183 Mackay Street, New Edinburgh
$1,890,000

Light-filled and impeccably designed, this unique New Edinburgh home is all about architectural interest and creative instincts that would fit in with the townhomes of London or New York. However this home possesses a unique "Ottawa" advantage. It bridges the charm of a historic neighbourhood with the conveniences and spaciousness of a modern family home. With the added benefits of laneway access to Avon Lane, this home sets a benchmark for urbanites who really "want it all". »cont'd

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Arriving, enjoy the heritage location across from the grounds of the Governor General's residence. Don't let this home's seeming connection with its neighbour deceive you - these two dwellings are actually separate, and this home's facade belies the 4,000 plus square feet of family-centric interiors that lie within. A unique surprise hidden from street view? A third floor complete with private terraces.

A ceramic-tiled vestibule leads to a distinguished main hall. With architecture by Barry Hobin and interiors by the late John Swain, this home inspires comfort, imagination, and elegance at every turn - the enviable result of such a winsome collaboration. The proof is in a smart layout as well as the details: 10 foot ceilings, rich oak floors inlaid with exotic wood, horizontal wall paneling, a curvilinear silhouette that echoes throughout in windows and on the open to above stairwell landings - take it all in.

To the right, a beautifully proportioned living room sets the stage for formal entertaining. Scaled to handle any crowd, this room feels relaxed and welcoming. Perpetually in view are the lush grounds of the Governor General's residence - paired with the wood-burning fireplace, you have everything you need for great conversation. Access the dining room via the living room or main hall. Note how thoughtful entrances allow you to manage gatherings, separating formal and informal spaces with ease - this level was meant to handle crowds of any size and function. Illuminated by an oversized arched window, the celebration-scaled dining room serves up panache and impressive proportions. Never worry about unexpected company - there's plenty of room.

Continue into the back of the home, where informal spaces yield a comfortable, yet distinguished hub for family and friends alike. Canadian granite counters, a Wolf cooktop and ample storage round out a well-equipped culinary zone. The spacious eating area looks into the stunning garden. A curved partition on the large island keeps the mess and prep work out of sight during post-dinner leisure time in the family room. You'll be enchanted by this beautifully conceived space with open shelving and a gas fireplace. Read here, host family game nights - you'll want to spend time in this lovely space.

Backyard access is nearby, rendering alfresco dinners a delightful summer habit. The covered deck leads down to a flagstone patio, a professionally landscaped and very private garden. Tiered and planted to perfection, savour verdant perennials and unique species like Korean dogwood, paperbark maple, and a grand, columnar copper beech that make up your secluded urban oasis. A coveted New-Edinburgh find lies beyond: a two car garage and access to the peaceful and safe Avon Lane.

Back inside, take the grand staircase to the second level, where an open to above landing showcases a third floor skylight beautifully. Natural light floods every level, wool carpet is comfortable underfoot. Four bedrooms make up this level. Overlooking a peaceful street scene, the master bedroom is bright and calming. Transoms over double patio doors continue the sunny theme, while your private balcony overlooking the Governor General's grounds is sure to prompt a new morning coffee routine. A large ensuite features a soaker tub and oversized shower with dual shower heads. The walk-in closet keeps the whole area clutter-free. Down the hall, three sunlit bedrooms are served by a full main bath, while the second floor laundry keeps household tasks efficient.

On the third level, a fifth bedroom with its own private rooftop terrace and nearby three piece bath are the perfect refuge for overnight guests. Just be careful, it's so appealing guests may overstay their welcome. Also on this level find a pleasant home office, originally designed for a professional writer - a provenance that's evident in its efficient layout and access to a second, tranquil rooftop terrace.

The floor plan ends in the basement, built slightly above grade for maximum natural light. Here, find a large study, personal library or playroom graced by a large bay window. Such flexible space is sure to find many uses as your family grows. A bedroom and three piece bath make an ideal combination for a nanny or in-law suite, while the nearby mudroom and side door access is especially beneficial for comings and goings during the winter months. A Finnish sauna and separate shower make a case for daily indulgence. Rounding out this level is a small exercise room, a walk-in pantry and a large utility area with ample storage, including a cold closet.

Find a superb location with the best of the city around you; a heritage neighbourhood, minutes to top private and public schools and walking close to the delights and specialties of Beechwood Village. Bike, hop on transit or walk to work - the route is always scenic and the commute always short. Take the family for a weekend adventure along the Rideau River or to the Rockcliffe Pond - you really can have it all here. Don't wait, make an appointment today.

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Room Dimensions

Partial Bath Main 5'3 x 4'2
Family Room Main 16' x 11'10
Eating Area Main 14'3 x 11'2
Kitchen Main 15'10 x 10'11
Dining Room Main 19'8 x 16'11
Living Room Main 22'3 x 14'8
Foyer Main 7'8 x 5'4
Laundry Room Second 7' x 6'5
Bath 4-Piece Second 10'4 x 9'
Bedroom Second 11'2 x 11'11
Bedroom Second 11'2 x 11'11
Bedroom Second 11'5 x 11'11
Walk-In Closet Second 11'2 x 6'5
Ensuite 5-Piece Second 18'6 x 7'8
Master Bedroom Second 16'11 x 14'9
Den/Office Third 15' x 10'9
Bath 4-Piece Third 9'3 x 6'5
Bedroom Third 13'8 x 10'5
Gym Lower 10'11 x 8'2
Bath 4-Piece Lower 7'10 x 5'5
Mud Room Lower 11'2 x 11'4
See Remarks Lower 6'2 x 6'10
See Remarks Lower 7' x 4'8
Bedroom Lower 14' x 11'4
Recreation Room Lower 20'7 x 10'8