With its soaring cathedral ceilings, poised central entrance and elegantly curved staircase, this comfortable estate home on a refined Rockcliffe courtyard conveys an impressive arrival in Ottawa. »cont'd
All the defining elements of Ottawa's preeminent residential enclave greet you at this familiar, easy-to-live-with newer estate home. You'll appreciate the privacy, the tall trees that grace your front yard, the streetscape of imposing elite homes. Ottawa's best schools are in the neighbourhood of course, along with great shopping and prized restaurants.
Study the imperturbable antiqued-brick façade: you'll notice the limestone keystones, the arched central lintel over a deeply recessed entrance for protection from the weather, the dormers above the garage. Pass through the antique style doorway, and you enter a domain bathed in natural light from skylights high in the second floor cathedral ceiling and a feature clerestory window in the alcove above. The whole entrance reception area draws warmth and character from solid dark oak floors, and a curved second floor balustrade.
This is a practical home, first and foremost. A private study next to the entrance stands ready to manage after hours business without disrupting family life. The downstairs powder room is easily accessed off the main hall, as is a large coat closet. Close to the main entrance, an elegant, intimately scaled living room, with recessed lighting and crown moldings makes formal entertaining effortless. French doors open to a classic formal dining room, scaled to assure the success of any dinner event.
Walk down the hall to the kitchen and family area and the comfortable character of this great home opens before you. The kitchen is large, warm and well appointed with oak cabinets, a designer deep double sink and polished granite counter surfaces bathed in the light of a large bay window. A shaped dropped ceiling with recessed halogen lighting, floats above a shaped island/bar. With a breakfast area that is spacious and light-filled, it's no surprise that family dining frequently revolves around the table here. The whole kitchen space overlooks a magnificent family great room, characterized by high cathedral ceilings, skylights and sets of glazed double doors. Light, height and long interior views shape a space where all will feel at ease. A wood-burning hearth, set in floor-to-ceiling brick emphasizes the scale of this terrific family space.
Climb the curved central stairway to the second floor. Off a broad main hall, the master bedroom is designed as a personal retreat nestled under dramatic cathedral ceilings. The suite enjoys private access to an illuminated loft-style sitting area overlooking the hall space. Practical design makes morning multitasking easier by separating the suite's walk-in shower and Jacuzzi bath from a large powder room with mirror, double sinks and access to a walk-in closet.
The oversized second bedroom, formerly two bedrooms, features a broad bay-windowed study taking full advantage of the green and private view, plus double closets. The guest bedroom on this floor combines cathedral design with a large front-facing window. A euro-influenced master bath off the main hallway includes a bidet and pedestal sink.
The grand scaled finished basement living space affords many flexible options. There's a family room, fitness area, plus amenities including, a fourth bathroom with large cedar sauna. A quiet forth bedroom with recessed lighting offers a superb retreat for teens or university-aged children. Quiet and secluded office space abounds. Convenience features include cedar closet, storage room, utilities room with updated gas furnace and AC, plus a cold storage. A two car garage with direct entry to the home assures comfort in all weather conditions.
Commanding presence, quality features, move-in ready comfort and thoughtful design make this well maintained estate home an open and shut case for those who require the practical advantages of a Rockcliffe location. Astute buyers will spot many decorative opportunities to make this fine property dazzle with minimal renovation. Plan your viewing appointment very soon to avoid disappointment.
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