House of the Week: $2.2 million for a 140-year-old Uxbridge home with a backyard playground

House of the Week: $2.2 million for a 140-year-old Uxbridge home with a backyard playground

The 3,700-square-foot property also comes with five bedrooms, a curvy original staircase, heated floors and an in-ground pool

This home in Downtown Uxbridge is selling for $2.2 million.

Location: Uxbridge
Price: $2,225,000
Last sold for: $2,400,000 in 2022
Size: 3,763 square feet plus a 1,522-square-foot basement
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Parking spots: 8
Real estate agent: Astrid Willemsen and Nicoline Farrill, Chestnut Park

The place

A five-bedroom, three-bathroom Victorian standout on the edge of downtown Uxbridge. The home comes with a single-car garage, a driveway that fits seven, multiple decks and a bunch of fun in the backyard. It’s within walking distance of the businesses on Brock Street and several parks. And motorists are a short drive from Durham’s network of highways.

The history

The house was first purchased in 1885 for $2,200 by Thomas Chapple, a lawyer and member of Ontario’s legislature. In 1948, a local doctor purchased the home, using part of it as his medical office. The current owners, a family with three children, bought the house in 2022. Thanks to new work opportunities, the family is relocating and putting their home up for sale.

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The tour

Here’s a closer look at the façade, with its large porch and bay window. The Township of Uxbridge commissioned that plaque detailing the property’s history, but it hasn’t yet been officially designated as a heritage home.

The house comes with a plaque detailing its storied history.

The original double doors lead to the foyer, which has heated herringbone tiles. The rest of the home is lined with engineered hardwood.

The herringbone floor here is heated.

In a twist on the traditional layout, the owners moved the kitchen to the front of the house. It comes with an island that seats five and walks out to a porch that does double duty as an outdoor dining room.

The kitchen walks out to a porch for outdoor dining.

JennAir appliances are all over the kitchen, including a six-burner gas cooktop, a double-door fridge and a recessed microwave.

The appliances are Jenn-Air.

This view highlights the curvy staircase and floral-themed dining room.

The view of the dinind area and curly stairs.

The dining room is equipped with a wine fridge under the window, flanked by open wine racks.

That's a wine fridge and open rack in the back.

Beyond the dining room is the office, with built-in shelving and a daybed.

This bedroom is currently set up as an office.

That door in the office leads to the garage.

Residents can access the garage via that door.

The living room is on the opposite side of the main floor. The fireplace—with a dramatic tile surround—looks like a wood burner but is actually electric. There are also two walkouts to the front porch here.

Never mind the logs: the fireplace is actually electric.

Take note of the ceiling detail, framed like a painting by crown moulding.

The ceiling is defined by its crown moulding and ornate ceiling.

This mudroom is attached to the living room and walks out to the garden. It also has heated floors and more storage.

The mudroom also has heated floors and walks out to the backyard.

Next door is this family room, with more funky wallpaper and a view of the backyard.

Here's the family room.

Now for upstairs. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor as well as that small balcony on the right overlooking the neighbourhood.

There are two bathrooms and four bedrooms on the second floor.

The main bedroom has a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom.

The main suite.

Here’s the U-shaped closet. There’s plenty of built-in storage here, with hanging racks and pull-out drawers.

The walk-in is U-shaped.

And here’s the ensuite, with a glass shower, a double vanity and more heated floors.

In the ensuite: a glass shower and double vanity.

This secondary bedroom has a built-in banquette with cabinets underneath.

The banquette by the window was added in a recent renovation.

Many of the home’s doors have their original ornate doorknobs.

This bedroom's doorknob is original.

The shared bathroom comes with a clawfoot tub (not pictured), a glass shower, two single vanities and white penny-round tile flooring.

The second bathroom has penny-tile floors.

There’s also a laundry room upstairs.

More penny tiles in the laundry room.

The backyard has a saltwater pool, a hot tub, a trampoline and plenty of space to host.

In the backyard: a slide, a trampoline, a pool and a hot tub.

Finally, a look at the poolside lounge in the summer.

The poolside lounge in summer.

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