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187 Billings Ave, Faircrest Heights
$1,795,000

An iconic piece of Ottawa's history, reimagined. 187 Billings tells a story like no other home in the city; originally built by the Billings family in 1823, this once modest cottage is getting a 21st century luxury upgrade to suit the needs of modern family life. »cont'd

Property for Sale

For proof that style, function, and a stunning homage to historical heritage can happen all under one roof, look no further: you've found your dream home.

Bringing home to life is the city's best; the dynamic duo of Gemstone Developments and architect Barry Hobin have created warm and welcoming living spaces that offer diverse moods. An extension on the original structure adds more than square footage - it adds the promise of an idyllic lifestyle that only a lucky few get to experience.

The location in Alta Vista is the "close to everything" city locale that everyone desires. Leafy green streets lead to mature trees all around the property, while an impressive front courtyard sets the tone for guests - first impressions here are unforgettable. Within, an open layout greets the eye. Although contemporary in feel, this home has been timelessly well-constructed, with an expert eye maintaining the character of the original Ontario-style cottage. Stepping through the front door, take note of maple open riser staircase and sprawling picture windows, making sunlight and verdant surroundings a treat at every turn. An elegant powder room and adjoining mudroom are inconspicuous yet highly convenient.

To the immediate right, find home's true masterpiece; a jaw-dropping great-room that harbours an open dining and living room. Epic entertainment dreams are realized in the original cottage structure which has been preserved and modernized with extraordinary balance. Gable ceilings and original timber frame collude to showcase the original stone-surround fireplace. Host family gatherings, cocktail hours, or impromptu dance parties - a one of a kind experience awaits every time. Beyond, an open kitchen and family room are the heart of home. With its open to above feature, the family room is the ultimate hot-spot; lounge on weekends, catch up at the end of the day or supervise homework while you prep dinner. It all happens seamlessly and in the company of mother nature's best pouring in from the two-storey window. During summer months, access the outdoor patio and get used to living life al fresco. A sumptuous Irpinia kitchen serves up gourmet style and many a family meal with ease. The nearby nearby butler's pantry with access to the dining room beyond is entertaining gold.

Across the hall, a secluded master bedroom takes its place behind the two car garage, offering complete privacy and a beautiful adult refuge. Floor to ceiling windows elicit peaceful mornings and restful nights, while a sprawling walk-in closet satisfies every fashionista's Pinterest dreams. The bright ensuite takes on spa-like tasks with ease - heated floors, double vanity, walk-in shower and soaker tub make every morning indulgent.

Upstairs, impeccable craftsmanship and a smart floor plan is repeated to yield highly liveable, luxury spaces. To the left, second floor laundry and ample storage handle pragmatic needs. Beyond, two spacious bedrooms share the benefits of charming loft ceilings and plenty of natural light. Each boast ample closet space. Serving these two bedrooms is a high end main bath - double vanity, heated floors and walk-in shower at the ready.

Across the hall, guests are offered a beautiful and bright stay thanks to a bright skylight and a room that overlooks the family room. With its own three piece ensuite and an enviable footprint, your overnight visitors won't want to leave.

The floor plan ends in the basement which is ready for customization. With ample square footage and impeccable construction as a canvas, your inner decorator will be overjoyed.

From the painstaking detail to preserve a special past, to "future-ready" touches all around, home offers a contemporary dwelling with sustainability and excellence at its core. Nearby bike paths, schools and a community-centric locale offer the best for growing families. An extraordinary life awaits - make an appointment to bring your dreams to life!

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Room Dimensions

Living Room Main 21'8 x 21'
Family Room Main 24'6 x 22'10
Dining Room Main 21'8 x 17'
Foyer Main 15'8 x 7'8
Kitchen Main 17'8 x 12'8
Pantry Main 8'8 x 7'
Storage Main 7'10 x 7'
Mudroom Main n/a x n/a
Master Bedroom Main 18' x 14'
Ensuite Main 13'2 x 10'
Walk In Closet Main 10' x 7'
Powder Room Main n/a x n/a
Bedroom Second 12'7 x 12'
Full Bath Second n/a x n/a
Bedroom Second 12'6 x 12'
Ensuite Second n/a x n/a
Bedroom Second 12'2 x 9'10
Laundry Second 9' x 8'4