Wrought Iron Gates
Ravine and serene
by Connie Adair
From the curb, passersby can enjoy a view of a European-inspired chateau, set behind wrought iron gates and at the end of a driveway large enough to accommodate 10 cars. However, only family and guests get to venture inside the stone-and-stucco home and into the backyard retreat.
The treed backyard is “worth the price of admission,” says listing agent Morley Forsyth of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. “There are three terraces. One is off the master suite, another is off the oversized kitchen/great room and another terrace below that has a stone fountain.”
Hedges, a European-style garden that has perennials that bloom at different times during the season and a natural fenced ravine are other features of the half-acre property.
Rebuilt and expanded in 2000, the original house was “reworked and added on to,” Mr. Forsyth says. The year-long renovation resulted in a 7,800-square-foot home that has an elevator to all three floors and an uninterrupted view of the Binscarth Ravine.
Marble floors, a coffered ceiling and French doors in the foyer, a gas fireplace in the living room and a built-in closet and marble floors in the dining room are features.
The breakfast area has a built-in desk and shelves, and a view of the ravine. A centre island, granite counters and a skylight are features of the kitchen. The great room has a fireplace and French doors. Other main-floor features include a built-in desk and shelves in the office and a gas fireplace in the library.
The master suite has a gas fireplace, his-and-hers closets and a vaulted ceiling with a handpainted mural of Tuscany. The seven-piece ensuite bathroom includes a sauna. The other two bedrooms also have ensuite bathrooms.
The home has formal entertaining spaces as well as informal gathering spots that are warm and inviting, Mr. Forsyth says. “It’s great for family or business entertaining.”
It is attracting a variety of potential buyers, including those who want to downsize but stay in the area, as well as offshore buyers from England and the Orient looking for a part-time residence. “It’s rare to get three bedrooms with this amount of [square footage],” Mr. Forsyth says. The property offers value for its location, finishes and setting. “It’s in Rosedale on a coveted ravine. Buyers are drawn by that.”
By Jim Commentucci
The house, including the dining room, has oak floors throughout. These wrought iron gate separate the living and dining rooms.
Jay ends up tailless after encounter with cats
By Joan Morris
We have three cats that now run our household. My side yard and backyard are enclosed with wrought-iron fences that I have strung with rabbit wire. We have been pretty successful in confining the cats to the house and backyard. On the few occasions when one has managed to get out I have always found him or her trying to get back in the yard.
I have a bird feeder that hangs by a shepherd’s hook so that any seed that drops to the ground falls outside the fenced in area. However the wind does blow some into the area.
About two months ago I was sitting in the living room with the large cat in my lap when he suddenly jumped down and ran toward the dining area. I followed and found the two siblings on the window sill with a large young adult jay between them. I managed to extricate the bird, which appeared uninjured except that it had no tail feathers.
I carried it to the back fence and when I released it, it exploded out of my hands like a shot and flew off into a neighboring tree, scolding all the way. As I walked back to the house I found a neat pile of 12 jay tail feathers, each is 6 inches long, lying on lawn.
I didn’t see any jays in the yard for a couple of days and then they returned, including the tailless bird. I saw the jay for a couple of weeks several times a day and then he disappeared and I haven’t seen him since.
Wrought iron gates stolen from Nanticoke homes
The homes targeted were in the 1100 block of South Prospect Street and the 100 block of West Broad Street, city police said.
In both cases, witnesses told police a light-colored, older-model, full-size pickup with a loud exhaust was spotted fleeing the scene, police said.
Lazy days coming here
Point Mallard set to embark on its most extensive upgrade ever: Lazy River
By Tiffeny Owens
The wrought iron gates at Point Mallard water park closed Monday, but when they swing open next Memorial Day weekend, swimmers will be greeted by a 1,000-foot Lazy River — complete with geysers, waterfall mountain and splash pad, new water slides, concessions and parking.
The 42-year-old park is set to nearly double in size, expanding on the west side where a new archery area opened this summer. Parking will be updated, and restrooms and lockers added.
The Olympic pool will be redone and a new entrance constructed.
Contractors with Burleson pools of Hampton Cove and Extreme Waterslides of Crump, Tenn., will converge on the site to construct the $3.8 million project that’s broken into separate work phases: Lazy River, Olympic pool renovation, water slides, concessions/restrooms/entrance, and the parking lot, said Wally Terry, Decatur’s community and economic development director.
“We wanted to move quickly on getting everything in place so work could begin right after the water park closes,” Council President Gary Hammon said.
The project is being financed with the combination of money generated by a bond refinancing and a tax-exempt bank loan. Last month, the city refinanced a 30-year, $19.9 million bond taken out in 2003, of which $15 million is outstanding, for a lower interest rate. The refinancing will save the city $2.3 million in debt-service payments.
Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Dunlap expects the increased revenue from the new water rides to pay for the renovation in 10 years or sooner. Each time Point Mallard has added an attraction, its revenue has surged by double-digits, he said.
The water park, named after J. Gilmer Blackburn, who conceived it, is among the most affordable in the state.
While District 1 Councilman Billy Jackson agreed with other councilmen on the bond refinance, he broke with them on using the money on Point Mallard. He opposed the project back in 2008 as council president.
“The project is a good one, but I think we have other priorities we need to address first for residents,” Jackson. “We haven’t been cleaning out alleys. Our streets are terrible and need repaving. We have drainage problems we need to fix.”
Officials supporting the overhaul contend it will generate more money for the city aside from increased admissions with more visitors spending money in town for food, gas, shopping and lodging.