THE HOLY GRAIL
Taxes: $19,667 (2015)
By CONNIE ADAIR
It is too easy to say this converted church is a heavenly space, and, really, it is. The 6,OOO-square-foot former rectory in a circa 1888 Baptist church was developed and converted into a freehold townhouse that offers meticulous attention to detail and the finest finishes, says listing agent DonnaThompson of Harvey Kalles Real Estate. She has listed the property with Nick Thompson and Elise Kalles.
Sunlight floods every room through expansive windows, French doors with transoms and a custom skylight atop the dramatic staircase. Visitors will be impressed from the time they step into the front entry, feet on a smooth marble slab floor and eyes moving upward to treasures displayed on floor to ceiling custom shelves.
If the party is on the roof, a Cambridge elevator with black stained walnut walls awaits. The l,500-sq.ft. rooftop garden is a rare find, and - with two pergolas with retractable awnings, a fireplace, an outdoor shower, a gas barbecue system, a two-piece bathroom and plenty of room for lounging and al fresco dining, no detail has been overlooked. It even has professional lighting and sound systems to complement the exquisite landscaping, Thompson says.
Those who choose to tour the space will move from the entry foyer to the dramatic library. It has custom walnut bookshelves from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, with a ladder offering access to upper shelves, and a door leading to a powder room with a mosaic tile floor.
The house then offers a great room that includes a spacious kitchen with a dark wood and white laminate work island and cabinetry. The dining area has two tables for four and a living area beyond has a gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden. French doors are equipped with Phantom screens to let breeze enter and keep unwanted pests out.
A great spot for morning coffee in your pyjamas, the garden has a stone terrace and is enclosed by a red brick wall that provides the ultimate in privacy. The second-level master suite has a gas fireplace, a lavish six-piece marble ensuite and a dressing room with custom shelving for everything from shoes to hats. The current owners are using the second bedroom as an office.
The third level has an open concept media room flanked by two bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom.
Three on-street permits provide parking, while its two underground spots are accessed by a vehicle elevator.