Here is a flawlessly established space in a neighbourhood where pride of ownership is everywhere on display. The home is nostalgic yet consciously forward-thinking in perfect measure. Located in historic Lindenlea – Canada's first planned community - originally surveyed, outlined, and constructed with ease, affability, and family living in mind. Fast forward to the 21st century with mature growth overhead, perennial flowers underfoot and the quiet, harmonious existence on the neighbourhood's most desirable street and know for certain – the planners got it right! »cont'd
A full redesign has carefully carried the space forward in time while respecting the home's heritage – the front porch overhang shields entry from the elements; updated sash windows couldn't be more befitting. The mansard roofline, a Lindenlea hallmark, pays homage to the environs.
Inside, design anticipates the needs of modern-day families and meets them impeccably. Where first impressions define, themes of function and consideration for light emerge – through the wide, naturally lit entryway, and adjoining the centre hall, a side entrance provides access to the clever offerings of an oversized mudroom and utility room – an exceptional design and the envy of every family on the block. Notes of nostalgia ring true – restored cold air returns were vents salvaged from the original home; walk on birch hardwood floors reclaimed from the Ottawa River – a true historical icon and fabulous conversation piece.
In the entertaining-friendly living and dining rooms, pot lighting and built-in sound system conspire for ambience; sash windows provide quintessential period detailing on the bay windows. Granite surrounds the wood burning fireplace, delineating living from dining room with charm.
Unleash your inner chef in a space that couldn't be more worthy. Function in the form of wine fridge/beverage centre and a corner family command centre meets the unabashedly chic form of the greenhouse window, subway backsplash and industrial pendant lighting. The kitchen's hub, a deep centre island, wears the rich warmth of American walnut butcher block and plays off the sleek gleam of granite with precision.
The adjacent family room sits open in a nod to the modern family footprint and wide patio doors to the yard make for an intelligent floor plan all around. Outside, deck seating and nearby shed storage serve residents well.
Upstairs, a clever hallway solar tube leaves lighting requirements at a minimum; the main bathroom finds stone counters atop Shaker cabinetry in on-trend harmony, while lightly vaulted ceilings produce a spacious vibe. All four bedrooms find great function in a laundry room dream come true – a French door leads into granite countertops, sink and folding centre complimented by subway tiling around Shaker cabinetry; a room for every laundry staple and a truly enviable work space. Laundry day is the best day of the week!
The master suite's cathedral ceilings maintain a lofty presence over the room; behind a three-quarter wall sits a pleasant indulgence – wall-length mirrored closets give the long illusion of hallway access and lend an intimate feel. The ensuite bathroom's roomy soaker tub beckons, but it's the unique, flowing grain of the walk-in shower's granite tiling that claims focus with a glass block insert encouraging natural light to flow.
The basement, a neighbourhood exception and propitious bonus, sits ready for action as a fabulously finished family or theatre room – pot lighting ups sophistication, nearby office and storage room enhance function.
Lindenlea sits nestled between Beechwood and Rockcliffe, meaning fantastic diversions, renowned schools, and top-notch amenities are at every turn. A heritage-conscious space, room for a brood, and fabulous finishing where no space has gone untouched. A wonderful opportunity indeed!
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