Residents of Rockcliffe Park know; 149 Buena Vista is no ordinary home. Acclaimed within the neighbourhood for lively community gatherings, this esteemed address now adds tales of happy family memories and cheerful souvenirs along with its historic legacy. »cont'd
At once inviting yet completely private, verdant foliage from Rockcliffe's definitive tree-lined surroundings frame a semi-circular driveway that set home back from the main road. Parking woes and major curbside appeal handled in one elegant element, it's time to take in the hipped roofline above a classical open front verandah, brick facade and solid wood door that welcomes with hints of Edwardian architecture. How fitting that this house won the Ottawa Architectural Conservation award for maintaining the integrity of the period all while updating infrastructure, building an addition, and restoring original hardware, fixtures, and moldings - appreciate history's beauty with the conveniences of modernity.
Within, solid oak frames a vestibule and continues its rich presence in the original flooring and accents throughout - coffered ceilings and stone wall beyond set the tone for a warm, inviting atmosphere amongst family-centric locales. To the left, a study or home office yields great dividends - gas fireplace, generous windows and built-ins encourage creativity. To the right, stately dining and living rooms are connected via oak-framed archway - both exuding a sense of relaxed, easy formality. Great conversations converge around the gas fireplace - an equilateral footprint making furniture groupings and decor a no-brainer. Three expansive windows and a crystal chandelier oversee chic dinner parties in the dining room, a convenient pocket door at the ready to close off the kitchen - let the best part of the evening continue uninterrupted.
Like most great family homes, the kitchen and adjoining family room are the heart of this abode. Over heated slate floors, take in the custom woodwork, plentiful maple cabinetry and double sink beneath the bay window overlooking a spa-like backyard - it's all here, and your clan will love it. So will your inner chef - endless storage, high end stainless Dacor appliances and oversized fridge collude for culinary success.
A recipe for the best of family memories lies beyond a functional countertop peninsula; the family room boasts a wood burning fireplace surrounded by windows and presents a space made for reading, lounging, playing - all is as it should be.
Summer months proffer an idyllic outdoor existence; smart landscaping and design make it a truly exquisite retreat. Beyond the covered back porch and at one end, a zen-like eight person hot tub runs throughout all four seasons; it's access path from the back door heated for effortless use. Tiered waterfalls flow into the pool, lush greenery adds privacy. Oversized interlock stone underfoot spreads to an outdoor gas fireplace and the perfect setting for lounging, dining, evening chats or perhaps a more boisterous affair - the possibilities are yours for the making. Access to the garage and laneway make comings and goings through the side door a breeze. Back inside are two powder rooms - leave one to the kids and the other for guests - plus an uber functional mud room with built-in cubbies to keep seasonal trappings out of the way and organized.
A centre-stairwell layout has been modified to maximize light and optimize space - stained glass windows at each landing add character. In a stroke of brilliant design, the master suite is introduced by a sitting room - watch your favourite movie, curl up with a good book; find the perfect preface to a relaxing evening. Up a step and beyond a convenient pocket door, a hallway harbours a bright, sun-filled en-suite. Radiant heated floors are a delight throughout winter months, as is the soothing neutral palette found around a glass walk-in shower, soaker tub and double vanity. Continue past the bright walk-in closet into the master bedroom and discover a true oasis; escape the busy life of a parent. Multiple windows greet the treetop canopy, the gas fireplace and tray ceiling elevate an already fine space. Here, mornings are energized and evenings are tranquil. Relish the serene balance.
Two bright and spacious bedrooms make up the balance of sleeping quarters on this level - one with its own fireplace - while a study handles productivity. French doors allow privacy and free flow of natural light that sweeps in through a bank of windows on all three sides of the adjoining sunroom. A well appointed main bathroom serves to perfection. The third level makes a strong case for loft-ceilings, skylights, and practical built-in storage. Find both in two bedrooms that share a modern three piece bath.
The stonework leading to, and in the basement replicates the original foundation; a handsome reminder of home's cachet. A rec room and home gym offer up leisure time in spades. Nearby a nanny or in-law suite with accompanying full bathroom provides relief for the family on the go. Laundry room with tub sink handles pragmatic needs, and additional storage manages seasonal decor and family gear.
The best way to celebrate family life is here; this entirely convivial, totally restored home is a beacon within an active community, and favorably located - green space, Gatineau Park, schools, and Beechwood Village all nearby. It's the perfect refuge for family life to evolve - peaceful, engaging, historic - see it today.
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