Henry David Thoreau wrote about Walden Pond in Concord Massachusetts, where he lived in a log cabin in the woods for over 2 years in tranquility, beginning in 1845. Here we have “Walden North”, the Canadian equivalent, being a 2.9 acre property located in an idyllic setting on a virtually private 300 acre lake … where nature lovers can watch a parade of wildlife and kaleidoscope of plant & insects perform their wonders throughout the year.
Although the property doesn’t surround the lake, it has 342 ft of waterfront and is the only section on the entire lake that is not zoned Natural Area Protection (NAP)-see pg. 26. The home is the only principal residence that’s been built beside it. The rest of the lake is bordered by a few farms. To think that you could find a magical lake like this, practically all to yourself, within 90 minutes of Toronto is almost unbelievable, and yet here it is, a diamond in the rough, hidden in a secret location just N/E of Lake Simcoe.
The 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath century home was built in 1910 by the Doyle family. It offers the owners plenty of charm and character. It was built with 6,000 pieces of quarried limestone from Longford Mills, nearby. The mature trees make for a lovely setting overlooking a 175-foot wide sandy beach perfect for relaxing. The fishing is phenomenal with lots of largemouth bass, pike and pickerel. The wildlife is prolific with moose, deer, mink, otter, turtles, loons and many varieties of ducks. Dragonflies perform a special dance for you every May when they emerge out of their nymphs.
Features of Walden North
Imagine having your own beach! 150 feet of it! Walden North offers such a beach as well as great fishing and duck hunting. Largemouth Bass, Pike, Pickerel and Catfish are a few of the species available. Lake St. John is accessible from the lake along a 5 mile stretch of river.
The 2.9 acres of Walden North includes a large shed to store your toys along with many different types of wildlife right in your own backyard. Moose and deer have been spotted along with mink, otter and an incredible array of bird species. The chickadee’s have been known to eat right from your hand!
Located in Ramara township, the property for sale is located just 10 minutes from the Orillia Narrows, 45 minutes to Barrie and within 1.5 hours of Toronto.
|Bedrooms: 3||Bathrooms: 1 Full, 1 Half|
|MLS # 30708507||Lot Size: 342.37′ X 375.00′|
|Area: 1925 sq. ft.||Frontage: 342′ Beach: 175′|
|Area Finished: 1925 sq. ft.||Public Schools: Rama P.S., Twin Lakes S.S.|
|Property Taxes (2017): $1687||Catholic Schools: St. Bernard’s C.S., Patrick Fogarty S.S.|
|Built in 1910 Age: 109||Community: Ramara|
Travel down the enchanted lane way bordered by Hawthorne trees and Elderberry shrubs you come across the charming century home built in 1910 by the Doyle Family who owned the property until approximately 1978. The unique look of this home is due to the 6000 pieces of limestone cladding the exterior of the home. The home has 1925 square feet of living space (approx. 1400 sq ft is still available to be finished – 600 sf in the loft space and 900 sf in the basement) , 3 bedrooms, 1 and a half bathrooms and main floor laundry. There are many original features like hardwood flooring and solid hardwood doors throughout.
Just inside the door is the lovely large Living Room. The first thing to notice is the three large windows that bring in the natural light. There are 7.5 inch wide baseboards, wide door casings, crown moulding above all the doors and windows and 9 ft ceiling height on the main floor.
The pine-look, country Kitchen features lots of cabinetry including a large pantry,pots and pans drawers, a microwave nook, sponge tip-out at the double sink with telescopic, pot-filler faucet and a breakfast bar that seats 3.
Through another original feature, the french doors with glass knob, you find the formal dining room. Ample space for a large table and a buffet.
More original charm is found with the large stained glass window in the Foyer and the solid birch staircase. There is a built-in bookcase across from the “secret” door under the stairs that leads to the basement.
At the top of the stairs is another unique feature of homes from the 1900’s. What was once called a Parlour, this room has a peek-a-boo opening in the wall that overlooks the staircase and no door. It could be used as an office space, library or sitting room.
The Master Bedroom has ample space for a queen-sized bed, 2 dressers and a reading area. Again, original features include crown moulding above the hardwood doors and windows, hardwood flooring throughout the 2nd floor.
One of the bright bedrooms with wall sconce and wall-to-wall broadloom.
This bedroom offers a built-in closet/wardrobe with open storage above, wall sconce and wall-to-wall broadloom.
The large 4-piece main Bathroom includes a one-piece sink/counter-top (for easy cleaning) atop the large vanity, pot lights, a deep jetted tub and a rainfall shower head.