It's hard to meander through the northernmost corner of Rockcliffe Park without letting your imagination wander to a time when Ottawa's story was at its genesis. The road to 585 Manor Avenue is steeped in history, and hosts the three original cottages that lead to the former home of first female senator Cairine Wilson - now home to the Apostolic Nunciature. Residents enjoy the dividends of large heritage lots and a peaceful corner of Rockcliffe Village - the magic is hard to miss. »cont'd
This 1906 cottage bears the hallmarks of its surroundings; introduced by an arch-topped gate and stone half-wall, a sprawling lawn heralds a covered porch - summertime memories await. The current laneway leaves plenty of room for guests, but with building permits acquired and at the ready, the opportunity to develop the North side of the home with a Barry Hobin two-storey addition, including two car garage, living room and two bedrooms above is appealing - especially since plans have already been drawn up with exquisite living spaces in mind. The headache is out of the way - now it's time for you to reap the rewards. Pay homage to the historic facade which boasts perfect symmetry - four columns encase the porch and rise up to meet a gabled roof; cedar shingles surround the picture window - a visual treat throughout all 4 seasons.
Enter through a cheerful red door; the traditional vestibule allows guests to get acquainted and harbours an elegant powder room. Complementary design elements proffer an impeccable greeting - original features add character and develop true continuity throughout; leaded glass details, elliptical doorways and windows, rich oak accents and original hardwood occupy entertaining-ready and totally liveable spaces. It comes together to set an alluring tone - live and entertain all under one roof, and do it with sophisticated charm.
Sunlight draws all eyes into the dining room. With a natural flow and unhindered access to the open living room, it's easy to imagine the best of large-scale entertaining here. Dinner parties and cocktails flow as easily as lively conversation, all hosted within an impressive space.
Beyond french doors is an intimate master's retreat; perhaps inspired by sea captain's quarters, the vibe is cozy, refined, timeless. Let the log fireplace provide you with warmth, while the vaulted ceiling and inimitable character provide you with inspiration. This is a place for dreaming.
The kitchen's island and second sink pair effortlessly with an abundance of storage and counter space. Miele range and dishwasher do the hard work for you, while added benefits of a garbage compactor and workstation make the tasks of daily life a breeze. French doors to one side and 100 year old leaded glass door to the other allow for polished seclusion if help is on hand during a dinner party. Access the yard via the sunny eat-in alcove; throughout warmer months, find yourself savoring the benefits of a larger lot and optimal sun orientation. Flagstone and interlock lead to the primary level where an outdoor kitchen sheltered by a timber pavilion awaits al-fresco diners. Two steps down, late night conversations are accompanied by a mid-century stone fireplace, all under the ever watchful eye of a centuries-old white pine. Beyond, lush green space abounds, perfect for your ever-active clan, and also for the in-ground pool envisioned on the North West side; design ready. Family fun and elegant outdoor living combine for an unbeatable 3 season retreat - life is as it should be.
Upstairs, three bedrooms serve with comfort-first spaces and views filled with treetops, nighttime stars and natural light. The well-appointed main bathroom benefits from slate floors, rain shower, and optical skylight. Beyond colourful antique leaded glass doors, a refuge of understated luxury awaits. Embrace the master suite's spacious footprint, walk-in closet and upscale en-suite; kitted with heated slate floors, soaker tub, double vanity and large walk-in shower. The reason why you'll never want to leave however, is the South West and North-facing sunroom. A panoramic view of the surrounding tree-tops is the setting of your desires; chic home office, reading nook, hobby corner - no matter the end result, this space holds fantastic potential.
In the basement, a cozy white washed living room takes hygge to new heights, while laundry adds functionality. Find plenty of storage space, including a cedar closet and cold room - there's room for everybody's gear.
Home's rare vantage in a compelling neighbourhood is exceptional, with easy access to transit and Beechwood Village, and proximity to the city's best schools. This is a place where luxurious, one of a kind living for the 21st century family comes second nature. Live it today!
Features, Taxes & Legal
Slate (heated slate tiles in Master Bathroom)
Central/Built-In Vacuum + Accessories As Is
Raised Hood Fan
and Garden Shed