THE LEISURE CLASS
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Enter the foyer and the tone is instantly set by the  
sidelights in the door, designed by Matthews herself,  the etched glass portrays rustic bare tree branches.


Rare is the recreational property that boasts a commercial-grade walk-in refrigerator, but when a home is built to support two families, there's wisdom in installing one.  “It's the first walk-in we've ever done,” says builder Fabio Ionta of FD Management.  “The original owners asked for it.  The current owners use it for wine.”
Sitting at the base of The Alpine Ski Club, this 6690 square foot, seven bedroom, four bathroom chalet at 122 Alta Road was built entirely for leisure.
“There's a theatre system downstairs,” says Ionta.  “Slate tile throughout, all heated, everything's heated.  There's a steam shower in the master, exercise room upstairs above the garage, wood burning fireplace, open concept throughout.  The list goes on.”
Finished by Maram Building Corporation, the chalet is a post and beam structure with soaring ceilings and expansive windows that provide breathtaking views of the ski runs just beyond the property line.
Designer Trish Matthews was brought in for the consultation.  She chose hemlock for flooring and the interior doors which she styled in rustic barn-door chic.  “The owners were looking at moving up to the area and were avid skiers,” says Matthews. 
“They wanted to capture the feel of a true lodge tucked away in Aspen or B.C.”
Matthews used deer antlers as a theme throughout the home, from lighting fixtures to taxidermy to metal sculptures and even drawer handles.  “Savoy Lighting did the fixtures for us.”
Enter the foyer and the tone is instantly set by the sidelights in the door, designed by Matthews herself, the etched glass portrays rustic bare tree branches.  Here, the Peacock Multi-slate floor of the entryway quickly transforms into gleaming hemlock hardwood that heralds the great room ahead.  Veer to the right and you are in a private office space with a unique oblong mahogany desk and matching storage hutch.  A few steps in on your left and an anteroom with a stacked stone veneer wall leads you up the stairs to the second floor master.  Continue on through the anteroom and you find yourself in the east wing where the main floor master, laundry and two other bedrooms are situated. 
The great room, kitchen and dining room are the central gathering spot however, with slate flooring in the active cooking area and hardwood throughout the rest. Walls are peaceful Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace here is surrounded by deep club chairs.
This generous kitchen was built to indulge the whims of a gourmet chef with its collection of top-of-the-line appliances including the California-built Dacor dual-fuel Discovery range with convection system and six precision Simmer-Sear burners.  The Discovery uses an onboard IQ controller. Powered by Android, it offers WiFi Connectivity that is fully controllable via Smartphone, whether at home or down in the city.  The ovens even have soft shut hinges.
Matthews designed the kitchen and the large granite-topped island at its core, and charged Harvest House Craftsmen in Schomberg to do all the cabinetry. 
The island was remarkably constructed out of reclaimed material salvaged from Lake Ontario with a fantastical history.  “It was part of the wharf in downtown Toronto,” says Matthews. “It was submersed in water.  They pulled up the wood and it was pristine.  The water preserves it.” »
Brimming with character, the wood turned out to be glorious old  growth elm, which cabinet builder Peter Coulter masterfully used for the bathroom vanity in the main floor master en suite as well.
The main floor master next to it in the east wing is the space in the chalet for early risers.  A wall of windows and sizeable transoms that extend right to the peak of the roof flood in dawn's early light for those who want to hit the slopes when the powder remains untouched.
Two more bedrooms also exist on the main floor—one with two singles, another with a queen.  They share a four-piece bath with slate flooring, dual sinks, granite countertops and gleaming multi-coloured mosaic tile in the bath.
The second level however, is devoted to the chalet's private master bedroom—an entirely secluded space.  The landing at the top of the stairs is open to below, but once inside the master, privacy is assured.  Here you find a king-sized bed with tufted upholstered headboard, designed by Matthews, and double-tiered iron Savoy chandelier for ambient light.  Two leather club chairs rest on an animal hide in front of a warming fireplace with stacked stone surround.  A taxidermy head of a deer is mounted over the firebox to complete the setting.
The master's stunning adjoining spa en suite is clad with exquisite taupe heated marble flooring.  The aesthetics of the tile work are worth mentioning here as the mosaic inlays move up the walls and around the shower's entry in a flowing pattern before concluding inside the shower stall niche.  There, multiple body jets, rain shower, drop down spa seats and the cleansing steam option allow residents to bask in the lap of luxury.  And if that's not enough pampering, a deep spa tub is available to soothe aching muscles after a challenging day on the slopes. »
Down the hall, a mirrored fitness room over the garage offers a treadmill and elliptical, plus a good stretch of empty floor space for yoga or calisthenics.  The kitchenette in the corner, complete with fridge and sink, is stocked with refreshing juices.
While all is private and serene on the upper level, the lower level of this executive chalet is built for togetherness.  A deep-set sectional in the recreation room encircles a stacked stone fireplace for après ski lounging.  Next to it, the chalet's projection screen theatre system is ready for movie night.  On the opposite side, a poker table and billiards table await family tournaments.  The recreation level also offers three additional bedrooms—one currently being used a children's playroom—with yet another spa bathroom.
The recreation level is truly party central however, supported by a full-sized kitchen with granite countertops and a magnificent L-shaped cantina lit by five pendant lights over the bar.
Finally, just around the corner is where you'll find the mudroom with numerous built-in cubbies, hooks and compartments for snowboards and skis, which after all, is the whole reason why residents are up here in the first
place.

122 Alta Road in The Blue Mountains is currently on the market with Paul Casey of Royal LePage.  MLS # 1549791.


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