In a world where life never stops, home brings much needed calm. Gifted with the best nature has to offer as its surroundings, this mid-century dwelling is set further back and perched high off the road for a private, intimate family refuge. Placement at the end of a cul-de-sac guarantees peaceful days and nights, while the dog walk path nearby holds a sense of community. And what a community it is; with the highlights of Rockcliffe all around, the beloved Pond, Elmwood and Ashbury schools nearby - home is as poetic as it is practical. »cont'd
Expert landscaping makes a beautiful first impression - maple trees rise above a tiered garden navigated by a flagstone path. Embrace the verdant choreography; combinations of periwinkle and potentilla welcome during warmer months. Here, you'll want to stop and smell the roses. A long driveway banishes parking woes and leads to a tastefully camouflaged side entrance and garage - leave the ogling to the original brick facade and impressive solid wood door flanked by sidelights.
First steps inside prove that the interior is a spectacular match for its idyllic milieu; a centre hall layout sits beyond a white washed vestibule, main closet steps away. Warm and inviting, original details are infused with natural light that pours in from recently updated Pella windows - highly efficient and double hung, of course. To the right and through original french doors, a formal living room takes entertaining to an elegant level; the working wood fireplace and equilateral footprint pair perfectly with an evening aperitif, plaster mouldings and picture window frame the events of the evening with aplomb. Guests are easily impressed. For quiet time, peaceful reads, or homework, the adjacent study is an ideal place to be productive.
Summer months see the expansive french doors open to the backyard, especially since it is a masterpiece of natural beauty. Landscaped to perfection, a magnolia tree at the center; indulge in the nature-spa qualities of this family haven - interlocking stone leads from outside the study to an area that hosts a hot tub, enough space to hang a hammock or two, and a long dining table for elegant al-fresco dinners. Nearby, the natural gas barbeque sits in a solid stone island and is ready for some serious cooking. Step up, and take a dip in the salt water pool or lounge under the leafy green pergola; step down, and bring a book or a few good friends to enjoy the intimate secret-garden like outdoor living room. It's all here, change room and equipment room to boot. Relish the privacy and luxury of a truly exceptional outdoor sanctuary.
Back indoors and across the main hall is a formal dining room; an original ceiling medallion frames lighting with old-world charm. Parties of 12, or intimate dinners are forever accompanied by natural light and beautiful street views. A french butler door leading to the hallway and kitchen has never been more functional or charming.
On busy weekdays or active weekends, the kitchen answers the needs of a 21st century family. Endless storage options hide away equipment with space-saving drawers, a double sink and butcher block handle meal prep with ease. Stainless appliances are the best of the best; your inner foodie will love the professional grade Viking gas stove including electric convection oven, the restaurant-grade hood fan and Viking professional grade fridge. No matter the size of your clan, the eat-in area with kid-friendly banquettes will satisfy everyone's cravings, and backyard access handles post-dinner activities.
A traditional pass through to the TV room is enhanced by an enchanting aquarium. Beyond, the cozy space is accentuated by a cove ceiling and transom that allows for optimal air and light flow. Find the second front entrance here, complete with abundant closet space, built-ins and garage access. A french door grants easy access to the back yard.
Upstairs introduces a polished den or home office. East-facing windows catch the morning light; rewarding days follow. Five bright bedrooms offer up plenty of style appeal; California shutters and vaulted ceilings partner with spacious closets. Appreciate home's original cachet throughout - black and white tile serve as a smart backdrop to the full bathroom. A great vantage emerges in the master suite; windows let in light and treetop views, a roomy closet keeps wardrobe needs in check and granite features in the ensuite add indulgence to early mornings.
On the way to the finished basement via the kitchen, note the convenient powder room - kitted with charismatic Mexican tiles and a second access door leading to the study - perfect for formal entertainment needs. Find an epic rec-room and high ceilings below, along with ample storage to manage all of life's gear for all four seasons. Laundry is located in a handy work-room; plenty of cabinetry and counter space means hobbies are never forgotten.
Proximity to the city's best offerings, a beautiful daily commute, and family-friendly spaces at every turn, reap the rewards of a home that works as hard as you do, and live a cherished lifestyle - see it today!
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