Has Queen Elizabeth ever spent the night in your master bedroom?
Paul and Lise Lizotte can lay claim to that fun fact. It’s just one of many stories area residents have shared with them about the Falconbridge home they’re now selling.
The 4-bedroom house at 44 Edison Road dates back to 1934. Generously sized, it has big principal rooms on the main floor, including a huge formal living room that overlooks the front yard, as well as a spacious master bedroom with ensuite and a den. While it hasn’t been deemed a heritage home just yet, it is literally just a matter of time.
The Lizottes fell in love with the home’s character and lived there 17 years, raising their three boys. Lise renovated, returning the house to its former glory. It was filled with gorgeous woodwork, but the wood had all been painted over, so she spent six months stripping it all down.
They updated the kitchen with modern comforts. A large, eat-in chef’s kitchen, the space has a six-burner gas stove and a massive restaurant-style fridge. It connects to a large formal dining room which has pocket doors with magnificent etched glass. The sconces are original, as are the floors throughout.
“I tried to bring it today but still keep the original feel. Whatever I could keep I kept and designed around it. I just put a little bit of lipstick on it,” she says.
The township of Falconbridge has a population of less than a thousand. It’s the kind of small community where you find generations of families. Once a mining town, area homes were built for the miners to live in; 44 Edison belonged to the mine manager. Some older residents remember visiting him on his property and having picnics in the yard.
Nestled on top of a hill, the house has great views. The property has a huge acreage with lots of trees and is very private. It’s great for playing hide-and-seek, says Paul. The yard has a lot of potential. Because the Lizottes have a cottage they didn’t spend summers there, but always envisioned a pool or an outdoor kitchen.
Just 20 minutes from Sudbury, the area is full of walking and snowmobile trails. Lise snowshoed behind the property often. Across the street is a park and Falconbridge Community Centre. You can enjoy fish frys on Fridays at the Royal Canadian Legion. “It’s a really good gathering place to get to know the people,” says Paul.
“If you go into the archives you can find a lot of information about this house,” Lise explains. “I was told all these amazing stories from past residents of Falconbridge.”
She did try, without success, to locate a copy of the photo that was reportedly taken of Queen Elizabeth at the house; if she had managed to find it, she planned to put it on display.
Says Lise, “I hope whoever gets the house can make great memories here.”