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This beautifully restored three plus bedroom historic home is located in the heart of St. Andrews By-the-sea, a block from the shores of the Bay of Fundy and less than 25 minutes to the US border. Oriole Cottage, is described in detail on the Canada's Historic Places site. The name was given to the house by the American portrait painter Florence MacKubin, a former owner of the cottage. This is a one-and-half story, Dutch Colonial home with one of St. Andrews rare gambrel roofs. Built originally in the early 1820s, this home has been fully renovated while maintaining its historical charm, including two working wood burning fireplaces, painted floors and sun porch. Oriole Cottage is situated on a large, fully fenced and tastefully landscaped lot which adds a whole other living dimension to this lovely home.
Winding gravel paths welcome you to the front entry and the garden gate at the side of the house. The large corner lot is entirely surrounded in privacy fencing with a mature cedar hedge on two sides and evergreen and hardwoods on the outside and inside of the fencing adds another layer of privacy. The house sits closer to the street, allowing the majority of the lot to be enjoyed as a beautiful, private outside space. Perennial gardens grace the front of the house, and several areas at the back, lilac bushes and a variety of other flowering shrubs are a haven for song birds. A large wrap-around, partially covered deck is accessible from the homes sun-room as well as the kitchen, making it the perfect venue for summer entertaining.
From the moment you enter, you know this home has been faithfully restored where possible, without compromising the necessities of comfortable, modern living. The house is energy efficient including new insulation in the basement, new windows, and radiant heating on the first floor and in the main bathroom on the second floor. The remainder of the house is electrically heated. The kitchen has been fully modernized with some open shelving, glass-fronted cabinetry and a deep double porcelain sink. While it is a large room, no space has been wasted; there is a large pantry as well as a broom/storage closet under the homes back stairs leading to the second floor from the kitchen.
You come in the front of the house through a covered entry and walk into a large, double living room, with the central staircase, slightly recessed, going to the upper floor. There are fireplaces on either side of the living room. What were once doubled flued fireplaces (servicing the living rooms and the rooms directly behind them), they are both now single flued. The fireplace on the left is open and services the living room, while the one on the right, while decorative in the living room, is open and services the room behind.
The spacious dining room is open to the living room on the left. A deep bay window floods the room with light and allows for a comfortable window seat with storage beneath. The exposed brick of the chimney adds texture to the room. Behind the right side of the living room and central stair, is a home office (or third bedroom) with an en suite bath with oversized custom tiled shower. This room is made cozy by the wood-burning fireplace and has a view of the rear gardens.
At the head of the main stair case, is a large landing, with two spacious closets - one for extra clothes and the other for linens or additional storage. Off this landing, is the Master suite: a large bedroom with one of the homes three front dormers, and en suite bath. This bath has radiant heat and an over-sized custom tiled shower. The second bedroom, again with a dormer, also opens to the landing, as does its en suite bath. This bath is also fitted with an oversized, custom tiled shower. The fourth room off the landing, is located in the addition of the house, over the kitchen. It is a large room, with stairs going down to the kitchen, it over looks the rear and side gardens and has two closets. It is currently used as a family room, but could easily be a fourth bedroom.
The house is straight and sturdy, thanks in large part to its good
stone foundation. The basement has both an interior and exterior
entrance and its walls have been fully insulated with spray foam
insulation. All the interior systems of the house have been updated
including plumbing and electricity. The new wooden clapboard siding
is Cape Cod brand which is a product known for its durability and
Please visit Oriole Cottage at the Canada Historic Places website: