Oakville, Ontario Historic Home for Sale: Suits Large Family or B & B


Exceptional Restored Georgian.  Asking Price $2,695,000.  . 

Thomas house front shot

Like Being in a Trisha Romance Painting

This home has a wonderful sense of time and place.  "I feel like I just stepped into a Trisha Romance painting" I tell Francine as she pours me a cup of tea in her sunny kitchen.  The house reflects the owner, who is gracious, warm and passionate about history.

"My husband and I love old houses. We fell in love with this one" says Francine Landry.  "We loved raising our kids here and entertaining all our family and friends.  Now that the kids are grown, it's time to pass it on so another family can enjoy it." 

Francine and her husband undertook a faithful restoration, with uncompromising historical integrity.  They were careful to retain the classic Georgian look and feel, but incorporated new mechanicals, new bathrooms and a modern kitchen, family room and mudroom. 

PB080044Understated Elegance, Yet Casual and Comfortable

The house has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, four fireplaces.  I love the layout.  Large well proportioned rooms and an open kitchen with breakfast bar, eat-in area with expansive windows and a "keeping room" with fireplace, create "the great room effect" popular with families today.  The 5400 square feet includes an in-law suite on the third floor. 

Unparalleled Location, Walk to Downtown, the Lake and Oakville Marina

Where else but Oakville can you be in the heart of the downtown core and still enjoy leafy neighborhoods and spectacular lakeviews from your balcony?  

Lakeside Park is only a few feet away.  The shops, boutiques and restaurants of Downtown Oakville, the Oakville Club and the Oakville Marina just a stone's throw.

Ever Wanted to Have a Parterrre Garden?

This home boasts the finest formal gardens.  Thoughtful planning by renowned landscape architect


Christopher Campbell has created privacy and garden rooms separated by stunning shrubs, mature trees, arbors and trellises.  Several stone walkways and terraces enhance the natural landscape.

A Landmark Home in Old Oakville

Here`s a little bit of Oakville history for you. 

The original home was built in 1839.   In preparation for his marriage to Mary Jane Chisholm, daughter of William Chisholm (founding father of Oakville), Peter MacDougald purchased the original house and two adjoining lots in 1854. 

He named it "Glenorchy" (his parents were Scottish immigrants) and he and Mary raised three children there.

MacDougald later became Mayor of Oakville.  I did a little research into the life and times of Peter MacDougald.  One source said "During his tenure of nine years as Mayor, the Citizen's Band gave concerts on many occasions on the lawns of Glenorchy to which the townspeople were invited."

PB080011I can hear the lilting sound of bagpipes somewhere off in the distance, as I finish my "spot of tea". 

(Did you know I was born in Edinburgh and lived there as a child?)

A few more photos of the living room, formal dining room, great room, original Mayor's office, garden, renovated bathroom and master bedroom, with original coal-burning fireplace.

Oakville historic house living room

 Oakville historic house dining room 








Oakville historic house keeping room
















Oakville historic house garden

















Oakville historic house master








Want to find out more?  There is so much more to say about this home.

Call Hilary 905-599-3311,  I would be happy to send you more photos or show it to you in person.

Comments (3)

Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


What a stunningly beautiful home ! I love Oakville and I recall driving past this house on occasion.

I absolutely love how you've presented this property in this post...perhaps you would consider re-posting it and also including it in the Heritage Properties, Historic Homes and Antiques group ? I'd love to feature it there....



Dec 01, 2007 10:45 AM
Wayne & Hilary Shantz
Hi Jo-Anne, You are so on the ball.  Thanks for the tip to post to Heritage Properties group.  I will do that and I and the owner thank you.  Let me know if you are in Oakville again, so you can drop in for tea.  Hilary 
Dec 01, 2007 11:41 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
Hilary - To live in the grandeur of a historic home such as this is akin to living history.
Dec 09, 2007 09:29 AM