You can't rush nature – unrefined beauty of this magnitude requires decades to evolve. With a country lane vibe that rivals a laid-back drive to the cottage, big-city stress fades on approach. The path to Orchard Estates leads to some of Ottawa's most private, exclusive country estates – find no exception at 9 Cliffbrake Grove. »cont'd
Set in the greenbelt within minutes of metropolitan Ottawa, find a custom-built estate on 1.25 acres of Ottawa's most prized landscape. Passive land mandates natural privacy at every turn – a tenet no resident begrudges. On the secluded cul-de-sac, manicured grounds and classic Tudor peaks lie front and centre; the discreet function of side double garage yielding centre stage to architectural detailing and central entryway.
Inside, beyond the foyer lies the home's centrepoint and dramatic first impression – a sweeping central staircase and open oak railings carry a refined tone. Find the formal living room near entry, where a wood-burning fireplace maintains a focal point, surrounded in a rich marble hearth. Pocket French doors reveal the den – a flexible space that transitions to sitting room, home office, or library – envision large-scale entertaining at its most memorable with corner wet bar for serving.
In the dining room, an octagonal configuration and complementary windows provide a fascinating vantage – open sightlines put the home's scale on display, but there's an intimacy to the rooms. Rather than vast, undefined spaces, thoughtful partitions convey the quintessential combination – elegance, intimacy, and everyday functionality.
In the kitchen, pillow-style cabinetry design and mica-flecked granite yield invaluable visual interest; pot lighting and tray ceilings give the room height. Top-of-the-line appliances, wall oven, cooktop, and wine fridge make the chef swoon, but it's the nearby walk-through pantry – where food is just the jumping off point – that's the true family-pleaser. Garage, laundry room, and hallway back to entry produce a most coveted catch-all and hands-down function all around.
The sunroom's skylight and kitchen proximity aren't the only reasons it's the most-used space in the house. Find patio doors to the deck, where a zen garden, manicured grounds, and 360 degrees of verdant splendour transport the space from home to estate, and take ownership from 'would be nice' to 'must-have' – the grounds convey iconic Canadian living at its most exquisite.
A step down to the family room is symbolic – the room's drop provides high ceilings but an intimate vibe echoed in the corner gas fireplace. Windows lend an undeniable backdrop of rich seasonal shifts and natural light galore. The room's raised area is close-at-hand for a game night appetizers or bar service. Nearby powder room rounds out the main floor.
Up the striking staircase, find the second floor hallway naturally sky-lit and with undeniable presence – bedroom doors open around the central stairwell in stately form. The master suite's double doors reveal the best view in town – secluded, serene, wide-open windows look over the kingdom below. A walk-in closet and master ensuite convey grown-up retreat with corner tub, rich oversized glass shower, and his and hers sinks. While the main bathroom provides for second and third bedrooms, residents or guests of the secondary suite benefit from its perks – a sitting room alcove and ensuite bathroom provide an indulgent getaway. Below, vast basement storage and infinite possibilities leave the sky as the limit.
Queensway proximity brings metropolitan Ottawa and retail offerings minutes away; the nearby 416 leads residents further afield. Leave the urban buzz and head to the country as if to the cottage – find a one-of-a-kind community that reproduces rural estate living within city limits. Home is private, but with no lack of informal community spirit – year-round community events for young and old leave the lifestyle as private or as social as desired. Achieve a flawless balance – make it home.
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