Visitors to Rockcliffe Park are left with an enduring sense of inspiration; centuries-old trees, winding walking paths, and the array of historical and modern architecture is nothing short of enchanting. It's no wonder then, that families love to call this place home. »cont'd
A true product of its environment, 181 Acacia is home to several special trees - a 250 year old Elm and majestic white pine bear testament to years gone by. Fir, Yew, and Magnolia trees reside in the back yard - don't worry, home offers beautiful views on all. Rosebushes and cedar hedges line the perimeter for a natural, private, refuge. Set back from the street; a cottage-like dwelling welcomes, a modern addition barely visible with the exception of a side porch. Time-honored mid-century details like original stonework and symmetrical shuttered windows, as well as leaded glass transom and sidelights flanking the original solid wood door are a visual treat.
Within, the Sapele wood archway with integrated lighting grants the warmest of welcomes - take in your inviting surroundings. Along with a modern addition that expands home's living space, sightlines and flow have been updated to suit family comforts and offer views of the surrounding greenery. Even an untrained eye will appreciate the architectural details that create a finely crafted balance of indoors and out, organic and contemporary. There's a West Coast vibe to the place; you'll feel it in the compelling combination of natural elements like hammered limestone at doorway thresholds, original stone throughout, cedar accents hewn from a 400 year old tree, and functional fir shelving built into original window frames.
Honed blue gold slate at the entry gives way to red oak floors in the living room. Sapele wood repeats in a large mantle around a Spark gas fireplace with granite surround. It's a great focal point for good conversation or a great glass of wine. Across the hall, a formal dining room has been expanded to entertaining-ready proportions; original cove moldings and polished butler's pantry are a subtle nod to home's heritage. An extra large doorway leads to the first part of the addition, an all season porch. Sumptuous without being over the top; fir and cedar create a natural haven - St.Marc's limestone beneath your feet and big, wide windows offering cottage-like views. In the summer, enjoy a true outdoor porch atmosphere, while the Renaissance Rumford wood burning fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere in winter. Access the kitchen via the main hall or porch. Statuario marble tops a sprawling island - perfect for creating all manner of home-made culinary delights - it's a true cook's kitchen. In addition to smart, functional design features like drawer storage and handy recycling centre, there is style in spades. White lacquer uppers complement a blend of teak and walnut to great success, while a chalkboard backsplash gets points for practicality and charm; it was repurposed from a nearby school. Five star appliances like a Sub Zero fridge, Dacor wall oven and Miele dishwasher stand ready. A sunny corner window seat allows guests and family members to stay part of the action during meal prep. Two exits off the kitchen handle comings and goings - a family entrance with ceiling reaching closets and direct access to the extra long driveway is convenient, while the second leads to the back yard. Outside, verdant privacy yields a summertime oasis - natural gas barbecue and interlock stone handle outdoor dining, while there's enough space for playtime with the clan. Back in the main hall, a well turned out powder room handles pragmatic needs and an extra wide staircase leads to the second level. Natural light and plenty of closet space are found in three bedrooms - everybody gets a great view. On-point offerings like a marble topped vanity, two-tone ceramic, and walk-in shower with rainfall head manage busy mornings. An oversized sliding door conceals the master suite - sealing off a true adult sanctuary from the rest of the house and busy world. Exposed original stone lines two separate locales - which delights come first? Take a right, and you'll find a bedroom that feels like a chic, contemporary tree-house. Strategically placed windows and skylight grant airflow and highlight the best of surrounding nature. Stargaze before sleep. Take a left, and top notch amenities simplify life's daily tasks; a spa-like ensuite is indulgent - walk-in steam shower and corner soaker tub are accompanied by impeccably placed corner windows, while a sleek double vanity completes the space. Beyond, a stellar walk-in closet is kitted with built-ins and sits conveniently across from the laundry room, where storage abounds and a Juliet balcony overlooks the backyard.
In the basement, the floorplan is generous - find storage and additional pantry options, as well as a cold room. A large rec room with plenty of natural light and heated floors is flexible - use it for office space, a home gym, or play area. Know that home is wired throughout for electronic control - family life is made easy.
When urban family life calls; home answers in modern, stylish functionality. Adventures are always within reach - McKay lake, the Pond, bike paths, and the downtown core are minutes away - it feels like estate living in the heart of town. With schools, parks, and family conveniences so close in an historical neighbourhood, it's only the best for those who matter most. A true gem - book an appointment today!
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