"A coveted address, a heritage home and a revenue property: An unbeatable combination!" Located in a historic section of Victoria, one block from Beacon Hill Park and conveniently close to the city centre, this regal, turn-of-the-century residence is situated on the corner of two elegant, tree-lined streets. While this magnificently restored property captures the grandeur and elegance of a refined period of Victoria’s past, the four suites have been updated to meet the needs of a modern society. Each suite has its own private entrance and unique features, ranging from ten-foot ceilings to compact balconies. The house itself is impressive, with a concrete foundation, and a recently painted exterior; it is in excellent condition. This imposing manor is just one block from the prestigious St. Anne’s Academy and historic St. Joseph’s Hospital. Graceful horse-drawn tourist carriages regularly pass by the front of this splendid mansion.
As a revenue-producing property, the potential of this magnificent fourplex is unsurpassed. In addition to enjoying suites which are distinctive in their originality, tenants can simply walk to all the major entertainment and business centres of Victoria – no need to drive to work! No need to live in sterile geometric boxes! With all of these conveniences, it comes as no surprise that the suites are always occupied – it would be ideal as an owner-occupied property.
Generous off-street parking, and easy care gardens ( with five-zone underground sprinkler) full of majestic Garry oaks and magnificent rhododendrons complement the many attractive features of this fine residence. Unquestionably, this is a splendid, highly desirable property
In addition to state-of-the-art smoke alarms, this residence is equipped with a solidly built external fire escape and security lighting activated by infrared sensors to deter potential intruders.
Each suite has its own private entrance, hot water baseboard heating for a clean fresh atmosphere, safety deadbolt locks, blinds, individual hydro meter, spacious locker and ample parking.
The entrance to this spacious suite faces Quadra Street, and has its own vestibule with coffered ceiling. Entering the great room, one is immediately struck by the 10-foot, intricately worked original metal ceiling. Enormous windows let in streams of light and sunshine. A splendid Regency, decorative fireplace, complete with side pillars, has pride of place across from the front windows. The Victorian light fixtures and door hardware are reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Through the north windows, a lovely private courtyard with garden can be seen below. The master bedroom contains two spacious closets. All of the windows have Venetian blinds. Both the bathroom and huge kitchen have been updated and contain a surprising number of cupboards and storage space. This suite has its own private sun deck.
The entrance to this suite is next to that of Suite 531, and leads up a well-lit flight of stairs, with beautiful wood paneling, to the second floor. The suite is enhanced by beautiful turn-of-the-century lamps and original fir flooring for a warm cozy atmosphere. A west-facing, Victorian sleeping porch (covered balcony) lies adjacent to the bedroom, with a lovely view over towering chestnut trees. The living room with its many windows is as bright as an artist’s studio, while retaining its Victorian atmosphere through the subtle use of faux gas lamps. There is easy access to the external fire escape on the south side of the house.
The entrance to this incredibly private eagle’s nest suite is off Humboldt Street, through a cedar, clematis covered pergola, and up a flight of stairs to a spacious wooden deck. The sunny deck overlooks an ancient and majestic Garry Oak. Sliding doors with vertical blinds lead into a comfortable, secure nest of rooms that resemble the private quarters of an English butler. The updated bathroom also contains an original bathtub! The suite is given added warmth by the use of wood laminate and carpets on the floors. The secret bedroom is up a ship’s ladder to a loft big enough to hold a queen size bed, and is brightly lit with its own skylight.
The entrance to this delightful garden suite is also off Humboldt Street and through the pergola. For safety and privacy, it has its own gate which can be locked. Through the gate, and down a short flight of steps, you find yourself in a lovely courtyard with a secluded Japanese-style garden enjoyed exclusively by the tenant of this suite. Elegant French doors lead to a spacious living room with maple laminate floors and faux gas lamps, a freshly updated kitchen with modern full-size appliances, and an updated bathroom. The bedroom is large enough to accommodate a king size bed.
Additional Suite Potential
The area behind Suite 903 is accessed through garage doors adjacent to the parking courtyard. It currently serves as a laundry and locker room for tenants, but can easily be reconfigured into a spacious suite. Preliminary plans are available. Drywall has already been installed, and a utility room to the right of the garage doors has been constructed. A completely new, state-of-the-art drainage system has recently been installed in the grounds surrounding the house.