Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece
This is the kind of house you read about in Dwell or Wallpaper magazine.
A one of a kind, once-in-a-lifetime type of offering. This gem of a home is known as the LaPierre residence, named so by the family that commissioned its design by architect James E. Second — who studied under the tutelage of Bauhaus legend Walter Gropius, and it shows in every inch of this marvellous Mid-Century modern masterpiece: With floor to ceiling windows that allow you to take in the thoughtfully designed landscaping, a kitchen that is built for entertaining, and a style and elegance that’s all its own. 15 Wood Dale Drive is one of two residences that has ever received the Landmark Award — an honour it also shares with the CN Tower and the Eaton Centre. A true work of art.
Favourite Things | Sellers’ Words
- “If this house was on the moon, we would have moved to the moon” – an exact quote from us when reflecting on 15 Wood Dale. We fell head over heels in love with the home – it would not matter where it was located. We wanted to live in it.
- The home is known as the LaPierre residence – named after the family who commissioned it from architect James E. Second (who studied at Harvard under Bauhaus legend Walter Gropius – one of the pioneering masters of modernist architecture).
- It is true blue mid-Century modern – the home was completed in 1960.
- An award winning home – It won the coveted silver Massey Medal in 1961.
- And then in 2010, it won the Ontario Association of Architects Landmark Award – quite an impressive feat considering other recipients of this prestigious award have gone to the CN tower, Ontario Place, the Eaton Centre, TD centre to name a few. Only two homes have ever won this award and the LaPierre residence is one of them. Kinda amazing.
- Owning this home would make you the 7th owners of this amazing Mid-Century masterpiece. The house is a true show piece – when people drive by everyone slows down to get a closer look.
- The floor to ceiling windows bring the outside in – regardless of whether you are enjoying breakfast in the kitchen or relaxing in the living room.
- The layout and flow of the house is open concept – with the majority of the doors being pocket doors to keep the flow from room to room. The house is simply THE BEST for entertaining – whether it is an intimate dinner party or a larger gathering. The house is so inviting for people to chat and drink and wander – from outdoors and around the wraparound deck to dinner in the living room or hanging in the kitchen while you prepare the scrumptious meal. Plus, the surround sound system adds to the party’s vibes – even outdoors too.
- The chef worthy kitchen is spectacular and a favourite spot in the house – completely remodelled a few years ago by the previous owners of the home who are owners of some of Niagara’s best restaurants. The Wolf gas stove just inspires you to want to cook and create. And the Fisher Paykel double dishwasher will be tough for us to leave behind – once you have two dishwashers it’s tough to go back to one! There is an amazing amount of storage – which means the kitchen always looks neat and you always have access to everything you need. There is even additional storage on the other side of the kitchen island. Heart.
- The incredible wine cellar is a superb accent in the kitchen – living in St Catharines means you are located beautifully between two amazing wine regions: Niagara on the Lake and The Bench – we loved visiting the superb wineries and discovering new ones on the weekends and then bringing back a few bottles to enjoy.
- The house has surround sound speakers – which makes movie watching so much better.
- The wrap-around deck is divine – curling up with a good book and a nice glass of wine while overlooking the amazing garden can’t be beat.
- The home is on a double lot – providing a marvellous garden all around the home. There are red breasted robins and blue jays and the occasional rabbit that hops through. So serene and peaceful. In the wee hours of the morning I have seen on 3 occasions a small deer walk through the backyard. It’s fairy tale idyllic.
- We adore all the landscaping – but I think my favourite is the Japanese Maple at the front of the house and the lil’ mini walkway along the side of the house which is so lush, you instantly feel like you are million miles away from everything in the best way.
- There is a foot bridge leading up to the house – which is just plain rad. Underneath it is a lil’ river rock creek – which is so picturesque and a wonderful way to be welcomed home everyday.
- When it rains – it is simply the best. To be indoors amongst all the windows and hear the rain fall and see if from all sides is beyond beyond. The lil’ river rock creek under the bridge really does its job during big rain falls – you’ll see water gushing past under the bridge coming off the Niagara Escarpment.
- In the Fall, when all the leaves change colours – it is such a jaw-dropping view.
- We are obsessed by the orange front door. When we first saw the house – my first reaction was “you had me at the orange front door”.
- The house is incredibly built. Any contractor that has been to our home has been in awe of the construction and architecture. The wood on the ceiling is impressive and beautifully done and we just refinished all the wood floors so they are looking smashing. The massive wooden beams are incredible and impossible to find in a new home. The extra set of windows at the top just give it that je ne sais quoi. It is hard not to be struck by it when you walk in.
- The massive windows continue downstairs – and with the lower level being 70% above ground – it feels like an extension of the upstairs style. That’s my kind of basement!
- We have a ton of friends in Toronto, and they never hesitate to come visit us for a fun wine-tasting weekend – it’s only about an hour and 15mins from the city. On weekends in the summer – the GO Train comes out here as well. And in a couple years time there will be a permanent Go Train route to St Catharines year round – making it even easier to head to Toronto.
- The house is located just at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment. At the top of the hill, is Brock University. And you are just a couple mins drive to tons of amenities like a Supermarket, gas station, bank, shopping, restaurants, cinema, farmer’s market, lovely parks and probably hands down the best donut shop in the whole wide world – Beechwood Donuts.
- A short drive away and you are in lovely Niagara-on-The-Lake, home to incredible wineries, delish top rated restaurants and the marvellous Shaw Festival where you can take in amazing theatre. And certainly not to be forgotten – Niagara Falls – is about 18mins away should you want to take in a show, head to one of the casinos or ride the Maid of the Mist.
- You can be in the US in about 20 mins and at the Buffalo airport in 45 mins.
Landmark Award |
Houses that are called landmarks are those which demonstrate architecture’s beauty, endurance and lasting contribution to the community and to society.
A landmark building meets the following criteria: it establishes a design excellence standard for future generations, enhances its environment and the public realm, recognizes and respects its surroundings, while contributing to the neighbourhood, the community and/or the city through its unique identity.
ADDITIONAL information |
Possession | Immediately
Property Taxes | $7,076.57 / 2018
Legal Description | Lot 14 & 15 Plan 445
Parking | Car port – 2 cars and large driveway
Inclusions | All appliances, electric light fixtures, window coverings, mid century modern lamp in living room and mid century modern floating cabinet in living room.
Features & Improvements |
- New top of the line high efficiency Carrier furnace
- New top of the line high efficiency Carrier air conditioner
- Refinished the hard wood floor on main level – rosewood, maple and cherry
- Landscaped the whole garden – including fully mulched in all areas and new river rock in the creek
- Remodeled the upstairs bathroom
- Fully waterproofed the basement – back and side of the house
- Roof repaired by one of Niagara’s top flat roof specialists
- Repainted the deck
- Remodeled the carport with steel pillars and concrete footings
- New deck wood for wrap-around deck
- New broken brick driveway
- New driveway wood posts
- Recaulked all the bathrooms
- All ducts have been cleaned
About the Neighbourhood | Sellers’ Words
- We have a ton of friends in Toronto, and they never hesitate to come visit us for a fun wine-tasting weekend – it’s only about an hour and 15 minutes from the city. On weekends in the summer – the GO Train comes out here as well. And in a couple years time there will be a permanent GO Train route to St. Catharines year round – making it even easier to head to Toronto.
- The house is located just at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment. At the top of the hill, is Brock University. And you are just a couple mins drive to tons of amenities like supermarket, gas station, bank, shopping, restaurants, cinema, farmer’s market, lovely parks and probably hands down the best donut shop in the whole wide world – Beechwood Donuts.
- A short drive away and you are in lovely Niagara-On-The-Lake, home to incredible wineries, delish top rated restaurants and the marvellous Shaw Festival where you can take in amazing theatre. And certainly not to be forgotten – Niagara Falls – is about 18 minutes away should you want to take in a show, head to one of the casinos or ride the Maid of the Mist.
- You can be in the U.S. in about 20 mins and at the Buffalo airport in 45 mins – which is sometimes a lot more cost effective to fly from the States vs. Pearson.