Intimate views of Ottawa's most romantic canal setting inspire this classic Hobin home, intelligently designed for livability and pleasure. »cont'd
Consider the defining location: the world heritage Rideau Canal at its most iconic. Over shimmering waters, a graceful stone bridge arches across Patterson's Inlet. Century old willows frame a scene lifted straight from a canvass by Monet. In summer, gleaming pleasure boats glide by, while canal-side cyclists wind their way home through knots of earnest joggers, step-counting commuters and strolling lovers. In winter Ottawa's famed legions of skaters fill the scene on 'the world's longest skating rink.' Spring blazes colour, as thousands of tulips planted along the canal bloom. In fall all is yellow and scarlet.
To maximize visual perspectives, while retaining privacy the architect has used height and site lines: a perfect orientation to the view. To make it work, the ground level entry floor is dedicated to practical functions. A side-located main entrance makes ample space for a welcoming foyer with twin reception closets, while enabling an oversized direct-entry garage.
Park your second large vehicle in the driveway and there's room in the garage for an expedition-ready SUV plus all the gear rugged recreation requires. City-car enthusiasts will have space to garage both Minis. There's a full bath on the entry floor, plus a large, bright laundry room all with ceramic floors. A media room with patio door access is designed to double as a fourth bedroom – perfect for an older child. In summer the cobbled back patio makes a delightfully private tree-lined retreat.
Climb the solid oak stair to the main living floor – a poised oasis of impeccably assembled space, with flawless hardwood floors, natural light and exquisite vistas. High ceilings create a sense of lofty space, made comfortable by intelligently blocked rooms, and well placed windows. Great flow assures memorable entertaining. Designer coordinated finishes please.
The refined living room invites all who enter to relax and enjoy the visual feast. French doors access a wide balcony overlooking the canal. Tall transom windows flank the view, adding natural light and classical proportion. Western exposure brings sun on winter afternoons. Bask in the contrast of laid-back moments, warmed by the gas hearth, contemplating throngs of passing skaters. You'll notice the architect's use of alcoves, crown moldings and frieze work to define function.
The dining area is thoughtfully shaped into distinct and purposeful space, without resort to walls. Windows here offer views of the castle-like Museum of Nature in the distance. With proportions designed for a full-sized Victorian dinning table, impressive formal diner parties are inevitable.
Casual entertaining is non-stop in a sociable eat-in kitchen that was born to entertain. Natural light and impressive scale reign here. Breakfasts are bright with sunlight. An alcove space welcomes a full sized kitchen couch. The kitchen uses a long island bar designed to serve guests and create a galley-style workspace, finished in rich hardwood cabinetry, and earth toned granite. Two pantry cupboards ensure ample room for provisions. The backyard view is treed, green and private all summer long. The nearby main floor powder room is colour coordinated.
Upstairs three lovely bedrooms offer space, refuge and tranquility, with abundant light and fine oak flooring. The master suite is private and inviting with hall style entry and alcove, twin double closets and soaring Palladian window with extraordinary canal views. The ensuite has separate bath and shower plus twin granite vanity.
The centre bedroom serves as polished office space with mullioned French doors, and a wall of sleek built-in bookshelf cabinets. A large family/guest bedroom at the rear of the house has double closets. In the wide hallway there's a large linen closet, sensibly located close to a main bath finished in Carrara marble.
With downtown, The Ottawa Hospital, the Universities, minutes away, along with Main Street Glebe and Sandy Hill neighbourhoods walking is rewarding here. Steps away shopping, cafes, restaurants and schools make this tranquil Echo Drive location one of the city's most convenient. Ottawa with ease and irresistible charm: plan your appointment very soon.
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