Welcome to 77 Owen St. in Barrie, ON
Like a warm hug, this home welcomes you & embraces you! The moment you walk up to the front door, you’ll be drawn into this one-of-a-kind century home on Owen St in Barrie, ON.
The 9-foot-high double front door with its beautiful stained glass and arched transom opens onto a grand oak staircase with carved newel post & turned balusters. Immediately you will notice the multi width reclaimed barn board flooring that runs throughout the home. The formal dining room to the right features original plaster arched molding guiding your eye to a Victorian Bay Window and includes decorative tin ceiling. To the left is the living room again featuring a Victorian Bay Window, floor to ceiling stone fireplace, with intricate stucco ceiling and plaster crown molding. In keeping with the period of the home both rooms have 10-foot-high ceilings, arched windows, custom wood shutters that match the 6-inch-wide window & door casing and 12-inch baseboards.
As you move straight through, this 3-bedroom, 3 bath home, to the kitchen, you may need a moment to take it all in. The creamy yellow of the custom cabinetry aged patina is the result of hand sanding and caramel-tinted glaze. Walk-in pantry, Wolf dual range gas cook top & electric stove, Sub-Zero French style refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, built in microwave, 6’ X 4’ island, eat in dining area with fireplace and non-porous soap stone countertops, make this kitchen a dream no matter if you’re a novice or seasoned chef. The reclaimed Appalachian worn edge red & white oak flooring with its 4.5 inch to 11-inch widths continues in the kitchen blending seamlessly with the rest of the home and the warmth of the brick backsplash and tongue & groove ceiling panels, this truly is the heart of the home.
As you retreat to the grand staircase and move straight up through the barn style door to the expansive Primary Bedroom, Walk-in Closet, and Ensuite, you immediately realize you have entered the relax zone. The extremely spacious vaulted ceiling bedroom calms with a feature brick wall, gas fireplace, sitting area, and the 3 east/south east windows provide plenty of natural light. Functionality is the order of the day in the walk-in closet, with built in racks, drawers, & shelves, provides plenty of organized storage for clothes, blankets, cleaning & toiletry items. Add in the stacking washer dryer to the walk-in & you have function at its core. The ensuite features a 2-faucet cast iron wall mounted service sink built into a custom built unique reclaimed wood vanity. Walk-in shower for 2 features 2 waterfall/rainfall combination shower heads, an additional hand-held shower spray head makes rinsing and cleaning a breeze. 3 Windows provide plenty of natural light, and when needed LED pot lights, 2 dimmable wall sconces and the goose neck light over the vanity provide just the right lighting for all your grooming needs.
Both the closet & ensuite have porcelain heated flooring and for added comfort on those cold winter mornings the shower floor is heated as well, all set with their own individual thermostat.
Exiting the primary bedroom, you move down and then up a few stairs to the 2 guest bedrooms. Top of the stairs to the right is a bedroom with 4-piece ensuite. In keeping with the style & ambiance of the century home the bedroom has a large arched window and as you move through the pocket door to the ensuite it provides a deep claw foot tub complete with hand held spray, chrome four post pedestal sink, glass entry walk-in shower with rainfall shower head. The second bedroom has 2 large arched windows providing warm bright light. The oak flooring is continued in all 3 bedrooms, providing that consistent wood warmth throughout the home.
Moving back down to the kitchen we move through a reclaimed water glass pocket door into the mudroom and powder room. The 2-piece powder room features a hand hammered copper sink, set on a restored chest of drawers, 2 windows, and 2 restored early century dimmable wall sconces in keeping with the home. The large mudroom has plenty of storage with a window and pot lights. Passing through the man door out onto a 300 square foot cedar covered deck complete with 6” X 6” posts, 8” X 6” exposed beams, double tilt-n-turn doors at one end, pot lights, 2 hanging lights, all built over a cement slab that features a drain system to ensure no moisture is retained and ensuring critters are unable to make a home under the deck.
Endless cobble stone walkways lead you to various gatherings areas in this wonderful back yard. For your outdoor entertaining pleasure, enjoy the convenience of the BBQ hut which features 6”X 6” cedar posts, brick walls utilizing reclaimed brick from the original house, Napoleon gas BBQ with sizzle zone, dimmable pot lights and outlets, awning window, wood top cabinet for counter space and storing tools of the outdoor culinary trade.
Now move on to the country cabin where the interior boasts 8-foot-high ceiling, a full-sized refrigerator/freezer, repurposed custom cabinets for storage, 2 exterior doors, lights, attic, 3 windows. A perfect space for artist studio, green thumb enthusiast, or outdoor bar space.
Serenity is evident within the backyard space, which has large landscape rocks lining the driveway, which at the end is softened by 6-foot-high ferns separating the rocks from the privacy fence. This area leads to the wood gazebo, which overlooks a large floral garden. Between the deck & the cabin and around the gazebo maintenance free artificial turf provides clean and beautiful buffer areas.
Dream garage! This 24’ X 30’ 2-story detached garage was designed with functionality & storage in mind. The doors are extra high & wide to allow full-size pick-up trucks to park inside without folding in the mirrors, with 9-foot ceiling on the lower level, 8-foot ceiling on the 2nd level. Engineered truss structure eliminated the need for center support posts in the lower level, this also provides for a larger second story space. Hydro & water have been run to the garage with its own 100-amp panel. Enclosed under stair storage with man door access, which includes Air Compressor and Central Vac with lines running to the front of the garage for ease of use. LIFTMASTER MYQ JackShaft with battery backup garage door openers, 3 windows & 1 man door. Lower level is insulated with painted drywall on the widow side, and a unique repurposed stained skid wall, work bench & storage cabinets. The 2nd floor is great for storage or could easily be converted for any number of uses. 2 windows provide plenty of daylight with pot lights for extra light when needed.
The full basement of this home has painted walls and contains a 200 Amp panel, all new wiring to code throughout. There is a water softener, dual cartridge filtration system, complete with UV filter. Commercial grade water piping, commercial grade owned hot water tank, hot water circulation pump reduces wait time for hot water throughout the home & saves water while doing it. Water & sewer lines have been replaced from the city main at the road. Over spec HVAC system, new duct work, with LIFEBREATH system, electrostatic furnace filter, steam humidifier to keep the moisture levels safe & comfortable not only for the
occupants but all that beautiful wood throughout the home. Ample storage in the basement also.
A 100 Amp panel is located off the kitchen in the utility closet. This closet contains the arteries of the home. The modem, router, Bose sound system, and computer cable switch all run out of this room. The home boasts high speed CAT-6 computer cable throughout the home, sometimes multiple locations per room, not to mention to the back deck. Bose sound system provides exceptional sound to the Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, Primary bedroom, and outdoors. Listen to different music in each room or have each room play the same music, or 2 rooms the same with 2 rooms different, or just play music in one room, or just 2 rooms, you get the idea the
combinations are almost endless.
This property is ideally located in the heart of Barrie. 3 minutes to HWY 400 taking you north to cottage country or south to Toronto (less than an hour to Pearson Airport). A quick stroll to the Library or the Downtown core including its many shops, restaurants, and McLaren art center.
Walking distance to special outdoor spaces such as Heritage Park, the vibrant water front including Centennial Beach, Queens Park which has tennis courts, and a baseball diamond.
Walk or bike east on Dunlop Street to access Kempenfelt Park with an elevated view of Kempenfelt Bay, or access the old rail line walking/bike trail that follows the shore. Barrie and area truly are a cultural and outdoor playground & this property provides easy access to all of it.
SHINGLES …… 2015
ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS & DOORS ….2015
HOT WATER TANK …. 2019
**From the Sellers: THIS HOME HAS BEEN A LABOUR OF LOVE. WE HAVE BEEN HONOURED TO THE STUARTS OF THIS HOME FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS. WHAT MAKES A HOME SPECIAL IS FAMILY & FRIENDS ALL THE WHILE MAKING LASTING MEMORIES
A thoughtfully restored farmhouse honours it’s past while embracing the future.