901 Hidden Valley Road, known as Tara, is situated at one of the highest points of this exclusive enclave of custom homes nestled in the curve of the Grand River in Kitchener. This unique home with its impressive façade is reminiscent of the southern colonial homes of the Carolinas. The front piazza which stretches the length of the home, complete with cedar lined ceiling & four sets of double white columns, provides a panoramic view across the valley & offers a shaded outdoor area for entertaining or a quiet place to sit for morning coffee or after dinner drinks. Beneath the piazza, sheltered by brick arches is the atrium, a covered outdoor living space accessed from the lower level double doors of the family room.
The back of the home provides a very different view. Here privacy & serenity await, with a dense canopy of maple forest & meadow beyond. The perennial gardens, sheds, rock walls, putting green & patio provide the perfect spot for entertaining guests. It is hard to imagine that beyond the nature at the back & the enclave of homes in front, this home is situated conveniently close to cinemas, restaurants & shopping on Fairway Road as well as easy access to Hwy 8, with the 401 only eleven minutes away & Uptown Waterloo accessible in fifteen minutes. Hidden Valley is only known to a few – because it is truly “hidden”. The unique features, described above, make Hidden Valley a desirable place to live for professionals, entrepreneurs or anyone appreciating the perfect combination of nature, privacy & convenience.
The front entry is via the piazza – step into the light-drenched foyer with soaring 17 ft ceiling, the first of 2 staircases nearby & views through to the backyard. The formal living & dining rooms have double doors that open onto the piazza, & both take full advantage of that wide-open nature view of the valley beyond. The open concept living space includes the well-appointed chef’s kitchen, informal dining space & great room with fireplace, cathedral ceiling & views out back. The kitchen offers stunning granite, a skylight over the island, gas cooktop, double wall oven, abundance of cabinetry & a walk-in pantry. Nearby is the main floor laundry, 2 piece bath & access to the triple garage via the 2nd staircase to the lower level. The home affords effortless flow between indoors & out both at front and back.
The master suite is what dreams are made of – a truly private escape – with a gracious walk-in closet, view to both front & back & a private seating area with garden doors to the back patio. The ensuite bath provides the luxury you expect from a home of this calibre, including in-floor heating, double vanity, separate glass & tile shower, & oval free-standing tub. The second bedroom at this main level is perfect for overnight guests & is situated right next to a modern, renovated 3 piece bathroom.
Downstairs, the reverse walkout basement offers a bright & inviting space. The expansive family room is the perfect spot to unwind, made cozy by the 3-sided fireplace. Garden doors lead to the covered atrium, an ideal location for observing summer storms while keeping dry. The wet-bar is fridge & wine-cooler equipped & has plenty of wine collection storage space built in. A pair of bedrooms, an office & a modern 3-piece bath are also found at this level but there’s more! Bonus space off the family room is perfect for scotch tasting & there is also an abundance of storage space at this level.
The landscape design of rock walls surrounding the property & leading down to the lower front atrium along with the perennial gardens, provides pleasing appeal in all seasons. It’s easy to keep the lawn and gardens in top notch condition all summer long thanks to the in-ground sprinkler system drawing on your private well, kept active just for this purpose. The back of the property displays the extensive length of the bungalow design, easily accessible by a sloping pathway off the extended rear aspect of the driveway. Perfect for downsizing without giving up the elegance you desire - if mobility is a concern, live all on one level & enter the bungalow easily, avoiding stairs, from the rear of the home.
This custom home was designed & constructed with quality that will stand the test of time. Upgraded extensively in the past six years, the home has been pre-inspected by Amerispec & comes with a warranty on all major components, transferable to new owners.