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A sleek modern home that cozies up to nature

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Matthew Young/Matthew Young

662 Harvest Rd, Hamilton

Asking price: $2,999,000

Taxes: $5,072.65 (2022)

Lot size: 82 by 482 feet

Listing agent: Stella McCollum, Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

The backstory

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Hamilton is smokestacks, steelworks or maybe a giant bridge that flies over the harbour, think again.

As locals know, Hamilton has many faces: the historic downtown core, the beginnings of urban intensifying on the waterfront, McMaster’s leafy campus and surrounding suburbs, the stunning views of “The Mountain”, and if you’re outdoorsy you might know about the many hiking trails near Mineral Springs, Canterbury Falls, Dundas Valley Conservation Area and the Christie Lake Conservation Area.

The latter is the Hamilton the owners of 662 Harvest Rd. got to know when they moved with their three children to Steeltown in 2019. The couple decided to rent for a year to figure out where they wanted to live long term.

As the COVID pandemic gripped the city the family spent more and more time outdoors, the pieces began to fall into place.

When a piece of land came up for sale in the area around Christie Lake, it got the couple thinking about the renovations they did at their previous home in Ottawa – a process they quite enjoyed­. Why not take it a step further and build something from scratch?

The homeowners brought in architect Joel Tanner and his firm SMPL Design Studio, which has made a name for itself building “gnarly” (his own words) modernist homes in the region. The couple had one focus – they wanted a home that felt like they were living in nature.

Their love of the outdoors was even incorporated into the plan for the garage, which features a

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