Know it from the street – from the exquisitely restored oak front door, the dramatic cross-gabling, and the professionally landscaped gardens. Know from the geographically flawless position in the nation's capital – this is living at its most pristine. While the home may look every part the storybook classic set in 1938, make no mistake – there's nothing missing from this story. If you can think it up, it's been done to make life at 75 Kenora nothing but 21st century comfortable. Your wish is this home's command. »cont'd
While sharp gabling frames roof lines in a flawless triad, softer rounded forms on the arched doorway and chiseled brickwork add fluid interest. Up the walkway, note inconspicuous cobblestones framing manicured garden beds. Save this anecdote for future guests – they're the original cobblestones from Holland Avenue, hauled once upon a time to Kenora Street in a wheelbarrow. Amazing. It's in the details – and this space has nothing but.
Upon entry, show-stopping wood mouldings and doors serve as symbol of the commitment to the home's original allure and rich history. All original gumwood, all painstakingly stripped and refinished. Curved archways into the living and dining rooms add architectural mischief. Leaded window panes welcome a nostalgic air, while secondary contemporary panes keep winter's chill out.
A 21st century addition upped the home's ante and its wow factor – pass through a swinging door from the dining room into the kitchen – and you're head over heels. Five-star dining...living...happens here. Brazilian granite and European subway tiling gleam, but it's not just a pretty face. Try a Wolf range and grill, GE monogram integrated fridge, and custom hood fan on for size – how can a meal taste bad in a kitchen this good?
Family is front and centre in both design and consideration - off-kitchen family room with TV and gas fireplace leaves kids in view but not underfoot. Built-in cubbies for after-school drop-off are across from a second sink – a hand washing station by day, a cocktail station by night. You can have it both ways! Windows to the yard beckon guests outdoors; off-kitchen terrace access makes it a reality.
Summer growth turns privacy up a notch – lead guests through the arbour, entertain or dine on the patio, all while the little ones amuse in the custom treehouse. Garden lighting is on a photosensor, so the party can go til the wee hours. Here's a tidbit to pique partygoers' interests: the home was the set of a feature film in 2008!
Inside, head upstairs to confirm it's as good as it seems...spoiler alert: it is. Find two well-appointed and perpetually sweet bedrooms and a bathroom, then to the master suite for some serious pampering. Cathedral ceilings reach for the sky; demi-lune windows complement and a window seat brings sought-after serenity. For the shoe horse in all of us, find a shoe closet and walk-in that will impress even the most dedicated of fashionistas. Enter the ensuite and stay a while – carrera marble finishes, laundry chute, operable skylight – you may be late for work a little more often, but who cares...
In the basement, enlarged windows entice natural light. Rich solid oak panelling warms the theatre room – a perfect mancave or teen getaway. Exercise, play, craft, or design in a tiled and radiant heated room. A den, steam shower in the bathroom, and plenty of storage are icing on the cake. For the practically-minded, extras like exterior hardwiring for holiday lights, foundation upgrades, and CAT5 wiring throughout will appeal. The garage is no slouch either – 14 foot ceilings and double door access to the yard prove it.
How has a home of this era had only two owners? Set in the superbly trendy Wellington Village, you're steps from the hippest dining, shopping, urban lifestyle that Ottawa has to offer. Be on the Queensway in seconds, downtown in minutes. With multiple schools nearby, the sense of community is clear, and so is the answer – once you're here, leaving won't be an option. Make your appointment today!
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