Extraordinary home, extraordinary quality, extraordinary location! Bordering the iconic Algonquin Resort in Saint Andrews by the Sea (one of only two Marriott Autograph Collection Resorts in Canada) this 6400 square foot home at 96 Prince of Wales Street offers up the best of two worlds! Copied after the original circa 1902 Lord Shaughnessy Estate, the gracious new-build in 2005 boasts all the character and charm of yesteryear married with the highest quality building materials & today’s modern creature comforts. After a fire in the early 2000s destroyed the original masterpiece designed by architects Hutchinson and Wood of Montreal and constructed by John P. O’Leary also of Montreal, this home was rebuilt to exactly resemble the exterior of the previous home on the original stone foundation. Built to commercial quality zoning, the standards are beyond compare!
The location allows you a panoramic view of Passamaquoddy Bay, the Bay of Fundy, Minister’s Island-Van Horne Estate and the picture perfect seaside town of Saint Andrews, the privilege of living within walking distance to town amenities, conveniences, unique shops, whale watching tours, etc and being right next door you have all the convenience a four-star resort has to offer; indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, full spa services, casual dining, bar and a fine dining restaurant with a wonderful chef! Katy’s Cove beach swimming is a five minute walk away and if you enjoy biking you can bicycle for miles through one of Canada’s most attractive seaside towns or venture out into the countryside through scenic trails along the ocean.
If you’re an avid golfer the nearby Algonquin Golf Course is as good as it gets! Within a five minute drive of this home this course boasts Canada’s first club house built in 1894 and features upscale casual dining. Recently redesigned by the renowned Rod Whitman, considered by many the most brilliant mind in the creation of Canada’s top designs, this 18 hole course with breathtaking ocean vistas is a full service course. One visit and you’ll see why Canadian Golf Traveller Magazine says it has “The best PAR-Three golf holes in Canada!
From the moment you enter the circular driveway and park under the protective roof of the stone-tiled porte cochere, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. This is a home well-planned for comfortable everyday living, for entertaining in style, designed to impress! Built on a site of historic Canadian importance, this home is built on the site of Fort Tipperary from the War of 1812 which housed the British garrison at that time. Part of the earthworks has survived in good condition and it now encloses the private residence. Four original cannons are still mounted on the earthworks (in the shape of a star), two of them can be seen from the street side. The cannons are reported as being two bronze 9-pounders and two iron 32-pounders. In 1902 Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, third president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, decided to build his summer home here. Saint Andrews at this time was the number one prime seaside resort area in Canada with wealthy families from across Canada and the eastern United States arriving by train and commissioning impressive summer cottages to enjoy the refreshing summer breeze off the bay within walking distance to the luxury resort and all it had to offer.
The home is surrounded by over 2000 square feet of covered veranda which is accessed from the great room, dining room, guest bedroom suite and mud room. Upon entering the home you arrive through the leaded cut glass door with matching sidelights and transom onto the marble tile of the entrance and the great room. Measuring over fifty feet in length this huge space features three iron and blown glass chandeliers, is surrounded by windows on three sides with a working wood-burning fireplace at one end and veranda access at the other. Double doors open onto the wide central hall with matching chandeliers, the main staircase and access to the guest powder room.
We enter the library with fireplace from the great room with a second entrance from the hall. It also a sunny walk-out bay window granting a lovely view of the grounds.
The formal dining room is gracious to say the least with cozy working wood-burning fireplace with elegant mantle and surround, a wall of windows and veranda access. Measuring 16.9′ x 24.7 ‘ it is large enough to accommodate wonderful dinner parties as well as memorable holiday feasts for the whole family! It is open to the kitchen.
And what a kitchen it is! With beautifully coffered ceiling with soft light recessed pot light detail, rare solid walnut full-height custom furniture-quality cabinetry, solid slab granite countertops, Viking Professional 6-burner gas stove with grill and double ovens, Sub Zero walnut covered fridge and freezer, built-in pantry, Meile super quiet dishwasher, Microwave and huge central island with breakfast bar seating for four. Two copper sinks add to the ambiance of this space with the large main sink incorporated into the island and the second prep sink near the dishwasher. The spacious family room is totally open to the kitchen with coffered ceiling as well and a full wall of windows overlooking the private grounds. Off the kitchen we find the mudroom entrance with tiled floor, double closet, built-in linen storage, wooden corner protectors (the same as the original design) and access to the laundry room with washer, dryer, cabinetry for cleaning product storage, folding counter, sink for hand washing and a window.
On the main floor we have an attractive guest bedroom with fireplace with brick surround and brick hearth, walk-in closet, veranda access and full ensuite bath with tiled floor and shower. Having a full suite bedroom on the main level is perfect not only for visiting guests but aging relatives or anyone with mobility issues.
Up the main staircase we arrive at the master bedroom suite. Equaling the great room in size it boasts plenty of space for a large king size bedroom set, a private sitting area centered around a cozy pellet-burning stove insert fireplace, a private balcony overlooking the Algonquin Resort, the town and the bay plus a five -piece ensuite bath. The spa-like bath features an oversized six-foot tub, double sinks with vanities, private European-style WC and huge separate shower which is fully tiled and can easily accommodate two! The third and fourth bedrooms are generous in size with large sunny windows with water view, large walk-in closets and access to a full Jack & Jill bathroom. The third bedroom has the pleasure of a nice-sized balcony overlooking the majestic grounds, Minister’s Island and the bay beyond. The fifth and sixth bedrooms are spacious as well, with walk-in closets, water views and Jack and Jill full bathroom access. This second floor has a huge walk-in linen room to house all your bedroom and bathroom linens. The second staircase comes down the back near these bedrooms to the mud room and originally would have been the maids staircase.
Throughout the main floor the ceilings are ten feet high with plaster crown mouldings and on the second floor they are nine feet high, the walls are blue-board plaster, there are five fireplaces each with a brick surround and brick flush hearth and unique mantel. The fireplaces in the library and guest suite are traditional wood burning but also have propane service. All floors in the bathrooms, kitchen, family room, mudroom and laundry room are tiled and the rest of the floors are wide-plank quarter-cut Douglas Fir wood. All bedrooms are spacious with walk-in closets and ensuite baths.
The quality of the construction of this home is unparalleled by any property ever on the market in New Brunswick. It has been built to commercial quality standards allowing it to be zoned for residential or commercial use, the choice is yours. It is currently used as a family home as was the original but it can be used as a restaurant, inn, private club or other commercial use. The electrical entrance is 600 amp with three sub panels, one per floor as well as one for the exterior. All high voltage wiring is commercial quality and armoured within conduit. The plumbing is commercial heavy walled insulated copper for the hot and cold water supplies and the drainage is commercial quality PVC. All the plumbing can be drained. There are two 180 liter hot water tanks which are rented and two ducted heat pumps proving economical warmth in winter and refreshing air conditioning in summer. A propane tank is rented providing fuel for the gas kitchen stove. The heat cost is $5104 per year or $425 per month, very impressive for a home this size. The home sits on the original two foot thick, large stone foundation which is fully insulated. It accommodates tons of storage space, the mechanics of the home, a huge workshop and semi finished space for the children to play ping pong. The basement has access from the main floor of the homes as well as access from the grounds from the north and south sides.
The detached garage is three-car with solid wood carriage house style doors. There is a storage shed and garden shed as well. The grounds are nothing short of majestic with 6.89 acres of scenic rolling lawns and century trees (with a swing just calling to be swung). The property is totally private and does flow down to the next street, Champlain Street. It could be subdivided if a buyer wished to purchase with less acreage.