1892 Highland Terrace, Alta Vista
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Set far back on a corner lot, this uber cool mid-century ranch style bungalow lies with a low-slung open gable roof and limestone surround. Add the benefits of impeccably landscaped gardens, peerless design and interior updates, and find a family home unique amongst its peers in Ottawa's General Hospital neighbourhood. »cont'd

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Taking full advantage of the corner lot orientation, an oversized driveway and two car garage are situated on the side, allowing the sweeping verdant lawn with curved beds to be the star of every entrance. Indeed, when professional landscape architect John Szczepaniak fills your garden with tall grasses, barren strawberry, allium, and stunning cut leaf sumac and cherry trees - one takes notice. This garden is featured in as a case study is "New Landscaping Ideas That Work" published by the Taunton Press.

Inside, slate underfoot and a smart pocket door finds function in keeping cool air out and natural light within. Space flows to the left and right: a family-centric layout that yields plenty of opportunities to spend time with your clan. Know that home has been incredibly well-maintained and updated at every turn - there's a reason why it has been featured twice in the Ottawa Citizen and in a Taunton Store landscaping book. Gleaming refinished birch floors set the foundation for an organic palette, while low-profile custom baseboards, recessed pot lights, and European imported fixtures make the space decidedly one-of-a-kind. But it's what you can't see that puts this home a head above its peers. Eco-friendly spray foam insulation throughout the attic and a high efficiency air purifier, heating and cooling system is economic and keeps every space comfortable throughout Ottawa's fluctuating seasons. A solar array on the roof generates 10,000 kilowatts of energy - an income generator the environmentally friendly can appreciate. Updated? Yes. Incredibly smart and 21st century ready? Absolutely.

To the right, an L shaped living and dining room remains at the ready for entertaining action; a narrow inset channel where the ceiling and wall met adds architectural interest. The backdrop is a purely verdant view, mixing outside and in though an extended bow window, while the limestone-clad wood burning fireplace is a jumping off point for great conversations. The result? Updated mid-century modernism. Every space is graced with natural light - step into the back yard via a side door in the dining room.

Outside, your summertime oasis awaits. Revamped over the course of several years to ensure every detail was just right, marvel at how the need for a cottage vanishes. An Ipe clad deck has been designed to eliminate the need for handrails - everything flows smoothly from one social zone to the next. Outdoor speakers set the mood. The cedar pool shed and changing room offers storage and a concealed bar. Square cut limestone surrounds the custom saltwater pool and hot tub, while two waterfalls add visual interest. Summertime is as it should be.

Back inside, enter the kitchen through the main hall or dining room; there's no denying this layout offers a beautiful flow. The kitchen yields the perfect canvas for culinary adventures; it starts with a seamless Corian countertop and modular SieMatic cabinetry. Completely renovated by Design First with European sensibilities to maximize the space; this well-planned kitchen also includes a backyard view above the sink, SubZero fridge and freezer, Miele wall oven and microwave, and quartz-topped breakfast bar. In this hub of activity, good design creates a calm and zen-like atmosphere.

Down the hall, a bright office features built-ins and a picturesque front garden view. The main bath with its iridescent glass tiles, maple cabinetry and Flos mirror add a subtle elegance to morning routines. Two bedrooms are bright and uncluttered, while the master suite is a haven of tranquility. A Tord Boontje fixture hangs in the corner, wall to wall Italian closet systems keep the zone perpetually neat, and your morning wake up call is accompanied by the sights and sounds of the front garden. Tumbled marble in neutral hues and a floating Duravit vanity with platinum hardware in the ensuite are daily indulgences. A rainshower head and heated floors complete this elegant space.

If summertime is for the backyard, then winter is for the basement. Kitted with plush carpeting, walnut paneling, and Italian-imported shelving - this is the first class of all recreational spaces. A linear gas fireplace adds ambiance, but the 75" Samsung HD LED Monitor and 4K video projector amp up the wow factor. The 75" filmscreen is the same make and model George Lucas has at Skywalker ranch. Epic movie nights are an understatement.

Find also a powder room and additional wall storage, a cold room, and laundry on this level. A second home office or potential hobby space sits across a private music room. Parents of budding musicians, rejoice! This room has been professionally designed and constructed to optimize and diffuse musical sound while being completely soundproof. Garage access and a work room round out this exceptionally functional level.

The refurbished garage is clutter free thanks to ample storage and built-ins, and the wifi garage door is handy for jetsetters expecting deliveries. Control all lighting, sound, and climate on your Control 4 system - this home is truly ready for any family situation.

The opportunity to move into a completely revamped home with such high calibre of professional design in a central neighbourhood is rare. A tranquil neighbourhood, a central locale, nearby parks and amenities - don't wait for this one, book your appointment today.

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Room Dimensions

Bedroom Main 11'8 x 9'4
Bedroom Main 10'7 x 10'2
Bedroom Main 12'11 x 10'8
Bath 4-Piece Main 12' x 5'8
Bedroom Main 11'8 x 9'4
Ensuite 4-Piece Main 15' x 4'10
Master Bedroom Main 13'3 x 12'6
Kitchen Main 16'11 x 11'6
Dining Room Main 12'1 x 11'9
Living Room Main 18'11 x 13'11
Storage Room Lower 8'5 x 6'10
Workshop Lower 9'1 x 4'11
Mud Room Lower 9'7 x 5'9
Media Room Lower 16'11 x 12'11
Den/Office Lower 16'3 x 11'1
Laundry Room Lower NA x NA
Recreation Room Lower 26'11 x 20'1
Bath 2-Piece Lower 5'4 x 4'8