106 Middletown Road, Dundas

Price

$1,495,000

Bedrooms

1 + 1

Bathrooms

3

Property

6.07-Acres

Overview

Welcome to Vinemount Farm. This one-of-a-kind property is situated on more than 6-acres surrounded by beautiful Conservation land, with maintained lawns for activities and wooded walking trails. Located just a short drive to the quaint downtown areas of both Dundas and Ancaster, and only minutes to The Dundas Valley Trail Centre – a replica Victorian Train Station with access to more than 1400 KMs of trails including The Bruce Trail and the Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail. 

This stunning residence consists of two Victorian era railway stations that were located on the former Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway line. The first building to be moved here was located at Vinemount, a small community located on Ridge Road on the escarpment above Grimsby. The second building was the TH&B station at Stoney Creek below the escarpment. Originally built in 1895 and moved to the property in the 1950’s, both structures have been restored to meet or surpass current building codes with safety, comfortable living and modern amenities as a focus, while retaining the original ambience and history of classic railway architecture. The L-shaped configuration provides a magnificent view of the Dundas Valley from any room in the home or from the fantastic wrap around cedar deck. Located at a prominent position of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking the Canadian National Railway main line. The bungalow style with walkout allows a grade level access into the main floor as well as separate grade level entrances to the lower level offering a full in-law suite. The original character and architectural details are conceptually preserved but the structure is completely rebuilt to reflect current standards and to encompass contemporary lifestyles. 

Also on the property, there are seven gorgeous flower gardens with plantings and perennials, and a 24’ x 40’ dream garage and workshop. It’s fully insulated with HVAC and a car lift. When used for storage, it can accommodate four or even five vehicles. 

The house has an underground closed loop Geothermal system that provides heating and cooling. The garage has an LG Ductless heat pump. Both the house and garage enjoy 200-AMP service. There is a backup generator and a WETT-Certified wood stove in the event of a power outage. The property has seen many upgrades over the years and there has been a concentrated effort to make changes that are ecologically friendly and energy efficient. 

Note: Pond belongs to farm land adjacent to 106 Middletown Road. 

Main Floor

Great Room (Freight Room)

  • Soaring 14'8" ft. cathedral ceiling
  • Solid pine wide antique flooring
  • High baseboards and wide pine trim/sills
  • Decorative wood stove (WETT Certified) on tile base with black insulated pipe
  • LED track lighting with dimmer
  • Home theatre wiring & six speakers
  • Thermostatically controlled ceiling fan/light with remote
  • Solid double doors on north side and double doors with sliding glass/screens on south side
  • 3 large picture windows, 2 hinged crank-out windows, 2 fixed transom windows. 

Kitchen with Dinette (Station Master's Office)

  • Red oak flooring
  • Original ticket window with drawer
  • Natural wood wainscoting
  • Pine trim/sills & baseboards
  • Cherry cabinets
  • Granite countertops with stainless steel sink
  • Bar faucet/mixer faucet/soap dispenser
  • 9' ceiling height
  • Wired stereo speakers
  • Glass cooktop range with convection oven and warmer drawer
  • Integrated range hood and microwave
  • LED countertop lighting
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Built-in Dishwasher
  • Original solid wood wide countertop
  • 4 casement tilt-in windows.

Foyer (Passenger Waiting Room)

  • Vintage pine flooring
  • WiFi Hub
  • Display and key/glove cabinets
  • Wainscoting
  • Pine trim/sills & baseboards
  • Crown moulding
  • 9' high ceiling
  • Original ticket window
  • Casement tilt-in window.

Powder Room

  • Low flush toilet
  • Antique marble top with China bowl
  • Vanity with lighted full width mirror
  • 9' ceiling height
  • Hemlock cabinetry
  • Door with adjustable internal blinds open to deck
  • Operable transom
  • Solid pine door to foyer
  • Casement tilt-in window.

Dining Room (Baggage Room)

  • Double doors with glass & screens opening to patio
  • Antique hemlock wainscoting
  • Original wide plank pine floor
  • Large Victorian wall hung China cabinet with drawers
  • Dimmable track/ceiling & wall sconce lighting
  • Casement tilt-in window.

Library (Station Agents Office)

  • Pine trim & baseboards
  • Large natural pine crown moulding
  • Original plank 11' high ceiling
  • Red oak floor
  • Home theatre wiring & five speakers
  • Thermostatically controlled ceiling fan/light with remote
  • Large antique bookcase with glass doors and storage drawers with lower storage unit
  • Frosted French door leads to master bedroom
  • Electric fireplace with remote
  • Bay window with 3 casement tilt-in windows.

Master Bedroom

  • Thermostatically controlled ceiling fan/light with remote
  • Classic painted trim & baseboards
  • Large clothes wardrobe with sliding doors
  • Door to deck with internal blinds
  • Original 11' high ceiling
  • Arc-fault wiring
  • Red oak floor
  • East casement tilt-in window and operable transom capture morning sunrise
  • 2 west casement tilt-in windows overlook forest and sunsets
  • South crank-out window captures view of garden, and the Dundas Valley to Ancaster Escarpment. 

Ensuite Bathroom

  • Heated tile floor
  • Large cultured marble walk-in shower with seat and glass door
  • Dual shower heads
  • Shower light
  • Operable transom
  • Sun tunnel
  • Safety grab bars
  • Cultured marble vanity with double sinks
  • Twin wall mounted medicine cabinets with towel bars
  • "Right height" one piece toilet 
  • Double frosted glass French doors
  • High velocity exhaust fan with timer.

Lower Level

The Lower Level of the house is of concrete block construction with poured concrete floors with a focus on contemporary design. There are three exterior doors opening onto the grade level. Windows are located on the east and south sides of the building while west and north walls are below grade. 

Games Room/Dinette/Kitchen

Open concept living style. A kitchen counter with cupboards above has a single large stainless-steel sink and restaurant grade cutting board flanked by the refrigerator and broom closet with adjacent wall pantry cupboard. The 45" x 79" island features a built-in kitchen tool center and Corning glass-top cooking surface. Storage cavities below have pull-out pot hangars and stainless-steel storage bins. The island design also provides an eating area with stools. Adjacent to that is a bar/storage work counter featuring unbreakable chrome-steel back panels and adjustable plexiglass shelves. The kitchen and dinette area has a ceramic tile floor as does the entrance stoop which has a solid cedar exterior door. that opens to the sidewalk. The main floor area has broadloom with a billiard table currently in place. Fluorescent valance lighting and LED pot lights with dimmers provide lighting for any function. An electric baseboard heater with wall thermostat allows area temperature control. An LED flat screen and sound system complete the area. 


Bathroom Area

  • ThermalDry floor tiles
  • Cultured marble top vanity cupboard with above counter vessel sink
  • High filler spout
  • One-piece low flush toilet
  • Ceiling exhaust fan on timer
  • Dimmable LED pot lights
  • Extra long cast iron bathtub with cultured marble shower and curved curtain rod
  • Storage room with infra-red sauna equipped with stereo system and chromotherapy lighting
  • Heat pump/Sump pump/Hot water tank alcove separated by adjustable vertical blinds. 

Bedroom

  • Custom built-in pine wall-to-wall dresser
  • Two clothes closets with integral headboard
  • Shoe closet
  • Broadloom floor covering
  • Acoustical tile ceiling
  • Fluorescent and LED lighting
  • Casement window opens to sidewalk area. 

Office Area

  • Ceramic tile flooring
  • LED pot and strip lighting
  • Ceiling exhaust fan with timer
  • Built-in book shelves and cupboards
  • Cork boards
  • 2 large work counters and a 21" x 36" stainless-steel sink
  • Room suitable for office work, food preparation, or hobbies. 

Lower Hallway

  • Located at the foot of the maple staircase leading down from the Great Room with an antique mahogany Ship's Handrail
  • Flooring is ThermalDry floor tiles
  • Painted wood trim & baseboards
  • LED ceiling light
  • Exterior door opens to sidewalk
  • Casement window for natural light
  • There are three interior doors leading to the Workshop/Utility Room, Lower Bathroom Area and Bedroom.  

Workshop/Utility Room

  • Open 8' ceiling with poured concrete floor
  • Exterior door to concrete patio area
  • Overhead fluorescent lamps and specific task lighting
  • This room houses: chest freezer, washing machine and clothes dryer, laundry sink, treadmill, 2 work benches, storage cabinets and shelves, water system, electrical and alarm panels, portable generator, tool storage and work areas. 

Garage/Shop

Measuring 24' x 40' and built of pressure treated post and beam construction with vinyl cladding and Gyproc interior walls, the building is fully insulated and has a 5" steel-reinforced concrete floor. Light and Ventilation is provided by four sliding/storm screen windows as well as there is a large picture window at the east end. Two reversible overhead fanlights with wall mount control are installed. Access is gained by a steel personnel door which supplements the two 9' x 9' and one 9' x 7' large overhead doors, two of which are equipped with electric garage door openers to allow "drive through" convenience. Beneath the 380 sq. ft. loft which is accessed by a pull-down staircase, there is a workshop area for woodworking and maintenance tasks, and a repair area for work on equipment. A four-post lift for servicing or storing vehicles or equipment is in the one bay, allowing storage beneath. Electrical service is 200-AMP 112/220 VAC with NEMA configurations for any conceivable power cord that is CSA approved and multiple standard GFI outlets are wall mounted throughout the building to allow for shop and project re-configuration. Overhead and wall mounted fluorescents provide abundant controllable lighting for general tasks and detailing. A vertical air compressor tank with adjustable pressure control provides air to the short hose with fitting adaptor and to a long hose on a hose reel with fitting adaptor. The loft and workshop areas are plumbed with vacuum pipes and gates to a portable shop vac that can function as a central vac system for cleanup tasks. The garage is wired for and includes a sound system.


Landscape Features

  • Tree carving, metal sculpture, hardwood and softwood trees
  • Maintained lawn areas with naturalized wooded slopes
  • Two ravines, one with seasonal stream and a second with seasonal pond
  • Property abuts CNR Dundas Subdivision railroad line on southern lot line
  • Abundant bird species and wildlife
  • Marble chip ornamental garden with antique switchstand & lantern 
  • Large concrete patio with accessibility ramp on north and west side of house
  • 560 sq. ft. elevated cedar deck on the south side of the main level
  • Covered concrete walkway to private lower level entrance
  • Concrete pad at entrance to utility area with concrete pad for future Generac
  • LED Security Lighting with dusk to dawn and motion sensing.

Systems

Water Systems

All water for household use is soft water that is gathered through industrial size rolled aluminum LeafGuard® eaves troughs and downspouts and it is then stored in a concrete Cistern with a vinyl liner. In the event of a severe drought, collected water is augmented by purchased potable water brought in by a local water haulage contractor. The cistern water passes through a pair of cartridge water filters as it is pumped through the Pressure Tank system and then is treated to further filtration and Ultra Violet sterilization by the Whole-House VIQUA® System. The Hot Water Tank System consists of an initial 45 gal. insulated tank that receives warm water which is excess heat from the geo-thermal system. This tepid water then routes through the electrically powered 45 gal. tank that brings it to the desired temperature to serve the two kitchens and three bathrooms. Rainwater for gardening or cleanup is supplied by house and garage eavestroughs to Rain Barrels appropriately located outside, supplementing the Outdoor Hose Bib.

Waste Water System

The Septic System is located to the south of the house where there is maximum sun and drainage for the Tile Bed which is located on the tiered slope. Tank pump-out is conveniently accessible by truck under the bird bath on the south lawn. In the Lower Bathroom an OmniBasement® Waterguard® Perimeter Drainage System with integrated SuperSump® plus automatic battery backup was installed to handle unusual storm/rain events.  Additionally, the north walls in the storage space were repaired with Carbon Armour wall reinforcement and a CleanSpace® Wall System was installed to guarantee this area will stay dry and free of any dampness.

Heating and Air Conditioning

Both the Garage and House have Primary and Secondary HVAC sources. The house has an underground closed loop Geothermal system that provides heating and cooling throughout the year using only electricity for running the pump and fan to move air through the air duct system.  The related Smart Ecobee® thermostat is located in the Library of the house. In the event of extreme cold weather an auxiliary electric heating grid will pump up additional heat if required. A WETT-Certified Pacific Energy® Wood Stove located in the Great Room can provide heat for the home in the event of a power outage but the portable electric generator can also feed power to the heat pump system in the event of grid power failure.

The garage has an LG Ductless electric heat pump with heating, air conditioning and dehumidification functions. There is also a WETT-Certified Pacific Energy® Wood Stove should there be day-long winter heating requirements and for short term quick or localised heating the building is equipped at each end with 20 Amp 240VAC outlets for utilization of construction heaters if desired. Overhead fanlights in the garage assist with warm or cool air distribution.

Electrical Power

Hydro One provides single phase electricity to 106 Middletown Road as a Residential-Medium Density customer billed on a Lower Tier and Upper Tier (not Time of Use) basis. We own the pole on which their transformer is mounted and that is where the Central Meter is located serving both the house and the garage, both of which enjoy a 200 AMP Service with related Circuit Breaker Panels and features. 

Incoming power to the residence goes through a Whole House Surge Suppressor to protect all appliances and electronics. A gasoline portable Backup Generator in the Workshop/Utility Room can be wheeled outside and plugged into the Auxiliary Backup Distribution System to power all essential household circuits. GFCI Protected 15A Outdoor Receptacles are located by Sidewalk, patio areas, on Deck and two at the Garage.

Security System

Smoke detectors, motion detectors, contact door intrusion switches are installed throughout the house and a heat rise detector is linked from the garage. The system is monitored continuously and has battery backup. Communication is through a dedicated cellular line. Outdoor LED Motion activated Security Lights are strategically located but are not linked to the monitoring station.

Communication Services

Antennae are mounted on a dedicated tower at the south side of the house. A password protected WiFi hub projects a signal throughout the residence and to the garage.  ShawDirect® Satellite connections are located in all primary rooms as well as a separate antenna and outlet are located in the garage. A Rogers cellular connection feeds the wireless home telephone system which has six handsets to provide telephone and intercom service to both buildings. 

Fire Safety

The closest local fire station is in Greensville but both buildings are extensively insulated with Roxul® fire resistant insulation and the interior walls have SAFE'n'SOUND® for sound proofing and reduction of flame spread installed. An extra measure of fire protection is afforded by the pond (a.k.a. Lomax Lake) which was constructed not only as a landscape and recreational feature but as a storage facility holding up to 100,000 gallons of water for emergency standby use.

Roofing and Ventilation

Installed as recently as 2015 on the house, the IKO asphalt shingles are mould resistant and are laid over a solid wood roof deck with new flashings with partial warranty still applicable for the next five years.  An Attic Ventilation Fan was installed in earlier years but has been de-commissioned as it was not required after completion of all insulation and implementation of the geothermal system.


Room Sizes

Main Level

  • Foyer: 9'8" x 9'
  • Kitchen: 8' x 18'5"
  • Great Room: 23'9" x 14'5"
  • Bathroom: 2-Piece
  • Dining Room: 15' x 15'3"
  • Library: 10'2" x 17'6"
  • Master Bedroom: 12'4" x 15'
  • Ensuite Bathroom: 4-Piece

Lower Level

  • Recreation Room: 14' x 16'5"
  • Kitchen: 15'8" x 13'7"
  • Office: 9'8" x 13'10"
  • Bedroom: 14' x 10'
  • Bathroom: 4-Piece
  • Laundry/Storage/Utility

Property Taxes

2020 - $1,720 (Conservation Land Tax Incentive)