It may be getting cold outside, but it's warm & cozy inside! This exceptional estate home sits tucked into the hillside of sought after community Briar Hill/Houndsfield Heights and offers a uniquely tranquil backyard retreat uncommon to find amongst the bustle of the Inner City. Abounding in curb appeal, a grand spiral staircase leads you to the covered front entrance of this 2600+ sq foot air conditioned beauty. Fragrant lilacs and flowers fill the air as you approach. As you step into this gorgeous home you’ll notice how rich it is in both architectural design & craftsmanship. Note the high end quality finishings throughout with handcrafted wooden millwork seen in the doors, trim, casing and ceiling moldings, staircases and impressive custom built-ins. The main floor features a centre staircase with wrought iron railings and walnut flooring with intricate marble inlays in the foyer and back entrance. Envision yourself relaxing in the naturally bright living room in front of the castle rock surround gas fireplace. This layout is excellent for entertaining with a spacious dining room with built in hutch and french doors that lead to the serene backyard perfect for summer time get togethers. Your inner chef will love the kitchen with its granite countertops, wood clad breakfast bar, custom cabinets and hood fan, stainless steel appliances, and walk in pantry. A large carpeted second bedroom with cheater access to a 3pc bath with granite countertops and tile floor finishes the main floor. The upper level offers a great room with vaulted ceiling, another stunning gas fireplace, a den/flex room that can be used as an additional bedroom and a private balcony that overlooks the backyard as well as downtown. The light filled primary bedroom has its own fireplace, walk-in closet, 5pc ensuite and french doors leading to the West Facing balcony with stunning mountain views. The basement can be used to suit your needs and has yet another exceptional fireplace, wine cellar, laundry room, storage closet, 1/2 bath and access to the heated garage with workshop area and utility room. The yard is unlike any other. There is an ethereal quality to the water fall/pond as well as the wood burning stone fireplace and patio area. At night when it is all lit up it is absolutely magical. Novice gardeners need not worry because the master gardener who planted it did so with low maintenance in mind and planted mostly perennials so all you need to do is tidy. A garden guide can be provided. There is also a secluded area for a hot tub, lots of room to sit and enjoy the ambience, a climbing rose archway along the side of the home and an irrigation system. This ideally located home is steps away from green spaces, just minutes to Riley Park, SAIT, the Jubilee, LRT, North Hill Mall, all of Kensington's shops and restaurants, the River and pathways and is an easy commute all throughout the City. Take the virtual tour, watch the video (click 3D link) and then book your showing to see it in person.