Up Westmount Drive, past some of Milledgeville’s most prestigious homes, the panoramic view of the Kennebecasis River reaching all the way to Grand Bay, comes breathtakingly into view. As you reach the summit of this quiet cul de sac you arrive at the entrance of 133 Westmount Drive, the last house on the street, which borders a green belt. A natural stone wall along the street lined with huge trees adds allure to the property. As you enter along the tree lined circular paved driveway another view appears. This one is of the Kennebecasis River towards Rothesay all the way to Gondola Point. The unique location of this property allows sunrise and sunset views up and down the river. The 2.69 acre grounds are enchanting with mostly mature beech, maple and birch trees mixed with a bit of fir and cedar.
The home was built in 1971 to a standard rarely seen in New Brunswick by the owners of Murray and Gregory, well known across the Maritimes for their fine stock of rare woods and wood products. It is a Cape Cod style designed with understated elegance and the very best of materials that money could buy. All doors are two inch thick solid wood (many are solid mahogany as is the raised panel wainscotings), all trim and crown mouldings are solid wood, the electrical entrance is 600 amp, the exterior stone is real and a foot thick, this is not a facade as we see on most modern homes, door hardware was imported from England and the massive kitchen fireplace is comprised of handmade brick for an old-world look. The gleaming hardwood floors have all been refinished. The cost to build a home of this quality today would be mind boggling if you could find the products!
Enter the home under the protection of the covered porch lined with attractive real lime stone. The entrance door opens to the vestibule with ceramic tiled floor and walk-in closet The vestibule opens into a very impressive foyer of grand proportions with hardwood flooring and sweeping double-turned staircase with gentle risers, attractive curtail and volute. This is one of the most attractive staircases I’ve seen in my career. The risers are low allowing you to glide up and down the staircase. The moment you start your assent you’ll feel the difference!
From the foyer, a double arch opens in the great room with crown mouldings, hardwood floor and triple patio door accessing the patio and pool area. This room is generous in size as are all rooms on the main level of this one and a half story home. The dining room is accessed from the foyer and the great room. With large proportions, creamy white raised panel wainscoting, built-in china cabinet and garden door access to the patio, this room is sure to impress! Whether you enjoy entertaining or planning family dinners on special occasions, this generous room will allow you to do that in style!
From both the hallway off the foyer or directly from the dining room we enter the kitchen and what a kitchen it is! Designed as open concept kitchen/keeping room (17.4’ x 27’). This space was designed with space for a large table before a roaring fire in the stunning fireplace with Vermont Castings Stove, hand-hewn mantle and flush brick hearth along with comfortable seating (think wing backs, loveseat, hutch). The working area with new cabinetry, quartz countertops, new appliances and new ceramic tile floor is complimented by a huge new window over the double sink overlooking the pool and an adjacent large pantry. This pantry features a window overlooking the pool area, second double stainless steel sink, microwave and Frigidaire Pro Series stainless steel refrigerator.
Next to the kitchen is the family room (currently used as a bedroom) with soaring twenty foot ceiling, ceramic flooring, two large sunny windows (one overlooking the pool and one with a built-in seat) and pool access. The family room has a full three-piece ensuite bath with heated floor and large shower with a seat and is accessible from the good-sized mud room as well. In this area we have an oversized laundry room with window, double closet, garage access and the rear entrance.
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At the other end of the house, also off the foyer on the main level is the master bedroom suite with spacious bedroom (18.1’ x 18.5’ ) with California Shutters overlooking the sunset. The dressing room and ensuite have heated tile floor, California Shutters, window seat plus the five-piece ensuite bathroom. The ensuite has double sink/vanity, large tiled shower with plate glass door and stylish deep soaker tub with ball and claw feet.
Up the sweeping staircase with attractive original hanging light fixture and wall sconce we come to the second floor, half story. This level encompass’ the second and third bedrooms with two large closets, window seats, built-in shelving and river view, a walk-in linen closet, walk-in cedar closet, full five-piece bathroom with double sink, tiled shower and huge deep soaker tub plus the library. The stunning library has solid mahogany raised panel walls, built in drawers, shelving and cabinets with a look that is straight out of an English manor house. The built-in window seat overlooks the back yard, pool and river. This library would make a great home gym, play room, crafts/sewing room, or a fifth bedroom if desired. This style of home suits empty nesters who enjoy their privacy from their children and when guests are visiting.
The back yard, patio and in-ground swimming pool is accessed through the dining room, great room and family room. The pool is 16’ x 32’ and high quality with the full concrete frame with new liner (installed Sept 27th /21), new heat pump 2022 and new fence as well the same year. It has two sets of Jacuzzi chrome stairs and a Jacuzzi diving board plus new Jacuzzi skimmer. The shallow end is about four feet deep and the deep end is about nine feet, perfect for diving.
The water and sewer are municipal. The electrical entrance is 600 amp. The heating and air conditioning is two ducted heat pumps, one for the main floor and one for the second floor. There are two new hot water heaters and two new air exchangers. The massive full walkout basement is the same footprint of the house is fully insulated with no windows, designed as heated storage only with double doors opening on the walkout side. This is the perfect space for the car collector, side by side, lawn tractor, canoe, motorcycles, snowmobiles and more! Plus there is included a 10 month old 10′ x 12′ storage shed with metal roofing and tongue and groove flooring.
The previous owner preplaced the roofing, windows, many of the light fixtures, totally insulated the basement and revamped the in-ground pool including new liner, skimmer, concrete surround and repairing the concrete structure.
The current owner has completed an extensive restoration and upgrades including; changing the heating system from baseboard electric to two new ducted heat pumps, added two new hot water heaters, two new air exchangers, gutted and replaced the master ensuite, gutted, moved and replaced the powder room, added the family room, mud room, second ensuite bath and laundry room adjacent to the kitchen, new ceramic flooring in the vestibule, walk-in entrance closet, kitchen/keeping room, family room, laundry room, second ensuite and mud room (heated in both ensuites and powder room), removed all the vinyl siding and original wood siding and replaced with all new high quality rigid siding with twenty five year warranty, replaced all wood rot under original wood siding, upgraded the insulation in the walls and the ceilings, New high density vapour barrier and entire envelope of the house sheathed in metal, moved the electrical entrance location to provide easy access for reading, gutted the kitchen and pantry replacing all custom cabinetry, appliances, quartz countertops, flooring, lighting and adding the Vermont Castings airtight WETT certified wood stove to the fireplace, all new Hunter Douglas blinds, electronic silhouettes and California Shutters added throughout the house. All insulation in walls and attics upgraded. A detailed list of upgrades from the contractor is available by email upon request.
If you are a nature enthusiast and enjoy bird watching this property is the home to many beautiful varieties including Cardinals, Blue Jays, Eagles, hummingbirds, chickadees, downy and hairy woodpeckers and the elusive pileated woodpecker.
If you’re looking for something special, private with space for pets and children to roam, this unique property will fulfil all your expectations. For more information and your private viewing contact Katherine Bacon, Global Luxury Specialist™ by phone or text at 506-650-8575 or Charles Turnbull at 506-636-0748.