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393 Fernhill Road, Rockcliffe Park
$5,150,000

Bucolic. Beguiling. Stunning. Guests and residents who have stepped beyond the verdant boundaries of this private residence concur; this is an extraordinary estate. An address in Rockcliffe Village is exceptional, but the real magic starts with an admirable double lot at the end of peaceful Fernhill Road. A near neighbourless perimeter sees access from two leafy green lanes - the approach from Buena Vista is equally as breathtaking. »cont'd

Property for Sale

You're reaching an unbelievable haven far removed from the stresses of daily urban life. An interlock driveway bends across landscaped lawns beyond tall pines and natural hedges - privacy and space resonate.

On approach, notice singular architecture offered up by two generations of Ottawa's most accomplished architects: at the turn of the century, W.E. Noffke built this estate in grand style, and it has since been elevated for today's standards by the unequalled Barry Hobin. Ingenious 21st century additions in this 6,050 sq foot home. A breezeway that connects home to a four-car garage and annex overtop, plus an addition at the back of home that fits seamlessly with the original structure. Multi-paned windows break up the stucco and stone exterior, while a steeply pitched gable roof lends charisma to everyone welcomed. An impeccable ode to home's character, a round top solid wood door is deep set, and graced with a curved wrought iron strap hinge - a perfect greeting.

Inside, find a double foyer that impresses without pretension. Functionally, it's smart: a well-turned out powder room and large closet serve pragmatic needs. Architecturally, it's a beauty; the cross vaulted ceiling and round top french door indicate masterful craftsmanship beyond. Through a stunning main hall layout, find a modern take on Renaissance artistry: barrel ceilings, arched doorways, chic herringbone oak floors, and wall sconces gently guide your way. This is the height of refined living, and we've barely scratched the surface.

On your left: a bright home office or study features cove ceilings and crafted baseboards, creating a refined space in which to be inspired. A comforting gas fireplace and nature-filled windows add a sense of ease.

Make your way to the formal living room, with its beautiful extra long bay window. Like all original windows here, this one was restored by expert hands. Coupled with a commanding fireplace, find a spectacular entertaining-centric space. Members of the diplomatic core, embassy folk, family - marvel at the dual role this room plays. Cordial, but meant to be lived in. Off the living room, a delightful all season sunroom comes into play - perhaps a music room or study for the kids, the round topped french door promises peace and quiet no matter its use. An open archway leads to a flexible yet formal dining room with french doors overlooking cottage-like surroundings. Unforgettably glamorous soirees follow. Move into a bright open kitchen and family room. The quintessential heart of home, family really lives here.

Architect Barry Hobin and the designers at 2H used strategy to create practical peace of mind with wise use of sight lines, balanced openings and a long, curved bay window. Everywhere you turn, gorgeous tree-filled vistas set a constant reminder: why have a cottage? Living here achieves the same sense of calm and well-being.

In the kitchen, details appeal too: ample drawer and pantry storage, a butcher block and granite counter combination, and oversized two tier island/bar. Great flow and plenty of work space satisfy even the most discerning chef. The light-loving eat-in zone is framed by a curved bay window and boasts picture-perfect views. In every season the living room mesmerizes with beautiful outdoor scenes. An anchor to family game night, the Rumford fireplace warms the soul.

A secondary entrance controls comings and goings. White wainscoting lends friendly informality to a brilliant walk-in with built-ins and elegant powder room. Proximity to the breezeway is smart. Bring in groceries sans hassle.

A grand oak staircase takes you up. Note refined details like the curved oak banister and impressive stained glass that spills light onto this level.

Smartly secluded, the master suite reiterates what home has already expressed: "relax". Dazzling light and form prevail with a barrel vaulted ceiling over french doors and flanking windows. Step onto the balcony and take in the forested area beyond. Built-ins and two spacious walk-ins promise a clutter-free zone, while travertine marble and classic finishes enhance daily routines in the ensuite. The double vanity and makeup counter are punctuated by brushed steel and decorative wall sconces. The walk-in rain shower with body jets and soaker tub make a great pair while the water closet is a gratifying touch.

Three spacious bedrooms make up the balance of this level. Each offer something to get excited about. Whether it's the three piece ensuite in one, or spacious footprints and treetop views in the remaining two bedrooms, occupants are pleasantly satisfied. The main bath features ceramic, granite and subway tile in classic form. Access the third floor via the service staircase. Running parallel to the main staircase, find a beautifully turned out loft space. Perfect for guests or an autonomous child, you can be sure the three piece bath, second room and loft ceilings will capture hearts.

Taking the service stairwell down to the basement, you'll find a service entrance on the main level, while a cozy vibe in the basement wraps you in its embrace. It's easy to visualize Friday night hangouts, game nights, and comfortable nights in. With the natural stone surround fireplace and great space for indoor leisure, family memories come to life. Nearby, find a workout room, laundry, and additional space for utilities and storage, including a second oven.

Before taking the breezeway to the annex, a walk around the 43,000 square foot property will make any nature lover's heart soar. A babbling stream, pond, and local wildlife are all part of the wooded space that is yours to enjoy all year round. It's a cottage-like setting where your clan can play in safety and privacy, you can entertain under age-old trees, or take the path down to the dog park nearby - a dreamland for the senses. Beyond home's borders, nature continues to satisfy the active-minded: a pocket park at the end of your Buena Vista Laneway will see epic GT snow races during winter months, peaceful walks with the dog or endless scenic running routes along the Ottawa River.

In the annex, a screened in dining area is a summer hot spot - indoor cabinets and sink leave washing up out of sight. If a pool is in your sights, the two-piece bath is perfectly suited and situated for a change room or shower facility. Upstairs, options abound. Maybe a family hangout, yoga studio, or epic home office? Dormer windows, natural light and loft ceilings accommodate your hearts desire.

From exquisite, entertaining-ready interiors to a one of a kind location, home is an exceptional place to flourish as a family. A cottage-like atmosphere only minutes to downtown and the best schools, easy access in and out of the city, and surrounded by neighbourhood delights. The Rockcliffe Park tennis club, MacKay lake, bike paths and the Ottawa River are waiting. Make no mistake, the word "best" is an understatement. Book an appointment and see your future home today.

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Room Dimensions

Dining Room Main 20' x 14'2
Foyer Main n/a x n/a
Office Main 13'1 x 12'1
Formal Living Room Main 21'6 x 16'
Powder Room Main 6'5 x 3'
Foyer 2 Main 25'6 x 7'1
Sunroom Main 9'10 x 9'
Kitchen Main 23'4 x 15'6
Eating Area Main 17'9 x 11'10
Mud Room Main 9'7 x 7'11
Powder Room Main 7'4 x 4'9
Walk In Closet Main 7'6 x 4'5
Family Room Main 24' x 19'
Guesthouse Porch Main 23' x 13'
Guesthouse Foyer Main 10'11 x 9'3
Guesthouse Bath Main 9'5 x 7'6
Master Bedroom Second 21'10 x 21'
Ensuite 5-Piece Second 15'8 x 10'9
Water Closet Second 6'9 x 4'
Walk In Closet 1 Second 9'10 x 8'2
Walk In Closet 2 Second 9'10 x 8'10
Bedroom Second 18'7 x 13'8
Ensuite 4 Piece Second 10'3 x 5'3
Bedroom Second 16'1 x 13'7
Bedroom Second 13'8 x 12'
Full Bath Second 8'1 x 7'8
Guesthouse Rec Room Second 36'5 x 27'5
Walk In Closet Second NA x NA
Guest Suite Third 21'4 x 15'10
Den Third 11'3 x 7'5
Bathroom 3 Piece Third 12'6 x 10'3
Recreation Room Lower 24'4 x 22'9
Powder Room Lower 8'6 x 4'2
Gym Lower 16'6 x 13'1
Storage Room Lower 23'4 x 18'
Laundry Room Lower 12'10 x 8'9
Wine Cellar Lower 9'2 x 5'