We live in a recently renovated and furnished, bright, two-storey home on a ravine lot that affords a great deal of privacy. Our air-conditioned, humidified and lovingly-maintained home has been decorated for serenity. It has an eat-in kitchen, a garden patio that is accessible directly from the kitchen, and an outdoor hot tub. The master bedroom on the second floor is large and features a king-size bed with Beautyrest mattress, a brand-new ensuite bathroom, and a good-sized walk-in closet with a window. The main floor has an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, microwave and gas oven, a dining room that looks out on the ravine, a living room with a bay window, and a powder room. A family room is uniquely situated on a mezzanine floor. It has a working wood fireplace, a five-speaker sound sysem with remote heaphones and a 42-inch plasma television that hooks to a satellite dish.
Apart from the master bedroom, the second floor has a second bathroom that is small but features a large shower. The other two rooms on this floor are offices. One will not be accessible as it is a home office and contains sensitive documents. The second and larger room is also an office where a desk, computer and sofa are found for use.
The finished basement is fully furnished and completely private, accessible down carpeted stairs from the main floor. It has the largest bathroom in the house, including a shower and separate bath. The bedroom is large and features a very good quality queen-size bed, and a closet for hanging clothes and other storage. The laundry room has a separate washer and dryer, both of which can handle significant volumes. There is also a storage room, which is not accessible as it is being used.
As for flooring, the hall and kitchen have natural stone with a natural stone backsplash in the kitchen, and the living room and dining room have oak floors. The family room features Brazilian cherry wood. All stairs are carpeted with broadloom, as is the entirety of the second floor apart from the bathroom, where the floors are tiled. The finished basement has engineered floors with an area rug in the area of the bed. The bathroom is tiled.
The garden and patio are a generous size and are located on the side and back of the house which faces south and allows for considerable sunshine from early afternoon to late evening. It is suitable for dining or lounging, as it features a table with umbrella that seats six, and two lounge chairs. Two high wood fences provide privacy from neighbours, while the back of the garden borders on the ravine, thick woodland and a creek. There are no houses directly behind our property, even on the other side of the ravine.
Mississauga is a suburb that is adjacent to and directly west of Toronto. Our home is in Clarkson Village, which is in the southwest corner of Mississauga, less than a half-hour drive to the centre of Toronto and a five-minute drive to Lake Ontario. The house is in on a cul-de-sac in a small subdivision of about 40 homes. The well-treed, mature subdivision has very little traffic, as it can only be accessed through one entrance and has no through streets.
There are very few facilities, however, that are not within walking distance, including banks, medical clinics, grocery stores, drugstores, bakeries, gas stations, a large shopping mall, a vegetable and fruit market, florists, a post office, and Ontario's largest tennis and health club, which has a swimming pool and where arrangements can be made for temporary membership at a reasonable price. Also within walking distance are fast-food outlets and good restaurants including La Felicita (Italian), Casalinga (Italian), Solara (Meditteranean). Michael's Back Door (French), and Momiji (Japanese). Many other excellent eateries and shopping are available within a 10 minute drive.
To the east is Toronto, Canada's largest city which boasts a Frank-Gehry designed Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the CN Tower (one of the tallest structures in the world), the Air Canada Centre (hockey, basketball, concerts), BMO Field (professional soccer), Roy Thomson Hall and the Toronto Symphony, and the Four Seasons Opera & Ballet Centre. Toronto is also the second largest theatre centre in North America, second only to New York, and features everything from Broadway shows to avant-garde theatre. As well, the Hockey Hall of Fame is in downtown Toronto and the city's restaurant scene is boundlessly cosmopolitan. There is a safe, scenic bike path all the way in from Clarkson to downtown Toronto, as well as the GO Train, which offers a 20-minute ride to Toronto's Union Station and subway system from Clarkson Station which is about 15 minutes walking distance or five minutes' driving distance from the house.
Going west toward Niagara Falls and the U.S. border is Oakville, which is adjacent to Clarkson Village, and has high-end shopping, good restaurants, and some summer festivals. It, like Port Credit just to the east of Clarkson, features a marina on Lake Ontario and on-the-water dining. Niagara's wine country is less than 45 minutes away in the same direction, and Niagara Falls is about 1.5 hours from the house. For theatre lovers, there is Niagara-on-the-Lake, a charming town that features the theatres, wine tours, and shopping of the Shaw Festival. The Niagara Escarpment is also within easy driving distance of the house, with many opportunities for good hiking, picknicking, rock climbing and biking.As well, the world-famous Stratford Festival, which offers a great variety of theatre fare other than Shakespeare, is about a 1.5 hour drive in a northwesterly direction from our home.
For those interested in venturing further afield, Ontario cottage country is about 2.0 hours due north. Driving a little further will get you to the wilds of Algonquin Park and its hiking, camping and canoeing splendour. Montreal is roughly a 5.5 hour drive or an easy train ride of about the same length from Toronto's Union Station.