59 Kings Landing Private, The Canal

The transformative power of a home to inspire those who live there is confirmed in this impeccably renovated free-hold in the nation's capital. Sitting on the banks of the Rideau Canal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - there is truly no other address like this in the city. Not only because of its incredible vantage - the spires of the Chateau Laurier rise in the distance while the Rideau Canal stretches below - but because of the unparalleled design and construction detail that went into every space. »cont'd

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From the outside, tall white window frames contrast red brick while leafy green trees announce your welcome. Within, it's as though a Park Avenue penthouse was transplanted from Manhattan to this peaceful Ottawa enclave. Beyond the timeless elegance of rare imported Travertine tile at your feet - heated, of course - the custom solid wood millwork that graces every wall, the double high baseboards, the custom crown moulding and hand-picked imported fixtures; there is ingenious design detail at work here, too.

Having been stripped down to the studs from its original design and aesthetic, every element of this home was thought out with careful attention to detail by the best in the city. Architect Andre Godin and builder G.M. French are a duo that few homes in the city can boast.

Taking advantage of the extra-wide layout and unobstructed views onto the Rideau Canal and NCC green space, doorways were expanded and spaces were redesigned so that every sightline ends with the rich history and parkland that surround. Quality craftsmanship echoes at every turn. Outlets are placed below eye level, solid core doors delineate spaces, lighting on dimmers has been strategically placed for optimal effect and to highlight artwork.

Relish this elusive balance of luxury and ease in the entrance foyer. Filled with natural light and enhanced by a chic white palette, your eyes are drawn beyond the curved staircase to the lush den or personal library. Pass by a beautifully turned out powder room, spacious front hall closet and garage access. Know that with two parking spots and ample visitor parking, entertaining a crowd always starts off on the right foot.

The first of exceptional custom woodwork by BCR Woodworking is found in the built-in bookshelves that flank the gas fireplace in the home office or den. A commanding custom limestone mantel is a subtle nod to Ottawa's historic limestone buildings only minutes away, and is a fitting anchor that lends this room gravitas. As a home office or personal library, nothing compares. Custom solid wood plantation blinds manage the stunning view and a door leads to a private pathway and NCC-managed parkland and pathways beyond.

Flooring is rich oak stained to a dark finish on-site - a captivating presence throughout. Brushed and polished nickel hardware and accents throughout offer up the right touch of contemporary style. You'll notice this sleek effect in the handrail as you make your way up the curved staircase, taking note also of the contrasting step and riser for that inimitable Manhattan vibe.

Upon arrival on the second level, the space before you is captivating: the Rideau Canal, verdant treetops and iconic Ottawa skyline unfold before you. The sense of history and natural beauty beyond floor to ceiling and wall to wall windows is stunning beyond belief.

Architectural window columns give the illusion of a seamless view while contributing to the unquestionable elegance of this entertaining-ready space. Nine foot ceilings repeat on each level, but here they enhance the impeccable proportions of this open living and dining space. Scaled to handle both intimate gatherings and large crowds, this lovely zone still comes across as relaxed, deeply comfortable and entirely welcoming. A television niche sits above the limestone-manteled gas fireplace; detailed custom wall trim completes the look. Defined by custom ceiling moulding, guests are treated to a dinner party bursting with flair and refinement, while their aperitivo and digestivo is taken alongside the glow of Ottawa's most recognizable heritage portrait. Stunning, luscious - wow.

Intentionally contained, the bright kitchen offers an efficient layout, with well-planned storage drawers and cupboards in a white lacquer finish and accented with polished nickel hardware. From floor to ceiling, everything is soft-close, kitted with organizers. You don't need to touch a thing. Custom linen curtains hang in sky-high windows, a third island sink handles flower arranging and meal prep. Miele appliances including a built-in coffee maker, convection oven, cooktop and steam oven will make every host's heart sing. Granite countertops and glass accents round out a beautifully turned out space. But the best part? Optimal orientation finds the sun on your back and an uninterrupted view to the Rideau Canal and city beyond during your morning breakfast routine.

On the next level, great proportions and restrained style frame indulgent creature comforts. Two bedrooms offer the seductive presence of a chic boutique hotel. A beautifully balanced master suite blends privacy, comfort, and impeccable taste. All with the backdrop of the Rideau Canal through the seasons. Teeming with life all year round - it sparkles in the winter, dotted with colourful winter revelers, and offers the calming pastime of kayaking, running, and cycling in the lush summertime. Find yourself enamoured with the ever-changing view. A concealed tv niche lets you live out your best weekend dreams on the regular. Your daily and nightly routines are elevated via the ensuite. Sparkling with polished nickel and glass accents, the fully organized and soft close drawers and cupboards in the walk-through closet have been custom designed for optimal storage- no need for Marie Kondo tactics here. Flooring is heated white Calacatta marble. From the cool tones of the custom wood vanity and quartz countertop, to the flashes of crystal in the hand-picked imported fixtures - find yourself instantly shedding the day's stresses here. Jets in the soaker tub and a glass-enclosed shower both offer daily indulgence and a one of a kind view to the Rideau Canal and Chateau Laurier rooftop.

Down the hall, laundry and additional storage meet pragmatic needs and precede the main bathroom that serves a bright and airy second bedroom. Timeless Carrara marble graces the vanity and floors, a custom high-efficiency toilet found here as well as every other bathroom in this home is a reminder that all occupants live in immersive comfort.

The top floor is dedicated to a super sociable outdoor deck. 300 square feet of rooftop entertaining space allows you to enjoy Ottawa's gorgeous summer season to the fullest. Fire up the natural gas barbecue and enjoy your private view of the fireworks that light up the sky regularly from the Lac Leamy International Fireworks Competition and Canada Day celebrations.

The floor plan ends in the basement, where a bright, comfortable suite awaits overnight guests or autonomous children. The full bathroom offers a crisp, classic palette for daily ablutions, and the nearby bedroom belies its basement status in warm neutral tones.

In a home where nature and history are front and centre and design and aesthetics were dreamed up with painstaking detail by incomparable expertise, what you don't see is just as impressive. NCC managed lands, the lock and leave benefit of maintenance free living with the comfort of a luxe townhome, high efficiency lighting on dimmers, high-efficiency radiant heat floors and gas fireplaces, customized fixtures and finishes for maximum convenience and pleasure - all of it leaves this home soaring above its peers. Minutes to the social conveniences and amenities of the Byward Market, Landsdowne Park, Parliament and business centre. Entertain, relax, live - this place is extraordinary. See it today.

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Room Dimensions

Partial Bath Main 7' x 3'
Foyer Main 12' x 7'8
Den/Office Main 17'9 x 14'7
Kitchen Second 16'8 x 14'9
Dining Room Second 13'3 x 13'
Living Room Second 18'11 x 16'6
Bath 4-Piece Third 9'8 x 6'4
Bedroom Third 11'5 x 10'10
Ensuite 5-Piece Third 9'6 x 9'2
Master Bedroom Third 17'3 x 15'6
Bath 3-Piece Lower 6'11 x 6'7
Bedroom Lower 17'3 x 14'2