320 Hillcrest Road, Rockcliffe Park

If perfection existed in a home, it would look a lot like 320 Hillcrest. This partnership between luxury builder Gemstone and architect Barry J. Hobin proves that a full sized heritage home can be completely rebuilt, timelessly well-constructed, and feel truly contemporary and family ready. »cont'd

Property for Sale

Originally an embassy dwelling belonging to the Government of France, a coveted corner lot location in Ottawa's exclusive Rockcliffe Village offers the elusive combination of sun-filled yet totally private spaces. With its idyllic streetscape filled with mature trees and distinguished location across from Stornoway - this leafy and discreet corner vantage is one of the Village's prized addresses.

In true Gemstone fashion, this rebuild offers quiet elegance from the outside in; there's a respectful continuity with the past in the steep gable roof in the centre of the facade and surrounding sash windows. The rest? It's all new: new shingled roof, new doors and windows by Solii Artisanal Windows and Doors, new exterior stucco, new insulation boards, revamped floor plan and interiors - this home was stripped down past the studs - even those are new.

As it should be, every arrival grants a sense of presence. Your welcome is guided by an impeccably landscaped center pathway, crowned with cedar soffit under the portico, then finally through a solid wood door of rich African Mahogany.

Over the threshold, masterful detailing underscores every part of this heritage reconstruction. Custom white oak in 5" width planks ground every level with natural luxury, thoughtful window placement optimizes sunlight and privacy, floor layouts answer 21st century needs, imported Italian tile adds a touch of panache, matte black hardware pops against a chic theme of white. These are the hallmarks of an exceptional Gemstone project: a fine balance of history and of the moment design, smart uses of space, an urban locale elevating its peers.

Beyond, the sense of quality and craftsmanship is seamless - note the deep inset of sweeping windows making the most out of this corner lot vantage; sightlines to age-old trees, and no need for the dimmable pot lights until sundown. Sleek crafted baseboards and millwork, expanded archways, and a fully wired sound system await instructions to set any mood required. Chances are you've never experienced another home like it.

Explore the traditional centre hall layout, appreciating the calm, organic palette and strategic design that went into every inch of this impeccable space. To the left, the formal living room beckons - soft grey built-ins light favourite books, souvenirs, artwork. The Napoleon gas fireplace is every host's answer to a chilly winter night. Serve post-dinner drinks, create memorable family gatherings, or simply enjoy your favourite book in this beautifully turned out space.

Across the hall, thoughtful planning creates a palpable sense of well being in the ultra spacious Irpinia kitchen, dining area and adjacent family room. This zone is wise in the use of flow, balance and light. With its quartz topped centre island, abundant cabinetry, prep-sink area and drawer storage, this stunning open kitchen and dining room surprises with a sense of delicate ease. Bright windows above a large double sink leave post school fun well supervised. Entertain distinguished guests, manage family routines - what makes this home extra special is the seamless blend of formal to informal spaces. Details appeal too: elongated hexagonal tile with a textured finish, shaker cabinetry with brushed steel hardware, light-reflecting pendants and sconces. Commercial grade Fisher & Paykel appliances include a double drawer dishwasher and 6 burner gas stove with two ovens.

The family room is graciously scaled with bright windows and french doors that lead to a cedar clad patio. Let the party spill outside during the summer months. Cedar hedges and a verdant corner vantage leave endless opportunities for personalizing your outdoor oasis. A pool? An outdoor kitchen? The benefits are as infinite as your imagination. Back inside and on the other side of the kitchen, modern family needs are met with a large pantry, powder room featuring a chic hexagonal tiled wall, spacious and airy mudroom and two doors which access the detached double garage and backyard. Barbecue without having to traverse the whole house, leave seasonal gear and family trappings out of sight yet totally accessible. This is where the magic lies - such stylish modern convenience is rarely found in a heritage home.

A beautifully crafted oak stairway is illuminated by low-profile step lights, contrasting white risers and wrought iron detail - an open to above third floor landing and large window yields a breezy sense of space.

Light, space, and serenity rule in the master suite. With its exceptionally private terrace, you'll be able to treasure private moments; watch the kids walk home from school, start your day with the sun and coffee in hand. An on-point ensuite feels more like a stay at a five star hotel. Heated oversized tiles proffer daily comfort, a quartz double vanity with undermount sinks and plenty of room keeps daily ablutions clutter free. A free standing tub is nestled within a loft wall niche while the oversized shower features a mosaic of imported Italian marble. Weekends feel more like a spa getaway. A seemingly endless walk-in closet with built-in shelving and organization rounds out this urbanite's dream space.

A second bedroom with private ensuite sits across the hall. It boasts similarities to the master; a bright, airy sense of volume, large windows, and an on-point white ensuite outfitted in quartz, Grohe fixtures along with soaker tub and private toilet. Double closets keep fashion lovers in check. Find laundry on this level, complete with Irpinia millwork, storage, a folding counter and of course - a big bright window to keep every task a cheerful one.

Two bedrooms on the third floor mirror each others' appealing characteristics - loft ceilings, plenty of natural light, ample closets and generous footprints. They are divided by a beautifully turned out main bath; a pleasing palette of cool grey and white tones, soaker tub, Carrara tile motif. Unsurprisingly, the third floor has been equipped with a secondary heating and cooling system to ensure every zone in this home has perfectly regulated temperature.

The wide oak stairway continues to a dry, spacious, ready for anything basement. Additional storage, a potential wine cellar, and an infinite number of configurations come to mind when assessing the enormous potential of this blank canvas level.

No detail has been overlooked - find that elusive combination of Gemstone's high quality craftsmanship and understated elegance in a home that exceeds every expectation. Enjoy the unequalled lifestyle that comes with an address like this: a scenic daily commute, a distinguished sense of community, steps to the city's best schools, and a nearby hotspot in Beechwood Village. Bikepaths, cross-country skiing, adventures at the nearby Pond - close to home adventures have never been so accessible. Like a perfect fit that was made for you; this home will be hard to get out of your head once you feel its magic. Make an appointment and see it today!

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Room Dimensions

Mud Room Main 11'2 x 7'8
Dining Room Main 13'8 x 12'
Kitchen Main 20'5 x 13'7
Family Room Main 17'10 x 15'2
Living Room Main 15'9 x 13'9
Foyer Main 16'2 x 8'
Laundry Room Second 12'4 x 8'2
Ensuite 4-Piece Second 13'11 x 5'2
Bedroom Second 13'10 x 13'5
Ensuite 5-Piece Second 14'6 x 13'3
Walk-In Closet Second 11'1 x 7'10
Master Bedroom Second 16'3 x 13'5
Bath 4-Piece Third 8' x 6'7
Bedroom Third 13'9 x 12'6
Bedroom Third 14' x 12'6
Storage Room Lower 31' x 12'9
Recreation Room Lower 26'5 x 12'9