When the scene is this lovely, why move? The location in question: a classic mid century Rockcliffe family home set on a leafy corner lot in the very heart of the village. It's been home to the same family for over 40 years. Village aficionados will understand why. Long village views beneath a leafy canopy of mature trees grace every window. Hillside topography gives this home a particular sense of privacy and place. And a great centre hall design creates a layout that's relaxed, easy to navigate and rich in personal spaces and privacy. »cont'd
Arriving you'll notice this iconic family house, built in 1942 is perfectly integrated with its surroundings. Neighbouring homes are sited at different elevations, contributing to a unique sense of place. Mature trees surround. A long-established cedar hedge defines the front yard.
Consider the redoubtable two-story centre hall style façade – a true classic. An arched portico shelters the main entrance. From this vantage, turn and survey the views, taking in the patrician confidence of neighbouring houses, the gently sloping landscape and the long views. This is what arriving home should look like.
Entering the reception hall notice the way the centre plus cross hall layout offers access to each of the social areas of this home – the living room, dining room, kitchen or rear sunroom, without disturbing people in other areas. The powder room, discretely off the entrance hall offers an opportunity to notice original details like the solid wood one panel doors – an appealing 1940's touch.
Explore the formal living room with its arched wood burning hearth flanked by large side light windows. A French door to the sunroom, gives this substantial space the virtue of light from three sides. You're inner designer will find inspiration in the vintage hardwood floors, and especially, in the long lovely views.
Take the French door to the deeply private 1940's-style sunroom. You'll sense a rich heritage of family laughter, insightful conversation and sunny mornings lingering over with coffee and newspapers. Notice again the way this home is enveloped in long green vistas, dotted with the architectural pleasures of Rockcliffe. In summer, the adjacent deck offers yet another space welcoming social life.
Accessible from the sunroom, the living room and the kitchen, the large central dining room space is scaled to accommodate serious entertaining. Updates of the adjacent kitchen could include merging the space with the sewing room across the hall. You'll see all kinds of potential here. A kitchen side door to the carport is exactly right, designed to make provisioning easier.
Take the central stairs to the upper floor, noticing the way the large clerestory window floods stairwell with natural light. Intriguingly, the upstairs layout anticipates contemporary layouts with a spacious adult retreat at one end of the hall, and three children's bedrooms plus on the other. To notice here: fantastic windows with great views bring abundant natural light to every room. The large second floor deck of the master bedroom offers a totally private adult outdoor retreat. There is a full attic, accessed via a retractable stair. You'll want to consider how this space might fit into your planning.
Downstairs, the basement has plenty of ceiling space. It is a completely useable space which has served over time for recreation and as an office/study. A laundry room is here too, along with an up-to-date furnace.
Imagine how you might work with this solid well-built home, to create the Rockcliffe home of your dreams. Your whole family is sure to flourish here. Renowned Rockcliffe schools like Ashbury College and Rockcliffe Park Public School and Elmwood are blocks away. Fantastic recreational assets like McKay lake are close too. Romantic walks along fabled tree-lined lanes unfailingly revive spirits. And yes -- downtown work destinations are minutes away, cutting commuting downtime to the bone. It is, as you may discover, the kind of community where putting down roots seems effortless, and moving to anywhere else becomes commensurately challenging.
If you know Rockcliffe, you'll know how rare opportunities to acquire mature properties like this are. To avoid disappointment, plan your appointment very soon.
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