To live in these magnificent waterfront horizons is to fall ever more deeply under the spell of natural beauty. It's magic –nothing less … a combination of limitless skies, soaring tinted clouds, a 27 mile stretch of wide-open bright water and tall trees. From the distant shore, a line of ancient blue-tinged mountains rises, framing the view as far as the eye can see. Sunsets here have a grandeur that stirs the soul. Don't be surprised if your inner Monet feels the call to take up painting. »cont'd
Paradoxically, life's also deeply civilized on this friendly, nature-loving street. Daring architected estates are gradually replacing the homes and cottages of an earlier era. The street's local park hosts swing sets, hockey games and easy-going community get-togethers. Best-of-the-west-end shopping at Bayshore, Kanata and Bell's Corners means it's a practical place to call home. And downtown Ottawa is a 25 minute drive via the Queensway. Considering joining the "healthy commute" movement? Catch a dedicated bike path at the end of the street to access Downtown via scenic riverside routes.
Stop for a moment to notice the quiet. Grandview road runs between protected Greenbelt land and the waterfront, separating it completely from city sounds and traffic. In this tranquil immensity of earth, water and sky you'll sleep like nowhere else, awakening to the sounds of wild birdsongs.
How will you realize your dream home here? For inspiration walk this magnificent acre-plus property. You'll notice the placement of a three-car garage, located close to the street to create a privacy barrier and a very private front yard. On the waterfront side, white Gunite pool and patio nestles in sun-washed privacy. Bermed earth hills add depth and interest to the park-like waterfront.
The existing home here is a comfortable mid-century three bedroom bungalow, eminently updateable, and expandable too. The cathedral-ceilinged living room with massive stone wood-burning hearth and expansive floor-to-ceiling views, hints at the architectural possibilities. A dining room with waterfront views evokes countless lingering dinners against a backdrop of big skies and mesmerizing scenery.
Take in the site lines: to the east and the city rises with the sun. Parliament's Peace tower is just visible in the distance. The house itself aims towards more enduring powers, capturing the view towards the North West and a never-ending spectacle of river and sky.
Adjoining the kitchen is a family room with gas fireplace and sliding doors leading to the pool and patio. Beyond is a large studio space with separate bathroom, storage and laundry. The bedroom wing has a large master with ensuite, plus two childrens/guest rooms. Fans of Rachel Ashwell's understated retro-renovations will notice this wing's peaked roof, begging to be revealed.
Architects and ambitious dream-home builders should know that the entire house is located above the historic flood plan clearing obstacles for rebuilding or expansion. Gas service and city water are in place. And the pool –which today could not be built in this location due to tough conservation restrictions -- is grandfathered. Meaning you'll always enjoy swimming in this sunny and ideally private "pool with view".
There is a sense of "impossible" to this place – a feeling you may have experienced arriving at other outstanding locales. Seasons tint the sky and alter the hue of mountains day by day. Sparkling light and dappled shade make days delightful. Summer evenings by the pool can be suddenly enlivened by a horizon of brightly coloured spinnakers unfurling from fleets of passing racing yachts. Fall nights reveal a beguiling spectacle of twinkling lights across mirror smooth waters. In winter, a wide-open "temporary prairie" of ice invites exploration. To paraphrase the proverb --you can never see the same riverfront view twice.
In a city of over a million inhabitants, few have imagined that such a place exists so close to ordinary urban life. Live here and it will become your secret also –one you'll share only with the bald eagles, osprey, foxes, deer and snowy owls you'll glimpse here from time to time.
If you've been searching for an ideal Canadian location to call home – one that combines the best of Canada's wild spirit, unbound beauty and recreational options with pure urban ease and sophistication … this is it. To make it yours, be prepared to act decisively: call to arrange your visit very soon.
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