Address: 610 St. Charles Street, Victoria, BC, V8S 3N7, Canada
Style: Arts & Crafts
Parking: 4 cars
Year Built: 1912
Living Area: 6,311 sq.ft.
Lot Size: 18,644 sq.ft.
Lot Frontage: 158 ft
Lot Depth: 118 ft
Bathrooms: 2 full & 3 half
Masterful Arts & Crafts: "Akehurst" is a handsome 1912 home resplendent in fine detailing, in and outside. Authentic to its roots, this home represents Victoria’s only original grand depiction of the California Arts & Crafts style. Designed by Charles King a contemporary of Greene & Greene of Pasadena, California, it features multiple low-pitched gables & numerous bracketed eaves.
Remarkably, this home has been meticulously restored over a period of 10 years by the current owners to its original glory & beyond under the guidance of heritage consultant and architect, Stuart Stark and his team. The entry vestibule leads to the grand foyer, an impressive gateway to the treasures of the era it showcases with its hand printed wallpaper, stained glass leaded windows & beautiful oak carpentry. The 6,311 sq. ft. home is a fine example of masterful craftsmanship subtly enhanced with modern conveniences.
The exceptional detailing was created over a period of three months by the finest cabinetmakers and allows for sophisticated entertaining. The substantial living room with its wood burning fireplace boasts picture windows with views to the garden. The neighbouring family room has a bay window and french doors. Both rooms step out onto the porch. The dining room has superb original cabinetry and a bespoke chandelier. Original restored fixtures in the breakfast room and kitchen blend seamlessly with modern appliances. The modernizing included a new roof, complete re-wiring and re-plumbing to the highest standards. Also, natural gas to the house has brought this gem into the 21st century.
The home's garden façade has a broad brick porch with pergola roof to the right side and brick steps leading down to the garden. The lush, tranquil garden scape with water feature is a magical haven for invigorating the soul.
Rockland was founded as, and remains, one of the upmarket neighbourhoods in Victoria. It contains a notable concentration of opulent houses and heritage architecture. The two largest, and most famous, of Rockland's residences are Craigdarroch Castle, built by the Dunsmuir fortune, and Government House.
The home is located adjacent to the public, botanical gardens of Government House, very near to the Art Gallery of Victoria, Langham Court Theatre, the Moss Street Market, Fairfield Plaza and Oak Bay Village. Prestigious private schools are nearby as is downtown Victoria and the famous harbour front.