Set high on a corner lot, a broad Prairie-style central fireplace stack lies with low-slung hipped roof and neutral stucco to each side. Add the frame of green space at every turn – find bungalow living reigns supreme in the family-living mecca of Ottawa's esteemed Rockcliffe Park. Impeccable finishes are easy on the eye, and space flows to optimize family living. »cont'd
Perennial plantings line the limestone walkway and retaining walls lead up to the front door. Inside, slate underfoot and a wide vestibule leave guests with room to spare; double french doors find function in keeping cool air out or privacy within. Space flows into the living room – an elegant entry into a home with hits of glamour at every turn. A wood-burning fireplace is wrapped in sleek black granite, dimmers on potlighting and astutely-placed sconces throughout the home offer multiple levels of lighting to set the tone. Wainscoting conveys a rich backdrop for art, while custom doors and millwork on dark hardwood make the space decidedly one-of-a-kind.
Across the hall, dining room offerings remain at the ready for entertaining action; wainscoting mirrors the living room and extends the architectural interest. An extra-large window flaunts a purely verdant view, and a swinging kitchen door allows food a dramatic entry. The kitchen remains the perfect canvas for culinary success; a hallway pocket door leads in to finishes that satiate the visual appetite – the rich, thickness of butcher block, the gleam of glass and dark granite, the warmth of Shaker cabinetry. Detailing like pastry counter, greenhouse window, and secondary sink are hallmarks of attentive design. Friends like Fisher & Paykel and Thermidor teamed with gas stove and pop-up hood fan, built-in warming drawer, GE Monogram wine fridge and top-notch Sub-Zero fridge make everyday gourmet look easy.
Adjacent, the wine fridge, barware cabinetry and built-in seating join forces to form a well-executed informal dining or serving zone – patio access and multiple windows lends a comfortable informality to the corner. Outside, a multi-tiered wraparound deck set against foliage provides privacy, intimacy, and multifunctional space – the consummate stage for alfresco play, dining, and grilling.
As only a prudent floor plan can do, the open family room accounts for daily needs in all its forms – everyday living transpires here. The oversized flame of the Town & Country gas fireplace becomes the talk of the town; the stone surround lies flanked by built-ins and frosted glass panes for a shot of natural light framing the fireplace. Around the corner, in the ultimate meld of functionality and seamless design, a custom-built home office boasts formidable landscape views, south exposure, and a high vantage – a combination that pays dividends in productivity.
The hallway powder room's Kohler Purist channel sink functions as clever conversation piece – every powder room needs a piece d'art – find yours here. Note passage to living quarters leaves the wing in complete privacy; for young ones, late guests, or early risers, the partition is welcome and well-used. Two bedrooms, each revelling in maples through large windows and well-endowed closets, lie adjacent to the main bathroom – a flawless preservation of the home's history and bold recollection of modern-day trends in bathroom design.
To the master suite, where windows flank the headboard in perfect proportion, leaving the room wrapped in natural light. Side terrace access lies through the suite's patio doors for morning perfection: coffee, news, and a dose of Vitamin D. The makeup table's sconce-lit mirrors conspire with the walk-in closet's ample proportions and clever storage, leaving daily rituals an undeniably glamourous affair. Pampering is deemed mandatory courtesy of the ensuite bathroom – marble bathes surfaces in lavish distinction; hits of black accent the room. Multiple lighting levels leave the free-standing soaker tub, glass shower and floating his and hers sinks looking their finest – as if they needed help. Ensuite laundry, radiant heated marble floors, and Toto in the water closet make for function and comfort.
The basement functions as a true extension of the clever design and on-point aesthetic so evident on the main floor – handsome tile floors lead to a super-suitable family room, two bedrooms and a three-piece bathroom. A stately wine cellar emerges as every wine enthusiast's dream – cedar racks, climate control, dark oak flooring, and a 1,100 bottle capacity gives the collection space to flourish. The nearby cold storage room flaunts only the jumping-off point for phenomenal function – the storage room capacity and living possibilities are endless. Garage access, sound-proofing, and in-home security system leave pragmatic questions answered. With the Pond, dog parks, top-rated schools and fine amenities at Rockcliffe's beck and call, the comprehensive family life that only Rockcliffe Park affords couldn't be more worthwhile. See it, want it, make it home!
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