One of the great heritage homes of Sandy Hill, this socially confident brick and stone classic was built in the 1920s as sanctuary for refined living. Now, an historically sensitive restoration and redesign highlights the charm and grace of the past while adding contemporary ease and sophistication. The result is an authentic and truly beautiful home in Ottawa's premier confederation-era neighbourhood. »cont'd
Always in view here: The neighbouring mansions of "embassy row", the stately century-old trees in Victorian era Strathcona Park and the rushing Rideau River beyond. Inside, gracious, perfectly proportioned, light-filled rooms are enhanced by superbly crafted Edwardian period detailing. An intelligently redesigned and fully equipped kitchen plus newly built sunroom and adjoining deck set the stage for memorable family living or an impressive diplomatic residence.
Throughout the house, a sense of ease flows effortlessly from the instinctive "rightness" of an astute pre-modern floor plan. From the first step into the spacious, meticulously restored main hall, the solidity and presence of this authentic period masterpiece is unmistakable. The entrance hall offers immediate access to the home's most public room — a sweeping formal living room, anchored by a substantial hearth and bathed in soft light filtering in through discretely ornamental arts and crafts-influenced leaded glass windows. Across the hall, an intimate study/library draws warmth and character from a charming period-style rustic hearth, built in cabinetry and a bank of elegantly detailed leaded windows.
Beyond the living room a grand formal dining room stands ready to accommodate dinner parties on a truly elegant scale. Detailing here is impeccable; a high bank of finely crafted leaded glass windows, mouldings and crystal chandeliers effortlessly convey a spirit of private comfort and integrity. The newly rebuilt, fully-equipped eat in-kitchen and attached sunroom have been strategically planned to facilitate serious entertaining, with a concealed hallway and powder room, and substantial glass doors set in a broad coffered Palladian archway. Carefully preserved style elements from the original building assure that the transition to the newly created spaces is seamless.
Artisanship defines the sweeping stairway to the upper floor with a fluted newel post and carved mahogany balustrade smoothed by generations of passing hands. The stairway and wide mid mid-floor landing gain a dramatic note of colour from a set of large reconstructed stained-glass windows. Upstairs, this home's superb proportions are striking in the substantial central hallway accessing four main bedrooms, each with individual character. Vintage single-panel solid hardwood doors and elegantly scaled windows are part of the substantial charm of these deeply private spaces. The restored master bath retains the character of past elegance with new period-style porcelain. The main second floor bath is also completely renewed and in character. For those whose productive cycle requires light and space, a long loft-like sunroom beyond the eastern bedroom makes a unique setting for a wide-open home office or studio, inspired by views of adjacent embassies, the rising height of Sandy Hill, stately mature trees and the Rideau River.
Flexible options are implicit in the spacious finished basement space — a living area equipped with its own bath and bedroom along with laundry facilities, a playroom and functional workrooms, accessible through a separate exterior door. One possibility: a semi-autonomous home base for college age family members. Alternatively, the basement offers comfortable private accommodation for a live-in nanny or household staff.
Space for expansion is also part of this home; an unfinished third floor could offer more rooms or an elaborate retreat. Dormer windows set in stone are already in existence with striking views over the avenue.
Complementing the experience of living in a "cinematically perfect" family home is the daily pleasure of life in Sandy Hill — Ottawa's most liveable and cosmopolitan urban neighbourhood. Sophistication and diversity are the watchwords in this richly textured bilingual neighbourhood where students, diplomats, community leaders, young urbanites and long-time residents rub shoulders casually. Most of the city's core destinations are within walking distance from your front door, lovely walkways of Victorian-era Strathcona Park and the city's legendary network of bike paths are steps away, as are the stellar institutions that define Sandy Hill's public character including the University of Ottawa and the legendary Cordon Bleu culinary academy.
For students of all ages, Sandy Hill offers unsurpassed choices. Highly regarded elementary schools such as Rockcliffe Park Public School and Ecole Franco-jeunesse are a short drive away. Options for high school students include top-rated private schools, a short bike ride away, plus Ottawa's leading English public high school, Lisgar Collegiate, and, de la Salle Academy for instruction in French.
Opportunities to own a grand destination home in this highly sought-after location are rare, and growing rarer with each passing year. Plan now to arrange for your personal showing of one of the most pleasing, authentic and rewarding homes to come on the Ottawa market this year.
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