Real Estate

House of the Week: $2.1 million for a postmodern Pickering cabin with a multi-level deck overlooking the Rouge River

The 2,200-square-foot property comes with a wellness room, 24-foot cathedral ceilings, multiple fireplaces and a lush canopy of trees

By Alex Cyr| Photography by Mediarama Studios
This House of the Week overlooks the stunning Rouge River in Pickering.

Neighbourhood: Rosebank, Pickering Price: $2,149,000 Size: 2,200 square feet Bedrooms: 4+1 Bathrooms: 4 Real estate agent: Laura Inward, Keller Williams Advantage Realty Parking spaces: 6

The place

A four-bedroom, four-bathroom cabin with a double garage and cathedral ceilings. Located in Pickering’s leafy Rosebank neighbourhood, it backs onto the stunning Rouge River—a national landmark and an ideal destination for hikes and water sports. The house is also a short walk from Petticoat Creek Conservation Park and a two-minute drive from the 401.

The history

The current owners—avid paddleboarders—bought this 1980s-built home in 2010 for its proximity to the Rouge. Over the next 10 years, they added a wellness room with its own gas fireplace, hardwood floors, new window frames and a skylight for late-night stargazing. Then, in 2020, they built a humongous 1,000-square-foot backyard deck to admire the visiting birds and deer as well as the surrounding forest. Now they’re putting the place on the market. 

The tour

The wooden façade peeks through a forest of pine and elm, with shrubbery concealing the two-car garage and driveway from passers-by.

The home is surrounded by a forest of pine and elm.

On the other side of the oak-panelled front door is the foyer and its 24-foot ceilings.

Those ceilings in the foyer are 24-feet-tall.

This reverse angle shows off the glass-railing staircase and hardwood floors.

There's hardwood flooring throughout.

Down the hall is the family room. It has a gas fireplace and sliding doors that lead to the backyard deck.

The family rooms leads to the backyard deck.

The open-concept kitchen and dining area is also in view of the backyard.

The kitchen also connects to the backyard.

Porcelain tiles and laminate cabinets define the kitchen.

The floor is porcelain and the storage is laminate.

A closer look at the kitchen highlights the clean colour palette and the Bosch fridge and dishwasher—all of it set against nature views.

A closer look at the shiny appliances and cabinets.

The living room features north-facing bay windows.

This bay window faces north into the forest.

Moving upstairs reveals this walkway overlooking the mezzanine. Those custom windows may be the home’s most distinct feature.

These custom windows are the home's most distinct feature.

Also on the second floor is the main bedroom, which has its own ensuite and a view of the ravine.

The main bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom.

The shared bathroom is the home’s largest. It has a massive mirror, a glass shower, a wide vanity and veined marble all over.

The shared bathroom is clas in marble.

This wellness room—with its exposed brick, soaker tub and built-in sound system—was designed for yoga and meditation.

Residents can meditate or practice yoga in this wellness room.

The wellness room also has a fireplace and a skylight. If future owners were so inclined, they could convert the space into another bedroom.

Here's another fireplace in one of the bedrooms.

Out back: a show-stopping deck with a lounge and a cooking area.

The deck is 1,000 square feet.

The deck is so verdant, it might as well be a treehouse.

The deck may as well be a treehouse.

And here’s an aerial view of Rosebank, the Rouge River and the shimmering Lake Ontario.

Another look at the Rouge River and surrounding community.

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