Perched on the shores of Lake Ontario waits a stunning red-bricked Georgian estate — one that anyone would be extremely lucky to call home. And since the home just came on the market, someone's luck — the future buyer's — is about to change.

Commissioned in the 1880s by politician and journalist Thomas White, the breathtaking home at 586 Osler Court in Cobourg was then purchased in 1898 by local banker Edward Osler, and stayed in the Osler family for generations — 115-years-worth, to be exact.

The beautiful home sits on a 1.04-acre lot overlooking Lake Ontario, and its views, wrap-around veranda, and immaculately landscaped gardens with a charming courtyard and gazebo have made it an envy of the neighbourhood for quite some time. Not only is there the spacious main house, but tucked just behind it is a new multi-bedroom coach house conversion of the original heritage-protected stables.

The home is packed with Georgian character, from the detailed pillars on the veranda, to the enchanting staircase in the foyer, through to the original pine flooring on both storeys. What's more, the estate has been thoughtfully renovated to add in a number of modern conveniences that don't take away from the historic charm.


Stepping through the rich black front door, you're greeted by an eye-catching bannister in the same colour. To the left is the sparkling kitchen, one that any aspiring chef would be happy to entertain in, with its plethora of counter space, amazing white cabinetry, handy wine fridge, and built-in European appliances, including an immaculate black and gold six-burner gas stove.

The kitchen flows into a dining area flanked by wooden french doors, which can be opened up to let in some fresh lake-side air and offer unobstructed views of the waterfront — it's certainly a great way to enjoy a morning coffee.

To the right of the front foyer is a formal living room with a fireplace enclosed by the home's original marble mantle. And at the back of the home is a cozier living area, with another fireplace (this time a bit more modern) and a large media centre, perfect for throwing on the game or having a movie night in. A door designed to look like a shelf leads into the home office space, making it easy to close it up and forget about work during your off hours.

Upstairs, the bedrooms are spacious, with sleek ensuite bathrooms attached. The primary suite takes things to another level, with lake views, a dressing room, and a spa-like ensuite with a roomy walk-in shower and luxurious bathtub.

Our Favourite Thing

This home is stunning, there's no question about it, but our favourite part of the property can be found outside the main house: the original heritage-status stables that have since been converted into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom coach house. Not only is it an amazing way to add more space for your family, or any visitors you might have, but the coach house itself makes for a beautiful home that anyone would be happy to call their own. It's outfitted with a modern kitchen and even upstairs laundry to boot, so you can stay there quite comfortably.

For those not familiar with Cobourg, it's located about two hours east of Toronto, just past Port Hope. The quaint little town of roughly 20,000 people is the seat of Northumberland County, and is home to a number of historic buildings, having been the site of loyalist settlements in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Today, there's a revitalized waterfront with a beach and boardwalk, plenty of restaurants, convenient shops, and tons of parks to enjoy.

Not only will the lucky buyer of this home get to own a crown jewel of Lake Ontario, but they're get to enjoy all that the surrounding town has to offer.





This article was produced in partnership with STOREYS Custom Studio.

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