Magnificent Arts & Crafts: 'Akehurst' is a handsome 1912 home resplendent in fine detailing, in and outside. Authentic to its roots, this represents Victoria’s only original grand California Arts & Crafts style home. Designed by Charles King a...
Magnificent Arts & Crafts: 'Akehurst' is a handsome 1912 home resplendent in fine detailing, in and outside. Authentic to its roots, this represents Victoria’s only original grand California Arts & Crafts style home. Designed by Charles King a contemporary of Greene & Greene of Pasadena, California, it features multiple low-pitched gables & numerous bracketed eaves.
Remarkably, this home has been meticulously restored over a period of 10 years by the current owners to its original glory & beyond under the guidance of heritage consultant and architect, Stuart Stark and his team. The entry vestibule leads to the grand foyer, an impressive gateway to the treasures of the era it showcases with its hand printed wallpaper, stained glass leaded windows & beautiful oak carpentry. The 6,311 sq. ft. home is a fine example of masterful craftsmanship subtly enhanced with modern conveniences.
The exceptional detailing was created over a period of three months by the finest cabinetmakers and allows for sophisticated entertaining. The substantial living room with its wood burning fireplace boasts picture windows with views to the garden. The neighbouring family room has a bay window and french doors. Both rooms step out onto the porch. The dining room has superb original cabinetry and a bespoke chandelier. Original restored fixtures in the breakfast room and kitchen blend seamlessly with modern appliances. The modernizing included a new roof, complete re-wiring and re-plumbing to the highest standards. Also, natural gas to the house has brought this gem into the 21st century.
The home's garden façade has a broad brick porch with pergola roof to the right side and brick steps leading down to the garden. The lush, tranquil garden scape with water feature is a magical haven for invigorating the soul.
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