Property of the Week: A $9.5 Million Home with a Regulation-Size Tennis Court

Where it is

717 Royal Ave. S.W.

 

The history

In 1905, architect William Stanley Bates built what would become known as the Sayre Estate. Bates was a talented architect who emigrated from Yorkshire, England to Calgary in 1904. Bates formed a partnership with James L. Wilson and Gilbert Hodgson, and together their talents were sought after by several notable Calgarians, including Patrick Burns, Senator James L. Lougheed and Judson Sayre. The Sayre home is distinguished with a sandstone foundation, Cochrane brick and half-timbered details. The deep front yard and Coach House are also typical features of estate lots from its period.

 

What to love

Nestled across an acre of land in the heart of Calgary and the prestigious Upper Mount Royal community, this home balances historic and modern appeal. Over the years, the home has been carefully maintained and updated while still protecting its historic aspects. Inside, a grand staircase, coffered ceilings, oak hardwood floors and luxurious finishings are features throughout the home.

While guests could stay in one of the spacious bedrooms inside the home, there is also a separate, 676-square-foot Coach House that offers two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a bathroom, a living room and a heated double garage below it. Outside, a regulation-size tennis court, large deck, stylish landscaping and yard space offer plenty of outdoor enjoyment during the summer.

 

What to consider

With ample indoor and outdoor space, this home is ideal for large or growing families, or homeowners who love entertaining large groups. Steeped in local history and located less than 10 minutes from the heart of downtown, the location of this home also adds major appeal with easy access to shopping, dining and recreational amenities.

 

The stats

5,743 square feet
Five (flexible for six) bedrooms
Six bathrooms
676-square-foot Coach House
Heated parking for six vehicles

Listed for $9,500,000 with Nancy Calvin and Alex Hripko at Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team, Royal LePage Benchmark.

 

Inside the Home

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

Once owned by an American millionaire and later used as a convent, the Sayre Estate has a long, local history.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

The blend of classic features with modern decor brings a warm and welcoming feel to every room in this home.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

The spacious and elegant kitchen flows into the dining room area, creating a sense of connection in a space equipped for culinary creativity.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

Let your creativity flow in this sleek music room with space for a grand piano or other musical instruments.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

Each of the home’s five bedrooms have unique layouts while offering plenty of space, lighting, comfort and room to customize.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

The eye-catching fireplace is a feature piece in this seating area, and maintains the historic charm and appeal of the home.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

An in-home gym offers a convenient environment to fit a workout in after a busy day.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

The separate Coach House offers a private space for guests, friends or visiting family to enjoy their own living area.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

The Coach House features a full kitchen of its own, as well as two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a living area and a heated garage below it.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

During the warmer months, step outside on the private deck and enjoy the ample backyard space, stylish landscaping and calming greenery.

 

Photograph courtesy of Hripko and Partners Real Estate Team.

The regulation-size tennis court is a great space to practice your tennis swing or enjoy some family fun outdoors.

 

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