Welcome to the organically evolved Rockcliffe family home -- a thoughtful and eminently livable space, enlarged, refined and perfected by a series of intelligent owners. Astute, well-proportioned interior spaces, attention to details like natural light, window placement and privacy plus lush terraced landscaping create a comfortable, confidently elegant yet unpretentious living space that will always feel like home -- right from your very first visit. »cont'd
A huge 150 year old Beech tree --Rockcliffe's oldest -- adds a note of timeless heritage to the classic Rockcliffe three-peaked Tudor-influenced facade. Hand hewn stone cladding and sweeping interlock terraces with well established plantings enhance the impression of a house with presence and permanence.
The ceramic tiled central front entrance and reception has been thoughtfully planned to manage the boundaries between public and private space. To the right a hallway brings visitors directly to a spacious private office, originally designed to serve a work at home therapist. The powder room's placement along this all keeps office-work separate from the life of the house. The office itself features the kind of touches you'll find in every room in this house; opening windows on two sides, charming views and a well placed second doorway accessing the kitchen.
To the left of the front door you'll discover well-scaled and welcoming public spaces. The dining room, located in a former living room, has ample space for grand entertaining, yet plenty of warmth and charm for intimate evenings. You'll love the wood burning fireplace, green views through mullioned windows. Beyond the dining area is a sitting area, perfect for adult evenings. Doors separate this room from the kitchen and sleeping areas of the house, so you can enjoy great company without disturbing the household. Sliding doors here access one of the homes three ultra social decks -- here fitted with stairs to a brick patio outdoor grill area. The very private and green backyard is a soothing backdrop for every kind of entertaining.
Slide open the discrete Japanese-style Shoji doors to reveal a full-scaled great room, with soaring 12 foot ceilings, a granite wood-burning hearth, fine wool carpet over rich hardwood floors and dramatic. That the architects have worked in windows on four sides won't surprise. Everything about this room is skillfully planned for formal entertaining or comfortable day to day living. Sliding doors access the second of three sociable backyard decks you'll discover here.
The kitchen and breakfast area features an efficient and cook-friendly U shaped counter with bar stool seating. All the right touches are here from Jenn Air to cupboard space and pantry storage.
Windows on two sides, and brings out the warmth of the Mediterranean-themed tiled decor. You'll appreciate the scale of the large sized breakfast area, and love the way the cooking can be closed off from the rest of the house by discrete pocket doors. And when you need a break there's a kitchen deck, poised above the lovely backyard.
Climb the central stairs. You notice the thoughtful mid-flight landing with window so that you can check in on life in the backyard. At the top of the stairs you'll discover a whimsical main bath with Italian provincial hand painted pedestal sink and toilette, and welcome details like radiant floor heating. Opposite the bathroom, linen storage galore with California closet organizers to keep everything straight.
The large master bedroom is accessed along a private hallway. The design is Tudor inspired -- a sleeping area cradled in a charming alcove with shaped mansard roof. Low windows on three sides bring in soft light. There's a walk- in plus totally contemporary ensuite featuring an antique marble counter top, elite wall mounted fixtures and a claw foot soaker tub plus marble and glass shower surround.
A very large guest bedroom with two closets could easily become two bedrooms. A second smaller bedroom is perfect for a child's room.
With semi-finished basement, ample storage, full mechanical and electrical upgrades plus large double garage with direct in home entry, this fine, very solid and entirely comfortable, easy-to-live-in home is move in ready when you are. Plan your viewing very soon to make the most of this rare Rockcliffe family home opportunity.
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