Classic Rockcliffe presence with exuberant international style marks this expansive, grand-scale property as a "must-see" for those who insist that daily life should be nothing less than extraordinary. »cont'd
A former diplomatic residence, the house, with its long façade — a classic four-peaked Tudor roof, sweeping circular driveway and polished central entrance — evokes the comfort, confidence and refinement of the classic Rockcliffe Village estate. On entering, however, it is clear that this fine home is worlds apart from its merely luxurious neighbours.
Experience the impact of the luminous front entrance with marble floor set under a dramatic glass ceiling — a French style "attrape-soleil" structured to admit abundant light. This is energy conservation from a uniquely stylish perspective. Bevelled glass French doors welcome you to a breathtaking two-storey central hallway set aglow by a palatial crystal Empire chandelier. An elegantly arched entrance beckons to explore the great living room. Looking up, it is impossible to resist imagining your own grand entrance scenes in this space that was styled to entertain.
You will note the reception room — smart, spacious and comfortable, with expansive windows on two sides, woodburning fireplace and glass French doors leading to the kitchen area.
Stepping into the main living room you discover an impressively poised space that will readily accommodate both your art treasures and your most distinguished associates. Beyond the formal living room, a large drawing room bathed in natural light from the gardens at the rear of the house conveys a convivial elegance, relaxed or formal, as required.
The dining room is peerless — large and unreservedly stunning with magnificent fireplace and inset alcoves, and French doors to the exterior deck and gardens. No entertainment is beyond this room's capabilities. Unifying details include attractive crown moldings, rich and authentic hardwood flooring and uncompromising quality of carpentry and trim detail throughout.
Every great house must have a heart. Here it is the kitchen — a brilliant event — galley style contemporary space featuring colour coordinated pearl grey granite counters, marble and granite floors, subway tile backsplash, impeccable halogen lighting and ultra-quality European appliances. You'll notice the deep cast anthracite sink, with advanced articulated graphite faucet — a Museum of Modern Art collectable. An "L" shaped counter alcove creates a kitchen office or counter dining area, tucked out of the way of the workspaces. Next to the kitchen, a simply perfect powder room features basket weave Carerra marble flooring and Bauhaus-inspired premium imported fixtures.
Step outside through glass patio doors to a vast garden — completely fenced for privacy. From an endless deck designed for banquets, terraced gardens descend to a broad lawn shaded by mature trees. A sheltered outdoor grilling kitchen stands ready for entertaining; a gardening room manages your growing passions. A marble floored mud room with ample closet space provides direct entrance at the rear of the house and from the garage.
Upstairs an expansive landing continues the theme of unrestrained elegance. An entire wing of the house creates a master suite without peer: a huge bedroom with walk-in, a spacious ensuite with oversized walk-in shower, finished with impeccable style, plus a full-scale dressing and wardrobe room, and a substantial private sitting room. A second grand master suite features a European influenced ensuite with dressing area. Off the upstairs landing you'll also discover a refined main bath plus extra guest or children's rooms.
The basement is fully finished with a games room, two-room maid/nanny suite, laundry, bathroom and storage. All new mechanicals include an ultra high efficiency gas boiler that helps achieve contemporary energy economy.
Luxury homes with this level of panache, unassailable grandeur and pure comfort are difficult to find at any price. Plan to reserve time for your viewing appointment very soon.
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