Located on a traffic-free courtyard in Ottawa's southwest, downtown Ottawa is as close as twenty minutes away. Yet the professionally landscaped backyard here is another world – a totally private space shaded by the forests of Ottawa's famous greenbelt. And in the backyard – a beautiful heated in ground swimming pool glows turquoise in the sun. It's a feature your kids will call "fun." »cont'd
You might call it Feng shui -- you might simply call it a good feeling. But whatever it is, this gracious executive family home has it: just the right mix of space, light, form and features to make your family feel instantly energized and at ease.
Step through the sheltered double front door: you're met by curving two-storey entrance hall at once impressive and intimately welcoming. The feeling is established by clever restatement of classic architectural elements – the curved main stairway, marble floors, high clerestory windows, plus grand chandelier and decorative mirrored doors for just the right touch of glitz to hint at celebration.
You'll love the quiet office den off the front entrance, tucked behind a classic beveled glass door. It's a space that's tranquil and easy to work in thanks to curved walls, regency-inspired detailing plus a bright southeast window. Notice the office's thoughtful placement close to the entrance so working visits don't disturb the rest of the household. It's one of the many considerate design touches making this house so livable.
The expansive living and dining area here leaves no doubt its intent is formal entertaining. Delicately defined by crown moldings and formal detailing, softly lit by bay windows front and back, together these great rooms offer 45 feet of unbroken floor space. And because the boundary between living and dining rooms is indistinct, your table can expand to truly legendary scale. A formal dinner for 30? This space has handled such moments with élan.
The kitchen is spacious, and contemporary – ready for everyday gourmet passion with bleached wood custom cabinets and broad granite counter tops. As they are throughout this house, windows are well placed and natural light abounds.
Experience this thoughtfully designed home's extraordinarily successful family room – a light-filled and well-scaled space modeled on a 19th century conservatory. The room features a palisade of windows on two sides, plus skylights. Soft natural light seems to come from everywhere, enhancing the warmth of the lustrous solid oak flooring. It's a seamless setting for casual dining with ample room for relaxing by the TV or conducting armchair conferences in the glow of a wood fireplace
Upstairs a built-in open study occupies the spacious oversized landing, where it basks in natural light -- a formal workspace that's directly connected to the life of the house to facilitate parental double duty.
Off the main hall the master bedroom charms with ample and well-balanced space plus tranquil bay-windowed sitting area. By situating access to the large walk in closet behind the bed designers have given this room a clean and uncluttered feel. The master bedroom's bright five piece en suite boasts skylights and scale: a testament to abundance in warm earth-toned marble. Irresistibly, the Jacuzzi is bright and inviting, staged between two discrete bay windows, while a tiled shower surround and double sinks help make mornings manageable.
Two large family bedrooms on this floor are served by a full main bath with double sinks. Both bedrooms are positioned at the end of the hallway for comfort and quiet. One features a walk in closet.
Need more space? A huge basement with high ceilings is ready for refinishing in any configuration you may require. Extensive drainage improvements assure you of a dry comfortable space come what weather may. A real cold room stands ready for your vintage wines. The home's flexible heating system makes use of two gas furnaces, both upgraded in 2008.
With services and schools close-by, and easy access to downtown Ottawa, nearby tech industries and Kanata, this eminently comfortable and well-balanced executive home makes an effortless relocation choice for every member of the family.
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