Set in the post-depression era in Lexington, Kentucky, the sets of Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” are a reflection of the opulence of the times. As Beth rushes to a chess match in the first episode, she’s framed by soaring ceilings, ornate wallpaper, jewel-toned velvet, and mirrors bordered in gold.
And now, one of the sumptuous filming locations in Cambridge, Ontario has hit the market for $3.5M, offering up a unique opportunity to follow in Beth’s footsteps.
If you’ve watched the show, you may recognize the Chamberlain House. Even if you haven’t, it’s not hard to appreciate that this is a real estate gem.
The Chamberlain House features Tudor Revival architecture and sits on a verdant lot, bordered by manicured hedges and towering trees. It makes a grand first impression thanks to a stone porte-cochère preceding the front door. A balcony is perched atop.
The inside of the home is a portal into the 1950s, with floral wallpaper, polished wood, and jewel-toned walls throughout. This is intentional; the home -- built in 1916 -- has been renovated, but with the intention of honouring its historic integrity.
The main floor includes the living area -- accented with a striking fireplace, bow windows, and a walkout to the covered veranda -- the dining area, a breakfast nook, and the kitchen. The highlight of the kitchen is a masonry mantle hood.
The upper levels contain seven bedrooms, including the primary on the second floor. Also on the second floor is a library. Two separate staircase sections access different wings within the home. The property also includes a basement.
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Although the home was updated by the homeowners in the 1980s -- and has been immaculately maintained ever since -- one step inside will transport you to a different time. There’s an otherworldliness to not only the way the home has been staged and styled, but the surrounding neighbourhood of Dickson Hill, which has a distinctive Victorian feel.
In the surrounding area, you’ll find Victoria Park, the Cambridge Cricket Club, the Victoria Park Tennis Club, and the University of Cambridge.
- Address: 93 Salisbury Avenue
- Bedrooms: 7
- Bathrooms: 6
- Size: 7,935 sq. ft
- Price: $3,500,000
- Listed by:Colleen Whitney, Whitney Commercial Real Estate Services