A lesser man, having surveyed the gentle contours that surround Oakville’s Lambert-Smye heritage estate, might have said “Develop this site? Forget about it.”
Tucked away off Lakeshore Road West, with extensive frontage along Lake Ontario’s north shore, this alluring site was ripe for the right idea. Moreover, it needed the right man who could see and realize it’s incredible potential.
That man was Anthony DiCenzo.
“This site, and that heritage house, should be the setting for a remarkable enclave of estate homes. Let’s figure out how to do that,” he remembers thinking.
Anthony’s visionary ambition was embraced by his equally visionary partners and close friends in the Molinaro Family – an accomplished real estate group known for landmark developments throughout Burlington and Hamilton. Their history with Anthony and his family stretched back a generation through numerous developments, real estate deals and Sunday dinners. A characteristic they both shared was determination. .
“We all agreed the site had amazing possibilities,” says Molinaro Group President Vince Molinaro. “A big advantage we had was that Anthony lived right next door to the site and knew the landscape. We knew he’d lead the way to make this happen.”
And he did, navigating a challenging journey that required all of his skills in negotiation, site design and consensus building. The result of that effort is now coming alive in the singular and sensational Edgewater Estates neighbourhood, now under construction, on Lakeshore Road West in Oakville.
“A heritage property like this requires patience and diligence to get it right, and to get everyone to agree to a plan that works,” he says. “But we did – and it was worth it.”
The fact that Anthony lives right next door to this exclusive 9-acre enclave is consistent with his values and business practices. His hands-on approach, his history of successful developments in and around Oakville, and his commitment to the highest standards of design and construction combine to make him an ideal next-door neighbour.
“I enjoy developing close to where I live, and walking each site every weekend. I feel a deep sense of pride and satisfaction to know that I contributed greatly to building this community.”
Edgewater Estates will range from approximately 3,500 to 5,000 square feet, with both three and four bedroom plans available.
Buyers can choose from one of five masterful designs, work with DiCenzo’s team of award-winning architects to develop their own custom design, purchase a vacant lot on which they can design and build their own home. All construction is subject to architectural controls.
Lot frontages range from 100 – 145 ft. and depths of up to 215 ft. Two of the lots offer the rare opportunity to build on over 120 ft. of direct lake frontage, while others offer incredible unobstructed views of Lake Ontario.
For DiCenzo, Edgewater represents his vision of marrying modern day living with the natural landscape while preserving the unique heritage features of the property. He feels that The Lambert-Smye Estate is certainly the focal point of the community. It has been faithfully restored and stands at the highest point of the development. “The fifteen estate lots that surrond the home have been arranged to highlight the charm, character and historical significance of the estate and the land,” he says.
Committed to preserving the natural habitat along Lakeshore Road West and maintaining easy access to the lake, the neighbourhood’s tree-lined promenade and beach front access, along with new walking trails, are part of neighbourhood design that seamlessly embraces the natural setting and the commanding architecture that will share this rare setting.
From vision to reality, Edgewater represents the pinnacle of elegant living along the rugged, beautiful shores of Lake Ontario.
Edgewater Estates’ Presentation Gallery is located at 394 Lakeshore Road West. Call 905-582-4662 to arrange a personal appointment, or visit edgewaterestates.ca for more details.