Art Deco Esquimalt

Art Deco Esquimalt

Welcome to our restored 1940’s original Art Deco in Esquimalt! Built in 1943 for the Navy Lieutenant Geoff  Longstaff and his wife Lillian. What a house this must have been when it was first built! In what world does a family need over 3600sf of living space, but this Deco Diva is just that - and I’m proud to have owned this house as one woman on title for over 10 years. Before I met Nicky I was painting the days away in this house by myself, and I’m so happy to finally have someone to share this home with (including all the responsibilities :) 

This photo were taken just after the house was built, when I purchased the home it’s civic address was Esquimalt Rd. with the parking and main access on the street behind it (Wordsley St.)

The front yard that you can see in this picture has been completely enclosed by privacy hedges and now is my favourite place in the world - my front garden….

We are fortunate and grateful to have such a beautiful place to come home to, and I appreciate all the quirks and special things about this Art Deco. 

Restoring the Art Deco has been a real labour of love. The first place I started was the kitchen. There was no exhaust fan, just a sun bleached pink countertop, some old drawers that didn’t close properly, and peeling stick-on tile. It needed to go. I kept the original upper cabinets because they are actually built into the framework of the house and they curve with the curved wall of the front of the house, the very distinct Art Deco lines, or more specifically, the Art Moderne lines. 

We installed the most affordable glass tile that Home Depot had, an IKEA farmhouse sink and plain white cabinets. The gas cooktop was also from IKEA and I kinda wish I had put an induction in as I can’t stand cleaning the burner surrounds. The wall oven is a dream for tall people like me, and I love the light in this eat-in kitchen. 

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