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House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

The 5,800-square-foot property also comes with five bedrooms, three living rooms, a hot tub and access to Beaver River

By Arisa Valyear| Photography by Mitchell Hubble
House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Neighbourhood: The Blue Mountains Price: $3,995,000 Size: 5,800 square feet Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Agent: Carolyn Scime, Chestnut Park Real Estate


The place

A five-bedroom, five-bathroom farmhouse sitting on more than five acres of land, a 20-minute drive west of Collingwood. Classically inspired yet rich with new design, the property is also near the Georgian Peaks Club and Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

The history

In 2017, Eryn and Gerad Treanor were living in the area with their two daughters (ages nine and 14) and were looking for more space when they came across what was then a vacant piece of land. Eryn, an interior designer, and Gerad, a landscape designer, wanted something that felt serene and remote but was close to urban amenities. The location was perfect, so they decided to build here themselves. They broke ground in August of 2018, and construction wrapped nine months later. Now, the duo are taking on a new project and looking to sell.

The tour

The glass front door opens into this roomy foyer with a bench flanked by custom interior-lit, floor-to-ceiling oak cabinets.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Just beyond the entrance is this powder room, with butterfly wallpaper from Cole and Son and an enamelled cast iron sink.

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House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Moving down the hall reveals this sprawling kitchen and dining area. 

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

This quartz island has a waterfall edge, an oak-stained walnut base and an integrated Bosch dishwasher. Behind it is a french-door fridge and freezer with custom millwork panels. The cabinets are stained white oak.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Next to the kitchen is this pantry and laundry area, with a second dishwasher, heated honeycomb-tiled floors and access to both the garage and back porch.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Here’s that back porch, equipped with a hot tub and an outdoor shower plus a grilling deck with a built-in speaker system. 

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

A quick detour to the front of the house highlights this 700-square-foot studio above the garage. The space could easily be converted into a separate guest suite. In fact, the windows were intentionally placed to suit a two-bedroom loft layout.

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House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Here’s the main-floor living area, with a Stûv wood-burning fireplace and motorized blinds by Woodbridge-based Altex.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

The main bedroom lives behind the kitchen. It has a massive wardrobe (which opens via touch latch) with a grey linen and maple interior.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

The main ensuite has marble-tiled heated floors, a soaker tub and a raised oak vanity. 

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

This glass-partitioned staircase is a gateway to the upstairs bedrooms and a centrepiece in and of itself.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Eryn designed this space as a separate hangout area for her daughters. New owners could transform it into an office and library nook.

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House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Here’s the upstairs bathroom. Herringbone tiles line the floor, and the shower has stacked white subway tiles.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

There are blackout blinds and built-in closet units in each of the upper bedrooms. This one has a bookshelf and a desk addition.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Down in the basement is this 14-foot-long kitchenette with another dishwasher, a beverage fridge and a camouflaged microwave. Sub the ping-pong table for a dining set and it becomes a second dining room.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

The lower level also has a third living room, with a Jøtul propane fireplace from Norway, an office nook under the stairs and two additional bedrooms.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

This is the basement bathroom. It has a glass shower and a vintage vanity, which used to be a credenza, with a vessel sink and a wall-mounted faucet.

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House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Technically, the house has five bedrooms, but the off-grid riverside bunkie can sleep an additional three people.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

Here’s a peek inside, with a Group of Seven–worthy view.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

And here’s Beaver River, visible from the home and especially stunning at twilight this spring.

House of the Week: $3.9 million for a saltbox in the Blue Mountains with an off-grid bunkie

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