Knock Knock! Heaven calling!
For those who have dreamt of living a soulful life in a bucolic rural setting, this divine 1889 Ontario former church offers a pleasing sanctuary for those seeking self actualization.
Located in the small, quiet rural community of Hillsdale, Ontario, where both Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay are equidistant, this retreat is perfect getaway for the water enthusiast. Like to ski and golf? Mount St. Louis and Horseshoe Valley are both within a half hour drive. Prefer something a bit more "tame"? You won't find any animals like that at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo, just 10 minutes away! And with the Highway 400 extension so close, you can be in Barrie to shop and dine in 20 minutes, downtown Toronto in 75 minutes, and at Pearson Airport in 90 minutes.
The private and enchanting 3/4 acre parcel of land features meandering stone walkways through flowering perennial gardens, specialty bushes, fruit trees, rock formations, rustic wood pergola archways, two Koi ponds with waterfall effects, and secluded benches to enjoy it all. In fact, this property was once the height of the garden tours, with attractions like its breathtaking wall of creeping hyacinth and stunning corkscrew hazel bushes. Can you imagine enjoying the sights and sounds of such a lush natural setting in your own private back yard?
The building served as a spiritual sanctuary for 98 years, first as a Methodist Church and then as a United Church. In 1988 the present owner bought the property and converted the lower level into a 1500-square-foot open concept two-bedroom living space. The bright colourful eat-in kitchen, separate dining area, and two lounge/living areas offer plenty of room to gather and entertain family and friends. The two spacious bedrooms are equipped with good size window and closets, and are serviced by a four-piece bath with a vintage claw foot tub, separate shower, and ensuite laundry.
Upstairs features 2000 square feet of open space boasting most of its original heavenly charms. With soaring cathedral ceilings, exposed detailed trusses, stained glass gothic windows, and aged wood floors, this spiritual oasis blends country charm with lofty aspirations. Even the original finial has been preserved!
Check out this short filmic tour of the picturesque property:
This will be a heavenly haven for one very lucky buyer!
Posted by Steve Fudge, the purveyor of houseporn.ca, and the proprietor of Urbaneer, a division of Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage, in Toronto, Ontario