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27 Barber Avenue Guelph, Ontario N1H 5E6

8 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 8462
3 Level Fireplace None Baseboard Heaters, Hot Water Radiator Heat


No written remarks can adequately describe the quality craftsmanship evident in absolutely every detail of IDYLWYLD. Two-foot-thick walls of local hand-cut limestone were used in the construction of this 8460 sq ft Second Empire French Mansardic styled mansion with 3+ floors, basement, a tall corner tower, and patterned slate roof. Construction began in the 1870s on 13 acres of which the house originally had a London Rd address (Barber Avenue with its stone gate pillars was the laneway). It was built for J.D. Williamson the proprietor of The Golden Lion a very successful downtown department store who wanted only the very best of the best for his new home. The 2 carved stone lions guarding the front steps are a lasting tribute to Mr. Williamsons connection to his store. The interior has a centre hall floor plan layout with 18 rooms of which 8 are bedrooms. The layout also lends itself to have totally separate in-home office space or in-law suite. Significant interior features include The soaring 13 ft ceilings with a wide variety of intricately handcrafted plaster mouldings and murals; Hand-selected woods of mahogany, ash, cherry, and black walnut in the waist-high wainscoting and 18-inch baseboards, Elaborate arched doors and trim; Magnificent black walnut staircase winding up 3 full stories; Quarter cut oak flooring framed with intricate walnut, cherry, and maple parquet; Imported Italian fireplaces; Etched glass panels; and Detailed engraved bronze hinges and hardware. The property is a private park-like 0.84 acre L-shaped mature treed estate-size lot located on one of Guelph's finest residential streets in the heart of the very desirable downtown Exhibition Park neighbourhood. There are 2 prestigious plaques prominently displayed on the exterior wall at the front entrance as a reminder to visitors of the building's architectural historic significance. (id:30310)

Property Details

MLS® Number 40174043
Property Type Single Family
Amenities Near By Hospital, Park, Playground, Public Transit
Communication Type Fiber
Community Features Quiet Area
Features Park/reserve, Crushed Stone Driveway
Parking Space Total 8
Structure Shed, Porch


Bathroom Total 4
Bedrooms Above Ground 8
Bedrooms Total 8
Appliances Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Stove, Water Softener, Window Coverings
Architectural Style 3 Level
Basement Development Unfinished
Basement Type Full (unfinished)
Constructed Date 1880
Construction Style Attachment Detached
Cooling Type None
Exterior Finish Stone
Fire Protection Smoke Detectors
Fireplace Fuel Wood
Fireplace Present Yes
Fireplace Total 3
Fireplace Type Other - See Remarks
Foundation Type Stone
Half Bath Total 1
Heating Type Baseboard Heaters, Hot Water Radiator Heat
Stories Total 3
Size Interior 8462
Type House
Utility Water Municipal Water


Acreage No
Land Amenities Hospital, Park, Playground, Public Transit
Sewer Municipal Sewage System
Size Depth 214 Ft
Size Frontage 94 Ft
Size Irregular 0.83
Size Total 0.83 Ac|1/2 - 1.99 Acres
Size Total Text 0.83 Ac|1/2 - 1.99 Acres
Zoning Description R1b


Level Type Dimensions
Second Level 4pc Bathroom Measurements not available
Second Level 3pc Bathroom Measurements not available
Second Level 3pc Bathroom Measurements not available
Second Level Den 14'7'' x 9'0''
Second Level Bedroom 12'4'' x 8'8''
Second Level Bedroom 13'5'' x 9'7''
Second Level Bedroom 16'7'' x 16'3''
Second Level Bedroom 17'4'' x 16'1''
Second Level Bedroom 23'5'' x 16'2''
Second Level Primary Bedroom 28'2'' x 16'1''
Third Level Games Room 32'10'' x 14'0''
Third Level Bedroom 14'3'' x 13'11''
Third Level Bedroom 20'10'' x 13'10''
Main Level 2pc Bathroom 7'7'' x 4'10''
Main Level Den 18'5'' x 13'9''
Main Level Library 28'5'' x 11'1''
Main Level Dining Room 23'2'' x 16'0''
Main Level Kitchen 16'0'' x 12'3''
Main Level Family Room 32'11'' x 16'0''
Main Level Living Room 19'1'' x 16'0''
Upper Level Library 16'10'' x 13'10''


Cable Available
Electricity Available
Natural Gas Available
Telephone Available



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