If you like the idea of owning a little slice of Ontario’s architectural history, look no further than 61 King Street in Port Hope.

Known around town as the "Helm’s House,” this stately and elegant five-bedroom abode dates back to 1858 — although it shows its age in only the very best ways.

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The home touts many original Regency-style features (see: the decorative columns that flank the expansive, wrap-around verandah and the sweet masonry fountain in the gardens), but it’s also been meticulously restored with updated wiring, plumbing, and heating to ensure it lends itself to all the comforts of modern life.

On the main floor of the home, you’ll find the foyer — dressed strikingly in all navy with bay windows to boot — as well as an eat-in kitchen, an exercise room, and the family, living, and dining rooms. Each room is spacious and characterized by big, gridded windows, bright hardwood, high ceilings, and subtle period features like cornice mouldings, ceiling medallions, cast-iron fireplace grates, and beautiful restored hinges.

All five of the bedrooms are situated on the second floor, where they’re treated to no shortage of natural light and unencumbered exterior views thanks to the home’s natural height. The primary ensuite is particularly impressive, with a five-piece ensuite and an ultra-breathable layout.


In addition, a detached totally renovated coach house sits adjacent to the main house and currently exists as something of a flex space, which can be fashioned into a guest suite, home office, or studio (or whatever your heart desires, really). It poses the perfect opportunity for future homeowners to make their mark on the property.

Our Favourite Thing

Suffice it to say, this is no cookie-cutter home. Though it has been restored, we love how it remains true to its period roots. From the honey-coloured floorboards to the cast-iron radiators and stunning cornice mouldings, this home’s got swoon-worthy character.

Located along the shores of Lake Ontario and the Northumberland Hills, Port Hope is known for its historical charm and cultural richness — so 61 King Street fits right in — and it’s just an hour’s drive from the City of Toronto.





Photography: Maddox Media

This article was produced in partnership with STOREYS Custom Studio.