusion of an old world-style weekend cottage retreat. This truly is the best of both worlds.
For more details or your private viewing appointment please contact Katherine Bacon, Fine Homes International Specialist™ by phone/text at 506-650-8575 or toll free across North America at 1-877-676-0300.