"There's no place like home" rings true when the address is at the quiet end of Island Park Drive - an enviable locale in the nation's capital. In a seemingly impossible combination of delights; only a few minutes away lies the Central Experimental Farm. Where else can you wake up on a Sunday in an urban neighbourhood and visit Spring time animals, or roam through a professionally tended arboretum? Social and cultural family essentials have never been so convenient, or magical. »cont'd
A boulevard and NCC maintained green space yields distance from the road. A sprawling garden takes centre stage - optimal orientation makes it an easy outdoor project. Thanks to a mid-century reconstruction, this original turn of the century cottage takes on covetable qualities inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. A hipped roof sits above symmetrical banks of windows on two storeys, delineated by neutral stonework that compliments the surrounding stucco; the result is simple yet striking. A long laneway banishes parking woes and the main entrance is set off to the side for an elegant welcome.
With a front closet and stone entrance; life's daily trappings are managed and natural light flows abundantly throughout. Recent renovations have saved the best historic elements and added functionality to an already very liveable dwelling. Immediately upon entry, an archway frames an entertaining-scaled space. Spectacular proportions come alive with a large bank of windows, original oak floors and soaring ceilings. Wall to wall built-in shelving accompanies an original working wood fireplace, granite surround adds elegance. Not only is this an ideal locale to showcase art or a beautiful instrument, but it's easy to imagine lively soirees or great family memories being made here. Through a curved archway, an eat-in area introduces the kitchen and single pane french doors lead outside. Make sure to take a peek - are you in a backyard or Frances Hodgson Burnett's Secret Garden? Stone and barn board enclose a completely private outdoor sanctuary - greens and flowering shrubs surround, while shade and sunlight are balanced by the leaves of birch and maple trees. Patio stone offers a peaceful spot to enjoy your morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. This is how summers are meant to be spent.
Back inside, the updated kitchen answers with functionality and style in spades. Oversized ceramic tile floors, granite counters and sleek cabinetry are stylish and practical - an integrated butcher block and stainless appliances make great cooking partners. Open sightlines offer glimpses of the roaring fire while washing up - or keep an eye on the kids while they play in the backyard via big windows over the sink. Inventive design yields two access points to the staircase - from the kitchen and the living room - both are rewarded with a large window on the landing and plenty of sunlight.
Charming original details are repeated on the second level. Reconfigured in 1968 to create more space, each bedroom has maintained the cachet of home's turn of the century roots via subtly curved ceilings. It's these small details that add character and life. Expansive windows highlight an enviable Southeast orientation - natural light is always a welcome guest in this house. A recently renovated main bathroom serves two bedrooms in understated luxury - loft ceilings and bright white accents evoke Scandinavian spa vibes. A stand alone tub and walk-in glass shower are indulgent options, while a vessel sink complements textured ceramic tile. What a way to wake up.
A bright, calming space takes shape in the master bedroom - big windows sit adjacent a dressing room with large closet - urban wardrobe dreams are made here. The ensuite boasts a fresh new look - busy mornings are handled. Find also a large walk-in closet space on this floor; it's the perfect spot to store seasonal garments or home decor.
In the renovated basement, find a bright and large rec room - let the kids play in comfort while you entertain upstairs. Laundry, additional storage, and a powder room make this area uber functional.
Enjoy a home that was made for all the comforts of a 21st century family - a tranquil space where sharing life with friends and the ones you love is second nature. Know that the city centre is minutes away via transit or a quick car ride, but that nearby Westboro offers top notch amenities. Walk to the Central Experimental farm, adventure on surrounding bike paths - an idyllic picture is easy to paint. Make this wonderful family lifestyle yours and book an appointment today!
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