This property is sold.
255 Mackay Street, New Edinburgh
$1,650,000 Sold

Steeped in a rich history located in the heart of one of Ottawa's most desired heritage communities is 255 MacKay St. Its strong foundation provided the base for years of community involvement and support of the arts in the neighbourhood of New Edinburgh. »cont'd

Property for Sale

With a prestigious Mackay street vantage overlooking the Governor General's estate, find a property with unequalled development potential. Hard to come by pre-approved city plans for a multi-unit dwelling make this a once in a lifetime opportunity. Zoning and design/heritage approvals in the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District have been approved for two executive family-sized, semi-detached units. At approximately 3300 square feet each - they offer hard to find space in a coveted urban location. The best part? All a developer needs is a Building Permit. Purchase this dwelling, and you're not only acquiring a slice of history - you will now have the ability to shape it, too.

Presented as a gift by one of the MacKay daughters in 1912 to the local church, this century home has become a defining part of the community for many years. Now, with plans by renowned heritage Architects, Robertson Martin Architects as your guidepost, the opportunity to create something special awaits.

On the lot; a centuries old maple, ample greenspace: the stage is already set for delightful curbside appeal. Build an urban garden, install an art installation - all options are set against a picturesque porch - built in 2015 to heritage standards and offering a wheelchair-accessible ramp.

Inside and on the main level, a bright and cheerful hallway leads to a quaint front room, ideal for a home office or TV room. Beyond - step into to a spectacularly massive open living and dining space. A bedrock that checks all the right boxes for of the moment "must-haves": sweeping gallery-inspired walls, high ceilings and multiple windows. Natural light pours in - with such enviable bones, let your design and decor dreams soar to shape a space that reaps benefits for years to come.

Coveted high ceilings are repeated in the kitchen area - set yourself up for maximum efficiency by designing a dream kitchen - or two, if you're up for the dividends of a one of a kind investment duplex in the city. A summer kitchen or mudroom connected to the cellar and back door is nearby, where exposed stone is a testament to the home's sturdiness and solid foundation.

Find another rare feature that's worth building upon - a well-lit staircase curves over the first-floor powder room and invites you upstairs. The second floor currently features a main bath and five bedrooms including a master bedroom which overlooks a picturesque streetscape. Previously built as the church manse for the minister to live in, imagine the possibilities that 21st century design, intelligent architecture and modern technology can offer this sweeping second floor. A spa ensuite with custom steam-shower? Bedrooms wired for sound so your little one can doze off to their favourite lullaby every night? A private sitting room fitted with everything required for a morning coffee and treetop views? Dreams come to life here.

As with most historic residences, much of the property's charm and uniqueness is held on the third floor. Home to three small bedrooms and a large loft-like activity room, the third floor contains some of the most fascinating features in the entire property. Detailed, angled ceilings give appreciation to the high-quality craftsmanship and comprehensive detailing that went into the home. Keep the best, and update the rest: add bedrooms for overnight guests, a third bathroom for autonomous teens, or create a third floor home office or studio that rivals the most curated Pinterest board.

In the basement - let your imagination run wild; wine cellar, media room, home gym? The advantages of a well-maintained heritage home shine here, especially since hard-to-obtain city approval is already out of the way.

Outside, this home evokes a traditional charm that many developers are currently trying to capture. Mature trees surrounding the property provide comfortable shade and guaranteed privacy while a community garden and lush, green shrubs cover the grounds. Currently behind the home, a standalone garage offers added convenience and extra storage when you need it.

As a heritage community, the surrounding residences and commercial buildings share a similar aesthetic and standard, adding to the value of the community. As one of the most desirable urban neighbourhoods in the nation's capital, New Edinburgh also boasts city-favourite specialty dining and shopping experiences. Nearby, the village vibe of Beechwood Ave. and Byward Market satisfy any social and cultural palette. Bike paths, the Gatineau Hills and plentiful greenspace keep the active minded content, as well as eco-conscious commuters.

The beautiful Rideau Hall and historic 24 Sussex are also located nearby, in addition to other numerous historical sights and significant structures that contribute to the history of Ottawa and also the entire country. Own a slice of history with this exceptional century home in the heart of historical downtown Ottawa. Schedule a viewing today to unlock the incredible potential this property has to offer.

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