Discrete and elite under leafy ivy and sheltering trees, this legendary early 20th century Tudor revival Sandy Hill classic doesn't need to draw attention to itself. It's a power address that's instantly recognizable to Ottawa's inner circle. Renowned statesman Ed Broadbent made his home here in the heady days of the Charter of Rights deals. Among the steady stream of famous and infamous visitors, Pierre Trudeau was a regular. History happened here. And even before you open the front door it's easy to understand why. »cont'd
The location at the corner of Laurier Avenue East and Marlborough is unique in the whole city. The home occupies a prominent public space on Sandy Hill's tree-lined main thoroughfare. Even in its current role as a high-end bed and breakfast this great residence maintains an aura of implacable privacy and dignity.
Meticulous architecture means every detail is English, authentic and right, cast in perfectly proportioned Tudor vernacular. Notice how the well-aged brick half-wall gives way to timbered stucco, how the frontal brick chimney with its side windows is strategically sited for quiet and privacy. The arched brick doorway is the real deal crafted and deep, with rounded oak-paneled door. Astutely placed double mullioned windows assure a soft natural light without compromising privacy.
Enter a grand formal hall, scaled for welcoming entrances. Traditional black and white ceramic floors strike the right note. The front office, directly off the hall maintains a serious professional demeanor. No matter what the hour, business conducted behind the oak door of this office sanctuary won't disrupt household life.
Beyond mullioned French doors the formal living room is relaxed and gracious. Polished oak floors and a French-style hooded hearth maintain the traditional aesthetic. But what makes this storied room so delightful is the perfectly scaled sitting area with banks of mullioned windows on two sides. Light, openness and privacy are beautifully balanced in a space designed to host memorable encounters.
Never overstated or grandiose, the dining room is large enough to host superb dinners without sacrificing intimacy. Oak floors, plaster cove molding, and mullioned windows on two sides are elements of a space designed to please, rather than to impress. The swinging oak service door to the kitchen is a classic touch.
The kitchen has been intelligently updated to please today's chefs. White country kitchen cabinets with black tile backsplash and black granite counters strike a note of formality, complimenting rich oak floors. An eat-in breakfast nook basks in the south light of a bay window. A practical service pantry assists with catering duties. Lovers of older homes will take pleasure in the traditional back hall with backdoor, powder room plus a side door to the garage and parking.
Wide oak stairs with mid-flight landing and window lead to the second floor. The master suite invites with sitting space plus twin walk in closets and a cleanly designed ensuite with ceramic tiles, therapy tub, shower and twin sinks. The atmosphere is remarkably tranquil - a manor house suite in the city.
A second full suite is generous and well equipped with classic black and white diamond ceramic ensuite. The main bath on this floor has glass shower and spacious dressing area serving the refined guest bedroom. A plush attic retreat will be a perfect domain for an older child attending nearby Lisgar High School or Ottawa University.
The basement is equipped with laundry, wine cellar and basic bathroom and rec room space. This space could easily serve as a nanny suite or accommodation for Cordon Bleu students, studying at the great culinary institution just across the street.
With downtown, the U of O and Byward Market so close, and the historic homes of Sandy Hill lining every route this is the ultimate walking and bicycling locale. For a morning jog or an outing with children, pick up the riverside trail in steps-away Strathcona park - one of the city's loveliest retreats.
Beauty, comfort, and historical cachet make this home a superb choice for the cosmopolitan senior executive or urban professional. A superb location assures a great lifestyle and long-term term investment value. To capture this rare opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind landmark residence, plan your appointment soon.
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