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An historically significant home just steps away from Lake Ontario, welcome to 128 Durham Street in the beautiful Town of Cobourg.

Believed to be one of the earliest brick houses in Cobourg, the original structure was built in the early 1830s for Irish settler James Calcutt Sr, and became known as the Lakehurst Estate. In 1910, the home was turned into a boarding house, and eventually became an eight-unit apartment building. Since 2012, the home has been substantially renovated and converted back to a massive single-family residence incorporating staff quarters and a 2-bedroom income townhouse, and was recognized by the Town of Cobourg with a Heritage and Preservation Distinguished Civic Award in April of 2015.

Zoned for multi-family use, this magnificent home showcases huge main level rooms, including light-filled living and dining rooms; a Great Room rich with wood detail; as well as a massive eat-in kitchen - and great care was taken during the restoration process to maintain as much of the home’s historical architecture and detailing, while updating it to modern standards.

Wall, door and window trims, ceiling medallions, crown moldings, and interior doors have been renovated to heritage design, or replaced with near identical replicas. Most of the decor light switches have been updated, and the majority of the ceiling lighting has been replaced with new or vintage fixtures. 


The custom kitchen and breakfast area blends both modern and heritage design, showcasing restored hardwood floors; custom renovated wooden ceiling and trim; cabinetry with above- and under-cabinet lighting; built-in, high-end stainless steel appliances; granite-topped centre island with farmhouse apron enamel sink; stone back splash, and tiled floor.

Radiant heat is provided through cast iron radiators, with temperatures controlled through a WiFi thermostat. Ethernet hard-wired, over 2,000 ft. of CAT 6 cable has been installed throughout many of the rooms, and all centralized to a network switch, allowing for a private high speed network for internet access, file sharing, media streaming, on-line gaming, and IP security cameras. This home is hard-wired for a security system, and also has a fire alarm system with carbon monoxide detectors as well as low profile smoke alarm sensors and horns.

Much of the original hardwood flooring remains, with new hardwood or cork floors installed in some areas of the home, while a soft cushiony broadloom is found in the formal living room, as well as on the staircases and the second and third floor landings. 

There are two separate laundry rooms in the home - one in the basement and one on the third floor - both with updated washer and dryers; and all 7 washrooms throughout the home have also been updated with new toilets, bath areas, vanities, and flooring.

The second floor is divided into two separate wings - the north wing ideal for guests or extended family members - with the main family bedrooms found in the south wing. Two of these bedrooms share a 4-pc washroom, with one bedroom having its own private access. The master suite features a bedroom with an east-facing sitting area; a dressing room with custom fitted wardrobes; and a luxurious 5-pc washroom customized with marble-topped double vanity, free standing tub, and glass-enclosed shower area.

The third level has a self-contained apartment ideal as a nanny or in-law suite - and features a spacious living room with fireplace; a cozy space for a sitting area or dressing room adjacent to the bedroom; plenty of storage; a 4-pc washroom; and an eat-in kitchen which has walk-out access to a private balcony with a view of the lake.

Across from this apartment is a private games room and recreation area with its own 4-pc washroom and a renovated wet bar.

Many heritage restorations, as well as modern updates, have been done to the home’s exterior, and a separate carriage house on the property has also been completely restored.

A testament to Cobourg’s historic past, 128 Durham Street is a showcase of rich heritage and design blending with the modern amenities of today’s lifestyle.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Pennington, of Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage, at (905) 375-0062.

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