303 Acacia Avenue, Rockcliffe Park
$4,595,000

Feel your daily worries melt away as you walk through the doors of 303 Acacia - this is how you know it's the one. At the heart of Rockcliffe village, where centuries-old trees, historic architecture and distinguished neighbours make up your community, find a home brimming with love, comfort, and ease of living. »cont'd

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Equidistant from Ashbury and Elmwood schools, steps away from Rockcliffe Public school and nearby parkland - it's easy for your family to thrive here. Situated on a corner lot, the formal entrance on Acacia wows guests with its circular driveway and impressive full brick surround. White mullioned windows are topped with subtle arches under an asymmetric roofline, affirming visual treats within. Built by John Henry, this home is evidence of some of his best work in the city. Professional landscaping all around this corner lot takes advantage of maple and poplar trees, natural and lush in their promise of privacy.

A satisfying welcome is the product of a grand entrance foyer. From the dignified wall trim to the on-point coach lamp above, there is a distinct theme of understated elegance that sets the tone for this dwelling. Open to above and bright as day thanks to sweeping sidelights and transom, say goodbye to the awkward shuffle of too many people being welcomed at once - there's space for everyone to get acquainted in comfort. Even winter coats are easily handled via a double-deep hidden closet; every detail in this home is a commitment to offer both timeless style and smart function.

Formal and informal spaces strike an equally beguiling balance: living and entertaining zones are divided for optimal use and privacy while there is still a clear sense of flow and openness. Take for example, the oversized archway on your left that leads to the living room. A soaring coffered ceiling matched with equally high windows takes your breath away, quarter sawn oak inlaid with exotic wood lies underfoot. And yet this room's square footprint makes it wholly inviting and relaxed - the wood burning fireplace with marble surround warms seasonally, the equilateral footprint offers conversation-starting furniture placement. Can you picture it? A majestic Christmas tree over the holidays, informal family gatherings, or a refined round of aperitifs - marvel at how they all happen in one locale.

French doors lead to a home-based office or study. Framed by renowned Ottawa carpenter Alfred Gruber's stained cherry built-ins and wood paneling, productivity is inevitable here. Soaring windows repeat and are celebrated by the peaked ceiling but privacy is maintained thanks to outside foliage. Endless natural light, discretion, comfortable elegance - find it in every room, at every turn.

Across the hall, a square footprint repeats in the dining room to the delight of every host. Spacious enough for large dinner parties yet easily intimate, every dining experience sparkles thanks to the striking crystal and metal alloy fixture suspended above.

Move through the main hall to the back of the home, passing by a beautifully turned out powder room on your way. Note the subtle delineation between the front and back zones - host catered events in one, wrangle the kids in the other - solid wood doors in all the right places are entertaining magic.

Rare and incredibly durable granite on the kitchen floor is a luxurious surprise. The black and white palette provides a contemporary contrast for counter space and cabinetry which is plentiful and well organized. This Downsview kitchen delivers: two sinks and professional grade appliances yield the ultimate sous-chef. Dacor wall ovens, SubZero fridge and freezer and wine fridge, Miele dishwasher and a Gaggnau gas stove with grill round out an incredible team. Post-work and school conversation flows over the extra-high countertop. Hide dinner prep and unwashed dishes while family time unfolds in the sunny eat-in area. An optimal orientation floods this space and the open family room adjacent with mother nature's best in the afternoon. Built-ins keep this family hub free of clutter and firewood close at hand for the second fireplace. Double French doors lead to an impeccable garden that is sure to captivate during summer months.

Professionally landscaped and designed to perfection, the maintenance-free astroturf carefully divided by natural stone surrounds the salt-water pool. Low stone walls set the stage for perennials to burst forth and an urban garden to flourish. An Ipe clad privacy fence and deck stands up to Ottawa's elements - clearly this outdoor oasis was designed with longevity in mind. Start the natural gas barbecue and enjoy alfresco meals in the sun, then listen to the sounds of nature in front of the gas fireplace in your outdoor living room. Clad in Eastern White Oak and Butternut wood, your corner vantage on a quiet street yields only the sounds of nature and children's laughter from the park nearby. Add a gin and tonic and you've got your recipe for a perfect summer.

Take the side door to return inside and find a trifecta of practicality for the 21st century family. Marble tile at your feet handles the elements, a large powder room accommodates pool goers without disturbing the household, two double closets manage seasonal gear. Find also triple garage and workshop access, a bright laundry room and finally - a side entrance on Buchan Road for family comings and goings.

Beyond the kitchen find a master wing on this level. A hallway offers blissful seclusion from the rest of the household - pass his and hers walk-in closets kitted with maple cabinetry, and enjoy a true adult sanctuary - revel in its tranquility. Overlooking the backyard, know it is a perpetually peaceful and bright place. The underlit barrel ceiling and spacious footprint is a calming combination. In the ensuite, spa-like daily rituals start to take shape. Birdseye maple-fronted Downsview cabinets are lacquered to a polish while marble on the double vanity and underfoot in a creamy palette sets a soothing tone. A separate vanity and water closet are appreciated touches. Opt for a soak in the jacuzzi on indulgent weekends knowing the walk-in shower handles weekday ablutions with aplomb.

Your reward at the top of the stairs comes in the form of an illuminated landing overlooking the foyer and huge second storey windows. Intelligent design finds wide hallways easily delineated should you wish to add doors for separation. A walk-in linen closet handles pragmatic needs. Two bedrooms mirror each other at one end of the hall: generous footprints, three piece ensuites and walk-in closets equal in every regard to quell sibling rivalry. A third bedroom has a cheater door to the main bath which serves a fourth bedroom as well as the sweeping rec room also found on this level. With built-in shelving and an entertainment unit, surround sound speakers and large windows - sleepovers and playdates have never been so easily managed. Alternatively, use this as a jumping off point for a second floor master and convert the downstairs suite into an in-law suite. WIth such a solid and well-maintained foundation, the options are plenty.

The floorplan ends in the basement, undeveloped and awaiting the dreams of a decor enthusiast. Will it be a home gym? A yoga studio? A suite for an autonomous child or live-in nanny? Plumbing and an egress window make all of these an easy possibility. A 1,000+ bottle wine cellar and cedar closet are additionally handy.

Three heating and cooling zones keep temperature regulation a breeze, and a new roof leaves new owners' minds at ease. In a home that has been well-loved and well-kept, find every Rockcliffe village scenario handled.

Proximity to schools, a convivial sense of community and an estate-scaled home in the heart of the city. Unequalled benefits shape the future of your family in this home. Your commute downtown is swift and pleasant, nearby Beechwood Avenue and the Byward Market answer social and cultural desires. Find a truly exceptional place to watch your family grow - make no mistake, this is it.

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Room Dimensions

Ensuite 5-Piece Main 18' x 12'1
Master Bedroom Main 20' x 15'
Partial Bath Main 6' x 4'8
Partial Bath Main 7'1 x 5'10
Mud Room Main 18'6 x 11'
Laundry Room Main 8'6 x 6'11
Family Room Main 18'2 x 15'6
Eating Area Main 13' x 12'3
Kitchen Main 19'7 x 12'1
Dining Room Main 20'4 x 15'
Den/Office Main 13'10 x 12'11
Living Room Main 20' x 20'
Foyer Main 16' x 11'6
Recreation Room Second 20'9 x 20'3
Den/Office Second 14'5 x 9'4
Bath 4-Piece Second 11'4 x 6'1
Ensuite 4-Piece Second 10'4 x 5'6
Bedroom Second 14'8 x 12'11
Ensuite 4-Piece Second 10'4 x 5'6
Bedroom Second 14'7 x 13'
Bedroom Second 20'6 x 13'8
Wine Cellar Lower 14'8 x 9
Storage Room Lower 16'9 x 8'
Workshop Lower 31'7 x 19'5